Islamic Months · Muharram

The Real Reason behind ‘Aashoora – the Parting of the Red Sea

When the sea split

Many of us face problems, difficulties and hardships that never seem to come to an end.

Our hearts are constantly battling with what our mind says. There is no feeling of contentment in the heart. We have been engulfed into a mechanical life with each day bringing about a new worry to be depressed over.

That’s how our day starts and ends.

We feel this unease in our life, When we experience discomfort in our lives, all we think and worry about is what will happen now, the “hows” and “what-ifs” and so on…

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Surah Al-Baqarah,

❝And we parted the red sea for you, taking you to safety…❞ (2:50)

Musa ‘alayhi salaam and his nation would have never thought or imagined something like this to happen. The very fact that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala made this happen shows us a lot about the power of Allah.

[Tafseer Al-Baqarah Ayaat 50 – 53]

What does this teach us?

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will make a way when there seems to be no way. He will create the means to help. How? This is beyond our understanding and aqal!

Today, we’ve lost sight of this. We place our trust in things and other people. We feel that if we have contact with such and such a person or a prominent figure, our work will be done or the problem solved. We end up relying on the ‘means’ rather than the One behind all the ‘means’ and the end result. Time and again Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala removes these haqeer (worthless) means to show us that we cannot do anything and that it is not in the creation’s power to do so.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala can take us out of our miseries. He will send help when it is the right time. So one should always rely on Allah with full yaqeen [certainty] and make duas. All of Allah’s plans have wisdom behind them.

How many of us can say today that all our plans went the way they wanted? How many of us can say that each and every du’a we made was answered immediately? What do we do when we make du’a? We want instant answers!

We must always have yaqeen and know that there is khair [good] in everything. He is our Khaaliq (Creator), He is Maalik (Owner) and He is Mudabbir (Planner). Think about it. IF all the plans went the way you wanted them to or if all the duas were answered on the spot, things would have been extremely different and you probably wouldn’t have been where you are today.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala rescued Musa ‘alayhi salaam and the Children of Israel from the torture they were going through, which was a test from Allah. They were in misery for many years. Generations came and went. People were born as slaves and died as slaves, but Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent help when it was the right time.

[Tafseer Al-Baqarah Ayah 49]

❝And when We parted the sea for you, so We saved you and drowned the followers of Fir’aun (Pharaoh) and you watched by.❞
[Al-Baqarah 2:50]

We need to seek help from Allah. He is the ‘only’ One that can take us out of every situation from sources we could never imagine.

❝And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.❞ [At-Talaq 65: 2-3]

One should focus on ‘Who’ he is asking, rather than for ‘what’ he is asking. Prophet Musa’s ‘stick’ was just a ‘means’. The problem with us is that we get stuck with the ‘stick’. We forget our Creator – the provision Provider.

A believer has taqwa and yaqeen and does not depend on the means, rather they think beyond the means. They do not think “what-if” this happens and “what-if” that happens. They have total reliance on Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and they also tie their camel before putting their trust in Him. We need to have complete trust in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala , Who is in total control of everything!

“Truly, the muttaqoon (those with taqwa) will be amidst Gardens and water springs (in Paradise).”  [Al-Hijr 15:45]

Use the stick (mean) you have. Give it your best shot. Use your resources and put your trust in Allah

[Slightly modified. Originally published here: And We Parted the Red Sea for You]

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