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Prophet Musa [علیہ السلام]: An Excellent Role Model

Posted by Admin on April 8, 2009

 Author: Sadaf Farooqi

If you study the Glorious Quran with in-depth reflection, you’ll be struck by how often Allah mentions Prophet Musa [علیہ السلام] in the Book, in one context or other. From his infancy to adulthood, to his family and communal life, Allah mentions him a total of 169 times in the Quran! I wondered what qualities this Prophet of Allah must have possessed that endeared him so much to Allah, that He chose him for Himself, had a private conversation with him, and granted him Prophet-hood?

 “And mention in the Book, Musa; Behold, he was a chosen one, and was an apostle, a Prophet” [19:51]

 

وَاصْطَنَعْتُكَ لِنَفْسِي

 

“And I have chosen you for Myself [O Musa].” [20:41]

There are, on close pondering, several qualities of Prophet Musa that shine out.

Wasting no time in turning to Allah:

Once a man from the slave-tribe of Bani Israel called out for help as a Coptic (Pharaoh’s tribesman) wrangled with him in the street. Musa [may Allah’s peace be upon him] rushed to defend him, accidentally killing the oppressive Coptic with an unintentionally hard blow to the chest. As soon as he saw what he’d done, he repented, sought forgiveness and vowed future good conduct:

“He said: “My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me.”

Then He forgave him. Verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

“He said: “My Lord! For that with which You have favored me, I will never more be a helper for the ‘Mujrimun’ (criminals)!” [28: 16-17] 

Upon receiving the news of his eventual persecution by the Copts for this murder, he once again turned to Allah in earnest supplication, appealing for Divine deliverance and guidance, as he prepared to flee the town in secret. 

“So he escaped from there; fearful, vigilant. He said: “My Lord! Deliver me from the wrongdoing people!”

And when he turned his face toward Midian, he said: “Perhaps my Lord will guide me in the right road.”” [28: 21-22]

Hastening to obey Allah:

When Allah called Musa to a meeting on Mount Tŭr, he arrived earlier than the appointed time. The reason: to please Allah!

 

وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

 

“I hastened to You, O my Lord, so that You might be pleased.”  [20:84]

Hastening to help the weak and oppressed:

As mentioned above, Prophet Musa [علیہ السلام] fled to another town in order to escape Pharaoh’s men, after he accidentally killed a man from their tribe. Thus, a shining quality in his nature is his eagerness to help weak, oppressed people. This quality again comes forth when he enters a new town and spots two girls in a plight:

“And when he came unto the water of Midian, he found there a whole tribe of men, watering. And he found apart from them two women keeping back (their flocks). He said: “What ails you?” The two said: “We cannot give (our flocks) to drink till the shepherds return from the water; and our father is a very old man.”” [28:23]

His compassionate nature again, after witnessing the girls’ plight, makes him help them, despite being on the run for his life:

“So he watered (their flock) for them.” [28:24]

Putting his trust solely in Allah:

Homeless, jobless, friendless and alone in a strange town, he helped two women chivalrously, but, unlike most unmarried young men today, he didn’t try to hang around, expecting any favors or friendships in return; rather, he turned to no one except his friend, Allah. He withdrew under a tree to sincerely call to His Lord for help.

Then he turned aside into the shade, and said: “My Lord! I am needy of whatever good You send down for me.” [28:24]

At such a sincere display of pure trust, his Lord responded to his prayer immediately:

“Then there came unto him one of the two women, walking shyly. She said: “My father bids you, that he may reward you with a payment for that you watered (the flock) for us.” Then, when he came unto him and told him the (whole) story, he said: “Fear not! You have escaped from the wrongdoing people.”” [28:25]

One of the two women said: “O my father! Hire him! For the best (man) that you can hire is the strong, the trustworthy.” [28:26]

He said: “I would marry you to one of these two daughters of mine, on condition that you hire yourself to me for (the term of) eight pilgrimages….Allah willing, you will find me of the righteous.” [28:27]

In response to his earnest prayers, Allah granted him a recommendation for work, a “permanent” job, a considerate employer, lavish accommodation, a chaste wife, and compassionate in-laws – all within the same day!

Prophet Musa’s conduct is a far cry from the attitudes of most us Muslims today, who put their trust first in their contacts, references and networking tools to land jobs or marriage proposals. Only when all other tangible avenues are exhausted do we weak-hearted believers turn to Allah in prayer. We ask others for help, shelter, food or money before turning to Him, the Creator, Sustainer, and the Source of provision.

The best compensation:

However, the ultimate recompense for the inherent good in Prophet Musa was yet to come. After testing his sincerity and obedience at the highest of levels, Allah chose him for Himself:

“And when he reached it (the fire), he was called from the right side of the valley in the blessed field, from the tree;

“O Moses! I, indeed I, am Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” [28: 30]

What could possibly be better than to be summoned to a private counsel with Allah? To be ‘hired’ for the noblest mission?

Surely, in Prophet Musa, there is an excellent example for Muslims to emulate and abide by in daily life, so that we, too, can become those whom Allah chooses for Himself. 

