Believers should not allow grief to overtake them because of what may happen to them. They shall gain the upper hand, because of their superior faith. Believers prostrate themselves only to Allah, while other people prostrate before one or some of His creatures. The holy Quran makes it clear to the believers that they are indeed superiors and far more exalted than other people. It tells them: You have a superior way of life, because you follow a method established by Allah, while the methods followed by other groups have been devised by creatures. Moreover, your role is superior, because you have been selected for a position of trust to convey Almighty Allah’s guidance to all mankind. Other people are unaware of this guidance. Your place on earth is superior, because Allah has promised by to inherit the earth, while they will sink into oblivion. If you are truly believers, then you are superior. Therefore, you have to demonstrate the strength of your faith by not losing heart. The rules determined by Allah make it possible that you may score a victory or suffer a defeat, but the ultimate end after enduring the test and striving hard for Allah’s cause, will be in your favour. If misfortune befalls you, a similar misfortune has befallen other people as well. The misfortune suffered by the muslims and the fact that a similar one has befallen those who rejected the truth may be a reference to the battle of Badr, in which the polytheists suffered a heavy defeat and the muslims came out victorious. On the other hand, it may be a reference to the battle of Uhud in which the muslims were at first close to victory.
The polytheists began to retreat and were chased by the muslims. The banner of the polytheists fell to the ground and none of them was able to lift it up until a woman picked it up from the ground and they gathered around her. Later, the polytheists were able to regain their composure and hold on to their position, before they managed to achieve victory. What the Muslims suffered at the end was fair reward for their disagreement. Allah knows all hearts’ secrets and is aware of those who are true believers and those who are not. But the alternation of days of fortune and misfortune does not merely reveal secrets; it also translates faith into action and compels hypocrisy to express itself in the adoption of practical attitudes. Hence, it is action that merits reward. Allah does not hold people to account for what he knows of their position, but he counts their actions for or against them. The cycle of hardship and prosperity is as good a test as hardship. Some people may withstand hardship but become complacent when they are tested with prosperity. A true believer is one who remains steadfast in adversity and is not lured away by prosperity. He attributes whatever befalls him to Allah. In the process of preparing the maiden , muslim community for its role of leadership of mankind, Allah has tested it with hardship after prosperity, and with a bitter defeat after a spectacular victory. Both have happened according to the laws of nature. That is because Allah wants the muslim community to learn what brings in victory or defeat. Thus, it becomes better aware of the true nature of its constitution and way of life and what their implementation requires of it.