Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 06
Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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sulla hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah Hora yo savage Marine. Begin the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah animes finance 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. Welcome everyone back to the study of social use of the story of the great Prophet, Yusuf Alayhi Salatu was Salam. And we move on to the next scene now where they
go off with use of a Salam to the conspiratorial picnic, if you will,
to launch their scheme and their
plot against use of Allah his setup and so Allah azza wa jal says in the first verse, you heard here phelim The Hubble will be He, so when they went off with him, What a gem metal? Ania Dr. Liu feels like Yeah, but it will be and they became resolute. They all were in agreement to send him down into the bottom of the well.
And then Subhanallah Well, let me just finish the verse.
Well, Hanaa illegally to Namibia, Nambia men who had their own dash around and we revealed to him use of at that moment, you will surely inform them about this, the stretcher is the they are performing? Well, homeless Sharon, and they just don't realize while at a time when they when, at this time, or at the time they informed them Allah knows best they will have will be totally oblivious to that are totally off guard, they don't realize you're going to inform them or you will inform them at a time when they had no idea, no suspicion, you're going to take them by surprise and confront them with this.
there are many reflections that I have about this one verse and I hope it doesn't take our entire session. Just so we can move along
into the story with a medium speed. But Allah azza wa jal says when they went to off with him, and they all were in agreement to send him down into the bottom of the well.
But then it kind of interrupts
you know, sometimes
in certain, I guess, movies.
I used to watch movies long time ago,
when the scene is very gruesome,
or the scene is just known that every time the bad guy corners, right, it just it flips over to the next screen, another victim, another victim, another victim. And so it doesn't pronounce the victimization very much doesn't illustrate the the gruesome scene very much. It moves on to to another scene. And similarly, this kind of happens here and I wondered like why is there the interjection right like when they went off and they agreed that they're going to put him in? The verse doesn't say then they put him in. It just says, and we meaning at that time that they threw him in the well that part is skipped. It's not spelled out, we reveal to him.
And perhaps the of the wisdoms here is that this is a very dramatic scene.
In a very graphic scene, and this surah came down
to get the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as some of our scholars said, get him past the trauma of being campaigned against and persecuted and exiled from Mecca.
And so it was telling him that these moments come and go, they pass, they don't last, the trials of this world don't last, you know, they either end or we end they either leave us or we leave them and move on to another world. It's the pain of this world is temporary.
That's something that
is very important to remember. Everyone's getting tested and no one says this permanent. And so it's highlighting use of Alehissalaam test as well. He also was being thrown out or being separated from his loved ones and the comfort of life and the company of his family. And the same way you Omaha masala Lovato said Sallam are being pushed away from Mecca by your family by your Klansmen. And some scholars say this surah coming down at that point right before the migration, the fleeing from Mecca and migrating to Medina for our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was to hint also at the fact that he would return right because the sort of ends with the return of the brothers and the
reunion and everyone
that's around at the end of the story, turning a new leaf to the end of it. And my kid has become Muslim after right? Seven, eight painful years after the Hijra. And so perhaps that's the reason why the that scene is skipped. Because it is very graphic. There's such trauma in that scene like you can imagine on Allah says, And they went off with him and they all were in full agreement like they all of them even though one could have been enough because he's the the helpless, weak youngster use of valet setup, they all grabbed him, right. And they all pull his shirt off because they needed the shirt, as you may know from how the story continues. And you can maybe like Just let your
imagination wander of what that must have looked like. He probably like thought it was a joke at the beginning. And then like, Oh, this is serious. And then looking around for what Brother is going to knock some sense into the other brother who's being you know, who's being Savage here, someone like stop him. And then he looks around at their eyes and they're all in full agreement, like the the betrayal here is is unlike the last thing an innocent child expects from his older brothers for all of them to coalesce and agree on doing this to you.
