There are several lessons that a student of knowledge can learn from Hazrat Musa (A.S) and from Khizr (A.S)’s meeting which has been detailed in the Surah Al Kahf. Here are 5 lessons from Surah Al Kahf;
- Zeal for knowledge and traveling for knowledge: Hazrat Musa (A.S) had been prepared to make travels to the farthest distances to obtain knowledge. Several scholars have mentioned that Musa (A.S) had traveled across sea and land to meet with Khizr (A.S). He had also shown great zeal and enthusiasm in his search for knowledge. All students of knowledge should be completely prepared to travel to obtain knowledge and must also be ready to endure the hardships which were associated with travel back then. Today, however, there are several resources for information and much easier traveling.
- Enduring the hardships: The journey had been difficult for Hazrat Musa (A.S) and along with the servant they endured several hardships in the pursuit of knowledge. A student of knowledge will surely face challenges and hardships while their pursuit, however, these challenges and hardships should not stop them from their pursuit of knowledge or dissuade them in their pursuit of knowledge.
- Show of Humbleness: Although Hazrat Musa (A.S) was considered higher in rank than Hazrat Khizr (A.S), Musa (A.S) still proceeded to show Khizr (A.S) extreme courteousness and humbleness. This was because Hazrat Musa (A.S) had come to Hazrat Khizr (A.S) in his pursuit of that knowledge that he himself did not know before. Any student of knowledge should not belittle any other personal regardless with how much or how little knowledge they perform.
- Complying with the reasonable requests of the teachers: Hazrat Musa (A.S) had complied with all of the strict conditions which had been set up by Hazrat Khizr (A.S), even though he had been a chosen Prophet of the Almighty Allah carrying out the work of Almighty Allah. Any student of knowledge should be in compliance with the instructions and restrictions placed by their teachers. However, these instructions or restrictions must be reasonable in order to be followed by the students of knowledge.
- Exercising Patience: Hazrat Khizr (A.S) did several things which according to Musa (A.S) were in contradiction to the laws and teachings of the Almighty Allah, and as a chosen Prophet of Allah, he could not help but speak out on the issue of contradictions. Musa (A.S) was reminded by Khizr (A.S) that he had agreed not to speak out on the issue, and hence Musa (A.S) patiently submitted to the request. Students of knowledge should also be exercising the same patience. Even if they do not understand a certain thing, they should work through it and seek out clarification and information upon the issue.
The Holy Quran is full of oceans of inspiration and wisdom. Such stories are there to be a lesson for all humanity. The story also outlines the approach that should be taken by students who are setting out to study the sacred knowledge.
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