When the Sea Parted…,Thousands of Years Ago


A big day for the Children of Israel..?

A miracle to witness..?

A victory from Allah – the Great..?

What..? When..?

How does it concern us — the followers of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] ??

Let us take a Dive in the Ocean of our awesome Islamic History and find out for ourselves!!

Allah (subhanahu wa taála) says in His Glorious Book:

And We inspired to Moses, “Travel by night with My servants; indeed, you will be pursued.”

Then Pharaoh sent among the cities gatherers [Recruiters of an army to prevent the Children of Israel]

[And said], “Indeed, those are but a small band,

And indeed, they are enraging us,

And indeed, we are a cautious society… ”

So We removed them from gardens and springs

And treasures and honorable station –
[Allah caused them to abandon their wealth and property in pursuit of the Children of Israel]

Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.

So they pursued them at sunrise.

And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, “Indeed, we are to be overtaken!”

[Moses] said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”

Then We inspired to Moses, “Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain.

And We advanced thereto the pursuers.

And We saved Moses and those with him, all together.

Then We drowned the others.

Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful. ”

{Surah As Shu’araa 52-68}

 

“And indeed Allah is over all things Competent.”

SubhanAllahi Wa bihamdihi! That was the day when Allah Taála saved Moosa [alayhissalam] and the children of Israeel from Fir’awn and his followers.  Moosa [Alayhissalam] fasted on that day each year to thank Allah…and so did the Jews, at the time of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam].

How Does it Conern us?

The Aáshoora: 

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“The Prophet [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’ 

They said, ‘This is a righteous day,It is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’ 
He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” 

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1865).

In a report narrated by Muslim, [the Jews said:]

“This is a great day, on which Allaah saved Moosa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people. Moosa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: “… in thanksgiving to Allaah, so we fast on this day.”

According to a report narrated by al-Bukhaari: “… so we fast on this day to respect it.”

The Prophet (sallallahu alyhi wasallam) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (Reported by Muslim).

This is from the bounty of Allaah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

So come dear sisters and brothers let us follow this sunnah of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alyhi wasallam), and remember how Allah granted victory to Prophet Moosa [alayhissalam] and his followers.
Let us fast the Aáshoora i.e., the tenth of Muharram and couple it by fasting on the ninth or the eleventh….to be different from the Jews, Insha Allah, like Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] commanded and by doing that, let us gain the love, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure of Allah – the Lord of all that exists, the Lord who grants peace and victory. :)

May Allah accept our righteous deeds and reward us abundantly! Aameen!

~Mariam

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