Exposition of the Holy Quran – 108 Al-Kauthar (G A Parwez)

Surah 108: Al-Kauthar


(1) O Rasool! We have bestowed unbounded blessings upon you in the form of the Qur’an, which is the fountainhead of all good in the world. It is full of knowledge, truth, wisdom and insight, which as time passes, will continue to be manifested. No shortage will ever occur in this abundant benevolence (13:35, 14:24-25).

(2) Now it is incumbent on you to propagate its teachings and spread this mission far and wide. Therefore, remain busy in fulfilling your programme and discharge to the best of your ability your duty to establish the Nizam-e-Rabubiyya. Have full command and control, utilizing knowledge, intellect, experience and observation; and along with this make arrangements for the subsistence of your companions (1).

(3) Presently your jama (Muslim community) is somewhat weak and the opponents are very strong. But you will ultimately see that the people who oppose you today will be completely obliterated; and that this system which is the fountain-head of all goodness, will survive and be strengthened further.

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(1)          Nahr means slaughtering camels. This was considered by the Arabs to be the best meat. However, it was forbidden in the Jewish religion to eat the meat of camels. The Jews were well-established in Madinah. They thought that the Muslims migrating from Makkah were weak and would thus be subservient to them. The Muslims, on the other hand, were told at the outset that they did not have to be afraid of the Jews. The slaughtering of camels would thus be a defiant indication of their lifestyle, showing the Jews that they could not change their way for them. The truth can never compromise with falsehood.

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