Wednesday, October 9, 2013

‘With God’s Help, A Way Out (Of Travails) is Close At Hand’ (Nasrum Min Allahi Wa Fathun Qarib)

By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
October 10, 2013
-        Removing misgivings that may arise from a dictionary meaning of the word ‘Fatha’ as ‘military conquest’ or the textual location of this invocation in a Sura (62) that has a battle related caption – The Ranks (Al-Saff)
Co-author (Jointly with Ashfaque Ullah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009
The captioned supplication, extracted from the Qur’anic verse 62:13 (Sura, As-Saff) is among the most recited ‘Duas’ or invocations in Islam. Muslims down the generation and to this day recite it particularly during the travails of life seeking divine assistance to a way out of the peril befalling their lives. Thus, Muslim students from traditional families going to take an exam or patients waiting to be taken to the OT for an operation recite it unceasingly, while a calligraphic inscription of the invocation hangs in the walls of millions of Muslim homes. However, as religion is used in all faith communities as a spiritual stimulant and to give a religious cover to a mission that involves death and destruction, the Muslim army recite the above invocation as part of their battle cry and so do the ‘jihadists’ today.   

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