Saturday, April 19, 2014

The unknown believer

S N Smith -- April 19, 2014

It took a lot of courage to do what he did. Most certainly he was placing himself at great risk. Surely he knew that he would face opposition, but that did not stop him. Something inside of him -- a deep seated conviction -- compelled him to speak out regardless of the consequences. He could not help himself, he had to speak out or he was going to burst from the inside out. He knew what was the truth and he could not tolerate falsehood having the upper hand. Saying nothing was not an option. Standing by while innocent blood was about to be spilled was simply intolerable, especially when the one about to have his life snuffed out was doing nothing more than speaking truth to power.  He knew full well of the track record of the one he would be challenging, it was brutal. Rivers of blood were shed at his hands as he exercised his ruthless rule over large masses of people. To challenge such a heartless person, who possessed the full reigns of power, meant almost certain death. 

But what was death to this person other than a transition to the other side where he would meet his Lord and have to give an account of what he did in this life? What would be the consequences if he were to say nothing at all and just drift along in his own private world of belief?  After all, no one knew he was a believer as he kept his faith a secret and, it appears, no one suspected anything unusual about him. 

But here he is, his voiced raised in a passionate plea, seeking to stay the hand of Pharaoh who was about to put Moses to death. 

And now, many centuries later, we still don't know his name but he is a model for every believer since. What he did is universally admired and we look upon him with awe and wonder. Muslims read about him in the Surah Ghafir, the 40th chapter of the Quran, verses 26-45

I am not going to go into all what he said to Pharaoh, readers can do that on their own. What I want to highlight in this brief article is that one person, with no other motive than to please Allah, stood up for the truth even though doing so had the potential of causing him personal harm. But, the Quran says in verse 45 of the above cited surah, "Then Allah saved him from (every) ill that they plotted (against him), but the brunt of the Penalty encompassed on all sides the People of Pharaoh." 

Who is this person who actually came from the people of Pharaoh and was not even one of the children of Israel? He is the unknown believer and Allah has immortalized his courageous act in the pages of the Holy Quran.

S N Smith writes from Ottawa, ON.