The story of Musa (alayhissalam) and Khidr holds so many profound lessons. Even Musa (alahissalam), a prophet of Allah, the one who spoke to Allah, struggled to stop himself questioning the actions of someone who was more knowledgeable than him. Just like us, he was human.
Yet, how many of us do this with Allah? The one who has the greatest knowledge of everything, both seen and unseen. The one who knows what thoughts we are harboring in our minds right now. Just like Musa (alayhissalam) lost patience with Khidr, we sometimes lose patience with Allah and begin to question His plan and decree, forgetting that He knows exactly what He is doing, as He is Al-‘Aleem, the Knower everything, the Knower of every creature, even of the little ant that scurries under a rock in the darkness of the night.
Instead of questioning the plan of Allah, have patience and watch his decree for you unfold, for He knows what is best for you.
And to Allah belongs the greatest of examples.
-Shaikh Sajid Umar
Musa’s (alayhissalam) story in Surah Al Kahf (ayahs 60-82) teaches us that the outer appearance of things usually fools us whereas only Allah knows what situation is best for any individual. A problem is not always a problem. Our knowledge about things is limited while Allah is All Wise and All Knowing. Only He knows better how that specific problem is going to be beneficial for a person. Similarly, we might complain about a certain system or worldly problem but then it’s always according to Allah’s Plan and His wisdom. He created this world and the creatures in it…how can we doubt about His decisions for us? Let’s never fail to remember that our Lord is the Most Merciful and He will never ever be unjust in His Decisions for us, whether it is in this world or in the Hereafter. Allah says:
وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا
And your Lord does injustice to no one. [Al Kahf 18:49]
Soon when the veils of the unseen will be lifted then we will know and be sure that what happened was right for us…and we couldn’t have chosen a better destiny for ourselves. Sometimes it so happens that we fail to get the things we really want but many years down the road we realise that what happened was best for us…not getting that specific blessing then was the best for us! So our duty is to strive and do our best and if things don’t go the way we want them to go then we have to accept the Decisions of Allah for us and not be angry or depressed as He is the Only One who creates us, provides for us, gives and takes from us!
-My reflections after studying Surah Al Kahf
As human beings we must be prepared to face tests every day in different ways.
Sometimes we are tested with being strangers for practicing our faith like the people of the cave.
Sometimes we are tested with wealth and success like the man with the two gardens
Sometimes we are tested with calamities that we don’t understand like the people in the story of Musa and Al-Khidr
And sometimes we are tested with power and authority like Dhul Qarnayn.
Whatever the test is, focus on the goal: the pleasure of Allah and eternal Paradise and work towards it!
-Lessons from Surah AlKahf
Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar
In a hadīth from sahīh Muslim…
Sa’d ibn abi Waqqās was with the messenger of Allah and six other companions when Mushrikeen of Quraish came and asked to hear Qur’ān recited from the mouth of our Nabī (S). After making their request, the mushrikeen noticed that around our Nabī was a throng of companions—all from the poor an weak of society. So in pride and arrogance, the mushrikeen complained to our Nabī:
“أطرد عنك هؤلاء، لا يجترئون علينا”
They said, “Push these men away from here. They are below us (in wealth and prestige).” And from seven heavens above, Allah revealed this ayah to our Nabī, reminding him:
A reminder to our beloved Prophet, that sometimes, the best of company are those lowest in society, who are humbled by their poverty and hardships.
Just beautiful. :)