Review of chapter-110

Surah An-Nasr

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The way to achieve Allah’s pleasure is not a cruise… rather Allah keeps testing the faith and determination of the believers by putting them in various trials. These tests not only increase them in their faith but also raise their status in the paradise. But it becomes quite difficult to remain patient, when a person is trying to please Allah but his efforts seem to bring no positive result… on the contrary the whole environment turns against him. The time comes when the devil tries to make him believe that even Allah is not happy with him because if Allah is on his side then why isn’t he making things easy for him? Why is he not removing the hurdles? The shaitan loves to make us hopeless but we should not lose hope in Allah’s mercy because His help is very near…

إِذَا جَاءَ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ وَالْفَتْحُ {1}

When there comes the help of Allah and the victory

1400 yrs ago when Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) had to leave his hometown to migrate to Madinah with a small number of followers, it must have seemed totally impossible that one day He would enter Makkah as a Conqueror… but it did happen only after seven years of migration… and because of this victory the whole Arab accepted Islam:

وَرَأَيْتَ النَّاسَ يَدْخُلُونَ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ أَفْوَاجًا {2}

You see the people entering Allah’s religion (Islam) in multitudes

We also experience this miracle of Allah in our lives when He sends us his help in miraculous ways and saves us from most impossible situations. These are the moments of extreme joy and gratitude… but it is also a test of our obedience. What do we do in such situations?

Do we give all the credit to our own intelligence that we managed to succeed?

Or we think we are so pious that we have become Allah’s favourites… so He has given us exactly what we desired?

Or do we really believe it to be nothing else except Allah’s greatness and mercy… and we feel even more aware of our sins and this enormous guilt makes us turn to Allah in sincere repentance…?

In fact the last option is the only one leading to Allah’s pleasure:

فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَاسْتَغْفِرْهُ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ تَوَّابًا {3}

So glorify your Rabb with His praises, and pray for His forgiveness: surely He is ever ready to accept repentance

I have often felt this strange feeling of inadequacy after having done any act of goodness… I feel like I could have done so much better than this… but couldn’t do it… due to my lack of knowledge or my lack of proper planning, or maybe it is lack of determination or sincerity… But today I have understood that even though analysing one’s faults leads to becoming a better person but it should not become a cause for hopelessness with oneself… therefore we should do a lot of “Istighfaar”, to remove the bad feelings of not reaching the level of excellence which we want. The more we ask Allah’s forgiveness, the more He fills our hearts with peace and gives us hope and optimism to start again.

May Allah help us always to remember the fact that all goodness is from Him alone… this awareness of our own weakness and Allah’s greatness is the biggest lesson to learn… so may Allah increase us in our knowledge… ameen.

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