When the Night Equals a Thousand
By Muhammad Alshareef, courtesy of
It was narrated that in the days that Musa alayhis salaam
wandered with Bani Israeel in the desert, an intense
drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands
towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come.
Then, to the astonishment of Musa alayhis salaam and all
those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the
sky vanished, the heat poured down, and the drought
It was revealed to Musa that there was a sinner amongst the
tribe of Bani Israeel who had disobeyed Allah subhaanahu wa
ta ‘aala for more than forty years of his life. “Let
him separate himself from the congregation,” Allah
subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala told Musa alayhis salaam. “Only
then shall I shower you all with rain.”
Musa alayhis salaam then called out to the throngs of
humanity, “There is a person amongst us who has disobeyed
Allah for forty years. Let him separate himself from the
congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the
That man waited, looking left and right, hoping that
someone else would step forward, but no one did. Sweat
poured forth from his brow and he knew that he was the one.
The man knew that if he stayed amongst the congregation all
would die of thirst and that if he stepped forward he would
be humiliated for all eternity.
He raised his hands with a sincerity he had never known
before, with humility he had never tasted, and as tears
poured down on both cheeks he said, “O Allah, have mercy
on me! O Allah, hide my sins! O Allah, forgive me!”
As Musa alayhis salaam and the people of Bani Israeel
waited for the sinner to step forward, ....
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