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Surat Aş-Şaf - The Ranks

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                                                61: AS-SAFF

    Period of Revelation: This Surah was sent down shortly after the Battle of Uhud.

    Major Issues, Divine Laws and Guidance:

    • Believers are commanded not to say something that they would not do.
    • The Prophet Isa (Jesus) gave good news of a Rasool coming after him whose name will be Ahmed (Muhammad), peace be upon him.
    • The bargain to save oneself from the hellfire is to believe in Allah, His Rasool and strive one’s utmost (Jihad) in the cause of Allah with one’s wealth and person.
    • Believers are commanded to be the helpers of Allah like the disciples of Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him.

          This Surah exhorts the Muslims to adopt sincerity in Faith and to struggle with their lives in the cause of Allah. It is addressed to Muslims of weak faith as well as to those who entered Islam as a cover-up. The believers are warned; “Allah hates those people who say one thing and do another. He loves those who fight for the sake of Truth like a solid wall against the enemies of Allah.”

          Muslims attitude towards their Rasool and their Religion should not be like the attitude that the Israelites had adopted towards their Rasools – Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them). The proclamation is made with the challenge that the Jews, the Christians and the hypocrites, who are conspiring with the unbelievers, can try however hard they may, to extinguish this Light of Allah, but it will shine forth and spread in the world.

           The believers are told that the way to success, both in this world and in the Hereafter, is only to believe in Allah and His Rasool sincerely, and to exert their utmost efforts in Allah’s Way with their wealth and their persons.

           Finally, the believers are exhorted to be like the disciples of the Prophet Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him, who helped him in the cause of Allah.

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