Saturday 25 January 2020

Feeling Depressed? Recite Surah Ad Duha

Life has never been a smooth sailing for anyone. One has times of happiness, comfort and leisure - times when many do not take a time out to thank one's Creator for the comforts provided to them. But when the bad times come, when suddenly there is gloom and depression, dejection and low modes, suddenly one remembers Allah and prays for a relief and escape from one's miseries. Lucky are those who turn over the pages of the Qur'an and find some verses that give comfort to one's heart and reassures them of Allah's mercy.

Surah Ad Duha, the 93rd chapter of the Qur'an that one must recite in times of gloom and depression. For it is the surah that brought comfort to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when he was undergoing extreme stress and was in a sate of depression.

It so happened that after the initial revelation of Surah Al Alaq, the first verses of which were revealed to Prophet of Allah in the Cave of Hira and heralded the prophethood on him. But then suddenly there was a long silence. Some say it was 15 or forty days, some even say it was for six months that the Prophet of Allah did not receive any revelation. This caused the Holy Prophet (upon whom be Allah's peace) to be deeply distressed and grieved. He perhaps felt that he has been abandoned by Allah and that Allah had forsaken him.

It was then that he was given the consolation that revelation had not been stopped because of some displeasure but this was necessitated by the same expediency as underlies the peace and stillness of the night after the bright day, as if to say: "If you had continuously been exposed to the intensely bright light of Revelation (Wahi) your nerves could not have endured it. Therefore, an interval was given in order to afford you peace and tranquility." 

and this was the time when Surah Ad Duha was revealed in full which reassured Prophet of Allah and his spirits regained. So whenever one is in depression of feeling low, one must recite Surah Ad Duha. However, mere recitation is not enough, rather one mus know the translation and tafsir / exegesis of the surah to understand how Allah enlightened the gloomy heart of His beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and how he was reassured of Allah's help when he was orphan in his childhood and utterly poor.

Please listen to the video below, a heart wrenching commentary / tafsir by Sheikh Tawfique of Surah Ad-Duha and how it can raise our spirits when feeling down, dejected or depressed:
Have faith in Allah always and turn to him in good times to thank Him fro the bounties so bestowed and in hard times to ask forgiveness and seek solace from the bad times. It is only true and form faith in Allah that can alleviate us of our sufferings and bring delight to us. 

Photo | Surah Ad Duha (Tafsir / Exegesis)

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