Surah 29. Al-‘Ankabut (The Spider)
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
2. Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested?
3. We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.
4. Do those who practise evil think that they will get the better of Us? Evil is their judgment!
5. For those whose hopes are in the meeting with Allah (in the Hereafter, let them strive); for the term (appointed) by Allah is surely coming and He hears and knows (all things).
6. And if any strive (with might and main), they do so for their own souls: for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.
7. Those who believe and work righteous deeds,- from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.
8. We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me (in worship) anything of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not. Ye have (all) to return to me, and I will tell you (the truth) of all that ye did.
9. And those who believe and work righteous deeds,- them shall We admit to the company of the Righteous.
10. Then there are among men such as say, “We believe in Allah.; but when they suffer affliction in (the cause of) Allah, they treat men’s oppression as if it were the Wrath of Allah. And if help comes (to thee) from thy Lord, they are sure to say, “We have (always) been with you!” Does not Allah know best all that is in the hearts of all creation?
This is the surah of trials.
1. These trials are an inevitable part of a Muslim’s life. They are a sunnah of the universe ordained by Allah (SWT) upon earth. Some may ask, ‘Why are we sent these trials? Would it not have been better for us to live a peaceful life, praying, fasting and worshipping Allah (SWT) with no trials or tragedies?’ Those who ask these questions have not understood the Allah’s (SWT) Wisdom and Intention in creating this world.
2. This world was created as a trial for the hereafter and without these trials, it would not be possible to rank people in [the different levels of] paradise. It would not be possible to distinguish between those who deserve the highest firdous (the highest level of paradise), those who deserve the lowest level of paradise, and those who do not deserve to enter paradise at all until they pass through some punishment.
3. Accordingly, it is a necessity for the Justice of Allah (SWT) to put His Worshippers through trials in order to distinguish the bad from the good.
4. Surah also refers to the duties required by faith, which tests peoples’ true metal. To believe is not a simple word that one says. Rather it means steadfastness in the face of adversity, and the fulfilment of one’s duties.
5. Part of the surah speaks of the basic nature of faith, the test that people have to pass, the different destiny of believers, unbelievers and hypocrites, and the fact of individual responsibility, which means that no one is answerable for anyone else’s deeds.
source: Amr Khaled and In the shade of the quran