Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf #03
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smilla hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah savage rain weekend the name of Allah all praise and glory be to Allah. Mais finest peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his family and his companions and all those who tried his path. We asked a lot of zoa jedha in this final hour of Juma, this blessing our this hour of responsible for a lot to make us and you have the carriers of his book, and of those shielded and shaded by his book and those transformed as worthy of his pleasure or into being worthy of his pleasure, by virtue of our dedication and our commitment to his book alone. I mean,
may Allah zildjian make this quote on a means for us to accelerate towards his paradise in his company forever and may are laws that protect us from being of those who placed the Quran behind our backs, and as a result are driven by it into the fire driven because of it into destruction alone, I mean, so we welcome everyone back to our discussions and our reflections on sort of Yousuf the story of Yusuf Ali Salaam in the 12th chapter of the Quran. And we concluded last week at the verse we're in our la Zilla, Jen said that the arco Valley he said I'm the father responded to his son Yusuf and said, Oh, my dear son, do not relate this dream of yours, that is foretelling Your glory or coming
greatness to your brothers for key do like a Qaeda because they may plot against you.
In the shape on insomnia, I do mobian because the shaitan is a clear enemy to the human being. And of course, if shaitaan is invisible, then how can he be a clear enemy, that would be a misunderstanding as to what a clear enemy refers to throughout the whole on a clear meaning Make no mistake about it, he will forever be your enemy, he will never consider or back down from he's your permanent enemy, he's your staunchest enemy, he will not go away he will not be negotiated with he will not sympathize. He is as clear as they get in his enmity to you towards you.
And also, you know, this is very
intelligent and wise of Yahoo. Bala Salaam. Before we move on today's is something we didn't cover last week is that he tied the plotting that may happen by the brothers with shape on this is obviously not equating the brothers of any wrongdoing they may do. In fact, he's warning him against his brothers. But it's also reminding him that there's an overlap, the human being is not the shaitaan, but he just so susceptible to shaitan. And so that could help us many times when we have like some confusion as to how to understand the person could be so evil, or sometimes our kids also
you don't know how to explain to them that this close friend of ours or this relative of ours performs an open house mom in their language and their behavior in their decisions, whatever it is. And so this is a great advice from iacobelli. Salaam, you can say to your kids, or even say to yourself when you're like how can I ever forgive this person for that evil deed? Tell yourself you know what shaitan tricked him in that the same way he tricks us in so many other things. And so when we make that for ourselves, we protect it from strengthen. Let's make the right for this person as well. Maybe that was the help that he that Yusuf Ali Salaam needed that subtle help, that helped him
forgive his brothers at the end of the story, as you all know, the fact that he realized that they were innocence though not acquitted of guilt, or you know wrongdoing but innocence duped by shaitaan into
accepting that for themselves.
And then the next is the ayat We will begin with today. Allah zildjian continues the status of the aku Bala his Salaam that he says to his son we can dedicate to become
Book and so will your Lord choose you and he bet in the Quran some scholar said only refers to Prophet to not just choose you to be righteous or choose you to be special. Each diva only came as some of the scholars said with regards to Prophet to it, meaning he will choose you or use of as a prophet. Well you are a limo coming that we did a hadith and teach you the interpretation of ahaadeeth statements, dreams events, we'll come back to it inshallah, because it has the potential for all of these things.
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When you Timonium into a lake and perfect his favor upon you, where Allah Allah COVID upon the descendants of Jacob, your descendants in mind kemah at m Maha just has he perfected in the past upon your forefathers Abraham and Isaac Ibrahim always have in Arabic alleman Hakeem your Lord is all knowing all wise. So think about that there's a plot, but realize that your Lord has chosen you for something very special, a very special rank of prophethood from all your brothers he has chosen you. Though there is some discussion that the other brothers were chosen as prophets. But as even you can feel him although it's extremely far fetched to believe that even before Prophethood
an individual that would become a prophet could perform the acts of the brothers of Joseph performed in the story that we will cover.
And so now he has chosen you,
in front of they will plot against you. And you know, Dr. Alfie, if you mentioned something very beautiful that
everyone can plot, but when Allah chooses, then all of the plotting becomes irrelevant. All of the planning becomes irrelevant. And so when unless elected person, for example, to become distinguished, the most thorough plans, the most vicious storms, the best enemy tactics, they become childsplay they become a breeze they become a walk in the park, and the darkest, most sinister plans, they become daylight they they don't face or harm in the least.
And then he said, Oh, your Lord will choose you. And he said, teach you that we didn't have the thought we'd means interpretation. And it could also mean the outcome.
