Musa (peace be upon him) is mentioned in the Quran abundantly in various surahs. Most of us know his incredible story; from babyhood in Pharaoh’s palace, to the parting of the Red Sea and finally the defeat of Pharaoh. Musa (peace be upon him) is one of my favorite prophets apart from Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) for several reasons. His (peace be upon him) personality is quite unique and filled with qualities we can learn from. Musa was utterly comfortable with and entrusting of Allah and especially patient with his nation, Bani Israel.
The following are a few lessons to learn from Musa (peace be upon him):
Trusting in Allaah:
- When Musa (peace be upon him) accidentally kills an Egyptian man, he leaves his town fearing imprisonment or death by Pharaoh. Years later, Allah insists Musa (peace be upon him) to return to his home. Musa (peace be upon him) trusts that Allah will grant him protection.
- Musa (peace be upon him) lays his complete trust in Allah, as should we in our daily tasks.
Musa (peace be upon him) had much patience, especially with his nation Bani Israel. Bani Israel were shown many signs of Allah, The Almighty, yet consistently disobeyed Allah and disregarded Musa’s (peace be upon him) message.
However, Musa (peace be upon him) continued reminding Bani Israel:
“Remember when Moses said to his people: “O my people! Verily, you have wronged yourselves by worshiping the calf. So turn in repentance to you Creator and kill yourselves (the innocent kill the wrong doers among you), that will be better of you in the Sight of your Creator.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:54)
Focused on an agenda
- Allah is worthy of worship.
- Throughout the difficulties Musa (peace be upon him) faced, he continued to stay focused on his agenda. Musa (peace be upon him) says:
“Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from, Join not anything in worship with Him.” (Surah Al- Baqarah 2:150)
- Musa (peace be upon him) did not stray from his focus in life, and neither should we. Know that you are here to worship Allah, The Almighty, because we are always in need of Him. Worshiping Allah, The Almighty is the only way to salvation.
An important point to take from this article is to learn and study the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as well as other Prophets. Understanding their lives and struggles will bring you closer to them and the deen. Every day of your life, strive to build the characteristics of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). Stay focused on your agenda in life (worshipping Allah), entrusting in Allah, and be patient.