This surah was revealed to Prophet Muhammad at a time when he was in a very disturbed state of mind, feeling negative and depressed and believing that Allah was displeased with him, had forgotten him, and did not want him as a Nabi anymore. Because he had not received any revelation for six months, not even in the form of a dream!

Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives?

Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that were horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.

Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what. From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.
So what does this surah say?

1. Wad Duhaa,
“By the morning brightness”
This is the first thing you need to hear when you’re depressed:
Wake up, look at the sunshine!
Everything in life is not doom and gloom – you just have to look up!

2. Wal laili iza sajaa
“And the night when it covers with darkness’
This ayah is a reminder to us that the night is meant to cover and give us comfort and rest.
Generally when we’re depressed, we tend to get into very bad sleep patterns – by staying up at night and sleeping all day, thereby worsening our state of mind. This ayah reminds us to use the night as a comfort to ease our distress.

3. Ma wad da’aka rabbuka wa ma qalaa
“Your Lord has not abandoned you, [O Muhammad, nor does he hate you.This is a very powerful verse from
Allah telling us that He doesn’t hate us and hasn’t forgotten us reminding the depressed person that He is always by his or her side!

5. Wa la sawfa y’uteeka rabbuka fatarda
“And your Lord is sure to give you so much that you will be well satisfied”
A promise from Allah that very soon he will give us a massive reward Jannah) and we will be happy! SubhanAllah! Isn’t this the best thing to hear when you’re depressed and fed up with this worldly life and the problems you’re facing?

Excerpt from the book: GEMS OF ISLAM

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