#21. Surat Al-Inshirah – The Expansion

 

Watch Dr Musharraf Hussain sharing his thoughts and analysis of Surat Al-Inshirah. This Makkan surat builds on the previous surat’s consolation of the Messenger ﷺ in a tone that displays friendship and love. The opening, or expansion of the chest of the Prophet ﷺ occurred twice: once in his childhood and again at the start of the Night Journey (The Ascension). The Angel Jibreel عليه السلام carried out a remarkable procedure, in which the heart of the Prophet ﷺ was taken out, purified, filled with wisdom and put back in his noble chest. This miracle prepared it to be the container of Divine Revelation. The surat expresses the incredibly elevated position of the Messenger ﷺ, but despite this honour he is told to strive enthusiastically in Allah’s worship.

 

Translation

In the name of Allah, the Kind, the Caring.

Gain after strain

1 Didn’t We expand your chest, 2 and lifted your burden, 3 which was breaking your back. 4 We raised high your honour. 5 Indeed, every hardship is followed by ease, 6 indeed, every hardship is followed by ease. 7 Once you finish your daily chores, 8 seek your Lord passionately in worship.

 


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