Sunday 20 August 2023

Man laments: I am all alone - Allah assures him 'Have no fear, I am with you'

In her famous poem "Solitude", Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote: Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. That is as long as man has wealth, health and position, happiness surrounds him and so do people. Even under such a prime time of one's life, many forget to thank one's Lord for the blessings one has in possession. But when the dark clouds start to loom overhead someone and gets into difficulties or his financial and physical health deteriorates, people tend to disassociate from him and find some other lively company to laugh and make merry. 

It is these times, when man feels the loneliness surrounding him and find no open door to knock at other than the door of one's Lord. And one's Lord, always so gracious and merciful assures the man in distress not to worry for He is always with His servants to save them from difficulties, solitude and fear of demagogues and the tyrants.

This is the theme of our selected verse from Qur'an, the 46th verse from Surah 20. Ta Ha (طٰهٰ​). This verse is continuation of the 45th verse (Verily, we fear lest he should hasten to punish us or lest he should transgress.) in which Prophet Musa علي السلام (Moses) expressed his fear when Allah ordered him to go to the court of the Pharoah and call him to worship One True God. To this God reassured them not to fear for He would be with them and that they should feel them all alone in from of the tyrant Pharoah:

قَالَ لَا تَخَافَآ​ اِنَّنِىۡ مَعَكُمَاۤ اَسۡمَعُ وَاَرٰى‏ 
(20:46) He said: "Have no fear. I am with you, hearing and seeing all. 
Ibn Kathir explains this verse and notes: (He (Allah) said: "Fear not, verily, I am with you both, hearing and seeing.') meaning; "Do not fear him (Pharoah), for verily, I am with you and I hear your speech and his speech as well. I see your place and I see his place as well. Nothing is hidden from Me of your affair. Know that his forehead is in My Hand, and he does not speak, breathe, or use any force, except by My leave and after My command. I am with you by My protection, My help and My support.''

Tafsir Qur'an Wiki:
At this point they receive God’s decisive answer which leaves no room for fear or worry: “Answered He: Have no fear. I shall be with you. I hear all and see all.” (Verse 46) Thus, God Almighty who has power over all creatures and who creates the universe and all creatures in it, using nothing more than His will to bring them into existence, tells them that He is with them. This should have been sufficient, but God adds to this what increases their certainty of help. This is evidenced by the fact that He hears all and sees all. What could Pharaoh do against the power of the Almighty, whether in a precipitate reaction or a well-considered one?

The purpose of sharing this verse is that one must never forget to remember God whether in good or bad times. And especially so when in distress or faced with tyranny of a tyrant or a demagogue. For in one's hard times, no one sides with the oppressed or a man in distress. If man has been consistent in remembering God, then the Divine help is guaranteed. Let us remember our Creator and thank him in good times or even bad times for bad times could have been worse than what we are facing. We should never ever feel alone if we have unflinching trust in our Creator and leave our affairs to Him, for He knows our plight and will definitely take us from our bad times and solitude.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

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. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may read this post in our series of posts related to: Al Qur'an guides and helps those who sincerely seek Divine guidance and help

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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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 the following sources: 
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Translation Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Qur'an Wiki
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
In addition, 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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