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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 15



In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever Merciful. All praises be to Allah, all prayers and blessings of Allah be upon our master, the noblest Prophet Muhammad.

Welcome to this episode. We have already reached the middle of Ramadan. The days have passed very quickly, as Allah says what can be translated as, “(The fast is) (for) a prescribed number of days.” (TMQ[2], 2:184). What have you done in these days? What will you do to be rescued from hellfire? Whoever was negligent in the first half of Ramadan, can compensate for it in the second half. The Night of Determination is still at the end of Ramadan. Maybe some one is now listening to us while his heart moves to redirect his life towards acceptance, mercy, forgiveness, jannah (paradise) and relief from hellfire.

The next point I want to ask about is how many times have you completed reading the Qur'an so far? Do your best in the coming days, for our Prophet (SAWS)[3] urged us to read the Qur'an because it will intercede on behalf of its reader on the Day of Judgment.

The Prophet (SAWS) called Ramadan the month of Qur'an, and our campaign this month is “We live by the Qur'an.” We want 10 million readings of the Qur'an this month. Why? To strengthen ourselves and so we can come on the Day of Judgment carrying this number and saying, “O Allah, we have delivered in Ramadan 2009 ten million readings of Qur'an.”

Lady Aisha used to read Qur'an in Ramadan from dawn till nighttime. When she was asked why? She explained that the month of Ramadan was intended for reading the Qur’an.

The third point in this episode is very delicate and transparent. It brings up the idea of longing for Allah. We long for Allah at night and stand between His hands. Worship is divided into many ranks, one of which is longing for Allah. Prophet Musa (AS)[4] (Moses) at this point in our story is longing for Allah. Are you longing for Him? How many times have you cried out of fear and love for Allah, longing for night prayers, for ’umrah[5], etc.?

Allah (swt)[6] promised to meet Musa (AS). The last time He met him was on Mount Tur (Mount Sinai) before the Pharaoh was drowned. Now, and after 15 years, and after the Pharaoh’s death, Allah’s promise to Musa is realized. Allah says what can be translated as, “And We appointed with Mûsa (Moses) thirty nights and We perfected them with ten, so the fixed time of his Lord was perfect for forty nights” (TMQ, 7:142).

Allah told him that if he fasted, prayed and worshipped Him sincerely for 30 nights, He will give him the Torah as a light and guidance. He will bring him very close to Him. Musa fasted for 30 days and Allah ordered him to add 10 more days so that he will be strengthened with belief when meeting Allah.

Musa had appointed Harun (AS) (Aaron) as a leader of the people of Israel during his absence. The people of Israel were not granted this 30-day fast. Allah granted this fast during Ramadan to Muhammad (SAWS) and his ummah (nation) to be a way for bringing them closer to Him. We are so dear to Allah. What Musa was given alone, was granted for all of us, for we have the thirty days of fasting followed by 6 days in the month of Shawwal.

Allah says what can be translated as, “‘And what has made you hasten from your people, O Mûsa?’ He (M‍ûsa) said, ‘They are those ones upon my track; and I have hastened on to You, Lord, that You may be satisfied (with me)’” (TMQ, 20:83, 84). Here we see him longing to meet Allah, so what happened?

Musa returned to the same place at the exact time to meet Allah (swt) and receive the gift of the Torah. By the way, the word Torah is derived from the name of the Mount Tur. Musa came to Mount Tur again to affirm that Allah was true to His promise and that Allah never breaks His promise.

He asked Allah many questions. These were some of the questions he asked.

Musa asked Allah who was the most noble man in jannah (paradise). Allah’s answer was that it was the last man to come out of hellfire and enter jannah but had thought that it was full and that there was no place for him there. Imagine how many sins this man must have committed to be the last man to leave hellfire! Allah then asks this man if he wished to have the same property as the greatest of kings. The man thinks that Allah is mocking him, but Allah tells him that he would have as much as the greatest king and ten folds more until he is satisfied. Musa was astonished, “Was that the lowest ranking man in jannah?! What about the men with the highest rank?” Allah said that they were those whom Allah secured their happiness with His own hands; no one can imagine what Allah granted them.

His second question was, “How does slumber not overtake Allah nor sleep”? Allah asked Musa in turn to hold two bottles in his hand, but after some time Musa fell asleep and the bottles fell and broke. Allah then told Musa that if He slept the heavens will collapse on earth. At this point, Musa felt embarrassed and acknowledging Allah’s many blessings he asked Him how he could thank Him. He felt that his thanking Allah is in itself a blessing that he should thank Allah for. Allah’s answer was that if he has come to this realization then he has thanked Him.

Musa asked Allah to teach him a supplication, and Allah taught him, “There is no god to be worshipped but Allah.” If the seven heavens and seven earths were put in one scale and this sentence was put in the other, then its scale will outweigh them.

Then Musa asked Allah (swt ) about two men from the people of Israeli who both supplicated Allah; one good and the other bad. Allah said to the good man, “Here I come to you,” once and to the bad man, “Here I come to you” thrice. But, why? Because the good man was depending on his good deeds while the bad man was depending on Allah’s mercy.

Then Allah told Musa that some of His bondsmen whom He brings into His jannah and lets them choose from its palaces, fruits and rivers are those who bring delight into believers' homes.

Allah asked Musa if he had done anything for the sake of Allah and Musa answered that he had fasted, prayed and performed charitable deeds. Yet Allah said that prayers will be a light for him, charitable deeds will be a proof for him, all these deeds will be of benefit for him, but has he ever loved anyone for the sake of Allah? Here Musa knew that the highest rank was to love people for the sake of Allah.

Allah asked Musa if he knew why He had chosen him to deliver His message. It was because Allah had searched the inside and outside of hearts in Musa's time but did not find a heart more humble than his, hence He wanted to raise his rank above all people.

Musa asked Allah about an ummah mentioned in the tablets whose one good deed is equal to one hasana[7], if it is not done and equal to ten hasana, if done and wished it to be his ummah (that of the people of Israel). But Allah said no, that this was the ummah of Prophet Muhammad. Do you see how dear we are to Allah?!

Musa also read in the tablets about an ummah that was the most charitable nation brought to mankind, they command beneficence and forbid malfeasance, and wished them to be his, but again Allah said no they were the ummah of Prophet Muhammad.

After all these questions and wishes, Musa wished to see Allah. Allah said no but that if Musa looked to the mountain; if it settled down then he would see Allah.

When Allah appeared to the mountain, it collapsed and Musa fainted. But why did He pick the mountain? Because it is strong and huge. So what about mankind?! Do you remember when you saw Ka'ba for the first time? I was fortunate enough to pray inside it once. I know many supplications but I forgot them all when I was inside it because I was in awe of the place.

Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) told us that on the Day of Judgment, people will faint. The first one to be revived will be the Prophet (SAWS) who will find Musa clinging to the throne. However, Muhammad (SAWS) will not know if Musa was revived before him or if he was rewarded for his fainting during his meeting with Allah. Do you see our Prophet's humbleness when he mentions Musa in this event?



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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 16



In the name of Allah[1], the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble prophet, Muhammed (SAWS)[2].

Welcome to episode 16 of our program Parables of the Qur’an – Part II.



There is just a reminder that I would like to start the episode with: “We Will Live By The Qur’an”, our slogan. We read Qur’an not only to get spiritual aid and good deeds, but also to extract the morals and values mentioned in it, the Qur’an is in fact the manual of human being reparation, with its values it repair their souls, their morals, their attitudes and values and their dispositions in life. Daily on our program we deal with one of those values. Those values are the main message of Qur’an.



Another important reminder before starting the episode: One of The Most Beautiful Names of Allah is The Almighty. This name is very related to today’s episode that deals with humility. The Almighty is the one refusing and rejecting any humiliation to His human creatures. A human being should never be humiliated for another one, for money, for wrong doing or for any other reason whatsoever. A person should always be proud and in control of his life since his Lord is the Almighty. Humiliation has a great effect on peoples, it affects them badly, it deforms and distorts them and this will appear all along this episode.



Beni-Israel left Egypt with Musa (Moses) (AS)[3], they witnessed the miracle of the sea yet the humiliation they lived in Egypt deformed them completely and distorted their souls. We will learn in this episode how does humility darken the soul, distort, disfigure and deform it from deep within. Today’s episode tells you not to humiliate yourself for anyone or any reason lest you deform your soul, always remember Allah’s name The-Almighty. This is the value of this episode.



Our story today is noted in surat[4] Ta-ha. As we mentioned in yesterday’s episode, Musa (AS) went to meet his Lord. He informed Bani-Israel that he (AS) will be away for only 30 days but Allah ordered him (AS) to complete it 40 days. That was 10 additional days that Bani-Israel knew nothing about it. Before leaving, Musa (AS) asked Harun (Aaron) (AS) to be his successor among his people since he (AS) knew that they cannot be left alone lest they make problems or disasters. He (AS) also asked him to act righteously, i.e. do not let any dispute or conflict happen between them, and finally to not ever follow the way of the corruptors. So Musa (AS) knew that there were corruptors among them but as Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) did with the hypocrites in Madina and as any wise leader will do when dealing with internal problems or conflicts, Musa (AS) choose to deal with those conflicts with patience until they die and pass with time.



Back to our story, Musa (AS) left to his meeting and as above mentioned, this meeting was supposed to be 30 days but Allah extended it to 40. Allah (swt)[5] says what can be translated as: “And We appointed with Mûsa (Moses) thirty nights and We perfected them with ten, so the fixed time of his Lord was perfect for forty nights.” (TMQ[6], 7:142). Those 10 additional days will have a great effect since the souls of Bani-Israel were not acquainted yet to the idea of faith, of believing. The humility they suffered in Egypt deformed their entire being; they lost their equilibrium, therefore, any new idea, any delay, any absence of Musa (AS) made them collapse and fall down, even with the presence of Harun (AS). Musa (AS) was their controller, their master and first leader and commander. Harun – loved by them – remained in their eyes the second man. They will only obey, follow the first leader. They will only listen to Musa (AS).



Back in Egypt they were deeply influenced by the Egyptians worshiping the calf Abis and they were still admiring them. Why? Humiliation. They used to consider Egyptians and pharaoh as better creatures and higher class then their own and they still do though they were now believers, applying monotheism.



When the 30 agreed upon days passed and Musa (AS) was late, they started to ask about him (AS), where is he? Why wasn’t he back? And a great temptation started to took place, that of As-Samiriyy (The Samaritan).



As-Samiriyy (The Samaritan) was not one of the Egyptians, nor from Bani-Israel. He was of the minorities present in Egypt when Pharaoh was in his glory time, powerful, building temples and humiliating Bani-Israel. At the time Musa (AS) appeared As-Samiriyy was 30 years old. He came from Iraq, from Samara city. He was a great sculpture with an amazing, extraordinary talent and lived in Egypt in the period where sculpture were very demanded for temples, palaces, etc. But he was one of those people who will never gain higher place in the country being from another nationality, being from a less important section of population.



Despite his great talent and potentials, he was doomed to remain in the lowest class to work but not to show his talent, not to be rewarded for it. From Pharaoh point of view, talent and hard work do not matter, what matter is the nationality, the social class, the good relations with high class, etc. Since he got nothing of that, he will remain as he was. As-Samiriyy felted oppressed and humiliated. And humiliation started to darken his soul. When Musa (AS) called, he followed him, not convinced by faith. The idea of faith or believing in Pharaoh does not matter to him. What matters is that no one took care or recognized his talent, and he will get his revenge. When Musa (AS) was late and Bani-Israel started questioning his absence, he seized the occasion. Instead of getting his revenge from Pharaoh who was unjust to him, he will get it from these people even though Pharaoh was unjust to them too. He addressed Bani-Israel and told them that Musa (AS) will not come back unless they get rid of the jewels they took with them from Egypt. Fact is, Bani-Israel women used to borrow jewels from Egyptians women whenever they had a feast or special occasion.



