Surah Yusuf (12) – 20/07/2015


With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Upon introducing the story of Yusuf (AS) Allah (SWT) opens the chapter by bringing to our attention,  an important attribute of the Qur’an,  namely

“mubeen”,  meaning something which is clear and unambiguous.  Verse 2 continues to inform us that we are required to apply our minds to it (aql).   This sets the tone for the unfolding of the story which we as the readers must draw lessons from, by intensely reflecting upon the verses that follow.  In verse 4, the story then begins with Yusuf AS ‘s dream where he sees eleven stars,  the sun and the moon become subservient to him.  “Behold! Joseph said to his father: “O my father! I did see eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!”(Verse 4).   The meaning of this dream becomes apparent at the end of the story. Prophets of Allah were endowed with certain skills and talents by Allah (SWT) , in Yusuf (AS)’s case, Allah endowed him with the skill of interpretation of dreams and or events.  “Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of stories (and events) and perfect His favour to you and to the posterity of Jacob…” (Verse 6)

More to follow inshallah.

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