In the Quran, the 19th chapter or surah will provide you with a lot of strength and hope to people who are going through a difficult time in their life, trials of faith, and any disappointment. This surah is full of wisdom for Muslims who want to strengthen their relationship with Allah. In this article, you will find five takeaways from this chapter to illuminate your spiritual journey towards connection and understanding of Allah.
This surah has different kinds of stories that are unique in itself and are full of guidance and lessons that are to be reminders for the Muslims around the world. The concept of this surah is mercy, and the word is mentioned 16 times in surah. You can find grace, compassion, and their synonyms mentioned throughout the surah, with the attributes of Allah and his beneficence and mercy. The main objective of the surah is to establish and state the mercy of Allah ﷻ (glorified and exalted be he). The stories mentioned in this surah is also to do with Allah’s mercy.
The other objective of this surah is to be a reminder for us of our relationship with Allah ﷻ, also the concept of Al-Ubudiyyah. These are the two major themes or ideas of this surah. This surah is about Rahmah and ‘Ubudiyyah’ (Mercy and Servitude).
1. Allah Does Not Abandon Us
“And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, ‘Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.’ But he called her from below her, ‘Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.’” (19:23-25)
Maryam, may Allah be pleased with her, she resided in solitude leaving her family. She had chosen the life of prayer, reflection, and complete devotion to the lord of worlds Allah. The angel Gabriel appeared to her and gave her the news of pregnancy. Maryam fears how she would do all of this alone and what the society will think about her.
It was a difficult time for her as she was giving birth without the aid of a midwife, companion, or any relative. When the pain became very difficult, she wished for death and Allah’s infinite mercy. During this moment, Allah led her to a stream and date palm so that she could nourish her body and quench her thirst. Maryam was not alone and she was rewarded for her strength, courage, and dependence on Allah.
2. Allah Sends Us Signs
“He said, ‘Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’” (19:21)
Maryam did question how she could be with the child when she had never been “unchaste”; she feared how she would be treated by society. She had been a devout worshipper of Allah and obedient her whole life, but she was fearing about a soiled reputation and harsh treatment. Allah promised her a sign that he would defend her against the harshness of society while also showcasing Allah’s love of Maryam’s devotion and taqwa (God-consciousness).
It doesn’t matter how much trial we have to go through in life. Allah will always show you love and mercy that will manifest in unexpected ways.
3. Allah Can Lift You out of Hardship
[An angel] said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, for I created you before, while you were nothing.’” (19:9)
In old age, Zachariah used to always think about his legacy and longed for him and his wife that they would experience the blessing of parenthood. He prayed to Allah for an heir and received the response. Zechariah’s strong faith was fruitful when this hardship was taken away from him. There might be something that you may long for and it doesn’t come to you instantly, and our plans may also get delayed, but believe that Allah is the best planner and grants us what we need when we need it. If we are true in our prayers and faith, our hardships will be eased in some time in very unexpected ways. May Allah grant us the ability to bear righteous children and be leaders of them – Ameen.