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Speed Bumps on the Road to Redemption

Speed Bumps on the Road to Redemption

Surah Qasas, 15-17

وَدَخَلَ ٱلۡمَدِينَةَ عَلَىٰ حِينِ غَفۡلَةٍ۬ مِّنۡ أَهۡلِهَا فَوَجَدَ فِيہَا رَجُلَيۡنِ يَقۡتَتِلَانِ هَـٰذَا مِن شِيعَتِهِۦ وَهَـٰذَا مِنۡ عَدُوِّهِۦ‌ۖ فَٱسۡتَغَـٰثَهُ ٱلَّذِى مِن شِيعَتِهِۦ عَلَى ٱلَّذِى مِنۡ عَدُوِّهِۦ فَوَكَزَهُ ۥ مُوسَىٰ فَقَضَىٰ عَلَيۡهِ‌ۖ قَالَ هَـٰذَا مِنۡ عَمَلِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِ‌ۖ إِنَّهُ ۥ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّضِلٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ (١٥) قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّى ظَلَمۡتُ نَفۡسِى فَٱغۡفِرۡ لِى فَغَفَرَ لَهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ (١٦) قَالَ رَبِّ بِمَآ أَنۡعَمۡتَ عَلَىَّ فَلَنۡ أَكُونَ ظَهِيرً۬ا لِّلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ (١٧)

And he entered the city at a time of unawareness of its people, and he found there two men fighting, – one of his party (his religion – from the Children of Israel), and the other of his foes. The man of his (own) party asked him for help against his foe, so Mûsa (Moses) struck him with his fist and killed him. He said: “This is of Shaitân’s (Satan) doing, verily, he is a plain misleading enemy.” (15) He said: “My Lord! Verily, I have wronged myself, so forgive me.” Then He forgave him. Verily, He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. (16) He said: “My Lord! For that with which You have favoured me, I will never more be a helper of the Mujrimûn (criminals, disbelievers polytheists, sinners)!” (17)
  •  Musa (as) went into the city when it wasn’t really busy. He found two men arguing – one was from Bani Isra’eel (Musa’s people) and other was from Qibti (Fir’awn’s people). The man from BI asked for Musa’s help from the Qibti. Musa punched him and the man ended up dying – this was from shaytaan. Musa sought Allah’s forgiveness – Allah forgave him.
  • From these stories, we get a powerful and comprehensive lesson – only people of intelligence ponder upon them
  • Only those things that attribute to the lesson and the guidance  are mentioned in the Qur’an. If something is not necessary to the lesson, it’s not mentioned.
  • In this story – this was made to happen in the life of Musa (as). It is mentioned very explicitly in the Qur’an – so our job is to extract a lesson from it.
  • Allah swt revealed the greatest miracle to us – the Qur’an – His Divine words. So many things are mentioned – they have to be of benefit for us!
  • Musa was told to go to Fir’awn and tell about it – it was a crime of that time. He knows he’s wanted for a crime. He says his words won’t come out so send Haroon with him. Allah told him to go by himself – Allah will be watching. He reached Fir’awn and asked for the release of Bani Isra’eel. Fir’awn’s like didn’t you commit some crime? He’s mocking him. He says we raised you and took care of you – you’re ungrateful. You went and killed one of our people. Musa said yes, I did it by mistake.
  • We learn the lesson – we’re all human. We’re all going to make mistakes. We’ve made some mistakes in our past that we’re ashamed of – that people will bring up and talk about. We all have skeletons in our closet. We should never let any of our past transgressions in changing our ways or getting in the way of doing good.
  • If Allah swt grants you the tawfique to turn your life around, and then you try to give a little talk – and then someone says hey, this guy? Why him?
  • The person who had the dark past – he cannot let his dark past hold him back – he cannot shy away from doing good from blemishes in his path. If ALLAH has FORGIVEN HIM – HE DOES NOT NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!
  • It is, however, a natural human reaction, that you will feel nervous. Allah is showing us that we need to get over that. Hence, it happened in the life of one of the greatest Prophets to teach us.
  • If you are the person judging this person from their past – YOU need to be careful that you don’t pick on him or publicly humiliate him or ridicule his efforts. Because if you do – who are your actions like? Fira’wn! That was the first thing he did!
  • SubhanAllah, may Allah forgive us for being so unforgiving! We are sooooo quick to judge and assume – we don’t give a benefit of the doubt to anyone.
  • SubhanAllah, do we think a boy who is filled with tattoos could be a hafidh of the Qur’an! SubhanAllah, he memorized the Qur’an in 8 months from scratch!
  • If you are seeing someone who has a past and is trying to be good now, NEVER be skeptical of that person – because that is what Fir’awn did.
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