“And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

Allah concludes surah al-‘Ankaboot with the following ayah:

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [29:69]

Commenting on this ayah in his famous book of tafsir, Imam ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di wrote the following beneficial words for the student of knowledge:

ـ { وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا } وهم الذين هاجروا في سبيل اللّه، وجاهدوا أعداءهم، وبذلوا مجهودهم في اتباع مرضاته، { لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا } أي: الطرق الموصلة إلينا، وذلك لأنهم محسنون. ـ

And those who strive for Us” – and they are those who migrated in the path of Allah and struggled against their enemies and expended their efforts in following His pleasure – “We will surely guide them to Our ways” – meaning, the paths which lead to Us, and that is because they are the good-doers.

ـ { وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ } بالعون والنصر والهداية. دل هذا على أن أحرى الناس بموافقة الصواب أهل الجهاد، وعلى أن من أحسن فيما أمر به أعانه اللّه ويسر له أسباب الهداية، وعلى أن من جد واجتهد في طلب العلم الشرعي، فإنه يحصل له من الهداية والمعونة على تحصيل مطلوبه أمور إلهية، خارجة عن مدرك اجتهاده، وتيسر له أمر العلم، فإن طلب العلم الشرعي من الجهاد في سبيل اللّه، بل هو أحد نَوْعَي الجهاد، الذي لا يقوم به إلا خواص الخلق، وهو الجهاد بالقول واللسان، للكفار والمنافقين، والجهاد على تعليم أمور الدين، وعلى رد نزاع المخالفين للحق، ولو كانوا من المسلمين. ـ

And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good” by means of aid, support and guidance. This demonstrates that the most likely of people to coincide with what is correct are the people of striving.

And this [also] demonstrates that whoever performs excellently in regards to what he has been commanded to do, Allah will assist him and facilitate the causes of guidance for him.

And this [also] demonstrates that whoever takes seeking shar’ee (religious) knowledge seriously and strives in it, then indeed he will thereby achieve guidance and assistance in attaining his goals in the religious affairs beyond his own personal efforts, and the issues of knowledge will be made easy for him. For indeed, seeking shar’ee knowledge is part of jihaad in the path of Allah; rather it is one of the two types of jihaad, that which cannot be established except by the most exemplary of people – and that is jihaad of speech and the tongue, against (both) the disbelievers and the hypocrites. And it is jihaad in teaching the affairs of the deen, and in refuting the differences of those who oppose the truth, even if they are from among the Muslims.

[Taysir al-Kareem al-Rahman pg. 746-747]

See also: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it”: Ibn Kathir

See also: Studying the Qur’an and the Softening of Hearts: Ibn Kathir

See also: “Beautified for people is the love of what they desire”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

See also: A Comprehensive Statement regarding Bid’ah: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: “And whoever becomes dim-sighted to the remembrance of al-Rahman…”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

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