THE DEMISE OF MUSA (ALAYHIS SALAM)

DEMISE OF MUSA (ALAYHIS SALAM)

 

When the time of Hadhrat Musa’s demise approached, he called his

two companions, Hadhrat Yusha’ Bin Noon and Hadhrat Kalib Bin

Yuqana (alayhimas salaam). He instructed them to prepare a number

of copies of the Tauraah for distribution among his people. The work

was immediately initiated. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) himself wrote

one complete copy of the Tauraah. The checking and proof-reading

of this copy was done by Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam). This

special copy was entrusted to the offspring of Nabi Haroon (alayhis

salaam). On the occasion of handing them his copy of the Tauraah,

Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “My age is now three hundred

years. The time is near for me to depart from this earthly abode. I

desire to appoint the ablest among you to be my vicegerent

(Khalifah) after me. The best among you for this position is Yusha

whom I am appointing to be my Khalifah.” The nation of Bani Israeel

happily and wholeheartedly accepted the appointment of Hadhrat

Yusha’ (alayhis salaam). Everyone pledged obedience to him.

 

Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) thereafter became more engrossed in

Thikrullaah. He set off to Mount Tur for the last time. Here he

engaged in conversation with Allah Ta’ala. After he returned to his

people from Mount Tur, he engaged in counselling Bani Israaeel,

giving them many farewell advices and admonition.

 

Allah Ta’ala had informed Hadhrat Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) of

his imminent Maut (Death). After he had presented numerous

farewell advices to Bani Israaeel, one day Malakul Maut appeared

unannounced in human form. When he stated his purpose, viz. taking

Musa’s life, he (Hadhrat Musa) became enraged. He struck Malakul

Maut who was in human form, such a fierce blow which damaged his

(Malakul Maut’s) eye. Malakul Maut departed and complained to

Allah Ta’ala.

 

Allah Ta’ala sent Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) with the message: “O

Musa! If you desire longer life, then place your hand on the back of a

ram. I take oath by My Might and Splendour! Your life will be

extended in years for as many hairs of the ram which are covered by

your hand.”

 

After Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) delivered this divine

message, Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) commented: “O Jibraeel! After

I have done so and my lifespan is extended to the number of hairs

which my hand covers on the back of a ram, and after the expiry of

all those years, then what will happen?” Jibraeel (alayhis salaam)

said: “Thereafter is Maut.” Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “Since

the ultimate fate is Maut, why should I not be presently pleased with

Maut? Go, send Malakul Maut to me. With the greatest pleasure I

submit and hand over my soul.” Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) departed.

 

Immediately Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) set off for the

wilderness. On arriving in the desolate place he suddenly saw seven

men in a beautiful lush area. They were preparing a beautiful grave.

Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “Whose grave is this?” A

spokesman for the seven men said: “It is the grave of one of Allah’s

beloved devotees. His height is your height.”

Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) stood there whilst they were

preparing the grave. He then said: “May I lay down in this grave for a

few moments?” They happily consented. Who were these seven

persons? They were Jibraeel, Meekaaeel, Israafeel, Izraaeel and

another three Muqarrab Angels (Angels of high rank enjoying very

close divine proximity). Allah Ta’ala had dispatched them to prepare

the grave in honour of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam).

 

Lying down in the grave, he exclaimed: “What a wonderful abode,

Subhaanallaah!” Immediately Malakul Maut (Hadhrat Izraaeel –

alayhis salaam) stepped forward and placed a wonderfully fragrant

flower to the nose of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). At that very

moment the blessed Rooh of Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) took flight

from his earthly body.

Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji-oon.