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Prophet Musa (AS)

Prophet Musa عليه السلام is also called Kaleem-Ullah. It means ‘the one with whom Allah spoke directly’. What an honor that must be!

He was born in Egypt at the time of Pharaohs and saved his people, Bani Israel, from their tyranny

Fire at Mount Tūr

Prophet Musa عليه السلام was once travelling with his family when he saw a fire at Mount At-Toor (also called Mount Sinai). As he walked towards it, he heard a voice coming from a tree saying “O Musa, I am Allah. The Lord of the worlds”. SubhanAllah!

It was here that he received Prophethood and two miracles. Allah commanded him to go and confront the tyrant Pharoah and his chiefs.

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Do you know what Prophet Musa عليه السلام looked like?

Miracles of Musa عليه السلام

Prophet Musa عليه السلام was given two great miracles from Allah.

A staff that could turn into a snake when Musa عليه السلام threw it to the ground.

When Prophet Musa عليه السلام put his hand inside his shirt and took it out. It shone bright and white, much like the Moon [1]

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Prophet Musa عليه السلام spoke with a stammer. As he worried about preaching to people properly, he requested Allah for the support of his Brother Harun عليه السلام. Allah granted his prayer and made Harun عليه السلام, a Prophet as well.

Prophet Musa’s Dua

رَبِّ ٱشْرَحْ لِى صَدْرِى وَيَسِّرْ لِىٓ أَمْرِى وَٱحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِى يَفْقَهُوا۟ قَوْلِى

Do you know what Prophet Musa عليه السلام looked like?

Magic v/s Miracles

When Musa عليه السلام went to Pharaoh’s court and invited him to stop the enslavement of Bani Israel and follow the True Faith, Pharaoh refused.

Pharaoh also rejected Musa’s عليه السلام miracles and called them magic. He set up a contest, inviting the best magicians to win against Musa عليه السلام. The day of the contest was a festival, and all the Egyptians gathered to see the outcome.

Musa عليه السلام invited the magicians to show their tricks first. They threw their ropes to the ground, and they started to coil like snakes.

But when Musa عليه السلام cast his staff, it turned into a huge snake that ate up all the little snakes produced by the tricks of magicians.

When the magicians saw it all, they knew at once that this was no magic but a miracle from Allah! They announced their faith in Allah and accepted the religion brought by Musa عليه السلام. Click here to watch this story; Musa (as) and the Magicians

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Prophet Musa عليه السلام spoke with a stammer. As he worried about preaching to people properly, he requested Allah for the support of his Brother Harun عليه السلام. Allah granted his prayer and made Harun عليه السلام, a Prophet as well.

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The Strange Journey of Musa عليه السلام & Khidr

Musa عليه السلام was once asked by his people, “who is the most knowledgeable person?” Musa عليه السلام thought that because he was a prophet of Allah he was the most knowledgeable. So he said, “I am.” But Allah revealed to him that there was a slave of His at the place where two seas meet who was more knowledgeable than Musa عليه السلام

Musa عليه السلام decided to visit this knowledgeable man and learn from him. The man was known as ‘Khidr’.

Musa asked permission from Khidr to accompany him. Khidr warned that Musa عليه السلام may not remain patient, as his knowledge might be strange for him. He allowed Musa  عليه السلام to accompany him on the condition that he would ask no questions until Khidr shared himself.

1) The hole in the boat

First, Musa عليه السلام and Khidr embarked a boat and Khidr made a hole in it. Upon seeing this, Musa عليه السلام objected, fearing it would drown the people.

Khidr reminded Musa عليه السلام about his resolve; of remaining patient and not asking questions.

Protecting the boat

Khidr explained that the boat belonged to poor people. It was headed to a town where there was a cruel king who robbed all good boats. Khidr had damaged the boat a little so that the king would spare the poor people’s boat.

2) The boy who was killed

As they moved on in their journey, Khidr met a boy and killed him. Musa عليه السلام objected again. He could not bear to see an innocent boy killed.

But Khidr reminded him of his promise of not asking questions. Musa عليه السلام asked for a last chance.

Saving the parents

Khidr explained that the boy was going to grow into a cruel, non-believer and was going to harass his parents. As the parents were pious people, Khidr had killed the boy to save his parents from pain. He had done this by the will of Allah.

2) The boy who was killed

Moving ahead in their journey, they came to a town. The mean people of the town refused to give them any food.

But Khidr saw a wall that was about to collapse, and he fixed it. Musa عليه السلام saw this and said that Khidir could have asked for a payment for fixing the wall.

This brought them to the end of their journey, as Musa عليه السلام could not remain patient in the strange decisions taken by Khidr. Khidr then explained the reasons for all his actions.

Protecting the orphan’s treasure

Lastly, Khidr explained that the wall belonged to two orphan boys and beneath it was a treasure that their righteous father had left for them. He had fixed and straightened the wall so the treasure would remain safe until the boys grew old and dug it out.

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‘Khidr’ means ‘green’. Our beloved messenger ﷺ said that Khidr was named so because he sat on a barren white land and it turned green with plantation after his sitting over it. [3].

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Easy Quran Meaning

The Story of Musa and Khidr (AS)

An audio narration of the meaning of selected surahs from the Quran.

Fun Fact

Egyptologists, people who study ancient Egypt, recently found hieroglyphs  that have Haman’s name on it along with his title “Chief of the stone-quarry workers”. Watch Luqmay’s story about Prophet Musa (as) here to know more about who he was.

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References

[1] Stories of the Prophets by Ibn Kathir
[3] Bukhari: [https://sunnah.com/bukhari:3402]

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