Timeless lessons from holy Qur’an
In the name of the Almighty, the Beneficent the Merciful
Verily, (there) is in their stories a lesson for men (of) understanding… (Quran 12:111)
Prophet Musa then prostrated himself and invoked the anger of the Almighty against Qarun. The Almighty then revealed to him that He had subjugated the earth to obey him.Prophet Musa therefore commanded the earth to swallow Qarun and his dwelling place. The Almighty narrates the story as follows:
Indeed, Qarun was from the people of Moses, but he tyrannized them. And We gave him of treasures whose keys would burden a band of strong men; thereupon his people said to him, “Do not exult. Indeed, Allah does not like the exultant; But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land.
Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters; He said, “I was only given it because of knowledge I have.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of generations those who were greater than him in power and greater in accumulation [of wealth]? But the criminals, about their sins, will not be asked; So he came out before his people in his adornment. Those who desired the worldly life said, “Oh, would that we had like what was given to Qarun.
Indeed, he is one of great fortune.”; But those who had been given knowledge said, “Woe to you! The reward of Allah is better for he who believes and does righteousness. And none are granted it except the patient.”; And We caused the earth to swallow him and his home. And there was for him no company to aid him other than Allah , nor was he of those who [could] defend themselves. (Quran 28: 76-88).
Thus those imbued with discernment would shudder with fear each time they remember how the Almighty dealt with Fir’awn; how he humiliated Qarun and how He chastened the treachery of people of ‘Ad and Thamud. The lesson in the story circulating in the social media of this former “His Excellency” is to the effect that no human being could actually be in power; that the real power is known and belongs to Him to the Almighty. Or how else do you explain the ease with which the powerful become powerless; how might we explain this situation when the man has not only ceased being in power but the ‘man’ in him has equally been taken away completely from him. Looking at his image today forced tears down my cheeks; that he was once a Chairman of a local government is now a dream he once had; that he was once a “Your Excellency” is an experience he would wonder whether he ever had.
While praying that the Almighty intervene in his affair and heal him of his ailment, today’s sermon is all about stories. These are stories I have told in “storeys”; and in line with the Quranic standard, in them are lessons for men and women (of) understanding.
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