Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 09
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We ask Allah azza wa jal to fill our hearts with the light of the Quran and to fill our days with commitment to the Quran and an appreciation of the Quran and a recitation of the Quran and deep, impactful, rejuvenating reflections on the book of Allah azza wa jal throughout the night and throughout the day. May Allah make us and you from Adela Quran the people of the Quran as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah has very, has a very unique class of people among humanity. He says they are the people of the Quran whom Allah Allah he will ha Sato they are they unique, privileged, esteemed class of
people in the sight of Allah may Allah make us and you have them and allow these classes around sort of yourself to be a means of inching closer and further actualizing that description in our lives. Allahumma Amin.
So, we move on now to use of Allah He said, In the house of Allah Aziz in the palace, if you will.
Allah azza wa jal says in this first idea, while I'm bellava I should who, once he reached his, he used to have at a salon reached I should do his full strength, or his age of strength, or his age of maturity at a now who Hoekman or Ilma we granted him hokum, which is translated as judgment and or authority will explain that, and a man and knowledge workers Alleycat ninjas in mercy Nene and loss in this way we reward I'll Marcin in the people that work excellently the doors of excellent deeds.
So a few things to say quickly about this verse. The first of them is that some scholars say this is referring to use of Allah Islam becoming a prophet. And that would mean according to a group of scholars, an extension of this, that would mean that he's 40 years old at this point. The reason being is that some scholars hold like even the cathedra, in the whole law that no prophet became a prophet to receive the ministry was dispatched as a prophet, if you will, by Allah azza wa jal before the age of 40. Allah sent them at that age, at that age, because that is the age where the onset of intellectual maturity happens.
And so there is nothing conclusive to say that you had to be 40 to become a profit that all profits became profits at 40.
The it's an ongoing debate. And also there is no conclusive proof that this verse means he became a prophet at this point in the story.
In other words, he may be four he may be earlier than 40 here. And so this verse doesn't mean he's a prophet,
or he may be earlier than 40 here,
and he became a prophet before 40 Or it may mean
that he is 40 here and became a prophet. In any case, the discussion on 40 is worth is worth something because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
was sent as a prophet at the perfect age, right and that was 40 years old. And also Allah azza wa jal speaks about 40 being the end of you
or being excused for getting to know what life's really about, you know, the first 40 years a person may have
an excuse to say that you know, I was duped, I was weak, I didn't know what it was about and Prophet SAW said and said Allah has given enough excuses to someone that he is allowed to reach 40 years of age. And likewise, the Quran says that within a half, until a person reaches 4840 years of age, and then they say,
you know, Oh Allah give me a chance to work righteousness mean to really, you know, put it in, in commitment mode to put it in serious mode. And so there's, there's a great value, it's 40 years of age. And so that's at least worth reflecting on, regardless of how much it applies to use of AI they sit on here. And that is that leadership in particular.
You taking your life by the reins, let alone taking other people's, you know, life in a positive direction. Leadership requires a certain degree of life experience lived experience. And that is why the elders must always be given their due regard in any successful community, they must they are most fit for leadership. That does not mean of course, that we're going to overlook the interdependence Allah designated in his creation, where the the youth are in need of the experience of the elders with elders are still in need of the energy and the strength of the youth. Right.
It doesn't mean that you know,
clearly a person you know, does not peak physically at the same age that he peaks, you know, mentally and so, that by itself creates an interdependency that should keep our communities together, noticing the value of each other, not tearing it apart. And that is something we have to continue to reiterate to people, but at least let us take the lesson of the value of elders from this one discussion of what does it mean to reach full maturity
in the sense of leadership and prophethood many scholars say, like it was for the Prophet SAW Salem, he sends forward to lead humanity at the ideal age of 40 years old, which is the onset right of, of later adulthood. Not yet elderly Ness, but older, right? Not no longer youth definitely.
Though, he was young, spirited, sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And had you know the vigor of the youth.
But you're not a teenager you're not a young adult, you're you know, a full blown mature adult and I'm Bella should the whole when he reached maturity. That's an important lesson. Another important lesson here is that Allah azza wa jal said it was only after Yusuf alayhi salam reached maturity, who regardless of what age now let's just leave that aside. Now, that was just one point on its own. After he reached maturity, we granted him judgment, sound judgment or authority
What matured him to become ready for these divine gifts, these gifts from Allah, of sound judgment of knowledge, age, for sure, but we're done talking about the age life experiences a factor, was it the trials?
