Sūrah ṭā hā (ṭā hā) — A message to dā’īs

Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm

As-salāmū’alaykum. I have a small stoty from the Qur’ān for all of you.

Sūrah ṭā hā (ṭā hā), Chapter 20.

And has the history of Moses reached you? When he saw a fire he said to his family, “Wait a bit, I have seen a fire: it may be that I bring a burning brand for you, or find guidance (to the way) at the fire.” — verse 9-10

Here, in the above verse, how beautifully Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) is asking us, “Has the history of Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) reached you?”
Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) says to his family, “Wait! I have seen a fire.” What does this verse say? It says, the fire was visible to Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) alone.

When he reached there, a voice called out, “O Moses, I am your Lord; take off your shoes, for you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa. And I have chosen you: so listen to what is revealed. It is I, Allah: there is no god but Me: so worship Me and establish Salāt to remember Me. The Hour of Resurrection is sure to come, but it is My will to keep the time of its coming secret so that every soul may be recompensed according to its labors. Therefore let not any person who does not believe in it and has become a slave of his lusts, turn your thoughts away from it, lest you perish – And, what is this in your right hand O Moses?” — verse 11-17

Subḥān’Allāh. We are witnessing the conversation between a master and his slave. Subḥān’Allāh.
Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) asks Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) to remove his shoes and tells him that he has been chosen. And Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) explains Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) the fundamental principles of Tawheed and Hereafter.
And now, comes my favourite part:
Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) asks Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) in a very beautiful way, “What’s in your hand Mūsā?”
Its indeed beautiful. If it were to be a commanding tone, it would have been said, “Mūsā! What’s in your hand?” Rather, Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) says, “What’s in your hand Mūsā?”

Moses replied, “It is my staff: I lean upon it and I beat down leaves with it for my flock, and I have quite a few other uses for it.” — verse 18

Now, look at the way, Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) is replying. He (ʿalay-hi salām) says, “It’s my staff, I lean on it, beat down leaves for my sheep and have other uses as well.”
Ma Shā’Allāh! Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) could have said, “It’s my staff!” But he is so happy, he wants the conversation going with his rabb, he starts mentioning its uses as well and says, he (ʿalay-hi salām) has other uses as well!

He said, “Cast it down, O Moses.” So he cast it down and immediately it turned into a snake, which began to run about — verse 19-20

Here, Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) is preparing Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām), for giving dā’wah to the Pharaoh. As soon as Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) says (again in a beautiful way) to throw it, Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām), without wasting a second, throws it. And the staff, turns into a snake, which starts moving.
Why am I saying, beautiful way? When we command somebody, we say, “XYZ! Do this!” but when we say something out of love and care, we say, “Do this, O XYZ!”
Ma Shā’Allāh!

He said, “Catch hold of it and do not fear for We will again restore it to its former state. — verse 21

Now, this āyah, has 3 things to understand! “Catch hold of it” “do not fear” and “We will again restore it to its former state”
Have you noticed the order in which it is said? Now imagine, a child is afraid of something, how would we tell him? “Don’t fear, do this.” While Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) says, “Grab it!”
This shows, that Allāh is asking him (ʿalay-hi salām) to obey him. And then Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) says, “Do not fear”. Obeyance has been put first here. Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) is first teaching Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) to obey him. Then Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) is teaching Courage. And then, Allāh (Subḥāna’wa ta’ālā) by saying, “We will again restore it to its former state” is teaching Mūsā (ʿalay-hi salām) to put his entire trust in him.
So the order here is OBEY ALLĀH, HAVE COURAGE, AND PUT YOUR TRUST IN ALLĀH.

I will end the story here. The story still has a long way to go, but my purpose was something else.

We, as Dā’īs, should also follow the same order! OBEY ALLĀH, HAVE COURAGE, AND PUT YOUR TRUST IN ALLĀH.

I hope, that the message is clear.

Jazāk’Allāh Khayr!
As-salāmū’alaykum

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