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28:15 Moses and the Fighting Men

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And he entered the city at a time when its people were not watching: and he found there two men fighting,- one of his own religion, and the other, of his foes. Now the man of his own religion appealed to him against his foe, and Moses struck him with his fist and made an end of him. He said: “This is a work of Evil (Satan): for he is an enemy that manifestly misleads!”

(And he entered the city at a time of
unawareness of its people – 15). Most commentators have interpreted that
the word ‘city’ is used here for the main city of Egypt. The words ‘he
entered’ indicate that Musa (AS), had gone away somewhere out of
Egypt. Then he entered back at a time when people normally sleep. It is
also mentioned in the incident of killing of the ‘Qibti that it was the time
when Musa (AS) had already announced his prophethood and had
started preaching the religion of truth. As a result of his preaching some
people had converted, and were known as his disciples. The word (from his group – 28:15) is a proof of that. All these versions give credence to the narration which is quoted by Ibn Ishaque and Ibn Zaid that when
Musa (AS) had started talking to the people about the religion of truth,
the Pharaoh turned against him and wanted to kill him. But on the
appeal of his wife, Sayyidah ‘Asiyah, he restrained himself, and instead
commanded him to go in exile. After that Sayyidna Musa (AS) shifted to
some hiding place and would come to the city of Egypt occasionally in
hiding. Most commentators are of the opinion that by (28:15) the time of afternoon is meant, when people generally take a siesta. (Qurtubi)

(So Musa struck him with his fist). Wakaza means to box (28:15). The phrase of Qadahu and Qada ‘Alaihi is used when one is totally finished. Hence, here it means that he
killed him. (Mazhari).


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .6 surah 28 verse 15)English-MaarifulQuran-MuftiShafiUsmaniRA-Vol-6.pdf (

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