Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 11
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At this 11 The class now or a session on the story of use of Alehissalaam the best of stories, we are at the junction where
the the wife of Al Aziz has been caught. And the truth has come to light at least in that small gathering. And her husband is reacting. But before and husband's reaction, there was one area that I skipped over people had pointed out to me that I skipped over mentioning the reflections on it in the previous class or the class before it. And that was well I've had him might be here or him maybe her Lola and Robert Hannah Robbie. And she was certainly determined to have him and he was determined to have her had he not
seen the proof of his Lord.
Gallica and also define who Sue Ellen fascia. And that is how we avert from him. We turn away from him evil and immorality and decency into him in a bad and Animal Flow scene he is of our chosen servants. And so I will briefly go over this idea because it is a very important diet, as they all are with with this one particular for people that struggle with
being cornered by their desires, or being shamed or feeling ashamed of themselves because they desire Allah azza wa jal, you know, there's two interpretations to the the first segment of this is a very famous linguistic debate on it. That did he desire her or not? For sure. But did he
act on that desire? Or was he about to act? Should I say definitely he didn't act? Was he about to act on that desire? Because one interpretation of this idea is well, I've got him might be, and she sought him, right. She was determined to have him. And he was determined to have her had he not seen the proof of his Lord, meaning, he, in fact, was,
you know, challenged by the desire and pushed to the point that he would have done something had he not been saved by seeing the proof of his Lord. That is one
interpretation of this phrase. The other interpretation of this phrase is that she was determined to have him put that aside, that's the same as the first mode of interpretation. Well, I called him maybe Hello
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seen the proof is Lord, no, he would have been determined to reciprocate, had he not seen the proof of his Lord. But in either case, in either case, Allah azza wa jal is saying that he is the one that saved us of our lesson from his desires, and even
what some would consider inappropriate for use of Ali salaam, the scholars who invert which is that he was determined to have her, the scholars said that this is a determination that is shy of an intention, so it's not inappropriate. Because the Prophet SAW Selim said that whoever men hammer use the same word in the Hadith, men hammer, whomever intends or is determined to commit the sin and then doesn't do it gets a good deed. So it's not a sin.
So it's not that seeing the proof of his Lord
is what canceled is what stopped him from being determined and canceled it. No, it is. It's, it's that he was determined and didn't act on the determination because he saw the proof is Lord, and that is actually something praiseworthy. Why do we go through all of this? To point out the fact regardless of whether it's through with us if they said I'm or not, it is through according to one of two interpretations. But just to point out the fact that there is nothing wrong with you for desiring and being gripped by your desires being impassioned by your desires, because what is it that makes? Like why is it that Allah azza wa jal is telling us that he desired her or that he even
would have desired her according to either interpretation? Because if he didn't desire her, there's nothing impressive about him refusing, restraining abstaining. There's nothing there that he resisted, but the heroics are involved in the fact that there was a temptation present. And so when you are suffering from temptation, know that this is normal. This is absolutely normal. And there's nothing wrong with you for desiring. Islam does not condemn, as some other traditions do. desire, lust, those are not haram, acting on them in the wrong way is wrong. But they in and of themselves are not wrong. They are very human. There's great wisdom and then being there. This is one of those
wisdoms attached to you, are you going to defy your desires and get the good deed for it or not?
The second thing I want to say very quickly about that idea, and he says she saw him and he would have sought her he saw her had he not seen the proof of his Lord, he would have acted on it
is the fact that Allah says that he can also define who Sue is how we turned away from him. So basically, Allah caused his Eman, his his face to flare. There's like six, seven opinions of what the sign of his Lord is. But basically it says Eman.
He Allah triggered his Eman and even like gave him a boost in his Eman at the time when he needed it at most. He gave him enough. And that's the thing. Don't ever think that you're going to become close to Allah and he's going to let you hang out to dry. No, you don't subject yourself to these things. But when you do find yourself subjected to these feats and these trials and tribulations. If you have balanced with Allah, if you have credited with Allah, He will supply you even an upgrade in your Eman for what you need for that moment. It's about your balance. It is about your credit with Allah subhanho wa Taala in Nahum in a Belgian and McCloskey and he is of Our servants that we chose.
