Category Archives: Surat-Yusuf

Surat-Yusuf Intro

Surah Yusuf

  • The Quran is not a “book” but is meant to be read may times in our lifetime, it is meant to be read and reflected upon. There is no book anywhere that compares to the Quran.
  • The more you read the Quran, the more we can learn from it. Anything else that we do we may get annoyed and bored with it. An example is reciting Surat Fatiha many times in the day but we never get sick of it.
  • The language of the Quran was selected to be Arabic and we have no choice in this matter just as the Kabbah is direction of pray. This is through the Wisdom of Allah(SWA).
  • Arab is not a nationality, rather it is a language that is spoken by many different races.
  • The Story of Prophet Yusuf (AS) is comprehensive to all types of people and all type of life affairs.
  • The prophet Yusuf (AS) as a young child tells his father that he had a dream about eleven planets, the sun and the moon were prostrating to me.
  • The prophets all started their revelations with a dream and later are looked at as inspiration from Allah (SWA).
  • Whatever good ones do we will see and whatever bad we do we will see it. This applied to everyone except children who are below the age of puberty, after this age then will be fully accountabel for their actions.
  • Parents should listen to their children and take matters serious when they talk.
  • Yaqub (AS) tells his son “Do Not tell your dream to your brothers, they will arrange a plot against you” It will not motivate them to better themselves but rather arrange an evil plot against you.
  • Children are not copies of each other but are brought for separate roles. Every person has qualites that others may not have.
  • Do not criticize one child for another childs well doing or bad doing. This will only create hatred and only focus on the positive of all the children.
  • We should not force our children into any situation that they may not want to do, An example is the pressure for children to become a profession that only their parents or society wants them to be.
  • Nourish the potential of the good qualities that the child possess and focus on these great qualities.
  • Shaitan takes these relationships of the family and encourages jealousy and hatred with the competition between the brothers and sisters. This is from something wrong that we are doing within the family.
  • Prophet Yaqub(AS) tells his son that he may be given the ability to interpret dreams and bring you closer to Allah(SWA). This is a quality that he saw in his son Yusuf(AS), and was thinking at a much bigger level so that he could reach the level of Ibrahim(AS).
  • No matter what the enemies of Islam want to accomplish the result and victory will only with the Allah(SWA).
  • Prophet Yaqub(AS) used to say that when Yusuf(AS) was not around him and was not in his eyesight that fear and grief would strike him. This was because he felt that Allah(SWA) had entrusted him to protect and keep an eye on Yusuf(AS).
  • When the brothers of Yusuf(AS) found out about the revelation and the respect that was given to him they began to plot evil plans against Yusuf(AS).
  • There are many different examples of brothers hurting each other in our lifetime as well, at the highest level of government.
  • The evil plan against any believer will only hurt the one that plans it, in this life and the next.
  • The story of Prophet Yusuf(AS) shows us many different lessons that families can take away from and is sufficient enough to learn from.
  • If a parent shows more love or affection to one child over the other this creates problems between the siblings.
  • Love of children from the parents is part of their sustenance and none can be added or taken away. One cannot be in expense of the other one; this is where the hurt occurs.
  • A parent should not make their child feel as if the love of one child is being taken away and give to another child.
  • The brothers of Yusud(AS) said that “we are the providers, the strong ones and the ones that work hard. Yet we are not loved as much as Yusuf(AS).” This is the injection of the Shaitan in the cracks and putting this in the mind of the brothers and is not the fathers fault.
  • The brothers plot to kill Yusuf(AS) and came up with three different ways they can approach this
    • First was to throw him in a middle of nowhere
    • Second was to hurt him violently
    • Third was to direct him to a land that was unknown
    • The brothers wanted to commit these crimes and make sure that their father was in their hand and then would repent to Allah(SWA) and become righteous. This is a crooked and evil way of thinking; If they were truly righteous and wanted to do good they would suppress these thoughts and would not follow up with the evil plan.
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  • Surat-Yusuf 6-10 V. 1-15

    Surat-Yusuf

    V.1-15

    This whole surah is the story of one person. This is one among several surahs named after Prophets (AS), like Yunus, Hud, Nuh, Ibraheem etc. Allah (SWT) says that this story of Yusuf (Joseph) is the best of stories. No matter who they bring together no one can make a story better than this. This surah is full of knowledge and the surah covers all aspects of life. It covers politics, economy, power, family, minorities, sociology, all aspects of life. All the people in this story ended up on good terms, it has a happy ending. read more

    Surat-Yusuf 6-24 v. 11-21

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 11-21

    We can see the beginning of Yusuf’s (AS) life is full of darkness, having injustices committed against him. He was facing hardships and difficulties that could destroy any one of us, and these were happening to him for no wrong doing on his part. These were prescribed for him by Allah (SWT) and Yusuf (AS) was able to not only survive these difficulties but excel with them. His ingredients for having success were to follow what was revealed to him and to have patience. This is true for us as well to excel in this life, follow the Qur’an and be patient. read more

    Surat-Yusuf 7-1 V. 21-23

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 21-23

    No writer can ever create a story equal to the story of Yusuf (AS). We can see when human beings create art they will have one protagonist, who wins out, but the other characters are antagonists and have a bad ending, this is not good for the readers or watchers psychologically. All human beings are potentially good, but these movies and stories shape the opinions of the society. The story of Yusuf has so many elements of human life condensed into a beautiful story, but even beyond this all the people in this story end up as heroes, even the brothers who were so bad to Yusuf (AS), this is why Allah (SWT) said this is “AHsan al Qasas” (the best of stories). read more

