MBS can easily be an acronym for Muawiya Bin abi Sufyan.
Today I was reading an article about Salma al-Shehab and I could not help but remember Pharaoh, his ilk and their relentless pursuit of the innocent.
There are pharaohs in every nation and we have had quite a few. But, it is worth knowing our first pharaoh and pharaoh’s idiosyncrasies.
There are many sound narrations that related the following words of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him:
“Muawiya is the pharaoh of this nation!”
However, many Muslims turn the blind eye to such narrations.
Hence, they suffered and keep suffering at the hand of one pharaoh after another up to this day.
The word pharaoh is found in the Quran and in the Arabic dictionaries. It does not means the big house. It means a tyrant.
Muawiya is the first ruler of the Umayyad dynasty. He was a pharaoh for sure. The innocent lives he has taken, the innocent families he has broken and the free people he has enslaved is an open secret.
He is the one who institutionalised “You are with us or against us!”. He is the origin of ‘sunni-shia’ divide.
“Muawiya is the pharaoh of this nation!” is a sound narration found in ‘sunni’ books. Yet, many scholars of hadith actively conceal it.
If we are to establish any kind of relative fairness, we need to be able to counter those corrupt among us.
For detailed descriptions of a pharaoh, you shall find them in the Quran.
Here is an excerpt:
“Ta, Seen, Meem. *
These are the verses of the clear Book.
We recite to you from the news of Moses and Pharaoh in truth for a people who believe.
Indeed, Pharaoh exalted himself in the land and made its people into factions, oppressing a sector among them, slaughtering their sons and keeping their females alive. Indeed, he was of the corrupters.”
* These are the names of three Arabic letters. It is highly disputed between scholars as to their exact meaning. However, I find myself drawn towards their symbolism for exaltation, secrecy and life.