Musa PBUH and Al-Khadir - Knowledge
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where Musa PBUH was speaking to his people, answering questions and delivering sermons. Then, a man approached him and asked, "Is there anyone as knowledgeable as you?"

Musa PBUH replied innocently and simply, "No."

Later, God chastised Musa PBUH for his quick reply. God said that there was a man, where the two seas met, who believed in God and was more knowledgeable than Musa PBUH.

Surprised and curious, Musa PBUH asked where he could find this man. God told him to take dried whale and go traveling and wherever he lost the whale, there he would meet the man who is more knowledgeable than he.

And so Musa PBUH procured the dried whale, placed it in a basket and entrusted it to his servant Yushea'a bin Noon and took to the road. As evening drew near, the travelers made camp near a rock by the sea. When Musa PBUH fell asleep Yushea'a watched in wonder as the basket shook then overturned and the dried whale fell into the sea and disappeared, leaving a wake behind it as though it had swum away. Shocked but exhausted, Yushea'a went to sleep determined to tell his master of the strange incident in the morning.

When morning came, the two travelled on, Yushea'a having forgotten to tell Musa PBUH of the loss of the whale. When midday came, Musa PBUH asked Yushea'a to set out the food, inadvertently reminding Yushea'a of the strange events of the night before.

Embarrassed by his forgetfulness, Yushea'a nevertheless spoke up, "I forgot to tell you, and it was no doubt the devil who caused me to forget, that last night whilst you slept, the whale fell in the sea and it looked like it swam away!"

"That was the sign we have been waiting for!" exclaimed Musa PBUH and without delay the two men retraced their steps back to the rock by the sea.

When they arrived, they saw a man standing there by the rock. Musa PBUH greeted the man using al-salam (the greeting of peace) and the man returned the greeting correctly then said, "Whence do you come, that you know that greeting?"

Musa PBUH replied simply, "I am Musa".

The man said interestedly, "Musa of the Israelites?"

"Yes," answered Musa PBUH, "I have come to learn from you what God has taught you."

"O' Musa," the man replied, "God has taught me that which he has not taught thee, and God has taught thee that which he has not taught me."

Putting aside the man's words, Musa PBUH said respectfully, "May I follow you?"

"You will not be able to tolerate me. And how could you without knowing that which you do not know?" the man said.

Brushing aside the man's words again, Musa PBUH insisted that he wished to learn all he could from the man. Eventually, the man agreed that Musa PBUH could travel with him on the condition that he not question the man's actions until the man himself spoke of them. Musa PBUH readily accepted this condition and began travelling with Al-Khadir, for so the man was called.

As the men walked along the sea cost, a boat passed them. The people in the boat recognized Al-Khadir and offered to give him and his companion passage for free. Agreeing, Al-Khadir and Musa PBUH boarded the boat and stood quietly out of the way of the industrious sailors.

A bird flitted down and caught a beak full of water from the sea then flew off into the distance.

"O' Musa," Al-Khadir said, inspired by the bird, "the knowledge that you have and the knowledge that I have are nothing more, compared to the knowledge of God, than that drop of water that the bird took, when compared to the sea."

Musa PBUH listened intently, determined to learn all he could from Al-Khadir. Then he stood aghast as Al-Khadir picked up an axe and used it to tear out one of the boat's planks.

"What have you done?!" Musa PBUH reprimanded Al-Khadir, "These people have given us free passage and you repay them by putting a hole in their boat and trying to drown everyone aboard?! You have committed a sin!"

"Did I not tell you that you would not be able to tolerate me?" Al-Khadir said knowingly.

Reminded of the deal he had struck with Al-Khadir not to question his actions, Musa PBUH said hurriedly by way of apology, "Pay no attention to my forgetfulness, and do not hold it against me."

Al-Khadir accepted Musa's PBUH words and did not use this lapse in memory to send him away. So when the two were on dry land again, they continued travelling as companions.

As the two men wandered, they came across a young boy playing in a field. Al-Khadir approached the boy and without any hint as to what he meant to do, he slew the boy.

Horrified by this sudden and terrible deed, Musa PBUH exclaimed, "You have killed an innocent soul without any reason! You have committed a terrible sin!"

"Did I not tell you that you would not be able to tolerate me?" Al-Khadir said solemnly to Musa PBUH.

Chastised but still disturbed, Musa PBUH said, "If I question you again about your actions, then send me away, for you have already heard and accepted my excuses."

The two men travelled onward and came across a village. Hungry and weary, the two men asked the villagers for food and shelter but were rebuffed and told to leave. As the two left the village, they saw an old wall that had begun to crumble and lean precariously. Al-Khadir stopped and shored the wall up and fixed it so that it stood straight and strong again.

Musa PBUH watched in disbelief, "We approached these people and they neither fed us nor treated us as one should treat a guest, yet you go to their wall and fix it?! Why not ask them to pay you for your work?!"

"Ah, this means we must part ways," Al-Khadir said unsurprised, "I will tell you the reasons behind my actions. Actions that you could neither tolerate nor patiently wait for me to speak of."

"As to the boats, a tyrant king was marching behind us and he would have taken that boat and robbed its people of their livelihood, had I not removed that board and made the boat unfit for the king's use. The boat is easily repaired, but not easily replaced." Al-Khadir said fixing his wise, knowing eyes on Musa PBUH.

Musa PBUH listened with dawning understanding to Al-Khadir as he delivered his next explanation, "The parents of that child I slew are good people who believe in God, but their son would have grown up to be a terrible man who would commit monstrous crimes and wring his parents hearts. They will mourn him now, as an innocent, then have another child who will grow up to be a good person and will take good care of them."

"This wall," Al-Khadir continued, "contains a great treasure. It was hidden here by the father of two orphan boys. He was a good man and God wanted to be sure the treasure the man hid reached his children. When they are man grown, they will discover the treasure their father left them and do good things with it. If I had left the wall to crumble, the mean-spirited villagers would have discovered the treasure, stolen it, and kept it for themselves, well knowing it rightfully belonged to the orphan boys."

When Musa PBUH heard the last explanation, he felt a great deal of regret for failing to keep the bargain he had made with Al-Khadir. There was clearly much that Al-Khadir had to teach him, but he would have to be content with the few lessons he had learned: patience, faith and that he did not have the knowledge necessary to understand and therefore tolerate Al-Khadir's actions.

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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Al-Khadir: الخَضِرَ.
    • Musa (aka Moses) PBUH: موسى عليه السلام.
    • Israelites (in Arabic - Banu Issraeel): The descendants of Israel (Jacob PBUH) and includes all of the various tribes.

  1. القرآن الكريم [The Noble Quran]. (1417 H). Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, KSA: Mujama'a Al-Malik Fahad. Page 300-302. Surat Al-Kahaf (سورة الكهف). Aya (Verse) 60-82.
  2. Al-Bukhari, M. (2004 AD, 1424 H). صحيح البخاري [Sahih Al-Bukhari]. Beirut: Al-Maktaba Al-Assrya. Page 599-601.
  3. Ibn Katheer Al-Dimishqui, Emad Al-Deen (1399 H). مختصر تفسير ابن كثير [Summarized Tafseer Ibn Katheer]. Beirut: Dar Al-Quran Al-Kareem. Volume II. Page 426-433.

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