93 The Morning Brightness (Al-Duha): Poems based on the Qur’an

“Arabian Nights” painting

“By the morning brightness and by the night when it grows still, your Lord has not forsaken you [Prophet], nor does He hate you, and the future will be better for you than the past; your Lord is sure to give you so much that you will be well satisfied. Did He not find you an orphan and shelter you? Did He not find you lost and guide you? Did He not find you in need and make you self-sufficient? So do not be harsh with the orphan and do not chide the one who asks for help; talk about the blessings of your Lord.”

This Surah pertains to the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) questioning the Archangel Gabriel regarding why he hadn’t received revelation in at least a month’s time. Certainly it is easy to understand why the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) was becoming anxious when he had been receiving constant revelations and then the revelations discontinued. Sometimes trust in Allah is a precarious thing, even though He always has us in His hands, especially one who has been called to be a Prophet. Have you ever scheduled a lunch meeting with a friend, and they are not only late, but don’t show up at all with no phone call? What is the first thing your mind does? It begins imagining all kinds of scenarios; a car accident, they blew you off, a family emergency, etc. The Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) was an orphan due to the death of his father, so one can certainly see why he had occasional struggles with his trust in Allah. The Prophet must be fully submitted to Allah’s will, but at times it is extremely difficult to let go and let Allah take complete control of our lives. Gabriel encourages Muhammad by reminding him of who provided for him when he was orphan, “Did He not find you lost and guide you? Did He not find you in need and make you self-sufficient?” Gabriel goes on to remind Muhammad to use his experience as an orphan to reach out to orphans. During the pre-Islamic tribal times, if a child’s parent’s died, their inheritance was typically stolen and they were put out in the street — it was a very harsh world for the needy. Many Surahs mention taking care of the needy and orphans, and oftentimes, even in today’s times, when a person hasn’t suffered hardship their hearts are not tender enough to care for those less fortunate than themselves. “Talk about the blessings of the Lord,” for Allah always cares for the needy even when no one else does, so the one who has experienced hardship can witness to the help that Allah gave them. The question put to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), “Did He not find you lost and guide you?” is a question expressed to all Muslims for all time. Don’t forget His loving Providence.

Poem

Place your trust in the All-Compassionate
for He cares for you,
“Did He not find you lost and guide you?”
Let Him take your anxiety
and turn it into faith — 
even when you can’t see,
Allah sees. 
Even when you don’t understand,
He is All-Knowing.
Even when you feel alone,
His Right Hand is always guiding you.

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