When Musa (AS) called for leaving Egypt, Bani-Israel had a feast and had borrowed jewels but there was no time to give it back now that they had to leave immediately. As-Samiriyy knew it and knew that Bani-Israel will not accept such burden now that they are believers. He used both their faith and humility. What is the use of money with a humiliated soul? He knew they will believe him, and so they did. See how much humility can darken a soul?



As-Samiriyy then went and collected those jewels and brought out a golden calf. Did he really want Bani-Israel to reject faith? That was not the point, the point is that they will admire his creation, his talent; they will bow in front of his sculpture. See how humiliation can create a destructive power? He sculpted a calf because he knew the admiration Bani-Israel had for the Calf of Egyptians, he made it all golden. He positioned it in a way that when air goes through it, it resonate a sound similar to the calf lowing voice.



He waited until they were gathered around it, and that this voice was produced and he told them that this is your god and the god of Musa. Musa did only forget the place, if you want him to come back to you and to his god, you have to worship it. And they did.

Humility made them believe such non-sense. From one side, the idea of faith was not settled in their souls yet, from the other, they needed a leader and commander as they always used to, and if Musa (AS) is not present, then they will leave the command to As-Samiriyy.



How Harun (AS) will react? He started to advise them, to ask them to stop such worship but they refused to listen to him. He (AS) was not their leader as above mentioned. Now he has to choose between confronting them or wait to the return of Musa (AS). As any wise leader will do, he compared between the two alternatives: a confrontation between both parties – believers with him and rejecters with As-Samiriyy – will be a civil war. When Musa (AS) comes back, he might find all of them dead. To wait for him (AS) will save them specially that Musa (AS), as their leader, will end this whole matter with few words. And thus, Harun (AS) waited for Musa (AS) return.



Musa (AS) returned from his meeting with his Lord, with his Tablets. But a choking surprise waits for him (AS), Bani-Israel worshiped the calf. Now imagine how he (AS) will react. Imagine the scene: Musa (AS) going down the mountain, Bani-Israel worshiping the calf with As-Samiriyy, and Harun (AS) waiting for him. Let us observe how a leader should react in such situation, bearing in mind that any wrong decision can cause disaster, either a civil war where they will die, or they will continue worshiping the calf. He (AS) wants to bring them all back t faith, to take a severe action against As-Samiriyy and against them since this was their second time to reject faith and ask to worship a calf. He will use a gradual way to reach this severe reaction lest a temptation and conflict will take place. So he (AS) will go from understanding, to mercy, to severance and ends with firmness. He started with Bani-Israel, in a soft way and with tender words, he reminded them of the fair promise Allah made to them. He aked them why did act this way, and they blamed it on the As-Samiriyy, he is the one who tempted them and by humiliation they believed his words and acted upon it.



Now that Bani-Israel were back, he (AS) turned to his brother (AS) he used sever action against him since he know that his brother will never get angry from him, and with his severance with him he convoy a message to all others that he is able of taking sever position. So he (AS) asked Harun (AS) why did he not stop them from such wrongdoing?



He took him by his beard and shouted. But Harun (AS) reminded him with their brotherhood, of his order before leaving not to let any conflict or dispute take place between Bani-Israel. Musa (AS) was convinced and he asked Allah to forgive him and his brother. Finally Musa (AS) got to As-Samiriyy and asked him what the matter with him is. As-Samiriyy lied, he did not mention his oppressed talent, he just said that he saw Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) the day they passed the sea from Egypt and that he grasped a handful of dust from its track and put it inside the calf to conserve angel tracks until he (AS) comes back. Not going in details, Musa (AS) took his firm decisions. Firstly, As-Samiriyy will be expelled, secondly, his “god” will be burned and then crushed into poweder inside the see. As for the remaining punishement of Bani-Israel, we will follow it in our tomorrow episode if Allah’s will.



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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 17

In the name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet (SAWS)[1]. First I wish to remind you by our Ramadan campaign "We Will Live by Qur'an". As we agreed, we want 10,000,000 Muslim complete reciting Qur'an by the end of Ramadan this year.

Now, let us go back to Musa (AS)(Moses). Musa (AS) now became sure that Israelites regret following As-Samiriyy (The Samaritan) and taking the calf as their god, however he (AS) decided to give them a good lesson for this deed. This time he (AS) decided to be strict with them, but first he talked to them gently saying what can be translated as," Surely your God is only Allah; there is no god except He (alone); He has embraced everything (in) His Knowledge." (TMQ[2], 20:98). Then he (AS) talked to them rigorously saying what can be translated as," “…O my people, surely you have done injustice to yourselves by taking the Calf to yourselves. So repent to your Initiator (and) so kill yourselves. (i.e., the unburdening of their sins; forgiveness) That (Literally: these “killings”) is most charitable for you in the Providence of your Initiator; so He relented towards you. Surely He, Ever He, is The Superbly Relenting, The Ever-Merciful" (TMQ, 2:54).



We can notice from the latest ayah[3] that Israelites are different from Muslims. If a Muslim wants to repent to Allah[4] (God), all he has to do is to ask Allah for His forgiveness, resolve not to be back to the same sin again and then be sure that Allah will forgive him. However, Israelites are materialistic people, they don't believe in any unseen thing. That is why Musa (AS) wanted that their lesson be perceived by their senses. He (AS) asked them to kill themselves. Unexpectedly, each of them held a knife in his hand and was ready to kill himself. It was only then, that Musa (AS) told them that Allah (swt) forgave them.



Musa (AS) will then take his people to the Aqsa mosque at al-Quds. But first let me tell you a story. In one of the Muslims' battles with the Prophet (SAWS) against the disbelievers, one of the Muslims soldiers was killed. Muslims then thought he should be in jannah (paradise) as he was martyred, but the Prophet (SAWS) told them that this person is in hellfire as when he was badly wounded, he used his sward to kill himself. Our prophet (SAWS) wanted to teach us that we have to maintain our good deeds to our last breath.



Another one of the Prophet's companions called Alqama was dying; yet, he could not pronounce shahadah[5] . As a result the Prophet (SAWS) went to Alqama's mother to ask her if there was any thing that made her upset with Alqama. She told him that Alqama used to bring his wife and kids the good fruits and give her the bad ones. The Prophet (SAWS) told her that Alqama would enter hellfire for that deed. Thus, she forgave him at once so as not to let her son be in dirt.



That is why the Prophet(SAWS) orderd us to ask Allah for a good end and to end our life with a good deed. The good end has to do with today’s episode. If one’s heart is full of hatred, envy, arrogance, selfishness, vanity or any similar illnesses, he should then fear bad ending, If not, he can repent to Allah (swt) and his repentence will surely be accepted.



The Prophet (SAWS) teaches us whenever we look at the mirror, to ask Allah to beautify our morals as He (swt) beautified our appearences.



Let us continue with Musa (AS). In his way to the holy land, he met a man who looked very pious while his heart was full of sickness. When you listen to this story, you should be examining your heart to know if you have sickness in it or you will have a good ending.



When Musa (AS) was rescued from Pharaoh, he went to Sinai where he met As- Samiriyy and then headed to al-Quds, but first he passed by Jordan where he stayed for a while in the valley beside Nibo mountain. This mountain is where Musa (AS) was buried and from where we can see the Aqsa mosque. The people who lived in the valley beside Nibo Mountain were known as Bani Kan’an. Bel’an Ibn Baoura’ was a man of Bani Kan’an who was known for his religiousness. His story was mentioned in only two ayahs in Qur'an to give a lesson in good and bad endings. He was not an Israelite. However, he was a scholar who new that Musa (AS) was a prophet. This man had an illness in his heart. Though he looked like a pious scholar, he was an egoistic person, full of arrogance and looking for fame. Nevertheless, his people, Bani Kan'an, did not pay him any attention.



Bani Kan'an were known for their good relationship with pharaoh. That was why they feared Musa (AS) and his people as they saw them coming to their valley. Finally, they decided to ask Bel'an for help. They tried to convince him to make a dua’a (supplication) against Musa (AS) and his people. Bel'an was sure that Musa (AS) was a messenger of Allah, consequently he refused. As they new he was looking for fame, they told him that they would raise his rank and give him the fame and the religious authority he was looking for if he consented to do what they want. At this moment he agreed at once. He started to make dua’a against Musa (AS) and Israelites but of course Allah (swt) did not respond to him. Allah (TWT) says about Bel'an what can be translated as," And recite to them the tiding of him to whom We brought Our signs, yet he stripped himself out of them; (i.e., he abaudoned them) then Ash-Shytan (The all-vicious one, i.e., the Devil) followed up after him, (and) so he became of the misguided... "(TMQ, 7:175).



Bani Kan'an did not give him the rank they promised as his dua’a was not met. As a result, Bel'an became angry, but he was still looking for fame. He said," now that I lost my hereafter, I will not lose my life". He told his people that if dua’a did not work, scheme would certainly work. Consequently, he asked them to adorn their women, let them go down the valley to sell Israelites their goods and whenever any Israelite want to comit adultry with them, they should obey.



Bani Kan'an followed Bel'an's advice and some of the Israelites were seduced by their women. That is why the Prophet (SAWS) said that Israelites were first tempted by women. Musa (AS) knew what happened; he (AS) made dua’a against Ben'an who stripped himself out of Allah's sins. As a result, Allah (swt) responded to Musa (AS) because Musa (AS) was pious and his heart was clear of illness. Allah (swt) said what can be translated as, " And recite to them the tiding of him to whom We brought Our signs, yet he stripped himself out of them; (i.e., he abaudoned them) then Ash-Shytan (The all-vicious one, i.e., the Devil) followed up after him, (and) so he became of the misguided.. And if We had decided, We would indeed have raised him thereby, but he clung to the earth and closely followed his prejudice. So the likeness of him is like the likeness of a dog: in case you burden it, it lolls (its tongue out), or (in case) you leave it, it lolls (its tongue out). That is the likeness of the people who have cried lies to Our signs. So narrate (these) narratives that possibly they would meditate.." "(TMQ, 7:175-176).



Bel'an did not get what he wanted. Though Allah (TWT) could have made him die, however, He (swt) let him live to grow old without getting what he wanted exactly like a dog that pants for life. Note how this great story was summarized in only two ayahs to show how great Qur'an is.



Our hearts are what lead us to good or bad endings. Ask Allah (swt) to grant you the good ending like the Prophet (SAWS) used to do.



I want to wind up today's episode with some stories. The first is when Belal (RA)[6] was dying his wife was yelling, "O what a catastrophe". Belal asked her not to say so, because he was going to meet his beloved ones, Muhammad (SAWS) and his companions. See how great this end was!



The other story is for Mu'az Ibn Jabal. When he was dying he asked about the time then, when he knew it was the time before dawn, he asked Allah (swt) to be in jannah in the morning. Then he cried, when he was asked why he was crying he said that he was not crying for losing his life, he rather cried for missing qiyam (voluntary night prayer) and reciting qur'an for that night.



Sheikh Keshk, (May Allah mercy him), died while he was prostrating in a prayer. Sheikh Ghazali (May Allah mercy him), died when he was defending Islam and he was buried in Madinah between Imam Malek's and the Prophet's son's, Ibrahim, graves.



But let me tell you a different story. My friend was travelling be airplane, a smart man was sitting next to him. Suddenly, my friend noticed this man was dying. My friend tried to help this man pronounce shahadah but he was clinging to his bag full of money and contracts and he died without pronouncing shahadah.

If we want to have a good ending, we all have to discover and cure the illness of our hearts, if they have any and remember that Allah (TWT) says what can be translated as, "O you have believed, be pious to Allah with His true piety, and definitely do not die except as Muslims." "(TMQ, 3:102).





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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 18

In the name of Allah, praise be upon Him, and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad. Welcome, may Allah accept your fast and prayers, be pleased with you and us

May Allah make us free from hellfire, and make us from the people of paradise.



Do your best to finish reading Qur'an more than once, we seek to participate in the 10 million Qur'an recitations initiative as a part of the 'We will live by the Qur'an' campaign, document your progress on www. amrkhaled.net, post the campaign's sticker everywhere to encourage people to read Qur'an. May Allah bless you and make us reach the night of determinations (al-Qadr). We will pray by this supplication whenever we come closer to the end of Ramadan.



