You might be quite surprised to read the title of this post…What, you may ask, is common between The Firaun (Pharaoh) of the time of Musa (as), his magicians and Shoaib Mansoor – The Director of the most talked about movie of Pakistan “Khuda Kai Liya” (In the Name of God.)
A few days back I read Shoaib Mansoor’s statement on Adnan’s blog here. I was quite disgusted to read what Shoaib Mansoor had to say about Junaid Jamshed and the reason behind making of this movie.
He said “I had given him sixteen years of my life as a true friend and had played my role in his professional life to the best of my abilities. How could he throw away our sixteen years just like that without even consulting me?”
This statement mysteriously disappeared from the official website of In the Name of God, thus proving that it was becoming an embarrassment for Shoaib Mansoor. But thanks to Adnan, he did some reverse engineering and obtained the original flash page of his statement.
So..While I was going through Surah Araaf, something struck me. There was this one thing very similar between the story of the magicians and Shoaib Mansoor making this movie…
If you know the story of the magicians of the Pharaoh, you will say – there is nothing similar! You are Mad!
But lets analyze the story of the magicians as mentioned in the Quran.
When Prophet Musa (as) invited Firaun to Islam, he refused. When Musa (as) showed him the miracle of his white hand and his walking stick, which turned into a snake –Pharaoh labeled it as sorcery. Therefore he challenged Musa (as) to a sorcery competition. The Pharaoh invited the best magicians and sorcerers from all over his kingdom to disprove Musa (as) claims … and this was held in front of millions of people in a huge arena.
The magicians first did their best trick so they would earn a huge reward from Pharaoh. They threw their ropes which turned into snakes..However, when Musa as threw his stick, it turned into a serpent and swallowed up their ropes. Seeing this, the magicians realized that what Musa (as) did was not magic and was definitely a miracle of Allah, they fell down in Sujood and accepted the oneness of Allah.
Pharaoh was extremely angry and he threatened the magicians with severe torture and punishment. The Magicians, who only a few seconds ago thought of Pharaoh as their lord, asked him for reward, now disobeyed him publicly – choosing to die instead of going back to disbelief. They had recognized the truth, recognized Allah and nothing else mattered.
( Surah Araaf 6: Ayat 103 to 126)
So what has this got to do with Shoaib Mansoor?
What is interesting is what Pharaoh said to the magicians after they made Sujood to Allah and declared their belief in God of Musa (as).
Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “You have believed in him (Musa as) before I give you permission?(Araaf 123)
When Junaid Jamshed decided to leave the Music Industry,Shoaib Mansoor said:
“How could he throw away our sixteen years just like that without even consulting me?”
Can you now see the similarity? Can you understand the mindset?