For sure, because the trials of life, they, you know, they, they add so much to your caliber, they forged your personality and they refined your intellect, as well, you know, you don't become them, thought it right. By the laxity of life trials definitely refine you in that sense. But this idea tells you why Allah granted him to come in right sound judgment and authority. And he said subhanho wa taala, Joaquin Valley candidacy Masini and this is how we repaid the Mazzini. And so it was a repayment for his son that granted him hookman early. So what's the lesson here, the lesson is that your son is the number one factor towards you. Being a person of piercing intellect, of great
wisdom, you need to be a person of accent. In other words, your piety and your righteous conduct are far more better, are far better for you even intellectually in terms of developing your intellect and your intelligence in your wisdom. Then the books you memorize and your inherent smarts and your weight and all that stuff. All that stuff could actually be turned against you as a punishment for your sins. When a person allows their heart to black and the more they learn, the worse they become. The worse they become without the biller and a person that has purity and the SN in their life. This is a person watchful of Allah is how the Prophet SAW said and described that sound right to see
worship Allah as though you see him the more sound you have in your life, the more sound the judgment, wisdom and beneficial knowledge
you have in your life.
The last thing I want to say here very quickly is that Allah
When he reached maturity, because of his accent, we gave him what hokum and it was pretty straightforward could be religious knowledge and beyond
hokum here is translated as sound judgment. But sound judgment doesn't just mean, like to judge between the facts. It also means who to judge and dictate your behavior. Like, you would see this deed as good enough to be acted on, you actually act on it to be good enough, bad enough to be stayed away from so you actually stay away from it. And so authority is one of the reasons is, that's one of the reasons we translated authority. Allah gave Him authority, meaning the ability to
make moves and make change and cause influence. And you will not do that in people, obviously, until you do that in yourself, right, if you don't have sound enough judgment, to act on the knowledge that you have, then
good luck, as they say, having someone else benefit from what's your calling to I mean, every time your words call them to righteousness, your action say, Go away, go away, if it were true, I would have been the first to adopt it.
And so, Allah who will grant
you and once again, this feeds into the fact that we give this to them Orsinium his good conduct, grant him more and more insight as to how to judge affairs not just right and wrong and important and unimportant, but judge, meaning this has to be done and he makes sure it's, you know, he he has the self control, if you will, to act out his knowledge that is part of hokum, right control authority, before he has an influence or control over anybody else. Then the next day comes
the big guy, as they say, the huge ordeal the the very dramatic scene, Allah azza wa jal says, Oh, well, that would lead to a fee of 80. The one meaning the woman in whose house he was in rawa, that who
means that she sought him out, to seduce him. But rather to there's more fair, Allah, the, the grammatical makeup of this word, indicates that this was an ongoing process. In other words, there was a whole lot of this going on. Put differently, there was lots of sexual harassment, right? unwanted advances,
chasing, this was happening a lot, you know, raw weather tools back and forth, he would resist, then she'd come again, he would resist and He would come again, until the scene shows up. She she's constantly pursuing him, Allah says and meaning and one day, right Valcartier EdWeb she locked securely, all the doors, we'll call it hate her luck. And she said, Come here
another recitation mode of recession of gotta have the plan is to like,
a to hate to like meaning I, you know, I, I have,
you know, given myself to you or whatnot.
And so he said, what God am I of Allah, He said, the refuge of Allah meaning, the refuge of ALLAH is what I seek right now. He says, As if where is the refuge of Allah or I turned basically to the refuge of Allah.
In who Robbie is an MFA, He is my Lord. And likely this is my Lord, meaning my master, meaning my worldly master. And there's nothing wrong with calling a human being Rob
in the in the sense of master the world, worldly master, the meaning of owner.
These these prophets, Allah Himself use these words, right? He said, about the camel, leave the the stray camel alone, you know, like, Lost and Found, you know, it doesn't apply to a camel. Just let it be, it can take care of itself. No animal is going to attack it
has yet to Labuda until it's Rob it's lowered comes meaning its owner.
And there's so many other instances of using using the word Rob. The Hadith of the man who visited his brother for the sake of Allah and the angel said to him had like a, I lay him in there and met in total Buddha.
Do you have
any favorite or some any need or any
benefit interests, like worldly interests that you're going after your brother you're crossing town to visit your brother? Is it because there's any sort of interest that you have total bullhead that you will act as Rob before meeting a caretaker of your like you're taking back your debt or something acting as a bride of your debt. And so he means Rob here, most likely that he's talking about his master. He is my master my owner because he
As a captive of this man, he was purchased by this man. So he's a slave owned by this man in the worldly sense, right? So he said he is my master accent MFI. He has been so good to me. He has made my stay so hospitable. He's been so gracious to my stay in his house. He treats me so good.
If you remember he said, take care of his day. He might. But if they benefit us one a day we covered that verse last week, he said, he is my master. He's been so good to me. In the hula, you flick a volume on wrongdoers.
never succeed. wrongdoers never succeed. And so he resisted her and next week in sha Allah who will discuss the verses regarding her not taking no for an answer, and him being forced to make a run for the door. And the story will progress. But
there are some huge stops you have to make it this is right number one. This man, it he said was in the eyes of everyone but him basically
an obscure person, just a powerless slave in chains. He was a nobody in their eyes. But that never changed the way he saw himself his own in his own self perception in his own self image, which is the most important thing that is the lesson. People cannot force you to do what they want. You decide whether you are,
buckling at the feet of others. Or if you define who you are, and how you behave. You use of Alehissalaam saw himself throughout all those years, he didn't lose self respect. He didn't lose self esteem, his self image was not blurred. I am a man of chastity. I'm a man of virtue. I'm a man of values. I'm a man of principle. I'm a man of God, right? I am a servant of God.
