I welcome you once again to our Quran series. Everyday, in this blessed month of Ramadan, we shall share one verse or two from a section of the Quran, so that we may be inspired and perhaps renew our hope in this world and in the hereafter.
Our verse today is found in the second Juz of the Quran, and in the longest chapter of the Quran, Surah Baqarah.
It is important for every believer to know that the problems and challenges we face are all from God. He touches them with whomever he chooses. It is not that He is angry with you, nor that He is so happy with those that seem to be in a better and more comfortable life than you. But all these are tests, brought to us in order to earn rewards and paradise from Him.
God asks in this Juz if we thought that we would just be handed Paradise easily without trial, yet all those that came before us were tested?
Of course, being the most merciful Lord that He is, He did not leave us without the proper tools to face the challenges that come along our way.
In verse 2:513, we find the two only tools you will ever need, after them no challenge will ever look too big for you.
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ وَٱلصَّلَوٰةِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّٰبِرِينَ
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, God is with the patient.”
Patience and Prayer is all you will ever need my dear reader. Nothing more nothing less.
But that is not the feature verse for today however. The verse we are covering today is the verse that provides me with most hope when I read this Juz.
Quote from the Holy Qur’an: Al-Baqara (2:186)
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”
Sheikh Hassan: “This verse is the verse that makes me proud to be a Muslim. My Lord is near! I don’t have to shout, I don’t have to pay someone to get to Him. If I am in need of His Blessings, He is near. If I am in need of His Forgiveness, He is near. And when I call up to Him, He will answer. He is my friend. What an ally we have in Him, our most Merciful Lord.”!
That is it for today brethren. May God accept all our sacrifices and efforts we have done in this month so far. Stay tuned for the next episode tomorrow In shaa Allah.
Assalaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh