Musa (AS), one of the great messengers of Allah, faced numerous challenges particularly with his own people and the Pharaoh. These trials tested his faith, leadership, and devotion to Allah, ultimately bringing him closer to the Almighty. One of the primary challenges Musa encountered was convincing his people to believe in the message of Allah. Despite witnessing his miraculous signs and hearing the divine revelation, some of the Israelites remained skeptical and resistant to accepting his leadership and guidance. Many among the Israelites displayed stubbornness and rebellious attitudes, often questioning Musa’s decisions and rejecting his teachings. Their disobedience led to periods of hardship and Divine punishment. One of the most significant tests came when Musa went to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. During his absence, some of his people crafted a golden calf to worship, straying from the path of monotheism. Musa was deeply grieved and had to intercede on their behalf before Allah’s wrath descended upon them.
Musa (AS) had a mission to free his people from Pharaoh’s tyranny. Pharaoh was a powerful and oppressive ruler who had enslaved the Israelites for years. Musa had to confront him with divine miracles and unwavering courage. When Musa challenged Pharaoh’s authority and demanded the freedom of the Israelites, the Pharaoh’s magicians attempted to discredit Musa’s divine message. Through Allah’s assistance, Musa’s staff turned into a serpent, overpowering the illusions cast by the magicians, thus demonstrating the truth of his message. After witnessing the clear signs of Allah, Pharaoh’s heart only hardened further, leading to relentless pursuit of Musa (AS) and his people. The parting of the Red Sea, by Allah’s will, allowed Musa and the Israelites to escape Pharaoh and his army.
We take these experiences and the journey of our beloved prophet Musa (AS) as a lesson for us. If Allah ﷻ split the sea for Musa (AS), Allah will have a way out for anyone who is struggling. Throughout these challenges, Musa sought guidance from Allah through prayer and supplication. He leaned on Allah’s wisdom and support, recognizing that only through divine guidance could he overcome such trials. Musa’s experiences taught him patience, resilience, and trust in Allah’s timing. He understood that Allah’s plans might not always align with human desires but are always for the best. Musa’s unwavering faith in Allah remained unshaken, despite the difficulties he faced. These challenges served as tests of his devotion, and he emerged with a more profound love for his Creator. Each challenge Musa encountered served as a lesson, shaping his character, and refining his leadership qualities. These experiences allowed him to grow spiritually and become a more compassionate and empathetic leader.
By Sh. Hassan Natour