Sura 94 (As Sharh) explains the wisdom of why life brings us problems. In Part 1 we discussed the teaching in this sura that “every difficulty comes with its solution”. This gives us assurance that our difficulties can be overcome. We should stay optimistic and look for solutions to our problems, instead of complaining about them.
In Part 2 we focused on the insight that as we overcome difficulties our abilities and skills expand and we go higher in life.
Let us consider two more insights in this sura .
First, think about the aya:
فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ
When you are freed [from a difficulty], resume work,
When we are relieved of one difficulty, there is an improvement in our condition; but there are other problems around us. This aya asks us to stay busy so that we continue on an upward journey. If you stop making an effort, you will stop growing as a person.
For example, suppose you are promoted to a higher position in the office. You will find that the new position brings new responsibility and more difficult problems demanding your attention, so you have to work at solving them if you want to rise higher. If, on the other hand you decide to take it easy after your promotion, your career will stagnate and your supervisors will be sorry they promoted you.
As another example, consider two people who got married; they have achieved greater happiness than before. But this new situation brings new problems. You have to learn to understand your spouse and find ways of communicating with him or her. Your marriage will be successful only if you make a sustained effort for this purpose.
when you are freed [from a difficulty], resume work,
asks us not to become complacent when a problem is resolved.
In the modern metaphor, this aya teaches us never to remain in our comfort zone. When one problem is over, get busy on the next one. People who succeed in life keep in mind that the adversities they face are there so they can grow and learn through them.
Then the last aya of the sura says:
وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَب
And turn to your Rabb with love.
If you want to always feel strong and optimistic and not be intimated by life’s problems you have to train yourself to remember that your Rabb is sustaining you and helping you at every step. When we call Allah as Rabb we acknowledge that He cares for us, nurtures us, guides us and protects us.
A person of faith believes that his or her successes came about because of help from Allah. Such a person does not boast about himself.