Christian Churches of God

No. Q094

 

 

 

Commentary on the Koran: Surah 94 “The Solace”

 

(Edition 1.0 20180530-20180530)

 

Surah 94 The Solace was issued (with S93) at the depth of the persecution when the poor and weak of the church had to flee to Abyssinia and the Prophet and the church were the subject of persecution and derision in Mecca.

 

 

 

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 Commentary on the Koran: Surah 94 “The Solace”



Pickthall Translation; Bible Quotes are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

 

Introduction

Al –Inshirah “Solace” takes its name from the subject of verse 1 and the subject of the Surah which is freedom from anxiety. It was most probably issued at the height of the persecution and the flight of the church in the First Hijrah in 613 to Abyssinia. It was issued together with Surah 093. It would have seemed ridiculous to the Meccans, as the Prophet and the church were derided and shunned and the poor and weak forced to flee. 

 

Yet the Holy Spirit had given the church the inward assurance of things to come and the tranquility that comes from the sure knowledge of the will of God in a future not yet realised but seen as promised by God and thus assured.

 

The Prophet was sure of the recognition to come and so was the church or Muhammad that was the subject of persecution.

 

The eight verses culminate in striving to please the Lord and with that comes relief but even so we are to continue in toil in the faith.

 

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94.1. Have We not caused thy bosom to dilate,

 

Refer to Isaiah 41:10 in Commentary on the Koran: Surah 57 (No. Q057) at ayat 4.

 

2Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

 

2Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

 

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

 

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

94.2. And eased thee of the burden

94.3. Which weighed down thy back;

 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

 

1Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah

 

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

94.4. And exalted thy fame?

 

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

 

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

 

1Timothy 3:7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

 

1Peter 2:12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

 

94.5. But lo! with hardship goeth ease,

94.6. Lo! with hardship goeth ease;

 

James 1:2-4  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

1Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

 

2Corinthians 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

 

1Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

 

94.7. So when thou art relieved, still toil

94.8. And strive to please thy Lord.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

 

Ephesians 6:5-6 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,

 

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

 

1John 3:22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

 

Hebrews 13:21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Serve God in all things and He will give you rest.

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