Sunday, August 2, 2009

Al Baqarah verse 250

“Rabbana afrigh alayna sabran wa thabbit aqdamana wan-surna alal-qawmil-kafirin”

Translation: Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold firm and give us victory over the disbelieving people.

This was the du’a of the Children of Israel fighting under the leadership of King Talut against the Philistines who were fighting under Jalut. The Children of Israel were Muslims at the time. Allah accepted this dua and gave them victory over Jalut as Prophet Dawud, (peace be upon him), slew him.

The trials and tribulations of this life constantly require sabr (patience). It entails patience in the face of hardship, steadfastness to refrain from evil in the face of temptations, and determination in overcoming obstacles to doing good. Thus overcoming laziness in offering salah (prayer) is part of sabr, as is remaining firm in the face of peer pressure. Of course perseverance in the face of oppression is a big part of it.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "O people! Do not hope to face the enemy (in battle) and ask Allah to save you (from calamities), but if you should face the enemy, then be patient and let it be known to you that Paradise is under the shades of swords.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2819) and Sahîh Muslim (1742)]

So, when affliction befalls a Muslim, he must be patient and reconciled to Allah’s decree. He must not regret or become anxious.

This dua reminds us that patience is the key to victory. Patience that emanates from a strong heart and trust in Allah leads to firmness of the feet which in turn leads to victory. But for every step on this path to victory, we need Allah’s help, hence the dua.

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