The Story of Musa(a.s) and the mystery of destiny
THE MYSTERY OF DESTINY
On Mount Sinai, God gave Musa the good tidings that He would grant
him his brother Harun as a companion. Then, God reminded Musa the
blessings He previously granted to him:
We were gracious to you another time when We revealed to your
mother: "Place him into the chest and throw it into the sea and the sea
will wash it up on the shore, where an enemy of Mine and his will
pick it up." I showered you with love from Me so that you would be
brought up under My supervision. When your sister went and said,
"Shall I direct you to someone who will take care of him?" that was
how We returned you to your mother so that she might delight her
eyes and not be grieved. You killed a man and We rescued you from
trouble and tested you with many trials. You stayed some years among
the people of Midian. Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time,
Musa! I have chosen you for Myself. (Qur'an, 20: 37-41)
These verses reveal the mystery of destiny, of which many a people
are unaware or hardly understand. From his babyhood to the time he was
chosen as a messenger, Musa spent every moment of his life in line with
what was predestined for him in the eternal past. Within this destiny is
nothing but the fulfilment of the will of God. For instance, as stated earlier,
thousands of minute details ordained by God in Musa's destiny rendered
possible the arrival of the chest to the family of Pharaoh.
It is also possible to see the extent to which the latter stages of Musa's
life were within the confines of his destiny. Musa became involved in a
fight and fled from the city to Midian, where he encountered two women.
These women could not water their flocks because they avoided
shepherds. Upon this situation, Musa offered help. Musa earned the trust
of these women, and in return for his kindness, started a new life in Midian
upon the proposal of their old father. When the appointed time came,
Musa left Midian with his family. On his way back, he saw a fire where he
was addressed by God and chosen to be God's Messenger.
The chest carrying the baby Musa floating randomly down the Nile,
his being picked up by Pharaoh's family, his being raised in the palace, the
unintentional murder he committed, his flight from Egypt, his encounter
with the two women, the many years spent with the old man, the way he
started a family, the journey back to Egypt, God's address to him, and
countless other details which are not referred to in the Qur'an, all
happened according to Musa's destiny, already ordained before his birth.
Not a single one of these events could have been omitted or have occurred
differently. Because, our lives are similar to a film recorded in a videocassette;
it is impossible to remove even a single scene in one's destiny,
just as how it cannot be done with a scene on a filmstrip. The destiny of
a man, with each and every moment in it, is an intact whole.
Also in the verses quoted above, there is mention of the fact that Musa's
journey to the holy valley of Tuwa was in conformity with his destiny:
…Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time, Musa! (Qur'an, 20: 40)
This matter needs to be given special attention. The destiny referred
here is not peculiar to Musa only. Giving birth to Musa was part of the
destiny of Musa's mother. That she would give birth to Musa at a certain
day, and even at a certain hour, was also part of her destiny. But the
mother of Musa had parents as well. It was the destiny of the mother of
Musa's mother to give birth to her. This line of thought also holds true for
Musa's father and for the rest of his family.
The carpenter who made the chest which carried Musa down the river
also constructed it because he was predestined so in his destiny. His
building of that chest was predestined for him even before he was born.
The parents of this carpenter also led their lives in compliance with a
Let us consider the fight Musa was involved in. This fight took place
on just the moment Musa happened to be there. From a simplistic point of
view, one could say, "if it was to happen at a different time Musa would not
have been there and events could have taken a much different course."
However this would be an incorrect evaluation. The fight took place just at
the moment it was supposed to occur and evolved in the way it had to
evolve. The reason being, this fight was also predestined by God. The same
rule of destiny also holds true for the other parties involved in the fight, the
reasons which led to the fight, as well as the man who advised Musa to flee
from the city, advising him that people were conspiring against him.
Ultimately, the shepherds near the Midian river, as well as the two women
Musa encountered, had all constituted indispensable parts of this destiny.
It is God's prophets who best understood the fact that everything takes
place within the decree predetermined by God. The Prophet Muhammad
(saas), in whom there is an excellent example for all believers, said:
If any adversity comes to you, do not say: "If I had only acted in such-and-such a
way, it would have been such-and-such;" but instead, say: "God has decreed (it) and
what He willed, He has done," for verily, (the word) (if) opens the way for the work
of Satan." (Muslim)
When all these points are considered together, it becomes clear that,
not only Musa, but also everything about his life, formed part of his destiny.
A deeper and more detailed consideration would allow us to understand
that we are all parts of the same destiny. In our own lives, we are also
exposed to events predetermined in the eternal past by the all-mighty God.
We were all bound by a destiny ordained for us. The moment of our death
will also be a part of the same destiny. Destiny is, in reality, a divine
knowledge encompassing the whole of existence. Just as how all the details
of Musa's life, including his becoming a messenger, were predestined for
him, all the details pertaining to the lives of all mankind, as well as your
own lives, are all predestined. Furthermore, that you would read this book
and become knowledgeable about the life of Musa were all predestined for
you long before Musa was born. Destiny is an entirety in itself and covers
everything. Immune to the will of any being other than of God, destiny isonly determined by Him. (For more information please refer to Timelessness
and the Reality of Fate and Eternity Has Already Begun by the same author).