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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:37 pm

THE STORY OF HAZRAT MOOSA ALAYHIS SALAAM

STORY TAKEN FROM- JULYA MOOSA

Verily, Fir’oun exalted himself (with arrogance and oppression) in the land (Egypt), and he classified its population into different groups (high and low classes).
He had suppressed one group (Bani Israaeel) of the population,
slaughtering their sons and leaving their daughters alive. Verily, he was among the anarchists.”
(Surah Qasas, aayat 4).


Fir’oun, the Pharoah of Egypt, the self-proclaimed ‘almighty god’, was forewarned by his astrologers and magicians that a boy would be born in Bani Israaeel, who would eliminate his kingdom. The astrologers had predicted the exact moment of a certain night when a lady from Bani Israaeel would conceive the boy. Despite the most elaborate measures instituted by the Pharoah to prevent this conception, by the Qudrat and Decree of Allah Azza Wa Jal, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was conceived in the womb of his mother that very night and at the precise moment predicted by the astrologers. And this momentous episode took place right in the palace of Fir’oun.
The next morning, the astrologers and magicians informed Fir’oun that all his measures to prevent the conception of the child had failed and that the event had already occurred as they had predicted. Despite his rage, his fear was overwhelming. He assembled his advisors and officers to plan the next move for eliminating the threat which faced him. It was decided that every boy born to the women of Bani Israaeel henceforth would be put to death.
Fir’oun enlisted the services of thousands of midwives who were called in from all parts of the land. A midwife was appointed to every household of Bani Israaeel, and soldiers were permanently stationed in all areas where Bani Israaeel resided. As soon as a boy was born, the midwife wrote her report. Soldiers were called in to take away the baby who was then slaughtered. The aforementioned aayat of the Qur’aan Shareef refers to this brutality of Fir’oun. 90,000 male infants were slaughtered in Fir’oun’s plan of horror to thwart the Decree of Allah Ta’ala. Not a single male infant of Bani Israaeel was spared.
Nine months after conception, the wife of Imraan gave birth to the baby boy who was destined to bring the downfall of Fir’oun. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was born and as the midwife appointed by Fir’oun took the infant in her hands she was overwhelmed by love for this beautiful baby. She had never set eyes on such a beautiful infant before. She told the baby’s mother not to be worried and scared. She would inform the soldiers that a dead girl was born and buried by her.
When the midwife left, she informed the guards outside that she had buried the dead girl baby. After the midwife left, the guards entered the house to confirm her report. When Hadhrat Musa’s sister saw the soldiers entering the house, fear drove her into a state of panic. She rushed to her mother’s room, grabbed the infant and blindly, not knowing what she was doing, cast him into the kitchen stove which was at that time blazing with fire.
After searching the place and questioning Nabi Musa’s mother, the soldiers were satisfied and left. By Allah’s fadhl, it never occurred to the soldiers to seek the ‘grave’ where the ‘dead baby girl’ was allegedly buried. The mother asked her daughter: ‘Where did you conceal your brother?’ She replied: ‘O my mother, I panicked and cast the baby into the blazing oven.’ The mother almost lost her senses. She rushed to the fire. When mother and daughter reached the oven, the fire was blazing. Both wailed and cried profusely. While they were grieving, they heard from inside the oven the pleasant gurgling sound of a baby. In sheer elation, the mother reciting Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem thrust her hand into the fire and retrieved her baby. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was unscathed. The fire had no effect on him. The baby was full of smiles.
Now commenced the dangerous task of caring for her infant in utmost secrecy. She knew that the danger was ever present. The slaughter of babies meanwhile continued unabated. Day by day Hadhrat Musa’s mother became more fearful and apprehensive. She always feared that her secret would be somehow revealed. Then Allah Ta’ala inspired her with the assurance:
“And We revealed to the mother of Musa: ‘Suckle him. When you are overwhelmed by fear for his safety, then cast him into the river. Fear not! Grieve not! Verily, We shall return him to you, and We shall make him among the Messengers.”
(Surah Qassas, Aayat 7)
 
This inspiration brought peace and tranquillity to Nabi Musa’s mother. Meanwhile the brutality of Fir’oun increased. A systematic search of the homes of Bani Israaeel was underway and Hadhrat Musa’s mother now feared detection and the slaughter of her baby. She asked a carpenter to make a small wooden box for her. The carpenter immediately made the box and handed it to Imraan, the father of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Imraan, trusting the carpenter, told him that the box was for concealing his baby from Fir’oun. The baby would be concealed in the box and sent to a safe place.
When the carpenter left Imraan, he set off straight to the palace to inform Fir’oun of his discovery. He knew that he would be munificently rewarded by Fir’oun for this revelation. On reaching the palace, he was ushered into the presence of Fir’oun.

(To be continued,Insha’Allah)


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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 2)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:41 pm

When the carpenter learnt that the casket he had made was to conceal the baby (Hadhrat Musa-alayhis salaam), he set off to the palace of Fir’oun. In Fir’oun’s presence, as much as the carpenter endeavoured to explain what he knew, he was unable to do so. Miraculously he became dumb and could not utter any intelligent word other than make incoherent and incomprehensible sounds. The carpenter’s demeanour greatly annoyed and angered Fir’oun. Thinking that the carpenter was jesting, he ordered him to be whipped and expelled. After receiving a severe whipping, the carpenter was expelled.
On reaching his home, the carpenter resolved to inform Fir’oun of the hidden baby by means of a letter. As he set down to write his contemplated letter, he suddenly became blind. Overcome with panic, the carpenter understood that the baby for whom he had made the casket was in reality that very same infant about whom the astrologers had predicted would be the doom of Fir’oun. This baby would be the Nabi.
The carpenter sincerely repented. As he repented, Allah Ta’ala restored his vision. He immediately accepted the baby as the Nabi. He was the first person from among the Qibt (Fir’oun’s nation) to accept Imaan.
Nabi Musa’s mother examined the casket and blocked the slightest opening or crevice to prevent any water entering. After she had prepared the casket, she bathed her infant, dressed him up beautifully, hugged and kissed him lovingly and with tears in her eyes she assigned him to the casket. She closed and locked the lid. During the middle of the night, carrying the casket on her head, she set off for the River Nile as she was inspired by Allah Ta’ala.
At a certain spot on the banks of the river, she lowered the casket from her head. Suddenly she saw a huge poisonous serpent coiled up. The serpent spoke clearly in her language and said: ‘If you assign the casket to the river, I shall swallow the baby.” Hadhrat Musa’s mother was a very saintly and intelligent lady. She said: ‘This appears to be shaitaan.” As she spoke, the serpent suddenly vanished. In fact, the serpent was shaitaan who had appeared to deceive Hadhrat Musa’s mother. Taking the Name of Allah Ta’ala, Hadhrat Musa’s mother assigned the casket to the waters of the Nile. With tears cascading down her cheeks her eyes followed the casket until finally it disappeared from her sight. Full of grief and with tears she returned home.
Meanwhile the casket sailed along the path decreed for it by Allah Ta’ala. Fir’oun had only one daughter. Who was stricken by the disease of leprosy. She was bedridden for many years. The astrologers had predicted to Fir’oun that in a certain year, on a certain day at a certain time in the morning, a living being will be acquired from the River Nile. If the saliva of that living being is applied just once to the ailing girl, she will immediately be cured of her affliction.
The momentous occasion had arrived and Fir’oun was waiting with great anxiety in expectation of retrieving some living object from the river. The astrologers could not predict what type of living being it would be. Fir’oun had ordered thousands of his men to be on the watch along the banks of the river. Suddenly the people saw a wonderful sight. A huge tree with the casket caught in its branches was flowing forcefully against the current and was moving towards the palace of Fir’oun. Meanwhile, Fir’oun and his wife Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) were viewing the scene from above the palace balcony. They were also scanning the river in the hope of sighting the living being which the astrologers had predicted and whose saliva would instantaneously cure Fir’oun’s ailing daughter.
Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) was from among the Bani Israaeel. She was the paternal aunt of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). The casket was now on top of the tree-trunk which had miraculously risen so high that it was in line with the window of the palace where Hadhrat Aasiya was sitting. She thrust out her hands and carefully brought it inside the palace. The casket was immediately opened up. All the onlookers who were present instantaneously fell in love with the beautiful baby which their eyes beheld. Although Fir’oun too was overwhelmed with the beautiful baby, fear suddenly overtook him. He reflected: “Is this not perhaps the child predicted by the astrologers, who would destroy my land?” He voiced his apprehension to his wife, Aasiyah. Hadhrat Aasiyah however convinced him of the error of his suspicions, and of the good fortune of the baby. She reminded him that this baby’s saliva would cure his ailing daughter. How could he be the cause for destruction, she said to Fir’oun.
The hearts of people are in the control of Allah Ta’ala. Feeling convinced of the explanation of Hadhrat Aasiyah, the love of the baby became entrenched in Fir’oun’s heart. Mentioning the speech of Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh), the Qur’aan Majeed says: “And the wife of Fir’oun said: ‘He is the cooling of my eyes and your eyes. Do not kill him. Soon will he benefit us or we shall adopt him as our son.”
Fir’oun lifting the baby in his hands said: ‘O Aasiyah, I have no need for this child. If you wish, you may adopt him as your son. I have happily given him to you.’ Hadhrat Aasiyah engrossed herself very diligently in nurturing Musa (alayhis salaam). The other ladies in the palace conferred with Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) regarding a name for the baby. Hadhrat Aasiyah said: ‘I shall name him Musa because we have acquired him from the water and the tree.’ In their language the word Mu meant timber, and Sa meant water.
Meanwhile, Hadhrat Musa’s mother was overwhelmed with grief and was crying profusely. After she had reached home, she instructed her daughter to walk along the banks of the Nile to ascertain the fate of the casket.
 

