Umm Musa and the fight for the Liwaa’ (Part 1)

At a time when every mother would silently watch her baby boy murdered in front of her eyes, there was one woman who decided to act against fate. She got up, she was inspired and in her deep resolve to save her beloved – she did what no other woman dared to do. She stepped up and strategically planned his safety.

This was the Mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and she was inspired by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). This was the start of her legacy and in turn it impacted the lives of millions of people, including you and I.

The past few days have been eventful, a tad bit stressful and overly exciting for many of us. Why, you may ask?! All in the name of righteous competition, I reply! Every year AlMaghrib Institute awards the Liwaa’ Cup to a Student Body from around the world. One is awarded based on student votes and the second comes down to exam scores and seminar turnout.

I, like Br. Amar from Qabeelat Ihsaan lead the campaign in hopes of winning the student vote for our Student Body, and just like the Qur’an demands contemplation, this competition demands that we reap lessons from it. You see, during the competition several Student Bodies excelled and the same zeal is required in our lives, so we can take this Ummah to another level, in sha Allah (or In sya Allah, as the Malaysians would say! :))

Just like the mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) who decided to do something amazing to save her child, there is a moment in your life when you decide to give something a go, not knowing where fate will take you. In this article I’m going to focus on deriving lessons from this past week as well as referring back to the story of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), and you’ll notice there is a correlation of lessons. Exciting right?!

The Mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) made her resolve very early on in her mission to bring up a Superstar!

When the competition for the Liwaa’ began, as Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef stated;

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]A lesson I learnt from this vote is; your end result depends VERY EARLY on whether you care or not. And isn’t that the same in life? If you mentally give up in the beginning, you have lost before the race even starts. 

When the race for the Liwaa’ unofficial vote began, everyone started competing. However in the last few days the win was stuck between two Student Bodies; Malaysia and Birmingham, UK. Br. Amar, the Ameer of QIhsan, shares how it started for him:

“The moment I saw the vote online, I started to draft on paper how to win this vote. Then I shared this with my crew.”
We at QFawz did the same – for the next few days, we almost put everything on hold and started planning how to win the unofficial vote. This leads me on to the second lesson:

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]You have to remain committed to meeting your goal of helping humanity regardless of what happens. There were times within the race, both Student Bodies could have given up, but they both had a vision. They were on a mission and it was no longer about winning. Rather it was about momentum and using it to do great things within their community.

The mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) didn’t just wake up one day and decide to take action; rather, she strategically planned the entire journey.

Br. Amar Razili, from Malaysia shares his experience:

Ihsaan (excellence) is never the result of an accident. Rather it is a result of lots of planning, hard work & tawakkul to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

This leads us on to our next lesson. Did the mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) remain strong throughout her mission? In the Qur’an, we learn that nearer the time it was too hard for her – she was unable to let him go, so Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) inspired her to throw her new born into the River Nile. He gave her the inner strength and resolve to continue.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is sending a message to the mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and all of us – when you fear for his safety, then the alternative is to throw him in the river. I’m not sure about you, but it seems to be worse than being taken in by the security forces of Firown!

Look what Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an:

And We inspired to the mother of Moses, “Suckle him; but when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear and do not grieve. Indeed, We will return him to you and will make him [one] of the messengers.” [1. Surah Al-Qasas, 28: 7]

In turn we learn that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) made her a promise:

a)   He will return him to her.
b)   He will make him a messenger.

SubhanAllah, if she did not have yakeen (trust) in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), she would not have been able to do this. The lesson is:

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Believe in the promise of Allah and then you will see results!

Whilst working in getting as many votes as we could, we believed in the promise of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and you may think – what is the promise of Allah?

The Messenger of Allah, ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) taught us that the solution is in our hands. One day he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” [2. Reported in Tirmidhi]

We believed that if made an effort we would be rewarded and Alhamdulillah, both Student Bodies were, in their own unique manner.

As the story of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) continues; the sister of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) followed the wooden case and out of all the places – the wooden case was made to stop at the house of Firown.

Can you imagine how this mother who loves her child beyond measure was feeling at that moment? She wanted to get him away from the home of Firown and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) takes him right there! The Mother of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) got scared for her child and she wanted to run and save him but if she did, they would have killed him. They would have known Musa is from Bani Isra’eel. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) tells us; when she became weak, We intervened; He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) with His army came in and helped her. This leads us on to another lesson:

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2]If you take one step towards Allah, He will take many steps towards you. He strengthened her, and gave her tranquillity and stability!

Both Student Bodies had a vision, they were working for a greater goal and that was the pleasure of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). When you work towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) don’t worry about how big your competitor is or what other people think. Rather walk to Him, and He’ll run to you, inshaAllah.

As you become successful in life you’ll meet people who may have certain stereotypes and may not believe what you’re embarking on to be significant. Even though you do! This leads me onto another lesson mentioned by Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef:

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2]Another lesson is that AlMaghrib Midlands – Qabeelat Fawz pushed themselves higher and higher because they had a partner, Qabeelat Ihsaan, who pushed higher and higher. How often as Muslims we play small so that our Muslim bros/sis don’t feel bad, but instead how much could we benefit others if we PLAYED LARGE! Malaysian style! 

Generally, these statements are not made in a negative sense. However, you need to be strong to remain committed, regardless of what people say. For example one statement was;

”It’s not even the official vote!”

I, for one know this statement was done with the best of intentions – alhamdulillah, though you can learn many lessons from this. When you embark upon a journey, you know the reason you’re going to strive till the end and if you sincerely believe in them – don’t ever stop, until you achieve your goal!

Now, as the days went on one Student Body would always beat the other, while the other was sleeping!

