Qur'an, 22:78

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Monday, November 05, 2012, 09:35 (2394 days ago) @ Denis Sadykov

I have broken your question into two parts:-

1“Why do you think that by "No difficulty in religion" means, for example:
treat kindly your parents, relatives, the orphans, and those who have been left alone in the society, take care of the needy, the disabled? “

Reading the Quran and what it says I have not come across something that makes my life hard. The rules, moral and ethical teachings are there to help me to reach my full potential, if I live by them. The “treat kindly your parents” etc are just a few examples of what it says; are these a burden for us? To be kind, helpful, avoid sin, lust, greed......?

So Allah does not place any burdens upon us that we cannot bear if we are honest with ourselves and others, therefore “no difficulty” in this respect.

2:286 God does not burden any person but to afford him an opportunity to develop his potentials. For every person is the good that he earns and against him is only what he deserves. (Pray), “Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or miss the mark. Our Lord! Do not place on us a burden like what You placed on those before us. Our Lord! Do not place a burden on us that is beyond our strength to bear. Blot out our misdeeds, grant us the protection of forgiveness, and bestow grace upon us. You are our Lord Supreme, so help us against people who oppose the truth.” [9:51, 10:30. Calling religious leaders as “Maulana” (Our Master) is a very common but deplorable form of Shirk, associating others with God]

2 "But under the "strive hard" - it is difficult to work against the corrupt politicians, the corrupt religious authorities and those who misuse wealth?"

The following also brings the context of verse 78 which you quoted:-

22:72 And when Our messages are conveyed to them in all clarity, you can notice a denial on the faces of those who are bent upon rejecting the truth. They would almost attack those who convey Our messages to them. Say, “Shall I, then, tell you something worse than what you feel now? The fire! God has promised it for those who are bent upon opposing the truth. How miserable a journey‟s end!”

There will always be people opposed to the system so you have to strive hard to overcome the difficulties they put in your way. The “bent upon rejecting the truth” does not just mean verbally denying the revelation of Allah, but actively working against its implementation. The Quran mentions three types of people who are opposed to establishing a just social and welfare system:-

29:39 And such is the story of Qaroon (Korah) and Pharaoh and Haman! (They represented wealth, tyranny and priesthood, respectively that go hand in hand in exploiting people.) To them had come Moses with all evidence of the truth, but they remained arrogant in the land. But they could not escape. [28:6, 28:76]
29:40 For, every one of them We took to task for trailing behind in human virtue. And so, upon some of them We let loose a hurricane, some of them were overtaken by a sudden blast, some of them We caused to be swallowed by the earth, and some of them We caused to drown. It was not God Who wronged them, but it was they who wronged themselves. [The Law of Requital never discriminates between people, whether individuals or nations]

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