Interpretation of Sura an-Nur - Verse 38
Adopted from the book: "The Light of the Holy Qur'an - Interpretation of Sura an-Nur" by: "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani & a Group of Muslim Scholars"
38. "That Allah may reward them with the best of what they have done, and increase for them out of His grace. And Allah gives sustenance to whom He pleases without stint."
Allah compensates all shortages of Allah's men's deeds and gives them full reward. This noble verse points to the great reward of these guardians of the light of guidance who are the lovers of truth and reality. It says:
"That Allah may reward them with the best of what they have done, and increase for them out of His grace ... ."
There is nothing to get surprised at, because Allah's grace is not limited for those who deserve His Grace;
"... And Allah gives sustenance to whom He pleases without stint."
Upon the purpose of the Qur'anic phrase: /ahsana ma 'amilu/ ('the best of what they did'), mentioned in the verse, some say it refers to all good deeds, including recommended duties and compulsory ones, great or small.
Some others say it refers to the fact that Allah rewards a person who does a good deed tenfold, or sometimes 700 times or even more, as we read in Sura Al-'An'am, No.6, verse 160: " Whosever brings a good (deed), he shall have ten times its like ..." And in Sura Al-Baqarah, No. 2, verse 261, we read: "The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah's way is as the likeness of a grain (of corn) that grows seven ears, ( with) a hundred grains in every ear. And Allah multiplies (in abundance) for whom He wills ..."
Upon the commentary of the above-mentioned phrase, there is also this probability that the purpose of it is that Allah will reward them all of their deeds according to the measure of their best deeds. Even their insignificant and middle deeds will be rewarded in the row of their best deeds.
This manner is not beyond the grace of Allah, because when justice and punishment are in contemplation, equality is necessary, but when grace and generosity come in, bounties and remittal are without stint, since His Pure Essence is infinite and His bless is unlimited and His generosity is endless.
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