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Prophet Musa (a)

Israil's family decided to stay in Egypt. For a long time they were happy. The family grew. There were many people
related to Israil and they became known as the Bani Israil.

For some reason the Egyptian people did not like the Bani Israil.

A new Firawn became ruler of Egypt. Israil's people  became slaves to the  government. They wereforced to do many unpleasant jobs and were treated very badly.

One night Firawn had a  dream. His high priest, Haman, told him what he thought the dream meant. An Israil boy would be born  and he would grow up and cause  the death of Firawn.

This made Firawn very  angry and so he thought of  a horrible plan. All the boys born to the Israilites would be
killed at birth. He thought this would  stop the dream from  coming true.

Imran and his wife had two  children, a girl called Maryam and a boy called Iram. Soon after Firawn told of his
plan, Imran's wife found out that  she was going to have another baby.

They were pleased but they were  also worried that if the baby was a boy, he would be killed.

She did not tell anyone that she was  going to have a baby. She stayed at  home and kept her secret until the
baby was born. It was a boy.
She loved the baby very much but  realised that if she kept him, he might be killed.

She put the baby in a special box and Maryam went with her  to the river Nile.  They carefully put the box in
the river and prayed that it would sail to safety.  Allah was watching over the baby. No harm would come to him.

The box sailed into Firawn's  gardens. Some maids were there and saw the box caught in the  bullrushes. They pulled it out  and were amazed to find a beautiful baby inside.  They took him to Firawn's wife,  Asia, who looked at him and
knew at once that he was an Israili.

Firawn wanted to kill the  baby but Asia cried and cried and was so upset that  eventually he said she could keep him and even adopt him.  The baby was called Musa. He was not happy. He cried  because he was hungry but would not take milk from anyone.

Maryam heard of this and she let  it be known that she knew someone  who might be able to help. She went to her mother
and  told her  what  had  happened. They  went  to the  palace and  when  Musa was put  in  her arms he stopped crying
and took milk from her.

With  Allah's  help  Musa  and his  mother  were  reunited. She  was able  to  look after  Musa  for a long  time and
he loved her dearly.

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