Saturday 10 April 2021

My Lord: Verily I am vanquished; so come You to my aid

Today, in our series of posts on Selected Invocations  (Dua / دُعا) from Qur'ān, we share a very strong invocation attributed to Prophet Nuh (Noah, peace be upon him) which he made when he was totally fed up with the tyranny and resistance of his people towards him and the commandments of Allah he had brought for them so that they could be included in the righteous and be blessed.

فَدَعَا رَبَّهٗۤ اَنِّىۡ مَغۡلُوۡبٌ فَانْـتَصِرۡ‏ 
(54:10) Then he called upon His Lord: “Verily I am vanquished; so come You to my aid.”
This verse should be read in the conjunction of the previous verse wherein the plight of Prophet Nuh peace e upon him ) is described:
(54:9) Before them Noah's people also gave the lie (to his Message). They rejected Our servant as a liar, saying: “He is a madman”; and he was rebuffed.
That is, they denied that the Hereafter has to take place when man will have to render an account of his deeds; they denied the Prophethood of the Prophet who was making his people aware of this truth; and they denied the teaching of the Prophet, which taught them what to believe and what creed and conduct they should adopt in order to pass the reckoning of the Hereafter.
That is, the people not only belied the Prophet but also branded him as a madman; they uttered threats against him, showered him with curses and abuses; and did whatever possibly they could to stop him from preaching the truth, and thus made life extremely difficult for him.
In the back drop of verse 54:9, the selected verse  tells us that in despair the only refuge is the Almighty God. When you have put in all your efforts and nothing works the solution is to turn to Allah ‘azza wa-jall and leave the matter in His hands. He will do with it as He thinks best. Belief in the Rububiyyat (Lordship) of Allah enables the believer to entrust Him with all things. Efforts and hard work are implemented through the help of Allah (swt) but ultimately the outcome lies in His hands. In the midst of severe hardship it is this belief that gives hope and strength. Let this verse inspire you when you are in the midst of relentless challenges in life.

You may like to listen to eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan explaining the above said verse:

May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Invocations / Dua " دُعا " from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully.

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs / verses (ayat) of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
  • The plain translation has been taken from the Qur'ān officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
In addition the references of  other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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May Almighty Allah guide n always forgive our follies.
جزاک اللہ خیر

Excellent explanatory work on Qur'anic ayat's.

Many thanks Jamil and Asim

Good work to refresh belief of true believers. Quranic prays lead us directly to Allah and other Prophets like Hadrat Younas etc also used to read duas and finally Allah blessed them.

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