Surah 107. Al-Maa’oon – The Spring of Sustenance
This Surah most vividly distinguishes Salaat as a Collective System closely tied to social welfare, from the empty individual ritualism.
Al-Ma’oon is frequently but erroneously translated as 'assistance', 'small kindness', ‘neighborly needs' etc. Linguistically, and in the context it means, "The Spring of Sustenance."
With the Glorious Name of God, the Instant and Sustaining Source of all Mercy and Kindness
107:1 Have you seen him who proclaims allegiance to the Divine System, but denies it in action? [53:33, 75:32-33, 95:7. Takzeeb = To give lie = Deny in practice = Reject in daily life]
107:2 He is the one who repels the orphan, the widow, the helpless, the one in a lonely state. [89:10, 69:34]
107:3 And urges not the feeding of the needy. And participates not in helping those who have lost their jobs, whose businesses have stalled, and whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their basic needs.
107:4 Ah, woe to the praying ones!
107:5 Those who know not what their prayer is meant to be.
107:6 They only want to be seen and praised. [9:54. They go through the motions of prayer and keep announcing it]
107:7 And, with all this, they hinder the flow of sustenance (by hoarding). [Ma'n = Running water. Mu’eein = Source of sustenance with plenty of fresh water springs. 23:50]