‘Asr literally means squeezing. It has been used for Time – in the sense of it’s meaning the squeezing of the past unfolding as future. The sura begins with Time and ends with sabr (patience). Sabr is the shrinking of time. The sura points out that the human being’s base nature is to be at a loss except those who believe, and do good deeds, and advise each other to truth, and advise each other to patience. Advising each other to truth and to patience is ‘Amr bil Ma’ruf’ and ‘Nahyi anil Munkar’. The highest degree of patience is that which is exercised when one keeps away from ‘haram’.