We are living and experiencing a time when truth is cast as falsehood, and lies are presented as truth. We live in societies where we are having to face some serious challenges in both our internal conscience and the environment around us. During this difficult time, and as ‘Ashuraa approaches, I am reminded of the famous story of Musa (AS).

Allah (ﷻ) reminds us of a man who faced the greatest of tyrants, the harshest of conditions, and the most oppressive of regimes. Despite these extreme circumstance he was resilient, he did not give up, nor did he lose hope. He knew with certainty, the same way Allah (ﷻ) had guided him through everything else he faced in life, He would continue to pave a path for him.

In the Qur’an Allah (ﷻ) describes the scene:
And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Musa said, “Indeed, we are to be overtaken!” [Musa] said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” Then We inspired to Musa, “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 Musa and those with him, all together. Then We drowned the others. Indeed in that is a sign [ayah], but most of them were not to be believers. And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful. [26:61-68]

Sometimes you may feel like the world is against you. Much like Musa, who had the sea in front of him and the enemy closing in from behind him. At that time be like Musa, and not like the Children of Israel who, in a time of such difficulty, lost hope. Know that Allah (ﷻ) is with you and He (ﷻ) has the power to save you from anything. And when He (ﷻ) does, remember that it was a miraculous sign from Him (ﷻ) and that He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful.

O Allah, as you saved and gave victory to Musa (AS) over Firoun, save and give victory to the oppressed, ameen.

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