When all else fails, HOPE remains!

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

I received this a while back and thought it was beautiful, so decided to share.
There are times in our lives when our level of Imaan is low, our Khushoo ( spiritual concentration/connection) in Salaah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah swt?

We feel like our du’aas are not being answered, our Salaah is not having a positive impact on our hearts,  and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah swt does not love us or does not care about us anymore!

Surah Ad-Duha (surah 93) was revealed to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah swt was with him no matter what.

From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah swt when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.

So what does this surah say?

Wad duhaa— By the morning brightness.

This is the first thing you need to hear when you’re depressed: Wake up, look at the sunshine! Everything in life is not doom and gloom– you just have to look up.
Wal layli izha sajaa— And [by] the night when it covers with darkness.

Why is this ayah immediately talking about darkness? As a reminder to us that the night is meant to cover and give us comfort and rest. Generally when we’re not happy with ourselves, we tend to get into a very bad sleep pattern by staying up at night and sleeping all day thereby worsening our state of mind. This ayah reminds us to use the night as a comfort to ease our distress.

Ma wad da’aka rabbuka wa ma qalaa— Your Lord ( Oh Muhammad) has neither forsaken you nor hates you.

This is a very powerful verse from Allah swt telling us that He does not hate us and has not forgotten us– reminding the depressed person that He is always by his or her side!

Walal-aakhiratu khairul laka minal-oola— And the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).

Many times when we’re depressed we think: Is this all my life is going to be? Is it never going to get better?

This aayah serves as a perfect answer to those questions, reminding us that life in this world is temporary and that Aakhirah is certainly a better, more permanent place for us than this world could ever be.

This makes us look forward to attaining our place in Jannah and helps us look at any problems in our lives as temporary tests of our faith from Allah swt.

Wa la sawfa y’uteeka rabbuka fatarda— And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be well pleased.

A promise from Allah swt that very soon he will give us a massive reward (Jannah) and we will be happy. Subhanallah!

Isn’t this the best thing to hear when you’re sad and fed up with this worldly life and the problems you’re facing?

All praise is to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

P.S. Below is my favourite recitation of Surah Duha.


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