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A form of divine beneficence bestowed upon the pious or those confronted with worldly misfortune despite their righteousness. The Qurʾān recalls instances of God or his agents consoling some pre-Islamic figures; in addition, a number of qurʾānic verses themselves constitute divine consolation for Muḥammad and his followers.

God strengthened the heart of Moses' (q.v.) mother ( rabaṭnā ʿalā qalbihā) when she was told to cast him into the river to elude Pharaoh's (q.v.) soldiers ( q 28:10). She was comforted (taqarra ʿaynuhā) when Moses' life was spared and Pharaoh's wife selec…

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Bashir, Shahzad, “Consolation”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00090>

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