On the desperate instructions of her distraught mother, Hadhrat Musa’s sister walked along the banks of the River Nile to ascertain the fate of the casket containing the baby Musa (alayhis salaam), which had been assigned to the water of the river. Mentioning this episode, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “And she (the mother of Musa) said to his sister: ‘Follow it (the casket). Thus (she went) and observed it from a distance whilst they (the people) did not know (that she was the sister of Musa).”
She had observed from a safe distance the enactment of the entire episode of the retrieval of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) from the river. She hastened home to report to her mother. The safety of the baby brought considerable peace to the distressed and grieving mother of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
Meanwhile a search for wet nurses to suckle the baby was initiated at the palace of Fir’oun. Women in droves applied for this honourable duty, but the infant refused to be suckled. Referring to this Scheme of Allah Ta’ala, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “We had prohibited for him (the infant) (the milk) of all the wet nurses (hence the baby refused to drink from anyone of them).”
Refusing to be suckled, the baby began sucking his own thumb. Eight days passed without this wonderful baby destined to be among the Ulul Azam (the greatest) Ambiya, drinking a drop of milk. The baby’s sister would appear frequently and discreetly make enquiries about his condition. Finally she mustered up courage, and despite her fear, she presented herself at the palace of Fir’oun and in the words of the Qur’aan Majeed said: “She said (to the people of Fir’oun):”Should I inform you of a home whose inmates will take well care of him and treat him with love and affection?”
On hearing the proposal made by the baby’s sister, Haamaan, Fir’oun’s prime minister, in a state of shock jumped up from his chair and announced: “Arrest this girl! She appears to be aware of the house where this baby was born. Undoubtedly, this is the boy who will be the cause for the demise and destruction of Fir’oun and his land.”
Allah Ta’ala fortified the heart of Musa’s sister. Maintaining her composure, she said: “I am merely offering good advice out of sympathy for Fir’oun for the sustainment of his son.. I don’t know who you are nor who the baby is.” The hearts of men are in the control of Allah Azza Wa Jal. On observing the firmness of the girl, Fir’oun spoke and said to Haamaan: “She spoke out of goodwill for me. She has no relationship with the baby.” This enemy of Allah and enemy of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) spoke up in defense of Musa’s sister although hundreds of babies were still being slaughtered in the insane scheme to destroy the one whom the astrologers had predicted would be the cause of Fir’oun’s demise.
Turning to the baby’s sister, Fir’oun said: “O girl, go and bring the lady who will care for the baby with affection and love.” Musa’s sister was sent off with honour in a royal coach to bring her mother. On reaching home, she hastily explained the position. Thus, with honour, Hadhrat Musa’s mother was transported to the palace of Fir’oun. When she was ushered into the presence of Fir’oun, the baby was being lovingly fondled in the lap of Fir’oun. Hadhrat Musa’s mother appeared in the presence of Fir’oun with her face covered.
Fir’oun handed the baby to his wife Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) to pass him on to Hadhrat Musa’s mother. The baby immediately began to drink from his mother. Fir’oun was flabbergasted. He thought: “The baby had not drunk a drop of milk for the past eight days. He had refused to be suckled by innumerable wet nurses. What could be the reason for his immediate attraction to this woman?” He then interrogated Musa’s mother. “Woman who are you? Are you perhaps not his mother?” The pious and intelligent lady spoke with courage and said: “I am a pure and chaste woman who is fragrant with perfume. My milk is extremely wholesome and sweet. This is why your son has taken to my milk. This phenomenon is not restricted to your infant son. Bring any baby to me and he/she will react in the same way.”
Convinced by the reply, Fir’oun said: “Good, take the baby to your home and tend to him affectionately. I shall compensate you handsomely. Once a week bring him to my palace so that I and Aasiyah may cool our eyes.” With profound gratitude in her heart for Allah Ta’ala and with delight, she was returned home with her baby, Musa (alayhis salaam). Thus, Allah Ta’ala fulfilled His promise which the Qur’aan mentions in the following aayat: “Then We returned you to your mother so that her eyes be cooled and that she does not grieve.”
One day when Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was three years of age, he was sitting on the lap of Fir’oun. Suddenly, the child grabbed the beard of Fir’oun and powerfully tugged it. A few hairs were uprooted. With his free hand, Musa very forcefully slapped Fir’oun. Fir’oun was now overwhelmed with wrath. He issued an order for the immediate slaying of Musa (alayhis salaam). Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) who happened to be present, pleaded that the child was merely displaying childish boisterousness, and that his action was not motivated by any malice.
It was the practice of Fir’oun to adorn his beard with expensive pearls which glimmered. Aasiyah said: ‘O Fir’oun! The child was attracted by the glimmer of the pearls, hence he acted in this manner. Do you not know that burning embers and pearls are the same to a little child?” Fir’oun said: ‘Well, we shall soon see.’ He ordered a tray with burning embers and a tray of pearls and diamonds to be brought to him. Both trays were placed in front of the boy, Musa (alayhis salaam). As Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) stretched his hand towards the tray of pearls, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) in invisible form appeared and diverted his hand to the tray of burning embers. Musa (alayhis salaam) took a burning ember and placed it into his mouth. The ember burnt his tongue and this was the cause of the lifelong stutter with which Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) spoke. His hand too suffered burns. Allah Ta’ala later transformed this hand into what is known Yad-e-Baidha (the glittering hand) which was one of the Mu’jizaat (Miracles) which was bestowed to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam).
Observing this episode, Fir’oun was not only satisfied and convinced with the argument of Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh), but his affection for Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) increased. He lifted Musa on to his lap and displayed profound affection for him. He spared no effort in the endeavour to treat and cure the injuries of Musa (alayhis salaam).
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 3)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:44 pm

One day when Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) was 8 years of age, and sitting very respectfully in the presence of Fir’oun, the latter instructed a slave to open up his fighting cocks. When the first cock which was a massive bird, was released, it furiously flapped its wings and crowed very loudly. Immediately Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) responded: “You have uttered the truth.” Astonished, Firoun said: “O my son! What did the cock say?” Musaa: “The cock recited the praises of Allah Ta’ala.” Fir’oun: “What relationship has the cock with this type of issue? My son, you are merely being witty and fabricating such stories.”
Immediately, Musaa (alay-his salaam), the 8 year old boy, said to the cock: “Repeat in our language the very same praises of Allah Ta’ala which you had proclaimed in your tongue.” In obedience the cock recited the praises of Allah Ta’ala in human language. Musaa (alayhis salaam) again said: “You have stated the truth.”
The colour of Fir’oun’s face changed. Full of fear he said to Haamaan, his chief minister : “Musa has bewitched this cock. Slaughter it immediately.” The cock was slaughtered instantaneously. But, Allah Azza Wa Jal restored the cock to life. Coming to life, the cock repeated its proclamation of Allah’s praises. It then flew in Fir’oun’s court which was crowded with noblemen and dignitaries, and disappeared from sight.
When Musaa (alayhis salaam) was nine years of age, Fir’oun seated him along his side on the throne. All the court dignitaries were present. Fir’oun arrogantly commenced a discourse of his greatness, uttering many statements of kufr. Musaa (alayhis salaam) could not tolerate all the kufr which Fir’oun was gorging out. In anger he leapt off and kicked at the throne. By Allah’s Qudrat two legs of the throne broke. The throne collapsed and Fir’oun fell to the ground in humiliation. Blood trickled from Fir’oun’s nose.
The court personnel were enraged. As they attempted to grab Musaa (alayhis salaam), he fled into the palace to Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) and apprized her of the situation. He took refuge on her lap. Fir’oun, overwhelmed with rage, pursued Musaa (alayhis salaam) into the palace. When he saw Musaa (alayhis salaam) sitting on the lap of Hadhrat Aasiyah, Fir’oun bellowed: “O Aasiyah! You had prevented me from killing this child. Today he has wounded me and broken my throne. In the crowded court he challenged my godhood.” Hadhrat Aasiyah softly said: “He is still a small child. He is only being mischievous with his parents. In fact, his attitude displays signs of future greatness. He will be such a courageous man who will safeguard your land after you.”
Aasiyah’s pleadings and assurances dispelled Fir’oun’s fears and anger. In reality, Allah Ta’ala was blinding the intelligence of Fir’oun. The hearts of people are in His control. He protects His servants in the lion’s den and even in the lion’s mouth.
One day when Musaa (alayhis salaam) was ten years old, he was sitting for meals with Fir’oun. A whole roasted lamb was brought to the table. Looking at the roasted lamb, Musaa (alayhis salaam) commanding it said: “Get up by the permission of Allah!” Instantaneously, the lamb became alive, stood up and ran about the hall. Fear overcame Fir’oun. With fear in his eyes and dumbfounded, he stared at Aasiyah who said: “O Fir’oun! This son of yours is marvellous. He will bring great fame to you. The world will admire this wonderful son of Fir’oun.” Aasiyah’s assurance allayed the fears of Fir’oun. However, Fir’oun despite sensing the danger which Musaa (alayhis salaam) posed, irrationally accepted the assurance of Hadhrat Aasiyah. Taqdeer was taking its course. Regarding the protection of Musaa, the infant, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “…My enemy and your enemy (O Musaa!) will take you (from the floating casket), and I have cast My Love on you so that you may be reared under My supervision.” Despite Fir’oun’s misgivings regarding Musaa (alayhis salaam), he relented and felt convinced of the far-fetched explanations which Aasiyah offered for the ‘insubordination’ and ‘rebellion’ of the child, Musaa (alayhis salaam).
When Musaa (alayhis salaam) was 20 years old, he began to clandestinely perform Salaat. One day while performing Salaat on the banks of the river, a companion of Fir’oun saw him. He threatened to report to Fir’oun that Musaa (alayhis salaam) was worshipping a Deity other than Fir’oun. In anger, Musaa (alayhis salaam), commanded the ground: “O earth! Swallow him!” The earth split open and the man sunk in until his knees. The earth gripped him tightly. He screamed and pleaded, promising not to mention the Salaat of Musaa (alayhis salaam) to anyone. Musaa (alayhis salaam) supplicated to Allah Ta’ala, and the man was released from the clutches of the earth.
Since Musaa (alayhis salaam) was regularly performing Salaat, the news spread and finally reached the ears of Fir’oun. Fir’oun instructed his people to report to him immediately they see Musaa (alayhis salaam) performing Salaat. On one occasion the spies reported to Fir’oun that Musaa (alayhis salaam) was engrossed in worship. Fir’oun immediately went to the scene and found Musaa (alayhis salaam) absorbed in Salaat. Fir’oun stood watching in amazement until Musaa (alayhis salaam) completed his Salaat. Then he interrogated: “O Musa! Who were you worshipping?” Musaa (alayhis salaam) responded: “I was worshipping my Master Who nourishes me and who has nutured me.”
Fir’oun said: “Musa, you have spoken the truth. It is I who nourishes and nurtures you. I have reared you since infancy. But people are falsely misconstruing your actions. You are my beloved son.” Musaa (alayhis salaam) remained silent. Fir’oun was satisfied and Musaa (alayhis salaam) accompanied him back to the palace.
At the age of 23 years, Musaa (alayhis salaam) began to associate with his oppressed people, Bani Israaeel. The elders of Bani Israaeel poured out their grievances to him and narrated the episodes of Fir’oun’s oppression and cruelty. The following discussion took place between Musaa (alayhis salaam) and the elders of Bani Israaeel at this first meeting:
MUSA: “Since when is Fir’oun oppressing you in this manner?”
ELDERS: “Long before you were born. The oppression is continuing unabated to this day. When will there be succour for us? When shall we be saved from this punishment?”
MUSA: “This oppression is the consequence of your transgressions. Allah Ta’ala is not unjust to anyone. Supplicate to Allah Ta’ala that He should release you from this punishment and pledge that you will express your gratitude to Him.”
ELDERS: (Unanimously pledging said): “We wholeheartedly accept. We shall fast for Allah. We shall feed the poor for His Sake.”
MUSA: “This is insufficient. Repent for your fisq and fujoor (rebellion and immorality). It will then not be surprising that Allah Ta’ala will remove your hardships. He is the Hearer and The One Who Accepts.
 

Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) had not yet been appointed the Nabi. In the community he was regarded with honour and respect. Everyone thought of him as the son of Fir’oun. One day, at the time of Qailoolah (the midday siesta) when all the people were having their nap. Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) happened to be in the marketplace. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “He entered the city when its people were taking a nap…..” He found two persons fighting with each other. One was a member of Bani Israeel, and the other one was a Qibti (the nation of Fir’oun). The Bani Israaeli implored Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) to assist him. Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) stepped forward and delivered one devastating punch to the Qibti who forthwith fell down dead.
When Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) realized what had happened, he was smitten by profound regret. He lamented his hastiness. The Qur’aan recording the regret and repentance of Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) says: “He said: ‘O my Rabb! Verily I have committed an injustice to myself. Forgive me.’ Then He (Allah) forgave him. Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
The Qibti who had died was the chief chef of Fir’oun. This chef had always oppressed the Bani Israaeli whose duty it was to collect firewood for the chef. On this particular occasion, the Bani Isaaeli had collected some wood and was trying to sell it in the market place to enable him to buy some food for his family. The chef had appeared on the scene and tried to apprehend the Bani Israaeli. As a result, the Bani Israaeli resisted. Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) went to the aid of his oppressed kinsman. The Qibti’s oppression had angered Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam), hence he struck him in anger without the intention of killing him.
Both Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) and his kinsman left the scene in haste. There was no one who had witnessed what had transpired. Nevertheless, Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) was fearful. Perhaps someone had witnessed and had reported to Fir’oun. The next day, he again went to the marketplace full of fear and apprehension. When he arrived at the marketplace, he was surprised and annoyed to see the very same Bani Israaeli quarrelling and fighting with another person. Once again he called on Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) for aid. In response, Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) severely rebuking him, advanced to separate the two. However, the Israaeli misunderstood Musaa’s intentions. He thought that Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) was going to beat and kill him as he had killed the Qibti yesterday. In fear, the Israaeli exclaimed: “O Musaa, will you now kill me as you had killed the Qibti yesterday? It appears that you are determined to kill people.” Thus, the Israaeli, under a misapprehension, revealed yesterday’s secret. Meanwhile the Qibti adversary heard what had been said.
The Qibti hastily set off to the court of Fir’oun and reported that it was Musaa who had killed the chef. A search was already underway to trace the person who had killed the chef. Fir’oun immediately convened a special session of his court officials. Haamaan, the chief minister said: “I had my suspicions from the very beginning that Musaa is the boy whom the astrologers had predicted would be the cause of your destruction. Now here is the opportunity for executing him. He is guilty of having killed a man. Musaa should be immediately put to death.”
A unanimous decision to execute Musaa (alayhis salaam) the following day was taken. Among the officials of the court was a sympathizer of Musaa (alayhis salaam). He swiftly conveyed Fir’oun’s verdict to Musaa (alayhis salaam). He urged Musaa (alayhis salaam) to flee during the night time. Musaa (alayhis salaam) understanding the gravity of the situation bid farewell to Egypt that same night. As he departed, he supplicated: “O my Rabb, save me from the people of oppression.”
On the command of Allah Ta’ala, unknown to Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam), Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) was sent to accompany Musaa (alayhis salaam). This was prior to Nubuwwat. Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared in human form as if he was a traveller. Musaa (alayhis salaam), lonely and fearful was pleased to meet the ‘traveller’ along the journey. Whilst walking, the ‘traveller’ broached the subject of the City of Madyan. He spoke highly of Madyan and that it would take eight days to reach it. Soon thereafter, the ‘traveller’ (i.e. Hadhrat Jibraeel – alayhis salaam) disappeared, and Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) followed the road leading to the City of Madyan, supplicating to Allah Ta’ala. Mentioning his dua, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Soon will my Rabb guide me to the right road.”
After a gruelling walk of eight days, he reached the fields outside the City of Madyan. Here was a well where many people had gathered to water their animals. While he was sitting under a tree, in contemplation, he observed two young ladies with covered faces holding back their goats. Musaa (alayhis salaam) enquired from them the reason for standing aloof with their goats. One of them responded that they were waiting for the others to complete their tasks of watering their animals, and that they would water their goats after the others had left. Their father was very old and sickly, hence they had to tend to the goats.
Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) went to the shepherds and reprimanded them for their inconsideration, and for not assisting the young ladies with their animals to enable them to leave for their home early. Offended by the Musaa’s reproach, the men spitefully lifted a huge slab of stone and covered the mouth of the well. Several men had to lift the slab of stone. They mockingly said to Musaa (alayhis salaam): “If you are so kind and chivalrous, let us now see how you will assist them.” Then they stood at a distance to see the ‘fun’.
Musaa (alayhis salaam) despite the tiresome journey of eight days, with hardly anything to eat besides whatever he could acquire from trees, went to the well and reciting ‘Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem,’ removed the huge slab effortlessly. He lowered the huge water-container into the well. Several men would retrieve the filled container from the well. But, Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) alone managed to draw it from the well. He continued drawing water until all the goats were fully satisfied. The two young ladies then departed with their goats.
The young ladies were the daughters of Hadhrat Nabi Shuaib (alayhis salaam). He had reached a very old age and was also blind. On this day, the ladies had arrived home with their goats well before their expected time. Surprised at their early return, Hadhrat Shuaib (alayhis salaam) queried the reason. They narrated the episode which had transpired, and the kindness of the musaafir (Musaa – alayhis salaam). Meanwhile Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) dejected and lonely sat down under a tree pondering his fate.
Having been apprized by Wahi of Hadhrat Musaa’s arrival and condition, Nabi Shuaib (alayhis salaam) said: “Alas! He is in dire straits. He is sitting all alone under a tree imploring Allah Ta’ala for some food. Go! Make haste! It appears to me that he has not eaten for eight days. Bring him here. Make haste! I fear that if we do not feed that Musaafir, a calamity will descend on this city.”
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 4)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:48 pm

On the instruction of Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam), his daughter went to call Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). When she reached the place where the well was, she found him sitting under the same tree where he had earlier rested. Describing the scene, the Qur’aan says: “Then one of the two daughters (of Shuayb- alayhis salaam) came walking bashfully. She said: ‘My father calls you so that he may remunerate you for having watered our goats.”
Adopting an interesting mode of accompanying her, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) being a man of lofty moral attributes and spiritual excellence, his profound sense of modesty and shame constrained him to instruct her to walk at a distance behind him to avoid his gaze falling on her. Obviously he was not aware of Hadhrat Shuayb’s residence. To solve this problem, he said to the girl to take a handful of pebbles. When direction should be changed, she should throw a pebble indicating the direction to follow, right or left. Since the voice of the female too is Satr (to be concealed), Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) exercised every precaution to avoid unnecessary hearing of the voice of Nabi Shuayb’s daughter.
When they reached Hadhrat Shuayb’s home, Musa (alayhis salaam) was warmly welcomed. After he narrated his entire story, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) said to himself: “This person is most certainly from the Family of Ambiya.” Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) comforting Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) told him to relax and not to fear. Fir’oun’s jurisdiction did not extend to this land. He therefore need have no fear of being pursued by the men of Fir’oun.
After Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) had meals, Hadhrat Shuayb’s daughter requested her father to employ this stranger to tend to the goats. She said that he was a man of considerable strength and honesty. Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) asked her to explain the basis of her conclusion regarding the stranger. She said that Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) alone lifted the huge slab covering the well. It was a stone which ten men would lift. Then he swiftly drew water from the well with a huge bucket which would be hauled up by five men. From this she understood his phenomenal physical strength.
The mode he had adopted when accompanying her testifies to his honesty, uprighteousness and integrity. Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) was elated at this explanation of his daughter. Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) told Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) that it was his intention to marry one of his daughters to him. The condition however was that Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) had to be the shepherd to tend to the goats for eight years, and if he voluntarily agrees to ten years, it will be appreciated. When Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) accepted the terms, Nabi Shuayb (alayhis salaam) performed the Nikah the same day.
Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) presented an Asaa (staff) to Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam). There was much significance in this presentation. He had in his possession the staffs of seventy Ambiya (alayhimus salaam) of bygone times. One of these staffs was the Staff which Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) had brought with him from Jannat. It was a wonderful Staff which had passed from Nabi to Nabi until it was inherited by Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam).
At the time when he had received this Staff, he was instructed to present it to Musa, Kaleemullaah, i.e. Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). It was an amaanat (trust) which had to be entrusted to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). Without Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) being aware or understanding the significance of the Asaa (he had not yet been appointed the Nabi), and without Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) having been informed that this stranger was that Musa Kaleemullah, he instructed him to go into a small room where the seventy Staffs were stored and to bring one. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) entered the room, took a Staff and presented it to Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam).
Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) being blind, carefully ran his hand up and down the length of the Staff. He then said: “O Son? Return the Staff to its place and bring another one.” Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) went into the room, replaced the Staff. When he attempted to take another staff, the first Staff miraculously leapt up and landed in his hand. He returned to Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) with the Staff. After closely examining the Staff, he said: “This Staff is of no use for you. O Musa! Return it to its place, and bring another one.” He returned to the room, replaced the Staff. As he attempted to take another staff, the same Staff miraculously landed in his hand.
Describing on this episode, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that this scene was enacted seven times. After the seventh time, again the Staff landed in Hadhrat Musa’s hand. Finally he said to Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam): “Each time I place this Staff apart from the pile of staffs. When I attempt to take another staff, this Staff forcefully leaps into my hand.
Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) was bewildered and thought: “What is the mystery? I have to keep this Staff for Kaleemullah. While he was reflecting in bewilderment, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared. The Staff which was by Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) miraculously penetrated four inches into the ground. Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: “Allah Ta’ala has decreed that the Staff belongs to the one who pulls it out from the ground.”
Despite Hadhrat Shuayb’s repeated efforts, he was unable to extract the Staff from the ground. After he was exhausted, he said to Hadhrat Musa: “O Son! If you are able to pull the Staff from the ground, it will belong to you.” Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) retrieved the Staff effortlessly. In fact, the Staff of its own accord landed in Hadhrat Musa’s hand. Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) was now convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that this stranger would be appointed the Nabi, Musa Kaleemullah. With extreme delight and happiness, he exclaimed: “O Kaleemullaah! Congratulations! Blessed is this Staff for you. This is no ordinary Staff. It is something wonderful. This Staff will come to your aid in all situations.”
 

After Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) had cautioned Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) regarding the significance of the Staff of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam) which had now come into Hadhrat Musa’s possession, he (Hadhrat Musa) commenced his duty of tending to the goats of Nabi Shuayb (alayhis salaam). When Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was about to leave with the goats on the first day of his duty, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) warned him: “O Musa! You may take the goats anywhere to graze, but stay away from a certain location (which he explained). Never go near to that place nor ever turn your face in that direction. It is the abode of an extremely dangerous serpent which will harm the goats.
When he reached the grazing field, he observed that all the goats suddenly turned in the direction of the prohibited location. He repeatedly tried to drive the goats from that direction, but in vain. They ran wildly towards the forbidden zone. In pursuit of the goats when he reached the forbidden area, he observed beautiful lush pastures. The goats were grazing contently. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) reposing his trust on Allah Ta’ala, sat down on a rock. Soon he was overcome with sleep. He placed the Asa (Staff) by his head and fell asleep.
As soon as Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) fell asleep, the serpent appeared. As the serpent was about to plunge among the goats, the Staff of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) by the command of Allah Ta’ala became a huge serpent and devoured the serpent of the jungle. The Staff assumed its original form and returned to its position alongside Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam).
When Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) opened his eyes he saw some bones and blood of the serpent nearby. Bewildered and surprised, he saw his own Staff stained with blood. This increased his bewilderment.
In the evening after he returned with the goats, he narrated the episode to Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam). Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) realizing the miraculous powers of the Staff was immensely pleased. In happiness he said to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam): “This year all rams born to the flock will be for you, and all females will be mine.” That year, only rams were born. The following year, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) said to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam): “O Musa! This year, all females will be for you, and all rams will be mine.” By Allah’s decree only females were born in the flock that year. The third year, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) said: “O Musa! This year, all goats born with two colours will be for you, and all born with one colour will be mine.” By the command of Allah Ta’ala, that year only two-tone goats were born. The fourth year, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) said: “O Musa! This year all single coloured goats will be for you, and all goats with two colours will be mine.” By Allah’s decree that year only single coloured goats were born.
In this manner ten years passed by. Hadhrat Musa’s (alayhis salaam) goats numbered a few thousand. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), instead of the agreed 10 years, spent 18 years in Madyan in the service of Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam). The desire to meet his mother and brother, Haroon (alayhis salaam) developed intensely in Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). One day Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) approached Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) and very humbly and respectfully said: “If you permit me, I wish to make a request.” Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) said: “Feel free to say whatever you wish.” Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) expressed his desire to visit his mother and brother. He also requested to take with him his wife.
Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) happily consented. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off on the journey with his wife. Ultimately he reached a wilderness which was a journey of three days from Egypt. Here Musa (alayhis salaam) lost the way. At nightfall he was more confused and totally lost. It was actually the desert where Mount Sinai is located. He was at the foot of a huge mountain. It was an intensely dark night. Flashes of lighting appeared in the sky and it began to rain heavily. Hailstones were falling. His wife was expecting, and in this pitiful state she gave birth. However, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) did not panic. He proceeded fully composed to do what had to be done.
He found a place of refuge in a mountain cave. After settling his wife and the newborn baby in the cave, he set out in search of fire. He struck together stones to create a spark, but in vain. While he was engaged in this exercise, the rain abated. He suddenly saw on the mountain a bright fire burning. On seeing the fire, he informed his wife, and hurried towards it. As he proceeded, he broke some tree branches which he would ignite in the fire. When he finally reached the spot of the Fire, he was astonished to see a very lush tree. Despite the flames of the fire, not a single leaf was burnt. Bewildered, he proceeded to the tree to light his branches. As he stretched his branch towards the flame, it leapt out of his reach. Musa (alayhis salaam) went ahead towards the flame. But again it leapt out of his reach.
Now overcome with fear, he stood riveted. The flame increased so much that it reached out to the sky. Then the flame receded and returned to the tree. He now understood that this was no ordinary fire. He was convinced that it was some divine mystery. Full of fear, he resolved to leave the place. As he was about to leave, he heard the Divine Voice calling him. The Voice said: “Verily, I am your Rabb. Remove your shoes, for verily, you are in Tuwa, the holy valley.”
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 5)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:51 pm

