Monday, May 8, 2017

Seeking help in steadfastness and prayer - Quran Chapter 2- 153 (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-179) - درس قرآن

Quran Chapter 2- 153 (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-179) - درس قرآن

Seeking help in steadfastness and prayer

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ وَٱلصَّلَوٰةِ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّٰبِرِينَ (153

153.  O ye who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. Lo! Allah is with the steadfast.
153.  Yaaa-‘ayyuhallaziina  ‘aa-manusta-‘iinuu  bis-Sabri  was-Salaah.   ‘InnAllaaha   ma-‘as-saabiriin.


 ‘Ista-‘iinuu – (seek help), origin of this word is ‘isti-‘aanat and it has been derived from ‘awn which means help.

It was discussed in the previous lesson that God Almighty has granted the Muslims a very high post. That is to say, they should remove the polytheism and worshiping of Idols from the world, convey the message of Unity (Oneness of God) in all parts of the world and perform the duty of leadership and guidance for the entire nations. It was necessary to support this responsibility that superior virtues and kind manners be grown into the Muslims.

Three out of these qualities have been mentioned in the previous lesson, namely:

·       Worship Allah Almighty and obey His commandments wholeheartedly.

·       Spend the powers and strength; granted by Him at proper places/circumstances.

·       Esteem highly all blessings and favors of God Almighty and do not be ungrateful. It has been commanded in today’s lesson that “Seek help of God Almighty in steadfastness and pray for success.

Two methods have been narrated here to seek help of God Almighty:

·       Seek help in steadfastness during difficulties and calamities.

·       Offer prayers regularly.

To achieve the object, the calamities and difficulties will come certainly. So, someone should not give up steadfastness for the real cause.

Sabr – (steadfastness, patience, power of overcoming), to stop oneself from confusion during the circumstances of poverty and displeasing condition, to overcome with strength during difficulties and troubles, and control over sensual wishes.

It is the reality of the thought and prayer that the spirit gets power with the remembrance of God Almighty. Such group or party never fails; in which these two qualities exist. 

Then, it is commanded that the people who will keep their footings on steadfastness during the forthcoming difficulties by following their cause, they will get particular help and coexistence of God Almighty. And it is clear that; which group or party is supported by Allah Almighty that can never fail. We should produce these virtues in ourselves and become earnest for preaching and invitation.

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).