Let us live with a new virtue in this episode which we will continue. Allah saved Prophet Musa (AS) and Israel people from pharaoh when they exited from Egypt, the Torah was descended, and the Samery story occurred, I've narrated the events successively, now he will go to the Holy Land. Do you miss al-Quds and the Aqsa mosque? Do you love them? This is the virtue of this episode.



The virtue of this episode is to know how many of you miss the Aqsa mosque. What does the Aqsa mosque mean to you? What is its value in your life? It is valuable for Allah and for Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Pay attention, it is the first destination towards which we pray (Qibla) and the third Haram of the tow, it is the Masrah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is the place where Prophet Muhammad ascended from to the heavens. There is a Surah has its name; Surat Al-Isra' (TMQ, 17:1)



Every time we hear the Aqsa mosque mentioned, we hear the phrase "around which We have blessed." Do you miss Umra and the house of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH); Madinah and the Prophet’s Mosque? So much, right? Do you miss the Aqsa mosque like this? Pay attention that the three places are mentioned together always. If I ask you, what are your favorite three cities? Is it one of your favorites?



Back to our story… Prophet Musa (AS) is now directed to go to the Aqsa mosque. We will present this episode from the nearest place to the Aqsa, and in the road that Prophet Musa (AS) walked on. He exited from Egypt, passed by Sina, arriving at Jordan. Yesterday we mentioned that he passed by Kan'an tribe. He went to the Nibu mount, it is the nearest point overlooking the Aqsa mosque, and it is 25 km from the Aqsa mosque. Jordanians know this place, especially, the inhabitants of Madaba city.



This is the same place that Prophet Musa (AS) was walking in, on Nibu mount, because this is the nearest and shortest road that transports to al-Quds and the Aqsa mosque. This is the strangest journey in my life. This road is above the mount where you can see al-Quds and the dome of the rock. There is an official map for his walking line, this place is actually considered a tourist site.



Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us that we ought to travel to the three mosques; the Sanctified Mosque in Makkah, the Prophet’s mosque and the Aqsa mosque. He told us that the prayer in the Sanctified Mosque in Makkah equals 100 thousands prayers, and in the Prophet’s mosque equals 1000 prayers and in the Aqsa mosque equals 500. When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was asked about the first mosque that was built on earth, he answered that the Sanctified Mosque in Makkah, then the Aqsa mosque, and there are 40 years between them. Prophet Adam (AS) built both mosques.



The greatest meeting on the earth was held in the Aqsa mosque between all the prophets; Musa, Issa, Sulaiman, Dawud and Muhammad (PBUH). Al-mi’raj was from the Aqsa mosque. "All Extolment be (to Him), Who made His bondman to set forth by night from the Inviolable Mosque to the Further (Literally: Remotest) Mosque, around which We have blessed" (TMQ, 17:1).



All the cities were liberated in Omar Ibnul-Khatab's time (RA), but he did not receive the key of any except the Aqsa mosque's key. He walked also on this raod, and passed on Nibu mount. When Musa (AS) arrived at the Aqsa mosque in his torn clothes, all the Jews and Christians said that he is the man whom their holy books talked about and that he will take its keys. It is also written in their books that Muslims will also take its keys.



When Omar Ibnul-Khattab arrived to al-Quds, people told him to pray, but he refused to pray in al-Qeyama church, in order to preserve it as a church and not cause it to be converted into a mosque one day. Omar and his army stood on a high place to see the Aqsa mosque, and he told Bilal to call to prayer, and this day is reported to have made Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) extremely happy. Years later, Salah Ad-Dien walked the same grounds, and he said his famous word "How I can smile while the Aqsa mosque is prisoner."



This is the map of Musa's journey to al-Quds by the dead sea and Nibu mount which we are currently standing on. " O my people, enter the Holy Land (Literally: the hallowed land) which Allah has prescribed for you and do not turn back in your traces, (Literally: on your hind parts) (and) so you turn over as losers.”" (TMQ, 5:21).



When he arrived to the point where al-Quds is 10 km away, the people of Israel became afraid and hesitant, hence they were prevented by Allah, to ever enter it. Musa (AS) started to encourage the people of Israel, as in this verse and we are need it, "And as Mûžsa (Moses) said to his people, “O my people, remember the favor of Allah upon you, as He made among you Prophesiers, (i.e., prophets) and made you kings, and brought you what He had not brought anyone of the worlds" (TMQ, 5:20).



In order to understand this verse "which Allah has prescribed for you" you have to understand the Aqsa's history.. Al-Quds does not belong to any group in particular, because every prophet sent by Allah is responsible for al-Quds during his time. The last prophet is Muhammad (PBUH), so he and his nation are responsible for al-Quds and the Aqsa mosque.



The importance of al-israa and al-mi'raj[1] is to take the flag of the Aqsa. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met all the prophets with Jibril (AS) and prayed with them in the yard of the Aqsa mosque as an Imam of all the Prophets. A man can not be led in prayer by visitors in his house, he should be Imam in his own house, therefore by leading all prophets in prayer, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is forever responsible for the Aqsa.



Understand Surat Al-Ma'idah , Prophet Musa's parable, and why they did not enter. Musa (AS) asked Allah to be buried near al-Quds walls because he knew that he was not the one responsible for it or else he would not have asked, in fact Musa knew that Muhammad (PBUH) and his nation were the ones responsible for it. Can you imagine that Prophet Musa (AS) knew that you are responsible for al-Quds?.What will you say to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) about the status of Quds now? What will you have to say to Prophet Musa (AS)? Indeed, al-Quds is called "The Holy Land" because it is blessed by Allah (swt), and the most blessed people met in it (the Prophets).



There are two important points here; the first is that life is comprised of war and peace, jihad (struggle) and worship. Worship is two types; one is to charge the spirit and heart. The other is jihad. Allah (swt) blessed us with two mosques, Makkah and the Aqsa mosque. Makkah is symbolized for worship and peace of heart, and the Aqsa mosque is for jihad (struggle) and reformation. The second important point is that the Aqsa mosque is the thermometer of affairs on earth. How? If you would like to know if the world is OK or not, see the Aqsa is with whom; with believers or with racists. There are several important characteristics which we must strive to reach; courage, entrusting one's soul to Allah, fraternity and efficiency.



On the contrary, we find the opposite characteristics in those mentioned in the following verse, “O Mžûsa, surely there are people in it (who are) giants, and surely we will never enter it until they go out of it. So, in case they go out of it, then surely we will be entering.” (TMQ; 5:22).

“Enter in upon them (by) the gate. So, when you enter it, then surely you will be overcoming them. And so put all your trust in Allah in case you are believers” (TMQ; 5:23). This is a very beautiful verse. They responded “They said, “O Mžûsa (Moses), surely we will never enter it at all so long as they are in it. So go forth, you and your Lord, and then you (two) fight (them). Surely we will be sitting here now!” (TMQ; 5:24). Notice the irresponsible and lazy attitude. Musa replied as we can see in the following verse, “He said, “Lord! Surely I possess (no authority) on anyone except myself and my brother. So distinguish between us (Literally: part between us and “between”) and the immoral people.” (TMQ; 5:25). We can’t say we love the Aqsa without working hard.



The last part of the verse says, “Said He, “Then surely it will be prohibited for them for forty years (while) they go astray in the earth. So do not feel sad about the immoral people.” (TMQ; 5:26). Some interpretations say that it means: it will be prohibited forever. Other opinions say that it will be prohibited for forty years.



Indeed, when one abandons the above mentioned characteristics, they end up going astray. The people of Israel went astray in mountains and cities for 40 years; some believe it takes that long (40 years) for atittudes and habits to change with the new generations.



The role of Musa (AS) today is to prepar youths who have the four characterestics. “Said He, “Then surely it will be prohibited for them for forty years (while) they go astray in the earth. So do not feel sad about the immoral people.” (TMQ; 5:26). Are we from the destined generation blessed with the righteous characteristics or do we have to wait for another generation?



Peace be upon prophet Muhammad and his Companions



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sorry meriem for not following you on these Episodes , its just a question of time , anyways ... I saw the last ones ,when Bano Israel belived the Samiriy , they shown their weak iman ... the Episode 17 was veeeery haard , when Amr Khaled talked about sou2 al khatima smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':S' /> , spoke about the story of Bel’an Ibn Baoura’ .... yeaa , honnestely , was very afraid .. we all ask Allah swt for hosn al khatima ! I haven't seen all the episode of today , but inshallah will see it on Rissala tomorrow , but saw the sight of Al Aqsaa from that montain , wich was veeeery nice and sensitive ..

Continue my dear ;) thanks for sharing
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thank you sister, when he talked about hosn el khatima I can't lie I was afraid too, I was wondering how mine would be, am I on the right path? Allah yehdina jmi3 w nkouno men ahl el jannah inshallah

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Now I saw the Episode of al Aqsaa ... what I wanted to share with you here is , why not every one try to get at least one freind from Palestine,and speak with him/her usualy , hamdoullah we have internet now, so it is very easy to do it, like this we can stay connected with the people there .. I see it like the minimum we can do to have Al Aqsaa always in our hearts .

I use to talk with a freind from there ... belive me ..I feel those people in Palestine have something special .. try it , and you'll learn alot !

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my experience with palestinians was not good at all but that was only one case, your idea is good but we need UNITY, again and again and again, without Unity we won't go anywhere, I always thought about this, he said it again in his 4 conditions, Arabs have to Unify, I often think we should have a group for the Arabic renaissance, algerian renaissance, do sth to make the Arabic world in the lead, we are the ones who should do this, but we lack unity and motivation, wouldn't it be great if one group of young people of all the arabic nations unified and decided sth for their religion and their countries and moved all together? creating the group would be an easy task and Unity looks Impossible.

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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 19

The Wilderness

Today we are at Mount Nebo near the Dead Sea and at the environs of Jerusalem. Although it is an area of 6-7 kilometers, it was the location of the 40-year wanderings of the Israelites through the vast and barren wilderness of Sinai. During these years they committed many mistakes. Almost one third of the Noble Qur'an narrates this not as a matter of joking and ridiculing, but rather as a lesson by which we should live and through which we should learn how Allah (swt[1]) deals sometimes mercifully and sometimes strictly to educate us. Our ummah (muslim nation) should be aware that such wilderness wanderings can be moral or psychological. In the midst of such fierce materialism people can be wandering in the wilderness unwarily.



Today's Lessons



Let us start with today's main lessons: 1) have a solid belief in the unseen and follow the principle of ihsan (doing one's best), that is, to worship Allah as though you see Him, and while you cannot see Him, know that He truly sees you and 2) never choose what you like of Allah's orders and reject what you do not like.



To Believe or not to Believe



Once the Israelites reached this place Prophet Musa (Moses) (AS[2]) divided them into 12 tribes and started teaching them the Decalogue (Ten Commandments)[3]. The obligations seemed heavy to them and they wanted to accept what they liked and reject what they did not like. However, such choice was not up to them. Allah says what can be translated as, "Do you then believe in some (parts) of the Book and disbelieve in other parts? So in no way is the recompense of whoever of you performs that (anything) except disgrace in the present …. and on the Day of the Resurrection they are to be turned back to the strictest torment." (TMQ[4], 2:85)



Are we like the Israelites? Do you cover your hair, sister, and wear tight clothes? Do you stop drinking wine, brother, and keep on addicting to drugs? “And in no way should a male believer or a female believer, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a Command, have the choice in their Command. …” (TMQ, 33:36)



Beware or you will be like the Israelites. Our Prophet (SAWS[5]) said that none of us has believed until his desires are in accordance with what he (i.e. the Prophet) has come to us with. This refers to the perfection of our obedience and of our desire to obey.



Materialism versus the Unseen



In order to let them accept all His Commandments, Allah "agitated the mountain above them as if it were an overshadowing (awning) and they expected it was going to fall down on them: “Take powerfully what We have brought you, and remember what is in it, that possibly you would be pious." (TMQ, 7:71) It was a miracle and they accepted. It was not coercion, but a warning of Allah's Wrath.



