When the carpenter learnt that the casket he had made was to conceal the baby (Hadhrat Musa-alayhis salaam), he set off to the palace of Fir’oun. In Fir’oun’s presence, as much as the carpenter endeavoured to explain what he knew, he was unable to do so. Miraculously he became dumb and could not utter any intelligent word other than make incoherent and incomprehensible sounds. The carpenter’s demeanour greatly annoyed and angered Fir’oun. Thinking that the carpenter was jesting, he ordered him to be whipped and expelled. After receiving a severe whipping, the carpenter was expelled.
On reaching his home, the carpenter resolved to inform Fir’oun of the hidden baby by means of a letter. As he set down to write his contemplated letter, he suddenly became blind. Overcome with panic, the carpenter understood that the baby for whom he had made the casket was in reality that very same infant about whom the astrologers had predicted would be the doom of Fir’oun. This baby would be the Nabi.
The carpenter sincerely repented. As he repented, Allah Ta’ala restored his vision. He immediately accepted the baby as the Nabi. He was the first person from among the Qibt (Fir’oun’s nation) to accept Imaan.
Nabi Musa’s mother examined the casket and blocked the slightest opening or crevice to prevent any water entering. After she had prepared the casket, she bathed her infant, dressed him up beautifully, hugged and kissed him lovingly and with tears in her eyes she assigned him to the casket. She closed and locked the lid. During the middle of the night, carrying the casket on her head, she set off for the River Nile as she was inspired by Allah Ta’ala.
At a certain spot on the banks of the river, she lowered the casket from her head. Suddenly she saw a huge poisonous serpent coiled up. The serpent spoke clearly in her language and said: ‘If you assign the casket to the river, I shall swallow the baby.” Hadhrat Musa’s mother was a very saintly and intelligent lady. She said: ‘This appears to be shaitaan.” As she spoke, the serpent suddenly vanished. In fact, the serpent was shaitaan who had appeared to deceive Hadhrat Musa’s mother. Taking the Name of Allah Ta’ala, Hadhrat Musa’s mother assigned the casket to the waters of the Nile. With tears cascading down her cheeks her eyes followed the casket until finally it disappeared from her sight. Full of grief and with tears she returned home.
Meanwhile the casket sailed along the path decreed for it by Allah Ta’ala. Fir’oun had only one daughter. Who was stricken by the disease of leprosy. She was bedridden for many years. The astrologers had predicted to Fir’oun that in a certain year, on a certain day at a certain time in the morning, a living being will be acquired from the River Nile. If the saliva of that living being is applied just once to the ailing girl, she will immediately be cured of her affliction.
The momentous occasion had arrived and Fir’oun was waiting with great anxiety in expectation of retrieving some living object from the river. The astrologers could not predict what type of living being it would be. Fir’oun had ordered thousands of his men to be on the watch along the banks of the river. Suddenly the people saw a wonderful sight. A huge tree with the casket caught in its branches was flowing forcefully against the current and was moving towards the palace of Fir’oun. Meanwhile, Fir’oun and his wife Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) were viewing the scene from above the palace balcony. They were also scanning the river in the hope of sighting the living being which the astrologers had predicted and whose saliva would instantaneously cure Fir’oun’s ailing daughter.
Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) was from among the Bani Israaeel. She was the paternal aunt of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). The casket was now on top of the tree-trunk which had miraculously risen so high that it was in line with the window of the palace where Hadhrat Aasiya was sitting. She thrust out her hands and carefully brought it inside the palace. The casket was immediately opened up. All the onlookers who were present instantaneously fell in love with the beautiful baby which their eyes beheld. Although Fir’oun too was overwhelmed with the beautiful baby, fear suddenly overtook him. He reflected: “Is this not perhaps the child predicted by the astrologers, who would destroy my land?” He voiced his apprehension to his wife, Aasiyah. Hadhrat Aasiyah however convinced him of the error of his suspicions, and of the good fortune of the baby. She reminded him that this baby’s saliva would cure his ailing daughter. How could he be the cause for destruction, she said to Fir’oun.
The hearts of people are in the control of Allah Ta’ala. Feeling convinced of the explanation of Hadhrat Aasiyah, the love of the baby became entrenched in Fir’oun’s heart. Mentioning the speech of Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh), the Qur’aan Majeed says: “And the wife of Fir’oun said: ‘He is the cooling of my eyes and your eyes. Do not kill him. Soon will he benefit us or we shall adopt him as our son.”
Fir’oun lifting the baby in his hands said: ‘O Aasiyah, I have no need for this child. If you wish, you may adopt him as your son. I have happily given him to you.’ Hadhrat Aasiyah engrossed herself very diligently in nurturing Musa (alayhis salaam). The other ladies in the palace conferred with Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayh) regarding a name for the baby. Hadhrat Aasiyah said: ‘I shall name him Musa because we have acquired him from the water and the tree.’ In their language the word Mu meant timber, and Sa meant water.
Meanwhile, Hadhrat Musa’s mother was overwhelmed with grief and was crying profusely. After she had reached home, she instructed her daughter to walk along the banks of the Nile to ascertain the fate of the casket.