Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Moses was brought up by two women

Quran Chapter 28: 15b to 17 (Pt-20, Stg-5) (L-2422) درس قرآن

Moses was brought up by two women

Chapter Qasas”- (The Story) – 28

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)


Purpose of describing The Story of Moses (peace be upon him) is to console the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and his Believers; and make them to understand that Allaah Almighty Himself saves His Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) and ultimately their enemies are disgraced and ruined. Schemes of enemies cannot run before the Plans of Allaah Almighty and certainly that happens which He desires. Besides this, in the contents of the Story, there are many such matters which are being taught to the Muslims and it is incumbent for them to meditate into them at the time of hearing. Moses (peace be upon him) was brought up and trained by two esteemed and well-wisher women. First was mother of Moses (peace be upon him) and the second – Asia (wife of Pharaoh). They both produced such environments simultaneously; by which natural virtues may develop freely. They both arranged together for his requirements of life satisfactorily and provided him opportunities that he (peace be upon him) may perfect his virtues and capabilities by means of examining and experience, and learn the principles of passing a chaste life in the world. Observing the incidents independently under the supervision of elders and drawing conclusions by oneself is the basic premise of a child’s training. And it can be the summary of the education, nothing else.


Moses (peace be upon him) concluded by examining his environments that one part of the population has kept the other part pressed. One part from them is oppressor and the other is oppressed. It was the influence of the good-will of those who were watching (mother of Moses and wife of Pharaoh) that his (peace be upon him) energies were accomplished by means of correct practice; instead of being lost in useless engagements.


It was the result that when Moses (peace be upon him) became mature, then his physical, mental and cordial energies were manifested in the field of practice with the required ratio and balance. For teaching him to work together, first stage was dispute between the two (Israeli and Qabtii) persons. Generally, Moses (peace be upon him) had determined that Qabtii people were oppressors. Therefore, for causing to understand, he went forth toward the Qabtii, but he was killed suddenly by his fist. It was excess of his physical strength. He repented immediately and resolved that in future he would never make haste in settlement of any case. The incidents happened after that; became source of his special education, which was required for appointing him as a Messenger (peace be upon him). We found out following results from above mentioned discussion:


  1. Caring and producing opportunities of observing the environments is best source of children’s training. By watching, their energies will be saved from destruction. From environments they will draw conclusions themselves by means of observation.


  1. One should repent immediately whenever he errs. He should not spend his natural energies in helping the wrongdoers and sinners. Which powers have been bestowed to a mankind, are given for helping the good people and spreading goodness in the world.


Transliterated Holy Qur’aan 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).