On his journey from the Land of Madyan to Egypt, Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) who was accompanied by his wife lost the way in the wilderness. The night was bitterly cold and intensely dark. In a distance he saw a fire burning on a mountain. In search of fire and information, he went to the spot where the fire was burning. (This episode was described in the past issue). On reaching the spot, the Divine Voice instructed him to remove his shoes as he was in the holy Valley of Tuwa.
Here in the Valley of Tuwa did Allah Ta’ala appoint Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) as His Nabi. Addressing Musa (alayhis salaam), the Divine Voice asked: “What is that in your right hand?” Musa (alayhis salaam) replied: “It is my staff. I lean on it; with it I break leaves from trees for my goats, and for me there are other uses too in the staff.” The Divine Voice said: “Throw it down.” After he threw the staff on the ground, Nabi Musa in astonishment saw that the staff was transformed into a massive serpent which slithered around very noisily. The sight of the serpent overwhelmed Nabi Musa with fear. Musa (alayhis salaam) turned and began to flee. Allah Ta’ala commanded: “Grab it and fear not.” As Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) touched the serpent, it reverted to its original form, the staff.
Allah Ta’ala then ordered him to insert his hand in his garment and place it under his armpit. He did as commanded. When he withdrew his hand, it dazzled fiercely like the sun. Allah Ta’ala instructed him to proceed to Fir’oun and to invite him to Imaan and to set free Bani Israaeel whom he (Fir’oun) had enslaved. On the request of Nabi Musa, Allah Ta’ala conferred Nubuwwat to his brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) as well.
Musa (alayhis salaam) professed his fear for Fir’oun and mentioned the incident of the Copt whom he had killed. He feared Fir’oun would apprehend him. Allah Ta’ala instructed him not to fear. Allah Ta’ala ordered that both should go to Fir’oun and announce their Nubuwwat (Prophet-hood).
After the communion with Allah Ta’ala ended, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) descended from Mount Sinai and went to the valley where he had left his wife who had just given birth. When he reached the place, he was astonished to observe a number of strange women engaged in serving his wife. They were from among the Houris of Jannat. Finding his wife in excellent state, and under Allah’s protection, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was overcome with gratitude and happiness.
He announced to his wife that Allah Ta’ala has appointed him the Nabi and has commanded him to go to Fir’oun. He said: “I now assign you to the care of Allah and shall proceed alone to the city to deliver the Message to Fir’oun.” His wife proffered her wholehearted consent. Having witnessed the wonderful and miraculous decrees of Allah Ta’ala, she was confident that Allah Ta’ala will care for her and the baby. She said: “O Musa! Discharging the command of Allah Ta’ala is of utmost and prior importance. Make haste towards Fir’oun.” After all, she was the daughter of Shuayb (alayhis salaam).
Very soon after Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off in the direction of Egypt, a caravan from the City of Madyan happened to pass by the spot where Nabi Musa’s wife was. The caravan was on its return journey to Madyan. Recognizing her, they took her and delivered her to her father, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) in Madyan.
 
Meanwhile Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was making haste on his journey. When he reached Egypt, it was late in the night. He went straight to his mother’s home. When he knocked at the door, his very aged mother asked: “Who is it?” He responded: “I am a traveller.” His aged mother opened the door, and welcomed him in, not realizing who he was. She immediately made preparations for meals. While Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was eating, his brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) entered. Seeing Musa (alayhis salaam), he asked his mother: “Who is he?” She said: “He is a poor wayfarer who is tonight our guest.” Hadhrat Haaroon (alayhis salaam), welcoming the ‘wayfarer’, said: “Brother, regard this as your own house. Eat, relax and rest here.”
Haaroon (alayhis salaam) was looking very intently at the ‘wayfarer’ and was mystified. There was something which drew him irresistibly to the ‘wayfarer’. But he maintained silence. After a few moments, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), breaking the silence, said: “Why are you staring at me so intently? I am your brother, Musa.” Pandemonium followed. Brother, mother and sister with tears of delight and joy embraced Musa (alayhis salaam). When the situation normalized, Musa (alayhis salaam) narrated his recent history, the events on Mount Sinai and that Nubuwwat had been bestowed to him and Haaroon (alayhis salaam). It was Eid in their home.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “O my Brother! It is now not the time to remain in the house. Nubuwwat has been conferred to you so that you guide people to the Path of Righteousness.” Then they set off to the palace of Fir’oun. When the two arrived at the palace, Fir’oun was in session in his court. The court was packed with courtiers and the nobility.


Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), after an absence of more than a decade, returned to Egypt having been appointed the Nabi. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), together with his elder brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) who was also appointed a Nabi, arrived at Fir’oun’s palace at a time when the royal court was in full session. Haroon (alayhis salaam) was fearful. He said to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) that the oppression and cruelty of Fir’oun had increased manifold since he (Nabi Musa) had departed. At the slightest annoyance caused to him, he would order the hands and feet of people to be cut off. Without hesitation he would order people to be impaled on the gibbet. Haroon’s (alayhis salaam) grim portrayal of Fir’oun’s wrath made Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) fearful.
While the two were overwhelmed by fear, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared. After conveying Allah’s salaam, he presented the revelation: “Both of you, do not fear, I am with you. I hear and I see. Go both of you to him, and say: “Verily, we are the Messengers of your Rabb, therefore, send with us Bani Israaeel, and do not torture them. Verily, we have come to you with a sign from your Creator, And peace on those who follow the guidance (of Allah).” (Surah Taahaa, verses 26 and 27)
Immediately on receiving this Wahi (Revelation) Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) and Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam) stood up and without any fear proceeded to Fir’oun. When they were in Fir’oun’s presence, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) very loudly proclaimed that he was Allah’s appointed Messenger. He delivered the divine message . Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) added: “O Fir’oun! If you reject this Message, Allah’s wrath and punishment will overtake you.”
Astounded by the sudden appearance and temerity of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), Fir’oun scrutinized him with searching eyes. Interrupting Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), Fir’oun exclaimed: “O Musa! You are the one whom I have nourished. You lived for 30 years in my home. Then, you reattributed these favours by murdering one of my guards. Then you fled, fearing execution. Now after 18 years you appear in a new guise.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) responded: “I was unaware that the Qibti would expire with a single blow of my fist. His death was accidental. Allah has forgiven me. I had departed from here fearing your cruelty, and I lived in the Land of Madyan where Allah Ta’ala bestowed His bounties to me munificently. On my return, my Rabb bestowed Nubuwwat to me on Mount Tur.”
After a lengthy address, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) reiterated the message of Allah Ta’ala.
Awed by the address, Fir’oun asked: “Who is your Rabb, O Musa!” Musa (alayhis salaam) replied: “Our Rabb is He who has created entire creation and Who guided all things to their functions.” Mockingly Fir’oun said: “If I accept your Rabb, what will He give me?” Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “He will award three things to you. Perpetual youth, sovereignty of the world, and He will increase your life span by another hundred years.”
When Fir’oun heard these wonderful awards, he mellowed a bit and said: “Go now, and return tomorrow. I shall first consult with my advisors.” Nabi Musa and Nabi Haroon (alayhimas salaam) thereupon departed and returned to their home.
 
The awards promised by Musa (alayhis salaam) were very attractive and tempting. Fir’oun was very restless. He convened his council of ministers and expressed his desire for perpetual youth. Hamaan, his chief minister said: “Have you so quickly fallen victim to Musa’s promises?” Hamaan convinced Fir’oun to reject Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
When Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) returned the next day, Fir’oun mockingly asked: “What is the proof of your Nubuwwat? On what basis should I believe that you are the appointed Messenger of the Creator?” As Fir’oun was speaking, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) cast down his staff. A mighty fearsome serpent appeared with its mouth wide open. Its lower jaw was on the ground and its upper jaw against the ceiling. The scene was set for it to swallow Fir’oun, his throne and the entire palace. There was absolute pandemonium in the place. Everyone was running and screaming. Fir’oun descended from his throne and was looking for an escape route.
Describing this scene, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that several hundred of Fir’oun’s men were killed in the ensuing mad stampede. Everyone was dashing madly to escape from the giant serpent. Fir’oun while running, cried out hysterically: “O Musa! By that One God Who has appointed you the Messenger, I implore you to save us all from destruction. I believe in you and I shall release Bani Israaeel to go with you.” Taking pity on Fir’oun, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) placed his hand on the serpent, and lo, it was transformed into the staff.
Everyone was shuddering, dumbstruck and in total confusion. Fir’oun resumed his position on the throne, and said affectionately: “O Musa! You have demonstrated a most frightful miracle. Now show us something beautiful.” Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) inserted his hand in his garment under his arm. When he removed it, it was dazzling like the sun. It was the same hand which had burnt when as a child he had placed his hand in the burning embers.
Profoundly impressed by the two Mu’jizah (Miracles) of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), Fir’oun said to his ministers: “Is there any reason why I should now refuse accepting Musa’s message and embracing his Deen?”
There was complete silence in the court of Fir’oun. Fir’oun was on the verge of accepting Islam, but Hamaan spoke: “Alas! What has happened to your intelligence? Do you not understand that in his 18 year absence, Musa has acquired expert proficiency in the science of magic. With his magic he plots to overwhelm you. Assemble the expert magicians from all over the land to confront Musa. First let there be a confrontation with all your magicians, thereafter you should ask our view regarding your intention of embracing Musa’s Deen.” Once again Fir’oun was convinced of the correctness of Hamaan’s advice. He thus cancelled his intention of accepting the Deen.
Orders were issued to summon all the expert magicians from every part of the country to appear in the court of Fir’oun. Magicians began arriving in droves at the royal palace. There were two brothers who were famous magicians. They lived in the town of Saeediyyah. When Fir’oun’s men approached them with the royal summons, they were hesitant. They had already heard about Musa (alayhis salaam) and his miraculous staff. They were apprehensive. They asked the messengers to wait while they went into consultation with their aged mother.
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Post by NAEEM on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:56 pm

The two highly qualified expert magicians consulted with their aged mother who was also an expert magician. The two sorcerers requested their mother to accompany them to the grave of their father. When the three reached the grave, the mother, employing her magic, addressed her dead husband. When the inmate of the grave spoke, one of the sons explained the purpose of their mission. The father’s voice from the grave informed them that all the magicians of the world would be defeated by Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). His Staff changing into a deadly serpent was not an act of magic.
Despite this message the two experts together with their 72 students who were all qualified sorcerers responded to the summons of Fir’oun. When they arrived at Fir’oun’s palace, thousands of sorcerers from all over Egypt had already assembled. Four sorcerers who were the most famous and the best qualified were selected to lead the thousands of other magicians. The two brothers were included in the four who would be pitted against Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
According to the Qur’aan, Fir’oun promised the sorcerers huge sums of wealth and high positions of proximity to him if they defeated Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). Fear and shame for Fir’oun and the thousands of sorcerers had constrained the two brothers into the arena to confront Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
The day for the confrontation was announced. It was the nations day of festival. According to some narrations it was the Day of Aashura (10th Muharram). Thousands of people from all parts of the country and from even beyond assembled to witness the event. It was a great and tumultuous occasion. A huge stadium had been erected. Fir’oun surrounded by his noblemen was seated on a throne on an elevated place. The thousands of sorcerers marched with great fanfare. They prostrated at the throne of Fir’oun. The awe-inspiring scene of the thousands of sorcerers adorned in their splendid and colourful robes had boosted the morale of Fir’oun. He and his men were in high spirits. They were convinced that Musa (alayhis salaam) would today be defeated and humiliated.
 
