The Story of the Patience and Tolerance Of Nabi Moosa عليه السلام

The Story of the Patience and Tolerance Of
Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam)
Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) was a shepherd in the
service of Nabi Shuaib (Alayhis Salaam) as mentioned
in the Quran. One day, while grazing the goats, a goat
ran away. Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) had to run after it so far
that his feet became filled with blisters. He walked so far that
the rest of the flock too could not be seen anymore. Finally, the
goat became tired and came to a standstill and Nabi Moosa
(Alayhis Salaam) caught it. Instead of being angry with the goat
or beating it, he rubbed sympathetically around its neck, back
and head. Like a mother, he acted kindly to the animal and
although having suffered so much pain himself, did not in any
way show his displeasure. In fact, he felt sorry for the animal so
much that tears came to his eyes. He said to the goat, “I thought
that you had no mercy upon me. That is why you made me so
exhausted. But why did you not have mercy upon yourself. If
you had no mercy upon the blisters upon my feet and the
thorns that pricked me, then at least you should have had
mercy upon yourself. ”

At that moment, Allah Ta’ala said to the Angels, “Nabi Moosa
(Alayhis Salaam) is now suited for Prophethood.” (In other
words: The ability to withstand the sorrows of the Ummat and
to withstand the injuries from their side and the heart to bear all
difficulties). Allah Ta’ala said to the angels: For the Prophethood of this era, Moosa is the suitable person. ”
“Nabi Mustapha (Sallallaho Alayhi Wasallam) has said that before acquiring Prophethood,
Every Prophet used to be a shepherd”.

This is also mentioned in a Hadith of Bukhari Sharif and
Maulana discussed the wisdom in that:
“So that through grazing sheep and goats,
The Prophet’s patience and dignity may be exposed.
The reason they are made to rear goats is,
To teach them patience and gentleness amidst adversity. ”
Someone inquired of Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alayhi Wasallam):
“Did you also look after sheep, O Best of Creation?” He replied:
“Yes, indeed, I also at one time was a shepherd.” “Allah Ta’ala,
after this herding of sheep, grants spiritual shepherd hood and
after delivering the duty of a shepherd, He grants the Prophets
the position of spiritual herdsman.” It is said that being a
herdsman inculcates tolerance and clemency as sheep and goats
have the habit of wandering away in all directions. Thus, the
herdsman has a great problem in gathering them together just
as Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) was troubled in the above
story.