But at the same time, the verse says what it doesn't say there's a happy ending at the end of the story. It says, And this is a very important lesson, while hyena II Lee and we reveal to him then in there many scholars, perhaps most of the FCF scholars, if I'm not mistaken, say that this was a revelation of reassurance, not the revelation of prophethood. Like what Allah says We reveal to him. Usually revelation means you're a prophet. But this is a different kind of revelation because in the Quran, the word ye has multiple usages right Allah revealed to me he inspired to the, to the honeybee on how to like construct its hives, and its homes and its niches in the mountains and
elsewhere. Allah Zoa Jen
said he revealed or inspired within the mother of Moses to cast him into the well into the river, or the sea when she fears for him. And so, this is one of those, according to the majority of scholars and inspiration or revelation that is beneath prophethood, meaning he's not a prophet, yet, he became a prophet later, and Allah knows best.
And so But why, why are we trying to prove that he receives revelation before becoming a prophet, to open the door for you? And for me, meaning when a person is close to Allah azza wa jal, Allah instills inside him certain notions, certain feelings that soothe his wounds, like soothe the trauma, soothe the pain. reassurances that are as clear as they like, they're not like oh, in sha Allah, this will get better. They're not a hunch. It's not just wishful thinking. The closer you are to Allah, the more reinforcement you get in the midst of your crisis from ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. It's of the ways that Allah eases for us our difficulties. You know, when Allah azza wa jal says in
them that Allah rosary usara certainly, along with man means with a long with the hardship there is ease very famous verse, everyone knows it. What does it mean? The scholar said, of what this means is that the end of the hardship is destined along with the beginning of the hardship, right. So the point of relief comes with, it's almost like this is your life. And this is the hardship it comes like this. This is the beginning. This is the end, right? So it's passing through. It's not like the hardship is decreed on you. And then
Allah will later decree when it will end no with the hardship comes the ease to remind you of the temporary, temporary nature, the transience of the hardship. The other meaning this is the meaning I want here, along with the hardship there is ease. When you are going through hardship Allah instills within that episode of your life means subtle means to bring you ease. So in this case, with use of Allah, his setup, Allah placed inside him a sense of surety, right, he was sure that he would not die here, and he will confront his brothers about this. And sometimes you need that, like you need to act, you need to take someone to task so that you can forgive them even right you just you have
to express you hurt me, you know, you did this, you did that. And then you forgive them. Some some crimes are so big that people need to own them before they get forgiven for them. They need to concede to them they need to apologize for them, or at least admit them.
And so with the hardship comes ease and many times when someone is close to Allah azza wa jal, you know he can be going his marriage could be on the brink. And then Allah azza wa jal causes him to find himself sitting next to the right person that tells him a story about how his marriage is far worse. And how he sees the benefit in powering through the marital you know, roller coaster. And so when he hears this guy's story, he realized that his his problems aren't so bad. That's how within the hardship there is ease, it's embedded inside to alleviate it for you. With the caveat here. The trick here is for you to have rapport with Allah azza wa jal to have good credit to have a good
balance with Allah before the hardship comes. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said this Tara ILAHA Raha Yeah, if you should
get to know Allah, meaning get acquainted, you know, build a relationship with Allah, in times of ease, yeah, and if Gaffey should, he will know you in times of difficulty, meaning he'll be there for you in a special way more than he is for others, he will be there for you in times of difficulty.
And so, number one, realize that this story was a reassurance for the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam, because he was about to be driven out by his people separated from his family and his Klansmen and Maccha.
And so sort of use of came down, to tell him there is a happy ending. And the path is one, this is the path of the prophets, prophets before you went through this as well. And also for us, by the way, that anyone is going through some hardship they lose out on some of life's comforts, or the company of their loved ones.
