Timeless Parallels From The Epic Of Moses

Mohammed Mana

Channel: Mohammed Mana

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2017-07-08

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I really hope that the students come out of this course, realizing that, although the story took place, many, many centuries ago, yeah, you know, and and there might, there must have been a lot of obviously, there are a lot of changes that have happened in the way we live our lives, no doubt, right, no one's denying that. But I really would would love if the students would

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focus on some of those lessons on some of those character traits of the oppressors and of Moosa as well. And, and kind of

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think about that deeply and reflect upon it deeply and never feel that that actually, that was back then. And now is different. But actually, if you if you look towards many of the events of now, you can draw so many parallels, I feel like you do a lot, a lot of that. And it's almost like, at first, when you mentioned some of these things like the issue of nationalism, right, or shallow nationalism. Like at first it just it like you're presenting it as part of the story. And then it just becomes so clearly apparent as like, Oh, these are the things that happened today and continue to happen, and have happened in the past even the recent past? Well, that's the beauty of starting

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with a question. Yeah. So you know, we noticed something that a lot highlights in the story. And we asked why, why was this highlighted? Generally speaking, we noticed that there's not an immense amount of detail, generally speaking, and a lot of the stories in the plan. And so when you come to the story of Musa and you actually find mention of certain details, what that kind of does to us, you're kind of programmed to, to not expect so many of those details. So when one of them is mentioned, you, you really want to ask a question, why is this highlighted? Right? And when you do that, when you get into that process of asking, you know, it just leads into so many other questions

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as well. When when fit our own tries to talk to talk to the people and tell them

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that this is their land, Musa Musa is going to take their land from them? Like what exactly is he preaching to them? What is he trying to bring out? You know, is there is there some type of character trait? Or is there some type of underlying belief that he's trying to kind of stoke the fires? I feel like that he's pushing forth, the idea is trying to drive fear into the hearts of people fear. Yeah. So what is the impact that fear has on a community of unknown societal level, people give up a lot of their own rights and a lot of their own freedoms of giving up rights giving up freedoms, yeah.

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Yours is sort of maintaining their position as slaves. there's a there's a sort of mental and intellectual paralysis, kind of, you know, where you stop analyzing, you stop thinking critically, you know, because because you're afraid.

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There's debilitating, there's this philosophy, where it's hard to be creative, and somebody who can actively start solving problems. It's like the idea that, and this might be a little

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weird, but you don't think about, you know, poetry, art, and solving problems when you're vomiting.

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In that moment, all you care about is like, Alright, I don't want to vomit anymore. Right? It's like that same idea that like, situation of like, survival mode.

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Right? where it's like, you just are even like, hey, when is my next meal?

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Right when somebody is in a situation where when, like, they don't care about local politics and things like that, when,

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you know, if they're in an economic situation where they have to worry about When are they going to eat? Yeah. And I think this is kind of same scenarios like, and I think one of the things that you mentioned, in the class is about how,

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even if the pharaoh or the moronic system would ease up something, they would take it as Oh, there's it's so great. It's so yeah, do your favor. They're so generous. When in reality, there's such a human right human rights issue that's in that's not being fulfilled. Yeah.

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I just you know, it's really important for us to look at these stories and not

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not think of them as legends of long long ago. You know, that you just long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. There's there's talk of slavery, the slavery still exists. There's talk of racism, does racism still exist? There's talk of individual oppression and communal oppression. There's, there's there's all of these different things that are highlighted in the story. Are they still present or that's all done and we're finished with that we've moved on, much lower such an advanced know a lot of these same problems, you know, different countries.

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are still struggling with them. And, again, even within our communities, I don't think it's wise for us to always think it's somewhere outside. Are there any elements of that behavior that are prevalent in our community right here, in our families in our households, you know, in our circle of friends, you know, you know, even that, so the point that you're, that I understand that you're trying to communicate is, it's not about oh, this is back then it's not about Oh, look at how they're doing it, but more so for us to reflect on, hey, are we or am I guilty of the very things that are being discussed?

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So self reflection factor, self improvement, self betterment factor that's very clear. That's what you get when you read and study