‘Qaroon’, the [paternal]
cousin of the Nabi of Allah, Sayyiduna Musa علیہ السلام, was an
extremely handsome person. Due to being extremely handsome, he was called
‘Munawwar’ (i.e. extremely luminous). He was the best Qaari [reciter] of the
‘blessed Tawrah’ amongst the Bani Israel. As long as he was poor, he would be
extremely kind and courteous towards everyone; but as soon as he became rich,
he became hypocrite while being arrogant and self-centred.
Keys of the
Allah Almighty blessed
Qaroon with so much wealth that it was difficult even for a powerful group of
people to carry the keys of his treasures. People would get tired carrying the
heavy keys of his treasures. When Qaroon would embark upon a journey, then the
keys of his treasures would be loaded upon mules.
Glitz and glamour
Once, Qaroon left his home
in a state that he was riding upon a white coloured mule wearing a precious red
colour dress. The saddle of the mule (i.e. the seat which is tied around the
back of the animal) was made of gold. Thousands of maids and slaves surrounded
him on horses wearing silk clothing and adorned with jewellery.
Golden door and
Similarly, once Qaroon had
such a house built whose door was made of gold and golden planks were also made
to hang from the walls of that house. Bani Israel would come to him to be fed
and would entertain him.
When the commandment of
Zakah was revealed, then Qaroon came in the blessed court of Sayyiduna Musa علیہ السلام and agreed with him that he will give a thousandth of his
entire wealth as Zakah. But when he came home and did all the calculations,
then the thousandth of his wealth was also becoming a very huge amount. Seeing
this, Qaroon became disobedient. Moreover, to make Bani Israel prejudice of
Sayyiduna Musa علیہ السلام he made
an indecent woman agreed upon the fact to slander against Sayyiduna Musa علیہ السلام [i.e.
accuse him of the sin] in an open congregation by giving her 1000 Dinar (gold
coins) and 1000 Dirham (silver coins).
Qaroon sunk into
When he علیہ السلام came in
between the people to preach them, then Qaroon said: Bani Israel thinks that
your character is not chaste because so and so woman says such and such things about
He علیہ السلام called that woman and inquired from her after giving an oath on the name of Allah Almighty. That woman got scared and instead of mentioning the lie that Qaroon taught her, she spoke the truth and exposed Qaroon’s hypocrisy and the tactic of bribing her. Seeing this, he علیہ السلام fell into prostration while weeping and humbly said: O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! If I am your Rasool, then inflict wrath upon Qaroon. Therefore, after the Du’a of Musa علیہ السلام Qaroon along with his two companions first sunk into the ground up to his knees, then up to his waist, then up to his neck and finally he completely sunk into the ground. Same happened to his wealth and treasures too. (Siraat-ul-Jinan, vol. 7, pp. 319, 326, 329, 330)
Madani pearls for
Dear Madani children!
٭ Allah Almighty
severely dislikes pride and arrogance.
٭ Whether we have a
prominent status or not or whether we have abundance of wealth or not, we shall
remain humble in every state.
٭ The one who
adopts humility for the sake of Allah Almighty, Allah Almighty grants him
٭ The one who
disobeys due to wealth and status, he faces disgrace and humility in this world
and the Hereafter.