One of the most glorious conversations to have ever transpired in human history was the one between God and Prophet Musa. A lengthy account involving Moses PBUH (Musa) Firaun and the Bani Israel has featured in several chapters of the Noble Quran. This extraordinary event, nonetheless, sticks out as the most poignant occurrence in the honorable Prophet’s life that ushers in his prophetic mission. This shall be a humble endeavor to derive impactful lessons from the blessed dialogue depicted in Surah Taha.
As described in the Surah, while traveling in a desert with his family, Musa suddenly noticed a fire in the distance. He asked his family to wait as he went ahead to investigate. Reassuring them that he would either bring back some light from the fire or guidance from the people who had lit it.
As Musa reached the fire, Allah communicated with him verbally, informing him of His presence. He told Musa to remove his shoes and told him that he was in the valley of Tuwa. He told Musa that He had chosen him, therefore he should pay attention to Allah’s speech.
Allah proceeded to tell Moses that there is no deity except Allah, and that he should be worshipped and the performance of prayer should be maintained for the remembrance of God. Allah also informed him that the Last Day, where everyone will be rewarded based on his or her deed, is approaching, and its time is known by none but Allah. He warned Moses not to be distracted and led astray by those who disbelieved in the Last Day and followed their desires.
Invaluable Lesson #1: Notice God’s signs in your own life
Just as God had wanted Moses to take notice of the fire, He sends you and me signs too. It is entirely up to us whether to take heed of them or not. When things don’t go our way, it is a sign. If we’re touched by a Quranic verse, it is a sign. When we meet someone who harms or benefits us, it is a sign.
There is an indication of God hidden in everything we experience in life. To know how to make the most of God’s signs, we must refer to His guidance. If a sign is in harmony with the Quran and Sunnah, it should be considered a blessing and God’s approval. If not, then it should be treated as a warning and abandoned.
Invaluable Lesson #2: There is light and guidance in God’s speech
The irony of Musa’s intention of wanting to bring back some light or direction for his family is quite glaring. While he expected to find natural light and mortal guidance, he was instead gifted with Divine light and guidance via God’s words. This is how every believer should treat the Noble Quran, which is the speech of Allah.
If a single conversation between God and His appointed Prophet could carry the weight of the mission entrusted to him. Muslims must also realize that the Quran has the potential to take them from darkness into light. Hence, from ignorance into enlightenment.
Invaluable Lesson #3: Know that God chooses whom He wills, as Musa was chosen
Musa was informed by God that he was selected to be a Prophet and was thus kept alive. Even though Firaun had ordered the killing of all newborn males. God instructed his mother to place him in a wooden casket and release him into a river to float up to Firaun’s palace.
By the same token, God has chosen you to read this article. Whether you’re inspired by it or want to disregard it is up to you. God chooses, but He does not compel those who are unwilling. He expedites those who seek goodness or evil towards their longings.
God chose us to be Muslims. And yet, we may simply wear the label all our lives without any actions to show for it. Or we may seek knowledge of what is required of every believer and submit to God’s guidance.
Invaluable Lesson #4: Prayer (Salah) is for God-consciousness
God Almighty tells Moses to worship Him through prayer for the sake of remembrance. An honest assessment of our own lives will bear testimony to this. Those who pray in reality remind themselves of their servitude to God five times a day, and they remain mindful of God and His guidance. Whereas God and His laws are the last things on the mind of those who neglect or abandon prayer altogether.
Invaluable Lesson #5: Musa learns that even the best of men can be led astray
A stern warning is delivered to the Prophet of God. He is reminded that if he were to listen to the deniers of the Last Day, he would inevitably lead himself into ruin too. If a noble Prophet of God can be reminded by his Creator, then who are we to feel belittled when our well-wishers correct us? A believer should instead welcome and embrace such reminders. Faith increases and decreases, and even the noblest of souls can be led astray.
Invaluable Lesson #6: Believers keep in touch with God
God grants Moses the chance to speak to him, and he seizes it. God knows our innermost thoughts anyway, so why not talk to Him? A believer’s soul is in contact with its Creator, even without words. The heart, mind, and soul should be attached to God. He loves it when a believer pleads with Him to fulfill his needs. This proves that the slave has kept his Master close to his heart.
Invaluable Lesson #7: Everything can be used or abused, as seen by Musa
When Moses threw his staff on the ground, it turned into a snake only by God’s leave. Usually, he would use the staff to lean on. God wanted him to have an impact on his people and granted him this miracle. This confirms that things can be used or abused.
A cook uses a knife to cut vegetables and meat, while a serial killer abuses it to kill. A believer uses the internet to preach beautiful Islam to the world while perverts abuse it to watch porn. So it is with everything in life. Man can either use or abuse his God-given free-will and intellect. By believing in God, he would have used his faculties well. Their abuse is only evident when the result is disbelief.