Lesson # 428
The Rotation of the Days
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
Stage– 1, Verse– 140a of 200, Section 14 of 20, (Par – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
140a. If ye have received a blow, the (disbelieving) people have received a blow the like thereof. And these are (only) the vicissitudes which We cause to follow one another for mankind to the end,
140a. ‘Iny-yamsaskum qarhun- faqad missal-qawma qarhum-misluh. Wa tilkal-‘ayyaamu nudaawiluhaa baynan-naas,
The Muslims were much confused due to the loss, which they had to endure in the Battle of ‘Uhud. In addition, they were hurt more due to taunts of the hypocrites and the enemies.
Qarhun - (blow, wound, stroke, sudden calamity, shock etc), blow means that martyrdom of many lives in the battle of ‘Uhud and great financial loss, which was due to their own mistakes, the Muslims had to bear. Their many braves were slain and injured.
’ Ayyaamun - (the days) “Yaum” is its singular. In Arabic, the word “yaum” is used at many occasions. For instance, one time; that is to say – a moment, one-day or unlimited time. Here the aim from the word ‘ayyaam is turning round of the days and the nights, admiring, and hard and soft times. As we say, “Time flies”. It is a wandering shadow and the vicissitudes of life.
In this verse, Allah Almighty consoled the Muslims that, “If you have received a blow in this battle or you have to bear some trouble, don’t worry. The disbelieving people have also received blows the like thereof. There is no doubt that in the Battle of ‘Uhud, your seventy-five men were martyred and many were injured but one year ago, during the Battle of Badr, seventy great chiefs of the Infidels were reached the Hell and many were injured. Besides this, in the beginning of the Battle of ‘Uhud at first; their many braves were killed and injured. In the Battle of Badr their seventy men were captured. They suffered very much dishonor at the hands of Muslims but none of you had to see this disgrace. However, if you compare the loss between you and them, then there is no scope of sadness and grief”.
It is a universal truth that We change the softness and hardness, suffering and comfort, and the days of trouble and relief in the people. There are so many philosophies hidden in it. Then while the Infidels did not give up supporting the infidelity after suffering troubles, then how the Believers can lose their courage in support of the Right?
It manifests from this verse that if the Muslims have to suffer grief and trouble for some days in the Way of Allah Almighty, they should not be distressed because this calamity is casual. Allah Almighty uses to alter the days of hardship and relief for the individuals and the nations.