Lessons from the Story of Musa (AS) [Moses]

The Quran commands us to remember and relate to others the stories of the Prophets so that we may reflect on their stories.  The end of Surah 7 Verse 176 states

“…So relate the stories, that perhaps they will give thought.” (Sahih International)

Indeed, there are many lessons to learn every time we revisit these stories:  They are filled with examples of the Prophets high moral character, inspiration on how to deal with our own problems, an entire course on how to give Dawah to the people, and very importantly, a cautionary tale of what happens to those who incur Allah’s Wrath (May Allah protect us all, Ameen!)

As a part of the homeschool curriculum I have for my kids, I devote a lesson to the story of each of the Prophets.  As the children are still very small, I try to tell the story with as many interesting details as possible, with the goal being to spark their interest in Islamic History and create a sense of admiration for these excellent role models.  I also discuss with them what it  is the people did to incur Allah’s Wrath (shirk, rejecting the message, cheating others, etc.)  At present, I am using the DarrusSalaam Stories of the Prophets for Children in English, however, I think I might prefer the Urdu one more as this one has very few words, and its attempts to rhyme make the storytelling a bit awkward at times.  Mostly, I use the book as a prop and tell the story in my own words based on what I have read from Qasas al Anbiya by Ibn Kathir.  I highly recommend this book, and I have put a link to it in the Islamic Resources section for you all.  It is very detailed, and it provides references from both the Quran and the Hadith.

I wanted to share with you a part of the story of Musa (AS) that resonated with me.  I pray that it becomes a source of inspiration for you as well as my children, Ameen.  It is the point where the army of Firoun is almost upon the Children of Israel as they are fleeing his tyranny.  They have reached a seeming dead end, where the sea is in front of them, and the army quickly advancing upon them.

So they pursued them at sunrise. And when the two hosts saw each other, the people of Moses said: “We are sure to be overtaken.”

Moses said: “Nay, verily! With me is my Lord, He will guide me.”  [26:60-62]

God tests your faith and your trust in Him.  It’s easy enough to say that Allah is with you when everything is going fine and dandy, but when you see something you don’t like approaching you and no obvious way out of the situation, it is only the firm and steadfast who refuse to cower to fear.  They accept whatever their Lord decrees for them, even if it may be injury or death and they never lose hope in His Help.  It is this level of faith and patience that Allah (SWT) responds to in Wonderful ways.  Sometimes we see this response in this world, or maybe we’ll see it in the next.  But be assured it is coming.  And if you find yourself impatiently waiting to see the results in the dunya, remember these things:

  1.  Your duas are not in vain, each and every one of them will benefit you in the best way possible InshaAllah.

“There is no Muslim who calls upon his Lord with a dua in which there is no sin or severing of family ties, but Allah will give him one of three things: Either He will answer his prayer quickly, or He will store (the reward for) it in the Hereafter, or He will divert an equivalent evil away from him.” They said: “We will say more dua.” He said: “Allah’s bounty is greater.” [Narrated by Ahmad, 10749; Al-Tirmidhi, 3573. Classed as Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Mishkaat Al-Masaabeeh, 2199]

So make plenty of duas as detailed as possible and ask for the highest level of whatever it is you are asking for, because Allah’s power has no limits.

2 –  The anguish that you are feeling now will be completely forgotten when you get to Paradise:

Anas b. Malik (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said that one amongst the denizens of Hell who had led a life of ease and plenty amongst the people of the world would be dipped in the Hellfire only once on the Day of Resurrection and then it would be asked of him,

“Oh, son of Adam, did you find any comfort, did you happen to get any material blessing?”
He would say: “By Allah, no, my Lord.”
And then that person from amongst the people of Paradise will be brought who had led the most miserable life (in the world).  He would be dipped once in Paradise and it would be asked of him,
“Oh, son of Adam, did you face, any hardship? Or had any distress fallen to your lot?”
And he would say:  “By Allah, no, 0h my Lord, never did I face any hardship or experience any distress.”
(Sahih Muslim 2807)

So realize that whatever pain you are going through, whatever torture or torment you are feeling will feel temporary to you in the afterlife:

[ Allah ] will say, “How long did you remain on earth in number of years?”

They will say, “We remained a day or part of a day; ask those who enumerate.”

He will say, “You stayed not but a little – if only you had known.

[23:112-114]

I want to leave you with a powerful example of what unwavering faith and trust in Allah can do for a true believer.  According to Qasas al Anbiya, it was Yusha Bin Nun who panicked when the Children of Israel found the sea in front of them and Pharoah’s army closing in on them:

The impatient children of Israel soon became agitated and Joshua (Yusha), Ibn Nun, exclaimed: “In front of us is this impassable barrier, the sea, and behind us the enemy; surely death cannot be avoided!”

But years later, the same Yusha Bin Nun became a prophet and his faith was strong enough to stop the sun:

“One of the Prophets made a holy war. He said to his followers: ‘One who has married a woman and wants to consummate to his marriage but has not yet done so; another who has built a house but has not yet erected its roof; and another who has bought goats and pregnant she-camels and is waiting for their offspring-will not accompany me.’ So he marched on and approached a village at or about the time of the Asr prayers. He said to the sun: ‘Thou art subservient (to Allah) and so am I. O Allah, stop it for me a little.’ It was stopped for him until Allah granted him victory.” [Muslim Book 32 Hadith 36]

The confirmation that this prophet was Yusha Bin Nun comes from a hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad:

“The sun has never stopped from setting for any human being except for Yusha on the evening he invaded Jerusalem.”  [Ahmad]

Yusha Bin Nun went from a young boy who only trusted his limited perception to a man who knew that nothing is impossible for Allah.  It was this faith and dedication to the Divine Cause that Allah responded to for Musa (AS) and later for Yusha Bin Nun.  We pray to the same Allah that responded to their prayers for help and guidance.  If we trust in Him and are faithful to His Cause, then He will SURELY respond in wonderful ways.

So never stop praying and never stop believing in Allah’s help.  Endure with patience, and remember that our Lord does not waste any good deed.  Set your sights on the Kingdom of Heaven, and persevere on the Right Path.  InshAllah, victory will be yours!

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