Once Hadhrat Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) supplicated to Allah Ta’ala to reveal some of His secrets and mysteries which underlie the Wisdom of His operations. Allah Ta’ala instructed Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) to proceed to a certain venue in the wilderness. The area in the wilderness where he went was an oasis. There was a fountain of water and a clump of trees. He sat down concealing himself among the trees. Soon a horse-rider appeared. He stopped by the fountain. Alighted and drank from the water. After resting for a while, he departed, forgetting his bag of gold coins at the spot.
After his departure, appeared a youth. The youth drank some water, saw the bag of gold coins and promptly took the bag and left. Then appeared a man with a bundle of wood on his head. This person was a slave. The slave put down his bundle, drank of the water and fell asleep besides his bundle of wood. While he was asleep, the horse-rider who had discovered that his treasure was missing, returned in haste. When he did not see his treasure-bag, he was overwhelmed with grief and anger. He concluded that it could only have been this slave who had taken and hidden his gold. He struck the slave with his whip. The slave’s eyes opened, and the rider demanded his treasure. The slave denied all knowledge of the bag and protested his innocence. The protestation and pleas of the slave did not convince him. In anger he drew his sword and killed the slave.
Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) was astonished at this series of events. He was intrigued by the ostensible injustice which played out in front of him. Then Allah Ta’ala revealed the mystery underlying this episode of seemingly inexplicable injustice.
The horse-rider was an employee of a very wealthy person. He had stolen the gold from the wealthy man who was the father of the youth. The father had died. In this mysterious way Allah Ta’ala restored the gold to its rightful owner, the youth.
The horse-rider was the son of a man whom this slave had murdered. He thus received the punishment he deserved at the hands of the murdered man’s son. Thus, was justice meted out to all parties. Allah Ta’ala operates in mysterious and wonderful ways which cannot be fathomed by people.