The second instance when Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Musa (Alayhe Assalaam) is described in the Qur’an in Surat Al A’raaf:
“And when Musa came at the time and place appointed by Us, and his Lord spoke to him, he said: ‘O my Lord! Show me (Yourself), that I may look upon You.’ Allah said: ‘You cannot see Me, but look upon the mountain if it stands still in its place then you shall see Me.’ So when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He made it collapse to dust, and Musa (Moses) fell down unconscious. Then when he recovered his senses he said: ‘Glory be to You, I turn to You in repentance and I am the first of the believers .’ / (Allah) said: “O Moses! I have chosen you above (other) men, by the mission I (have given you) and the words I (have spoken to you): take then the (revelation) which I give you, and be among those who are thankful.” (7:143-144)
Prophet Musa (Alayhe Asslaam) lovingly asked Allah to show him Himself so that he could lay eyes upon Him. Can’t blame him. You know that feeling when your heart soars with love for someone and you can’t wait to lay eyes on him or her? Such was the state of Musa (Alayhe Assalaam). It was the moment when Prophet Musa’s heart overflowed with adoration for Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la). Likewise, the more we learn about Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) through revelation, and are conscious of His impressions in our lives the closer our hearts grow to Him and the more we yearn to be with Him and to see Him. He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) becomes everything as He Himself says:
“. . . My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the religious duties that I have imposed upon him; and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I would love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks. Were he to ask of Me, I would surely give him; and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant it to him.” (Bukhari)
In Sha’ Allah we will see Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) , but not in this world as pointed out to Prophet Musa (Alayhe Assalaam). Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la) then proceeds to console Prophet Musa (Alayhe Assalaam) by reminding him of His favors on him ,
“‘O Moses! I have chosen you above (other) men, by the mission I (have given you) and the words I (have spoken to you): take then the (revelation) which I give you, and be among those who are thankful.” (Qur’an 7:144)
What does being among the thankful mean? Who are they? Those who are thankful that they have heard about Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and have been guided by Him . How many people will live and die and never hear about Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’la)? How many will hear about Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) but never stop to listen to what He revealed about Himself, and hence never have the opportunity to know Him, believe in Him , worship Him, and fall in love with Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). So, be thankful that you are one of those who have heard, listened , worshipped, and spent your life knowing Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). Be thankful that you have heard and obeyed, for Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) says:
“But if they had done what they were instructed, it would have been better for them and a firmer position [for them in faith]/ And indeed, We would have brought them from very close to Us a magnificent reward/And We would have guided them to a straight path..” (Qur’an 4:66-68)
May we be among those who have done what they were instructed to do. Ameen.
In closing, these are two instances we wanted to reflect on in the Qur’an in which Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Musa (Alayhe Assalaam) . In one of those instances, Allah says that He was speaking to Musa because He had chosen him to hear what was revealed. The second instance, he told him to take that which was revealed to him (Alayhe Asslaam) and be thankful. So should we . We should thankful when Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)speaks to us via the Qur’an. Thankful that He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) opened our hearts to what He has revealed. Thankful for Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) allowing us to know Him in this world.
O Allah make our hearts run to you when you call on us. Take us by the hand and lead us to You.