Sura 94
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Consolation (Ash-Sharh)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1Have We not expanded your breast?1

2And removed from you your burden

3Which did gall your back?

4And raised high the esteem you are held?

5So verily, with every difficulty there is relief:

6Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.

7Therefore when you are free still labor hard.

8And to your Lord turn your attention.

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Alam nasrah laka shadrak

2Wa wadanaanka wizrak

3Alazi anqada zahrak

4Wa rafana laka zikrak

5Faina maal usri yusra

6Inna maalusri yusra

7Faiza faragta fansab

8Wa ila rabbika fargab

1. This Hadith may shed light on this chapter. Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.608 narrated by Anas bin Malik; The night Allah’s Apostle was taken for a journey from the sacred mosque (of Mecca) Al-Ka’ba:

Three persons came to him (in a dream) while he was sleeping in the Sacred Mosque before the Divine Inspiration was revealed to Him. One of them said, “Which of them is he?” The middle (second) angel said, “He is the best of them.” The last (third) angle said, “Take the best of them.”

Only that much happened on that night and he did not see them till they came on another night, i.e. after the Divine Inspiration was revealed to him (Fateh-Al-Bari Page 258, Vol. 17), and he saw them, his eyes were asleep but his heart was not--and so is the case with the prophets: their eyes sleep while their hearts do not sleep.

So those angels did not talk to him till they carried him and placed him beside the well of Zam-Zam. From among them Gabriel took charge of him. Gabriel cut open (the part of his body) between his throat and the middle of his chest (heart) and took all the material out of his chest and abdomen and then washed it with Zam-Zam water with his own hands till he cleansed the inside of his body, and then a gold tray containing a gold bowl full of belief and wisdom was brought and then Gabriel stuffed his chest and throat blood vessels with it and then closed it (the chest). He then ascended with him to the heaven of the world and knocked on one of its doors.

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