Surah Al-Burooj is indeed a chapter of immense optimism. A chapter which – along with the entire Qur’an – needs to be resorted to, contemplated over and reminded of amidst the Muslims masses whose hearts have weakened and whose moral has plummeted at what has befallen the Muslims of Syria.
Following the mention of the massacred believers via the burning ditches, the subsequent ‘Ayaat of Surah Al-Burooj are remarkably noteworthy. Allah says:
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds will have gardens beneath which rivers flow. That is the great success (!)”
At first, this may come across as bewildering, potentially leaving a reader asking: “Which success is this, O Allah?!” The people of the Ditch formed an entire community who were annihilated to the fullest meaning of the word, wiped off the map in the most horrific of ways. Men, women and children were relentlessly pushed into trenches of oblivion, yet to ones amazement, the line of ‘Ayaat is closed with:
“That is the great success!”
Yes, they were eradicated but their death was upon ‘Iman. They died having fulfilled their purpose in life, the attainment of the pleasure of Allah and thus “that” is the greatest of success.
Success isn’t about the attainment of a PhD, nor does it culminate in the ascension of the career ladder, nor is it even the liberation of Palestine. Success isn’t the establishment of Khilaafa even if it’s upon the very land of Syria. Indeed, all of the above can constitute as success to greater or lesser extents. Every achievement other than the ultimate success will suddenly seem frighteningly petty on the Day of Standing. As the hellfire is brought forth in the distance, when its screaming for its inmates resonate through the horizon, when the books begin to fly, when the angels descend, when the scales are erected and The Majestic Overbearing King, Allah, decides to begin the Judgement, during those moments, the definition of success will become unmistakably clear and every other ‘success’ which we’d previously cried, wailed, fought and sacrificed for will seem regretfully dismal.
Allah says in Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran:
“So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has indeed succeeded”
Allah says in Surah Al-Hashr:
“Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise. The companions of Paradise – they are the successful ones”
Allah says in Surah Al-Hadeed:
“On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women: their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success!”
Allah says in Surah Al-‘Ahzaab:
“ ..and whoever obeys Allah and His Apostle, he indeed achieves a mighty success”
And Allah says in Surah Al-Burooj:
“That is the great success!”
Either we voluntarily awaken to this reality at once whilst we still can and work tirelessly in accordance to Allah’s definition of success, or either we delay and awaken to it by force on the Last Day but by then, it’ll be too late to make changes. As for our brothers and sisters in Syria who’ve met Allah upon Tawheed and rejection of Shirk, they’ve attained success, the great success.
This point leads us to another, namely, the oft-repeated question which the doubtful harbour:
“Where are the ‘ahadeeth which we hear pertaining to Allah’s protection over Ash-Sham and it’s people?! Where are the ‘ahadeeth which assert the lowering of Allah’s angels upon this land? Where are the ‘ahadeeth which quote “Allah has assured (secured) for me Al-shaam and its people”?
Such a questioner actually knows the answer to this and has more than likely spoken of it before, but the torrent of horrific videos and images that are reaching us, causes one to forget. I remind such a questioner by saying: This deviant regime has been hammering down its ideology for 40 or so years upon the Muslims of Syria, waging war at the Sunnah, promulgating their heretical beliefs via the preliminary and advanced academic institutions and spending everything at their disposal to mute the voice of orthodox Islam.
But to their utter dismay, they’ve recently learnt that their efforts have been in vain for in front of the very first test of ‘Iman, the average masses upheld slogans that professed: “We bow only to Allah” They are being buried alive yet with divinely-inspired steadfastness, they repeat “Laa ‘ilaaha ‘ila Allah” They are commanded to “Believe in Bashar” as their Lord, moments before the blade is pulled across their subtle throats and they respond: “We believe in Allah” the Lord of the boy. Is this not the protection of Allah? Is this not Godly preservation? It certainly is and it’s also the great success. Allah says:
“…And Al-Fitnah (trialling a person out of their faith) is worse than killing”
Yes, buildings have been demolished, the country’s infrastructure has been obliterated and services have come to a halt. The only unharmed entity in this dilemma has been the forts of ‘Iman and Tawheed. This is the protection of Allah and this is the great success.
Another persistent statement of defeat amidst Muslim gatherings has been the envisaged longevity of the Syrian ordeal, substantiating their forecasts with the current intervention of Iran, Hezbollah and Russian/Chinese backing. When reminded of Allah’s ability to change things in a span of a moment as He did in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, they forgetfully respond: “This is different”
If our words fail to sooth broken hearts and reassure the doubtful, then we close this article with Allah’s declaration of might found in this Surah of optimism, Surah Al-Burooj, where He says:
“Indeed, the vengeance of your Lord is severe. Indeed, it is He who originates creation and repeats. And He is the Forgiving, the Affectionate. Honourable Owner of the Throne. Effecter of what He intends. Has there reached you the story of the soldiers? Those of Pharaoh and Thamud? But they who disbelieve are in persistent denial. While Allah encompasses them from behind. But this is an honoured Qur’an. Inscribed in a tablet preserved”
We don’t worry about the date of Allah’s victory nor do we doubt its arrival; our anguish pertains to the thought of finding an answer when asked on the Last Day: “What did you do for them?”
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 al-Quran 85:11
 al-Quran 3:185
 al-Quran 59:20
 al-Quran 57:12
 al-Quran 33:71
 al-Quran 85:11
 Narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan and others, on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Hiwaala (May Allah be pleased with him) and classified as ‘Saheeh’ By Imam Al-Albani
 See the tafseer of Imam At-Tabari
 al-Quran 2:191
 al-Quran 85:12-22