Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Pulling the hair of Aaron, Moses dragged Him

Lesson # 925 from the Noble Quran

Pulling the hair of Aaron, Moses dragged Him

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

 Stage – 2, Verse – 150a of 206, Section – 18 of 24 (Part – 9)



In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And when Moses returned unto his people, angry and grieved, he said: Evil is that (course) which ye took after I had left you. Would ye hasten on the judgment of your Lord? And he cast down the tablets, and he seized his brother by the head, dragging him toward him.              Wa  lammaa  raja-‘a  Muusaaa  ‘ilaa  qaw-mihii  gazbaana  ‘asifan-  qaala  bi’-samaa  khalaf-tumuunii  mim-  ba’-dii.  ‘A-‘ajiltum  ‘amra  Rabbikum.  Wa  ‘alqal-‘Alwaaha  wa  ‘akhaza  bira’-si  ‘akhiihi  yajurru-huuu  ‘ilayh.     


Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) returned toward His nation from the Mountain Sinai after completing forty days. Allah Almighty had informed Him already that the people of His nation had gone astray after Him and they had started worship of a calf, (idol) made by them, under influence of old mania.


As soon as Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) knew the latest news of His nation, He was enraged and grieved very much due to ignorance of His nation. In such condition, He (peace be upon Him) returned toward His nation along with the tablets of Torah and declared his anger and grief (both).


It is commanded that when Moses (peace be upon Him) came back toward His nation, He had effect of anger and grief (collectively) in His heart. No sooner did He reach, then He addressed His nation: After Me, you did not take care of that which I told you, when I was going. I made a responsibility over you that instead of Me, you should keep on protecting the people unanimously from straying, infidelity and polytheism. I see that you did not obey My Saying, and did let My proxy work be wasted badly by your negligence. Did I not cause to understand you clearly that I was going to bring a Law for you from Allah Almighty? After that, I shall bring for you a complete Code of life in accordance with the promise of Allah, the Most High. Till that time, you should not institute any vain discourse or ritual at your own and wait for My returning with patience. Which distress did you suffer that you did not wait for Me? You began to worship the idol before receiving the Commands of Allah Almighty.


After addressing the people, Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) cast down the tablets of Torah immediately, which were in His hands, seized His brother Aaron (peace be upon Him) by the head and dragged toward Himself. Anger of Moses (peace be upon Him) was not like other people, who are in a rapture, when they see marring their plan. He (peace be upon Him) had gone out of His reach due to indignation and enthusiasm of Faith. He had a strong probability that Aaron (peace be upon Him) had not performed His duty properly. This passion of supporting the Truth was actually excitement of the Belief, due to which, He cast down the tablets of Torah, pulled the hair of His elder brother’s head and beard with force. Neither there was any selfishness in it and nor the aim to disgrace Aaron (peace be upon Him), but it was a proclamation that relationship and kinship is nothing in support of The Right. It was the lesson which was required to be caused to understand the Children of Israel. 


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)