What about us? Why does not Allah do that to us in order to believe? Our ummah (nation) is better and more mature in that we are not that materialistic and Allah trusts that we can believe in the unseen. When Quraysh asked Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) to give them tangible miracles, he refused and said "All Extolment be to my Lord! Have I been anything except a mortal, as Messenger?" (TMQ, 17:93) Therefore, be pious and follow Allah's orders in their entirety.



The Chosen Seventy versus the Chosen Ummah



Afterwards, Prophet Musa (AS) decided to choose seventy men of his people and take them with him to Allah on a fixed time to apologize for the sins of the Israelites. This was the second appointed time as the first was for Musa alone for 30 days. Our ummah is better in that as well. All of it and not only seventy thereof, have an appointed time with Allah for 30 days in Ramadan. Fast, supplicate and observe night prayers in Ramadan so that Allah would grant you forgiveness and manumission from Hellfire.



The chosen seventy could hear Musa as he prays for forgiveness but they could not hear Allah. Once Musa returned to them, he was astonished: they wanted to see Allah openly to believe. It is again materialism and insolence. So the (stunning) thunderbolt took them. Never be insolent with Allah. Although we do not ask to see Allah openly, we sometimes are among those who commit a sin openly or disclose their sins to the people.[6]



Prophet Musa (AS) was now in a difficult situation. The Noble Qur'an narrates that he said what can be translated as, "Lord! If you had so decided, You would have caused them to perish earlier and me. Would You cause us to perish for what the foolish ones of us have performed? Decidedly it is (nothing) except Your temptation, whereby You lead to error whomever You decide, and You guide whomever You decide." (TMQ, 7:155)





Repentance, Mercy and Giving



However, there was the other side of the coin. It was not all the time firmness and strength. Allah gave the Israelites from his bounties in order to draw them near to Him.



When they felt thirsty, Prophet Musa preformed the prayer for rain and supplicated for long to Allah but no rain fell. Allah told him that the reason was that among them was a man who insisted on committing sins for 40 years and there would be no rain unless he repents. Fearing to be exposed, the concerned person prayed in secret to Allah and repented and then rain fell. It is another lesson for our ummah: “sins beget misfortune”. Let us repent now.



Trust in Allah



Again there was no water and Allah ordered Prophet Musa to strike the stone with his staff and there gushed forth from it twelve springs one for each tribe. This was trust in Allah: it was once sea-cum-stone to escape Pharaoh and here it was stone-cum-water to drink. Glorified be Allah. If you have trust in Allah you will get rid of any worry about your sustenance and future. These springs are now 3000 years old and still gushing. They are a symbol to remind us to trust Him. For lack of trust, the Israelites did not enter the Holy Land.



Successive Miracles



As for food, Allah sent down manna and quails on a daily basis to teach the Israelites satisfaction. Sustenance was given daily just as our lives are given back to us daily when we wake up. Everyone should ask himself: am I satisfied with Allah? Do I have enough trust? Do I really love Allah as I should?



Along with water and food Allah gave the Israelites shade. For every tribe there was a cloud in such a scorching desert.



Before all these miracles, you should say that there is no god but Allah with all your might. Stop being materialistic; stop choosing among Allah's orders; wear hijab today; stop bad deeds today; prostrate to Allah and feel his love. It might help you to sit down and write on a piece of paper what you recall of your sins and in the opposite page write down some of Allah’s bounties.



Say, we accept and are pleased with Allah as our Lord, and Islam as our religion and with our Master Muhammad as Messenger and Prophet and with the Qur'an as our book and Allah is the Trustee on what we say. Learn from today's stories to depend on Allah and drink from His Mercy, Love, Affection and Compassion. Live by the Qur'an, trust Allah and have complete peace of mind.





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Parables of the Qur’an II

Episode 20

In the Name of Allah[1], the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[2].

Today's story takes place during the period when Prophet Musa (AS) (Moses) was preparing and teaching the Israelites. A strange event happened that revolves around a mysterious man whom Prophet Musa (AS[3]) (Moses) himself will strive to meet. Allah (swt[4]) introduced His Prophet to this extraordinarly knowledgeable scholar, who is surrounded by mystery. We continue to wonder who is he? where did he come from? Where has he disappeared? Is he married? We know him as al-Khidr. During the period where the Israelites and Prophet Musa (AS) were lost in Jordan near the Dead Sea, this minor story takes place. Yet, its significance to the story of the Isrealities is profound as one of Allah's (swt) apostles himself goes in search of the knowledge that this savant holds. This makes us wonder to the type of knowledge that al-Khidr possesses, and why Allah (swt) found it necessary to make Prophet Musa (AS) travel thousands of kilometers to learn. The value of Knowledge is the main lesson learnt from this journey.



The sea plays a significant role in Prophet Musa's (AS) life. As a child, he was thrown in it and was rescued by Pharaoh's family. Later he was saved by the sea as he crossed it with the Isrealites, and today is the third sea-related story.



The Israelites were engulfed by a variety of ailings after their banishment from the Holy Land. These include their incapability of believing in Allah (swt), in their overall religion. One of the main reasons for all of this is their ignorance. They were illiterate and lived from many years in Egypt caring only about eating and drinking. Pharaoh was also keen to keep them ignorant and so they never perceived the value of knowledge. This is similar to our status now and Prophet Musa (AS) realized that a nation could never revive without knowledge. The first word revealed by the Qur'an was "Iqraa" (read) and yet the Ummah (Muslim Nation) does not realize education is a vital matter; performing rituals is not enough.



Allah (swt) decreed the change of attitude of the Israelites. . He (swt) also willed that they learn to love knowledge and be taught practically, not through preaching, but through an intriguing real-life story. The story is related in the Qur’an in Surat al-Kahf, which we read every week. It is a reminder for us to love knowledge. It is also related in a long Hadith reported by al-Bukhary and Muslim, hence signifying its value.



Once Prophet Musa (AS) was giving his sermon to the Israelites when a man deviated from the topic and asked him who was the most knowledgeable person on earth at the time. Prophet Musa (AS) looked around and noticed that all those who surrounded him were ignorant and that he was the most knowledgable amongst them. The archangel Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) came down to earth and infromed Prophet Musa (AS) that Allah (swt) is reprimanding him for not first stating that Allah (swt) knows best and that all knowledge is from him. He also told him that there was a servant of Allah who was more knowledgeable. This taunted Prophet Musa’s (AS) curiousity and asked Allah (swt) where to find this savant. He (swt) told Prophet Musa (AS) to find this man at the junction of the two seas and learn from him. This could be one of two places: either in Sinai at Ras-Muhammad, or in Sudan where the White Nile conjugates with the Blue Nile. Musa (AS) was beside the Dead Sea and it was such a great distance between either destinations, which shows the value of knowledge and how far we have to travel to get it. Musa (AS) then asked Allah (swt) to give him a sign to know where the man was, and he was ordered to put a salty grilled whale in a bag and keep walking and he will find the man when he loses the whale. But how will Moses lose the whale?



Musa (AS) began the journey with a young Israelite named Yusha Ibn-Noun (Joshua). Musa (AS) was preparaing a child that will lead the entry into Jerusalem after his death. The only task that was assigned to Yusha Ibn-Noun was to carry the bag with the whale.



The Qur’an says that they took off, which gives the sense of enthusiasm and strength, because seeking knowledge needs these qualities Another symbolic gesture is that the whale represents nutrition and food, the only indulgences of the Israelites, and losing it shows that knowledge is more important that eating, They began a journey of over a 1000 kilometers, which indicates three conditions for those who seek knowledge. First, is the persistence and motivation to learn; second is humbleness and modesty; and third is the intention to seek knowledge that is useful to the nation. The very first ayah telling the story shows the persistence they had “I will not leave off until I reach the junction of the two seas, or I will pass epochs away.” (TMQ, 18: 60).



How significant is knowledge to us? The first ayah revealed was “Read: In the Name of your Lord Who Created man from clots. Read: And your Lord is The Most Honorable, Who taught by the pen” (TMQ, 96:1-4), and the second is “Nžûn, (The is the name of a letter of the Arabic alphabet, and only Allah knows its meaning here) and (by) the pen and what they inscribe” (TMQ, 68:1). Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) told us that the virtue lies with the knowledgeable over an over-practicing; disavowing those that claim that praying is enough. The Prophet (SAWS) also said that the angels lower their wings out of contentment for those who seek knowledge.. All these ahadith and ayahs teach us the value of knowledge, that the Prophet’s companions realized. Imam ash-Shafi'y, who travelled a lot to drink knowledge from various places.. Imam Ahmad Ibn-Hanbal said that he would leave the bottle of ink only to go to his grave; Ibn-Rushd (Averroës) who said that he has not stopped reading a book except twice in his life, when his father died and on his wedding day. A survey in the USA of the most successful hundred people showed that the commmon factor between them was that all of them read fifty books per year, i.e. around a book per week.



The ayah then continues “Then, as soon as they reached the junction between the two (seas), they forgot their whale; (Or: large fish) so it took for itself its way into the sea, burrowing.” (TMQ, 18:61). This is the sign and they finally saw al-Khidr sleeping, covering his head with a green robe. This makes us wonder that this is where he got his name.

Prophet Musa (AS) (Moses), although extremely tired from the journey, did not wake him and waited until he woke up himself. The Prophet greeted him with “Peace Be Upon You”, to which the reply was “Peace Be Upon You, yet there is no peace in your land”. This shows that al-Khidr knew his background, of how in Egypt under the ruling of Pharaoh there was injustice, and peace cannot exist with injustice. He also knew that the Israelites were illiterate and ignorant, and peace cannot exist with ignorance. Prophet Muhammad then narrated that al-khidr asked Prophet Musa (AS) about the reason for coming. Prophet Musa (AS) (Moses) replied that he came to learn from him. Al-khidr then said “Surely you will never be able to (endure) with me patiently.” (TMQ, 18:67). This Prophet Musa (AS) received humbly and patiently all in striving to seek knowledge. To this al-Khidr agreed and said “So in case you closely follow me, then do not ask me about anything until I (myself) effect a mention of it to you.” (TMQ, 18:70).



The story will be resumed in the next episode. Yet we have summarized seventeen points to the secrets of success, in order to become a mature human being and be of use to the renaissance of the nation. If ten out of these seventeen points are followed for 6 months to a year, I guarantee that a different person will be shaped. These are:

1. Read a book every one or two weeks.

2. Read a interesting and useful newspaper.

3. Subscribe to a cultural magazine.

4. Travel so that you can experience and learn about various lifestyles and cultures.

5. Learn a unique craft from a craftsman.

6. Visit the monuments in your country with a tour guide.

7. Make friendships with successful people.

8. Watch the discovery channel.

9. Watch the daily news.

10. Research your family history.

11. Write down an idea, a poem, a story or a song. Use a pen and a paper!

12. In class, always ask questions, debate and discuss. Do not just listen to what is being said.

13. Play chess.

14. Research the intellectual and cultural sites on the internet.

15. Visit a public library.

16. Work during the summer.

17. Learn a new skill or sport every three months.



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Episode 21

The Story of the Musa and Al-Khidr – part 2

The life of humans is a complicated matter that is full of riddles. We see a perfect woman getting divorced and another leading a stable marital life; a couple yearning to have a child and other parents forsaking their children. Many are the times that we come across a righteous man afflicted with cancer for example and a dissolute enjoying his life to his death and in good health.



Ponder on earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and tsunamis in which parents would die leaving young children and others would be rescued whilst their children would not be able to make it.



Why does this happen? What is the Wisdom of Allah[1] behind this?

Today's story answers these questions. It is the story of one of the pillars of faith: to believe in Divine Destiny, both the good and the evil thereof. Your faith is never complete without believing in Allah's destiny. It is part and parcel of faith. For this to be achieved you must grasp, perceive and rest assured of the meaning of three of the Most Beautiful Names of Allah. These are: the All-Knowing, the Ever-Wise and the Ever-Merciful.



