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Chapter 2: Verse  183-188

Surah Baqarah 002: Verse 186

وَإِذَاسَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَالدَّاعِ إِذَادَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْلِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْبِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

And when My servants ask you, , concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.

Every single lesson came at the exact time I needed it the most and every single time I found Him there to help me through.

This life’s tough. Indeed, a blessing but it’s hard and brutal. The people (including us) are neither self-sufficient nor controllers of our happiness. Similarly, no matter how hard you try, you are never entirely satisfying or pleasing.

I swam long against the ebbs and flows of life to please those I loved before I finally realised that I’m living a temporary life where I can’t control everyone’s happiness, nor can anyone else do that for me. Because it’s not supposed to be like this. Because this isn’t our permanent home. We don’t belong here forever…

So whom do we belong to? Where are we running to? Who shall we confide in?

And I ask myself thousand times over – How many times do I have to run over this course again and again to find my Rabb? Why am I so naive to loose Him every time?

But this verse is what I always stumble upon, in such times. It drags me smoothly to serenity, peace and tranquillity. And suddenly, everything that makes me cry becomes transparent in its worth. Every knot gets untied and every constriction is just…Gone. I get room to breathe. It’s like an embrace that doesn’t hold me, yet makes me feel warm.

These are the times when I find comfort in the folds of His warm words when the coldness of this world freezes me. I see myself melting ice by ice. I find Him running towards me even when I doubtfully walk. I find Him waiting for me even though He’s the last I turn to. I find His doors open when everyone shut them down on me. I find Him loving Me even when I can’t love my own self. I find Him extending His mercy towards me even when I’m unable to forgive my soul. His hope in me stretches till my last breath while I get hopeless after every other fall. While falling is when I find His love.
Right when I need it the most and that is how I soar.
Because I find Him there…
Every. Single. Time.
I find Him close.

How can someOne be SO far away yet feel so near…

Now listen to the verse again!

Can you not feel the nearness and warmth? Does it not send shivers down your spine?

NEXT: Lesson #26 (Juzz 2: Verse 189-196)


  1. SubhanAllah I remember listening to nouman ali khans tafseer of this ayat where he said Allah didnot say if they ask about me tell them i am near instead he relied himself saying then I am indeed near even this is enough to tell us that we dont need anyone to get to Allah subhana wa ta Ala he replies to us himself
    One more thing is He(subhana wa ta ‘ala) said i respond to the call of the caller be it anyyyyyyy caller instead of saying “muttaqi” mu’min” he used “caller”
    You dont have to be veryyyyyy religious or perfect to call on him He responds to anyone who calls on him sicerely and asks us to tryy to respond to (obey) him too

  2. True, Life is full of tantrums and every time you got involved so much, you need this reminder that He is the one who is to be sought after, to be asked for.
    JazakAllah Khairan for the reminder,and may Allah ease our troubles of this world and hereafter.

  3. This is a beautiful verse worth reflecting over time and time again.

    We surely do not belong here forever, but as came from Allah (swt) and will return back to Him, we need to turn to Him over and over again.

    Obey Him, supplicate to Him, ask Him, have faith in His words and confide in Him. We have nothing to lose, and everything to gain in both worlds insha Allah.


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