02-08-07

MUSA(a.s) Flees from Egypt

MUSA (AS) FLEES FROM EGYPT

The Qur'an relates the following event in Musa's life:

He (Musa) entered the city at a time when its inhabitants were

unaware and found two men fighting there—one from his party and

the other from his enemy. The one from his party asked for his

support against the other from his enemy. So Musa hit him, dealing

him a fatal blow. He said, "This is part of Satan's handiwork. He truly

is an outright and misleading enemy." (Qur'an, 28: 15)

The above mentioned event reveals to us a situation in which Musa

witnessed a fight involving a man from his own party, whereupon, without

considering who was right, he sided with, smiting the other. Though he

did not intend to kill him, the man died from the blow. The Prophet Musa

realized he erred. The moral of this account is that, when a person is in

the wrong, it is unjust to support him simply because he is from one's own

party. Musa referred to his wrongful action, that is, his assumption of the

superiority of the man from his own party, as "the Satan's handiwork."

Indeed, the matter criticized here is one that has brought hatred and

wars to mankind throughout history, and continues to do so till this day.

Man's patriotic obsession towards his own family, tribe, comrades or race,

and his rejection of what is just and right for that sake, have been the major

cause of most of the conflicts and cruelty perpetrated in history.

Alerted by his conscience, Musa promptly grasped that this sentiment

was an evil from the influence of Satan, and, accordingly, sought refuge

from it in God and repented. In the following verses, we read of the

exemplary and conscientious approach adopted by Musa:

He said, "My Lord, I have wronged myself. Forgive me." So He (God)

forgave him. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. He said, "My

Lord, because of Your blessing to me, I will never be a supporter of

evildoers." (Qur'an, 28: 16-17)

 

Musa acknowledged his error; that of protecting a man, contrary to

justice, purely because he was from his own tribe. However, this sort of

prejudicial attitude was common among the people of Egypt. Upon

becoming aware of Musa's unintentional murder, the people of the other

party, moved by racist sentiments, might well have sought revenge by

killing Musa. It was fear of this possibility that disturbed Musa:

Morning found him in the city, fearful and on his guard. Then

suddenly the man who had sought his help the day before, shouted for

help from him again. Musa said to him, "You are clearly a misguided

man." (Qur'an, 28: 18)

Thus, Musa could no longer maintain his place in Pharaoh's society.

Concerned for his safety, Musa spent the night on guard against any

possible harm from Pharaoh and his people. The next day, the event

related in the above verse took place; the man who asked Musa's help the

previous day came to him with a similar demand, this time against another

man. As the verse informs, the man hoped to receive Musa's help yet

another time, based on the fact that he was from his own people.

However, Musa avoided repeating the same error. Aware that his

companion was not in the right, he refused to help him. The companion

of Musa then immediately turned against him and started to criticize him.

Against Musa he referred to the unintentional murder Musa had committed

the previous day:

But when he was about to grab the man who was their common

enemy, he said, "Musa! Do you want to kill me just as you killed a

person yesterday? You only want to be a tyrant in the land; you do not

want to be a reformer." (Qur'an, 28: 19)

In any case, though committed unintentionally, Musa was considered

a person who killed an Egyptian. Meanwhile, Pharaoh and the leading

followers discussed Musa's punishment, even the possibility of executing

him. Someone who overheard the discussion came to warn Musa.

Concerned over the plot against him, Musa fled from Egypt:

A man came running from the furthest part of the city, saying, "Musa,

the Council are conspiring to kill you, so leave! I am someone who

brings you good advice." So he left there fearful and on his guard,

saying, "My Lord, rescue me from the people of the wrongdoers!"

(Qur'an, 28: 20-21)

These facts about the life of Musa give us some insight into Musa's

personality as well. It appears that he was rather an excitable man. When

in a fight, he immediately took sides with a man from his party, then smote

and unintentionally killed the opponent. Finally, fearing his life was in

danger, he fled from Egypt. One can presume that Musa would have

always been excitable throughout the course of these events. Nevertheless,

after God's discourse with him, Musa learned to fear only from God, and

to seek refuge only in Him. This is a very good example of how God

strengthens one's character.

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