suspension of revelations for a time was perhaps the hardest thing on the soul
of Prophet Muhammad r,
unequalled by any other trial he r faced while conveying the Message of His Lord,
and made worse still by the gloating of Quraish: “The Lord of Muhammad has
forsaken him!” And their insults: “O Muhammad! I hope that your Satan
has finally left you.”1
Communion with Allah U was the provision of the Messenger r along the arduous path among reluctant souls
in the face of conspiracies and harm poured down on the Call and the preacher
of the Call by disbelieving tyrants.
With the suspension of
revelations this provision stopped, the gushing spring withheld, and his heart
felt a strong longing, left lonely on the path with no supplies.
This was an unbearable
A flood of love and mercy
was then revealed, consoling, comforting, assuring, and giving hope:
(By the morning brightness. And (by) the night
when it covers with darkness. Your Lord has neither forsaken nor hated you. And
indeed the hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).
And verily, your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be
This was all purely for
Muhammad r, for his tired soul, his worried mind, and his
pained heart. Your Lord has never forsaken you as they claimed, and never will.
never hated you or deprived you of His
Mercy, Protection, and Refuge, past or present. Remember:
(Did He not find you (O
Muhammad) an orphan and gave you a refuge? And He found you unaware and guided you? And He found you
poor and made you rich (self-sufficient with self-contentment)?)3
He is (Your
Lord) and Protector
forever. The ever-gushing
spring of His Bounties never receded and more is in
store for you that shall make you well-pleased… success, removal of obstacles,
prevalence of your faith, and triumph of truth.
These, the thoughts of your mind and the desires of your heart, while facing disbelief, obduracy, persecution, intrigue, and gloating mockery… (Verily,
your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be well-pleased.)4
1 Narrated by Jundub
bin Sufyan: Sahih Al-Bukhary, Book of Tafsir Al-Qur’an, Hadith no. 4569; similar
versions of the Hadith are also reported by Al-Bukhary (4600), Muslim (3355), and Ahmad (18043).
Translated meanings of Ad-Duha 93: 1-5.
Translated meanings of Ad-Duha 93: 6-8.
4 Adapted from Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the Qur’an, interpretation of Surat Ad-Duha [93: 1-8], thirty-sixth
edition, Dar Al-Shorouk.