Dhaka, Bangladesh
The Revelation

The Revelation

By Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

While planning and executing a task, does one need God’s help? What about Prophet Moses? When he was given the task of confronting Pharaoh, by God Himself, how did he react? Did he need God’s help? To analyze this, let us first look at what could be going on in his mind. Did Moses have cause to fear Pharaoh? Let us look at possible reasons. From the Holy Scripture Al-Qur’an, we find, “And there came a man running from the furthest end of the City. He said: “O Moses! The Chiefs are taking counsel together about to slay you: so get away for I do give you sincere advice.”” [28.20] As Moses had accidentally killed an Egyptian, he was a wanted man. “And they have a charge of crime against me; and I fear they may slay me.” [26.14] He had therefore fled from the City and Pharaoh. In addition, Pharaoh and his people had a reputation of being murderers and oppressors. “…they set you hard tasks and punishments slaughtered your sons and let your womenfolk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.” [2.49] Apart from this, he had a speech impediment – so he was worried that Pharaoh and his people may not understand and give him value. “”So that they may understand what I say:” [20.28] So, at this point, how should a believer respond? Moses’ task was to face a powerful tyrant in a land where he himself was looked upon as a criminal. Moses could not deny God’s command, even though the task was monumental and involved the risk of losing his life. He realized his dependence on God and the fact that His Power was absolute. So he prayed to God for a deputy to be appointed – a person who would share his task, a person who would be an added strength to him. So he prayed, 20.29 “”And give me a Minister from my family” 20.30 “”Aaron my brother;” 20.31 “”Add to my strength through him” 20.32 “”And make him share my task:” Moses asks God to appoint Aaron, his elder brother as a responsible minister who would carry weight of the task on behalf of Moses. So God responded, “He said, “We will certainly strengthen your arm through your brother and invest you both with authority so they shall not be able to touch you: with Our Signs shall you triumph you two as well as those who follow you.”” [28.35] “And out of Our Mercy We gave him his brother Aaron (also) a prophet.” [19.53] Aaron was Moses’ elder brother. His speech was much more eloquent. God also made Aaron a prophet to support him to the fullest in his task. So how would this partnership work? 20.33 “”That we may celebrate your praises without stint” In another place in the Al-Qur’an, God recommends helping each other in tasks that demonstrate piety or doing work for Him. “O you who believe,….Help one another in righteousness and piety but help not one another in sin and rancor: fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment.” [5.2] Working as a pair, they would discuss solutions to their problems – brainstorming as a pair would help using their brains more efficiently – they would then have greater or better cause to give credit to God and praise Him. 20.34 “”And remember You without stint:” 20.35 “For You are of us ever Seeing.”” The above Verses demonstrate Moses’ understanding of the entire situation. In his prayer, he is addressing God, the Creator of every moment and opportunity. It is for him and his brother to grasp the moment and make best of the opportunity. He seeks help from God, who is their all present Companion. His Help would be constantly available allowing Moses and Aaron to worship and thank Him for His constant support and grant of success in their mission. How did God respond to Moses’ earnest prayer? 20.36 “(Allah) said: “Granted is your prayer, O Moses!”” This Verse refers to the fulfillment of all of the prayers made by Moses – all prayers to enable him to complete and do the task set out before him. 20.37 “”And indeed We conferred a favor on you before this time.” This is to assure Moses that God has been looking after and protecting him since birth, when Pharaoh had ordered the killing of all male children born to their race (the Israelites) and preparing him for his mission, i.e., his job as a prophet. “And remember We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: they set you hard tasks and punishments slaughtered your sons and let your womenfolk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.” [2.49] How did God cause baby Moses to be saved, protected and nurtured? 20.38 “”Behold! We sent to your mother, by inspiration, the message:” 20.39 “”Throw (the baby Moses) into the chest and throw it into the river: the river will cast him up on the bank and he will be taken up by one who is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him’: but I cast (the garment of) love over you from Me: this is in order that you may be reared under Mine eye.” 20.40 “”Behold! Your sister went ahead and said, `Shall I show you one who will nurse and rear the (child)?’ So (in this way) We brought you back to your mother that her eye might be cooled and that she should not grieve. Then you did slay a man but We saved you from trouble and We tried (tested) you in various ways. Then did you tarry a number of years with the people of Midian. Then did you come here as ordained, O Moses!” 20.41 “And I have prepared you for Myself (i.e., for My service)”

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