The significance of The All-knowing is evident in the ayah[2] which can be translated as, "And in His Providence are the keys of the Unseen; none knows them except He. And He knows whatever is in the land and the sea. And in no way does a leaf fall down, except that He knows it, and not a grain in the darkness(es) of the earth, not a thing wet or dry, except that it is in an evident Book." (TMQ[3], 6:59).



There is a wisdom behind everything that happens in the universe from a grain of sand moving from one place to another to the Second World War and its consequences. You should trust the Ever-Wise.



You should feel satisfied with what Allah decrees, for the Ever-Merciful's decree would never be for the bad or evil of his creatures. Ibnul-Qayim says, "Contentment is the greatest Door to Allah; it is the relief of the worshippers and the paradise on earth."



Learn from the Prophet (SAWS)[4] how to accept destiny with a contented heart. He (SAWS) witnessed the death of seven of his children, one after the other, yet he supplicated Allah saying, "All the good is from Your Hands and the evil is not from You." What about you? How would you evaluate your degree of satisfaction with the divine destiny?



The story of Musa Posted Image (Moses) and al-Khidr Posted Image embodies this concept. It includes three journeys: one by sea, the second on land and the third in the countryside. One tackles the problem of sustenance, the second depicts the worst of all afflictions which is the loss of one's child and the third is about postponement of a blessing. This is how the Qur'an teaches us to believe in the unseen and be satisfied with destiny.



Musa Posted Image and al-Khidr Posted Image set out for their mysterious journey. It started aboard a ship. Al-Khidr, well known to the poor sailors for his righteousness, was allowed to board on it for free. He unexpectedly went down to the bottom and made a hole in it and the water started to fill the ship. Musa Posted Image was astonished and said what can be translated as, "… Indeed you have already come with a grave thing …" (TMQ, 18: 71). He asked al-khidr for an explanation but al-Khidr was enigmatic. It was as if he represented destiny.



Musa Posted Image and al-Khidr Posted Image resumed their journey. On their way they, met a group of youths. Al-Khidr kept searching for a certain one among them until he found him. The Qur'an relates to us what can be translated as, "So they (both) went off until, when they (both) met a youth, then he killed him. He said, "Have you killed a most cleansed self without (his having killed another) self? Indeed you have already come with a (highly) maleficent thing." (TMQ, 18: 74). This time also, al-Khidr refrained from justifying his deed and blamed Musa Posted Image for not being patient!



The last stop in their journey was a small village. At this stage they were starving and the Qur'an tells us what can be translated as, "they asked its population for food, yet they refused to receive them hospitably (i.e. as guests). Then they found therein a wall that would have collapsed down, so he set it up …" (TMQ, 18: 77). It seems that the people there were miserly. Musa Posted Image could not help himself from saying what can be translated as, "If you so decided, indeed you could have taken to yourself a reward for it." (TMQ, 18: 77).



Musa Posted Image became confused. The sailors were generous to al-Khidr yet he pierced their ship, whereas the people of the village were stingy and he took it upon himself to rebuild a wall for them. What a contradictory behavior! It reminds us of the contradiction of destiny. People who deserve are deprived and those who do not deserve get everything. Furthermore, the first and second actions were evil whereas the third time it was good. It is obvious how al-Khidr adopted an untraditional way of teaching.



At that point, al-Khidr said, "This is the parting between me and you. I will soon (fully) inform you regarding the interpretation of what you were unable to (endure) patiently." (TMQ, 18: 78) And he started to expose the implicit half of the three incidents. We all face destiny without understanding the unspoken side of it. Here al-Khidr will explain to Musa Posted Image how Allah's decrees are all good even those that are apparently evil.



The Qur'anic ayahs go, in what can be translated as, "As for the ship, then it belonged to (certain) indigent persons who did (their business) upon the sea. Then I willingly damaged it, (and) beyond them was a king who was taking away every ship by force." (TMQ, 18: 79) Had he not made this small repairable defect in their ship, a much bigger loss could have occurred. By analogy, the small problem that is depriving you of sleep might be for your own good. Write down three important achievements in your life. Try to remember what preceded them. You will find out that each was preceded by a crisis.



The Prophet (SAWS) said that whoever says in the morning and evening, "I am contented with Allah as a Lord, with Islam as a religion and with Muhammad as a Prophet and Messenger" then Allah will make him contented that day. Contentment with Allah entails that you never doubt Allah's Decrees.



"And as for the youth, then his parents were believers; so we were apprehensive he would oppress them with (his) in-ordinance and disbelief" (TMQ, 18: 80). His death was a mercy both for his parents and for the society. "So we willingly (intended) that their Lord would give them (both) in exchange a more charitable (person) in cleansing (i.e., a better, purer son) than he and nearer in tenderness" (TMQ, 18: 81).



One might wonder that he was just a kid. Allah, The All-Knowing, knew that had he not been killed, he would have grown up to be a tyrant and would end up in Hellfire. His death at that young age saved him all this. Perchance his death was a warning to other youths that death is near. Many are the lessons that we can come up with from this story. May be the most serious lesson is for the youth: Never oppress your parents. You might be uprooted from this world for their sake.



O mothers who lost their kids! Your prayers for them might add good deeds to their accounts which they might have not gained on their own. Besides, your steadfastness and endurance would raise your rank before Allah.



Concerning the third incident which was about postponement of a blessing, the ayahs explain it in what can be translated as, "And as for the wall, then it belonged to two orphan youths in the city, and beneath it was a hoarding belonging to them; and their father was a righteous (man). So your Lord willed that they should reach full age and take out their hoarding as a mercy from your Lord; and in no way did I perform it upon my own command. This is the interpretation of what you were unable to (endure) patiently." (TMQ, 18: 82) It was in their best interest that the treasure would not be discovered, though they needed it at the time. It would have been stolen by the miserly villagers.


Glorified be Allah who endears Himself to His servants by sending al-Khidr to exemplify destiny and show them that its end is always good.

At the end let me ask you: Are you now satisfied with Allah and with destiny?

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The Story of the Cow and Its Significance



In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. Peace and blessing be upon Prophet Muhammad. We continue with Prophet Musa (AS). He is now in Diaspora. He (AS) was a smart and realistic leader thus he tried to organize the children of Israel into twelve Tribes (Asbat). He didn’t insist that they should blend; he rather made an agreement coexistence between al- Asbat. There is a great difference between their conduct and that of Muslims with Prophet Muhammad SAWS) Al-Muhajirin and al-Ansar united in harmony while al-Asbat refused to unite[/font]

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[font="/"]Amid all the coexistence efforts Prophet Musa was making, an incident happened that could have ruined everything he was trying to achieve. It was the story of the Cow which surat[/font][6][font="/"] al-Baqarah in the Qur’an is named after. [/font]

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[font="/"]The children of Israel dwelled in the Naqb desert in Jordan in a village called Batrah. In one village lived a good man who had a small family: a little boy and a wife. The only thing he owned was a bright yellow cow. He took care of it himself feeding it very well and never made it work in the fields. When the man was dying, he told his family not to sell the cow until his son grew up. He asked Allah [/font][font="/"](swt)[/font][7][font="/"][/font][font="/"]to guard that cow for his son. Observe the recurrent story of the good man who dies and bequeathes something for his children and how Allah (swt) guards this heritage for his children. [/font]

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[font="/"]The man died. Life was hard because his wife and son were poor and many people wanted to buy the cow. Stressed, the woman decided to sell it. But the boy objected out of loyalty to his father. The buyer offered the boy a hefty sum of money but he still refused and said, ‘by Allah if you gave me its weight in gold I would not sell it’. Because he was a loyal son he will be given its weight in gold afterwards. [/font]

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[font="/"]Years passed, and in another village lived another young man who was the complete opposite of the loyal son. His father died and he was poor and had a wealthy uncle who had a young girl. His uncle did not give him much money because he noticed how reckless he was and the reckless boy hated that. Notice the difference between the two boys although they had common circumstances. [/font]

The reckless boy decided to kill his uncle to inherit his money and marry his daughter. Yet he feared the retribution. Therefore, he decided to kill him and implicate another person. He killed his uncle and blamed the nearby village for his death. Thus, by killing his uncle he would inherit him, marry his daughter and even receive his blood money. According to Musa’s religion if a man is killed and his murderer is unknown the village near which his body was found is to be blamed. In this case, fifty of the most religious and highly ranked men should be summoned from that village and find the murderer. If they were unable to do so, they should swear by Allah (swt) that none of their people had committed the murder and pay the blood money.. [/color][/size][/font]

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[font="/"]The young man went to his uncle and told him that he wanted him to come along to start a trade with another tribe. At the outskirts of the village, he killed his uncle then returned to his village. When people discovered the body, the young man screamed and cried and accused the other tribe of killing his uncle and of racism. Racism is deeply rooted in the history of the Children of Israel. . The rational people asked Prophet Musa to help them but he could not find any evidence leading to the real killer and was bewildered.[/font]

Amid all this confusion came Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) and ordered them to slaughter a cow and hit the dead man with a part of it then he would come back to life and tell them who killed him then die again. What is the aim of the Cow’s story? Allah says what can be translated as, “
And (remember) as you killed a self, (and) so you parried about it, and Allah is to bring out whatever you were keeping back. So We said, “Strike him with some (i.e. part of it) of it.” Thus Allah gives life to the dead and shows you His signs, that possibly you would consider”


The children of Israel had many problems in their faith. Their belief in the Day of Judgment and resurrection was weak as they were very materialistic. They asked Musa before to make them an idol and wanted to see Allah. As for Muslims, the first words in the Qur’an describe them as believing in the Unseen. [/color][/size][/font]



Why slaughter a cow? Because within themselves there were still remains of their worship of the calf. Allah knew that, so His order was to slaughter it by their own hands. They thought they could hide the truth from Allah but Allah unveiled the truth that the calf was not totally out of their minds,‘…Allah is to bring out whatever you were keeping back’ (TMQ,2:72).



When Musa (AS) said that Allah ordered them to slay a cow they rudely asked Prophet Musa, “…Do you take us to yourself in mockery …?” (TMQ,2:67) That’s why Allah told them afterwards that their hearts were harder than stone. Do you have a coarse heart? When was the last time you cried out of fear of Allah and prostrated in awe of Him?

Musa’s reply was, “…I take refuge in Allah from being one of the ignorant.” (TMQ, 2:67) How polite he was! He wanted to tell them that they were ignorant but in a polite Prophetic manner.


They began to stall asking, “What is its color? How does it look like? Is it old or young?” There were four types of them, the first is those who did not believe that the murdered man would come to life if hit by the cow part. The second did not like to execute Allah’s orders because they were misers. The third could not slay a cow because deep within, they still revered it. The forth type were religiously fanatics and wanted to carry out Allah’s orders meticulously. There was also a fifth type and these were the believers who were keen to implement the order and slay a cow.

The more they asked the more Allah made it harder on them. Not old or young means she gave birth once or twice only. “They said, “Invoke your Lord for us that He make evident to us what color she is.” He said, “Surely He says that surely she is a yellow cow, bright (is) her color, pleasing to the onlookers” (TMQ, 2:69).



These descriptions applied to the loyal boy’s cow. They did not want to slaughter an ordinary cow now they had to take the trouble of slaughtering this particular cow. Because they were both misers and unbelievers they would pay as much as the cow’s weight in gold.


They said, “Invoke your Lord for us that He make evident to us what she is; surely the cows to us are similar to each other; and surely in case Allah so decides, we will indeed be rightly-guided.” He said, “Surely He says that surely she is a cow not tractable (Literally made subservient) to stir the earth or to water the tillage, with no blemish in it…” (TMQ, 2:70-71).[/color][/size][/font]


Religious people do the same, they ask about details. If Allah orders you to do something, do not make it hard on yourself by asking for details. The believers said, “and surely in case Allah so decides, we will indeed be rightly-guided.” May be because they said so, Allah solved their problem. They found the cow at last. The Israelites made mistakes like arguing, stalling, being fanatics, being materialistic, having a weak belief in the hereafter, being impolite with the prophets and believing in idols.


They went to the loyal boy who asked for its weight in gold. When they complained to Prophet Musa he said that he was free to ask whatever he wanted. When Prophet Muhammad used to make a choice between two things he always opted for the easier so long as it was lawful.


