Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous. (255).....AlBaqarah , chapter 2 ,The Noble Qur'an.
.....These ayats, [2:255], along with Al Fatihah and last three ayat of Surah Al Baqarah, [2:284, 285, and 286] are all 'super heavyweight' in The Noble Qur'an .
A well known hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas as related via Muslim and An Nasa'i ,it was told that Jibril was with Prophet Muhammad when there was a loud reverberating sound up in the heaven.
Jibril lifted his gaze and said: 'This is a door that was opened just now in heaven, and it was never opened before'. An angel came down through the door to the Prophet and said, " Receive the good news of two lights that you have been given and which no prophet before you was given. The opener of the Book [ Al Fatihah ] and the last three ayat in surah Al Baqarah. You will not read a letter from them, but you will be granted its benefit".
Unto Allah (belongeth) whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; and whether ye make known what is in your minds or hide it, Allah will bring you to account for it. He will forgive whom He will and He will punish whom He will. Allah is Able to do all things. (284) The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers - We make no distinction between any of His messengers - and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (285) Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (2:286)
"Allah, task not my soul beyond my scope. Condemn me not even if I forget or when I missed my mark. Impose not on me that which I have no strength to bear. Lay not a burden on me as YOU did on those before me. Forgive me..... YOU are the journeying".
A prayer and doa for all seasons!
Ayats 284 to 286 of surah Al Baqarah are my favourite ayats and companion, day and night. Along with Ayatul Kursi and Al Fatihah, as a doa ,prayer,constant 'companion', and panacea of all ills, we can never go wrong...
Dr Nik Howk