Surah Yusuf (12) 02/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Even though Yusuf has become one of the most powerful people in the land he still maintains his humility.

V101 “O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous.”

Take note of the end of the prayer. Yusuf asks to be joined with the righteous.  Thus, Prophet Yusuf (AS) has succeeded in the test of prosperity by being grateful and humble to Allah, and in the test of misfortunes by being patient and hopeful, something that we all can learn from.

This concludes the story of Yusuf, however two more lessons will follow from this sura.

Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 01/08/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Yet another beautiful lesson to learn is mentioned in verse 90. Yusuf is well established in power.  From being thrown into a well, then to prison and with his faith and trust in Allah, not compromising on his moral values, he is now in charge of the economic affairs of Egypt.  The brothers, not knowing its him, return to ask for aid, from him.  He then discloses his identity.

Verse 90. They said: “Are you indeed Joseph?” He said, “I am Joseph, and this is my brother: Allah has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right.”

We see Yusuf’s true character, being in a position of power he still remains humble and conscious of Allah.    He again uses the opportunity to make dawah and reminds himself and his brothers that righteousness and sabr (remaining firm and resolute to Allah’s commands) are the key ingredients for success.

Continues tomorrow Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 31/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

A beautiful message is given in verse 87 by Yaqoob to his sons:

V87 “O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”

Faith produces inner comfort and dispels disabling despair. This ayah does not mean that the hopeless person is a disbeliever.  It means that he acts like a disbeliever because he does not realize that nobody knows what Allah plans in the universe and that Allah is the Generous, the Merciful, and the Wise in all that He does.

The family is finally reunited (v99&100).

Continues tomorrow InshaAllah

Surah Yusuf (12) 29/07/2015

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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

Surah Yusuf (12) 28/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The wife of the Aziz admits her attraction to Yusuf.  Her desire for him causes her to act unjustly and she threatens Yusuf with prison if he does not do her bidding. This is how human beings are lead astray when their desires and emotions take precedence over God consciousness.

In verse 32 she says “I did seek to seduce him from His (true) self but he saved himself….and now, if he doth not my bidding,  he shall certainly be cast into prison, and be of the company of the vilest!”

Yusuf remained God conscious; he would rather be in prison and have his freedom taken than compromise his moral values.

In verse 33 Yusuf says “O My Lord! the prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me…..”

What character and what a beautiful lesson.   True freedom is the freedom from being enslaved to one’s desires – such was Yusuf (a free person) and the real slave was the wife of the Aziz (being a slave to her desires).

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace

Surah Yusuf (12) 27/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

After Yusuf (AS), with the help of Allah successfully warded off the temptations from his employer’s wife, the ladies in the city heard of the matter and began discussing it.

Verse 30 :“And the ladies in the city said: “The wife of the Aziz desires her young slave to yield himself (to her). Her love for him has pierced her heart, but truly we see her in an obvious error.”

To prove her point, she holds a banquet and gives each one a knife. She calls Yusuf (AS) to present himself at the banquet. Upon his attendance at the banquet, the ladies are mesmerised by his good looks and appeal to the
extent that they cut their hands. This gives us an indication of the good looks and charm that Yusuf (AS) was invested with, yet he held firmly to his moral values.

Verse 31: “So when they saw him, they deemed him great (in charm, beauty and dignity) ….Allah forbid! This is no human being! Nay he is none but a noble angel”

The Aziz’s wife firstly tried to seduce Yusuf and then tried to slander his character. She now uses the reaction at the banquet as an excuse to justify her actions. What next …

Continues tomorrow… Salaam / Peace

Surah Yusuf (12) 24/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Yusuf (AS) reaches adulthood and faces another great challenge – the challenge of temptation!

12/23 But she in whose house he was, sought to seduce him from his (true) self: she fastened the doors, and said: “Now come, thou (dear one)!” He said: “Allah forbid! truly (You husband) is my lord! he made my sojourn agreeable! truly to no good come those who do wrong!

Yusuf was a man with natural desires and here he is tempted by the wife of his boss. His Taqwa (Allah consciousness), gratitude to the Aziz and refined character provided him protection from falling into temptation. He thus restrained himself and does not succumb to temptation.

There is much to reflect on and learn from this episode in the life of Yusuf (AS).

Continues tomorrow …Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 23/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

In verse 19 Yusuf(AS) is rescued and then sold to a person in Egypt(verse21). This brings along a dramatic change in the fortune of Yusuf(AS) and sets the ground for establishing Yusuf(AS)’s authority in the land and perfecting his skill of interpretation of dreams or events.

Verse 21 “The man in Egypt who bought him, said to his wife: “Make his stay (among us) honourable: maybe he will bring us much good, or we shall adopt him as a son.” Thus did We establish Joseph in the land, that We might teach him the interpretation of stories (or events). And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.”

Who would have imagined – from the bottom of the well into a palace… see how Allah (SWT) finds a way out for the righteous.

RIGHTEOUS DEEDS +  TRUST IN ALLAH (SWT) = SUCCESS!

Continues tomorrow….Insha Allah Salaam / Peace

Surah Yusuf (12) 22/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The sadness of Yaqub (AS) and the lies of the brothers of Yusuf (AS) 12/18 And they came with false blood on his shirt. He said, “I don’t believe this story; you have made it up. I will remain steadfast in the face of your conspiracy, and Allah it is Whose help is sought in the kind of misfortune you describe to me.”

The ten brothers envied and hated their innocent younger brothers Joseph and Benjamin. Jacob had the wisdom to see that his young and innocent sons wanted protection and to perceive Joseph’s spiritual greatness. But his wisdom, to them, was folly or madness of imbecility, because it touched their self-love, as truth often does. And they relied on the brute strength of numbers-the ten hefty brethren against old Jacob, the lad Joseph, and the boy Benjamin

What sadness for the great Prophet Yaqub (AS) – something many of us can relate to…

Continues tomorrow… Insha Allah

Surah Yusuf (12) 21/07/2015

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With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

We continue the story of Yusuf (AS).   Brothers are jealous of Yusuf(AS).

Verse 8: “Truly Yusuf and his brother are loved more by our father than we: but we are a goodly body!  really our father is obviously wandering (in his mind)!”  They plan to get rid of him.  It shows us how destructive jealousy can be.

Verse 15: “so they did take him away, and they all agreed to throw him down to the bottom of the well: and We put into his heart (this message): ‘Of a surety you shall (one day) tell them the truth of this their affair while they know (you) not’”

Imagine the state of sadness and fear in the young Yusuf(AS) but Allah (SWT) comforts him.

To be continued tomorrow, InshaAllah