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Dr William Draper said, in History of the intellectual Development of Europe: During the period of the Caliphs the learned men of the Christians and the Jews were not only held in great esteem but were appointed to posts of great responsibility , and were promoted to the high-ranking job in the government ... He (Caliph Haroon Rasheed) never considered to which country a learned person belonged nor his Faith and belief, but only his excellence in the field of learning.
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Moses in Islam

When Musa (Moses) approached the burning bush, he was called by name Verily! I am your Lord! So take off your shoes, you are in the sacred valley, Tuwa, and I have chosen you. So listen to that which is inspired to you. I am Allah (God)! None has the right to be worshipped but Me, so worship Me, and perform prayers for My remembrance.

Allah said What is that in your right hand, Musa? He said: This is my stick that I lean upon, and with it I beat down branches for my sheep, and with it I find other uses. Allah said: Cast it down, Musa! He cast it down, and behold! It was a snake, moving quickly. Allah said: Grasp it, and fear not, We shall return it to its former state, And press your (right) hand to your (left) side, it will come forth white, without any disease as another sign, that We may show you of Our Greater Signs. Go to Pharaoh! Certainly, he has transgressed.

Musa said: O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, boldness), ease my task for me; and make loose the knot in my tongue, (i.e. remove my speech impediment) so that they understand my speech. Appoint for me a helper from my family, Haroon (Aaron), my brother. Increase my strength with him, and let him share my task (of delivering Gods Message and Prophethood), so that we may glorify You, and remember You often. Truly You are a Well-Seer of us. Allah said: You are granted your request, Musa ( Quran chapter 20, verses 9-36)

The Quran recounts more of his life than any other Prophet. It tells us of how he went to Pharaoh to present the message of Tawheed (oneness of God) Pharaoh said: If you choose a god other than me, I will certainly put you among the prisoners. Musa said: Even if I bring you something manifest and convincing. Pharaoh said: Bring it forth then, if you are of the truthful! ( Quran chapter , 26 verse 29-31)

We also learn how Musa brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, admonished the Israelites for making a golden calf to worship instead of worshipping God, and how he brought them to the land of Canaan among many other stories. Musa is a Prophet and Messenger of Allah, and to him was revealed the Torah. He spoke with Allah, so as to guide the Israelites. Musa was a real person who lived and was sent a Message from Allah. The mission of Moses was a struggle against oppression and tyranny, and Muslims take lessons from this, particularly now when oppression is great in the world.
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