A Hadith, like Hadith of the Prophet SAW sentiments and statement and otherwise, or includes a statement at least ahaadeeth is the plural of hated mean statements, the interpretation of statements, rule our dreams. The dreams here are called statements. Why, perhaps have the wisdom another lesson in that is that people always talk about their dreams, it's just part and parcel of human nature, we just cling to our dreams. And I don't want to get into the potential psychology of that. That's not my that's above my paygrade. It's not my specialization that belongs to my sister. She's the psych major. But there are some reflections here about human patterns. But that's not what
we want. What we want is considering these are human patterns, let's just get past that point. We should tolerate people and something that's just naturally embedded inside them people forever for as long as human beings have been around like to talk about their dreams. And so we should let them whenever they're not obsessing over them or making too much out of them or, you know, overly relying on them. Let people speak about their dreams. Don't be that person that interprets without qualification. But also Don't be that person that shuts people down when they want to talk about something that means something to them, the Prophet and his thoughts on himself would ask the glass
after salted veggie has any of you seen a dream. And so this is something that even I struggle with, not to say even I but it is just ironic or unfortunate, the one sharing the words
always get stuck on on the words that needs to be said for the greater benefit, but are awkward and being said by someone who doesn't live up to them. I struggle with letting people
say their dreams in front of I have to really hold myself Why? Because
most people are a lot of people, they
they put too much in dreams. And so I my go to now is just and that's wrong, is just to almost roll my eyes. And here we go again, or when the dreams come. But at the end of the day, Allah did give us core and he did give us and he did give us wise people with real life experiences. He did give us a staccato prayer, he did give us experts to consult. And so we should not be dismissive of all of that. That's all I want to say. The thommy dismissive of all of that, just because of a dream that we can't shake off. But we should still let you say your dream whenever you're not being obsessive or misusing of that dream. Also, you know, it's possible that we can take from this in the science
of dream interpretation that when people have vivid dreams as children, they may become a person of greater skill, a greater aptitude to interpret dreams.
They're older, they have greater potential for specializing in that the same way you can notice this kid will be a good engineer that will be a good, you know, legal scholars or whatnot or physician, this person could be skilled at having that heightened sense of making sense of the dreams, especially when it requires a sixth sense of sorts that has principles, by the way. But you also have to read a little bit into the personality of the person, two people could have the exact same dream. And it could mean two very different things, because it is a little bit varying, based on the person that saw it. And so perhaps this is of the signs of being skilled at dream interpretation
when you have vivid dreams early. Where do we get that from from Yahoo about a salon telling his son,
your Lord is going to teach you the interpretation of dreams? Well, you Tim monumenta, who are alike and perfect his favor upon you.
And upon the descendants of Jacob, you know, everyone seeks God's favor is a very important lesson. But to seek the perfection of God's favor,
is something that those best acquainted with Allah know that they should do. What is the perfection of Allah's favor, I mean, for sure that the most perfect favorite from Allah is to be most perfectly guided, and to be a prophet, but none of us are going to be prophets after the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sealed Prophethood. And so the perfection of favor is for us to be benefited by whatever things we enjoy whatever secondary favors will call them, or relative favors. The favours of life and health and wealth and friends and intellect and these favors, to be perfected for you is for them to be a means of you coming close to Allah. Because every single favor is imperfect, it
could benefit you, it could harm you. But the perfect favor is the favor that brings you close to Allah. That's the true favorite. That's the absolute favorite. And that is why when you say Soraka Lavina and Anjali human and Fatiha give me grant me the path of those who favored what is the Who are those who favored Idina Soraka, Mr. Kim guidance to the straight path. And so that's why I've maintained me I said, in reality, whatever brings you any blessing that brings you closer to any hardship that brings you closer to Allah is a is a favor from him, and a gift and a blessing. And every blessing, right, what we ordinarily at face value, consider a blessing that brings you far
from Allah. That is a disaster, that's a calamity.
And then he said, perfect his favor upon you and upon the descendants of Jacob the same way he perfected it on those before you to always feel like you didn't fall off of a tree or come out of nowhere is extremely important for us.
To be humbled also, and to be optimistic, that we are the extension of we could be the product of someone's do a parent or a great great grandparents whose name we don't even know, do I that left their lips in the middle of the night in there, so do their otherwise, use Valley Salaam is the most noble, the Son of the Most Noble, the Son of the Most Noble, the Son of the Most Noble, as the prophet SAW, sent him said, Abraham on a set up, maybe he is the product, maybe it had Abraham and he said, I'm not made that
Allah would not have blessed his descendants in such a beautiful consecutive way. And so that is very humbling, that it may not be me that much at all, as much as I think I am, you know,
eating on the tab of, if you will, a far more righteous person than myself that I am just one of his bark at one of his blessings.
And likewise, you'll become optimistic that many things go wrong, but there are hidden factors helping you along your path, that you may not realize just as he perfected his favor upon those before you. But our human is half and then the father ended by saying in Arabic Allah mon, Hakeem, your Lord is all knowing, all wise. You know nothing, even statistically speaking nothing
ensures the transmission of faith to your children.
Like the influence of the parents, even if the parents may not realize it, you know, they blossom in the direction of the parents more often than anything else, even if it takes a while even if they blossom late. And so the best influence or the strongest influence will be that of the parents. And so the best influence the parents can offer their child is to instill in them unwavering trust of Allah subhanho wa Taala you know, before you are plucked from their life or parents or before they are plucked from your life, the children and you know, life takes its course whatever that means, in a you know, countless ways. Make sure you carve into their personality into their depths into their
soul and then rest assured they'll be fine once they know who allies so kinda horadada and you know, in Arabic, you just need to know that Allah is Knowing wise. That's it.
