What Comes Later Will Be Better
By the brightness of the morning, and by the night when it grows dark,
Your Lord has neither forsaken you, nor does He despise you
Surely what comes later will be better for you than what came before,
And your Lord will soon give you that with which you will be pleased.
Did He not find you an orphan and has He not taken care of you?
Did He not find you wandering in error and has He not guided you?
Did He not find you needy and has He not enriched you?
Therefore, do not oppress the orphan,
And do not repulse the one who asks for help.
And recount the favors of your Lord.
Each of us goes through periods of pessimism, loneliness, or gloom when we feel that life is not working for us. Our efforts seem to go nowhere, and there is no help in sight. It is natural to feel pessimistic and hopeless in such a condition.
We can overcome the depressing feelings in such times by recalling the successes of the past, the hurdles we have overcome. Each of us can think back to situations where the doors that were closed opened to new and better opportunities, by the grace of God.
The practice of recalling past successes to lift gloom is taught in this sura. How it is applied in difficult situations will be discussed in our meeting.
Our discussions are based on the book 'The Quran and The Life of Excellence.'
Notice: The attendees will be requested to contribute $ 5 each to help with the cost of renting the meeting room.