When all the sorcerers were in the arena standing in ranks, the announcement was made for Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) to present himself. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) donning a simple black woollen qamees (kurtah) appeared in the arena with his brother Haroon (alayhis salaam). The two mendicants were a pitiful sight in front of the thousands of sorcerers. When they faced the sorcerers, a group advanced from their ranks and exclaimed: “O Musa! Will you begin to cast (your staff) or shall we begin?” Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), responded: “You begin the casting.”
The thousands of magicians, with signs of their fingers and eyes transformed their thousands of rods, staffs, wands, swords and spears into serpents and huge scorpions. An ocean of slithering serpents and scorpions had appeared. It was indeed a fearful sight. As far as the eyes could see, there were only serpents and scorpions. The thousands of spectators screamed in terror. Describing this event, the Qur’aan says: “Indeed they produced a mighty sihr (display of magic).” Even Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) and Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam) became fearful. Suddenly he heard the Divine Voice: “Don’t fear! Most assuredly, I am with you. I hear and I see. Cast your Staff, O Musa! It will swallow what they have fabricated.”
Musa’s heart was inspired with confidence. He threw down his Staff. Instantaneously there appeared such a gigantic serpent which no one had ever seen. The sight of Hadhrat Musa’s serpent send chills of fear down Fir’oun’s spine. According to the narrations, when the serpent opened its mouth, it was 40 metres wide. The huge fangs were several metres. Its eyes were like huge flames of fire. The first act of this miraculous monster was to raise its mouth towards the sky, then bring its head down in prostration. It made its Sajdah for Allah, The One, Who has no partner. After its prostration, the mighty serpent moved like a dark storm. It opens its mouth and with two or three gasps it swallowed the thousands of serpents and scorpions fabricated by the sorcerers. The field in front of it was bare. The magic of the sorcerers had disappeared.
After eliminating the serpents and scorpions, the Serpent of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) turned its gaze towards Fir’oun and his army. There was panic and pandemonium. The panic-stricken Fir’oun screamed in terror and pleaded with Musa (alayhis salaam) to grab his Serpent. Hadhrat Musa’s mission was only to defeat the sorcerers and to demonstrate the triumph of the Truth. His mission was not to take the lives of people. He therefore placed his hand on the serpent which instantaneously was once again transformed into the Staff.
The sorcerers were the first to understand the manifestation of the Truth. They all fell down in prostration proclaiming their Imaan in Allah and Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). It was a wonderful sight. Thousands of sorcerers prostrating to Allah Ta’ala, not to Fir’oun. They exclaimed: “We believe in the Rabb of Musa and Haroon.” They specifically mentioned the names of the two Nabis to convey to Fir’oun that the prostration was not for him. Fir’oun in anger bellowed: “Do you believe in him before I have permitted you?” He accused them all of having learnt magic from Musa (alayhis salaam) and being in a conspiracy with him. He threatened to nail them to trees.
According to tafseer narrations, 80,000 sorcerers had accepted Imaan on that day. All had prostrated to Allah Ta’ala in defiance of Fir’oun. When Fir’oun threatened to nail them to trees, they said in unison: “We shall surely be returning to our Rabb.” The threats of Fir’oun had no effect on them. Allah Ta’ala had transformed all the sorcerers instantaneously into Aarifeen (Auliya of lofty status). Jannatul Firdous was shown to them. They said to Fir’oun: “Do as you please.” Fir’oun issued orders for the execution of the sorcerers. Their hands and feet were cut off and they were nailed to trees.
The grief-stricken Musa was shedding tears profusely when he beheld the scene of this brutality. But he was helpless. Without the command of Allah Ta’ala, he could not utilize the Staff at will. Mu’jizaat (Miracles) are rare exceptions. They are not the rule and the norm of earthly life. The celestial veils were removed and Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was shown the wonderful and lofty status of the souls of the sorcerers. The soul of every sorcerer who was killed had taken up its abode under the Divine Arsh in a wonderful celestial form of indescribable beauty. This wondrous celestial scene brought solace to the heart of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
Besides the sorcerers a group of others had also accepted Imaan. But they were very fearful of Fir’oun. Nevertheless, with the encouragement of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), they persevered and continued to worship Allah Ta’ala in their homes. Allah Ta’ala commanded that Bani Israaeel constructs places of worship in their homes. When Fir’oun was informed that the followers of Musa (alayhis salaam) had constructed prayer rooms and were worshipping Allah Ta’ala, he ordered the places of worship to be demolished. His persecution of Bani Israaeel increased while Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) imparted the lesson of repentance and patience to his people.
 
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Post by Ruwaydah on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:30 pm

Threads Merged.

wheres the source?

Jazakiallah Khayr akhi..

Post the rest here akhi....


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Post by Taalibah on Tue May 12, 2009 8:18 pm

Jazakallah brother.

And yes, pls state where you are getting the articles from.

I believe the next part is out, look forward to it InshaAllah.Smile

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Post by MaJor.A on Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:12 am

:salam:

Very interesting story brother Naeem.....
Can't wait for the next part Smile
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Post by Amatur Rahmaan on Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:59 pm

for sharing this magnificent story here, brother Naeem.
I know where you getting it from but, as sister Amatullah says, please do state your source for the benefit of other members.
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Post by Imaanah on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:24 pm

Best story I've read for a long time......
When's the next part coming?
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Post by Truth-Searcher on Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:01 pm

Assalamu Alaikum

Brother Naeem, wherever you have gotten these wonderful stories, they are really interesting. Looking foward to part 7!!
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 7)

Post by NAEEM on Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:58 pm

Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 7)





THE SERIES OF punishments which descended on Fir’oun and his people was at monthly intervals. A month after the ending of the locust calamity, commenced the punishment of lice and ticks. Massive clouds of lice and ticks rained on the Egyptian kuffaar. The lice and ticks infested their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. The immense pain caused by these blood-sucking lice and ticks constrained the people to scream like insane persons. In addition, all the water and food of the Copts were filled with lice and ticks. Any bowl of food or cup of water taken by a Copt became immediately filled with lice and ticks.. However, not a single member of Bani Israaeel was afflicted with this calamity.
Once again, the Copts came running, wailing and crying to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), pleading and promising. They appealed to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to supplicate to Allah Ta’ala for the removal of the calamity. They pledged that they would this time accept the Deen and set free Bani Israaeel. Again Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) supplicated to Allah Ta’ala for the removal of the calamity. But again, after the ending of the punishment, the kuffaar reneged and mocked at Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). In fact, they averred that Musa (alayhis salaam) had no equal in the science of magic. They attributed the calamities they suffered to magic.
A month thereafter, Allah Ta’ala afflicted the Egyptians with the punishment of frogs. Suddenly the entire land was overrun by millions and millions of frogs. Their houses were invaded by frogs. Their beds, utensils, food and everything were filled with frogs. The place had become a world of frogs. Every empty vessel became filled with frogs. The situation deteriorated so much that when a Copt would open his mouth to speak, it would suddenly be invaded by frogs. But there was not a single frog in any home of Bani Israaeel.
Driven to hopelessness and helplessness, the Copts once again petitioned Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) for succour, renewing their pledge and promise. Again Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) made dua and the punishment ended as suddenly as it had arrived. The Egyptians, instead of abiding by their pledge, reacted in their same incorrigible manner of rebellion, mocking and rejecting Musa (alayhis salaam).
After lapsing of a month, Allah Ta’ala afflicted the Copts with the punishment of blood. All water had transformed into blood for the Copts. Even the water which a Copt would bring from Bani Israaeel would become blood as soon as the water reached his mouth. Every utensils and every other item of the Copts became soiled with blood. They began to perish because of hunger and thirst.
Driven to abject misery by this deplorable state of affairs, Fir’oun resorted to a stratagem which he believed would save the day for the Copts. He ordered that with every Copt, one Israaeeli should join when drinking water and eating. The two had to participate in one utensil. By this ruse Fir’oun thought that the water and food would not become blood. However, the share consumed by the Israaeeli would remain unaffected while the share of the Copt would become blood. When the Israaeeli drank from the utensil, the water remained unaffected. But when the Copt desired to drink, the water would become blood.
A woman from the Copts pleaded with her Israaeeli neighbour saying: ‘I have been suffering from thirst for the past few days. Please take some water into your mouth and transfer it into my mouth with your mouth.” The dire straits of the Copts had driven this woman to this state of subservience to one who was held in contempt by the Copts. She cried for mercy. However, as soon as the Israaeeli woman would spit out the water, it would turn into blood thus depriving the Copt from water.
Fir’oun too was suffering. He did not have a drop of water for several days. When he attempted to chew the leaves of trees, the juice would become blood in his mouth. Again the Copts came to Musa crying for mercy. They again promised to honour their pledge. They pledged that if they again reneged from their pledge, then Allah Ta’ala should kill them all. Taking pity on them, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) supplicated to Allah Ta’ala, and the punishment was lifted immediately. But these rebellious people who were confirmed to remain kuffaar in eternity, once again reneged and made a mockery of Musa (alayhis salaam).
Allah Ta’ala thereafter halted the series of punishment for some time. The people of Fir’oun became even more rebellious. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) would daily invoke Allah’s curses on Fir’oun and his people, and Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) would say: ‘Aameen’. But no further punishment descended on Fir’oun and his people. In consequence they became more rebellious. Their worldly pomp and splendour multiplied considerably as a result of the immense wealth they enjoyed. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that according to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in the land of Egypt until the mountains of Abyssinia there flourished numerous mines of gold, silver and diamonds. All these mines were under the control and domination of Fir’oun. This was the primary source of the immense wealth enjoyed by the Copts, and it was this wealth which increased their rebellion.
The oppression of Fir’oun and his people exceeded all bounds. Then one day Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) supplicated with great fervour. Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared and said: “Allah Ta’ala sends His Salaam with the message that He is listening to your supplication. Fir’oun’s oppression is not hidden from Allah. The cries of agony of Bani Israaeel are shaking the Divine Throne. Despite this, O Musa! How can I punish Fir’oun while he daily feeds ten thousand destitute persons? O Musa! As long as Fir’oun perpetuates his generosity on the poor I shall not destroy him.”
It was the daily practice of Fir’oun to feed ten thousand poor and destitute people. This was the mystery underlying the protection Fir’oun enjoyed from destruction by Divine Punishment. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Sadqah extinguishes the Wrath of Allah.”
However, Haamaan, who was Fir’oun’s chief minister and advisor, said to Fir’oun that due to the effects of Nabi Musa’s ‘sihr’ (magic) and the resultant calamities, the economic situation of the Copts has suffered grievously and their hardships were incremental. Due to these unforeseen calamities, the royal treasury was rapidly becoming depleted. He advised Fir’oun to exercise caution with regarding to expenditure. It was not known how long would Musa (alayhis salaam) remain an adversary, hence it was imperative to ensure that the economy is sustained. This advice was accepted by Fir’oun. The daily feeding scheme was drastically curbed and incrementally reduced until the day when Fir’oun and his men were destroyed, there was not a single destitute who was being fed by Fir’oun.
After the cessation of the series of calamities, Nabi Musa (Alayhis salaam) continued with his mission of Da’wat and Tableegh. He repeatedly proclaimed the Message of Islam to Fir’oun and his people. However, these people were incorrigibly intransigent and confirmed kuffaar. They refused to heed any of the callings of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). On the contrary, their transgression and rebellion increased considerably. This process of incremental rebellion continued until the time for Fir’oun’s destruction had arrived.
Allah Ta’ala instructed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to assemble his people and to depart from Egypt during the night time. Musa (alayhis salaam) ordered Bani Israaeel to gather at a particular spot on a certain night. The various chieftains of the tribes of Bani Israaeel were ordered to advise, educate and gather all their people for the final departure from Egypt.
Since every member of Bani Israaeel had to be informed, this secret plan did not remain long hidden from Fir’oun. When Fir’oun was informed that Bani Israaeel would be assembling, he summoned their leaders and questioned them about this planned event. They explained that the Day of Ashura was a holy day of happiness in their culture because it was the day when Hadhrat Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam) was created. The gathering of Bani Israaeel was to celebrate this happy occasion. Fir’oun was relieved and he sanctioned the gathering.
Finally, the momentous day arrived and the entire nation of Bani Israaeel began assembling from the morning. When he was satisfied that everyone had gathered, he issued orders for the great march to commence. It was midnight when they began the migration. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) began the march reciting, Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem. The large concourse of Bani Israaeel consisted of 670,000 persons. Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) was appointed to lead the vast procession while Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) remained right in the rear.
When this huge gathering reached a certain point, it appeared to them that they had lost the road. The march halted while Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) conferred with Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam). They were mystified by their inability to find the way leading out of Egypt. The road was well known. What was the mystery of this conundrum? Immediately Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) summoned all the aged persons for a meeting. He asked: “This road is well known to us. Why are we lost? Why can we not find the way?” One extremely old person (according to some narrations it was a lady), spoke: “O Musa! I know the reason. A very important task has been left unaccomplished.” The road will not be found as long as the obligation is not fulfilled.”
(To be continued, Insha’Allah)
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 8)

