ALLAH does not change the state of people, until they change it themselves

11.1.13

Be Careful Of Pharaoh

"Go to Pharaoh and say, 'We are the messengers of the Lord of the worlds, [Commanded to say], "Send with us the Children of Israel."'" [Pharaoh] said, "Did we not raise you among us as a child, and you remained among us for years of your life? And [then] you did your deed which you did, and you were of the ungrateful." Quran (Ash-Shuara [26:16-19])


Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda explains the ayah (in bold), that when a person, who had had a bad past, for example; he/she was sinful, disobedient or non-believer at a certain time period in their past, comes to you with something good, or calls you towards Allah; make dawah, then don't scoff him/her away. Or look down upon them or remind them of what they have been because at that time we'll act exactly like Pharaoh did when Hazrat Musa (Moses) aleyhs salam went to him and called to him to Allah, and then later asked him to free Children of Israel and let them go with him. Pharaoh laughed at Hazrat Musa and reminded him of an act he had committed many years back.

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[Remember when Hazrat Musa was in a market place and a man from his nation was harassing another man of different nation. Hazrat Musa had helped latter by punching the former. He had died in the result and Hazrat Musa had run away from his land and became a fugitive.] (You can read the whole incident in Quran in surah Qasas, chapter number 28.)


Back to Pharaoh. So he made fun of Hazrat Musa and refused to comply by his request so see what happened to him. He had been a total rebel. "But Pharaoh denied and disobeyed." Quran [79:21]

"So Allah seized him in exemplary punishment for the last and the first [transgression]." Quran [79:25]

This attitude is a reminiscent of Pharaoh's behavior. So we as Muslims must avoid behaving this way. Do not make fun of one who calls to Allah. Do not judge. It's not our duty. People change, hearts do change, time turns coal into diamond, blackest nights are illuminated by Sun. Everybody has good in them in one way or other. If we cannot look for the good then we neither should make fun of something of this magnitude.

May Allah make us among obedient and increase us in hidaya. Ameen. 

3 comments:

  1. Greetings,

    Noor, thank you very much for this lovely post.

    Data Ganj Bakhsh says in his “Kashf al-Mahjub” that "Repentance is of three kinds: (1) from what is wrong to what is right, (2) from what is right to what is more right, (3) from selfhood to God."

    Your post so clearly brings to mind that it is not our place to stand in the way of another’s repentance which can occur through their self-effort or perhaps even be a gift from Allah.

    All good wishes,

    robert

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    1. Thank you Robert for this insight. :)

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