Lessons from Holy Qur'an

“Moses should be defeated in common gathering”

Lesson # 903 from the Noble Quran

“Moses should be defeated in common gathering”

Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)

 Stage – 2, Verses – 113 to 116a of 206, Section – 14 of 24 (Part – 9)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

113.  And the wizards came to Pharaoh, saying: Surely there will be a reward for us if we are victors.


114.  He answered: Yes, and surely ye shall be of those brought near (to me).


115.  They said: O Moses! Either throw (first) or let us be the first throwers?


116a.  He said: Throw!       

113.  Wa  jaaa-‘as-saharatu  Fir-‘awna  qaaluuu  ‘inna  lanaa  la-‘ajran  ‘in-  kunnaa  nahnul-  gaalibiin.


114.  Qaala  na-‘am  wa  ‘innakum  laminal-muqarrabiin.


115.  Qaaluu  yaa-Muusaaa  ‘immaaa  ‘an-tul-qiya  wa  ‘immaaa  ‘an-nakuuna  nahnul-mulqiin.


116a.  Qaala  ‘alquu.              


We recited in the previous verse that respectable courtiers of Pharaoh counseled him that Moses (peace be upon Him) has shown a strange and unusual event of enchantment. Fear that He (peace be upon Him) will be able to attract the masses very soon. And then, it will become difficult for us to live here. It is better that His (peace be upon Him) competition should be arranged with the wizards and He should be defeated in common gathering.


It is commanded that the people brought the old expert wizards together from everywhere. As soon as they reached, they said to Pharaoh at first: We shall win with your good fortune. Kindly confirm a tip and our labor compensation even now, which should be given to us after success, so that our hearts may be encouraged and we should try our best to succeed.


Pharaoh said: Yes, surely you shall be granted with heavy compensation and reward along with it; that you shall be of those brought specially near to me and selected individuals. The wizards were happy, turned unto Moses (peace be upon Him) and said: Do you show first your jugglery or we show?


Human being does not hear any other before his talk. He says: Why should I accept unnecessarily any other as superior to me while I have everything? This stubbornness is found in those people, who get accumulated with a lot of things of every kind and army, and the people of lower class and the poor begin to consider them a source of their respect by standing before them with folded hands. At that time, as it might be possible, these rich people begin to determine for establishing their power of influence forever. And they try to defeat the opponent of their dignity and majesty as it could be.


In the story of Pharaoh and his chiefs, an utter lesson exists for such people. A time comes when any such power appears with the command of Allah Almighty, which is more powerful than their wealth, equipage and army, and due to which their entire game is over. Truly: The fox knows much but more knows the one who catches him.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)