Musa (A.S.) dealt very well with the tricky questions of Firaun. What was his strategy and how can I apply it?
Musa (A.S.) countered Firaun’s question of the present condition of the former nations which had died on disbelieve by attributing the ilm of the unseen with Allah. Though the answer of the question was pretty obvious , he used hikmah and didn’t give a straightforward answer there and then. He gave a reply, keeping in mind, the situation and the audience before him.
Considering the situation we’re in and who we’re talking to we need to adapt the same strategy. We can apply this by making the same dua that Musa (A.S.) did and by asking Allah for hikhmah.
I once read an article in Hiba magazine in which a new convert asked many scholars the question of whether her disbelieving grandmother ,who had never heard about Isalm, would go to heaven or hell. The first scholar she asked told her abruptly that her grandmother would go to hell as she was a non-believer. She wasn’t really satisfied with this answer and she kept asking scholars until finally one scholar told her that anyone who died without hearing about Islam in a state of disbelief would not enter hell. She was satisfied with this answer and that’s how the article ends. Allah alone knows best what ones current situation is if such a person dies on disbelief and without hearing about Islam. The most suitable answer to such a question would infact have been the same answer that Musa (A.S.) gave to Firaun : “The knowledge thereof if with my Lord in a record. My Lord neither errs nor forgets.”
I think at times I may also be straightforward in giving answers. I’ve learnt now that I should carefully analyze the situation before giving an answer. Though I may be giving the correct answer, people may not react in a positive manner. That is why the first revelations of the Quran were about heaven and hell and not about wine being prohibited , for if it had been people wouldn’t have accepted Islam. Allah (S.W.T.) revealed the verses of the Quran keeping the psyche of the people to whom He was revealing it to in mind.
In situations like this , we should keep the audience in mind before us, rather than giving the correct answer. We will be able to do this inshaAllah with wisdom and with the powerful weapon i.e. dua.
A Student of the Quran
Musa (AS) strategy was firstly to revert the answers back to Allah (SWT). He did not begin by saying: I think or in my opinion.
Also if you look at the questioning: Firaun asks Musa (AS): Who is your rabb, o Musa (Ayah 49). Musa . (AS) replies not with “Rabbi – my Rabb” but rather “our rabb – rabbuna”. This shows his intelligence in not only answering the question but rather discreetly implying that he is actually your Rabb too, Firaun. You just don’t realize it! So he gives more in the answer but with the correct choice of words.
- I learn speak less, communicate more! Use words wisely and correctly and make the conversation long term instead of short termed.
The second question, a personal one where Firaun is trying to corner Musa (AS) to incite some reply that will cause a stir amongst the crowd. “What is the condition of the previous nations?” Again, Musa (AS) does not take it personally, rather simply replies with Allah knows best. He sidelines the question with more description of Rabb instead of wasting his time in trying to answer a rather silly/ or oversmart question.
- I learn do not lose focus while being put on the spot. Do not derail of the message to be conveyed no matter how much people tempt you.
Then Firaun is getting desparate to get some rash answer out of Musa (AS) so he can prove his victory. We see how he is getting more and more personal with Musa (AS) now with a direct accusation: “Have you come to drive us out of our land with your magic, o Musa?” Musa (As) totally ignores the accusation and the personal attack and moves on to the plan of action which Musa (AS) sees as a chance to convince Firaun further with Allah’s help. He did not stop to say to Firaun – How dare you call me a magician or even I never said I was going to drive you out.”
- I learn, ignore the personal attacks in all discussions in general whether deen related or otherwise. That is the first inciting from Shaitan. If you move ahead with it (and that is the hardest to do), you are likely to move on with a discussion and get somewhere. Don’t take things personally!