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(61)  فَلَمَّا تَرَاءى الْجَمْعَانِ قَالَ أَصْحَابُ مُوسَى إِنَّا لَمُدْرَكُونَ

(62)  قَالَ كَلاَ إِنَّ مَعِيَ رَبِّي سَيَهْدِينِ

61. " So when the two parties saw each other, the companions of Moses said: 'Indeed we are overtaken'!"

62. " (Moses) said: ' By no means! Verily my Lord is with me, soon will He gtiide me (to safety)'."

Commentary:

Heavenly leaders are calm and serene at the time of crises and cause others to be calm. Confronting foe (even when one is trapped between sea and foe), one must not get disappointed and must trust Allah and believe in divine promises.

However, to illustrate their situation, the Qur'ān says:

" So when the two parties saw each other, the companions of Moses said: 'Indeed we are overtaken'!"

There was a wavy sea in front of them and there was a strong and tyrannical arm behind them. A very equipped troop who were angry with the Children of Israel and they had showed that they were blood thirsty with killing their issues during many years, and Pharaoh himself was also a stubborn and bloodthirsty tyrant. Therefore, they would possibly surround them and would torture or arrest and kill them. And situations wholly showed that this was so.

At that time the Children of Israel suffered some painful moments, the bitter moments whose bitterness cannot be described. Perhaps some of them lost heart and their faith was shaken.

But, as the verse implies, Moses (a.s.) was still calm and faithful and knew that Allah's promises about deliverance of


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the Children of Israel and the destruction of tyrannical people are not to be unfulfilled.

Therefore, believing and trusting in Allah, Moses (a.s.) addressed the frightened Children of Israel and implicitly said that it was not so, and the foe could never overcome them because his Lord was with him and He would guide him. The verse says:

" (Moses) said:' By no means! Verily my Lord is with me, soon will He guide me (to safety)'."

This may refer to the same promise that Allah gave to Moses (a.s.) and Aaron at the time of specifying their mission: "He said: 'Fear not. Verily I am with you both, hearing and seeing."[1]

Thus, whether all of the Children of Israel returned to, Egypt and established a government, or some of them, obeying Moses' command, remained there and carried out this plan, otherwise, sending Pharaoh and his men out and making the Children of Israel inherit them, which is mentioned in the verses, has not a clear concept.

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[1] Sura Tā-Hā, No. 20,verse 46