There are two instances in the Qur’an I want to focus on in my refletions for the 11th and 12th of Ramadan. The two instances are those in which Allah ( Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) spoke to Prophet Musa ( Alayhe Assalaam ). Let’s consider one of these instances for today’s reflection .
Whilst on the journey to Egypt, Musa ( Alayhe Assalam) and his family get lost in the desert. With each hour the darkness thickens. In the distance Musa ( Alayhe Assalaam ) sees a light and says to his family, “… ‘Stay here. I see a fire afar off. Perhaps I can bring you a brand therefrom or may find guidance at the fire.'” ( Qur’an 201:10) His family complied, and so Musa ( Alayhe Assalaam) set out towards the light and “. . . when he came to it ” Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) called to: “… by name : ‘O’ Musa!'” ( Qur’an 20:11) . Then Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) introduces himself to Musa (Alayhe Assalaam) saying, “Indeed, I am your Lord,” then proceeds to give him instructions, ” …So take off your shoes, you are in the sacred valley, Tuwa.” ( Qur’an 20:12) Then Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) reveals Allah’s purpose in calling Musa (Alayhe Assalaam): “I have chosen you , so listen to what is revealed.” ( Qur’an 20:13) Then Allah reveals the following verses that make the hair on my hands stand on end:
“Indeed, I am Allah. There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance / Surely the hour is coming– I am about to make it manifest–so that every soul may be rewarded for that which it strives / So do not let him who does not believe in it and follows his desires bar you from it, lest you perish.” ( Qur’an 20:14-16)
This was Musa’s formal introduction to Islam (Alayhe Assalaam).
Isn’t this particular story symbolic of our own story of coming to Islam? Were we not groping in the dark. Were we not lost without Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). Remember the time when we didn’t know our life’s purpose. When we didn’t know where we were heading to after death. Then in the midst of this dark state, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful reached out to us. He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) the ultimate source of guidance showed us a light at the end of that dark tunnel. He too chose us, not to be Prophets and Messengers, but to be Muslims,
“So whoever Allah wants to guide – He expands his breast to [contain] Islam …” (Qur’an 6:125)
He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) chose us to carry this message of compassion and mercy—in both words and actions— to the world. He chose us to be from among the Ummah of Muhammad (Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam). What a privilege! He chose us to establish prayer in His remembrance. To witness another Ramadan, and to fast it Alhamdullilah. He chose us to carry in our hearts and in our actions His final revelation The Noble Qur’an, just like he asked Musa (Alayhe Assalam), “Listen to what is revealed to you” in Surat Taha. (13) The Qur’an continues to be revealed to everyone who opens it and opens his heart to it, and will continue to be so until the end of time. He chose us. Us. Us.
As Allah continues to In Sha’ Allah open our hearts to this life-long experience called Islam , and keeps us guided on its path remember that we are being being chosen again and again on a daily basis. It’s a great blessing to continue to fall in love with Islam. How many fall out of love with Islam? Many. Today, as you listen to the Qur’an during Taraweeh, or you pick up and read your Juz’u, or happen to just pass and hear Qur’an being recited remember, “I have chosen you , so listen to what is revealed.” (Qur’an 20:13)