The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
5 Step Formula For Success
Surely humanity is in grave loss, except those who have faith, do good, and urge each other to the truth, and urge each other to perseverance.
(Surah Al-Asr, Verse: 2,3)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
There is a Surah in the Holy Quran, which is short but quite deep in meaning. It concisely puts forward the paths that will save mankind from eternal frustration and bring them to endless blessings. It is the Surah al-Asr. Surah al-Asr teaches us the five facts that give us life. The first fact that Surah al-Asr teaches us the awareness of time. Man is a creature limited by time. Lord Almighty says at the beginning of the surah, “By the time, indeed mankind is in the loss.” He makes time the witness for mankind. Because it is one of the greatest blessings that is given to mankind. It is the most precious treasure entrusted to us so we may decorate our world with goodness and earn the afterlife. Wasting it and spending an irresponsible life is completely unbecoming for a believer. It is the greatest frustration for a person.
The second fact the Surah al-Asr taught us is the significance of the blessing of faith. Allah swt informed people that the first condition of being saved from loss and frustration is believing. Because a life spent without faith is the greatest of losses. The third fact that Surah al-Asr teaches us is the importance of good deeds. Our Lord says that our faith and good deeds will save us from eternal loss. Good deeds are the reflection of faith. It is the embodiment of faith.
The fourth fact taught in the Surah al-Asr will save us from eternal loss is to guide each other to the truth. It means protecting ourselves and our brothers and sisters from falsehood, lies, tricks, sedition, and discord. It means never veering away from the truth and the path in our relationship with our Lord, with our neighbourhood, with the universe under any circumstances. The fifth fact that Surah al-Asr teaches us is to be patient on the true path. It means recommending patience to one another.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Tukey