Then there came to him one of the two women, walking shyly. She said: "Verily, my father calls you that he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us."
So when he came to him and narrated the story, he said: "Fear you not. You have escaped from the people who are Dhālimūn (polytheists, disbelievers, and wrong-doers)." (25)
And said one of them (the two women): "O my father! Hire him! Verily, the best of men for you to hire is the strong, the trustworthy." (26)
He (Shū'ayb) said: "I intend to wed one of these two daughters of mine to you, on condition that you serve me for eight years, but if you complete ten years, it will be (a favour) from you. But I intend not to place you under a difficulty. If Allāh will, you will find me one of the righteous." (27)
He [Mūsa (Moses)] said: "That (is settled) between me and you whichever of the two terms I fulfill, there will be no injustice to me, and Allāh is Surety over what we say." (28)
(3) 25-28 verses of Sūrah Qasas
Mūsa, the Father of the Two Women, and His Marriage to One of Them
When the two women came back quickly with the sheep, their father was surprised that they returned so soon. He asked them what had happened, and they told him what Mūsa (peace be upon him), had done. So he sent one of them to call him to meet her father.
Meaning, she was walking like a free woman, as it was narrated from the Commander of the faithful, 'Umar, may be pleased with him:
"She was covering herself from them with folds of her garment." (4)
Ibn Abi Hātī, recorded that 'Amr ibn Maymūn said, 'Umar, may Allāh be pleased with him, said: "She came walking shyly, putting her garment over face. She was not one of those audacious women who come and go as they please." (5)
"Verily my father calls you what he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us."
This is an example of good manners: she did not invite him directly lest he have some suspicious thoughts about her. Rather she said: "My father is inviting you so that he may reward you for watering our sheep," i.e., give you some payment for that.
فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُ وَقَصَّ عَلَيْهِ الْقَصَصَ
"So when he came to him and narrated the story."
Means, he told him about his story and why he had to leave his country.
(Verily, the best of men for you to hire is the strong, the trustworthy.)
Her (Safurā's) father (Shū'ayb) said to her,
"What do you know about that?"
She said to him,
"He lifted a rock which could only be lifted by ten men, and when I came back with him, I walked ahead of him, but he said to me, walk behind me, and if I get confused about the route, throw a pebble so that I will know which way to go.' (6)
Abdullāh ibn Mas'ūd said: The People who had the most discernment were three: Abū Bakr's intuition about 'Umar; the companion of Yūsuf when he said, "Make his stay comfortable"; and the companion of Mūsa, when she said:
He said: "That (is settled) between me and you: whichever of the two terms I fulfill, there will be no injustice to me, and Allāh is surety over what we say."
Mūsa said to his father in law,
"The matter is as you say. You have hired me for eight years, and if I complete ten years, that is my choice, but if I do the lesser amount, I will still have fulfilled the covenant and met the conditions."
"But whosoever hastens to leave in two days, there is no sin on him, and whosoever stays on, there is no sin on him."
Sūrah al Baqarāh verse 203
(8) Al-Bazzar 1495, This Ḥadīth has two different chains of narration. That of Al Bazzar is very weak, that of Ibn Abi Hātim has a minor deficiency and is also technically weak, Some Ḥadīth Scholars would consider it a valid witness.
Shurayh an-Nakha'i said: My wife died before me. I wish she could take from my life or that we died together. I have seen how men hit their wives. May my hand be paralysed if my hand hits Zaynab. |al-Ahkam 1/462|