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Qasas-ul-Ambiya: Musa(AS) and the Stone

Musa (AS) or Moses was one of Allah’s many prophets. He held a special position amongst the prophets as Allah directly talked to him, because of which he is also known as Kaleemullah. He was bestowed upon with several miracles by Allah. Here is a story of Musa (AS) from a Hadith.


Narrated Abu Huraira:

Rasulullah (SAW) said, “(The Prophet) Musa (Moses) (AS) was a shy person and used to cover his body completely because of his extensive shyness. One of the Bani Israel hurt him by saying, ‘He covers his body in this way only because of some defect in his skin, either leprosy or scrotal hernia, or he has some other defect.’ Allah wished to clear Musa (AS) of what they said about him, so one day while Musa (AS) was in seclusion, he took off his clothes and put them on a stone and started taking a bath. When he had finished the bath, he moved towards his clothes so as to take them, but the stone took his clothes and fled; Musa picked up his stick and ran after the stone saying, ‘O stone! Give me my garment!’ Till he reached a group of Bani Israel who saw him naked then, and found him the best of what Allah had created, and Allah cleared him of what they had accused him of. The stone stopped there and Musa (AS) took and put his garment on and started hitting the stone with his stick. By Allah, the stone still has some traces of the hitting, three, four or five marks. This was what Allah refers to in His Saying:-

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ آذَوْا مُوسَى فَبَرَّأَهُ اللَّهُ مِمَّا قَالُوا وَكَانَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَجِيهًا

 

– “O you who believe! Be you not like those Who annoyed Musa, But Allah proved his innocence of that which they alleged, And he was honorable In Allah’s Sight.” (33.69)”

(Bukhari 616/4)