(103) (By Time(It explain that God swears By time).Indeed man is in loss, except those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and enjoin one another to [follow] the truth, and enjoin one another to patience.)
This Surah (chapter) is short and concise however it encompasses how a Muslim should lead their lives. We all love this Surah, love it for its simplicity, and its flow. We all love it for being easy to memorize and easy to pray with, especially when you are in a hurry. However many of us do not know the gems found in this chapter.
The entire guidance is laid down for us to see in this surah. How a chapter so short can convey such a profound meaning is a testimony to the precision with which Allah(SWT) has built the Qur'an and its concepts.
This surah was important to the point that no two companions would depart without reading it out to the other.
Allah(SWT) says, " By time" which signifies the fact that time is like a river that flows through the valleys of men. It doesn't wait for anyone nor does it favor anyone. It just passes its course, witnessing all the follies and glories of mankind. So by "by time" Allah (SWT) means that time is a witness and it is fixed for a person.
The life of a human being is like a slab of ice. It melts little by little each day until it is gone and no more. It's up to us to use the short time written down for us in a manner that will help us attain Jannah (paradise)!
The time refers to the past, present and the future. Throughout times, land has seen both good and bad people. We see many people complaining that these times that we live in are ruinous. That the society is too narrow-minded or too gaudy or whatever. But we have to realize that a society is only as detrimental as its people. It is us who make the society, us who have the power to build it and us who have the power to destroy it.
Here is an inspiration from this Chapterwe can follow: To be the change we want to see. To make full use of my life before it passes away right before my eyes.
Someone once told me to be the mentor I wanted for myself, because no matter how hard you look you will never find them, so you must find that person in yourself.
Allah (SWT) says, "Indeed, mankind is in loss. Except those who have believed, and did righteous deeds, and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.
The four principle we need to follow in order not to be at lost are:
1. To believe in Allah, in His status as our Lord and creator. In all his signs and messengers, books and angels etc.
2. To perform righteous deeds that would please our Creator.
3. To Advise each other to truth.
4. To Advise each other to patience.
So let's take this Surah with us into the New Year and New Decade 2020 insh
a Allah !
This reflection is by Sister Zainab Mohamed.