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):
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.
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.
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