Post by NAEEM on Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:04 pm

FINALLY THE TIME arrived for Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to depart with his followers from the land of Egypt. With 670,000 of his Ummah – this constituted the entire Bani Israaeel -- Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off during the mid of night for the new promised land. However, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) together with this huge concourse of humanity lost the road out of Egypt. It was still dark, and they were unable to find the route which was a well-known established road.
Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) summoned a council of the elders of Bani Israaeel and conferred with them regarding this surprising and perplexing incident. An aged man said that there remained a very important duty which has not yet been fulfilled. As long as that obligation has not been discharged, the road will not be found. He explained:
“At the time of the demise of Hadhrat Yusuf (alayhis salaam), he had directed his heirs and brothers that when Bani Israaeel depart from Egypt they should take with them his coffin. O Musa! You have not fulfilled this directive of Nabi Yusuf (alayhis salaam), hence you are unable to find the way out of Egypt.”
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) immediately made an announcement on this matter and urged whoever was aware of the whereabouts of Nabi Yusuf’s grave to come forward. In the entire Ummah of Bani Israaeel there was only one person who was aware of the location of Nabi Yusuf’s grave. A very old lady stepped forward.
Nabi Musa: “Mother do you know where Nabi Yusuf’s grave is?”
Old Lady: “Yes, but I shall not divulge this information gratis. I want something in return.”
Nabi Musa: “What is it that you want? Ask!”
Old Lady: “Take me along with you as your close companion out of Egypt so that on the Day of Qiyaamah I shall be regarded as your companion. I shall then show you where Nabi Yusuf’s grave is.”
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) immediately had the old lady seated on his mount. She indicated the location of the grave which was in the bed of the River Nile. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) with a few companions retrieved the coffin. As soon as they had taken possession of Nabi Yusuf’s coffin, the road ahead was seen. Bani Israaeel thus resumed the journey out of Egypt.
Just as Bani Israaeel had resumed the journey, Fir’oun was apprized of their flight. When Fir’oun realized that the purpose of Bani Israaeel’s assembly was not to celebrate a festival, but was in preparation for their flight, he was overwhelmed with wrath. He immediately issued orders to his army to pursue Bani Israaeel. He too accompanied the army. Fir’oun had issued orders to massacre every single soul, and not to leave alive even one person of Bani Israaeel.
Fir’oun set out in pursuit of Bani Israaeel with a massive army consisting of 100,000 men with spears, 100,000 archers, a cavalry of 70,000, and an infantry of 300,000. The army moved swiftly in the bid to overtake Bani Israaeel. Fir’oun and Haamaan were right in front leading the army. At the same time, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was also moving ahead swiftly with Bani Israaeel overwhelmed by fear. The fear of Fir’oun’s sudden appearance was uppermost in the minds of all.
Suddenly and surprisingly Bani Israael found itself on the shores of the Red Sea. This was not the contemplate route to lead them out of Egypt. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was astonished and dumbfounded. He was heading towards dry land, but by the decree of Allah Ta’ala found himself with his Ummah on the shores of the sea. To aggravate their despair, the sea on this day was excessively stormy. It was humanly impossible to traverse the sea. Mountainous waves were rising furiously in the sea.
The journey came to an abrupt halt. Fear and anxiety created panic among Bani Israaeel. How will they ever cross the sea? From where will they be able to acquire thousands of boats to transport them across the sea?
While Bani Israaeel were transfixed in fear and bewilderment, they heard the roar of Fir’oun’s approaching army nearby. There was absolute pandemonium and panic among Bani Israaeel. They lamented to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam): “O Musa! Most assuredly, we have been overtaken (by Fir’oun).” — Qur’aan. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) assuring them of Allah’s protection. “Then when the two groups (Fir’oun’s army and Bani Israaeel) saw each other, the companions of Musa said: “Verily, we have been overtaken.’ He (Musa) said: ‘Never! Verily, my Rabb is with me. He shall surely show me (the way).” – As-Shu’raa, aayat 62
When Fir’oun caught sight of Bani Israaeel stranded on the shores of the Red Sea, he was overwhelmed with delight. He issued orders for the assault and the final massacre of Bani Israaeel. While the army was formulating the plan for the massacre, suddenly an intensely dark fog surrounded the entire area totally concealing Bani Israaeel. The intensity of the darkness did not permit Fir’oun’s army to advance. Helpless, Fir’oun issued orders for a halt until the fog lifted. He said that in front of Bani Israaeel was the Red Sea and behind them was his army. Bani Israaeel was trapped. Convinced that there was no escape for Bani Israaeel, Fir’oun patiently waited for the fog to clear up. Fir’oun was over-confident that death had surrounded Bani Israaeel on all sides. It was only a matter of time before every soul would be put to the sword.
Meanwhile Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was crying and supplicating in Sajdah, making dua for Allah’s aid. While Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was still wrapped in Sajdah, Wahi descended from the Arsh of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Allah said: “O Musa! We have made the Red Sea subservient to you. Strike it with your Staff. It will provide a road for you.”
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) lifted his head from Sajdah. Addressing his people, he said: “O my people! You have been saved from the Sea and from Fir’oun.” He then went to the sea, struck it with his Staff and commanded: “O Sea! With the permission of Allah, split open!” As Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) struck the sea with his Staff, suddenly they beheld an amazing sight. Twelve pathways opened miraculously in the sea. Each pathway had the dimensions of the sea, 11 miles long and two miles wide.
Nabi Ya’qoob (alayhis salaam) had twelve sons. The entire Bani Israaeel was the progeny of these twelve sons, hence the twelve pathways to accommodate the twelve tribes. As the pathways opened up, the sun suddenly shone with such fierceness that the sea bed was instantaneously dried to enable Bani Israaeel to move swiftly and easily. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) ordered them to express their gratitude to Allah Ta’ala and to immediately commence the journey across the sea. But, everyone was scared. No one was prepared to enter the pathways in the sea. They protested: “O Musa! If we enter and the water closes up, what shall we do?” This they said despite observing that the sea along the entire length of the pathways had become solid ice. The pathways were like roads between mountains.
Whilst the people were in a state of trepidation, Nabi Haaroon (alayhis salaam) rode deep into the pathway with his horse. Now encouraged and assured, the twelve tribes entered their respective pathways and began the journey across the sea. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was the last one to follow. The group with whom Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was, suddenly complained: “O Musa! We are with you. But what is the state of the other tribes. Are they safe or drowning?” Immediately Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) supplicated to Allah Ta’ala to put them at ease. As he was supplicating, miraculously huge windows opened up in the walls of ice separating each tribe. Now they were delighted. Their compatriots were clearly visible.
The entire Ummah of Bani Israaeel crossed safely to the other side. Once they had traversed the sea, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) ordered them to set up tents for their stay.
When the sun had emerged to dry the sea-bed for Bani Israael’s sojourn, the fog which had stalled Fir’oun’s army had also cleared up. Fir’oun issued orders for the army to immediately advance. The army quickly reached the shores of the Red Sea. The sight of the twelve pathways in the sea struck them with wonder. They were bewildered at the amazing spectacle. The pathways with the walls of ice with windows were magnificent and awe-inspiring. When Fir’oun saw this amazing scene he proclaimed to his army that this was a manifestation of his divine power. The sea had opened up to welcome him. He claimed that the sea had opened up for him to enable him to punish his enemy (Bani Israaeel). The only reason why the sea had allowed Bani Israaeel to cross safely was to enable him (Fir’oun) to inflict his punishment on them. If they had drowned, they would have been saved from his chastisement.
But Haamaan whispered to Fir’oun: “O Fir’oun! What utter nonsense are you speaking? Do you not realize that Musa’s God has prepared these pathways for Musa. Musa has crossed safely. Alas? You are dwelling in deception by believing that these pathways are for you. Don’t dare commit the error of entering these pathways. You and your entire army will be drowned.”
Fir’oun understood this warning. He turned his horse away from the sea. As Fir’oun began moving away from the sea dejectedly, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) by the command of Allah Ta’ala, appeared in human form on a beautiful mare.

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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 9)

Post by NAEEM on Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:12 pm

FIR’OUN AND his forces in hot pursuit of the fleeing Bani Israaeel led by Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), finally reached the shores of the Red Sea which Bani Israaeel had just crossed miraculously by the Command of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Twelve huge pathways had wondrously opened up in the Red Sea to accommodate the twelve tribes of Bani Israaeel. Seated on his horse, Fir’oun was rooted and struck with amazement as he beheld the wondrous scene in front of him. He and his forces marvelled at this supernatural enactment of grandeur and awe. The sea had opened up. On each side of the twelve pathways the water had solidified into massive mountains with window-like openings along the entire length of the routes. Bani Israaeel had already reached the other shore. The sea meanwhile retained its marvellous and miraculous stance.
Haamaan, the chief minister, warned Fir’oun against entry into the pathways. He understood that any such action would be their doom. As Fir’oun dejectedly turned his horse away from the sea, Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) suddenly appeared seated on a beautiful mare and entered one of the pathways. Fir’oun’s stallion bolted after the mare. Fir’oun lost control of his horse. The horse with Fir’oun on its back wildly pursued the mare into the sea-path. Despite his desperate struggle, Fir’oun was unable to control his horse.
Meanwhile the army observing the entry of Fir’oun into the pathway, followed him. From the rear, Hadhrat Mikaa-eel (alayhis salam) appearing in human form on a horse, encouraged the army to follow Fir’oun. Soon the entire army had entered the sea. While they continued their march on the dried ocean-pathways, the soldiers expressing their amazement became convinced of Fir’oun’s divine power. “The sea was subservient to Fir’oun, hence it split open so miraculously at his command”, they said.
When Fir’oun and his forces had reached the middle of the sea, the appointed time for their destruction had arrived. With thunderous sounds the solidified sea walls suddenly began crashing on Fir’oun and his army. Fir’oun too understood that this was the ultimate moment of his doom. Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) arrived and showed him the document which he had at one time signed. The declaration read: “The slave who disobeys his Creator should be drowned in the Red Sea.”
As the raging water began the drowning sojourn, the panic stricken Fir’oun cried out in horror: “I believe that there is no deity but The One in whom Bani Israaeel believes, and I am among the Muslimeen.” Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) meanwhile shoved clods of mud into Fir’oun’s mouth and exclaimed: “(Only) Now! Verily, you have been rebellious since before, and you were among the anarchists.” The sea covered Fir’oun and his forces. Thus they became history and a lesson for posterity.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed: “Today, shall We salvage your body so that it be a sign for those after you.”
The news of the destruction of Fir’oun and his forces had not yet reached Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) and his people. While the enemy had all perished in the sea, Bani Israaeel was still afflicted with the fear of Fir’oun’s sudden appearance with his army. The news was conveyed to them in a peculiar manner. During the reign of Fir’oun, a lady from Bani Israaeel was subjected to extreme hard labour. She had to wash selected stones brought from the mountains. Fir’oun would not pay her any remuneration whatsoever. For years she slaved washing the stones. This woman ventured alone to the shore of the Red Sea to fill her container with water. Suddenly she saw in the distance a corpse floating. The corpse was drifting in her direction. Soon the body was thrown out on to the shore close to the woman. To her amazement she saw that it was Fir’oun’s corpse. His beard was still studded with the most expensive pearls with which he used to adorn himself.
Hastily the woman tugged at the beard of the corpse and pulled out the hairs with the pearls. As she took possession of the pearls, she heard a Voice saying: ‘You have now obtained your wages for the labour of the stones.’ Delighted, the woman quickly returned to the camp and apprized Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) and Nabi Haaroon (alayhis salaam) of the entire episode. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) accompanied by the chiefs of Bani Israaeel immediately went to the spot indicated by the woman.
When they reached the scene, there they saw the corpse of Fir’oun lying ignominiously. Wild animals had begun to devour the body. This scene brought tears to the eyes of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). He recalled that for thirty years he was reared and nourished in Fir’oun’s palace. Nevertheless, he exclaimed: “O Fir’oun! Alas! You were not blessed with Imaan. You have thus died a humiliating death.”
Addressing Bani Israaeel, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “He was the one who claimed: ‘I am your almighty god’.” After Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) and his people had seen Fir’oun’s corpse and derived the incumbent lessons from his ignominious fall and destruction, a wave came and swept the body into the sea. The body floated until it reached the other shore in proximity with Egypt.
After the departure of Fir’oun and his forces, there were still people of the Qibti and Aad nations in Egypt. A variety of rumours was circulated about Fir’oun. Some said that Fir’oun together with his army had drowned. Some said that he and his army had gone to the mountains and islands. While they were conjecturing, some fishermen arrived with the information that they had seen Fir’oun’s corpse on the shore. In haste a crowd of people accompanied the fishermen to the spot. When they reached the place, they were shocked and astounded to observe that indeed it was Fir’oun’s corpse which the vultures were devouring. Now all the people conceded that Fir’oun was defeated and Musa (alayhis salaam) was victorious.
When Bani Israaeel was convinced that Fir’oun and his forces were totally defeated and obliterated, they requested to be allowed to return to Egypt to take possession of Fir’oun’s land and wealth. They argued that since they had suffered in humiliation for a considerable period, they should now be installed with honour in Egypt. Granting their request, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) placed 24,000 men under the command of Hadhrat Yoosha’ (alayhis salaam). This army was dispatched to Egypt. The army captured the land of Fir’oun and sent all the spoils of war to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).
Among the remaining Qibtis (the people of Fir’oun) there was one Qibti who had accepted Imaan during the time of Fir’oun. Hadhrat Yoosha’ (alayhis salaam) appointed him the king while he returned with the army to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). In compliance with the command of Allah Ta’ala, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) with his entire nation set off for the Land of Shaam. Along the journey through the desert and wilderness during the extreme heat, a huge cloud providing shade would move with the vast concourse of Bani Israaeel. At night, a miraculous pillar of celestial light would appear, brightening up the darkness for the people. In this wonderful manner, the nation of Bani Israaeel proceeded along the journey stage by stage.
On the fourth day of the journey which was along the shores of the Red Sea, they reached a place where the water was extremely brak and undrinkable. As a result of the Dua of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) the water became sweet and fresh. After journeying on, they arrived at a place inhabited by a community of the Amaaliqah race. These people were worshipping golden and silver calves. Attracted by the glitter of gold and silver, the ignorant masses requested Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) for permission to make similar calves of worship. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was extremely infuriated by this request of shirk. In the words of the Qur’aan, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) castigated them: “What! Shall I search for you a deity other than Allah while He has honoured you over (the nations) of the world?” Threatening them, he said: ‘Beware! Never ever utter such notoriety again.” They sincerely regretted, repented and promised never to make such ridiculous requests. Allah Ta’ala accepted their Taubah.
Finally Bani Israaeel arrived in the Land of Shaam. They settled in an extremely fertile place. Here Allah Ta’ala blessed them with a variety of fruits and a variety of bounties. When they had settled in that place, Allah Ta’ala summoned Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to go to Tur Saina’ (Mount Sinai). Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) arrived and said: “O Musa! Allah Ta’ala conveys His salaams to you. A Kitaab will be revealed to you. You have to proceed to Tur Saina’.”
Before departing for Mount Sina’, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) promised his people that he would be bringing to them a divine scripture which would narrate the episodes of Fir’oun and his destruction. Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) had instructed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to immediately begin a fast of thirty days. After the thirtieth day, he should depart for Mount Sina’. After completing the 30 days fasting, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) departed for Tur Saina’. On his way to the Mountain, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) felt the need to cleanse his mouth with a miswaak. After he used a miswaak, Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) arrived and lamented: “O Musa! Before you used the miswaak, the fragrance of musk was emanating from your mouth (as the effect of the 30 days of fasting). Now you have eliminated that fragrance. Allah Ta’ala therefore commands that you fast another ten days to gain that sweet fragrance of musk.” Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) halted at the spot and fasted for ten days. Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Qur’aan the thirty days of fasting as well as the additional ten days.
At the time of departing from his people, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) appointed Haaroon (alayhis salaam) as his Khalifah (Representative). When he reached Mount Saina’, Musa (alayhis salaam) removed his shoes, and proceeded up the mountain with great humility and reverence. Suddenly he observed huge multitudes of Malaaikah in space. All were reciting the Tasbeeh: Subboohun Quddoosun.. Then in amazement he saw the wonderful and majestic Arsh of Allah Azza Wa Jal. In this rapturous state the Divine Talk with Musa (alayhis salaam) took place. According to some narrations 24,000 words were spoken with Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) on this occasion. The Divine Communion with Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was for forty days..
It was during this state of ecstacy that Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) requested: “O my Rabb! Show Yourself to me so that I see you.” Came the Divine Response. “O Musa! Never can you see Me.”
(To be continued,
Insha’Allah)
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Story of Hadhrat Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) (PART 10)

