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Prophet Musa

Prophet Musa

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Prophet Musa
Egypt was a great civilization was ruled by a king called Pharaoh. These people acted proudly against God, persisting in their denial of the religion. Inaccordance with his ancestors' religion, Pharaoh claimed that he was a god. Heeven went to such lengths as to claim he was their most exalted Lord :
(Pharaoh) saying, "I am your Lord Most High!" (Qur'an, 79: 24)
Because of their superstition, Pharaoh and his inner circle saw themselves as divine beings.They believed Pharaoh was the sole possessor of the entire land of Egyptand the Nile river: 
Pharaoh called to his people, saying, "My people, does the kingdom of Egypt not belong to me? Do not all these rivers flow under my control? Doyou not then see?" (Qur'an, 43: 51)
The Nile was correctly said to be life for Egypt. All of Egypt depended on the Nilefor agriculture.In order to secure his power and reduce his people to submission, Pharaohhad divided them into factions and, by the help of his trusted advisors amongthem, ruled over these weakened groups. In a verse, God draws our attention tothis situation:
Pharaoh exalted himself arrogantly in the land and divided its peopleinto camps, oppressing one group of them by slaughtering their sons andletting their women live. He was one of the corrupters. (Qur'an, 28: 4) 
Pharaoh’s wizards and astrologers told him about a prophecy, a boy would be born in his land that will cause his downfall and destroy him. Pharaoh couldnot imagine this and could not see his downfall. He believed that he is thealmighty and the most powerful and no one on this earth could cause him anykind of harm. After he heard about the prophecy he ordered his kings men to killall the male children who take birth. And as per his orders his kings’ men startedsearching and mercilessly killing all the male children who were born. Musa(AS)was also born during that period.
SIO Student Islamic Organisation JAC JuniorAssociates Circle, Frazer town
 
Musa’s mother had been concerned about him until the moment she wasinspired by God: 
We revealed to Musa's mother, "Suckle him and then when you fearfor him cast him into the sea. Do not fear or grieve; We will return him toyou and make him one of the Messengers." (Qur'an, 28:7)
As she feared for the life of her son, God instructed Musa's mother and told her to put him into a chest and send it floating down the Nile. She followed what wasrevealed to her. Not knowing where and how the flowing waters would havecarried her son, she placed Musa into a chest and released him to the waters of the Nile.Just as how Musa floated on the Nile in compliance with his destiny, sowere Pharaoh and his family made to reach the place where they were toencounter Musa. From the verses related to this subject, we learn that Pharaoh'sfamily had behaved exactly as was previously revealed to Musa's mother, that is,they had taken Musa under their care without being aware of what the futurewould hold for them:
The family of Pharaoh picked him up so that he might be an enemy and asource of grief to them. Certainly Pharaoh and Haman and their troops werein the wrong. The wife of Pharaoh said, "A source of delight for me and foryou; do not kill him. It may well be that he will be of use to us or perhaps wecould adopt him as a son." They were not aware. (Qur'an, 28: 8-9)
And thus Pharaoh and his family, utterly unaware of what the destiny had in storefor them, found Musa and adopted him as their own. In fact, they had decided tokeep him in the hope that the child would some day be of some benefit to them.In the meantime, Musa's mother was concerned about her son since she didnot know what had happened to him. To cope with this situation, Godstrengthened her heart:
Mother of Musa felt a great emptiness in her heart and she almost gavehim away; only We fortified her heart so that she would be one of thebelievers. She said to his sister, "Go after him." And she kept an eye on himfrom afar and they were not aware. We first made him refuse all wet-nurses,so she (Musa's sister) said, "Shall I show you to a household who will feedhim for you and be good to him?"
SIO Student Islamic Organisation JAC JuniorAssociates Circle, Frazer town
 
That is how We returned him to his mother so that she might delighther eyes and feel no grief and so that she would know that God's promise istrue. But most of them do not know this. (Qur'an, 28: 10-13)
The baby Musa refused all the wet nurses, that is, he did not drink their milk, because, according to the destiny outlined for him, God had ordained himto drink only his own mother's milk. This makes light of the fact that everythinghuman beings wish for are also in compliance with the destiny ordained by God.As had been revealed to his mother, the Prophet Musa ultimately returned to hisown family.
MUSA (AS) FLEES FROM EGYPT
The Qur'an relates the following event in Musa's life:
He (Musa) entered the city at a time when its inhabitants were unawareand found two men fighting there—one from his party and the other fromhis enemy. The one from his party asked for his support against the otherfrom his enemy. So Musa hit him, dealing him a fatal blow. He said, "This ispart of Satan's handiwork. He truly is an outright and misleading enemy."(Qur'an, 28: 15)
The above mentioned event reveals to us a situation in which Musa witnessed afight involving a man from his own party, whereupon, without considering whowas right, he sided with, smiting the other. Though he did not intend to kill him,the man died from the blow. He had committed a crime unintentionally.Alerted by his conscience, Musa promptly grasped that this sentiment wasan evil from the influence of Satan, and, accordingly, sought refuge from it inGod and repented. In the following verses, we read of the exemplary andconscientious approach adopted by Musa:
He said, "My Lord, I have wronged myself. Forgive me." So He (God)forgave him. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. He said, "MyLord, because of Your blessing to me, I will never be a supporter of evildoers." (Qur'an, 28: 16-17)
Musa acknowledged his error; that of protecting a man, contrary to justice, purely because he was from his own tribe.
SIO Student Islamic Organisation JAC JuniorAssociates Circle, Frazer town

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