Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prophet Moses (Musa alayhissalam)

In the light of Surah Al Qasas; Chapter 28 in the Noble Quran.

Musa or Moses (peace be upon him) is one of the mightiest Prophets of Islam. He is among the five great Prophets namely Abraham (Ibrahim), Noah (Nuh), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all). The reasons why Allah chose him to be a Prophet and the one whom He talked with can be found out when we read his story mentioned in the Quran. He is mentioned most frequently than any other Prophet in the Quran. In Chapter 28 of Al Quran called 'The Stories' or Al Qasas Allah mentions the story of Prophet Musa in good detail.
In verse 1 Allah says that He is relating the story of Musa in truth for those who are the believers.
Quran is the only living book since 1400 years which relates to us the past stories of the nations that have been wiped out from the face of the earth. But those who are the people of understanding and those who believe in the facts and the truth presented in history believe the words of Allah without any doubt. Scientists and researchers have found out many things to be true as they are mentioned in the Quran.
Quran was revealed on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was unlettered and there was no way he could find out the history of the bygone days. Allah revealed to him the stories of the past prophets and nations and he narrated the verses to the people of Makkah so that they believe in Allah and accept the truth of one true god.
The story of Musa (alayhissalaam) is one of the stories related to Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhiwasallam) through revelation.
Musa (peace be upon him) is found to be invoking Allah at all the points in life. His story starts with mentioning how the tyranny of Firaun (Pharaoh) had left the girls alive whereas he commanded that all the boys of the children of Israel be killed. Allah had a plan for this unjust ruler. He wanted the children of Israel to be the leaders and wanted to raise a prophet from among them. Allah put this in the heart of the mother of Musa that she puts him in the sea when she fears that the men of Firaun would kill him. Then Allah caused Musa to reach to the hands of  the courtiers of Firaun and his wife, who was a good woman. She took Musa alayhissalaam in her care. Allah also planned in the favour of Musa's mother when his sister suggested them that she knows a household which can nurse Musa for them. Now Musa was near his mother as well as getting raised by Asiya, who was Firaun's wife right under the nose of the tyrant ruler and his devout enemy.
Musa alayhissalaam spent his early youth in the palaces of Firaun. Later he had to flee from the cruelty of the people of Firaun as by mistake he had killed a man from their nation.
There are some very good points to take from the story of Musa (peace be upon him).We can apply these points in our life to attain great status in the sight of Allah the Almighty. Some of the points from the character and story of Musa are as follows:

  1. He admits his mistake instantly. This can be done only by a truthful person. Only a truthful person can see the truth even if it is against his own self.
  2. He fulfilled his promises. 
  3. He is constantly in touch with Allah and asks for His help at every step in life. This is the quality of believers.
  4. He is a very sensible person and takes decisions instantly putting his trust in Allah.
  5. He is not at all arrogant eventhough he was raised in the palaces.
  6. He is among the good-doers and those who take a step ahead to help others in need.
  7. He acknowledged the Power of Allah and had a clear knowledge of what Allah is capable of doing.
  8. His had a great character and was a just person.
  9. He was truly humble as he readily accepts his mistake and asks Allah to forgive him.
  10. He was very strong willed as he carried on with his life eventhough his future was very unclear and he did not know how the things will turn out. He did not lose hope rather tried his best to reach where he could by whatever strength he had. 
These points from the character and story of Musa give us a very good formula for leading a content and successful life. Belief in one God and having complete trust in Him is the greatest gift a person can be bestowed with. We should value whatever capabilities we are gifted with and should never undervalue our worth. We have weaknesses which we should acknowledge and try to find solutions to overcome or compensate for them. We should ask forgiveness for our mistakes as soon as we realize that we have made a mistake. We must not delay repentance or take it lightly. We should not lead a life which is vague and unclear rather should have a conscious mind which understands and values the blessings of health, faith, resources and an awakened conscience. 
As believers we should be principled and disciplined, having great value for kindness, justice, and welfare of all.
We all need to come out of the shells of selfishness. We need become lovers of goodness and truth. We have to have a big heart for others and to live for the benefit of others which is infact living for our own benefit; for the Pleasure of Allah. 

Notes from Surah Al Qasas Lessons. 

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