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Lightening seized the people of Prophet Moses - Verses 2:55-56


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« on: July 01, 2019, 08:28:36 am »

 

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I would hugely appreciate if anyone can explain a bit in regard to the backdrop of the following Verses.   That would help me to understand it better.

"And when ye said: O Moses! We will not believe in thee till we see Allah plainly; and even while you gazed the lightning seized you.    Then We revived you after your extinction, that ye might give thanks."   (2:55-56).



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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2019, 09:10:35 am »


Walaikum AsSalam sis.    I think most likely the reference is to an incident during the Exodus when the Israelites demanded from Prophet Moses (pbuh) to see Allah as a condition of their belief.  That made Allah angry and He sent the lightning as a punishment on those people.  The last line, that is, Verse 2:56 "Then We revived you after your extinction, that you might give thanks." can have two interpretations.  First interpretation can be that when the lightning struck them, they died but Allah forgave them and brought them back to life.  The second explanation can be that those who demanded to see Allah, were struck by lightning and they died.  Later, their next generation or descendants were revived into following Faith after the death of their ancestors.  This comes to mind because after the Exodus it took about 40 years, as confirmed by the Quran, for the Israelites to enter the Holy Land which was most likely after the passing of Prophet Moses.  Thus, that might be a reference to the transition from ancestor to descendant.  I think most likely the second explanation is the right one.  And only Allah knows best.

According to Maududi's commentary:

"When Moses went up to Mount Tur for forty days and forty nights, he was also told to bring with him seventy of the chiefs of Israel. Then Allah bestowed upon him the Book and Criterion and gave him the stone tablets with Instructions and Commandments inscribed on them for the guidance of the people, and he presented these to the chiefs. The Qur'an says that at that time some wicked people from among them began to say: "How can we believe, on a mere statement of yours, that Allah has had a talk with you?" At this Allah became angry with them and punished them."

Maududi hasn't quite clarified his commentary.  But his connotation seems to be in conformity with my second interpretation.  Also, Maududi confirms that it happened when Prophet Moses went to bring the Torah in the presence of The Almighty.  But I'm not sure if this incident happened then or some other time.  Perhaps Maududi got a bit mixed up.  In accordance with Quranic references I think Prophet Moses (pbuh) went to receive the Torah alone.  Please refer to post When Prophet Moses and some of his companions experienced earthquake (V.7:155).

There are many historical narrations in the Noble Quran, the details of which are hard to confirm.  They're only known to Allah alone.  Frankly, I consider it important to understand correctly the Quranic commandments that govern our lives.  As far as the Quranic narrations are concerned, I follow them to the point Allah has mentioned them.  In some of the historical narrations, all details are confirmed.  In some Allah only mentions as far as necessary to convey His message to humanity.  For example in regard to Verses 2:55-56, the significant aspect to understand is that those people with Prophet Moses who acted rude and audacious were punished and struck with lightening.  This was most likely in Mount Sinai during the time Prophet Moses received the Divine Commandments.  But confirmation of this point must be left to Allah.

Hope  I've made myself understood, Insh'Allah.

The following related posts also might help:
-   Mount Sinai
".. and Allah said unto them: Die; and then He brought them back to life."


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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2019, 09:15:49 am »



Yeah sis, I understand very well now.  May Allah Almighty bless you for your help.  Ameen.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019, 09:17:17 am »



Welcome Sis Ruhi  ..
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 09:24:06 am »



Very good read.   Thank you sisters.
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It's a pleasure sis  .. ..
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