We are currently meditating on Surah an-Nasr and in our previous meditation, we began to understand the second ayat, where Allah (SWT) tells Rasulullah (SAW) that people will now accept Islam in groups and in multitudes, whereas before they only accepted Islam individually. We concluded by stating that every single Quraysh member in Makkah accepted Islam in the conquest of Makkah and, even to this day, groups, communities and nations now all accept Islam together.
In this meditation we will continue our understanding of the second ayat of Surah an-Nasr:
The very fundamental question that we must ask ourselves is why did those groups of people not accept Islam before the conquest of Makkah? What changed to make those fierce enemies of Rasulullah (SAW) now pray behind him by the Kabbatullah?
When Rasulullah (SAW) entered the Makkah, He (SAW) first went to the Kabbatullah and removed all of the idols that were within the Kabbatullah. He (SAW) then prayed an 8-rakat salaat inside the Kabbatullah.
Before Rasulullah (SAW) entered Makkah, the Kabbatullah was full of idolatry and satanic influence. This prevented people from accepting Islam as this satanic influence kept them far from Allah (SWT). By removing the idols and their satanic influence, Rasulullah (SAW) cleared the Kabbatullah from this satanic influence so that the thing which was keeping people away from Allah (SWT) could no longer do so.
When there is satanic influence, there is bad and when there is only purity of Allah (SWT) there is good. When we relate this to our own life, we can see how this applies to us.
When our heart is full of idolatry as we have made other things more important than Allah (SWT), our life is like the time before the conquest of Makkah and the cleaning of the Kabbatullah from satanic influence.
We may experience the occasional blessing from Allah (SWT), where one by one a few blessings reach us just like people accepted Islam one by one.
However, when we clean our heart from this idolatry and shirk, where we place other things before Allah (SWT), our life then becomes like Islam after the clearing of the Kabbatullah, where groups and groups of blessings from Allah (SWT) reach us.
No longer do we receive the occasional blessing, but countless blessings just flow to us. Just like the Kabbatullah is a magnet for us, where Muslims constantly flock to it and circle around it, our hearts become a magnet for the blessings of Allah (SWT), which are attracted to us effortlessly and continuously.
In the first ayat of Surah an-Nasr, we discussed about how to purify our hearts from any idolatry and shirk and in this, the second ayat, we know the reason why, as this shirk is preventing the blessings of Allah (SWT) from reaching us and this purifying of our heart will allow them to come to us.
This is why Rasulullah (SAW) did not just remove the idols, but also performed an 8-rakat salaat. Through this action, Rasulullah (SAW) is showing us the way to do this by connecting salaat with the purification of the Kabbatullah.
When we are strong with our salaat, our heart becomes purer as the very purpose of salaat is to make Allah (SWT) the focus of our life and, through this, remove anything else that may become an idol of shirk in our heart, separating us from Allah (SWT).
May Allah (SWT) give us all the wisdom and understanding to purify our heart so that we can begin to allow His (SWT) countless and continuous blessings to flow into our life. May we always stay strong with our salaat, where we turn towards the Kabbatullah, so that we can keep the baitullah within us, the heart where our love for Allah (SWT) resides, pure from anything that stops us from being close to Allah (SWT). Aamin.