In my opinion, Khidr (as) was an angel sent to
instruct and educate the Prophet Moses (sws). Angels we know are entrusted by
the Almighty to enforce His directives in accordance with His scheme and will.
According to this scheme, He creates and destroys life, blesses some people with
favours and deprives some people from these favours to make this world a place
of trial and test. The incidents mentioned in this anecdote are of similar
nature. A child was killed and a ship made defective at the behest of the
Almighty. A human being has no authority to do such deeds even if he is a
Prophet. No person is above the laws of the Sharī‘ah.
The purpose of mentioning this story is:
(i) All that happens in this world happens with the
permission and will of the Almighty. Nothing can happen unless He allows it.
(ii) All of Almighty’s works and actions are based on
profound wisdom. If He sometimes allows evil to prosper, it is not that He likes
evil; it is at times to give a chance to the evil doers to do more and more evil
so that they can be given a grave punishment later on. If He tries and tests
pious people by putting them through difficulties and hardships it is not that
He dislikes them but that He wants to bless them with a greater reward on
(iii) The profundity of Allah’s knowledge cannot be
grasped by us in totality. The overall philosophy and wisdom about many of His
actions will be revealed to us in the Hereafter. Therefore, we should adopt an
attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving to Him in circumstances when we are not
able to comprehend His will and actions, and we should resign and submit
ourselves to Him.
Keeping in view these aspects of the story, it is pretty obvious that the
inference that there are people in this world who are above Islamic laws and
have been given a right by Allah (swt) to do things which are prohibited in
Islam has no basis. It is reiterated that the whole episode delineates the
enforcement of the Almighty’s will through his trusted angels for specific
purposes and has nothing to do with human proceedings.