A Simplified Explanation of Sūrah Al-Sharḥ from Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar


Verse 1

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ

Did we not, O Prophet, open your heart for you to the laws and practices of the religion [of Islām], calling to Allāh, and being endowed with noble traits of character;

Verse 2

وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ

and [did] We [not] take off, by that, the burden you had been carrying….

Verse 3

الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ

…that had been weighing down heavily on your back;

Verse 4

وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ

and [did] We [not] place you, with that which We have bestowed upon you of noble traits of character, in an exalted, high position?

Verse 5

فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

So do not let harm from your enemies turn you away from spreading the Message, for indeed there is, with [whatever] difficulty, a relief;

Verse 6

إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

indeed there is, with [that] difficulty, a relief.

Verse 7

فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانْصَبْ

So when you get free from matters pertaining to this life and its occupations, strive earnestly in worship….

Verse 8

وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ

…and to your Lord alone direct your [intentions and humble] requests of that which is in His possession.


Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar. King Fahd Qurʾān Printing Complex. Madīnah: 1434 H.