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Beyond the Hijrah of Prophet Muhammad (IV)


In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful.

Allah Almighty says in the Quran, Ankabut, 29:20-22: “Say: ‘Walk the earth and see how God originated creation; likewise God will produce a subsequent creation because God has power over all things. He chastises whom He wills and He shows mercy to whom He wills, and to Him you are turned. Neither on earth nor in heaven will you be able (by fleeing) to thwart (His plan), and you will have no protector or helper besides God.’ »

Prophet Musa spent 10 years in Madyan with Prophet Shuaib, and the latter married his daughter to him. It was on the way back to Cairo with his family that Moses was called to prophecy at Mount Sinai (Qur’an 28:29-35). The Quran 28:22-28 says: “So when he turned his face towards (the land of) Madyan, he said, ‘I hope my Lord will show me the smooth and straight path.’ And when he came to the watering place of Madyan, he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and beside them he found two women guarding (their flocks). He said, ‘What’s the matter with you?’ They said, “We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take over (their flocks). And our father is a very old man.” So he watered (their flocks) for them; then he turned towards the shadow and said: “O my Lord! Really, I (desperately) need all the good you send me! … Then one of the (damsels) came (back) towards him, walking timidly. She said: “My father invites you to reward you for having watered (our herds) for us”. So when he came to him and told him the story, he said, “Fear not: (well) you have escaped unjust people.” One of the (ladies) said: “O my (dear) father! Hire him on salary. Truly, the best of men to employ is (the man) who is strong and faithful”. He said, “I intended to marry you off to one of my daughters, on the condition that you serve me for eight years. But if you complete 10 years, it will be (thanks) to you. But I don’t mean to put you in difficulty. You will find me, in truth, God willing, among the righteous”. He said, “Let this (the agreement) be between me and you. Whichever of the two terms I fulfill, let there be no grudge against me. Be God a witness of what we do.’”

The Holy Quran, Qasas, 28:29-35, recounts how Prophet Musa (AS) was called to prophecy after fulfilling his mandate with Prophet Shuaib in Madyan: he saw a fire in the direction of Mount Ṭur. He said to his family: ‘Linger; I see a fire; I hope to bring you information from there or a burning ember to warm you up. But when he came to the (fire), a voice was heard from the right bank of the valley, from a tree in the sacred ground: “O Moses! In truth, I am God, the Lord of the worlds… Now, throw your rod! But when he saw him move (by himself) as if he had been a serpent, he turned back and did not retrace his steps: “O Moses! (it was said), ‘Come near, and fear not for you are of those who are safe. Move your hand into your bosom, and it will come out white unblemished (or hurt), and bring your hand closer to your side (to protect yourself) against fear. These are the two credentials of your Lord towards Pharaoh and his rulers for they are truly a rebellious and wicked people. He said, “O my Lord! I killed a man among them, and I fear they will kill me. And my brother Aaron, he has more eloquence than I do. So send him with me as a helper, to confirm (and strengthen) me for I fear they will accuse me of lying.” He said, “We will certainly strengthen your arm by your brother, and we will invest both of you with authority, so that they cannot touch you.” With Our Signs you will triumph, both of you and those who follow you.

Prophet Isa (Jesus Christ) also performed a sacred flight (Hijrah) as did the other Messengers of Almighty Allah (Quran 3:49-51; 4:171; 5:75; 43:59; 63: 64). The sacred flight of Prophet Isa is narrated in a special app during the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). When the disbelievers in the mission of Prophet Isa plotted to crucify him, Almighty God helped him and raised him to Himself, just as he raised helpers (Ansar) in Medina to receive Prophet Muhammad (SAW ) from Makkah with the emigrants (Muhajirun). The Holy Quran, Al-Imran, 3:54-58, reports: “And (then the unbelievers) plotted and planned and God also planned and the best of planners is God. See! God said, “O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Me and rid you (of the lies) of those who blaspheme. I will make those who follow you superior to those who reject the faith on the Day of Resurrection. Then you will all come back to me and I will judge between you the questions on which you dispute. As for those who reject the faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the hereafter and they will have no one to help them. As for those who believe and practice righteousness, God will pay them (in full) their reward. But God does not like those who do evil. This is what We repeat to you of the Signs and the Message of Wisdom.’”

Thus, the Prophet Isa, son of Mariam, was never crucified on the cross but Almighty God raised him to Himself. The Holy Quran, Nisaa, 4:157-159, clarifies the controversy: “Let them say (boast): ‘We have killed Christ Jesus, son of Mary, the Apostle of God’; but they did not kill or crucify him, but it was made appear to them and those who differ in this are full of doubts without any (certain) knowledge but only conjecture to follow as they certainly did not kill him. No, God raised him to himself; and God is exalted in power, wise. And there is none of the People of the Book who must not believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them.’”

The sacred flight (Hijrah) of the Prophets of Allah is endless. This means that engaging in God’s work will be arduous and tiring. But it is the patients who persevere and promote the word of God with humility and perseverance who will be saved and obtain the bliss of Paradise.