Watch Dr Musharraf Hussain sharing his thoughts and analysis of Surat Al-Duha. This is an early Makkan surat. According to Imam Suyuti, there was a short period when the revelation stopped and the Messenger ﷺ did not preach, prompting the Makkans to say mockingly, “Your Satan has deserted you.” The Messenger ﷺ was upset and the surat was revealed to reassure him. To cope with this stressful personal experience, he is given a four-point strategy to overcome stress and sorrow:
- Get rid of negative thoughts
- Be determined that you will succeed
- Recall your past successes
- Set yourself clear targets
The basic message it contains is an amazing force field of energy, which can heal our anxieties. Furthermore, it gives a snapshot of the orphan life of the Messenger ﷺ, his dire poverty, deep spiritual experience, and marriage with a wonderful lady, Khadija the Great (Allah be pleased with Her).
In the name of Allah, the Kind, the Caring.
Oaths highlighting Allah’s loving care of the Prophet
1 By the brightness of mid-morning, 2 by the night’s darkness. 3 Your Lord hasn’t deserted you, nor is He displeased with you. 4 Your future will be better than the past. 5 And your Lord will give you so much that you will be well-pleased.
Past favours guide the way
6 Didn’t He find you an orphan and shelter you? 7 Didn’t He find you absorbed in Divine love, and guide you? 8 And didn’t He find you needy and made you prosperous? 9 So, don’t be harsh with the orphan, 10 nor chase away the beggar, 11 and speak positively about the gifts of your Lord.
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