In our previous meditation we discussed how Surah an-Nasr was the foretelling of how Rasulullah (SAW) would conquer Makkah and reclaim the Kabbatullah and, through this, remove all of the idols and the shirk from the house of Allah (SWT). We also looked at how this relates to us, where we must return and conquer the Baitullah within us, our heart, and purify it from any form of shirk that has polluted it from the pure love and obedience of Allah (SWT). This is the greatest victory for any Muslim.
In this meditation, we will reflect upon how Allah (SWT) has taught us to do so, in sha Allah.
When we look at Surah an-Nasr, it is written in the future tense and is predicting what will happen. Allah (SWT) has purposefully revealed this Surah in this way, as it is a message for Rasulullah (SAW) and, consequently, for all of us.
In order to truly understand the significance of this Surah and the conquest of Makkah, it is important to understand the history behind it. When Rasulullah (SAW) was in Medina, he (SAW) signed a 10-year truce with the Quraysh (the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah). This truce, however, was broken within two years when allies of the Qurayash attacked allies of Rasulullah (SAW).
As a result of this, Rasulullah (SAW) gathered an army of 10,000 Muslims to conquer Makkah. The conquest of Makkah, however, was very peaceful and, in total, only two Muslims and 12 Quraysh were killed.
Most importantly, Abu Sufyan (LA) soon converted to Islam, admitting that the Meccan gods had proved powerless and that there was indeed only one god, Allah (SWT).
When we reflect upon the conquest of Makkah, we begin to understand the true meaning of Surah an-Nasr and the importance of purifying our heart from any shirk that prevents it from purely loving and being obedient to Allah (SWT).
Allah (SWT) begins by assuring Rasulullah (SAW) that he (SAW) will be successful. The reason why Muhammad (SAW) will be successful is because Allah (SWT) will always help and support his servant.
As we are also servants of Allah (SWT), who is our master and Lord (SWT), we must love and care for Allah (SWT) just as Allah (SWT) loves and cares for us.
When we care for Allah (SWT), his care, inayatallah, can reach us as this connection is opened. When we do not care for Allah (SWT), this inayatallah cannot reach us. The only aspect that determines how much inayatallah we will receive is how much care for Allah (SWT) there is in our heart, which is affected by how much shirk is stopping us from loving our Lord (SWT) purely.
As Rasulullah’s (SWT) heart was pure and free from shirk, Muhammad (SAW) received total inayatallah. As our hearts have been polluted by shirk, we will receive much less.
However, even the small amount of inayatallah that we have within us is enough. Even though we think we may need a lot to conquer our heart (just as Rasulullah (SAW) had prepared an army of 10,000 for the conquest of Makkah), in reality, Allah’s (SWT) inayatallah is so strong that even a small amount can conquer even the hardest heart, very easily and peacefully.
In fact, when faced with inayatallah in your heart, even the greatest form of shirk, the strongest idol stopping you from connecting with Allah (SWT) will see how powerless it is and will succumb to Allah (SWT). By doing so, your heart will automatically become purer as the greatest bad thoughts, habits and characteristics will soon be avenged from your life.
May Allah (SWT) grant us all, in this Holy month of Ramadan, the month in which Rasulullah (SAW) conquered Makkah and reclaimed the Kabbatullah, the reclaiming of our own heart through the inayatallah of our Lord (SWT). May we purify our heart so that we care more for Allah (SWT) and, consequently, allow more of his (SWT) infinite and powerful care to enter into our heart and into our life. May this inayatallah allow us to be successful in everything that we choose, especially in the conquest of our own heart through the purification of removing shirk and having only love and obedience for Allah (SWT) in the Baitullah that is within us. Aamin.