They slaughtered the cow and hit the dead man with part of it. The man came back to life and said that his nephew killed him to inherit his money and marry his daughter, then he died again. The story ends in the Qur’an with the ]ayah which can be translated as, “Thereafter your hearts hardened even after that; so they were as stones, or (even) strictly harder...” (TMQ,2:74) After all that, their hearts were still hard. The story of the Children of Israel is for us to learn from and avoid their mistakes. Never deny what Allah gives you or else your heart will harden. Remember Allah’s blessings and worship Him a lot so that your hearts would become tender.



[font="/"]Episode 23[/font]

[font="/"]In the Name of Allah[/font][1][font="/"], the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad [/font][font="/"](SAWS[/font][2][font="/"]).[/font]

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[font="/"]Tens of thousands of comments, suggestions and questions are posted daily on our forum at www.amrkhaled.net and on our group on the concerning the story of Musa (AS). This unprecedented number surpassed what we received at the time the episodes of “On the path of the beloved” were aired. Hence we decided to break the monotony of the program by sharing together these comments and answering the questions that concerned you most. Let us proceed to answer the fifteen most frequently asked questions.[/font]

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[font="/"]The first question was about the name of Musa’s (AS) sister. Was it Maryam? And if it was so, is she the same Maryam (Mary) (AS) the daughter of Imran and the mother of Isa (AS) (Jesus)?[/font]

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[font="/"]Of course they are not the same person! Both were named Maryam Ibnat (daughter of) Imran which is only a similarity in the names. However, the time interval between both is 1200 years. This might have been a mere coincidence. Yet it might have also been that Isa’s mother has been named (AS) after Musa’s (AS) sister because the latter was a heroine and an idol to the Israelites.[/font]

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[font="/"]The second query was raised by some of the bright youths who objected to my statement concerning Pharoah as being Ramses the Second and his wife, Lady Asia. They adopted Musa as their son because they were deprived of having children of their own. However, these youth, being well-read in history, claimed that the former statement contradicts a historical fact that Ramses the Second had tens of children. It is true that Pharoah had many wives and children, yet Asia, his first wife, did not give birth to children. Perhaps Allah’s Wisdom was that they would be keen to adopt Musa and that Asia would raise him and embrace him with all her love, being her only child. Allah’s Will was also that Pharoah afterwards had many children from his wives such that he would be distracted away from Musa who had the chance to visit his biological mother frequently. [/font]

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[font="/"]Glorified be Allah Who gives and withholds and Who said what can be translated as, He bestows upon whomever He decides females, and He bestows upon whomever he decides the males, … and He makes whomever He decides sterile ...” (TMQ [/font][3][font="/"], 42:49,50) For those wives who are deprived of the blessing of having children, rest assured that there is a great wisdom behind this deprivation. Accept Allah’s will and the wisdom behind it.[/font]

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[font="/"]The third point was an interesting suggestion with regards to the four phases of Musa’s life. It entails classifying the Qur’anic ayahs (verses) which tackle the story of Musa (AS) according to these four phases. As we said, the first two were preparatory, one in Egypt until the age of 30 and the other in Madian from the age of 30 until the age of 40. The third phase was the confrontation with Pharoah until the age of 55 years. The last phase (from the age of 55 to 70) followed the drowning of Pharoah and during which Musa (AS) tried to reform the creed of the sons of Israel. A generous Lebanese friend, Mr. Wassim Migharbil took it upon himself to classify and arrange the ayahs of the Qur’an according to the four phases of Musa’s biography which makes an interesting timeline of Musa’s life and clarifies matters. You can find them sorted chronologically on the aforementioned website.[/font]

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[font="/"]Many of the visitors of the forum enquired about the sources of the material for preparing the episodes. Indeed, they exceed seventy references. The references which I relied upon most were books of exegesis of the Qur’an especially that of the great Tunisian scholar, Ibn-Ashour entitled ‘At-Tahrir wa at-Tanwir’ and that of Sheikh ash-Sha’rawy. Dr Ratib an-Nabulsy contributed generously with all his writings on the topic. The preparation team also resorted to books on ancient Egyptology by the renowned Egyptologist Dr Selim Hassan, and the wonderful book on Ramses by Dr Muhammad Abdur-Raziq al-Guwaily in which he proves with historical evidence and analysis that Ramses is the Pharoah of Musa (AS). [/font]

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[font="/"]It is worth mentioning that the reflections of the story of Musa (AS) on our present time and the correlation of its events with our current affairs as well as the values which we deduce from it are our own endeavor. This is the real significance of this series. We are inspired by the ayah which can be translated as, “Indeed in their narratives is already a lesson to (the ones) endowed with intellects. …” (TMQ, 12:111). The story of Musa is not just a historical story, but it is full of lessons and is a good application of the morals of the Qur’an.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some of the audience wondered why did Pharoah not kill or imprison Musa as soon as he returned from Madian immediately since he wanted him killed ten years before. This can be explained mainly on the basis that Musa took the initiative and went to Pharoah to convey to him the divine message. Our Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) also always took the lead and this was one of the reasons of his success; he would not just wait and react. Is our Ummah (Muslim nation) nowadays proactive or is just reacting to stabs and dissensions? [/font]

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[font="/"]The non-killing of Musa (AS) can also be attributed to the arrogance of Pharoah who was inclined to challenge Musa. He wrongly believed that he would easily conquer Musa ideologically and militarily. Killing Musa after he engaged him in conversations that strengthened Musa’s status and message to the people would weaken Pharoah’s status. By the time he decided to kill Musa it was too late. Eventually, Allah’s miracle caused Pharoah to drown.[/font]

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[font="/"]Allah rescued Musa five times. The first time was through love when Pharoah’s wife decided to take him as a son. Another time was through an Egyptian man who warned him to flee from Pharoah. The role of the magicians cannot be ignored and also that of the relative of Pharoah who warned Pharoah from Allah’s Wrath if he killed Musa. The last time was when He caused the sea to split into two. Indeed, Egyptians played a great role in Musa’s biography. They backed him up several times with their chivalry and courage.[/font]

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[font="/"]Concerning the question of the feasibility to find the audio-video of these episodes, all the episodes can be freely downloaded from the website. They can also be watched on Amr Khaled Channel on YouTube and they will also soon be available subtitled on DVDs and published in a book.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some are concerned about the way we should feel towards the Israelites; should we sympathize with them for their killing and maltreatment on the hands of Pharoah? We, as Muslims, have a constant stance towards the oppressed whomever they are. Even if those who were oppressed 3000 years ago were Israelites. Strange enough, the Israelites who were once oppressed are now practicing similarly severe oppression in merciless massacres on the Palestinians. This constant stance is an Islamic principle regardless of the race or religion involved. It is a token of the mercy and justice of Islam. The Qur’an says what can be translated as, “… and let not antagonism of a people provoke you to not do justice. Do justice; that (Literally: it) is nearer to piety. …” (TMQ, 5:8).[/font]

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[font="/"]There is some obscurity as to whether Musa (AS) was in contact with his family during the time he spent in Madian. This is an attempt to answer one of the good questions posed on the forum. However, there is indication in the Qur’an that Musa perhaps has been in touch with them. It is when Musa (AS) asked Allah what can be translated as, “And my brother (is) Haru‍n; (Aaron) he is more eloquent than I (am) in speech; so send him with me as an auxiliary to sincerely confirm me.” (TMQ, 28:34) It implies that Musa (AS) knew everything about his brother and was in touch with his family whom he had not seen for ten years. The beauty of the Qur’an resides in that it does not give you all the details. It leaves room for your deductive analysis and stimulates you to think, contemplate and read between the lines.[/font]

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[font="/"]Regarding the question on the role women played in Musa’s life.. There were four women who supported him and rescued him throughout his life. These were his mother, his sister, Lady Asia and his wife who supported him emotionally.. Islam is innocent of all the false accusations of women oppression in the Arab World, and the Qur’an is the best witness on the elevated rank of women and their great significance in the lives of all prophets. Women led successful and eventful lives along with upholding a high degree of faith. We are not calling for over-liberation and independence without bounds, but that women follow the examples of such women as Lady Khadijah [/font][font="/"](RA[/font][4][font="/"])[/font][font="/"] and Lady Asia and many more.[/font]

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[font="/"]An important observation worth making is that the three prophets Musa, Isa and Muhammad (AS) were all raised by their mothers only. Also notice that Musa’s mother was the only lady whose three children were mentioned in the Noble Qur’an: Musa, Harun and their sister. Surely, these mothers raised their so well to be deserving of such high rank. I wish all mothers would raise their children with the same sincerity and with the intention of serving and supporting Islam.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some criticized me for not giving Lady Asia her due right by properly elaborating her role and for other shortcomings. I agree and I apologize for it. At the end of the day we are humans and our outcomes are never perfect. I take this opportunity to stress that criticism should be constructive and objective and not based on lies or intended for defamation.[/font]

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[font="/"]The next question is: Why was there no mention of Musa’s father in the Qur’an? My speculation is that he probably died when Musa was very young or still in utero and Allah knows best.[/font]

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[font="/"]Another question is about the reason why Musa’s mother did not throw Harun in the river as she did to Musa (AS). We all know that Harun was older than Musa and was probably born before Pharoah decided to kill all the newly born male Israelites[/font]

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[font="/"]With respect to the campaign of ‘We will live by the Qur’an’, praises be to Allah for we scored more than four million full readings of the Qur’an at the time of airing of the episode. May Allah reward us for uniting together to achieve this goal.[/font]

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[font="/"]A professor in King Abdul-Aziz University made a very valuable comment that I would like to share. He said, “Have you ever heard of followers of a certain religion gathering in millions for one whole month to listen attentively and with such love and curiosity to the biography of a prophet of another religion?!! Only Muslims can do that.” They believe in all prophets and their messages. Muslims are not narrow-minded as many falsely accuse; on the contrary, they value coexistence and are always expanding their horizons.[/font]

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[font="/"]Regarding the filming of the episodes, most of the filming was in Jordan and by certain beautiful spots by the Nile. Thanks are due to the Jordanians who gave us this opportunity to shoot in such lovely locations. Other episodes were shot indoors and not in temples by applying virtual studio technology. Credit goes to the engineers and to Mr. Hisham Soliman and the director Muhammad Bayazid.[/font]

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[font="/"]Finally, I would like to remind you of the value of these blessed last ten days of Ramadan. So devote yourself to praying, supplication and forgiving other people so that Allah may forgive you and manumit you from hellfire.[/font]

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[font="/"]Episode 23[/font]

[font="/"]In the Name of Allah[/font][1][font="/"], the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad [/font][font="/"](SAWS[/font][2][font="/"]).[/font]

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[font="/"]Tens of thousands of comments, suggestions and questions are posted daily on our forum at www.amrkhaled.net and on our group on the concerning the story of Musa (AS). This unprecedented number surpassed what we received at the time the episodes of “On the path of the beloved” were aired. Hence we decided to break the monotony of the program by sharing together these comments and answering the questions that concerned you most. Let us proceed to answer the fifteen most frequently asked questions.[/font]

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[font="/"]The first question was about the name of Musa’s (AS) sister. Was it Maryam? And if it was so, is she the same Maryam (Mary) (AS) the daughter of Imran and the mother of Isa (AS) (Jesus)?[/font]

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[font="/"]Of course they are not the same person! Both were named Maryam Ibnat (daughter of) Imran which is only a similarity in the names. However, the time interval between both is 1200 years. This might have been a mere coincidence. Yet it might have also been that Isa’s mother has been named (AS) after Musa’s (AS) sister because the latter was a heroine and an idol to the Israelites.[/font]

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[font="/"]The second query was raised by some of the bright youths who objected to my statement concerning Pharoah as being Ramses the Second and his wife, Lady Asia. They adopted Musa as their son because they were deprived of having children of their own. However, these youth, being well-read in history, claimed that the former statement contradicts a historical fact that Ramses the Second had tens of children. It is true that Pharoah had many wives and children, yet Asia, his first wife, did not give birth to children. Perhaps Allah’s Wisdom was that they would be keen to adopt Musa and that Asia would raise him and embrace him with all her love, being her only child. Allah’s Will was also that Pharoah afterwards had many children from his wives such that he would be distracted away from Musa who had the chance to visit his biological mother frequently. [/font]

