With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Yusuf was then sent off to prison to do some time (for a crime he never committed) and doubt may still have existed over his character, due to the slander by the Aziz’s wife. In prison, Yusuf is approached by two inmates, each of them relate their dreams to Yusuf and ask for his interpretation thereof.
Verse 36: Now with him there came into the prison two young men. Said one of them: “I see myself (in a dream) pressing wine,” said the other: “I see myself (in a dream) carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating, thereof.” “Tell us” (they said) “The truth and meaning thereof: for we see you are doer of good”.
Before rushing to interpret their dreams he makes dawah to them, he says in Verse 37-41 “I have abandoned the ways of a people that believe not in Allah and who deny the Hereafter …. and Allah has commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the right religion, but most people understand not”. Yusuf then interprets their dreams and asks one of the inmates who was about to be released, to mention him (Yusuf) to the King. He obviously wanted to bring to the king’s attention the unjust detention and clear his name. However, the inmate forgot and caused Yusuf to endure in prison for a few more years. Yusuf doesn’t become disgruntled but rather maintains his trust in Allah, which is to pay off handsomely (as will be seen in the lessons to follow).
Verse : 42 “And of the two, to that one whom he considered about to be saved, he said: “Mention me to your master.” But Satan made him forget to mention him to his master: and (Joseph) lingered in prison a few (more) years”
Some lessons: Use every opportunity to give da’wah and invite people to Allah’s message. Maintain trust in Allah, be resilient and have sabr (firmness of purpose).
Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace