When Musa alayhis salam went to Pharaoh with the message of tawheed, the people accused Musa of being a knowledgeable and experienced magician.
So a showdown was arranged. Pharaoh ordered that the most learned magicians from his kingdom should come and defeat Musa.
A date was set. All of the people gathered and looked on. The magicians of Pharaoh had a personal guarantee from him that they would receive a massive reward. All of their lives they had been practising magic and this was the pinnacle – a showdown in front of all of the people including Pharaoh to prove how great they were.
The magicians gathered. A group of the most learned magicians ever. They looked on at Musa alayhis salam. So humble.
Arrogantly they said “O Musa! Either you throw or shall we throw?” Musa alayhis salam told them to throw and their ropes and sticks suddenly began to move like snakes…
Musa alayhis salam felt a little fear in his heart but Allah told him not to fear and that he would be the victor. So Musa threw his staff and it became a real snake. It ate the the false snakes in front of the people.
What happened next? The magicians of Pharaoh, who were the filthiest of people, immediately fell down into prostration and declared their belief in Allah! SubhanAllah. They recognised this wasn’t magic. They recognised that this was from Allah and they didn’t care what Pharaoh would do to them, they just believed in Allah.
Read what they said….. “Never will we prefer you over what has come to us of clear proofs and [over] He who created us. So decree whatever you are to decree. You can only decree for this worldly life. Indeed, we have believed in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins and what you compelled us [to do] of magic. And Allah is better and more enduring.” (Taha 72 – 73)
Points of benefit:
1) The beauty of tawheed and that when it truly enters the heart, it overpowers everything else and becomes more beloved to the slave than anything else
2) The magicians will never be successful
3) Truth overcomes falsehood
4) That we should not doom someone to misguidance because Allah guides whom He wills, whenever He wills
5) The importance of submitting to the truth when it comes, regardless of how difficult it may become
6) The need to be “forward” thinking like those magicians who eventually recognised the akhira is better than this dunya
7) Allah will give you opportunities to rectify yourself and show you signs but if you turn away then you can blame nobody but yourself
8) The pharoahs of this dunya may have temporary power but to Allah belongs the final decision
9) That sometimes you will feel scared and that is ok – just have trust in Allah and He will not forsake you
10) That when you come with the truth, often the people will mock you and call you names, just like they called Musa a magician
We should hold onto the rope of Allah and submit. What is with Allah is better and more lasting than this lowly dunya.