Yusra Vs ‘Usra
Yusr, Yusra or Yaseer means ease or relief and ‘Usr, ‘Usra or ‘Aseer means hardship or difficulty.
Both are part and parcel of human life.
Everybody wants to make his or her life free of hardship and difficulties.
Islam guides people as to what leads to ease and comfort and what brings misery, distress and difficulties.
Before proceeding let us have a glance at the Qur’anic words derived from the relevant root letters ي س ر and ع س ر respectively:
A. The triliteral root yā sīn rā (ي س ر) occurs 44 times in the Quran, in nine derived forms:
11 times as the form II verb yassara (يَسَّرَ)
twice as the form V verb tayassara (تَيَسَّرَ)
twice as the form X verb is’taysara (ٱسْتَيْسَرَ)
three times as the noun maysir (مَيْسِر)
once as the noun maysarat (مَيْسَرَة)
seven times as the noun yus’r (يُسْر)
twice as the noun yus’rā (يُسْرَىٰ)
15 times as the nominal yasīr (يَسِير)
once as the passive participle maysūr (مَّيْسُور)
B. The triliteral root ʿayn sīn rā (ع س ر) occurs 12 times in the Quran, in six derived forms:
once as the form VI verb taʿāsar (تَعَاسَرْ)
once as the adjective ʿasir (عَسِر)
five times as the noun ʿus’r (عُسْر)
once as the noun ʿus’rā (عُسْرَىٰ)
twice as the noun ʿus’rat (عُسْرَة)
twice as the adjective ʿasīr (عَسِير)
1. Difficulties are not permanent:
“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (Surah Ash-Sharh 94: 5, 6)
After difficulty, there is ease. Always!
2. Fearing Allah brings relief and ease:
وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا
“….And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease.” (Surah At-Talaaq 64: 4)
Belief in the oneness of Allah is in fact the springboard to peace as it relieves from man falsehood and anxieties.
Belief in many ‘gods’ is a cause of tension and confusion. A confused mind cannot be at ease!
3. Iman/Faith leads to Generosity and Generosity leads to Ease:
“As for he who gives and fears Allah.
And believes in the best [reward],
We will ease him toward ease.” (Surah al Layl 92: 5 to 7)
4. Kufr/Disbelief leads to Miserliness and Miserliness leads to Hardship:
“But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need,
And denies the best [reward],
We will ease him toward difficulty.” (Surah al Layl 92: 8 to 10)
5. Allah intends ease, not hardship:
يُرِيدُ اللَّـهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ
“…Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship…” (Surah al Baqarah 2: 185)
As this ayah is mentioned in relation to the command of Fasting in Ramadhaan, it is needless here to mention that Islam is an easy religion which never imposes any kind of hardship upon its believers.
6. Day of judgement will be difficult for unbelievers/disbelievers:
“Racing ahead toward the Caller. The disbelievers will say, “This is a difficult Day.” (Surah al Qamar 54: 8)
“That Day will be a difficult day. For the disbelievers – not easy.” (Surah al Muddath’thir 74: 9 & 10)
“True sovereignty, that Day, is for the Most Merciful. And it will be upon the disbelievers a difficult Day.” (Surah al Furqan 25: 26)
7. Islam spread through hardship:
“Allah has already forgiven the Prophet and the Muhajireen and the Ansar who followed him in the hour of difficulty after the hearts of a party of them had almost inclined [to doubt], and then He forgave them. Indeed, He was to them Kind and Merciful.” (Surah at tawbah 9: 117)
This ayah recalls the hardships undergone by the Messenger of Allah and his companions during the expedition to Tabook.
Undergoing hardships for the sake of Allah is sunnah.
8. Creditors must show leniency to the debtors:
“And if the debtor is having a hard time, then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay; but if you remit it by way of charity, that is better for you if you did but know.” (Surah al Baqarah 2: 280)
Islam encourages kindness and inculcates generous attitude towards those undergoing difficulties.
Juxtapose this teaching of Islam against the hardships undergone by those borrowing loan-on-interest from conventional banks. They squeeze your blood to the last ounce!
9. Spending in the way of Allah changes difficulty into ease:
“Let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is restricted – let him spend from what Allah has given him. Allah does not charge a soul except [according to] what He has given it. Allah will bring about, after hardship, ease.” (Surah At-Talaq 65: 7)
Spending in the way of Allah both in prosperity and adversity brings rich dividends in the form of ease and comfort.
Being generous while in adversity is no doubt a difficult task but then it also paves way to relief. The point is: If you are generous, Allah will turn your hardship into ease.
10. Do not take those who forget things to task:
“[Moses] said, “Do not blame me for what I forgot and do not cover me in my matter with difficulty.” (Surah al Kahf 18: 73)
Be lenient to those who do things out of forgetfulness. Don’t put them into difficulties.
11. Creation is easy for Allah!
“Have they not considered how Allah begins creation and then repeats it? Indeed that, for Allah, is easy.” (Surah al Ankabuut 29: 19)
12. Resurrection is also easy for Allah:
“On the Day the earth breaks away from them [and they emerge] rapidly; that is a gathering easy for Us.” (Surah Qaaf 50: 44)
13. Accountability will be easy for those who will be given their book in their right hand:
“Then as for he who is given his record in his right hand,
He will be judged with an easy account” (Surah al Inshiqaaq 84: 7, 8)
Allahumma Haasibna Hisaaban Yaseera. Aameen.
May Allah give us our Book of Deeds in our right hands and save us from destruction.
14. If you hope for Mercy from your Lord, speak easy/gentle words:
“And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.” (Surah al Isra 17: 28)
15. Qur’an is made easy:
“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” (Surah al Qamar 54: 17)
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Qur’an is the only Scripture or Religious Book on the face of the earth that is easy to read and understand.
Here there are no irrational theories or illogical claims or mythological fantasies or bullshit of any kind!
Allah has also made the Qur’an easy to communicate so that people might be reminded even as the purpose of the Messenger is to give glad tidings to the righteous and warn a hostile people!
16. Don’t burden yourself, read what is easy for you from the Qur’an:
فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنَ الْقُرْآن
“Read what is easy of the Qur’an….” (Surah al Muzzammil 73: 20)
17. Always make du’aa to Allah for making things easy for you: