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Allah: is the best of planners
By:abdalaziz ariff / indiana
Date: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:31 am

Allah: is the best of planners

Few examples of His planning.
[ Please study the following verses in full context ]

3:54 They (the opponents) made some plans, but so did God. God is the most Virtuous of planners.
[They schemed to arrest and crucify Jesus but God assured him]

8:30 Recall (O Messenger), when the rejecters were making schemes to restrain you (from conveying the Message), slay you, or expel you. That was their plan, but God’s Law of Requital is designed to work in a way unfailing. God is the Best of planners.

13:42 Those who lived before these people, also devised schemes, but the most comprehensive devising is that of God. He knows what every ‘self’ earns. The rejecters will soon come to know for whom will be the future Home.

“ These verses which relate to the fate of Jesus at the hands of his people will invariably yield this meaning to their reader provided he knows the practice of Allah to which He resorts for the protection of His prophets at the time of the aggression of enemies and provided his mind is free from all those fictitious reports that can in no case be placed as an authority over the Holy Qur'an. Now, I cannot understand how the snatching of Jesus from the hands of his enemies and lifting him up to the heavens can be called a subtle plan and a better one when neither it was in their power nor in the power of anybody else to counter it. In fact, there can be one "plan" (makr) as against another plan when it is contrived in a parallel manner not deviating from the natural course of Allah in such matters. We have a parallel instance in what is said by the Qur'an with respect of the Holy Prophet: "And when those who disbelieved and devised plans against you that they might confine you or slay you or drive you away: and they devised plans and Allah too had arranged a plan: and Allah is the best of planners." (8:30).”
Ref: Exaltation of Jesus by Prof. Mahmud Shaltut [Al Azhar]

In the following detail about Prophet Musa [AS], Allah could have sent a big bird to pick up the baby and hide the baby in a cave to come out at the right time. [ one baby is hiding in a cave for a long time scared to come out !].

Human Messengers for human being going thru human experiences. [ not fairy tale stories ]

Prophet Musa [AS]
28:3We narrate to you some history of Moses and Pharaoh, setting forth the truth for the benefit of those who will believe.
28:4Pharaoh exalted himself in the land and divided people into castes. A tribe among them (the Israelites) he oppressed, killing their sons and sparing their women. Surely, he was of the corrupters. (2:49, 7:141, 40:25)
[Prophet Joseph son of Prophet Israel Jacob had died around 1600 BC. His successors gradually lost control of the government and the native Egyptians started up a slow but steady rebellion against the Israelites. About a century later around 1500 BC, the Egyptians wrested control of the government and established a kingdom. The Egyptian kings from then on assumed the title of ‘Pharaoh’. They began persecuting the Israelites about 1400 BC and this persecution reached its zenith in the times of Prophet Moses, under the rule of Pharaoh Ramses II, 1290 to 1224 BC]
28:5But it was Our will to bestow favor to those who were oppressed in the land, and to make them leaders, and to make them inheritors.
28:6And to establish them on earth, and to show Pharaoh (the King) and Haman (the Chief Adviser and High Priest) and their troops what they feared from the Israelites.
[‘Feared from the Israelites’: The Israelites in Egypt had allied with the invading Hyksos dynasty 1700-1580 BC. See 12:44. Haaman: This Haman is quite different from the Persian Haman of the Old Testament who was an adviser to the Persian King Xerxes, who ruled eight hundred years later, from 486 To 465 BC. ‘Haman’ of Pharaoh derives his name from the title borne by every successive High Priest of the Egyptian Kingdom. ‘Ha-Amen’ = High Priest of the Egyptian god Amon. So the Haman mentioned in the Qur’an refers to the High Priest during the reign of Ramses II. The ability to translate the hieroglyphic language system of the Egyptians had been utterly lost for centuries at the time of the revelation of the Qur’an, and would remain lost until the year 1799. After the discovery in that year of the Rosetta Stone, scholars were able to unlock the mystery of the hieroglyphs and, eventually, to confirm that there was really a Haman, unmentioned in the Hebrew scriptures, who was close to this Pharaoh in this period, and who was involved in construction of towers and of temples just as the Qur’an says. This information is important to bear in mind in order to avoid confusion. Some historical records propose that the Pyramids of Egypt began to be built under the royal decree of one of the Pharaohs. The Qur’an alludes to that possibility in 38:12]
28:7We inspired the mother of Moses, “Nourish him and when you worry for his life, (place him in a box and) cast him into the river, and have no fear nor grieve. We shall bring him back to you and make him one of Our Messengers."
[The mother of Moses was the wife of Amram Imran. They had three children: Miriam, Aaron and Moses in that order. Mary, mother of Jesus had descended from Amram through Aaron, and that is why the Qur’an refers to her as Maryam daughter of Imran. The Royal decree of Pharaoh applied to the new born boys when Aaron was already a few years old]
28:8And the family of Pharaoh picked him up, not knowing that he would become an enemy to them and a source of grief. That is because Pharaoh, Haman and their troops were a people bent on committing fault upon fault.
28:9The wife of Pharaoh said, "A joy to the eye for me and you! Do not slay him. He may well be of use to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” And they did not perceive (the future).
28:10And the heart of the mother of Moses became void. She almost gave away his identity had We not strengthened her heart, so that she might remain a firm believer.
28:11And so she said to his sister, “Follow him!” And the girl (the 12 year old Miriam) watched him from afar, while they were not aware.
28:12From the very beginning We caused him to refuse suckling from foster mothers. She (Miriam, the sister of baby Moses) said, "Shall I tell you of a family that can raise him for you and take good care of him?"
28:13And thus We restored him to his mother so that her eye might be gladdened and that she might grieve no longer, and that she might know that God’s promise always comes true. But most of them know not.