ad-duha

The Glorious Morning Light

I’ve been struggling to put into words how recently, Surah Ad Duha (93) was delivered to me in time of great need. I use the word delivered because it came to me without any conscious effort of my own.

I was seeking a specific outcome from my dua’s. I was blinded by my selfish desires, and short-sidedness; my ignorance. But what I truly needed was reassurance and inspiration.

I had been feeling lost, forsaken, and perhaps even forgotten. I had begun questioning my method of making du’a and salat, and wondered if I had knowingly or unknowingly angered Allah S.W.T. But it was just my insecuritiy in Imaan.

The Surah came to me through several channels. Blatantly and with clout. It is undeniable that it was nothing short of an intervention of glad tidings and hope. It was an immeasurable amount of peace and reassurance, that was bestowed upon me by His Grace and Mercy. And how ignorant of me to assume that the Entity who has created me, has in progress anything less than the best for me.

Surah (93) Ad-Duha
Translation by Yusuf Ali

By the Glorious Morning Light,

And by the Night when it is still,

Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased.

And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present.
(also translated as: And surely what comes after is better for you than that which has gone before. (Shakir))

And soon will thy Guardian-Lord give thee (that wherewith) thou shalt be well-pleased.

Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)?

And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance.

And He found thee in need, and made thee independent.

Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness,

Nor repulse the petitioner (unheard);

But the bounty of the Lord – rehearse and proclaim!

This Surah was revealed to the Prophet (P.B.U.H) after a long pause in revelations. He felt abandoned and questioned if he had somehow angered Allah S.W.T, or perhaps the previous revelations were figments of his imagination; as suggested by those who chastised him.

I saw it everywhere; several times and in different locations. I read the Tafseer of the Surah along with the translations – over and over. My spine shivered, and I knew in that moment, that my well-being and its “intezaam” is so much bigger than my pathetic sujood or mechanical recitations. The Provider has ensured for me and YOU a system. A system beyond our perception, which in its magnanimous efforts, ensures the very tawaf of every atom in our bodies. But of course, we fail to see it – misled by our doubt and worldly delusions.

So I surrender. Or at least, make feeble attempts to surrender to the Will, and realize that no du’a is ever lost, nor misplaced. That you and I have no control and rely constantly on His unrelenting Mercy, and above all, His Love.

Therefore, praise Allah S.W.T, and ask Him to facilitate all that is good for us (in this life and the next,) and to remove us from that, which is not.

Allah is Greater.

Surah ad-Duhaa [The Morning Hours]

By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, your Rabb has neither forsaken you, O Muhammad, nor is He displeased. And verily, the Hereafter will be better for you than the present. And, indeed, in time will your Sustainer grant you [what your heart desires], and you shall be well-pleased. Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter? And He found you lost and guided you. Did He not find you poor and made you self-sufficient? Therefore, do not treat the orphan with harshness, and do not drive away the beggar, and rehearse the bounty of your Rabb.

Imagine yourself — alone — with nothing surrounding you except silence and the word of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Imagine yourself — being the only soul awake to speak to your Lord — while the rest of the world sleeps. 

It is just you and Him. 
He wants to hear you.
He wants to hear your dua’as.
He wants you to call on Him.
He wants you to cry to Him. 

Allah subhana wa ta’ala has mentioned two actions in the Qur’an that His righteous slaves do early in the morning: glorifying and praising Allah (tasbeeh) and seeking forgiveness for sins (istighfar):

فَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ

“…And celebrate the praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting.” [50:39]

وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ

“And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for forgiveness;” [51:18]

This is a habit I would like to make soon, and in’shaa’Allah, you all will do the same!

وَلَلآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لَّكَ مِنَ الأُولَى
Indeed what is to come will be better for you than what has gone by
—  Quran: Surah Ad-Duha, 93:4

When the night falls heavy
And the stars burn holes
And the weight of the moon
Burdens your soul
    Be Patient
A merciful dawn foretells
The night will fold

— Mobeen Hakeem

This was inspired by Surah Ad-Duha, and although nothing is ever needed to add to the perfect words of Allah, I felt what better to inspire me to write than the words of my Creator!

Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saw) at a time when he had not received any revelation for six months, not even in the form of a dream! The Prophet (saw) was in a very disturbed state of mind, feeling negative and depressed and believing that Allah was displeased with him, had forgotten him, and did not want him as a Nabi anymore.

Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives? Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah? We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.

Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet (saw) to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what. From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.

Translation of Surah Ad-Duha (93):

1. By the morning brightness

2. And [by] the night when it covers with darkness,

3. Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].

4. And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].

5. And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.

6. Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?

