Wednesday 20 September 2023

Man laments: I'm unappreciated - Allah reassures: Your efforts will be appreciated and rewarded

It is human nature that a man expects his work to be appreciated and rewarded accordingly. When men's work is lauded, appreciated and rewarded whether monetarily or a fillip on one's shoulder by the company head. Such demonstrated acts of appreciation motivate men to work more and remain focused to further improve their output. That is appreciation and rewards increase one's ability to work diligently to be in the category of good workers.

Likewise, believers also expect some sort of Divine appreciation and rewards for their sincerity, remaining focused on the right path, beating back evil. And like workers of a company, they feel morose and let down when they compare their sincerity accruing no rewards, as compared to those who are not following the Divine path and yet being living a promising life.

To ward off such a tendency, Allah reassures such men, who lament that they are not being Divinely appreciated, that their sincerity is being appreciated, sometimes visible and sometimes backstage. This Divine reassurance is mentioned in the 22nd verse of Surah 76 Al Insan (The Man), also called Surah Ad Dahr (Time). In fact, the shared reassurance is part of the continuation of previous many verses in which a beautiful picture is painted of Jannah / Paradise which tells the believers that they may not see any worldly rewards forthcoming always, yet their final reward is with Allah, who is always watching His servants, appreciating their sincerity to Him and to His favoured religion Islam, and building up a great reward for them

اِنَّ هٰذَا كَانَ لَـكُمۡ جَزَآءً وَّكَانَ سَعۡيُكُمۡ مَّشۡكُوۡرًا‏ 
(76:22) Behold, this is your recompense and your endeavour has been appreciated
In the original, " كَانَ سَعۡيُكُمۡ مَّشۡكُوۡرًا " kana sa yu kum mashkura: "your endeavors have been accepted and recognized." Sa`i implies the entire lifework that a person accomplished in the world, the works and objectives to which he applied his energies and abilities; and its being mashkur means that Allah has appreciated it. Shukr when expressed by the servant to God implies his gratefulness to Him for His blessings, and when it is expressed by God for the servant, it means that He has appreciated his services. It is indeed highly kind of the Master that He should appreciate the endeavors of the servant when the servant has only carried out his duties according to the Master's will.

Tafsir Ibn-Kathir
(Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavor has been accepted.) meaning, this will be said to them in honor of them and as goodness towards them. 

    This is as Allah says, (Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent forth before you in days past!) (69:24) 

    Allah also says, (And it will be cried out to them: "This is the Paradise which you have inherited for what you used to do.') (7:43) 

Then Allah says, (and your endeavor has been accepted) meaning, `Allah the Exalted will reward you for a small amount (of deeds) with a large amount (of reward).'

Tafsir Qur'an Wiki:
In fact, this verse gives us an inspiring and detailed picture of the bliss and luxury enjoyed by the dwellers of heaven. All this is given in contrast with the chains, shackles and blazing fire the unbelievers suffer. We, thus, see the two widely different ends to the two widely divergent ways.

So let us have faith in Allah and be assured that Allah never goes His promises and all believers who wholeheartedly support Islam and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, that is Allah's favoured religion and prophet, will be rewarded in abundance. Though a part of it will be given to them in this life too, wholesome rewards will be given to them when many will be dragged towards the burning hell.
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 more posts on similar theme 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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