And so always remember that no matter who pressures you, you know, society is pressuring us to go from one fashion to another, as they say, people try to pressure you to, to act as as as lewdly and as disrespectfully as them. No, I'm not weak and going to approve of your actions to the degree that I'm going to stick to your level. No, you're not going to dictate my behavior. Also, I'm not going to accept your opinions just because you're threatening some loss of mine.
You're going to take something away from me, I am not your punching bag. I am not a clay that you get to mold around your own opinions. You know I am I don't live my life. My purpose in life is not to please you. My purpose in life is to please my maker Subhanallah without who created you from dust and will return you to being dust very soon. It's a very liberating concept to see yourself as the servant of God and nobody else.
And so you think about that, that's what made use of it said I'm great that self image of his that's the second lesson that sell your your self image as the servant of God.
Not just will liberate you from the abuse of having your life style dictated by countless others. But also it will make you truly great in the sight of Allah azza wa jal as well as meaning it's not just going to make you like great in your eyes in terms of like, I have great comfort in my life. I'm liberated from people's opinions and all that No, no, you will truly be great in the sight of Allah, Allah azza wa jal is deemed useful, SLM. Great, why? Because he conquered all of that. All of those obstacles that were stacked against him, I mean, the scholars list the obstacles, to give us a picture of what exactly so they said, I'm pulled off here, like he's a young man, right? And your
your, your desire is at its height, in this age, you are unmarried, it would have mitigated the desire a little bit, if you're married, you are in a strange land, no one knows you are to shame you, like, you know, people travel away from their countries or away from their towns to do to do
indecent acts, right? You're a slave. So the whole society sees you as like someone, without value without integrity and otherwise, and many people in society are are a reflection of how people see them, right? Everyone says, I'm a criminal. So I might as well be a criminal. We spoke about this before, about not giving into this, there's so many factors, the factor that
the perfect privacy, the factor that she is the one that is inviting him, right. You know, so many times when the fear of Allah is not there, the fear of social consequences there or the fear even of rejection? Is there two different things right, being exposed? Like what if she, you know, what if she exposes me as I'm sorry to say this, but like people, people that are always getting exposed for slipping into other people's DMS or inviting a woman to this or that or because, you know,
many times the men are very forward by and the only thing that keeps them back is they're trying to say face they're not sure if the feeling is mutual. And so she's the one inviting
she's his master, right? She's threatening him all
though, and he is tempted, he is tempted. It's not like he doesn't consider her, you know, attractive, all of it is there, all of it is and there are proofs for this, that time will not allow me to establish. And he knows that her husband is like, he's not a prospective husband, which is, which is a very ugly quality, by the way, that we will revisit as well. Everything is there. So as Josie says, if use of Annie Salam would have slipped here,
nothing, just what everybody would do, right? The fact that the odds stacked against him and he defied all of those odds. That's what define his greatness.
And so human greatness is defined by those moments of triumph against your lower appetites when they joined forces against you. And so who would he be? If he did give in? He would be just like everybody else, right? That's the expectation right? Usually, I would never do this but Allah is showing that this is use of valet said I'm we're saying that after the fact look at this man. You know, we would not have known this. Allah subhanho wa Taala made him a legend, a true legend, a real life legend and made the story immortalized to be recited in scriptures including the Quran. Why? Because he deserves it. Right.
He was truly great. And the last thing I'll say before I close about this, though, I had other things to mention that time will not allow. It's Emirati Anahola he says about this, as I mentioned, and with that just said, it means that I heard him say me and his teacher say, Rahim, Allah Allah.
It took greater patience from use of Allah His salaam,
to resist obliging giving in to the wife of a disease
than it took to be patient with being thrown into the world and separated from your father. He said, why? He said, Because the first one being thrown into the world separate from your father. This is the type of stuff that happens against your will. And so you have no choice but to be patient, but you might as well be patient because there's nothing else you can do about it anyway. But this second patients being patient in resisting sin. This is a superior patience because it involves voluntarily choosing to do this.
And being content with Allah's laws as being the most deserving of being followed. And it involves this combat as we said, this war with your desires and the flames inside you. So this was a superior activations being patient upon the law of obedience of Allah. May Allah azza wa jal grant us and you the type of obedience and the amount of obedience that will deliver us with his agenda and grant us the fear of Him that will serve as a true barrier between us and disobeying Him subhanho wa Taala was like locally and everybody was so Allah said of water kind of VNM having a daughter it was like the drain Don't forget us in your diet. And this last hour of July Santa Monica