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English - Ma'ariful Qur'an - Mufti Shafi Usmani RA - Vol - 4
Surah At-Taubah - 9 : Verses 128 - 129

Verses 128 - 129

Surely, there has come to you a Messenger from amongst you, hard on whom is your suffering, for the good of you he craves and for believers he is kind, merciful. [128]

So, if they turn away, say, "Enough for me is Allah. There is no god but He. In Him I have placed my trust, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne." [129]


These are the last verses of Surah Al-Taubah where it has been declared that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam: Peace be upon him is very kind and merciful for the entire creation of Allah, particularly so for Muslims. Then, in the last verse, he has been told that he should observe patience and trust Allah even if there are people who do not come to believe despite all his efforts.

That this theme appears at the end of Surah Al-Taubah happens to be very appropriate. It will be recalled that this Surah has been full of references to the declaration of withdrawal from the disbelievers, the ultimate severance of relationship with them and then fighting in Jihad against them. This is, however, the last resort of the Call to Allah subject to the condition that the initial steps of Da'wah (call) and Tabligh (communication of the Message) leave no hope of correction and betterment. But, the basic function of the prophets is to invite people to the way of Allah with love, affection, sympathy and an earnest desire for their well-being; if they have to face aversion from the people or have to suffer some hardships, they are supposed to leave it to Allah and place their trust in Him, for He is the Lord of the Great Throne. By saying the Rabb or Lord of the Great 'Arsh, the purpose is to lay stress on the fact that He encompasses the entire creation.

The last two verses, according to Sayyidna 'Ubaiyy ibn Ka'b Radhi-Allahu Anh: Allah be pleased with him, are the last verses of the Qur'an. After these no other verse was revealed and the Holy Prophet Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam: Peace be upon him left the mortal world. This is also the statement of Sayyidna Ibn 'AbbasRadhi-Allahu Anh: Allah be pleased with him. (Qurtubi)

Great merits of these two verses appear in Hadith. Sayyidna Abu-d-Darda' Radhi-Allahu Anh: Allah be pleased with him says, 'One who recites these verses three times, morning and evening, shall find that Allah Ta'ala makes things easy for him (Qurtubi)' Allah knows best.

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