The Greatest Loss: A Tafsir of Surat al-Asr [Surah 103]

The Greatest Loss A Tafsīr Of Sūrat ʾl ʿAsr – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 6th April 2013 at Al Kawthar Academy (Leicester)

One of the greatest blessings and gifts that man has been bestowed with is time. Man neglects the importance of time and thus becomes extremely preoccupied in the pursuit of mundane desires. Ultimately, these pursuits result in the spiritual decline of the rūḥ (spirit). This is a form of ingratitude to Allāh as this gift of time is not utilised by man in the manner in which He desires. This ingratitude distances the rūḥ from Allāh and hurls it into a great loss.

This beautiful sūrah, swearing by time and its significance, expounds on the importance of revitalising the soul and saving it from utter destruction and great loss by performing good deeds and counselling others to patience and perseverance as well as the truth. Furthermore, the talk details the prescriptions of the Messenger ﷺ which allow us to learn how to value and appreciate this great gift.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics relating to this talk:

4:13 – When would The Ṣaḥabah رضى الله عنهم recite Sūrat ʾl ʿAsr?
9:12 – Is there an oath in this for one of intelligence?
14:55 – What is Man’s greatest loss with regards to time?
22:29 – Is there always a deterioration in man?
30:48 – Five things a person will be questioned about on the Day of Judgement.
36:08 – What are the two things in Man that grow younger?
40:52 – Be in the world as though you are a stranger or a traveller.
50:05 – Capitalise on 5 before the arrival of 5.
58:08 – How much wealth is sufficient before we turn to Allāh?

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