وَلَمَّا تَوَجَّهَ تِلْقَاءَ مَدْيَنَ قَالَ عَسَىٰ رَبِّي أَنْ يَهْدِيَنِي سَوَاءَ السَّبِيلِ
“And when he directed himself toward Madyan, he said, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to the sound way” – Surah Al Qasas 28:22
This ayat revolves around the Prophet Musa (AS) who ran away from the Pharoah’s army because he accidentally killed an Egyptian man with one punch. Yes, with just one hit. Prophet Musa (AS) was known to be a physically fit and strong person. During the time of the Musa (AS), the estimated travel time it took for a person to get from Egypt to Madyan was eight days (according to Tafsir Jalalayn). Prophet Musa (AS) had a noble character that he would not hesitate to admit when he though he had done something wrong.
When Allah (SWT) ordered him to return to Egypt to preach to the Pharaoh and to face those who intended to kill him because of the crime he committed, Musa (AS) did not ask Allah to be defended by a large army or to provide him with any weaponry or armour. Instead, Musa (AS) prayed to Allah so that his chest would be expanded (open heart) and the knot on his tongue would be untied (clear in his speech).
Perhaps some of us are going through a tough time, just like Musa (AS) and it feels like it’s impossible to get over or to solve. We want all problems to disappear and wonder we have to go through all this, or, even worse, we want to be someone else. Someone who seems to have everything under control and can overcome things easily.
Allah (SWT) reminds us:
هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ مُوسَىٰ
“Have you heard of the story of Musa?” – Surah An Nazi’at 79:15
May Allah (SWT) continue to lead us to the right path. Aamiin Ya Rabbal’alamin