WHO DO YOU FOLLOW? 20: 77-79

PHAROAH and his people drown: Courtesy:http://www.flickr.com/photos/37606126@N04/3460325872/

وَلَقَدۡ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰٓ أَنۡ أَسۡرِ بِعِبَادِى فَٱضۡرِبۡ لَهُمۡ طَرِيقً۬ا فِى ٱلۡبَحۡرِ يَبَسً۬ا لَّا تَخَـٰفُ دَرَكً۬ا وَلَا تَخۡشَىٰ (٧٧) فَأَتۡبَعَہُمۡ فِرۡعَوۡنُ بِجُنُودِهِۦ فَغَشِيَہُم مِّنَ ٱلۡيَمِّ مَا غَشِيَہُمۡ (٧٨) وَأَضَلَّ فِرۡعَوۡنُ قَوۡمَهُ ۥ وَمَا هَدَىٰ (٧٩)

We sent an inspiration to Moses: “Travel by night with my servants, and strike a dry path for them through the sea, without fear of being overtaken (by Pharaoh) and without (any other) fear.” (77) Then Pharaoh pursued them with his forces, but the waters completely overwhelmed them and covered them up. (78) Pharaoh led his people astray instead of leading them aright. (79).


Moses (AS) was instructed by Allah Subhanawataala to take the believing folks (the children of Israel) at night towards Palestine. Enroute were the waves of the sea.

Moses (AS) was commanded to strike his staff on the water to make a path. Allah Subhanawataala reassures him “do not be afraid of your enemy, nor of drowning.

Allah Subhanawataala as a reassurance to Rasool Allah pbuh is using this example.

Ashuura 52-63 this event is described in detail.

Then Pharaoh sent heralds to (all) the Cities, (53) (Saying): “These (Israelites) are but a small band, (54) “And they are raging furiously against us; (55) “But we are a multitude amply fore-warned.” (56) So We expelled them from gardens, springs (57) Treasures, and every kind of honourable position; (58) Thus it was, but We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things. (59) So they pursued them at sunrise. (60) And when the two bodies saw each other, the people of Moses said: “We are sure to be overtaken.” (61)

(Moses said: “By no means! my Lord is with me! Soon will He guide me! (62) Then We told Moses by inspiration: “Strike the sea with thy rod.” So it divided, and each separate part become like the huge, firm mass of a mountain. (63) And We made the other party approach thither. (64)

We delivered Moses and all who were with him; (65) But We drowned the others. (66)

Pharaoh collected people from all the villages and cities to follow this small rebellious band (The Children of Israel)

There were thousands of people who were Israelites, who migrated in the night.

Soon the pharaohs were upon them and they said, “ We are caught” Moses (AS) said, we are not caught, my Lord is with me.

When Moses (AS) did as he was told and struck his staff at the waters edge, the sea parted and the waves became like hills on either side and a path emerged between them.

The Pharaoh pursued Moses AS into the path in the Sea. The same sea, which had parted for Moses AS and his people, became a deathbed for Pharaoh. The waves of the sea though shallow covered Pharaoh and his people such that there was no sign left of them.


Pharaoh misled his nation; he rounded up everyone, from their mansions and their workplaces and led them to drown them in the sea.

Drowning in the waves of the sea is similar to losing ones way in such a way that no sign is left of the path or the people who were there in it.

Pharaoh prevented his people from going on the path of truth and his people also did not follow the path of truth. blindly followed him to their end. No one disagreed or questioned his decision to reject the truth but followed him unquestioningly to their death and destruction.

Surah HUD 96-98:

And We sent Moses, with Our Clear (Signs) and an authority manifest (96) Unto Pharaoh and his Chiefs: but they followed the command of Pharaoh and the command of Pharaoh was no rightly guided. (97) He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them into the Fire, (as cattle are led to water): But woeful indeed will be this leading (and) the place led to! (98)

Who ever is the leader in this world the same will be their leader on the Day of Judgment. What a terrible place it is to take them…the Fire.

Lesson: Before we follow someone, in this world we must know what they stand for and and get to know them well because it is they who we will be following in the Akhirah.

Who do we follow? Whom do we love? Do we love Prophet Muhammad pbuh? If we love Prophet Muhammad pbuh do we follow his Sunnah? That is the absolute proof of our love.

Allah Subhanawataala says in the Quran “Follow me and Follow him(PBUH)”

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