The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
FACTS TAUGHT BY SURAH AL-ASR
“By time. Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
There is a surah in the Holy Quran, which is short but quite profound in meaning. It concisely puts forward the paths that will save mankind from eternal frustration and bring them endless blessings. It is the Surah al-Asr that teaches us the five facts that give us life.
The first fact that Surah al-Asr teaches us is the awareness of time. Man is a creature limited by time. Lord Almighty makes time the witness for mankind. Because it is one of the greatest blessings 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 taught by Surah al-Asr is the significance of the blessing of faith. Because a life spent without faith is the greatest of losses. Faith, on the other hand, is setting sail for good deeds and things, for the truth. The third fact Surah al-Asr teaches 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 faith brought to life. The fourth fact taught by Surah al-Asr will save us from eternal loss is siding with the truth at all times. It means guiding each other to 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 neighbours, 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. But it should be remembered that patience does not mean enduring falsehood.
Jobayer Al Mahmud