Nasrum Minallaahi Wa Fathun Qareeb
I believe – and it’s true – that Allah’s help is always there. To give an example: I was inactive in this blog for quite sometime but then Allah kept it active! More than a hundred hits the post on this inspiring ayah alone gets on a daily basis. Alhamdulillaah and Maa’shaa’Allah.
Without the help and grace from your Lord, you cannot do anything. Nor can you achieve anything!
نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ is yet another most inspiring ayahs of the glorious Qur’an.
This ayah gives solace to the heart. Kindles optimism among believers. Brightens our hope. Cheers us up when we feel low or let down. Increases our faith in our Creator.
When we see the tide of kufr ruling the roost, this ayah comes as the silver lining in the otherwise dark clouds.
This ayah is a perfect motivation for Muslims to endeavor to achieve success, glory and happiness.
It is true that for a Muslim, the Ultimate Success is the success in the Hereafter. But then it is also true that a Muslim wants to achieve success in this world too.
Man’s nature is that he wants to attain worldly success. To see the result of his endeavor in front of his very eyes. To enjoy the fruits of his hard work.
This aspect of human being is neither negated nor neglected by Islam. Allah acknowledges and appreciates man’s love to attain victory in worldly affairs.
In this post we already discussed that نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ specifically refers to the mighty help and the remarkable victory that Allah blessed His Messenger and his noble followers in the form of the Conquest of Makkah!
Today, Inshaa’Allah, we will try to explore and understand matters related to the concept of Victory and Allah’s Help in Islam.
Let’s proceed point by point, Inshaa’Allah.
1. The key words in نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ are ‘Nasr and Fath’.
* ‘Nasr’ comes from the root نصر Nasara which means to help or aid, to aid in repelling an attack, to triumph.
From this root comes Naasir, meaning helper. One of the Attributive Names of Allah is An-Naasir which means ‘the helper’. What an Excellent Helper Allah is!
Another Attributive Name of Allah that comes from the same root is An-Naseer, the Supporter. What an Excellent Support!
The Muslims of Madinah who welcomed the Muhajiroon (the emigrants) with unparalleled love and kindness are distinguished by the name ‘al Ansaar’, the helpers. Likewise the hawariyyoon, the true disciples of Prophet Eesa alaihis salam are called as Al Ansaar.
* ‘Fath’ comes from the root فتح Fataha which means to open, to find a way, key, to conquer, victory, to adjudicate, conquest.
The Attributive Name of Allah that comes from this root is AL FATTAAH, the Best Judge, the Best Arbitrator, the Opener, the Giver of Victory.
2. Only in two places in the Qur’an, Allah mentions Nasr and Fath together. One is نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ (Surah as-Saff 61: 13) and the other one is إذا جاء نصر الله والفتح (Surah an-Nasr 110:1)
3. The above two verses and many other verses in the Qur’an reveal one thing in common. That Allah helps to bring about victory to the Believers. Military victory! Subhanallaah. (For further examples, please refer Surah Ar-Room this ayah, Surah Aal Imran this ayah, Surah Tawbah this ayah and Surah Aal Imran this ayah)
4. We must understand very clearly that Allah not only helps but all help comes only from Allah and none else!
5. Allah asserts emphatically saying that it is the Right upon Allah to support and help His true believers. Subhanallaah!
6. As Allah says we need to firmly believe in نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ that help and victory from Allah is not far and that it is graciously imminent!
7. Help of Allah is not just restricted to this world alone.
8. He who has the keys of the unseen helps and gives victory to whomsoever He wills. We need to understand that help and victory are exclusive blessings coming from Allah to the fortunate ones of His choice.
9. You support Him, He supports you!
Allah guarantees His support in this ayah:
“O you who have believed, if you support Allah, He will support you and plant firmly your feet”. (Surah Muhammad 47: 7)
We Muslims must understand that Allah supports those who support Him.
Supporting Allah means supporting His cause, aiding His Messenger, living up to His guidance and facilitating to help spread His message far and wide.
We the followers of the Last Messenger are enjoined to extend support to the cause of Islam (Surah al ‘Aaraaf 7: 157)
We Muslims need to be the ANSAAR of Allah, the supporters of Allah (Surah As-Saff 61: 14)
10. True believers are only those who aid the cause of Allah and His Messenger.
Those who aid the cause of Allah, only they are true Believers (Surah al Anfaal 8: 74)
11. If you have the help of Allah, none can overcome you.
“If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah let the believers rely”. Surah Aal Imran 3: 160
12. The above mentioned ayah is challenging as well.
If Allah should forsake you, who is there who could help you? Is there anyone who can come to your rescue should Allah takes His hands off you?
“Or who is it that could be an army for you to aid you other than the Most Merciful? The disbelievers are not but in delusion” (Surah al Mulk 67: 20)
Let we Muslims put our trust in Him and rely on Him in the most firmest manner.
13. Allah undoubtedly helps but we the believers must go through the process of staying firm in His path.
“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near”. (Surah al Baqarah 2: 214)
14. Being grateful is the mark of a true Muslim.
Man must be grateful to Allah for all His support (Surah al Anfaal 8: 26)
15. Disobedience to Allah and His Messenger is fatal in that it leads of perpetual deprivation.
Disobedience to Allah leads to deprivation of His aid and support! (Surah Huud 11: 63)
16. We need to not only give support and but are also enjoined to seek support of a strong helping authority (Surah al Israa 17: 80)
17. Allah intends to segregate the real from the unreal.
That’s is why He wants to test and make known as to who helps him and who helps Him not! (Surah al Hadeed 57: 25)
18. In times of prosperity, happiness, help and victory, we need to get more devoted in Tasbeeh and Istighfaar.
“When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest,
And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes,
Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.” (Surah An-Nasr 1-3)
19. Emaan and Tawakkul are the heart and soul of our belief in Allah. If you have firm belief and unshakable trust in Allah, He blesses you by all means to help you achieve victory.
نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ – Help and Victory from Allah is imminent!
In the next post Inshaa’Allah, I will compile some Qur’anic du’ass on seeking help and support from Allah, Inshaa’Allah.
May Allah give us the Tawfeeq and Hidayah to seek His help at all times. May He shower upon us His exclusive help so that we can live by His guidance and die in His way. Aameen.
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