What did Musa (‘alayhis salam) say to Fir’awn?

Question

What is the status of the following Hadith?

لما بعث الله عز وجل موسى إلى فرعون قال  رب ، أي شيء أقول ؟ قال قل  أهيا شراهيا

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

 

Answer

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) has cited this narration as you have stated. The full translation is as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

“When Allah sent Musa to Fir’awn, Musa (‘alayhis salam) said, ‘O my Rabb, what should I say’? Allah said, say ‘Ahya sharahiya'”

A’amash (rahimahullah) explains that this phrase means, ‘I [Allah] am the ever living before everything and the ever living after everything’.

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Taha, verse: 46)

 

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) says that the chain of narrators is good (jayyid), but this is something strange (shay-un gharib)

 

Note: This narration should be quoted as reported, i.e: as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar