Day 21- Surah Al-Hijr: Allah Will Guard His Deen

Surah Al-Hijr delivers a message of support to the believers: Allah will guard His revelation, His religion, and His true servants. So trust Allah, keep on spreading the message and raising awareness about this beautiful Deen, and do not fear the backlash.
The Surah has short, inspiring verses that pump energy and faith into your heart by reminding you of the other things Allah has taken care of:
He took care of the Quran and preserved it:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ
We have sent down the Qur_an Ourself, and We Ourself will guard it. [15:9]
Allah protected the heavens from the devils who try to get some hints about the future

وَلَقَدْ جَعَلْنَا فِي السَّمَاء بُرُوجًا وَزَيَّنَّاهَا لِلنَّاظِرِينَ
We have set constellations up in the sky and made it beautiful for all to see, [15:16]
Allah has preserved people’s sustenance and provisions (Rizq), and delivers that Rizq in a well-calculated and destined manner:

وَجَعَلْنَا لَكُمْ فِيهَا مَعَايِشَ وَمَن لَّسْتُمْ لَهُ بِرَازِقِينَ. وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ عِندَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلاَّ بِقَدَرٍ مَّعْلُومٍ
We have provided sustenance in it for you and for all those creatures for whom you do not provide. There is not a thing whose storehouses are not with Us. We send it down only according to a well-defined measure: [15:20-21]
Allah also has vowed to protect His true servants from the tribulations and seductions of Iblis:

إِنَّ عِبَادِي لَيْسَ لَكَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُلْطَانٌ إِلاَّ مَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ
You will have no power over My servants, only over the ones who go astray and follow you [15:42]
After all those affirmations from the almighty, are you still ashamed from being a Muslim and holding on to this message? Why don’t you trust Him and move on with your life?

Two Stories of Destruction

Two stories are given: community of Lut (Ashab Al-Aykah) and community of Saleh (Thamud)
The angels come to prophet Ibrahim with mercy and good news of the upcoming child (Isaac) [15:51-56]. The same angels carry the news of the destruction of the people of Lut [15:57-79]. This is confirming a very profound rule in this universe: if you obey Allah, His creatures will be at your service, whereas if you choose the other route then the same creatures will bring you destruction and punishment. In a similar fashion, the stars are a decoration to the lower heaven [15:16] but also they are missiles for the devils who go against Allah’s will [15:18].
The people of Thamud were given a special name in this Surah: The people of the Rocky Tract (Al-Hijr). Allah mentioned that they used to feel safe in their houses created inside the mountains:

وَكَانُواْ يَنْحِتُونَ مِنَ الْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا آمِنِينَ
They carved out dwellings in the mountains, and lived in security [15:82]
But of course, no one can secure himself from the torment of Allah if it falls upon a nation…  
Action Item

The Surah invites you to ponder on the creation of Allah and look at the majesty and beauty in it. It also reminds you to trust Him in all affairs, and not get intimated by the plotting and evil of the wrongdoers, because Allah is on your side

The Surah concludes with a direct command to the prophet PBUH to continue his message, and a confirmation that Allah will protect him from his enemies. This verse was particularly revealed when He was commanded to take his message to the public after 3 years of giving daawa in secret:

فَاصْدَعْ بِمَا تُؤْمَرُ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْمُشْرِكِينَ. إِنَّا كَفَيْنَاكَ الْمُسْتَهْزِئِينَ
So proclaim openly what you have been commanded [to say], and ignore the idolaters. We are enough for you against all those who ridicule your message [15:94-95]

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