Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
The story of Musa (as) and Khidr is a fascinating one and one of my favourites from the Qur’an. It is recalled in Surah Kahf, the surah we should recite every Friday (Jummuah) to receive the blessings of Allah swt because it holds so many lessons essential to our everyday life.
Allah swt informed Musa (as) that there was a man that was more knowledgeable than him. Musa (as) said “I will not give up (traveling) until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in traveling.” [18:60]
This shows the importance of travelling to seek knowledge. It’s easy in our day and age to sit in front of the TV or the laptop watching khutbahs and lectures but travelling to seek knowledge is an amazing task. For every step you take towards that gathering there is barakah, and when you reach there and sit in the remembrance of Allah swt, the angels surround you. Musa (as) knew the importance of travelling to seek beneficial knowledge.
When Musa (as) finally met with Khidr he said “May I follow you on [the condition] that you teach me from what you have been taught of sound judgement?”. Khidr replied “Indeed, with me you will never be able to have patience. And how can you have patience for what you do not encompass in knowledge?”
Musa replied “You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order.” To wihch Khidr replied “Then if you follow me, do not ask me about anything until I make to you about it mention.”
This exchange is an excellent example of how we should look to find knowledge – with sincerity. Too often, we go to lectures or khutbahs and we assume that we know it all or what’s being said doesn’t apply to us. We read the Qur’an and skip over things, not realising that every time we pick up the Qur’an, we’re asking Allah swt for guidance and new fresh guidance comes every time, Allahu Akbar.
The relationship between the student and the teacher is an important and vital one. The student must have good manners as well as the teacher. The teacher should speak to their student on a level they can understand whilst not undermining them. This, is what makes an amazing teacher, mashaAllah.
Three incidents happened whilst Musa (as) was with Khidr and each time, Musa (as) questioned Khidr’s motives after saying he would be patient. Sabr (patience) is an important quality every believer should have, in every aspect of life.
We also learn the value of knowledge and humbling ourselves to learn from someone greater than you. Stay in the company of learned people and seek their companionship. A true friend is the one who will help you grow in knowledge, may Allah swt bring us all friends like that, Ameen.
It is an obligation upon every Muslim to seek knowledge. Doing so in the correct way is not only part of the sunnah, it’s pleasing to Allah swt.