Post by NAEEM on Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:22 pm

The chapter of Fir’oun’s ignominious fall and destruction has ended, hence we have deleted his name from the caption)
LEAVING HIS brother, Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) as his Khalifah (Representative) to oversee Bani Israaeel, Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) by the command of Allah Ta’ala departed for Mount Toor where the promised Tauraah would be revealed. Here on Mount Toor, Allah Ta’ala bestowed to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) the wonderful favour of communion with Him. For 40 days Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was enraptured in conversation with Allah Azza Wa Jal. In this ecstatic state of annihilation and divine absorption, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) exclaimed: “Show me that I may see You!” Came the Divine Response: “Never can you see Me!” Nevertheless, Allah Ta’ala instructed him: “Look towards the (peak of) the mountain. If it remains in its place, then you will see Me.”
Then from behind 70,000 veils of the Divine Arsh, Allah Ta’ala manifested an infinitesimal speck His Illumination (Noor) on the mountain to the extent of the eye of a needle. Mentioning the effect of this speck of Divine Illumination, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “When his Rabb manifested (His) Illumination on the mountain, It reduced the mountain into particles, and Musa fell down unconscious.” The devastating impact of Allah’s Noor split the mountain into bits with such force that huge boulders and pieces of rock went flying in all directions. Three huge pieces of rock landed in Madinah Munawwarah. These three rocks became known as Uhud, Radhwi and Faani. Another three pieces of rock landed in Makkah Muazzamah and became known as Hiraa’, Sheereen and Thaur. Meanwhile the surrounding wilderness turned into a blazing inferno.
This episode of Divine Illumination occurred on a Thursday evening on the Day of Arafah. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) meanwhile remained unconscious until the following Friday. When he revived, he was shuddering uncontrollably with fear, and he spontaneously cried: “Subhaanaka! I repent. I am the first of the Mu’mineen.” Thereafter Allah Ta’ala said to Musa: “O Musa! Verily, I have chosen you over the people with My Risaalat (i.e. being a Rasool) and My Speech.”
The Tauraah which was presented to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) here, consisted of seven large tablets made of precious heavenly red-stone. The Tauraah had 1000 Surahs. Only four persons had committed the whole Taurah to memory: Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), Hadhrat Yusha’ (alayhis salaam), Hadhrat Uzair (alayhis salaam) and Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam). An elaborate and grand arrangement was made for preserving the Tauraah. A special casket of gold was made to encase the Tauraah. A domed structure wherein the casket was kept, was erected., and Haroon (alayhis salaam) was appointed the trustee. The trusteeship remained in his family.
While Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was in communion with Allah Azza Wa Jal on the mountain, his people, Bani Israaeel, lapsed into worshipping a golden calf which they had built on the advice of a man called, Saamiri. Who was Saamiri? Saamiri was born at the time when Fir’oun had proclaimed the mass slaughter of all male infants of Bani Israeel. His mother, fearing the imminent killing of her baby, hid him in the bushes along the River Nile. Allah Ta’ala commanded Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) to tend to the baby and nurture him. Thus, Saamiri was nourished in this miraculous way by Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam). As a result of this affinity, Saamiri in later years would be able to perceive the presence of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) when he would appear in human form to execute divinely imposed tasks.
On the day when Bani Israaeel was crossing the Red Sea, Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) on horseback was leading Fir’oun and his army into the pathways of the sea. Saamiri observed that wherever the horse of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) set foot, grass would spring up. He was therefore convinced that the rider was Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) and that the soil on which the horse trampled held miraculous effects. He gathered an amount of this soil and treasured it.
After Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) had departed for Mount Toor, Saamiri approached Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) and said: “O Haroon! All the gold, silver, precious stones and wealth which we had captured from Fir’oun’s people as booty should not be utilized by our people without Nabi Musa’s permission. However, I am seeing that our people are misappropriating all this treasure.” Saamiri’s proposal appealed to Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam). He immediately instructed the people to hand over all of this treasure and await the decision of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) appointed Saamiri to be the treasurer and trustee in whose custody all the treasure was placed. Thus, Saamiri’s dark plot succeeded.
Saamiri was an expert goldsmith and sculptor. He silently went about his plot to build the golden calf. The golden calf which he constructed was a huge form which he emblazoned with diamonds and other precious stones. In was a ‘beautiful’ structure which would amaze onlookers when they beheld it. Then Saamiri cast into the golden calf some of the miraculous sand which he had brought along with him, and immediately the calf displayed signs of life and began making sounds like a cow. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan-e-Kareem sates:
“And, after the departure of Musa, they (some people of Bani Israaeel) made from their jewels a calf which was a body which emitted sounds. What! Did they not realize that it could not speak to them nor guide them to (the Straight) Path. They took it (as their god), and indeed they were oppressors.”
(Aayat 148, Surah A’raaf)

Saamiri had built his calf in secret. When it was completed, he enclosed it in a chamber adorned with silk and velvet veils. Addressing the people he said: “If you obey me, I shall show you Musa’s god right here.” The ignoramuses fell into Saamiri’s trap. They pledged obedience to him. After obtaining the pledge of obedience, Saamiri lifted the veils. When their eyes fell on the glitter, dazzle and beauty of the golden structure they were rendered speechless with amazement. The incomprehensible sounds emitted by the idol added a mysterious dimension. All the people fell down in prostration and thousands began worshipping the golden calf.
Seventy thousand people of Bani Israaeel took to the worship of the calf. When this shocking development reached Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam), he rushed barefoot to the scene, and vociferously remonstrated and reprimanded them for commission of shirk. But the people were intoxicated by the golden calf. They declared with confidence that this calf was the same god whom Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was searching in the mountains and wilderness. Despite Haroon’s pleas and admonition, they not only refused to heed him, but threatened to kill him if he continued to pester and interfere with their worship. Dejected and lamenting, Haroon (alayhis salaam) secluded himself in his tent, waiting for Nabi Musa to return.
Meanwhile on Mount Toor, Allah Ta’ala had informed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) that his people had taken to worshipping the golden calf. This had immensely grieved and angered Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Grief-stricken and full of anger, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) returned to his people and with great haste went to the scene where the worship of the golden calf was taking place. When he personally witnessed this shirk and idolatry, his rage and fury had no bounds. He put down the Tauraah Tablets and in a fit of rage grabbed hold of the hair and beard of his brother, Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam). He shook his brother by the hair and accused him of having allowed Bani Israaeel into idolatry. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan Majeed says:
“And, when Musa returned to his nation in anger and grief, he said: ‘Indeed evil is it that you have perpetrated after me. Do you desire to hasten the command of your Rabb?’
Then he put down the Tablets, seized the head of his brother and pulled him to himself.
Haroon pleaded: ‘O son of my mother! Verily, the people considered me weak and almost killed me. Therefore, do not let the enemies make a laughing stock of me, and do not include me among the oppressors (the transgressors).”
(Aayat 150, Surah A’raaf)
After hearing this plea of his brother, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) realizing his error, supplicated to Allah Ta’ala: “O my Rabb! Forgive me and my brother. Enter us into Your mercy. And, you are the Most Merciful of all merciful ones.” (Aayat 151, Surah A’raaf)
When Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was informed by Allah Ta’ala of the shirk of his people, he was immensely grieved and hurt. But when he observed the shirk with his own eyes, his fury overwhelmed him. Commenting on the aggravated rage of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) when he personally witnessed the perpetration of shirk by his people, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The receipt of information is not the same as personally witnessing the incident.” Thus, when Allah Ta’ala had informed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) of the crime of his people, his anger was not beyond control. But when he personally saw the enactment of the evil of shirk, he cast down the Tablets of the Tauraah in utter disbelief and his rage drove him to seize his senior brother, Haroon (alayhis salaam), also a Nabi, without first instituting an investigation. This was the effect of Nabi Musa’s Bughd fillaah (Hatred and anger for the sake of Allah), hence there was no divine reprimand for Musa’s action.
Turning his attention to his people, Musa (alayhis salaam) reprimanded them with great vehemence and sounded the dire threat of everlasting punishment in Jahannum for the shirk they were committing. His admonition exercised a profound effect on the people. They finally realized and acknowledged their error and were ready for Taubah and to make amends. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan states: “And, when they expressed their regret and realized that they had gone astray, they said: ‘If our Rabb does not have mercy on us and forgive us, then we shall be among the losers.”
(Aayat 149, Surah A’raaf)
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) meanwhile supplicated to Allah Ta’ala to forgive his people who were sincerely repenting. However, the crime of shirk is the worst of all acts of treason committed against Allah Ta’ala. Also, despite having emancipated them from Fir’oun’s bondage, brutality and oppression, and despite them having miraculously crossed the Red Sea and observing Fir’oun’s ignominious destruction, they had requested Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to construct an idol for their worship. This episode has already been narrated earlier. Now after Nabi Musa’s departure to Mount Toor, they had indulged in a worst act of shirk although they had earlier solemnly pledged never to turn to shirk. Forgiveness for these transgressors was therefore no longer a simple and easy option. They were incorrigibly prone to idol-worship, hence there had to be a severe trial to expunge all vestiges of idolatry from their hearts and to purify the perpetrators from the evil of shirk in which they had indulged.
Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared and said to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam): “O Musa! Allah Ta’ala sends Salaam to you and said that the crime of your people was not insignificant. They had committed shirk. The only form of Taubah (Repentance) for this vile act of oppression is execution. They all will have to be killed.” Stunned by this divine pronouncement, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) gathered Bani Israaeel and explained to them that the only way for their repentance and redemption was to submit to Allah’s command. All the perpetrators of shirk will be put to death. They should now choose between this form of repentance or the everlasting stay in Jahannum from which there will never be release.
The transgressors had realized their error and even before this announcement, inclined to repentance. When they heard the form of their taubah, they wholeheartedly submitted and said that they choose this temporary punishment to the everlasting perdition of Jahannum. The day for the execution was appointed. In a vast plain all the thousands of people, men and women, the old and the young – all who had worshipped the calf, assembled to offer their lives at the altar of Taubah to gain the mercy and pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. This was indeed a supreme gesture of sincerity and sacrifice.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) addressing them instructed that they should be prepared to meet their Rabb in the state of purification. They were ordered to sit in the kneeling position in ranks with their necks lowered to facilitate swift execution with the sword. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) ordered his brother, Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam) to move into position with 12,000 men with extremely sharp swords to accomplish the command of Allah Ta’ala.
(To be continued,
Insha’Allah)