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[font="/"]Glorified be Allah Who gives and withholds and Who said what can be translated as, He bestows upon whomever He decides females, and He bestows upon whomever he decides the males, … and He makes whomever He decides sterile ...” (TMQ [/font][3][font="/"], 42:49,50) For those wives who are deprived of the blessing of having children, rest assured that there is a great wisdom behind this deprivation. Accept Allah’s will and the wisdom behind it.[/font]

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[font="/"]The third point was an interesting suggestion with regards to the four phases of Musa’s life. It entails classifying the Qur’anic ayahs (verses) which tackle the story of Musa (AS) according to these four phases. As we said, the first two were preparatory, one in Egypt until the age of 30 and the other in Madian from the age of 30 until the age of 40. The third phase was the confrontation with Pharoah until the age of 55 years. The last phase (from the age of 55 to 70) followed the drowning of Pharoah and during which Musa (AS) tried to reform the creed of the sons of Israel. A generous Lebanese friend, Mr. Wassim Migharbil took it upon himself to classify and arrange the ayahs of the Qur’an according to the four phases of Musa’s biography which makes an interesting timeline of Musa’s life and clarifies matters. You can find them sorted chronologically on the aforementioned website.[/font]

[font="/"] [/font]

[font="/"]Many of the visitors of the forum enquired about the sources of the material for preparing the episodes. Indeed, they exceed seventy references. The references which I relied upon most were books of exegesis of the Qur’an especially that of the great Tunisian scholar, Ibn-Ashour entitled ‘At-Tahrir wa at-Tanwir’ and that of Sheikh ash-Sha’rawy. Dr Ratib an-Nabulsy contributed generously with all his writings on the topic. The preparation team also resorted to books on ancient Egyptology by the renowned Egyptologist Dr Selim Hassan, and the wonderful book on Ramses by Dr Muhammad Abdur-Raziq al-Guwaily in which he proves with historical evidence and analysis that Ramses is the Pharoah of Musa (AS). [/font]

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[font="/"]It is worth mentioning that the reflections of the story of Musa (AS) on our present time and the correlation of its events with our current affairs as well as the values which we deduce from it are our own endeavor. This is the real significance of this series. We are inspired by the ayah which can be translated as, “Indeed in their narratives is already a lesson to (the ones) endowed with intellects. …” (TMQ, 12:111). The story of Musa is not just a historical story, but it is full of lessons and is a good application of the morals of the Qur’an.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some of the audience wondered why did Pharoah not kill or imprison Musa as soon as he returned from Madian immediately since he wanted him killed ten years before. This can be explained mainly on the basis that Musa took the initiative and went to Pharoah to convey to him the divine message. Our Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) also always took the lead and this was one of the reasons of his success; he would not just wait and react. Is our Ummah (Muslim nation) nowadays proactive or is just reacting to stabs and dissensions? [/font]

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[font="/"]The non-killing of Musa (AS) can also be attributed to the arrogance of Pharoah who was inclined to challenge Musa. He wrongly believed that he would easily conquer Musa ideologically and militarily. Killing Musa after he engaged him in conversations that strengthened Musa’s status and message to the people would weaken Pharoah’s status. By the time he decided to kill Musa it was too late. Eventually, Allah’s miracle caused Pharoah to drown.[/font]

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[font="/"]Allah rescued Musa five times. The first time was through love when Pharoah’s wife decided to take him as a son. Another time was through an Egyptian man who warned him to flee from Pharoah. The role of the magicians cannot be ignored and also that of the relative of Pharoah who warned Pharoah from Allah’s Wrath if he killed Musa. The last time was when He caused the sea to split into two. Indeed, Egyptians played a great role in Musa’s biography. They backed him up several times with their chivalry and courage.[/font]

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[font="/"]Concerning the question of the feasibility to find the audio-video of these episodes, all the episodes can be freely downloaded from the website. They can also be watched on Amr Khaled Channel on YouTube and they will also soon be available subtitled on DVDs and published in a book.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some are concerned about the way we should feel towards the Israelites; should we sympathize with them for their killing and maltreatment on the hands of Pharoah? We, as Muslims, have a constant stance towards the oppressed whomever they are. Even if those who were oppressed 3000 years ago were Israelites. Strange enough, the Israelites who were once oppressed are now practicing similarly severe oppression in merciless massacres on the Palestinians. This constant stance is an Islamic principle regardless of the race or religion involved. It is a token of the mercy and justice of Islam. The Qur’an says what can be translated as, “… and let not antagonism of a people provoke you to not do justice. Do justice; that (Literally: it) is nearer to piety. …” (TMQ, 5:8).[/font]

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[font="/"]There is some obscurity as to whether Musa (AS) was in contact with his family during the time he spent in Madian. This is an attempt to answer one of the good questions posed on the forum. However, there is indication in the Qur’an that Musa perhaps has been in touch with them. It is when Musa (AS) asked Allah what can be translated as, “And my brother (is) Haružn; (Aaron) he is more eloquent than I (am) in speech; so send him with me as an auxiliary to sincerely confirm me.” (TMQ, 28:34) It implies that Musa (AS) knew everything about his brother and was in touch with his family whom he had not seen for ten years. The beauty of the Qur’an resides in that it does not give you all the details. It leaves room for your deductive analysis and stimulates you to think, contemplate and read between the lines.[/font]

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[font="/"]Regarding the question on the role women played in Musa’s life.. There were four women who supported him and rescued him throughout his life. These were his mother, his sister, Lady Asia and his wife who supported him emotionally.. Islam is innocent of all the false accusations of women oppression in the Arab World, and the Qur’an is the best witness on the elevated rank of women and their great significance in the lives of all prophets. Women led successful and eventful lives along with upholding a high degree of faith. We are not calling for over-liberation and independence without bounds, but that women follow the examples of such women as Lady Khadijah [/font][font="/"](RA[/font][4][font="/"])[/font][font="/"] and Lady Asia and many more.[/font]

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[font="/"]An important observation worth making is that the three prophets Musa, Isa and Muhammad (AS) were all raised by their mothers only. Also notice that Musa’s mother was the only lady whose three children were mentioned in the Noble Qur’an: Musa, Harun and their sister. Surely, these mothers raised their so well to be deserving of such high rank. I wish all mothers would raise their children with the same sincerity and with the intention of serving and supporting Islam.[/font]

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[font="/"]Some criticized me for not giving Lady Asia her due right by properly elaborating her role and for other shortcomings. I agree and I apologize for it. At the end of the day we are humans and our outcomes are never perfect. I take this opportunity to stress that criticism should be constructive and objective and not based on lies or intended for defamation.[/font]

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[font="/"]The next question is: Why was there no mention of Musa’s father in the Qur’an? My speculation is that he probably died when Musa was very young or still in utero and Allah knows best.[/font]

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[font="/"]Another question is about the reason why Musa’s mother did not throw Harun in the river as she did to Musa (AS). We all know that Harun was older than Musa and was probably born before Pharoah decided to kill all the newly born male Israelites[/font]

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[font="/"]With respect to the campaign of ‘We will live by the Qur’an’, praises be to Allah for we scored more than four million full readings of the Qur’an at the time of airing of the episode. May Allah reward us for uniting together to achieve this goal.[/font]

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[font="/"]A professor in King Abdul-Aziz University made a very valuable comment that I would like to share. He said, “Have you ever heard of followers of a certain religion gathering in millions for one whole month to listen attentively and with such love and curiosity to the biography of a prophet of another religion?!! Only Muslims can do that.” They believe in all prophets and their messages. Muslims are not narrow-minded as many falsely accuse; on the contrary, they value coexistence and are always expanding their horizons.[/font]

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[font="/"]Regarding the filming of the episodes, most of the filming was in Jordan and by certain beautiful spots by the Nile. Thanks are due to the Jordanians who gave us this opportunity to shoot in such lovely locations. Other episodes were shot indoors and not in temples by applying virtual studio technology. Credit goes to the engineers and to Mr. Hisham Soliman and the director Muhammad Bayazid.[/font]

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[font="/"]Finally, I would like to remind you of the value of these blessed last ten days of Ramadan. So devote yourself to praying, supplication and forgiving other people so that Allah may forgive you and manumit you from hellfire.[/font]



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Episode 24

[font="/"]The Death of Harun[/font]

[font="/"]In the name of Allah[/font][1][font="/"], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All prayers and peace of Allah (swt) be upon our master, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[/font][2]

[font="/"]The moral of the today’s story revolves around maintaining the ties of kinship. Many of us think that kinship solely pertains to uncles and aunts and, more than often, we tend to forget to maintain good relations with our own siblings. The prophet (SAWS) said that Allah’s mercy does not fall on the person who cuts his kinship ties with any of his family members. This matter is a serious issue and must not be taken lightly. To the people who have cut their kinship ties for years, it is time for you pick up the phone and say you are sorry even if you didn’t do anything wrong, before it is too late.[/font]

[font="/"]The best example of kinship ties in the Qur’an is the amazing brotherhood between Musa ([/font][font="/"]AS[/font][3][font="/"]), and Harun “Aaron” (AS). Today’s episode is about the death of Harun (AS). [/font][font="/"]Together they spent their lives fulfilling the same message, and just as they were together in this world they will also be together in the next -- with Musa (AS) being in the sixth heaven, and Harun (AS) in the fifth. Remember that Musa (AS) gave his brother the best gift any brother could have ever given a brother, which is asking Allah (swt[/font][4][font="/"]) to appoint him as a prophet to accompany him in his arduous task. Harun (AS) stood by his brother against [/font][font="/"]Firaawn (Pharaoh) setting an example of kinship for humanity. The best thing in this world is to take as well as give back and that is exactly how these two brothers dealt with each other. [/font]

[font="/"]Today, we will go to the place of Harun (AS) death in Petra, Jordan. The location of Petra reminds us of tafakkur (pondering upon the creation of Allah) due to its beautiful mountains and scenery. Therefore, we have chosen it as the second moral of today’s story. Tafakkur is one of the greatest forms of worship. [/font]

[font="/"]Remember that the Qur’an illustrates for us two extremes of brotherly relations--the worst being that between Habil and Qabeel, and the best being that between Musa and Harun (AS).[/font]

Allah (swt) describes to us this amazing brotherly relationship in the Qur’an, “And indeed We were already bounteous to Mžûsa (Moses) and Harûžn. (Aron). And We safely delivered them both and their people from the tremendous agony. And We granted them victory, so that they were the ones (who were) overcomers; and We brought them both the Evidential Book; And We guided them both in the straight Path; and We have left for them both among the later (generations), “Peace be upon Mûsa and Harûžn.” Surely thus We recompense the fair-doers. Surely they are both of Our believing bondsmen. (TMQ[5], 37:114-122)

[font="/"]The role of the mother was crucial to help this amazing love between the brothers grow. This relationship was not instantaneous, but developed gradually over five stages:[/font]

[font="/"]1.[/font] [font="/"]First, when Harun (AS) saw his mother breastfeed Musa (AS) he simply considered him his foster brother.[/font]

[font="/"]2.[/font] [font="/"]Later on, Harun (AS) found out the truth about his real blood relationship with Musa (AS).[/font]

[font="/"]3.[/font] [font="/"]The brothers who became best friends shared everything with each other[/font]

[font="/"]4.[/font] [font="/"]The brothers who loved each other for Allah’s (swt) sake, which is a higher level of brotherhood, worshipped Allah (swt) together.[/font]

[font="/"]5.[/font] [font="/"]They became partners sharing the same goal and message in life[/font]

[font="/"]Which stage are you in with your brother or sister? It is about time that you work on gradually improving your kinship ties and relationships with your brothers and sisters. [/font]

[font="/"]Allah (swt) says what can be translated as,Said He, ’We will soon uphold your arm (Literally: your upper arm; i.e., strengthen you) by (means) of your brother.’” (TMQ, 28:35)[/font]

Harun’s (AS) role was to support Musa (AS) in his mission and he agreed to take on that role. Many of us don’t like to be the second man in line, but Harun (AS) accepted that responsibility with no hard feelings or jealousy. Instead he was fully committed to the valuable message they both shared, and that is why he gained the status of being in the fifth heaven next to his brother Musa (AS) who is in the sixth. Bani Israel tried on several occasions to create tensions between Musa (AS) and Harun (AS), but they never succeeded because none harbored negative feelings towards the other, and each knew the weight his responsibility.

