In the Name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful
- Have we not expanded your breast,
- And relieved you of your burden,
- That had weighed so heavily on your back?
- And have We not raised high your fame?
- So surely, with every hardship comes relief
- Surely, with every hardship comes relief!
- So when you are free, stand up [for prayer];
- And to your Lord turn all your attention.
This surah was revealed in Makkah. It was revealed almost immediately after surat Adh-Dhuhaa.
Surat Ash-Sharh, like adh-Dhuhaa, is addressed in the first instance to the Prophet (pbuh) and, through him, to every true follower of the Quran.
The most fundamental principle of the Prophet’s message is pure tawheed. is a simple, clear and rational set of beliefs. In the present surah, Allah advises His Messenger (pbuh) to persevere and persist in his mission. He assures him that the future is for him and his followers:
“With every hardship comes relief every hardship is followed by relief.” The Arabic term conveys an impression of brief hardship but plentiful of ease.
Islam is a religion of honesty, truth and justice. These qualities are most urgently needed in today’s world.
The lesson the surah conveys to the Prophet’s followers is clear and poignant.