“it would suffice them”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن تبع هداه وبعد

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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Says in His Majestic Book:

وَالْعَصْرِ
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

“By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth , and recommend one another to patience.” [Al-‘Asr]

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Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله تعالى said (regarding this) in his ‘Miftaah Dar as-Sa’adah’, 1/105:

قال الشافعي رضى الله عنه لو فكر الناس كلهم في هذه السورة لكفتهم وبيان ذلك ان المراتب اربعة وباستكمالها يحصل للشخص غاية كماله احداها معرفة الحق الثانية عمله به الثالثة تعليمه من لا يحسنه الرابعة صبره على تعلمه والعمل به وتعليمه فذكر تعالى المراتب الاربعة في هذه السورة واقسم سبحانه في هذه السورة بالعصر ان كل احد في خسر الا الذين آمنوا وعملوا الصالحات وهم الذين عرفوا الحق وصدقوا به فهذه مرتبة وعملوا الصالحات وهم الذين عملوا بما علموه من الحق فهذه مرتبة اخرى وتواصوا بالحق وصى به بعضهم بعضا تعليما وارشادا فهذه مرتبة ثالثة وتواصوا بالصبر صبروا على الحق ووصى بعضهم بعضا بالصبر عليه والثبات فهذه مرتبة رابعة وهذانهاية الكمال فإن الكمال ان يكون الشخص كاملا في نفسه مكملا لغيره وكماله باصلاح قوتيه العلمية والعملية فصلاح القوة العلمية بالايمان

“Imam ash-Shaafi’i said (about this Surah): “If all of mankind were to reflect upon Surah al-‘Asr, it would suffice them.

(Ibn al-Qayyim continues): “And an explanation of this is that by the perfection of the four levels, an individual attains the limit in his perfection. The first: Knowing the truth; the second: acting upon it; the third: teaching it to the one who is not conversant with it and the fourth: having patience in learning it, acting upon it and teaching it.

So Allaah, the Exalted, Mentioned the four levels in this Surah and He, free from all imperfection, swore an oath in this Surah, by time, that every person is certainly in loss and ruin except those who have faith and do righteous actions. They are the ones who act upon whatever they know of the truth, and this is (yet another level). They recommend each other to the truth. They advise one another by teaching and directing – this is the third level. They recommend each other to patience. They remain patient upon the truth and they advise each other to have patience upon it and to be firm upon it – this is the fourth level.

And this is the limit of perfection, for perfection is that a person should be perfect in his (own) self, as well as one who strives to perfect others. His perfection is achieved by correcting his two strengths, knowledge and action. The correctness of the strength in knowledge is due to Imaan (faith) and the correctness of the strength in action is by righteous actions. His perfecting others is by teaching them, having patience in this and recommending them to have patience upon knowledge and to act upon it.”

[This Surah, despite its brevity, is one of the most comprehensive of the Surahs of the Qur’an in gathering goodness in its entirety. All praise is due to Allaah who made His Book sufficient from everything and a healing for every disease and a guide to every good.]

Taken from: http://foulana.wordpress.com

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And Allaah alone is the Source of strength.

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