7. And He found you lost and guided [you].

8. And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.

9. So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].

10. And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].

11. But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].


Learn more about this Surah from Sh Tawfique Chowdhury’s video here

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

وَالضُّحَى
(93:1) By the morning brightness 

وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا سَجَى
(93:2) And [by] the night when it covers with darkness,

مَا وَدَّعَكَ رَبُّكَ وَمَا قَلَى
(93:3) Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].

وَلَلْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنَ الْأُولَى
(93:4) And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].

وَلَسَوْفَ يُعْطِيكَ رَبُّكَ فَتَرْضَى
(93:5) And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied. 

أَلَمْ يَجِدْكَ يَتِيمًا فَآوَى
(93:6) Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?

وَوَجَدَكَ ضَالًّا فَهَدَى
(93:7) And He found you lost and guided [you].

وَوَجَدَكَ عَائِلًا فَأَغْنَى
(93:8) And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.

فَأَمَّا الْيَتِيمَ فَلَا تَقْهَرْ
(93:9) So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].

وَأَمَّا السَّائِلَ فَلَا تَنْهَرْ
(93:10 )And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].

وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
(93:11) But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].

—  Surah Ad- Duha
Surah Ad-Duha

Many of us know surah ad-duha off by heart. How many of us, though, have actually gone into the reason behind its revelation and derived the lessons and implications this surah has in our lives?

This surah was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saw) at a time when he had not received any revelation for a number of days, not even in the form of a dream! The Prophet was in a very disturbed state of mind, & the disbelievers would say “Muhammad has been forgotten by His Lord” & “the Lord of Muhammad hates him.”
Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives? Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah? We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.

Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what. From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.

Surah Ad-Duhaa (The morning brightness)
Maher al-Muaiqly

“This surah was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saw) at a time when he had not received any revelation for six months, not even in the form of a dream! The Prophet (saw) was in a very disturbed state of mind, feeling negative and depressed and believing that Allah was displeased with him, had forgotten him, and did not want him as a Nabi anymore.
Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives? Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah? We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.
Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet (saw) to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what. From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.”

Ramadan Weeks 1 and 2

(1) exams went…really well this year?? Or i feel good about them?? Is this because i took them during Ramadan?? Causation vs. correlation?? Either way God is good.

(2) also i’m trying to pray Salat ad-Duha every day now

(3) i’ve lost count of the number of times “i want coffee” or “i want boba” crosses my mind during the day

(4) i’ve been really self-absorbed lately and i just need to get better and remember that not everything is about me. Like it’s not in a “time to talk about me”/“give me attention!!” kind of way; it’s more like in a “are they talking about me because of my mistake” kind of way.

(5) i think it’s easy to think our parents are static people and don’t really ever change; like they’ve always had the same ‘methods’, or they popped into existence as fully-fledged adults who have their lives together and/or never deteriorate/improve as human beings. Which is…really erroneous. It’s like when my mom says, “i was really shy when i was your age” and i’m like “ha ha sure you were Mama”. Or when my dad says “i regret doing X like my father did” or something. So i guess i’m trying to remember that my parents are as dynamic and changing (whether in outlook/opinions/spirituality) as anyone else

(6) i successfully chopped an onion the other day. Without crying!!

(7) i think i can now add tabouleh to the list of food i can eat every day and probably not get sick of. Alhamdullilah

(8) WHERE ARE THE JOBS

(9) Ramadan is halfway over. Time, it flies

(10) Baba, when he opens the oven: Allah yi7mina min nar Jahannam

(11) it’s gonna be a hot week apparently. Oh boy

Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He displeased. Definitely, what is to come is better than what has passed. Soon your Lord will grant you, and you will be pleased.
—  (Surah Ad-Duha 93:3-5)
فَأَمَّا الْيَتِيمَ فَلَا تَقْهَرْ وَأَمَّا السَّائِلَ فَلَا تَنْهَرْ
As for the orphan, do not oppress him. As for the beggar, do not repel him.
—  Surah Ad-Duha 93:9-10
Just a thought

Sometimes in your lowest moments when you feel most helpless, Allah reveals a treasure to you when you least expect it. It might be a friendship that blossoms because of a need, a deeper insight into life’s meanings, a sudden attachment to Islam and Qur'an, a tear that you learn to shed in supplication, etc. But surely when Allah takes something from you, He gives you something GREATER in it’s place.

Don’t you think introducing you with Islam is greater than whatever has been taken from you? 😉

Just be patient my dear brothers/sisters.

ad-Duha 3. Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor has He become displeased with you.

4. Assuredly, what comes after will be better for you than what has gone before.

5. And assuredly, He will increasingly grant you his favors one after another, and you will be contented.