It may surprise you, but Moses (Musa) is actually highly regarded in Islam. He and his life stories have been mentioned in the Quran more times than any other Prophet. Watch this episode of “Biblical Figures, Islamic Narrative” to find out what Islam has to say about Prophet Moses (Prophet Musa), the highly respected Prophet of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
More Facts about Moses in Islam (Musa in Islam)
Moses, known as Musa in Islamic theology, is considered a prophet and messenger of God in Islam. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, states that Moses was sent by Allah (God) to the Pharaoh of Egypt, his establishments and the Israelites for guidance and warning. Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other individual, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of all other prophets. According to Islam, Muslims must have faith in every prophet (nabi) and messenger (rasul) which includes Moses and his brother Aaron, Adam, Noah, Abraham and Jesus.
Moses is also very important in Islam for having been given the revelation of the Torah, which is considered to be one of the true revealed scriptures in Muslim theology, and Muslims generally hold that much of the Torah is confirmed and repeated in the Qur’an. Furthermore, according to Islamic tradition, Musa was one of the many prophets Muhammad (PBUH) met in the event of the Mi’raj, when he ascended through the seven heavens. Musa is further revered in Islamic literature, which expands upon the incidents of his life and the miracles attributed to him in the Qur’an and hadith, such as his direct conversation with Allah.
Moses was born into a family of Israelites in Egypt. Islamic tradition refers to the father of Moses as Imrān, which corresponds to Amran in the Hebrew Bible. Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh enslaved the Children of Israel. Pharaoh had a dream in which one of the males from the Israelites will destroy his kingdom. Therefore, he took it upon himself to murder all the male newborns among the Israelites for one year and spare them for another because they were needed for economic reasons. Moses was born during the year in which the male children were to be murdered.
Moses’s mother was worried about her son’s fate. God inspired her to place him in a basket and cast it in the Nile. Moses ended up near the palace of Pharaoh where he was taken by the guards. Asiya, the wife of Pharaoh, was childless and was delighted by Moses. She convinced her husband to allow her to adopt him.
After reaching adulthood, Moses walked through the city and encountered an Israelite fighting with an Egyptian. The Israelite summoned Moses to help him. Moses struck the Egyptian and accidentally killed him. Moses was consumed by guilt and asked God to forgive him. Fearing for his life, he fled to Madyan, where he found refuge in a household and got married. Moses was then given instruction by God to return to Egypt and call the people to worship God.
Every event in Moses’s life was predetermined to prepare him to deliver God’s message. Belief in God’s decree is an essential pillar of Islamic creed. Although bad things happen, Muslims do not believe that anything is completely evil. There is a purpose and a greater good for everything. The story of Moses in Islam (Prophet Musa Story, Prophet Moses Story) emphasizes the notion of placing one’s faith in Allah. Allah taught Moses about the need to put his trust in Him, despite the fact that he felt fear on many occasions. Many films and Movies and have been made about Prophet Musa’s life (Musa Movie, Moses movie) according to Islam, in addition to Cartoon movies for kids.