This is the path of the prophets. You hold on just a little longer. It'll all be over soon, and you're there triumph will be your triumph, and their final destination will become your final destination. May Allah azza wa jal help everyone that's going through hardship,
pass it pass the test with flying colors, and ease for us. The viciousness of the of the trials allow us to to take it in stride and not be broken or brought to our knees via Hola, Mami. And so that was the first thing why this surah came down. It is really pronounced in this area, right? That the quickness of the mention of the betrayal and dimension that at that moment, Yusuf Ali Salam was given by Allah a sense of certainty that this is not going to be the end, which made it easier for him to handle what is so hard to handle the betrayal of your big brothers, all of them.
And the second thing,
the third thing now that we want to say about this, I have very quickly because we are not doing well on time, is that Jacoba is Salam, as we kind of mentioned last week, tried very hard to not let us have go with them, because he was pretty sure that that he would be in danger, that there's something suspicious happening here. But at the end of the day, he couldn't. And this is healthy for us to recognize that. You know, every parent wants a good safe life for their child, but you can't always offer it no matter who you are.
They may not listen to your advice, or you may not be around I mean, most children outlive their parents, that you may not be around to advise them at that moment, or the other person who can advise them in your place that Allah sends may not notice it. So advise them on some things but overlook others that are just as necessary, if not more, perilous, and danger pose greater dangers to our kids. And so we're going to advise them we're going to try our best to direct them in their path. But we need to believe that Allah is the truest protector and that we need to rely on him and teach our children to rely on him because we are not the best protectors for our kids we can never
recognizing that is a treasure. You know as one of the setup the early Muslims would say
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my treasure is my incompetence like me recognizing my incompetence, my inability to do certain things is just part of human limitation, right? Whether it's because I don't have the right resources, whether I'm so emotionally invested that I can't like, Be logical about things and be reasonable, I'm just my hands are tied in so many different ways. So me recognizing my inability is actually my treasure because it causes me to turn around and resort to someone who has better abilities. And that of course, should deliver you to Allah azza wa jal. So he says, My treasure is my inability, while he nya *ery and my riches lie in my poverty me recognizing that I'm poor
causes me to access
the treasure chest of the one who is the most rich the one whose reservoirs and resources never deplete, never end.
And then after that, the next verse continues that they come to their father I share any of the code they come to their father at night crying
maybe this will be the last verse we cover just for time purposes. I was ambitious but we're not going to cover the three four verses today. They came to their father at night. Why did they come to their father at night they came to the father at night so that their their fake crying won't show right like it's you know, you see it in your face, especially with a parent. They can you know, get you a mile away so they came at night, and they came at night crying.
Maybe they really weren't crying, but it wasn't genuine crying. And that by itself is a huge lesson right? Number one
the deception that is
inseparable from the night right deception works in the dark it's part of like the definition right? It tries to catch people off guard tries to get things past people the night time is a time when much evil takes place, right? Um, just clubs happen at night. Lots of most robbery happens at night in dark alleyways right. So the night is a time of great danger. This is not to make someone paranoid that oath of Allah. I mean, the stronger your faith in Allah, the more fearless you become in terms of confronting your fears, you need to be out you need to be out. But we should be aware of
not being home at night, when we don't or our children not being home at night.
Or what our children are doing at night, sometimes even at home. Because the night is when just so much evil happens. The night is actually the province outside outside when the sheltering become when they I guess they set out the Prophet alayhi salatu salam even told us to bring your children in at the beginning of the night, because that's when like the rabbit shelter and come out right later on in the night. If it's safe, you know, supervision or whatever else if it's safe, Fine, let them play.
Given other measures are put in place, but just the onset of the night is something we should be wary about. The night is a time of privacy. It's a time of
resigning to your homes a time of resigning to your family to time of resigning to your worship. And we should keep it that way. I mean, I think COVID helped us
a little bit and we should try to hold on to as much of that as possible. The night was made for sleep unless people are forced to be awake for you know, a noble cause such as serving their family or serving some
somewhat great cause.
