April 11, 2021

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The Splitting of the sea as tall as a Mountain by Moses (peace be upon him)

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Quran 26:61-63:

And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, “Indeed, we are to be overtaken!” (verse 61)

[Moses] said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” (verse 62)

Then We inspired to Moses, “Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain. (verse 63)

The following excerpt is taken from “Tafhim ul Quran” by Sayyid Maududi under the commentary of the above verse note 47:

“Literally, tawd is a high mountain. It appears that as soon as Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) struck the sea with his staff, it tore the sea asunder and the waters stood like two mighty mountains on the sides and remained in that condition for so long that, on the one hand, the Israelite caravans consisting of hundreds of thousands of the migrants were able to pass through safely, and on the other, Pharaoh and his hosts stepped in and reached the middle of the sea. In the natural course, a phenomenon like this has never occurred that due to a windstorm, however strong, the sea should have parted and stood like mighty mountains on either side for such a long time. According to Surah Taa-Haa 20:77 , Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was commanded by Allah to make for them (the Israelites) a dry path across the sea. This shows that the smiting of the sea did not only result in dividing the waters into two parts, which stood like mighty mountains on either side, but it also created a dry path in between without any mud or slush. In this connection, one should also consider Ayat 24 of Surah Dukhan 44:24 , which says that after Moses (peace be upon him) had crossed the sea along with his people, he was commanded by Allah to let the sea remain as it is because Pharaoh is to be drowned in it. This implies that if after crossing the sea, Moses had again struck it with his staff, the two sides would have rejoined, but he was forbidden to do so. Obviously, this was a miracle, and the view of those who try to interpret it as a natural phenomenon, is belied.”


Maududi, Abul Ala (2010). Tafhim ul Quran. (note 47). https://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/6/index.html#sdfootnote47sym