Lessons from Holy Qur'an

No hardship in the Religion

Quran Chapter 22  78a (Pt-17, Stg-4) (L-2140) درس قرآن

No hardship in the Religion

Chapter Hajj” – (The Pilgrimage) – 22

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

وَجَٰهِدُوا۟ فِى ٱللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِۦ هُوَ ٱجْتَبَىٰكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِى ٱلدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ هُوَ سَمَّىٰكُمُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ مِن قَبْلُ وَفِى هَٰذَا لِيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُوا۟ شُهَدَآءَعَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ فَأَقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱعْتَصِمُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ هُوَ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ فَنِعْمَ ٱلْمَوْلَىٰ وَنِعْمَ ٱلنَّصِيرُ 78


78a.  And strive for Allah with the endeavour which is His right. He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship. The Faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He hath named you Muslims of old time and in this (Scripture). 78a.  Wa  jaahiduu  Fillaahi  haqqa  jihaadiH.  Huwaj-tabaakum  wa  maa  ja-‘ala  ‘alaykum  fid-diini  min  haraj.  Millata  ‘abiikum  ‘Ibraahiim.  Huwa  sam-maakumul-Muslimiin.  Min  qablu  wa  fii  haazaa




Jaahiduu – (you should strive), it is a word of command from jihad, origin of which is jahad. Jahad means “to work hard in any work, to endure hardship”.


It was commanded to the Believers in the previous verse: If other people do not believe in Allaah Almighty but consider that other things are their supporters and those fulfill their wishes, then you should leave them at their own and think about yourselves. Your success in the both worlds is in it that you should bow before Allaah Almighty and worship Him. Do good works for His pleasure.


In this verse, there are some more instructions that you should try your best, sacrifice yourselves and your wealth in obedience of Allaah’s commandments for success and prestige of Islam. It is a great favor of Allaah Almighty that He has chosen you for His work from the entire people of the world. And the Way of work, which He has determined for you, is entirely easy. In it, there is no any such instruction, obedience of which may be difficult. There are permissions and remissions in every work, in addition to having regards for facilities. Moreover, this way of work is not strange for you. It is the same Way which was established in the world by your forefather Abraham (peace be upon him) in accordance with Our Commandment. He named the followers of this Way “Muslims” by Our Commandment and the same name has been retained by Holy Qur’an for you. Therefore, It is the same old religion, Instructions of which you should obey.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).