022 - Soorah al-Hajj - (The Pilgrimage) - [Madanee]
[022:073] O mankind! A similitude has been coined, so listen to it (carefully): Verily, those on whom you call besides Allâh, cannot create (even) a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly snatches away a thing from them, they will have no power to release it from the fly. So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought.
[022:074] They have not estimated Allâh His Rightful Estimate. Verily, Allâh is All-Strong, All-Mighty.
[022:075] Allâh chooses Messengers from angels and from men. Verily, Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Seer.
[022:076] He knows what is before them, and what is behind them. And to Allâh return all matters (for decision).
[022:077] O you who have believed! Bow down, and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord and do good that you may be successful.
[022:078] And strive hard in Allâh's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islâmic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion of Islâm), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship: it is the religion of your father Ibrâhîm (Abraham) (Islâmic Monotheism). It is He (Allâh) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Qur'ân), that the Messenger (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! So, perform As-Salât (the prayers), give Zakât (obligatory charity) and hold fast to Allâh [i.e. have confidence in Allâh, and depend upon Him in all your affairs]. He is your Maulâ (Patron, Lord), what an Excellent Maulâ (Patron, Lord) and what an Excellent Helper!
* (V.22:77) Prostration (see the List of Prostration Places at the end).
(V.22:78) Religion is very easy. And the statement of the Prophet : "The most beloved religion to Allâh [Subhânahu wa Ta'âla] is the tolerant Hanîfiyyah [i.e., Islâmic Monotheism, i.e., to worship Him (Allâh) Alone and not to worship anything else along with Him.]"
Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAllâhu 'anhu]: The Prophet [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion, will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by offering the Salât (prayers) in the mornings, afternoons and during the last hours of the nights." (See Fath Al-Bari)
[Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1/39 (O.P.38)]
(V.22:78) See the footnote of (V.2:143).