Surah al-Ahqaf (Sand Dunes) 46 : 35
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So be patient
those of determination
those of determination
seek to hasten
they were promised
(any) be destroyed
the defiantly disobedient
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- This last Ayat is an advice to the Prophet to have patience similar to the great Messengers that preceded him.
Every word in this verse is charged with meaning; every phrase draws a whole world of images and impressions and refers to great issues and values.
This is a directive given to Muhammad (peace be upon him) who had shown more patience than anyone can tolerate while suffering persecution at the hands of his people. He grew up an orphan in their midst, then lost his guardian as well as every human support, one by one, losing his father, mother, grandfather, uncle as well as the wife who was the symbol of loving care. Thus he was free of all preoccupations, dedicating himself totally to his message. Yet he received at the hands of his unbelieving relatives more trouble than at the hands of others unrelated to him. He had to approach tribe after tribe, as well as individuals, seeking support in delivering his message but only meeting with rejection time after time. Some even set their henchmen against him and he was stoned and injured. His response was nothing more than a passionate appeal to his Lord, as quoted earlier.
Yet after all this, the Prophet is given this directive by his Lord. This shows just how hard and difficult the call to Islam is. A man like Muhammad, the symbol of dedication, unshakeable belief and purity of heart, still needs this Divine directive to remain patient and not to hasten God's punishment of the adversaries of his message. The hardships he met along this road required that he be comforted and counselled to remain patient. He also needed a sweet dose of Divine compassion, followed by reassurance: "On the Day when they see what they were promises; it will seem to them as though they had dwelt [on earth] no more than an hour in a single day." It is all a short duration, an hour of a day. This whole life is so short and trivial that all the effects it has on hearts and souls is no more than the effect of an hour in a day. Then they will meet their inevitable fate and abide endlessly.
This hour of a life serves only to make things clear before the fate is sealed: "This has been made clear. Will, then, any be destroyed except the evildoers?' Certainly not. God wishes no injustice for anyone. Every advocate of the Divine message must remain patient in adversity. Last as much as it may, the adversity will be no longer than an hour of a day, and then everything is settled.