In our previous meditation, we discussed the meaning of the second ayat of Surah an-Nasr, where Allah (SWT) told Rasulullah (SAW) that groups of people would now accept Islam, as opposed to the singular person who used to enter Islam before the conquest of Makkah. We assessed how the cleansing of the Kabbatullah, where the idols and satanic influence were removed, could no longer stop groups of people from entering into Islam and accepting the message of Muhammad (SAW). We concluded by relating this to our own heart, where when it is full of shirk, there is the occasional blessing, but when it is purified, countless and continuous blessings reach us.
In this meditation, we will begin to understand the final ayat of this Surah:
(Then exalt (Him) with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever-accepting)
When we assess the logic of this Surah, we see that it is very simple. In the first ayat, Allah (SWT) tells Rasulullah (SAW) about His (SAW) victory and opening. In the second ayat, Allah (SWT) mentions the result of this, with groups of people joining Islam. In the final ayat, Allah (SWT) tells Rasulullah (SAW) what to do once this happens.
Allah (SWT) tells Rasulullah (SAW) to praise Allah (SWT) and ask His (SWT) forgiveness. Let us look at these two commandments individually.
Firstly, to praise Allah (SWT). As we discussed in a previous meditation, everything that we have is a result of inayatallah (the care of Allah (SWT)). Therefore, the conquest of Makkah was a result of this inayyatallah and Allah (SWT) must be praised, as He (SWT) is the source of this victory.
Secondly, we need to ask Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness as the conquest of Makkah happened in the final weeks of Rasulullah’s (SAW) life. For all of those years previously, the Kabbatullah was full of idols and satanic influence and only now was it purified.
When we apply this to our own life, we can see how this relates to us.
When we purify our hearts and allow constant and continuous blessings, we must always praise Allah (SWT) as the source of these blessings. This is for multiple reasons:
Firstly, Allah (SWT) gave us the innayatallah to purify our heart from any idolatry and shirk that was within it. Secondly, this purified heart has now allowed blessing after blessing from Allah (SWT) to be attracted to it and reach it. On both counts, this is a nehmat of Allah (SWT).
Secondly, we must ask forgiveness for being so far from Allah (SWT) for so long. In the same way that the Kabbatullah was full of idols and satanic influence for many years during the time of Rasulullah (SAW), our heart has also been full of idolatory and satanic influence for a considerable time.
For all of those years that we have been far from Allah (SWT), we must also ask forgiveness. We cannot start with a clean slate when we have purified our heart, we also need to amend and ask for forgiveness for that which we had done.
This is what we must do once we have cleansed our heart as this is also what continues to keep our heart clean. When we are praising Allah (SWT) for the blessings that He (SWT) has given us, we are reminding our self of how much we have when we are close to Him (SWT). When we ask for forgiveness, we are remembering how few blessings we had when we were far from Him (SWT) and, through this, will not go far from him again.
In both praising Allah (SWT) and in asking forgiveness from Allah (SWT) we are, ultimately, reminding our self of how important it is to be close to Allah (SWT) and to keep our baitullah, our heart which is the home of our love for Allah (SWT), pure and free of shirk and satanic influence.
May Allah (SWT) guide us towards praising Him (SWT) and asking His (SWT) forgiveness so that we can constantly remind ourself of the importance of keeping our heart clean, by appreciating the blessings that we have been given and remembering the times when they were far from us. Aamin.