(This article was first published in Saudi Gazette)

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My Journey through Quran’s Chapter 3 : The Family of Imran

Posted by Admin on April 3, 2008

by Shaheen Ahmed

As I went through the journey of Quran’s Chapter 3 Ale Imran, I remembered my state of complete ignorance when I had first experienced Quran three years ago. I had been so dazed, that to comprehend the historical events of the Quran seemed impossible to my rusty mind. I had no knowledge of seerah. So I really didn’t grasp the backdrop of ghazwa-euhud.
Today when you were reading the verses I could picture the entire scene as if I had myself seen and felt the bruises on my own soul. How simply courageous were the staunch supporters of Islam. The newly uprooted muhajireen and the generous open hearted ansaar. How simply unlucky were the munafiqeen to have earned the lowest ranks of jahannam at the same time when people were earning the highest reward of being a mujahid with Allah’s Rasool and shaheed. For the sake of Allah’s deen. I was amazed How Allah Ta’ala has pinpointed all the weaknesses of their characters. It is so important to recognize the fact that these were in the early period of tarbiyyat. And later on the same people were an asset for spreading Islam in the world. So if today we see some weaknesses around us and in ourselves it is not a cause for mayoosi, If we remain true to Allah and keep checking ourself and dedicate ourself in self improvement plans then
surely with Allah’s help there is great hope. The few important things that I feel are needed for this are …..
1) Never thinking ourselves to be perfect or flawless
2) Willingness to listen and to accept criticism as much as we crave for compliments
3) Having a self motivation for tazkiyah (self purification)
4) Having teachers and environment where tazkiyah is given as much importance as is given to academic “rattafication” (rote learning)

for the other topics, the words that filled me with a deep longing were about Kaaba,
Undoubtedly the first House for the worship of Allah ever built for mankind is the one at
Bakka (Makkah), a blessed site and a guidance for all the worlds. In it are clear
signs and the Station of Ibrãhïm (Abraham) where he used to worship. Whoever enters
it is safe. Performance of Hajj (pilgrimage) to this House is a duty to Allah for all who
can afford the journey to it; and the one who disobeys this commandment should know
that Allah is Self-sufficient, beyond the need of any from the worlds.[Ale Imran 96 – 97]

And the hope in the following words:
Whoever holds fast to Allah, will indeed be guided towards the Right way .[Ale Imran:101]

But the most important thing is how Allah has told us again and again in clear words that the fate of the ummah can never be saved until they perform their first and foremost duty in the following ayaat.

Let there arise from among you a band of people who should invite to righteousness,
enjoin good and forbid evil; such are the ones who shall be successful.[Ale Imran: 104]

You are the best nation which has ever been raised for the guidance of mankind. You
enjoin good, forbid evil, and believe in Allah.
(Ale Imran :110)
Even the quality of the god-fearing Ahl-e-kitaab (people of the book) has been described as:

Yet, they are not all alike: there are some among the People of the Book who are upright, who recite the revelations of Allah all night long and then prostrate before Him;they believe in Allah and the Last Day, they enjoin good and forbid evil and rush in
emulating each other in good deeds. These are the righteous people.
[Ale Imran 113 -114]
So how can Muslims think themselves to be exempt from this responsibility.??

But to accomplish this, we need to build in ourselves the qualities of “Taqwa and sabar”

What I feel everyone should write out on posters and spread in the whole Muslim ummah is the defining characteristics of the MUTTAQIN as  everyone is so fond of being projected as such. Only we are not concerned with what Allah means by a Muttaqi person,

they are those who spend generously in the Way of Allah, whether they are in prosperity or in adversity, who control their anger and forgive other people for Allah loves such charitable people,[134] who, if they commit an indecency or wrong their own souls, earnestly remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins; for no one can forgive sins except Allah, and those who do not knowingly persist in something wrong which they have done.[Ale Imran 135]

For people who lose heart at every turn and corner, Allah has this  ayat full of hope

Do not grieve and get disheartened: for you will have the upper hand if you are the
believers.
[Ale Imran 139]

Two ramazans ago I heard a voice reciting the following ayat before the beginning of your daily lecture. I was mesmerized by this most unusual recitation. Daily I would turn on the TV well ahead of time at Asar so as not to miss this ayat in the beginning. I just could not have enough of it. I tried to play various qiraats on the net to find out whose voice it was but could not locate it. Finally one day as I was browsing through your website I decided to go to the recitation section and tried this unfamiliar name Mishaary bin Raashid. Immediately I recognized his voice. Downloaded the entire quran in one sitting and to this day he remains my favourite teacher of tajweed !!

Today as I came upon this ayat I was so happy as if I had met a most beloved friend !

Allah has done a great favor to the believers that He raised among them a Rasool from
among themselves, reciting to them the Revelations of Allah, sanctifying them and
teaching them the Book and Wisdom, although before this they were in manifest
error.[Ale Imran :
164]
And last but not least I was reminded of myself at the age of 7 or 8 when I read a chapter in my islamiat book about the death of the prophet (S.A.W.) I had really wept with sorrow. Today these words Reminded me of how Hazrat Umar (ra) was so passionate even in his sorrow and how the Kind soul Hazrat Abu Bakar(ra)  comforted him. Islam has a place for every emotion and a balm for every pain. SubhaanAllah !!

Muhammad is no more than a Rasool of Allah, like the Rasools that passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels (become unbelievers)? He that turns back on his heels will do no harm to Allah; but Allah will reward the thankful.[Ale Imran 144]

The lesson remains the same and grows with every ayat and every surah

O believers! Endure and outdo all others in endurance, be ready and have fear of Allah so that you may succeed. [Ale Imran 200]
May Allah guide us all towards a true understanding of the Book and make it
the joy of our hearts and a light to show the way. Ameen

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