Recession and Islamic perspective : All the soothing verses from the Qur’an

As it’s rightly said, there’s nothing new under the heaven. And the present hardship in Nigeria won’t last forever as the worse of such a situation had happened to many generations far yet before now.

Almighty Allah has indeed spoken to mankind in many chapters and verses of the Holy Qur’an to attest to the fact that no logjam lasts forever and that after every difficulty there’s joy. The Qur’an also enjoined us as a nation and individuals to be mindful of the fact that challenges are universal as that help is always near. And that every single soul will be facing one trial or the other at a particular moment.

According to Imam Abdulwaheed Akomolesin of Ikeoluwa Central Mosque, Orile Agege, Lagos, a period of turmoil is not peculiar to any nation or individual. And that what’s happening to us in Nigeria has been foretold in the Holy Qur’an. That the only solution is to be steadfast in seeking the face of Allah and be patient to earn His reward just like it happened in the lives of prophets of Allah, including prophet Isa (ASW) and Mohammed (ASW).

Citing Qur’an, chapter 2, verse 153, Akomolesin said, “Oh you who believe! Seek help with patience, perseverance and prayer, for Allah is with those who patiently persevere”.

He spoke further, “And for those who exercise patience, Allah (SWT) will help and show a way out of every difficulty.

“And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out. And He provides for him from (source) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, we will test you with certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life, and fruits of your toil. But give good news to the steadfast. Those who, when disaster strikes them, say “We belong to Allah and to Him we will return. Those are the people who have blessings and mercy from their lord; they’re the ones who are guided.” Q2 v 155-157.

Corroborating the submissions, other chapters and verses of the Qur’an that could also comfort mankind during this recession are well spelt out in the Holy Book as sent by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Some of these verses include: “And for those who exercise patience, Allah (SWT) will help and show a way out of every difficulty.

“And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out. And he provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose. And verily, for all things has Allah appointed a time proportion.” Q 65 vs 2-3.

Allah says in another verse: “Seek Allah’s help with patience, perseverance and prayer. It’s indeed hard except for those who are humble” Q 2 vs 45.

Meanwhile, going by the present economic predicament in the country, a lot of Nigerians have lost faith and confidence even not only in the government of the day but in God. And in their understanding of the situation, God knows nothing about our problem as to them, most of the problems are purely artificial. But the Qur’an has made it abundantly clear that it’s only Allah that knows everything and particularly whether a situation a country is going through at a particular moment is good for the nation or not. And this was evident in chapter 2, verse 216 of the Holy Qur’an which says, “It may be that you hate something when it’s good for you and it may be that you love something when it’s bad for you. Allah (SWT) knows and you know not.”

Another scholar, Alfa Munirudeen Hudhaefa said, “As Muslims or as a nation, we must always remember that there is always a moment of trial or test but after every tunnel, there’s light. And no matter how much hardship Nigeria is facing now, there is going to be relief in the end.

“Verily, with every difficulty, there is relief. So, the Qur’an says.”

In what also indicated that the country’s situation now is a sign of test from Almighty Allah, the Holy Qur’an also authenticated in chapter 29 vs 2-3 which says, “Do people think that they will be left alone because they say “We believe,” and will not be tested? And we indeed tested those who came before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although) Allah knows all that before putting them to test.”

In another chapter, the Holy Qur’an also says “Patiently, then, persevere for the promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praise of your Lord in the evening and in the morning”. Q 40 vs 55.

“No one would be grated such goodness except those who exercise patience and self restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” Q 41 vs 35.

So, with all the soothing verses from the Holy Qur’an, it means no hope is lost. And that, at the end of the present economic turmoil, Nigeria will surely celebrate.

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