Rasulullah SAW said: "Do not prefer me from among the Prophets. People will lose their consciousness on the Day of Judgment, and I will be the first to gain the consciousness. But suddenly, I will find Musa holding one of the legs of the Throne [of Allah]. I do not know whether he gained consciousness before me, or did he not lose his consciousness for his unconsciousness on Tur?" (Al Bukhari and Muslim)

In Al Qur'an:

[Allah] said, "O Musa, I have chosen you over the people with My messages and My words [to you]. So take what I have given you and be among the grateful." (Al Qur'an 7:144)

And We wrote for him on the tablets [something] of all things - instruction and explanation for all things, [saying], "Take them with determination and order your people to take the best of it. I will show you the home of the defiantly disobedient." (Al Qur'an 7:145)

This are all severe lessons for each of us. Arrogance is the worst trait that we can have, with severe implications on our souls. Listen to this advice:

I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them. (Al Qur'an 7:146)

The arrogance will be blinded even if they see every sign, and will not accept any guidance even if they saw every possible proof and evidence of it. This was repeatedly seen in the lives of Bani Israel, but many Muslims today are guilty of the same affliction. The majority of people fall into this category today. If you apply this description in today's society, you will immediately know where some people stand.

The Death of Musa AS

Narrated Abu Huraira RA: "The angel of death was sent to Musa and when he went to him, Musa slapped him severely, spoiling one of his eyes. The angel went back to his Lord, and said, "You sent me to a slave who does not want to die." Allah restored his eye and said, "Go back and tell him (i.e. Musa) to place his hand over the back of an ox, for he will be allowed to live for a number of years equal to the number of hairs coming under his hand." (So the angel came to him and told him the same). Then Musa asked, "O my Lord! What will be then?" He said, "Death will be then." He (Musa) said, "(Let it be) now." He asked Allah that He bring him near the Sacred Land at a distance of a stone's throw. Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Were I there I would show you the grave of Musa by the way near the red sand hill." (Al Bukhari)

In the case of Musa AS, Allah allowed the angel of death to manifest itself into a human form, and be visible to Musa AS. Musa AS was expecting many tasks to be carried out before his death, including to take Bani Israel out of their wandering, but Allah ordained otherwise.

It is reported that Rasulullah SAW said: "When I was taken on the Night Journey, I passed by Musa and he was praying in his grave below the sandhill."


The major message in this story is a warning for all of us to be careful. Arrogance is the destroyer, and has always been and will always be. Humble yourself to the glory of Allah and always try to comprehend the messages He sent you. Beg Him to make all these signs the source of guidance to you.

The opposite occurred in Bani Israel, despite all the major signs being presented to them, their wicked hearts, overflowing with arrogance, made them blind from gaining the wisdom, humbleness and humility to the will and power of Allah SWT. An arrogant person will never be guided, and of this the Qur'an is unequivocal in its warning. Today, for a small material achievement: a job or a flashy car, our hearts swell with arrogance, we look down on others and we become blind to Allah's signs. Be careful!

Today, we as Muslims, have a similar attitude as what Bani Israel had. We witness major disasters, diseases and instability all around us but ignore them. Instead, mankind has increased in arrogance and blindness, instead of having the humbleness and humility in trying to seek forgiveness and guidance from Allah SWT.

Today, we are so occupied about maintaining our materialistic life that we ignore the signs of Allah flashing before us, all of which are reminders and a wake-up calls for us. What is the implication? The blindness will increase, the sign of Allah will increase, and the torture of Allah can descend upon us. This is one of the most crucial lessons that should be learnt.

And among them are those who listen to you, but We have placed over their hearts coverings, lest they understand it, and in their ears deafness. And if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. Even when they come to you arguing with you, those who disbelieve say, "This is not but legends of the former peoples." (Al Qur'an 6:25)

Do they [then] wait for anything except that the angels should come to them or your Lord should come or that there come some of the signs of your Lord? The Day that some of the signs of your Lord will come no soul will benefit from its faith as long as it had not believed before or had earned through its faith some good. Say, "Wait. Indeed, we [also] are waiting." (Al Qur'an 6:158)

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