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The next ayah starting with the address Yaaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanu is Ayah No. 153 of Surah al Baqarah.
In this ayah, Allah motivates His Believers to seek His assistance and help through Sabr and Salah. These are the two vital elements necessary for any Muslim to embark on the road to success.
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient”. (Surah al Baqarah 2: 153)
Before proceeding further, please Listen to the beautiful recitation of this ayah
In this ayah, there are four points which seek our attention.
1. Allah is the One Whose help is sought. Wal’laahul Musta’aan.
We as Muslims must always seek help from Allah. Isti’aanah is for a Muslim as air is for any human being. To live, sustain and survive.
We must always remember that Allah is the Best Disposer of affairs for us.
2. Allah mentions Sabr as a means to seeking His help. Through Sabr we not only submit to His will but also seek His bounties. We also show our submission to the will of Allah in times of difficulties.
Sabr is translated in English as patience, endurance, perseverance, steadfastness, being patient, enduring.
Life has its own ups and downs. Through Sabr, we submit to the will of Allah especially in times of difficulties.
I am reminded of this hadeeth of wonders:
“Wondrous are the affairs of the believer. His affairs are all good, and this is only the case for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is thankful, and it is good for him. When something harmful happens to him, he is patient, and it is good for him.”
In times of distress, patience is the only weapon of a true Believer in Islam.
Earlier in Surah al Baqarah, Allah commands thus:
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]” (Surah al Baqarah 2: 45)
Ibn Kathir while discussing this ayah writes in his Tafseer:
“There are several types of Sabr ـ patience: one for avoiding the prohibitions and sins, one for acts of worship and obedience. The second type carries more rewards than the first type. There is a third type of patience required in the face of the afflictions and hardships, which is mandatory, like repentance.
Ibn Kathir also quotes from Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam who said, “Sabr has two parts: patience for the sake of Allah concerning what He is pleased with (i.e., acts of worship and obedience), even if it is hard on the heart and the body, and patience when avoiding what He dislikes, even if it is desired. Those who acquire these qualities will be among the patient persons whom Allah shall greet (when they meet Him in the Hereafter; refer to Surah Al-Ahzab ayah No. 44), Inshaa’Allah”.
3. After patience, we Muslims are commanded to seek help through Salah, the prescribed five-time prayers in a day.
Salah is the first and foremost thing for a Muslim in this life. And Salah will the first thing about which a Muslim will be questioned in the Day of Judgement.
I am reminded of a beautiful anecdote and would like to share here:
Abu Hurayrah (radihyallaahu ‘anhu) once passed by the market in Madinah. He stopped at the market and said:
“O people of the market, how incapable you are!”
They said, “And how is that Abu Hurayrah?”
He replied, “Over there, the inheritance of Allah’s Messenger (sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) is being distributed and you are here! Won’t you go and take your share?”
“Where is it?” they asked.
He replied, “In the Masjid.”
So they hurried to the Masjid, and Abu Hurayrah waited for them until they returned.
When they came back, he said, “What’s the matter?”
They replied, “Abu Hurayrah! We went to the Masjid, but we didn’t see anything being distributed.”
Abu Hurayrah asked them, “And you didn’t see anyone in the Masjid?”
They replied, “Indeed we did; we saw people praying, others reciting Qur`an and others studying the regulations of halal and haram.”
So Abu Hurayrah said, “Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad, sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.”