    Surat- Yusuf 7-8 V. 22-29

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 22- 29

    V. 22- “When he reached maturity, We bestowed on him wisdom, judgment, and knowledge, Thus do We reward the righteous.”

    According to other verses and narrations Prophet-hood only comes to the Prophets at 40 (except Esa (AS)). This verse mentions that Yusuf (AS) received authority, judgment and knowledge, this verse (belagha ashudah) the mufasiroon say he is either 25 or 33. Talents for human beings especially intellectual talents can be explored from 20 to 33, after 33 there will not be new developments, but those talents that have been discovered will continue to grow and excelled, if there are any potential talents that were not discovered will die away. These talents are like a seed they need nurtured to grow. Physically we stop growing around 20 years old. Intellectual growth will continue to grow if it has been discovered before 33 years of age. If it is not nurtured it will decay or even die. This verse is very important for us to be observant of people around us at this age of growth and potential to discover and nurture their talents. read more

    Surat-Yusuf 7-15 V. 30-35

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 30-35

    V. 30-32- “The women of the city were saying: “The wife of Al-Azeez is trying to seduce her young slave because she has fallen madly in love with him, we see she is totally wrong (in this behavior).When she heard about this gossip, she invited them and prepared a banquet for them, and gave each of them a knife. (While they were cutting) She asked Yusuf to come before them. When they saw him, they were so amazed that they cut their own hands and exclaimed: “Good Lord! He is no human being; he is a noble angel!” She said: “Well this is he about whom you blamed me. No doubt I tried to seduce him but he refused. And now if he refuses to obey my order, he will certainly be thrown into prison and be humiliated.” read more

    Surat- Yusuf 7-22 V. 35-42

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 35-42

    The story of Yusuf (AS) is the greatest story, and it relates to all of us in all aspects of our lives, we can find a lot of guidance for all issues we face in life.

    We can see that Yusuf (AS) is righteous and focused on obeying Allah (SWT) completely, he has no desire whatsoever to disobey Allah (SWT) and he is one of the strongest examples of a person sticking to the obedience of Allah (SWT). He was subjected to tremendous pressure to commit sins, but he (AS) was as strong as a mountain in resisting the pressure to sin. He never even considered budging on the issue. He didn’t care what he had to face or what consequences he might experience, he refused to compromise his Deen. If we have the conviction to stick to the obedience of Allah (SWT) like Yusuf (AS), then Allah (SWT) will honor us Insha’Allah as He (SWT) honored Yusuf (AS). read more

    Surat-Yusuf 7-29 v. 42-57

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 42-57

    In Surat-Yusuf we learn about all affairs of life, and how bad things happen to even the best of people. No matter what, we are going to go through what Allah (SWT) has decreed for us to go through. It is not for us or even the Prophets to say when enough is enough; it is up to Allah (SWT) to say when things are enough. Like Allah (SWT) said in Surat-Yunus: “Follow what was revealed to you and be patient, until Allah (SWT) makes His Judgment”. We must never put a limit on our patience. Yusuf (AS) always stuck to living his life to please Allah (SWT) and never compromised or ran out of patience. We as Muslims need to follow this example, follow the Qur’an and be patient, and never think Allah (SWT) doesn’t know what we are going through. We have the golden rule for dealing with life’s difficulties, follow what Allah (SWT) has revealed, stick to pleasing Him, work hard to the best of our ability and be patient. read more

    Surat- Yusuf 8-5 V. 54-62

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 54-62

    V. 54-55- “The king said: “Bring him to me, I will take him for my special service.” When Yusuf talked with him the king said: “From now on you have an honorable status with us and our full confidence.” Yusuf said: “Place me over all the resources of the land. Certainly I know how to manage; I have the necessary knowledge.”

    We realize that Yusuf (AS) was possibly thinking that he might end his life in prison. He was a slave and an immigrant in a foreign country and he was put in jail by the prime minister of Egypt. But we know that Yusuf (AS) was the inheritor of Ibraheem (AS). He is to deliver the Message of Allah (SWT) to the people, and though Yusuf (AS) was in prison he kept up this mission with submission accepting whatever Allah (SWT) decreed for him with a positive attitude. He even kept positive towards all the people who wronged him, his brothers, the wife of the Aziz, and the other women, and the prisoner who forgot about him. No matter what Yusuf (AS) was optimistic and continued moving forward. read more

    Surat-Yusuf 8-12 V. 63-76

    Surat-Yusuf

    V. 63-76

    This is the last chapter in the life of Yusuf (AS). He is now in power and the only thing left is for him to fulfill his vision and expand his care to the people of Palestine.

    V. 63-66- “When they returned to their father they said: “Father! Grain is henceforth denied us, please send our brother with us so that we may get our measure; we take full responsibility for his safety.” He said: “Should I trust you with him as I once trusted you with his brother (Yusuf)? Allah is the best protector and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.” When they opened their baggage they cried with joy: “What more can we ask for? Here is our trading stock returned to us. We will bring more food for our family; we will take good care of our brother, and obtain an extra camel load of grain. This way it will be easy to add another camel load.” (Ya’qoob) replied: “I will never send him with you until you pledge in the name of Allah that you will surely bring him back to me unless you become helpless.” And when they had given their pledge he said: “And Allah is the Witness over the pledge you made.” read more