Two Kinds Of Knowledge

Allah Knows Who is Most Learned

One day, Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam delivered such an impressive lecture that all who heard it were deeply inspired. Someone in the followers asked: ” O Messenger of Allah, is there another man on earth more learned than you?” Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam replied: “No!”, believing so, as Allah had given him the power of miracles and honored him with the Torah. 

However, Allah revealed to Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam that no man could know all there is to know, nor would one messenger alone be the custodian of all knowledge. There would always be another who knew what others did not. Moses asked Allah: “O Allah, where is this man? I would like to meet him and learn from him.” He also asked for a sign to this person’s identity.

Allah instructed him to take a live fish in a water-filled vessel. The point at which the fish disappears, he would find the man he sought. Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam set out on his journey, accompanied by a young man (Joshua) who carried the vessel with the fish. They reached a place where two rivers met and decided to rest there. Instantly, Moses fell asleep.

While he was asleep, his companion saw the fish wriggle out of the vessel into the river and swim away. However, he forgot to relate this incident to Moses. When he awoke, they continued their journey until they were exhausted and hungry. Moses asked for his morning meal. Only then did his companion recall that the fish they had brought with them had gotten away. Hearing this, Moses exclaimed: “This is exactly what we are seeking!”

They quickly retraced their steps to the place where the rivers met and where the fish had jumped out. There they found a man, his face partly covered with a hood. One could tell by his aura that he was a saintly man. He was Hazrat Khizar Alaihi Slaam (Al-Khidr), the guide.
Moses greeted him, and he replied saying: “How do people greet each other in your land?” Moses said: “I am Moses.”

The man asked: “Moses of Bani Israel? ” 

Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said: “Yes, I have come to you so that you may teach me from those things which Allah has taught you.” He said: “O Moses! I have some of the knowledge of Allah which Allah has taught me and which you do not know, while you have some of the knowledge of Allah which Allah has taught you and which I do not know.” 

Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam asked: “May I follow you?” He said: “But you will not be able to remain patient with me, for how can you be patient about things which you will not be able to understand?” 
Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said: “You will find me, inshallah, truly patient and I will not disobey you in aught.” 

So both of them set out walking along the sea-shore. A boat passed by them, and they asked the crew of the boat to take them on board. The crew recognized Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam , so they took them on board without fare. When they were on board the boat, a sparrow came and stood on the edge of the boat and dipped its beak once or twice into the sea. 

Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam said to Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam : “O Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam ! My knowledge and your knowledge have not decreased Allah’s knowledge except as much as this sparrow has decreased the water of the sea with its beak. “Then suddenly Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam took an adze and pulled up a piece of wood from the floorboard of boat, and Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam did not notice it till he had pulled up a plank with the adze. 

Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said to him: “What have you done? They took us on board charging us nothing; yet you have intentionally made a hole in their boat so as to drown its passengers. Verily, you have done a dreadful thing.” Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam replied: “Did I not tell you that you would not be able to remain patient with me?’ Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam replied: “Do not blame me for what I have forgotten, and do not be hard upon me for my fault.” So the first excuse of Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam

When they had left the sea, they passed by a boy playing with other boys. Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam took hold of the boy’s head and plucked it with his hand like this. (Sufyan, the sub-narrator gestured with his fingertips as if he were plucking some fruit.) Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said to him: “Have you killed an innocent person who has not killed any person? You have really done a horrible thing.” Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam said: “Did I not tell you that you could not remain patient with me?” Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said: “Oh, If I ask you about anything after this, don’t let me accompany you, you have received an excuse from me.”

Then both of them went on till they came to some people of a village, and they asked its inhabitants for food but they refused to entertain them as guests. Then they saw therein a wall which was just going to collapse and Al Khidr repaired it just by touching it with his hands. (Sufyan, the sub-narrator, gestured with his hands, illustrating how Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam passed his hands over the wall upwards.) Hazrat Musa Alaihi Slaam said: “These are the people, whom we have called on, but they neither gave us food, nor entertained us as guests, yet you have repaired their wall. If you had wished, you could have taken wages for it.”

Hazrat Khizar (Khidr) Alaihi Slaam said: “This is the separation between you and me, and I shell tell you the explanation of those things on which you could not remain patient.As for the boat, it belonged to poor people working in the sea. So I wished to make a defective damage in it, as there was a king after them who seized every boat by force (if the boat is in good condition).

And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief. So we intended that their Lord should change him for them for one better in righteousness and near to mercy. “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord (but that all was by the command of Almighty Allah). That is the interpretation or Hikmat of those (things) over which you could not hold patience.”

The Moral lesson contained in this story is this “You should have full faith in the wisdom of what is happening in the Divine Factory in accordance with the will of Allah. As the reality is hidden from you, you are at a loss to understand the wisdom of what is happening, and sometimes if it appears that things are going against you, you cry out, ‘How and why has this happened’. The fact is that if the curtain be removed from the “unseen”, you would yourselves come to know that what is happening here is for the best. Even if sometimes it appears that something is going against you, you will see that in the end it also produces some good results for you.”

Posted 1st November 2011 by Nawaqif Rehnuma

Labels: Islamic Theology

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