09-08-07

Conveying the message to pharaoh and the proper manner in which it was to be done

CONVEYING THE MESSAGE TO PHARAOH

and THE PROPER MANNER

IN WHICH IT WAS TO BE DONE

God warned Musa and Harun prior to their visit to Pharaoh, and

reminded them to always remember Him, and to never slacken in

remembering him:

"Go, you and your brother, with My Signs and do not slacken in

remembering Me." (Qur'an, 20: 42)

God commanded Musa and Harun to go to Pharaoh, the ruler of

Egypt. God explained to them that Pharaoh was arrogant and contentious,

but nevertheless, He commanded them to adopt a gentle manner in

communicating His message to him:

"Go to Pharaoh; he has overstepped the bounds. But speak to him with

gentle words so that hopefully he will pay heed or show some fear."

(Qur'an, 20: 43-44 )

As stressed in the verses above, using gracious language is a highly

effective approach that should always be adopted while communicating

the religion. In many verses of the Qur'an, the importance of choosing

kind words is stressed as a general rule. In fact, God commands man to

speak gently even when the one he is conversing with is arrogant, making

evident the clear importance of using such a manner in communicating the

message of God.

Upon this command of God, Musa once more candidly expressed the

fear he felt in his heart. He told God about his concern, that is, being killed

by Pharaoh:

They said, "Our Lord, we are afraid that he might persecute us or

overstep the bounds." (Qur'an, 20: 45)

He (Musa) said, "My Lord, I killed one of them and I am afraid they will

kill me." (Qur'an, 28: 33)

Here, God once again reminded Musa that He was with him, seeing

and hearing everything he did. Furthermore, God commanded Musa and

Harun to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let children of Israel go:

Go to him and say, "We are your Lord's Messengers so send the tribe

of Israel away with us and do not punish them. We have brought you

a Sign from your Lord. Peace be upon those who follow the guidance."

(Qur'an, 20: 47)

It is worth noting that it is not only Pharaoh who was being tested

here. It was a trial for Prophet Musa as well. Musa feared the possibility of

being killed by Pharaoh. However, what God demanded from Musa was

more than a mere visit to Pharaoh; Musa would go and ask Pharaoh to let

all the children of Israel leave away with him. Going before the

indisputable ruler of the land, to whom the whole nation submitted like a

deity, was certainly a very hazardous task. Even more dangerous was

telling Pharaoh explicitly that he was on the wrong path, and then to ask

him to give freedom to an enslaved nation, that is, to the children of Israel.

Nevertheless, aware that they were under the total protection of God, Musa

and Harun pursued their task with the assurance and ease their Lord

bestowed upon them. God reminded them of this truth, commanding them

not to fear:

He (God) said, "Have no fear. I will be with you, All-Hearing and All-

Seeing." (Qur'an, 20: 46)

Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair

admonition, and argue with them in the kindest

way. Your Lord knows best who is misguided from

His way. And He knows best who are guided.

(Qur'an, 16:125)

Pharaoh's rule was based on oppression and cruelty, for

which he was proud. The relief above depicts Pharaoh

crushing his

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