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A brief explanation of "Surah Al-Asr"
This Surah comprehensively conveys the objectives of Holy Qur’an. It highlights the qualities of those who will not be at a loss in this world. The three verses are as follows:
Innal Insaana La Fi Khusr
Lazina Aamano Wa Amelos Saalehaat Wa Tawasau Bil Haqqe
Wa Tawasau Bissabr
By Time Indeed, mankind is in loss
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other for patience
The Qur’an says that the humanity is at a loss except those who possess following attributes:
Belief (b) Virtuous deeds (c) calling people towards Truth (d) calling for Patience
Life is slowly spent away in unproductive activities like ice melts away if not preserved. So the sooner a man realizes the purpose of his creation the better. Imam Ali (A) said “Every breath of a man is one step nearer to his death” Moderation in every activity is the cardinal principle of Islam.
The word Asr means age or time. It is used in a mystic way. There have been many interpretations of this word. Some commentators say that it refers to the time of our Holy Prophet, yet others say it refers to the time of re-appearance of our Imam Mehdi. Any way they belong to the Sacred Chain of Ahlul Bait. Who ever follow their guidelines shall climb the heights of spiritual bliss. Those who reject them will be at a loss.
Belief is manifested from a
man’s appearance and deeds like
a lamp illuminates not only the
room but also its rays are
visible from outside. Those who
believe may include every
believer to the extent of the
strength of his conviction or
faith. Those who are referred
here to the fullest application
of the term “believe” will be
those who possessed several
great qualities as mentioned in
the Holy Qur’an and they are
Ahlul Bayt .
As regards the preaching of the Truth, the Ahlul Bayt were fully conversant with it. The Holy Prophet had said “I and Ali are one and the same light”and “Ali is always with the Truth and the Truth will always be with Ali”. The preaching of Truth needs knowledge about it and the Holy Prophet said “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate”. The Holy Prophet also said “I leave behind me two weighty (very important) things: The Holy Qur’an and my Ahlul Bayt, if you are attached to these two, you shall never get astray”.
The Holy Prophet said that one
should practice virtuous deeds
himself first before calling
others to do good deeds. As far
as enjoining the patience is
concerned, the preachers
themselves must possess the
quality of patience to the
maximum degree possible. The
Ahlul Bayt suffered untold
miseries, imprisonments, torture
and massacre at Kerbala in case
of Imam Hussain. All the eleven
Imams did not die of natural
cause but were murdered either
by poison or by sword.
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