The Mothers of the Prophets (Umm Musa)

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December 17, 2012 by theislampost

There was a tyrant Pharaoh in Egypt. He and his clique were intoxicated with pride of race and pride of material civilization, and grievously oppressed the Israelites. He saw an odious dream. He invited the soothsayers to interpret his dream. They told him that one of Israel”s sons would dethrone the pharaoh of Egypt.

Pharaoh in fear decreed that all male sons born to his Israelite subjects should be killed, and the females kept alive for the pleasure of the Egyptians.

After pharaoh carried out his new policy he found out that to kill all male sons of Israelites might lead to the annihilation of Israelites as a whole.

As a result he might lose the output of those who worked for him, those who he enslaved, and their women whom he exploited. Therefore, he issued a command that all males should be slaughtered every other year.

Musa was born in the year in which males were to be slain. Musa’s mother was afraid he would be slain. The Egyptian midwives- had orders to kill male babies of Israelites. Musa was saved from them, and his mother nursed the infant at her breast herself.

But when the danger of discovery was imminent, she put him into a chest or basket, and floated him on the river Nile. Allah the Almighty’ said,

(So we sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses: “Suckle (thy child), but when thou hast
fear about him, cast him into the river, but fear not nor grieve: For We shall restore him to
thee, and We shall make him one of Our Messenger.) –AI-Qasas: 7

No sooner was the Divine revelation completed than Musa’s mother obeyed this sacred and wise call.Her motherly heart was filled with pain as she threw her son into the river Nile. However, she knew that Allah was much more merciful to her baby than she was.

Barely did she cast Musa into the Nile than she felt that she had cast her heart as well. Here heart became broken and consumed by grief. Allah the Almighty said,

(And the heart of the mother of Moses became void: She was going almost to disclose his
(case), had we not strengthened her heart with faith), so that she might remain a (firm)
believer.) -AI-Qasas: 10

The mother’ s heart felt the gaping void at parting from her son; but her faith in Allah’ s providence kept her from betraying herself. All what she did was to ask her daughter, Musa’ s sister to pursue calmly the chest.

Amazingly, the waves delivered the chest to pharaoh’s palace. When the ladies of pharaoh’s wife saw the chest, they carried it to her. Musa was a darling to look at, and pharaoh had apparently no son, but only a daughter. Pharaoh’s wife loved the baby as Allah willed. Allah the almighty said,

(The wife of pharaoh said, “Here is) a joy of the eye, for me and for me and for thee: Slay
him not. If may be that he will be of use to us, or we may adopt him as a son. And they
perceived not (what they were doing)!) -AI-Qasas: 9

This was the plan of providence: that the wicked , might cast a net round themselves by fostering the man who was to bring them to naught and be the instrument of their punishment, or (looking at it from the other side) that Musa Might learn all the wisdom of the Egyptians in order to expose all that was hollow and wicked in it.

Allah the Almighty said,

(Then, the people of pharaoh picked him Up) from the river: (It was intended) that (Moses)
should be to them an adversary and a cause of sorrow: for Pharaoh and Haman and (all)
their hosts were men of sin) –Al-Qasas: 8

In all life providence so orders things, that Evil is defeated by its own weapons. Not only is it
defeated, but it actually, though unwittingly, advances the cause of Good!

No sooner did pharaoh respond to his wife than he saw her face became radiant with joy. Pharaoh brought him nurse but he refused. Many nurses were brought in and Musa still rejected each one of them. Pharaoh’s wife began to weep because of Musa’s cries. She did not know what she could do.

All of sudden, Musa’s sister went calmly and softly and heard the entire story she went to pharaoh’ s guards and said,

(Shall I point out to you the people of a house that will nourish and bring him up for you and
take care of him) -Al-Qasas: 12

In this way, Musa was restored to his mother. Musa got the benefit of his mother’s milk as well as the prestige and the opportunities of being brought up in the royal family. In addition, There was the comfort of his mother. Allah Almighty said,

(Thus did We restore him to his mother, that her eye might be comforted, that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the promise of Allah is true: but most of them do not know.) -Al-Qasas: 13

 

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