On his journey from the Land of Madyan to Egypt, Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) who was accompanied by his wife lost the way in the wilderness. The night was bitterly cold and intensely dark. In a distance he saw a fire burning on a mountain. In search of fire and information, he went to the spot where the fire was burning. (This episode was described in the past issue). On reaching the spot, the Divine Voice instructed him to remove his shoes as he was in the holy Valley of Tuwa.
Here in the Valley of Tuwa did Allah Ta’ala appoint Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) as His Nabi. Addressing Musa (alayhis salaam), the Divine Voice asked: “What is that in your right hand?” Musa (alayhis salaam) replied: “It is my staff. I lean on it; with it I break leaves from trees for my goats, and for me there are other uses too in the staff.” The Divine Voice said: “Throw it down.” After he threw the staff on the ground, Nabi Musa in astonishment saw that the staff was transformed into a massive serpent which slithered around very noisily. The sight of the serpent overwhelmed Nabi Musa with fear. Musa (alayhis salaam) turned and began to flee. Allah Ta’ala commanded: “Grab it and fear not.” As Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) touched the serpent, it reverted to its original form, the staff.
Allah Ta’ala then ordered him to insert his hand in his garment and place it under his armpit. He did as commanded. When he withdrew his hand, it dazzled fiercely like the sun. Allah Ta’ala instructed him to proceed to Fir’oun and to invite him to Imaan and to set free Bani Israaeel whom he (Fir’oun) had enslaved. On the request of Nabi Musa, Allah Ta’ala conferred Nubuwwat to his brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) as well.
Musa (alayhis salaam) professed his fear for Fir’oun and mentioned the incident of the Copt whom he had killed. He feared Fir’oun would apprehend him. Allah Ta’ala instructed him not to fear. Allah Ta’ala ordered that both should go to Fir’oun and announce their Nubuwwat (Prophet-hood).
After the communion with Allah Ta’ala ended, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) descended from Mount Sinai and went to the valley where he had left his wife who had just given birth. When he reached the place, he was astonished to observe a number of strange women engaged in serving his wife. They were from among the Houris of Jannat. Finding his wife in excellent state, and under Allah’s protection, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was overcome with gratitude and happiness.
He announced to his wife that Allah Ta’ala has appointed him the Nabi and has commanded him to go to Fir’oun. He said: “I now assign you to the care of Allah and shall proceed alone to the city to deliver the Message to Fir’oun.” His wife proffered her wholehearted consent. Having witnessed the wonderful and miraculous decrees of Allah Ta’ala, she was confident that Allah Ta’ala will care for her and the baby. She said: “O Musa! Discharging the command of Allah Ta’ala is of utmost and prior importance. Make haste towards Fir’oun.” After all, she was the daughter of Shuayb (alayhis salaam).
Very soon after Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off in the direction of Egypt, a caravan from the City of Madyan happened to pass by the spot where Nabi Musa’s wife was. The caravan was on its return journey to Madyan. Recognizing her, they took her and delivered her to her father, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) in Madyan.
Meanwhile Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was making haste on his journey. When he reached Egypt, it was late in the night. He went straight to his mother’s home. When he knocked at the door, his very aged mother asked: “Who is it?” He responded: “I am a traveller.” His aged mother opened the door, and welcomed him in, not realizing who he was. She immediately made preparations for meals. While Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) was eating, his brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) entered. Seeing Musa (alayhis salaam), he asked his mother: “Who is he?” She said: “He is a poor wayfarer who is tonight our guest.” Hadhrat Haaroon (alayhis salaam), welcoming the ‘wayfarer’, said: “Brother, regard this as your own house. Eat, relax and rest here.”
Haaroon (alayhis salaam) was looking very intently at the ‘wayfarer’ and was mystified. There was something which drew him irresistibly to the ‘wayfarer’. But he maintained silence. After a few moments, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), breaking the silence, said: “Why are you staring at me so intently? I am your brother, Musa.” Pandemonium followed. Brother, mother and sister with tears of delight and joy embraced Musa (alayhis salaam). When the situation normalized, Musa (alayhis salaam) narrated his recent history, the events on Mount Sinai and that Nubuwwat had been bestowed to him and Haaroon (alayhis salaam). It was Eid in their home.
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “O my Brother! It is now not the time to remain in the house. Nubuwwat has been conferred to you so that you guide people to the Path of Righteousness.” Then they set off to the palace of Fir’oun. When the two arrived at the palace, Fir’oun was in session in his court. The court was packed with courtiers and the nobility.