Lessons from Sura Ankabut: Lesson 6: “If I strive, He will guide”

blog quran & spirituality Jul 23, 2014


This is the final ayat and the last lesson of the Sura. It tells us that although the struggle and the trials sound overwhelming, we have the strength of The Greatest behind us. We are not alone in this.
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
[29:69] And (as for) those who strive hard for Us, (in Us) We will most certainly guide them in Our ways; and Allah is most surely with the doers of good.

In this world, we are forever striving. Striving at all times is unavoidable. Life and the fruits of life are based on striving. To get anything in life, we have to try hard, fail, try again until we get somewhere. This verse reminds us that for ultimate success, we need to strive to get connect with Him and please Him. This will be the best outcome for all the effort and struggle we put in. The best return for effort invested wisely.

This last verse of Surah Al-‘Ankabut, points to the epitome of the whole Sura and completes the theme of trials and of travels which is found throughout this Sura.

It is telling us that although there are many trials and tests for believers, the believer is never alone. Throughout the struggles and the trials, His guidance is lighting the way, showing us the next step to take. He has reminded us previously in this Sura that we need to Read the Book, Establish Salaat and Keep up Zikr to connect with Him.

As this Sura ends, He reminds us that three things are important to access His guidance and positive attention towards us: Striving or Action, Intention (in His way) and being a muhsin (supporting others in their striving).

If we continuously purify our intentions, keep striving and do good to others, guidance will come to light the path to Him inshallah.


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