Prophet Musa(a.s) in the quran

The Life and Struggle of

the Prophet Musa (as) in the Qur'an


June, 2002


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The history of mankind could be considered as a history of prophets.

God has communicated His Divine Revelation to people by means of His

messengers throughout history. These messengers told people about their

Lord and communicated to them the words of their Creator.

The struggle a number of prophets faced in spreading the message is

depicted in detail in the Qur'an. The hardships they faced, the solutions

they brought and the exemplary behaviour are all clearly outlined. God

communicates what His messengers endured as an example for people, for

their struggle and good character are also applicable for the people of


In the Qur'an, the stories and experiences of various prophets,

besides the Prophet Muhammad (saas), such as the Prophet 'Isa (Jesus),

Sulayman (Solomon), Yusuf (Joseph), Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham),

and many others (peace be upon them all), are conveyed as examples. For

instance, there are numerous lessons for us in the righteous conduct of the

Prophet Yusuf, as well as sagacious insight about human and social

psychology in Yusuf's relation with his brothers, his being thrown into a

well by them, his being sold into slavery, his being thrown into prison

while a slave in the King's palace because of wrongful accusations, and his

being placed in authority over the state treasury.

There is indeed an important example for us in the Prophet Ibrahim,

who is mentioned by God in the Qur'an as "…a great example for you…,"

for his conscientiousness and clemency, and for putting his trust in God

and his turning towards God when he was being cast into the fire.


The prophet that is most frequently employed as an example in the

Qur'an is the Prophet Musa (Moses) (as). Musa's name is referred to in 34

different suras (chapters). We can find extensive information about the life

of Musa in three of the largest suras (al-A'raf, Ta Ha, and al-Qasas). All

these suras and verses offer detailed accounts of his difficulties with

Pharaoh, beginning in his childhood, the evil conduct of his people and

his struggle in communicating the message to them. His unyielding

courage under the most stringent circumstances is presented with the

intention of being an example to people.

In this book we will examine the life of Musa as it is depicted in the

Qur'an. We will explore the events he has lived through as it is described.

Essentially, the events in the Prophet Musa's life should not be regarded

merely as events of the ancient past, but rather as events and examples to

shed light to our own lives today.


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