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(2:60) And remember Moses prayed for water for his people

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And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: “Strike the rock with thy staff.” Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.

“Smite that particular rock with your staff” may
also mean, “Go forth with your people into the rocky desert”. Moses
lived for many years of his life in the desert where he learned to
identify places where water could be found below the sand dunes.
This art of finding water is still known today to Bedouins living in the
Sinai desert. ”Smite that particular rock with your staff” would mean
that God revealed to Moses those specific spots where water was
easily available. The Divine command to Moses of “Go forth with
your people”, the “cleavage of waters of the sea” and the “gushing
forth of springs from rocks” were acts of Divine Intervention, but not
breaches of the laws of nature.


NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections. (surah 2 verse 60).

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