Today Khalil Ismail shares a reflection from Juz 25. Subscribe to the series to receive the video of this reflection along with the other daily reflections each morning. Join Islamic Relief USA in exploring the Qur’an this month.
I want to cover Juz 25 which begins around Surah Al-Fussilat and ends around Surah Al-Jathiyah. I want to focus on a verse that’s near to my heart in this particular juz, in Surah Ash-Shura which means The Consultation. Reflecting on the times in the world we’re in, Muslims especially sometimes being in the position where we feel like we don’t have enough power or control of our lives. We don’t have enough money, or we’re living day to day kind of in fear of what other people would do to us. There’s a verse that’s really near and dear to me that gives me hope and keeps me going with remembrance on the bigger goal and that’s that Allah has me. In Surah Ash-Shura verse 27, Allah (SWT) says:
وَلَوْ بَسَطَ اللَّهُ الرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِ لَبَغَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَٰكِن يُنَزِّلُ بِقَدَرٍ مَّا يَشَاءُ إِنَّهُ بِعِبَادِهِ خَبِيرٌ بَصِيرٌ
And if Allah should amplify the provision for His servants they would certainly revolt in the earth; but He sends it down according to a measure as He pleases; surely He is Aware of, Seeing, His servants.
I think this verse is really special because it tells us that affluence and power and privilege is a test. It’s often times a bigger test than adversity. And so Allah is basically saying that for His servants, He’s not going to give it to you all right away because even many of those who believe that if we get it all right away we’ll feel privileged, or we’ll feel like we earned it, or we’ll feel self-sufficient, or we’ll feel as if we don’t have to help those, or we’ll feel like we’ll have to protect that which we have. So Allah gives us His provision in increments and even though there may seem like there are people with more power, or more money or more affluence if you notice often times they are also guilty of a little bit more oppressive tendencies. Remember with this verse that when you feel like you don’t have enough, or you feel like you can’t do enough, Allah is molding you, as He, for example, revealed the Qur’an in stages in 23 years. It’s interesting to me that He didn’t give it all right away. Maybe if we had all the guidance right away then we wouldn’t have appreciated it. So by raising us in stages and increments and having us learn patience and perseverance if we ever get to the stage where we have the affluence and the power that we will be more just to people. And that we will remember where we were as opposed to getting it all at once and having the test of having to not oppress people because we feel like we are self-sufficient and we did it ourselves.