Why do we say Rest assured because you don't know exactly what else you should rely on besides Allah, you can't rely on the fact that my life will take a certain course you can't. They say hindsight is 2020 when you look back and say, Oh, those disasters weren't so bad.
And so Allah knew subhanho wa Taala how important it was for Yusuf Ali Salaam to see the glory of His dream to see his glory through that dream to stay positive when the when the vicious events erupted.
And so he helped him along subpoena hautala it may not have been at the moment what we would think is the best you know, course of action, but use of La Salaam was taught handlers to think even that use rally Salem was not taken away from his father until his father had the opportunity to instill these values in him. That's of the great knowledge and wisdom and care of a love for use of Allah His Salaam.
And so Allah showed him this and his father kept reinforcing in him your Lord is knowing wise.
And so that stuck with him throughout the process, you know, you can you think of it may be, you know, that
we might think like hindsight is 2020. Right? We might think before the events that it would have been better for us to have a salon to know what's going to happen to him like to just brace himself, but that's actually not wisdom at all.
Because many times we hurt ourselves more obsessing or being anxious over something harmful, right? That may or may not happen actually. Right? More than the actual harm itself, far more damaging, far more disrupting of our peace of mind. And so of Allah's wisdom, Subhana Allah tala that he showed him the outcome of the events. And he knew before the outcome came that Allah is Alamin Hakeem, so that he could await the outcome. The last I will cover very quickly, we recited in the beginning of the podcast for us what he is to list it in, there is certainly in the story of use of and his brothers lessons for all those who ask, what does that mean? I mean, first of all, I mean, signs,
signs means lessons and proofs and indications that need to be pointed out. So even though I showed him a whole lot, he says about this idea and his stuff, see it, that the story of use of a salon, it contains signs for many things, many signs, the lady said in the plural, right? And so signs that signify the necessity of being patient and being pure, on route to good outcomes. Things take a while.
But in the grander scheme of things, it's just a moment. And also how envy and malice even where you least expect it is usually the case behind the details of why there's animosity between people you may think it's because of this or it's because of that, but at the end of the day, the underlying factor that we should keep in mind is this envy and this malice that lurks in human beings. And COVID is also signed in the story signs of the prophethood of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam it becomes beyond question after he brought to the experts scholars of the Judeo Christian scriptures, the story of the Lost knowledge of Yusuf Ali Salaam in this story, and also you know, Monica said
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it says in this story of Yusuf and his brothers is a lesson a lesson also for for those assigned for those that are wondering if they can ever forgive.
It's his brother's the most difficult emotional wounds are those that come from directions you least expect. And so, you know, like your own flesh and blood. And so, through the story of use of Elisa Lam, we are reminded that even those the most difficult wounds, emotional wounds can be overcome. And so like you're struggling to forgive and forget, remember the story of use of alleys in that is a sign for you. Have they done to me it will use us as brothers did to him
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once brought to our attention and because he was the one feeling
attacked by those he least expected it was very beautiful coming from him at the end of the day just takes a deep breath and he says, You know what, what have they really done to me? Have they done to me with the brothers of us have have done to him? You know, May Allah forgive us in them. I'm a test for them with the wrong knee or not. And there are tests for me, it's just very beautiful of him. The last thing I'll say about at least alien is Signs for those who ask. You gotta be looking for those inquiring about it. You know, the concept of cognitive dissonance. cognitive dissonance means basically a mental disconnect to deliberately let yourself disconnect. That's actually the problem
with stories that you don't ask why why do I feel this way or
What is in this story of a lesson for me, you just get absorbed in the story. And you just ride this story and you don't ask.
And so to push yourself to be thoughtful and to reflect, in order to benefit from the lessons that come your way,
you cannot let yourself just get sucked into any story and just listen to it passively. You'll miss out on so much. Allah wants you to be inquisitive, subpoena him with Allah, you know, perhaps that's of the wisdom why the stories of the Quran are?
What's the word scattered? It's not the word I'm looking for. But you know, the story of Musa alayhis salaam is distributed all over the world and the story of most prophets not use of alesina but almost all the prophets distributed throughout the Quran, why? Maybe it's so that you can dive into the story, take the lesson and come back out. But if the story just remains a story, you'll just get sucked in and live the moment and you will not benefit as much. That's probably why or one of the wisdoms why usually the stories of the Quran are like that, and Allah knows best. And if not best about the level on whom they asked him actually and he is sort of German Qur'an, right, the
master interpreter of the Quran among the Sahaba. And of course everyone after them. They asked him, How did you develop all this knowledge? Like all this deep understanding of the Quran? Where did you get it from? He mentioned two things. He said, MIDI sending said ulin or colombina. Four.
He said, with an inquisitive tongue, I'm always asking questions, while pulvinar cool and a receptive heart. And so in. The story of Yusuf and his brothers, are Signs for those that have a receptive heart, those that are inquisitive, those that are inquiring, those that are receptive, may Allah make us and you have them. longlining exactly right. Everybody's panic along with you know high land. Mr. Furukawa to win extra money comm