Despite Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) having the powerful weapon of the Asaa (the Staff) which could instantaneously be transformed into a massive python which could devour Fir’oun and his armies, enabling Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) to either leave with Bani Israaeel without any hindrance or to capture the kingdom of Fir’oun and establish the Law of the Deen, this did not occur. On the contrary, the Mu’jizah of the Asaa was put to very limited use.
Fir’oun and his forces in hot pursuit of the fleeing Bani Israaeel led by Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), finally reached the shores of the Red Sea which Bani Israaeel had just crossed miraculously by the Command of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Twelve huge pathways had wondrously opened up in the Red Sea to accommodate the twelve tribes of Bani Israaeel. Seated on his horse, Fir’oun was rooted and struck with amazement as he beheld the wondrous scene in front of him. He and his forces marvelled at this supernatural enactment of grandeur and awe. The sea had opened up. On each side of the twelve pathways the water had solidified into massive mountains with window-like openings along the entire length of the routes. Bani Israaeel had already reached the other shore. The sea meanwhile retained its marvellous and miraculous stance.
Finally the time arrived for Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to depart with his followers from the land of Egypt. With 670,000 of his Ummah – this constituted the entire Bani Israaeel — Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off during the mid of night for the new promised land. However, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) together with this huge concourse of humanity lost the road out of Egypt. It was still dark, and they were unable to find the route which was a well-known established road.
Fir’oun’s oppression and tyranny did not exempt even his wife, Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayha). She had accepted Imaan in secret with Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam). She was from Bani Israaeel. She had accepted Imaan after Fir’oun had tortured and brutally killed the wife of his treasurer who had concealed his Imaan for a hundred years. His name was Kharbeel bin Nauhabeel. He had met the companions of the companions of Nabi Yusuf (alayhis salaam). In other words, he was a Taabi-ee of Nabi Yusuf (alayhis salaam). He and his wife were Mu’min. His wife was the chaperon of Fir’oun’s daughter. Once while she was combing the girl’s hair, the comb slipped from her hand. Saying ‘Bismillaah’ the chaperon picked up the comb. Fir’oun’s daughter was stunned by this exclamation. She asked: “Is there another god besides my father?”
The two highly qualified expert magicians consulted with their aged mother who was also an expert magician. The two sorcerers requested their mother to accompany them to the grave of their father. When the three reached the grave, the mother, employing her magic, addressed her dead husband. When the inmate of the grave spoke, one of the sons explained the purpose of their mission. The father’s voice from the grave informed them that all the magicians of the world would be defeated by Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). His Staff changing into a deadly serpent was not an act of magic.
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.
After Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) had cautioned Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) regarding the significance of the Staff of Nabi Aadam (alayhis salaam) which had now come into Hadhrat Musa’s possession, he (Hadhrat Musa) commenced his duty of tending to the goats of Nabi Shuayb (alayhis salaam). When Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) was about to leave with the goats on the first day of his duty, Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam) warned him: “O Musa! You may take the goats anywhere to graze, but stay away from a certain location (which he explained). Never go near to that place nor ever turn your face in that direction. It is the abode of an extremely dangerous serpent which will harm the goats.
On the instruction of Hadhrat Shuayb (alayhis salaam), his daughter went to call Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam). When she reached the place where the well was, she found him sitting under the same tree where he had earlier rested. Describing the scene, the Qur’aan says: “Then one of the two daughters (of Shuayb- alayhis salaam) came walking bashfully. She said: ‘My father calls you so that he may remunerate you for having watered our goats.”