He looked down. He was terrified. However, unlike before – he didn’t allow it to show. He slowly raised his head and in front of him stood seventy of the most skilled Magicians known to Egypt. Next to him stood his brother and supporter, Haroon and behind him stood thousands of Egyptians awaiting fate to make its mark.
In a line they faced him; strong and confident, these were the same Magicians whom Firown used to terrify his own people with, some were there by force and others willingly. They were prepared for victory and assumed Musa to be destined for destruction. According to them, there was no failure today, but deep down Musa had eman. He believed in the promise of Allah and this is what kept him firm, when his very eyes were telling him to run away and hide. Can you imagine his fear?
In life we will face trials, we will climb the ladder to achieve our dreams and obey Allah , and as we climb, a step may break and we have hold on with our lives. What keeps a believer firm, when everything around them seems like it’s falling apart? It is the strength of your eman and this is an indicator of whether you’re going to survive the test.
*Presses the Rewind Button*
In part one I discussed various lessons I learnt from the Fight for the Liwaa’ and in this article we’re going to derive lessons and link them back to the later life of Musa .
*Presses the Forward Button*
I want to fast forward the story, to the moment when Bani Isra’el was told to leave Egypt by Allah . And they followed Musa. They ran away and on their heels was Firown, the tyrant leader. Oh no! Much to their fear, they came to a dead end and then they got scared. They were in front of the sea and if they went back, they would be killed but there was no way forward? So they despaired in the promise of Allah . They thought Allah had let them down.
They said: “And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, ”Indeed, we are to be overtaken!” [3. Surah Ash-Shur’a, 26: 61]
Musa turned to them and said; Allah had promised to guide me, and He will! In their despair, they started to pressure him. They gave up.
His words have been immortalised for us in the Qur’an, he said: ”No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” [4. Surah Ash-Shur’a, 26: 62]
Now, here is the question – did Musa give up? Did he believe his eyes? No! He knew that Allah was with him and He would guide him! Even though his eyes told him something different, and so did his ears. Can you imagine how he felt? But, he did the right thing, yes?
Then came the promise of Allah – He said; ”Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain.” [5. Surah Ash-Shur’a, 26: 63] Okay, HOLD UP! Can the stick really split the sea? Of course not…
So it’s not the stick that splits the sea, rather it’s the miracle of Allah . Even when Allah is going to perform a miracle, He still wants YOU to do your part. He wants YOU to make an effort.
Even though Bani Isra’el would be saved Musa needed to do his part, even if it meant touching the water with his stick. He is a Prophet of Allah , what about us? This leads me on to two lessons.
[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]Don’t let trials kill momentum!
There was a time within the competition when an external factor almost killed the momentum at Qabeelat Fawz. This was the point where we as the leaders stood tall and didn’t allow the trial to stall us.
How did we tackle the issue? We addressed it within ourselves, and with the team we remained silent, in fact we acted like nothing happened, as we had a greater vision and goal – we refused to let an external factor distract us from our mission.
Br. Shabir shares a few contemplations with us all;
“In the few moments I had spent sending the email to Ameeran I had already realised how hasty I was in my reaction and how I could make a mountain of a molehill. Within very little time, I received replies from all members of the Ameeran, firstly thanking me for my contemplation in not sending it out to the whole crew alhamdulilah.
Br. Ruzwan said; ”It will detract from the real focus the liwaa… Alhamdulilah I’m so glad that you refrained from sending it just yet.” Sr. Alima added; ”Shaytaan is trying to distract us and kill momentum and we’re not going to let him inshaAllah!”
Br. Shabir add; “Ameeran handled the aftermath in the best way possible, reassuring who became frustrated, but also redirecting and refocusing for the whole Qabeelah in purpose of our goal. This ’silent demonstration’ against the disruption proved to be powerful in that our momentum was too strong to be broken MashaAllah.”
This is exactly the attitude you need to have in your life, which leads me onto the next lesson:
[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]You need a leader, and you need a group of Superstars championing your vision, and making it their own!
Musa had a vision and a strategy within the Torah. Yet at times Bani Isra’eel didn’t see his vision nor did they follow the strategy he set upon them. Hence when they should have succeeded, they failed. In the run up to winning the unofficial vote, we learnt the importance of this lesson. Br. Musa, from QFawz shares an enlightening thought:
“As we rallied for a strategy on increasing our votes, I was sidetracked by something greater. The unity amongst the crew, the desire to work towards a goal, an objective. To win the competition was one thing, yes, but for most of us our participation was more deeply rooted, this competition, was a stepping stone amongst the many other stepping stones that would lead us into our own sea of victory aka the bigger picture.”
Bani Isra’eel didn’t appreciate Musa as their leader. Whereas in this competition the team not only appreciated their leaders, they also made it their priority to follow the strategy set by them. Causing them to succeed in creating an impact, in Malaysia and Birmingham, Uk.
This leads on to another lesson;
[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]No-one knows the soldier of Allah, except Allah! Anyone can be a soldier of Allah!
In life, don’t always expect people you know to support you, at times they may not – don’t worry, rather Allah will send soldiers to help you in your mission.
As this was a win for the UK, we decided to rally the other Student Bodies in the UK to assist us to win the vote, at first the support was very minimal, and regardless we were strong in our resolve. Though, as we persisted, ego aside (it’s not easy asking for help from others – as you can imagine), the support started building up and when support comes, deep down the appreciation for such individuals remain.
Sr. Hafizah from Manchester said; “You have convinced ME!! You have my vote!”
Sr. Nazia from Middlesbrough said; “Love for your brother what you love for yourself… QFirdaws are with you!! It’s the ’QF’ loyalty!”
Perhaps insignificant for Sr. Hafizah and Sr. Nazia, but for us – a means of motivation to excel.
Finally, the last lesson is… Actually, wait! You all know who the winner was right?! Ma sya Allah, Malaysia gracefully won, beating QFawz in the race. This leads me onto the final lesson quite nicely;
Be content with the end result is, at the end of the day, whether you lost or win, as long as you did everything to succeed, then leave the rest to Allah .
Alhamdulillah once it was over the QFawz team were content. In fact they were over the moon for Malaysia, because:
a) You wish for your brethren what you wish for yourself
b) If you have done everything you can then enjoy the end result, regardless of what it is.
It was an enjoyable week for everyone involved and the lessons were many! Much more than I have shared! The zeal that was expressed throughout these past few days is the same zeal which we should endeavour to develop in our daily lives. When we do – the Ummah will rise up, in sha Allah.
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.