Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Change Of Fortune


Change Of Fortune

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse –140a of 200, Section –14 (Part – 4)


If ye have received a blow, the (disbelieving) people have received a blow the like thereof. And these are (only) the vicissitudes which We cause to follow one another for mankind to the end, 

‘Iny-yamsaskum  qarhun- faqad  missal-qawma  qarhum-misluh.  Wa  tilkal-‘ayyaamu  nudaawiluhaa  banyan-naas,





The Muslims were much confused due to the loss, which was sustained by them in the Battle of ‘Uhud. In addition, they were hurt more due to taunts of the hypocrites and the enemies.


Qarhun –  (blow, wound, stroke, sudden calamity, shock etc), blow means that martyrdom of many lives in the battle of ‘Uhud and great financial loss, which was due to their own mistakes, the Muslims had to bear. Their many braves were slain and injured.


’ Ayyaamun –  (days) “Yaum” is its singular. In Arabic, the word “yaum” is used on many occasions. For instance, one time; that is to say – a moment, one-day or unlimited time. Here ‘ayyaam means turning round of the days, admiring, and hard and soft times. As we say, “Time flies”. It is wandering shadow and the vicissitudes of life.    


In this verse, Allah Almighty consoled the Muslims that, “If you have received a blow in this battle or you have to bear some trouble, don’t worry. The disbelieving people have also received a blow the like thereof. There is no doubt that in the Battle of ‘Uhud, your seventy-five men were martyred and so many were injured but one year earlier during the Battle of Badr, seventy great chiefs of the Infidels were reached the Hell and many were injured. Besides this, in the beginning of the Battle of ‘Uhud at first their many braves were killed and injured. In the Battle of Badr their seventy men were captured. They suffered much dishonor at the hands of Muslims but none of you did see this disgrace. However, if you compare the loss between you and them, then no space of sadness and grief remains”. 


It is a universal truth that We change the softness and hardness, suffering and comfort, and the days of trouble and relief in the people. There are so many philosophies hidden in it. Then while the Infidels did not leave supporting the infidelity after suffering troubles, then how the Believers can lose their courage in support of the Right?


It is revealed from this verse that if the Muslims have to suffer grief and trouble for some days in the Way of Allah Almighty, then they should not be distressed because this disaster is casual. Allah Almighty uses to alter the days of hardship and relief for the individuals and the nations.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and tran slated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.

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