We at QFawz would wake up and see the votes for Malaysia had accelerated causing us to worry, but did we give up? No! Birmingham, UK, a city of under 80, 000 were competing against a whole country. This leads me onto another lesson shared by Br. Ahmed Hamoodi, one of the main campaigners from Fawz:

[dropcap2]6[/dropcap2]“No matter how powerful or how large the resistance and competitor is, don’t give up and use it as a means of motivation to excel.”

I learnt; your attitude is everything; as Br. Ruzwan, from QFawz said; “Hype is infectious, and with sincere intentions, you can achieve anything!”

Sr. Tohfa, added to this; “As people we feed off each other so when one person is excited it excites others and inspires them to pick themselves up and come back stronger.”

As the story of Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) continued, he arrived at the house of Firown, SubhanAllah, even though this house was the most evil of homes, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) had a soldier present and this was Asiyah 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). We learn an important lesson; If Allah wants to protect His servant, He will send soldiers to protect them. All the baby boys of Bani Isra’el were killed, except Musa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and the irony was that he was brought up in the house of Firown, the same man who wanted to kill him, amazing right? Look at the mysterious plans of Allah! We may plan, yet the plan of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) always succeeds.

The wife of Firown wanted to keep Musa and so she persisted in asking her husband. She created hype and used all her resources to persuade him. Some mufasireen say that he may have had an inkling that he was from Bani Isra’el, but he gave into his wife and allowed her to keep him.

During this competition, brothers and sisters who had never heard about AlMaghrib, or the Liwaa’ came together and supported us. They noticed we had a passion; we were going for something great!

I’ll share the rest of the lessons in part two, in sha Allah. Stay tuned, as something happened which almost killed the momentum at Fawz, how did we combat at it? Find out next week!

[fancy_link link=”/musa-didnt-turn-back-the-fight-for-the-liwaa”]Part two[/fancy_link]

The Author

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.

14 Responses

  1. Ipoetdawah March 23, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    Very beneficial read – Jazakallah Khayr for sharing. Look forward to part 2.

    Aaqib Ahmed

    • Alima Ashfaq March 23, 2012 / 11:17 pm

      BarakAllahu feek, I’m hoping to make part 2 even better for all those who are anticipating the lessons, in sha Allah.

  2. Muhammad Alshareef March 23, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Jazakum Allahu khayr – reading about how Ummi Musa almost gave up and revealed herself, yet Allah kept her firm, was very touching to be reminded of.  QFawz did a fantastic job, and if it wasn’t for Birmingham’s resolve, Malaysia wouldn’t have pulled into so many resources. And if it wasn’t for Malaysia’s resolve, Birmingham wouldn’t have pulled into so many resources. Just remember, today we reflect on 1st place and 2nd place, and we don’t even know who was in third place! (I think it was Minnesota, but I’m not sure) :)

    • Alima Ashfaq March 23, 2012 / 11:21 pm

      JazakAllahu khayr for your kind words Shaykh Muhammad. And I agree, if Malaysia didn’t play BIG, we wouldn’t have pushed ourselves like we did and even within this – there are so many lessons.

      Once again barakAllahu feek for giving us various platforms to realise our own potential and step up. I hope next year we push higher, inshaAllah!

    • Faria Alam March 24, 2012 / 6:36 am

      May Allaah always bless you in this dunya and the hereafter Sh. Muhammad, ameen. JazaakAllaahu khayran for your inspirations, throughout.

  3. Umm 'AbdAllah March 23, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    JazakAllahu khairan for posting the Article Sr Alima! It’s an amazing read, and subhanAllah so many lessons can be applied to our own daily lives. 
    I believe if we have more competitions like this in the community, we’ll be able to benefit more!
    I would also like to shout out to Qihsaan and Qfawz for their hardwork!

    • Alima Ashfaq March 25, 2012 / 11:36 pm

      BarakAllahu feeki Umm ‘AbdAllah, I hope to see you more of you here, at I am Alima – inshaAllah.

      Thank you for the shout-out to Fawz and Ihsaan, I concur! MashaAllah.

  4. Afifah Jamil March 23, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    SubhanAllah, so many lessons from a competition which at first glance I thought was just for a bit of fun but it was so much more. I’m looking forward to reading the next part inshaAllah!

    • Alima Ashfaq March 25, 2012 / 11:35 pm

      Exactly – at first glance we don’t see the amazing lessons entwined in what life brings – however, deep down, every situation has a lesson we can learn, it all depends on whether we are willing to see it or not, and take action of course.

      BarakAllahu feeki for your thoughts, it’s nice to read them. :)

  5. Faria Alam March 24, 2012 / 6:35 am

    Alhamdulillaah, this is true that though I have never attended any of Al-Maghrib’s seminars because of my location I have had a deeper insight into the student bodies and their works. Keep up the good work, may Allaah accept from you and bless you with High Stations in Al-Firdous al A’laa, ameen.


    • Alima Ashfaq March 24, 2012 / 10:30 pm

      BarakAllahu feeki Faria! It’s nice to know that you *finally* understand what I speak about now, alhamdulillah whenever a Student Body steps up, another starts dreaming bigger – definitely a lesson for us all.

      Btw, I think we need to compete!

      • Faria Alam March 25, 2012 / 7:42 am

        :) Compete…hmmm…I guess we already do ;)

  6. Aishah March 24, 2012 / 7:56 pm

    masha Allah…this was beautifully written…i benefitted from this and there ws some lessons in it for me..nided it rite now..Jazakillahu khayran…may allah increase u in ‘ilm…

    • Alima Ashfaq March 24, 2012 / 10:28 pm

      Jazakillahu khayrun Aishah, I am happy you benefitted, it’s good to pass on the little I know. Aameen to your aadiya, and I wish the same for you, in sha Allah. :)

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