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 Total Ayat 8
 
 Total Words 27
 
  Root Words 18
 
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Naming Convention of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 17/08/2016

This Surah takes its name after the first Ayat, أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ "Did We not expand for you, your chest?" [94:1].

There are 8 Ayat in this Surah.

 
 
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Central Theme [ edit ] Last edited: 19/03/2016

The aim and object of this Surah too is to console and encourage the Messenger. This was by itself a great revolution in his own life of which he had no idea in his life before Prophethood. No sooner had he started preaching the message of Islam than the same society which had esteemed him with unique honour, turned hostile to him. The same relatives and friends, the same clansmen and neighbours, who used to treat him with the highest respect, began to shower him with abuse and criticism. No one in Makkah was prepared to listen to him; he began to be ridiculed and mocked in the street and on the road; and at every step he had to face new difficulties. Although gradually he became accustomed to the hardships, even much severer ones, yet the initial stage was very discouraging for him. That is why first Surah 93: adh-Dhuha was sent down to console him, and then this Surah.

In it, at the outset, God says: “We have favoured you, O Prophet, with three great blessings; therefore you have no cause to be disheartened. The first is the blessing of ‘opening up of the breast’ (Sharh Sadr), the second of removing from you the heavy burden that was weighing down your back before the call, and the third of exalting your renown the like of which has never been granted to any man before."

After this, the Lord and Sustainer of the universe has reassured His Servant and Messenger that the period of hardships which he is passing through, is not very long, but following close behind it there is also a period of ease. This same thing has been described in Surah 93: adh-Dhuha, saying: “Every later period is better for you than the former period, and soon your Lord will give you so much that you will be well pleased.”

In conclusion, the Prophet has been instructed, so as to say, “You can develop the power to bear and resist the hardships of the initial stage only by one means, and it is this: ‘When you are free from your occupations, you should devote yourself worship, and turn all your attention exclusively to your Lord’.” This same instruction has been given to him in much greater detail in Surah 73: al-Muzzammil (The Enwrapped One) 1-9.

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Connection of the name of the Surah and its Ayaat [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Connection between the beginning and the ending of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 19/03/2016
  • Longing for Allah [وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَب]  is amongst the best ways for the chest to expand [أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ]
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Connection of the Surah to the Surah before/after it [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Period of Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016

Its subject matter so closely resembles that of Surah 93: adh-Dhuha (The Morning Brightness) that both these Surah seem to have been revealed in about the same period under similar conditions. According to Abdullah bin Abbas, it was sent down in Makkah just after Surah 93: adh-Dhuha.

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Background Reasons for Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Lessons/Guidance/Major-Issues/Reflections [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
  • Allah expanded the breast of the Prophet, relieved his burden and exalted his fame.

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Wiki Forum Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Miscellaneous Issues Last edited: 04/03/2016
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External Links [ edit ] Last edited: 26/04/2016
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