ASR time: Squeezer of the Day

Today we will discuss the first word of Surat-ul-Asr. Single word with meticulous details inherited within. The main subject of Allah Subhan O Talah in this Surat is time. Five different occasion Allah Subhan O Talah used this word in the Holy Qur’an. Allah Subhan O Talah exemplifying his glory with two stories, two demonstrations and at its peak, mind-boggling word وَالْعَصْرِ

ASR the most critical time of the day. In Arabic language wordعصير is used for Juice. With same origin the word عَصرٌ formulized. Asr time is the pith of day. Squeezer of the day. Squeezer is a tool use to remove the juice from the fruit . ASR time is basically your squeezer instrument.  

By WordRoot WordsMeaningFirst Placement
in the Holy Qur’an
Last Placement
in the Holy Qur’an
وَالْعَصْرِ05By time ,
squeezer
Chapter # 02 ,
Verse 266
Chapter # 103 ,
Verse 01

اَيَوَدُّ اَحَدُكُمْ اَنْ تَكُوْنَ لَهٗ جَنَّةٌ مِّنْ نَّخِيْلٍ وَّاَعْنَابٍ تَجْرِيْ مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْاَنْهٰرُ ۙ لَهٗ فِيْهَا مِنْ كُلِّ الثَّمَرٰتِ ۙ وَاَصَابَهُ الْكِبَرُ وَلَهٗ ذُرِّيَّةٌ ضُعَفَاۗءُ ښ فَاَصَابَهَآ اِعْصَارٌفِيْهِ نَارٌفَاحْتَرَقَتْ ۭ كَذٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللّٰهُ لَكُمُ الْاٰيٰتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَفَكَّرُوْنَ

اِعْصَارٌ

The first placement of the word اِعْصَارٌ is in Chapter # 02, Verse No 266, Allah Subhan O Talah contextualizing first story with a remarkably opening scene. “Would any of you wish to have a garden with palm trees, grapevines, and all kinds of fruits with rivers flowing underneath and as they grow very old with dependent children, a fiery whirlwind hits the garden, burning it all up? This is how Allah makes His revelations clear to you, so perhaps you will reflect.”

The story itself has highs and lows. On the one side Allah Subha O Talah painting the Magnificence of his blessings and on the flip side with His persuasive argument, He is inviting us to ponder.   

Remember: In this story He is referring to an Old man.


وَدَخَلَ مَعَهُ السِّجْنَ فَتَيٰنِ ۭ قَالَ اَحَدُهُمَآ اِنِّىْٓ اَرٰىنِيْٓ اَعْصِرُ خَمْرًا  ۚ وَقَالَ الْاٰخَرُ اِنِّىْٓ اَرٰىنِيْٓ اَحْمِلُ فَوْقَ رَاْسِيْ خُبْزًا تَاْكُلُ الطَّيْرُ مِنْهُ  ۭ نَبِّئْنَا بِتَاْوِيْـلِهٖ ۚ اِنَّا نَرٰىكَ مِنَ الْمُحْسِنِيْنَ

اَعْصِرُ

The Second placement of word اَعْصِرُ is in Chapter 12 , Verse No 36. Next story is about the two young man and their dreams. They were in a conversation with Yousaf (A.S) for dream interpretation.  

And there entered the prison with him two young men. One of them said, “Indeed, I have seen myself [in a dream] pressing wine.” The other said, “Indeed, I have seen myself carrying upon my head [some] bread, from which the birds were eating. Inform us of its interpretation; indeed, we see you to be of those who do good.” In continuation to earlier story. Son of an old man, Yousaf (A.S) is interpreting the dreams in the prison


ثُمَّ يَاْتِيْ مِنْۢ بَعْدِ ذٰلِكَ عَامٌ فِيْهِ يُغَاثُ النَّاسُ وَفِيْهِ يَعْصِرُوْنَ

يَعْصِرُوْنَ

The third placement of word يَعْصِرُوْنَ is Chapter 12, Verse 49. Abundance of water

Then after that will come a year in which people will receive abundant rain and they will press [oil and wine].


وَّاَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ الْمُعْــصِرٰتِ مَاۗءً ثَجَّاجًا

الْمُعْــصِرٰتِ

The fourth placement of word الْمُعْــصِرٰتِ is in Chapter 78 , Verse # 14 , Gushing of water

“And sent down, from the rain clouds, pouring water.”

Cohesive link between last two Verses both are focusing on Abundance of water


وَالْعَصْرِ

By Time. Or Afternoon


Conclusion: Allah Subhan O Talah declaring that Life is like a changing season. You can’t control the season but you can control your time. Core message from Surat-ul-Asr is not to waste your time.

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