Lessons from the History of the Prophets
The history of Prophets as narrated in the Holy Qur’an belies the thesis put forth by the Pakistani government in the ‘White Paper.’ With regards to Hazrat Musa(as) [Moses], we read in the Holy Qur’an:1
And then Allah the Almighty says:2
And verily, We gave Moses the Book and caused after him Messengers to follow in his footsteps; and to Jesus, son of Mary, We gave manifest Signs, and strengthened him with the Spirit of holiness. Will you then, every time a Messenger comes to you with what you yourselves desire not, behave arrogantly and treat some as liars and slay others?
These verses point out the fact that Prophets came in succession from the time of Moses(as) to the time of Jesus(as) to follow in the footsteps of Moses(as). Every time a Prophet appeared, he was mocked and rejected and attempts were made to kill him.
The Torah was revealed to Moses(as), and Aaron(as) was commissioned in response to the prayer of Moses. Had a change occurred in the Torah for Aaron(as) to be commissioned? Had Moses forgotten the Word of God? Certainly none of the reasons accepted by the White Paper were present to account for Aaron’s appointment.
One can go down the list and see Prophet after Prophet appearing. David(as) was raised as a Prophet and was followed by his son, Solomon(as), as a Prophet. No interpolations had occurred in the Psalms between David and Solomon to account for the commission of a Prophet as our opponents would argue. In short, their argument is frivolous and absolutely meaningless.
If we turn to the time of Abraham(as), we see similar series of Prophets. Isaac(as) was commissioned after Abraham(as) who was then succeeded by his son, Jacob(as). Joseph(as) was commissioned a Prophet in the lifetime of Jacob(as). These facts put to rest the arguments put forth by the Pakistani government. They are merely a play upon words. Incorrect statements have been blatantly attributed to the Holy Qur’an; there is nothing more to it.