Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
Who was Corah and what is his Quranic story? Without any editorializing, I want to simply quote the Quranic description, from the translation by Muhammad Abdel Haleem, which has been published by the Oxford University Press:
Corah was one of Moses’ people, but he oppressed them. We had given him such treasures that even their keys would have weighed down a whole company of strong men. His people said to him, ‘Do not gloat, for God does not like people who gloat. Seek the life to come by means of what God has granted you, but do not neglect your rightful share in this world. Do good to others as God has done good to you. Do not seek to spread corruption in the land, for God does not love those who do this,’ but he answered, ‘This wealth was given to me on account of the knowledge I possess.’
Did he not know that God had destroyed many generations before him, who had greater power than him and built up greater wealth? The guilty will not be questioned about their sins. He went out among his people in all his pomp, and those whose aim was the life of this world said, ‘If only we had been given something like what Corah has been given: he really is a very fortunate man,’ but those who were given knowledge said, ‘Alas for you! God’s reward is better for those who believe and do good deeds: only those who are steadfast will attain this.’
We caused the earth to swallow him and his home: he had no army to help him against God, nor could he defend himself. The next day, those who had, the day before, wished to be in his place exclaimed, ‘Alas for you, Corah! It is God alone who gives what He will, abundantly or sparingly, to whichever He will of His creatures: if God had not been gracious to us, He would have caused the earth to swallow us too.’ Alas indeed! Those who deny the truth will never prosper.
We grant the Home in the Hereafter to those who do not seek superiority on earth or spread corruption: the happy ending is awarded to those who are mindful of God. Whoever comes before God with a good deed will receive a better reward; whoever comes with an evil deed will be punished only for what he has done. (Al Quran 28:75-84)
I don’t see, how I can add anything to this beautiful narration. I just want to leave you with the question, does President Trump with his life history and worldly success, perfectly fit the character of Corah, as highlighted in the holy Quran?
If yes, would he grow in compassion, humility and justice and escape the end that met Corah? We will have to wait and see!