Friday 17 June 2022

Seek help from Allah and be steadfast - The end belongs to the God-fearing

No matter how tyrant or strong a ruler may be or how much can suppress his people with force and power, the ultimate success lies for those who are God fearing, steadfast and humble for they know the end belongs to them as promised by Allah.

Surah 7. Al-A'raf  is one of the many Surahs of Qur'an in which mention of Prophet Musa (Moses, علي السلام ) is made to recall the tyranny of Pharoah and how his end came when he challenged the Sovereignty of Allah. Throughout the Qur'an, the arrogance of Pharoah and humbleness and patience of Prophet Musa ( علي السلام ) is pitched against each other.  In the end the arrogance was humbled, and humility and faith were protected and advanced.

We share the 128th verse from Surah 7. Al-A'raf  in which Prophet Musa ( علي السلام ) advises his people to be steadfast and firmly hope for the help of Allah for it is He to Whom belongs to the entire universe and the end will be belong to those who are firm in their faith and are God fearing. This verse is as true as today and if the oppressed believers cling faithfully and firmly to Allah and seeks His help, they will have a blessed ending in the end: 

قَالَ مُوۡسٰى لِقَوۡمِهِ اسۡتَعِيۡنُوۡا بِاللّٰهِ وَاصۡبِرُوۡا​ ۚ اِنَّ الۡاَرۡضَ لِلّٰهِ ۙ يُوۡرِثُهَا مَنۡ يَّشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِهٖ​ ؕ وَالۡعَاقِبَةُ لِلۡمُتَّقِيۡنَ‏ 
(7:128) Moses said to his people: 'Seek help from Allah and be steadfast. The earth is Allah's, He bestows it on those of His servants He chooses. The end of things belongs to the God-fearing.'

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Explanation:
Moses (sws) was a Messenger of God. Hence, this is a reference to the established practice of God in accordance with which He necessarily grants dominance to the messenger and his followers over their enemies.

(Seek help from Allah) Ie., prostrate before God in the prayer and request His help. The same way has been mentioned in the Qur’ān to seek help from God. Imām Amīn Aḥsan Iṣlāḥī writes:
... It is very difficult to remain steadfast during trials and tribulations. It is not possible without God’s help. The Qur’ān mentions this fact in the following words in verse 127 of Sūrah al-Naḥl: وَمَا صَبْرُكَ اِلَّا بِاللّٰهِ (You can only acquire patience through God’s help). This means asking for God’s help is the prayer. In fact, it also refers to that special prayer to which the Prophet (sws) and his companions were directed to in the early part of the Makkan period that was replete with trials and difficulties. It is precisely this which Moses (sws) and Aaron (sws) were directed to as well. (Amīn Aḥsan Iṣlāḥī, Tadabbur-i Qur’ān, vol. 3, 351)
Qur'an Wiki:
This is how a prophet sees the nature of Godhead and how it enlightens his heart. He is aware of what takes place in the universe, the forces operating in it, the laws God has established in it and what those who remain steadfast, holding firmly to their faith, may hope for the future. The advocates of the true faith have only one safe haven and one protector who is God Almighty. They have to be patient in adversity until God, their protector, in His perfect wisdom, determines the time when He grants them victory. They may not precipitate matters because they cannot foretell the future and they do not know what will work for their own good.
The whole earth belongs to God; while Pharaoh and his people are there only for a transitory period. God will allow, in His wisdom and according to the rules He has established, the earth to be inherited by whomever He chooses of His servants. Hence, the advocates of the true faith may not judge by appearances, which could give the impression that tyranny is firmly established on earth and cannot be driven out. It is the owner of the earth who decides when to kick those tyrants out. The God- fearing will sooner or later be triumphant. Hence, the advocates of the true faith must not worry about the future or consider for a moment that those unbelievers will continue to have the upper hand for ever.

May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) 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 Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an 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 of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that 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.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, 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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Study of whole article reveals that Allah helps those who seek help of Allah and Allah Almighty grants them dominance over their enemies, finally. Article is supported with references beautifully.
Surah Alasar is the shortest Surah in Quran but great towards explaining explaining exactly to be steadfast, "Wa Tawasau bilhaqe Wata wasao Bissabar".
Allah emphasises to read Quran in thoughtful manner and every one who thinks over the righteous verses amazingly understand each and every thing by the grace of God.

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