Or otherwise but generally speaking some of the stuff used to before they go to sleep, they would just have a regiment of the saying Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah that I'm home
because at night is when people are vulnerable right at night is when people are singing at night. So the fact that I am home not fornicating right now not partying in a haram way right now. You know the fact that I am not
outside of a home on the on the receiving end of someone's you know malicious acts right now.
Realize this the so much evil happens under the wings of the night.
And then they cry. And that's a lesson that we don't believe someone because they're crying
and that is the beautiful balance that our teacher Dean teaches us you're supposed to be empathic feel people's pain.
But also do not be gullible and naive and manipulated by people who are pretending to be in pain.
Because there are people who master
pulling tears out of their eyes, they're good at it for a whole bunch of different reasons. They just when they feel like they should they do not because they are overwhelmed and so they do.
It helps them you know
convince others it helps them silence their own conscience if you are involved in community work like any man like she always was to anyone said, you will realize that so many people come to you crying. And if you're overtaken, you know, people that that that are in places of exacting justice, like whether an imam has moral authority or like, you know, if you're under like a judicial a judge position or like an arbiter, or you feel like it's your responsibility, you become more prone to look for injustice. And so you think you found it prematurely many times you got to be careful.
And so people come to you crying and then when to hear the other side of the story, you realize that they could be the guilty party a lot of times.
You know, I always mentioned to people that it has happened to him or her law said he would tell people
if someone comes to me and I just cry, he says, with his I gorged out, someone like poked out his eye, I would not judge in his favor. Like, you know, when someone comes to you not just crying like a gash or something, you just jump up and you just you you're at their service, and who did this to you and you're ready to raise hell, as they say. He says I will not judge in his favor, until I check the other party first, maybe he poked out both of their eyes. Right? Maybe they are the guilty party. And so if you are someone who is
moved by injustice, you should be you need to be careful of jumping in too early. This happens all the time, in the process of seeking justice, you can prematurely you know, identify
what is justice as an injustice or the opposite, right? And that happens a lot. I mean, think of Musa Allah He set up, he was so passionate about defending the oppressed, that he separated a fight and with with such authority, such strength that he killed a man right. And then the next day, he saw the what he thought was the victim fighting another person. And so he realized that this guy's a troublemaker. He's picking fights and him dragging us into them to rescue him each time.
And so he was the instigator. And so we should be very aware of this, that crying does not mean that your claim is justified. It doesn't even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us of people's eloquence as well, just because they can present their argument better doesn't mean they're more right. It just means they can speak better. And that's why he told them I am. But a human being the province also that I've said this I am but a human being.
And I judge based on what I hear and some of you may be more articulate, like just better at expressing themselves making a case for themselves and others. So if I give you the verdict, I pass a verdict in your favor. When you know this is the right of your brother, then don't take it mean you have to use your conscience as well. You can't just throw this on the judge that you tricked, then do not take your brother's right because you would only be taking a coal from the fire. I mean, this will burn through you. this will this will wind up in great punishment.
And so someone's eloquence is not proof of their case being justified, someone's lying is not proof of them being justified, sometimes even then bleeding, does it mean that their claim is justified and the Prophet alayhi salatu was set up said this and I'll close with it. Now your openness will be that aware whom if people were given simply based on their claims, meaning with without enough proof, and I just said what isn't proof right? What isn't enough proof? Crying, articulation, bleeding even without clear, undeniable proof? He said then so many people would claim the rights and the blood and the wealth of others. And then he said proof is the onus
of the plaintiff, you're making a complaint you have to bring the proof. Well, will you mean or have an anchor and whomever is the defendant they need to swear an oath that they're
their claim is wrong if they don't have the proof for it, and they walk scot free as they say proven innocent until proven guilty
and proof is not the tears or the
the eloquent words just like a little fade out we'll end there and shallow to ALLAH asking a lot of benefit that's from his book and help us walk this world with with a light that we extract from his book and illuminate for ourselves and our surroundings the decisions we make and the perspectives we have alone that I mean
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