Qaroon, The Living Security Camera – Nouman Ali Khan Qaroon is related to Musa (عليه السلام). So, he’s from Bani Israil, some even called him a cousin or distant relative of Musa (عليه السلام).
When the Israelites are living under captivity. Meaning the children of Israel are slaves of the Egyptian Empire, of the Pharaoh. The Israelites were a very large population, and there were the Muslims of that time and they lived in these ghettos, right? They were kept in these camps.
So, they could only stay there, where the workers were kept as slaves. And the only time they got out is to do work on the big city, and then they’d go back into their encampments. Well, because their population was so big and it was constantly getting bigger.
They were having children. There was a fear that they might start uniting and maybe planning a revolt against their masters. Because how long can you keep people slaves? Eventually they’re gonna organize fight for their own freedom.
So, one of the ways the Pharaoh wanted to keep them under control is he had some people within the Israelites that were from that community, but he basically paid them off to spy on their own people.
Everybody in this Israelites is a slave. Nobody’s making any money, but Qaroon apparently has a lot of treasure. (…إِنَّ قَارُونَ كَانَ مِن قَوْمِ مُوسَىٰ فَبَغَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ) (QS.
Al-Qasas: 76) The Qur’an introduces him as, “No doubt, Qaroon was from the Nation, the people of Musa.” Meaning, he was one of the slaves among the Israelites, but he was a criminal against them. The point of that is he was actually spying for the government of the Pharaoh.
And he was informing who’s doing what, to keep tabs from the inside. Nowadays, people have like security cameras. Some people act as a security cameras. And there are lots of oppressive regimes in the world today that have that.
They have people planted to keep track. The Muslim community is no different, especially in the United States, other parts of the world. There are people that are planted in Masajid and things like that, to keep an eye on us and whatever because they are suspicious of us.
There’s one time I remember… Many years ago, this was a couple years after 9/11. I was in a Masjid in New York. We were making salah. And this guy next to me he made ruku, and his government ID fell out of his pocket.
It was one of the authorities ID. And when we went to sajdah. I’m sorry, my peripheral vision, I can’t help it. I’m messed up my salah, because I was like, “Uh? Three letters!” But by the time we get up from sajdah, the ID’s gone back in the pocket somehow.
So, the sajdah was a good maneuver for him to… Then after the salah was done, he looked at me and he said, “Assalamu’alaikum brother, but I didn’t say anything about you yet.” So, there is such a thing as people that work for another entity and they have to be planted to keep tabs or whatever.
I don’t want you to be paranoid. We have nothing to hide. There are absolutely nothing to hide. So, it’s fine. Qaroon’s role was to do this and the government paid him good money to do it. The Pharaoh pay him good money to do it.
And as a result of that, everybody lives in the ghetto and he’s got a mansion. And nobody’s got even like clothes to wear and he’s got horses and it got servants and an entourage. And he’s walking through this busted old neighborhood.
And people are like, “Whoa, look at him!” “Look at everything he’s got!” “He’s so rich!” And so he sticks out like a sore thumb. In Texas you have this phenomenon. Other places where I used to live in New York, we don’t have this phenomena.
In Texas you sometimes have old neighborhoods with old dilapidated homes. And then somebody decides. He’s gonna demolish your home and build like a “monster” in the middle. And say, “You got these homes that are worth like 80,000 dollars.
” And all of a sudden, half a million, 700-1000 old mansion, in the middle of that. It sticks out like a sore thumb, right? That’s what basically what Qaroon was. But he made a lot of that wealth because he was selling out his own people.
(فَبَغَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ) Then Allah describes, he made so much money that he had to hire servants because he had multiple vaults. He didn’t just have one safe. He had vaults. And the vaults had such big doors that he had to hire strong men to carry the log that used to serve as the lock for the vaults.
To carry it and throw it over. So he can open the vaults. So he can see his treasure. (…لَتَنُوءُ بِالْعُصْبَةِ أُولِي الْقُوَّةِ…) (QS. Al-Qasas: 76) “A group that was mighty would be exhausted just opening his vault.
” That’s what the Qur’an describes.