Qur'an, 22:78

by Denis Sadykov ⌂ @, Russia, Ufa, Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 20:19 (1873 days ago)

Peace :-)

Strive hard in God’s cause, with all the striving that is due to Him. It is He Who has elected you to carry the message and has placed no
hardship in religion, the Creed of your father Abraham (22:78).

God requires us "Strive hard", ie pass through a difficulty. But in the same verse says that "...and has placed no hardship in religion" Please explain.

Thank you ;-)

Qur'an, 22:78

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 08:43 (1873 days ago) @ Denis Sadykov

Go back one verse to 22:77:-

22:77 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Bow down, prostrate, and serve your Lord. And do good to the society so that you may prosper. [Rukoo‟ (Bowing) and Sajdah (Prostration) are not confined to the ritual physical motions. They convey a more sublime message of being humble and submitting to God‟s commands]

Here we are told that being a believer is not about personal salvation but you must follow what God has told you to do from the Quran AND help make society a better place. Much of humanity is in a sorry state of affairs so it is/will not be an easy matter making them better. It is difficult to work against the corrupt politicians, the corrupt religious authorities and those who misuse wealth; this is the “strive hard”.

Making the changes requires simple measures that anyone with a little bit of common sense and humanity should and could be able to do; the values, principles, moral and ethical teachings of the Quran are the “no hardship in religion” For example:-

4:36 Obey God and associate no partner with Him!
- Treat kindly your parents, relatives,
- The orphans,
- And those who have been left alone in the society.
- Take care of the needy,
- The disabled,
- Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs,
- And those whose businesses have stalled,
- And those who have lost their jobs.
- You shall treat kindly your related neighbours,
- And unrelated neighbours,
- Companions by your side in public gatherings,
- Or public transportation.
- Be generous to the needy wayfarer,
- the homeless son of the street,
- and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition.
- Be nice to people who work under your care.
God does not love the proud and boastful.
4:37 Those who are stingy and advise others to be stingy, and hide what God has given them of His Bounty, for such ungrateful disbelievers We have prepared a humiliating punishment.

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http://www.salaatforum.com/index.php?id=1912

Qur'an, 22:78

by Denis Sadykov ⌂ @, Russia, Ufa, Saturday, November 03, 2012, 12:56 (1870 days ago) @ jawaid ahmed,uk

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?:-(

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

Qur'an, 22:78

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Monday, November 05, 2012, 09:35 (1868 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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