Impossible to understand God’s wisdom by our limited vision


[The Quran 18:64]  (Moses) said, “That was the place we were looking for.” They traced their steps back.

 [18:65]  They found one of our servants, whom we blessed with mercy, and bestowed upon him from our own knowledge.

 [18:66]  Moses said to him, “Can I follow you, that you may teach me some of the knowledge and the guidance bestowed upon you?”

[18:67]  He said, “You cannot stand to be with me.

[18:68]  “How can you stand that which you do not comprehend?”

[18:69]  He said, “You will find me, GOD willing, patient. I will not disobey any command you give me.”

[18:70]  He said, “If you follow me, then you shall not ask me about anything, unless I choose to tell you about it.”

[18:71]  So they went. When they boarded a ship, he bore a hole in it. He said, “Did you bore a hole in it to drown its people? You have committed something terrible.”

[18:72]  He said, “Did I not say that you cannot stand to be with me?”

[18:73]  He said, “I am sorry. Do not punish me for my forgetfulness; do not be too harsh with me.”

[18:74]  So they went. When they met a young boy, he killed him. He said, “Why did you kill such an innocent person, who did not kill another person? You have committed something horrendous.”

[18:75]  He said, “Did I not tell you that you cannot stand to be with me?”

[18:76]  He said, “If I ask you about anything else, then do not keep me with you. You have seen enough apologies from me.”

[18:77]  So they went. When they reached a certain community, they asked the people for food, but they refused to host them. Soon, they found a wall about to collapse, and he fixed it. He said, “You could have demanded a wage for that!”

[18:78]  He said, “Now we have to part company. But I will explain to you everything you could not stand.

[18:79]  “As for the ship, it belonged to poor fishermen, and I wanted to render it defective. There was a king coming after them, who was confiscating every ship, forcibly.

[18:80]  “As for the boy, his parents were good believers, and we saw that he was going to burden them with his transgression and disbelief.

[18:81]  “We willed that your Lord substitute in his place another son; one who is better in righteousness and kindness.

[18:82]  “As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city. Under it, there was a treasure that belonged to them. Because their father was a righteous man, your Lord wanted them to grow up and attain full strength, then extract their treasure. Such is mercy from your Lord. I did none of that of my own volition. This is the explanation of the things you could not stand.”

There is a good reason for everything regardless we may or may not understand. The story between Prophet Moses and one of good servants of God confirms it and clarifies another crucial point. Prophets and messengers of God were also human being like us with limited vision. They didn’t get God revelations in their daily lives to understand how God’s system works on earth, let alone, in the rest of the universe.

Those who think Prophet Muhammad was above mistake or error, this Quranic story is a death blow to their wrong concept. Those who blame God out of ignorance should read this Quranic story carefully. You should know that God is always right regardless of whatever you see or understand what God is doing. May God bless you.

Dr. Anisur Rahman. PhD


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