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Post by NAEEM on Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:03 pm

(The chapter of Fir’oun’s ignominious fall and destruction has ended, hence we have deleted his name from the caption)
LEAVING HIS brother, Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) as his Khalifah (Representative) to oversee Bani Israaeel, Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) by the command of Allah Ta’ala departed for Mount Toor where the promised Tauraah would be revealed. Here on Mount Toor, Allah Ta’ala bestowed to Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) the wonderful favour of communion with Him. For 40 days Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was enraptured in conversation with Allah Azza Wa Jal. In this ecstatic state of annihilation and divine absorption, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) exclaimed: “Show me that I may see You!” Came the Divine Response: “Never can you see Me!” Nevertheless, Allah Ta’ala instructed him: “Look towards the (peak of) the mountain. If it remains in its place, then you will see Me.”
Then from behind 70,000 veils of the Divine Arsh, Allah Ta’ala manifested an infinitesimal speck His Illumination (Noor) on the mountain to the extent of the eye of a needle. Mentioning the effect of this speck of Divine Illumination, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “When his Rabb manifested (His) Illumination on the mountain, It reduced the mountain into particles, and Musa fell down unconscious.” The devastating impact of Allah’s Noor split the mountain into bits with such force that huge boulders and pieces of rock went flying in all directions. Three huge pieces of rock landed in Madinah Munawwarah. These three rocks became known as Uhud, Radhwi and Faani. Another three pieces of rock landed in Makkah Muazzamah and became known as Hiraa’, Sheereen and Thaur. Meanwhile the surrounding wilderness turned into a blazing inferno.
This episode of Divine Illumination occurred on a Thursday evening on the Day of Arafah. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) meanwhile remained unconscious until the following Friday. When he revived, he was shuddering uncontrollably with fear, and he spontaneously cried: “Subhaanaka! I repent. I am the first of the Mu’mineen.” Thereafter Allah Ta’ala said to Musa: “O Musa! Verily, I have chosen you over the people with My Risaalat (i.e. being a Rasool) and My Speech.”
The Tauraah which was presented to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) here, consisted of seven large tablets made of precious heavenly red-stone. The Tauraah had 1000 Surahs. Only four persons had committed the whole Taurah to memory: Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), Hadhrat Yusha’ (alayhis salaam), Hadhrat Uzair (alayhis salaam) and Hadhrat Isaa (alayhis salaam). An elaborate and grand arrangement was made for preserving the Tauraah. A special casket of gold was made to encase the Tauraah. A domed structure wherein the casket was kept, was erected., and Haroon (alayhis salaam) was appointed the trustee. The trusteeship remained in his family.
While Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was in communion with Allah Azza Wa Jal on the mountain, his people, Bani Israaeel, lapsed into worshipping a golden calf which they had built on the advice of a man called, Saamiri. Who was Saamiri? Saamiri was born at the time when Fir’oun had proclaimed the mass slaughter of all male infants of Bani Israeel. His mother, fearing the imminent killing of her baby, hid him in the bushes along the River Nile. Allah Ta’ala commanded Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) to tend to the baby and nurture him. Thus, Saamiri was nourished in this miraculous way by Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam). As a result of this affinity, Saamiri in later years would be able to perceive the presence of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) when he would appear in human form to execute divinely imposed tasks.
On the day when Bani Israaeel was crossing the Red Sea, Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) on horseback was leading Fir’oun and his army into the pathways of the sea. Saamiri observed that wherever the horse of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) set foot, grass would spring up. He was therefore convinced that the rider was Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) and that the soil on which the horse trampled held miraculous effects. He gathered an amount of this soil and treasured it.
After Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) had departed for Mount Toor, Saamiri approached Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) and said: “O Haroon! All the gold, silver, precious stones and wealth which we had captured from Fir’oun’s people as booty should not be utilized by our people without Nabi Musa’s permission. However, I am seeing that our people are misappropriating all this treasure.” Saamiri’s proposal appealed to Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam). He immediately instructed the people to hand over all of this treasure and await the decision of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam) appointed Saamiri to be the treasurer and trustee in whose custody all the treasure was placed. Thus, Saamiri’s dark plot succeeded.
Saamiri was an expert goldsmith and sculptor. He silently went about his plot to build the golden calf. The golden calf which he constructed was a huge form which he emblazoned with diamonds and other precious stones. In was a ‘beautiful’ structure which would amaze onlookers when they beheld it. Then Saamiri cast into the golden calf some of the miraculous sand which he had brought along with him, and immediately the calf displayed signs of life and began making sounds like a cow. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan-e-Kareem sates:
“And, after the departure of Musa, they (some people of Bani Israaeel) made from their jewels a calf which was a body which emitted sounds. What! Did they not realize that it could not speak to them nor guide them to (the Straight) Path. They took it (as their god), and indeed they were oppressors.”
(Aayat 148, Surah A’raaf)

Saamiri had built his calf in secret. When it was completed, he enclosed it in a chamber adorned with silk and velvet veils. Addressing the people he said: “If you obey me, I shall show you Musa’s god right here.” The ignoramuses fell into Saamiri’s trap. They pledged obedience to him. After obtaining the pledge of obedience, Saamiri lifted the veils. When their eyes fell on the glitter, dazzle and beauty of the golden structure they were rendered speechless with amazement. The incomprehensible sounds emitted by the idol added a mysterious dimension. All the people fell down in prostration and thousands began worshipping the golden calf.
Seventy thousand people of Bani Israaeel took to the worship of the calf. When this shocking development reached Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam), he rushed barefoot to the scene, and vociferously remonstrated and reprimanded them for commission of shirk. But the people were intoxicated by the golden calf. They declared with confidence that this calf was the same god whom Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was searching in the mountains and wilderness. Despite Haroon’s pleas and admonition, they not only refused to heed him, but threatened to kill him if he continued to pester and interfere with their worship. Dejected and lamenting, Haroon (alayhis salaam) secluded himself in his tent, waiting for Nabi Musa to return.
Meanwhile on Mount Toor, Allah Ta’ala had informed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) that his people had taken to worshipping the golden calf. This had immensely grieved and angered Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam). Grief-stricken and full of anger, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) returned to his people and with great haste went to the scene where the worship of the golden calf was taking place. When he personally witnessed this shirk and idolatry, his rage and fury had no bounds. He put down the Tauraah Tablets and in a fit of rage grabbed hold of the hair and beard of his brother, Nabi Haroon (alayhis salaam). He shook his brother by the hair and accused him of having allowed Bani Israaeel into idolatry. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan Majeed says:
“And, when Musa returned to his nation in anger and grief, he said: ‘Indeed evil is it that you have perpetrated after me. Do you desire to hasten the command of your Rabb?’
Then he put down the Tablets, seized the head of his brother and pulled him to himself.
Haroon pleaded: ‘O son of my mother! Verily, the people considered me weak and almost killed me. Therefore, do not let the enemies make a laughing stock of me, and do not include me among the oppressors (the transgressors).”
(Aayat 150, Surah A’raaf)
After hearing this plea of his brother, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) realizing his error, supplicated to Allah Ta’ala: “O my Rabb! Forgive me and my brother. Enter us into Your mercy. And, you are the Most Merciful of all merciful ones.” (Aayat 151, Surah A’raaf)
When Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was informed by Allah Ta’ala of the shirk of his people, he was immensely grieved and hurt. But when he observed the shirk with his own eyes, his fury overwhelmed him. Commenting on the aggravated rage of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) when he personally witnessed the perpetration of shirk by his people, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The receipt of information is not the same as personally witnessing the incident.” Thus, when Allah Ta’ala had informed Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) of the crime of his people, his anger was not beyond control. But when he personally saw the enactment of the evil of shirk, he cast down the Tablets of the Tauraah in utter disbelief and his rage drove him to seize his senior brother, Haroon (alayhis salaam), also a Nabi, without first instituting an investigation. This was the effect of Nabi Musa’s Bughd fillaah (Hatred and anger for the sake of Allah), hence there was no divine reprimand for Musa’s action.
Turning his attention to his people, Musa (alayhis salaam) reprimanded them with great vehemence and sounded the dire threat of everlasting punishment in Jahannum for the shirk they were committing. His admonition exercised a profound effect on the people. They finally realized and acknowledged their error and were ready for Taubah and to make amends. Referring to this episode, the Qur’aan states: “And, when they expressed their regret and realized that they had gone astray, they said: ‘If our Rabb does not have mercy on us and forgive us, then we shall be among the losers.”
(Aayat 149, Surah A’raaf)
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) meanwhile supplicated to Allah Ta’ala to forgive his people who were sincerely repenting. However, the crime of shirk is the worst of all acts of treason committed against Allah Ta’ala. Also, despite having emancipated them from Fir’oun’s bondage, brutality and oppression, and despite them having miraculously crossed the Red Sea and observing Fir’oun’s ignominious destruction, they had requested Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to construct an idol for their worship. This episode has already been narrated earlier. Now after Nabi Musa’s departure to Mount Toor, they had indulged in a worst act of shirk although they had earlier solemnly pledged never to turn to shirk. Forgiveness for these transgressors was therefore no longer a simple and easy option. They were incorrigibly prone to idol-worship, hence there had to be a severe trial to expunge all vestiges of idolatry from their hearts and to purify the perpetrators from the evil of shirk in which they had indulged.
Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) appeared and said to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam): “O Musa! Allah Ta’ala sends Salaam to you and said that the crime of your people was not insignificant. They had committed shirk. The only form of Taubah (Repentance) for this vile act of oppression is execution. They all will have to be killed.” Stunned by this divine pronouncement, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) gathered Bani Israaeel and explained to them that the only way for their repentance and redemption was to submit to Allah’s command. All the perpetrators of shirk will be put to death. They should now choose between this form of repentance or the everlasting stay in Jahannum from which there will never be release.
The transgressors had realized their error and even before this announcement, inclined to repentance. When they heard the form of their taubah, they wholeheartedly submitted and said that they choose this temporary punishment to the everlasting perdition of Jahannum. The day for the execution was appointed. In a vast plain all the thousands of people, men and women, the old and the young – all who had worshipped the calf, assembled to offer their lives at the altar of Taubah to gain the mercy and pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. This was indeed a supreme gesture of sincerity and sacrifice.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) addressing them instructed that they should be prepared to meet their Rabb in the state of purification. They were ordered to sit in the kneeling position in ranks with their necks lowered to facilitate swift execution with the sword. Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) ordered his brother, Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam) to move into position with 12,000 men with extremely sharp swords to accomplish the command of Allah Ta’ala.
(To be continued,
Insha’Allah)
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JazakAllah brother Na'eem for taking the time to share such a wonderful and inspiring story with us.

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