Nabi Moosa (A.S.) being a shepherd in the service of Nabi Shuaib (A.S.) is mentioned in the Quran. One day while grazing the goats, a goat ran away. Nabi Moosa (A.S.) had to run after it so far that his feet became filled with blisters. He walked so far that the rest of the flock too could not be seen anymore. Finally the goat became tired and came to a standstill and Nabi Moosa (A.S.) caught it.
Instead of being angry with the goat or beating it, he rubbed sympathetically around its neck, back and head. Like a mother he acted kindly to the animal and although having suffered so much himself, did not in any way show his displeasure. In fact he felt sorry for the animal so much that tears came to his eyes. He said to the goat: "I thought that you had no mercy upon me. That is why you made me so exhausted. But why did you not have mercy upon yourself. If you had no mercy upon the blisters upon my feet and the thorns that pricked me, then at least you should have had mercy upon yourself. "
At that moment Allah said to the Angels: "Nabi Moosa (A.S.) is now suited for Prophethood." (In other words: The ability to withstand the sorrows of the Ummat and also to withstand the injuries from their side and the heart to bear all difficulties).
"Allah said to the angels:
For the prophethood of this era,
Moosa is the suitable person. "
"Nabi Mustapha has said that before acquiring Prophethood,
Every Prophet used to be a shepherd".
In Bukhari Shareef this is also mentioned in a Hadith and Maulana discussed the wisdom in that:
"So that through grazing sheep and goats,
The Prophet's patience and dignity may be exposed.
The reason they are made to rear goats is,
To teach them patience and gentleness amidst adversity. "
Someone inquired of Rasulullah:
"Did you also look after sheep, 0 Best of Creation?"
He replied: "Yes, indeed, I also at one time was a shepherd." "Allah, after this herding of sheep, grants spiritual shepherdhood
And after delivering the duty of a shepherd
He grants the Prophets the position of spiritual herdsman."
It is said that being a herdsman inculcates into one the habit of tolerance and clemency as the sheep and goats have the habit of walking away in all directions. Thus the herdsman has a great problem in gathering them together just like Nabi Moosa (A.S.) was troubled in the above story.