You should recall the great memories you share with your brothers and sisters--Musa (AS) and Harun (AS) shared very special memories and it strengthened their tie. They stood against Firaawn together, gained victory and celebrated their successes. They cried and worshiped Allah (swt) together. They even called people to worship Allah (swt) together. They both complemented each other perfectly to serve their mission without being greedy and looking for worldly personal gains. They are so unlike the brothers of today who have so many egotistical and egocentric issues between them.

Let us cover the last scene between them, “O my people, enter the Holy Land (Literally: the hallowed land) which Allah has prescribed for you and do not turn back in your traces, (Literally: on your hind parts) (and) so you turn over as losers… They said, ‘O Mžûsa (Moses), surely we will never enter it at all so long as they are in it. So go forth, you and your Lord, and then you (two) fight (them). Surely we will be sitting here now!’ He said, ‘Lord! Surely I possess (no authority) on anyone except myself and my brother. So distinguish between us (Literally: part between us and “between”) and the immoral people.’” (TMQ, 5:21-25)

When Harun (AS) died Musa (AS) buried him with the full knowledge that the time of his death was also coming soon, simply because they both had the same mission and it was coming to an end. Harun (AS) was buried in a very unique place surrounded by five big mountains symbolic of his great personality and that of his best companion in life—his brother Musa (AS) -- and their close relationship with each other.



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Episode 25

[font="/"]In the name of Allah[/font][1][font="/"], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All prayers and peace of Allah be upon our master, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[/font][2]

[font="/"]Today is a review of the first half of Musa’s ([/font][font="/"]AS[/font][3][font="/"]) life story. We will go over all the basic themes of each story we covered in the first half of Musa’s (AS) life and the different chapters which we covered that mention Musa’s (AS) story like Al-Baqara, Al-A'raf, Ta-Ha, Ash-Shu'ara and Al-Qasas, to remind you of the various stages of his life along with a video review of the different places where we shot the episodes. Tomorrow will also be a similar review of the second half of Musa’s (AS) story, and the day after will be the death of Musa (AS). [/font]

[font="/"]Episode 4 (Entrusting (committing) one's soul to Allah (swt)): This was the story of Musa’s (AS) mother’s amazing tawakkul (reliance) and the birth of Musa (AS). Remember the formula:[/font]

[font="/"]Tawakkul[/font][font="/"] + Doing everything you can = Success + Protection from Allah (swt[/font][4][font="/"])[/font]

[font="/"]“And We revealed to Mžûsa’s mother, (saying), “Suckle him; so, when you fear for him, then cast him in the main; and do not fear, nor grieve. Surely We will turn him back to you, and will make him one of the Emissaries.” [/font][font="/"](TMQ[/font][5][font="/"], 28:7) [/font][font="/"]Weren’t these two promises fulfilled for Musa’s (AS) mother by Allah (swt)?[/font]

Episode 7 (Helping the oppressed and weak): Remember Musa’s (AS) first trip to Madian, when he helped the two girls get water from the well, even though he just finished a tiring eight days of barefoot walking? The one who stands up for the rights of the weak and oppressed gets Allah’s (swt) support and attains a very high rank.

Episode 8 (Be flexible and adapt to different conditions throughout your life): Remember the story when Musa (AS) went from being the Amir (ruler) of Egypt to a shepherd, herding cattle in Madian in the middle of the desert for 10 years without having ego problems linked to his past?



Episode 9 (Do something so Allah (swt) chooses you to work for Him): Remember Musa (AS) on the Mount of Tur, after living in Madian for 10 years he was heading back to Egypt when Allah (swt) chose him to become His Prophet and assigned him his mission, which was to help the weak sons of Israel and to free them from the oppression of Firaawn. The best job you can do for Allah (swt) is to invite people to Islam. Also remember the hidden meaning behind the two miracles, the stick and the white hand? The snake was a symbol for the trademark of Firaawn and the white hand was a challenge to the scientists who chemically preserved the bodies of the mummies.

Episode 10 (Balance between bravery and wisdom): Remember the first confrontation between Musa (AS) and Firaawn, the first encounter between Truth and Falsehood?

“Go, (both of you), to Firaawn; (Pharaoh) surely he has tyrannized. So speak (you both) leniently (Literally: say a lenient) to him, that possibly he would remind himself or would be apprehensive.” (TMQ, 20: 44) The lesson here was to be brave but to also act wisely and balance between the two. Musa (AS) was brave in facing Firaawn but he was also commanded by Allah (swt) to speak leniently to the tyrant Firaawn.

Episode 11 (Always stand by the Truth and never compromise for personal gain): Remember the encounter with the magicians in front of the big crowd?

Episode 14 (Feel the Power, Omnipotence and Magnificence of Allah (swt)): The last review for today will be the story of the splitting of the sea and the end of Firaawn’s life, which was also the fulfillment of Musa’s (AS) first mission of freeing the sons of Israel from the oppression of Firaawn.

Today we covered seven lessons that we learned from the story of Musa (AS) in the Qur’an which should help us become alive with the Qur’an by reading it with understanding and pondering upon its beautiful message for humanity, for this is the ultimate objective of our program this Ramadan.



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[font="/"]Episode 26[/font][font="/"][/font]

[font="/"]In the name of Allah[/font][font="/"], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon our Master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) [/font][font="/"].[/font][font="/"][/font]

[font="/"]Let me remind you of our campaign for this Ramadan, "We Will Live by the Qur'an," and tell you that it is a success. Millions of Khatmahs (complete recitation of the Ever-Glorious Qur'an) have been completed and logged in. We hope to be called by Allah (swt) on the Day of Judgment and be shaded by his shade, when there is no other shade but His, for being united in love for the recitation of the Ever-Glorious Qur'an for His (swt) sake. [/font]

[font="/"]Today's episode is a continuation of yesterday's episode which tackled the second half of Musa's [/font][font="/"](AS[/font][font="/"])[/font][font="/"] life. It addresses seven values. Thirteen years after he crossed the sea, Musa (AS[/font][font="/"]) returned to the same place, Mount Tor, to meet Allah's (swt[/font]). He spoke to Allah and received the Torah and the Ten Commandments. This scene shows Allah's mercy, forgiveness and pardon, and reveals the first value, "love of Allah."

[font="/"]Musa asked Allah (swt) about the man with the lowest rank in jannah (paradise). Allah 's (swt) answer was that he is the last man to creep out of hellfire and enter jannah. He thinks that it is full and that there is no place for him there. Imagine how many sins this man must have committed to be the last man to leave hellfire! Allah (swt) then asks this man if he wishes to have the same property as the greatest of kings. The man thinks that Allah (swt) is mocking him, but Allah (swt) tells him that he would have as much as the greatest king and ten folds more until he is satisfied. Musa [/font][font="/"](AS[/font]) was astonished, "Was that the lowest ranking man in jannah?! What about men with the highest rank?" Allah (swt) said that they are those for whom Allah (swt) secures happiness with His (swt) own hands; no one can imagine what Allah (swt) will grant them.

The story of As-Samiriyy (The Samaritan) and the calf depicts the second value. Man should never humiliate himself for another person, for Satan, for money, for wrong doing or for any other reason whatsoever. Humility darkens, distorts, disfigures and deforms the soul, deep from within. As-Samiriyy took advantage of Musa's (AS) absence and sculpted a calf because he knew the admiration Israelites had for the calf of the Egyptians. He tempted them and they believed his words and acted upon it out of humiliation. Therefore, Musa As-Samiriyy deserves severe punishment—he was expelled, and his "god" was burned and then crushed into powder and thrown into the sea. This story advises you not to humiliate yourself or your children for any reason whatsoever.

[font="/"]Let us continue with the third value. Allah (swt) ordered Musa (AS) to take the Israelites and enter the Holy Land, Al-Quds, but they refused. Do you recall Mount Nibo? It is the nearest point overlooking the Aqsa mosque, and it is 25 km from the Aqsa mosque. The value of this episode was about your love for the Aqsa mosque. The importance of al-israa and al-[/font][font="/"]mi'ra[/font] is to raise the flag for the Aqsa. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) met all the prophets with Jibril (AS) and led them in prayer in the yard of the Aqsa mosque. Hence, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and his nation are forever responsible for the Aqsa.

The fourth value is very important. You should know how patient Allah (swt) is with His Servants. We should also learn how Allah (swt) deals sometimes mercifully and sometimes strictly to educate us. The scene of Musa's (AS) springs—the springs which flowed when he hit a stone with his cane-- embodies Allah's (swt) mercy, greatness and patience. These springs are symbolic in that they remind us to trust Allah (swt) and not worry about sustenance. We will still talk about the second half of Musa's (AS) life, the springs and Mount Nibo. The aim is to recite Surat Al-Baqarah differently and feel the beautiful values and meanings it embodies.

Let us move to the fifth value related to the story of the cow which is narrated in the biggest Surah in Qur'an, and after which the Surah is named. The story embodies many values and depicts the mistakes committed by the Israelites. That is why I asked you to log onto the amrkhaled.net web site and suggest as many values this incident portrays. We can here highlight these mistakes and tell you some of them, mistakes such as: debating with Allah (swt) and his messengers, being impolite to messengers and temporizing Allah's (swt) orders are the most common characteristics of the Israelites.

Value of knowledge is the main lesson of the following scene. Let's go to the sea and recall the story of Musa and the pious man al-Khidr. The story is related in the Qur'an in Surat al-Kahf; It is a reminder for us (to whom the first word revealed by the Qur'an was "Iqraa" (read)) to love knowledge. Additionally, there are many Ahadith reported by al-Bukhary and Muslim signifying the value of knowledge. Education is vital for the renaissance of this nation.

[font="/"]The last scene is the death of Harun (AS) (Aaron) and the seventh value of kinship ties, accompanied with the value of meditating and contemplating upon Allah's (swt)creations in the five mountains of Basra where Harun is buried. [/font]

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[font="/"]Harun (AS) was Musa's (AS) soul mate, a man of excellent personality. He (AS) had a message, and he (AS) supported his brother (AS) with a pure soul.[/font]

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[font="/"]Memories of the Two Brothers[/font]

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[font="/"]The sweetest moment in the life of Musa (AS) and Harun (AS) probably was when Musa (AS) returned from Madyan and gave Harun (AS) glad tidings of prophethood.[/font]

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[font="/"]The hardest time was when they confronted Firaawn (Pharaoh) together.[/font]

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[font="/"]The most difficult situation was standing together before the sorcerers.[/font]

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[font="/"]The big moment was passing over the sea together[/font]



[font="/"]The strongest memory was living for ten years in the desert together[/font]



[font="/"]They had a unique story of brotherhood, with the faithful Harun (AS) as a hero in the background. Their relation was based on intergration rather than selfishness.[/font]



[font="/"]The last memory of Musa (AS) and Harun (AS) together was the last moments in Haron's (AS) life when they were commanded to enter the Holy Land. The Israelites refused, and there was no one willing to obey except Musa (AS) and Harun (AS). Sharing the same message, the death of Harun (AS) indicated that Musa's (AS) term draw near.[/size][/font]



[font="/"]Musa (AS) underwent a very hard experience of burying his own brother. It is said that he is buried between two huge mountains of the five mountains of Basra that are united together. This unique scene of the two mountains reflects the special relationship between the two great brothers. This place – known as "Firaawn's keepers" - is a shrine for people of all religions.[/font]

[font="/"]This was an overview of the second half of Musa's (AS) life.[/font]