So the Mukhlis is the person who chooses Allah right sincere. Mukhlas in the passive tense is the one whom Allah chooses. And so notice and there's another interpret there's another recitation of this is as meclizine this sincere and so there's a reciprocity there's a back and forth Enos, between your sincerity with Allah coming back to save you, when things get difficult and things get wild. And this is of course, a concept that is known throughout the Quran and the Sunnah. Allah azza wa jal said about Yunus Alehissalaam. Follow Dan Kennedy and Mr. Bean, let me tap the button here yo mu by filling had he not been previously of those that used to glorify us, he would have remained in
its belly, meaning the belly of the whale until the day that they are resurrected again. Okay. So getting now to today's ayat, let me pull them up, so that I make the best of your time.
The first idea we recited today is the husband reacting. And he said useful adult enhanced Oh use of Ativan however, ignore this. Ignore what just happened here, meaning just play it off. Act like it never happened. Just keep it moving. Don't talk to anybody about it. Just ignore it. What's the fit even big and you lady, you my wife? seek forgiveness ask forgiveness for your sins in necky continual healthy in you or have this info.
There's something very shameful that's happening here. The fact that the cover up is the priority for Al Aziz. That's unfortunate that he began not with his wife
If used the criminal but with use of a use of let's keep this under wraps hush hush about this, that's a problem
that what matters to you most
is not your wife's immorality, but rather your own reputation and you know, her not
being roasted for this and you secondarily in society right the scandal that is of the many proofs that he is a youth, at least at this point in the story, right? What is it the youth? The youth is a permissive men, a permissive man, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
selesa tune called haram Allahu alayhi wa Jannah or called haram Allahu Jana to Allah sedessa Allah has forbidden or prohibited Paradise from three people or three people whom Allah has forbidden from Paradise are. He said sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
The mood mineral Hummer, the alcohol addict alcoholic holla an alcoholic are hoping to add in the rebellious to his parents color well, what the youth who left the EU clear rule Harbeth Fei Li, the the youth the permissible man that approves of immorality or unchaste behavior in his women folk in his family. And so it is very unmanly very pitiful, let alone for a believer to be not protective of his family. And of course, being protective of your family is not just about you expressing disapproval, or objection when your family falls into immorality. Before that it is showing your family teaching your family protecting your family from being put in that situation. And Aziz did
neither. He never preempted this behavior, right?
He didn't raise his family upon that value. And he didn't also
prevent her from being alone with the servant boy, right with use of La Salaam. He didn't you know, hello, that's another problem, right? This is the circumstances in which these things are more likely to happen.
And formality falls to the end of it. He didn't do that. And now again, even after the event, he's still not doing it just like users don't talk about this. It's a humongous problem.
And this is an endemic problem in the upper class more than anybody else, by the way. This is an image from 1000s of years ago that represents and is repeated in the celebrity circles, right? The Hollywood circles and all the other circles, sexual scandals are like casual to them, right? And what they spend their money on and politicians and other is to cover up the scandal. That's the most important thing for them. As for the gravity of the crime itself, it's a nonfactor.
Why it's because they're celebrities celebrities are haram in Islam, but it's extremely dangerous. Hardly anyone survives it. That's why the Dean does not condemn celebrity or popularity, our dean emphatically warns against it, because hardly anyone survives it. And so what happens with celebrities? Their number one priority is public image. Why? Because they got so used to tasting popularity, that they are addicted to it, they're protective of it.
And that'll destroy anyone's dunya and akhira. But most importantly, their asset or their deen the Prophet SAW offended when he said it telco heavy hitting the verb. Try to avoid with all you can these slaughterhouses. What was he talking about? He was talking about being on the spotlight. Being in the spotlight is a slaughterhouse. How many animals enter a slaughterhouse and come out of life? None. He's trying to say that when you put yourself in the spotlight, you will hardly come out alive, spiritually alive. And also the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam said another very graphic slaughter like Hadith. Notice, like the nature of all of these languages in these Hadith, he said
Matthew manager eonni will see laffy run Amin BFC della min Healths Raju al malua. Shafi Dini, that no too hungry wolves being unleashed on a flock of sheep will do more damage to those sheep than a man being so protective of his reputation, reputation celebrity, his reputation and his wealth will do damage to his religion that will do more damage to your deen than to hungry wolves being unleashed on a flock of sheep will do damage to that flock of sheep. And so that's what they do. They worry about the aristocratic classes they say. They worry about PR, public image public relations, reputation management, more than anything else, all at the villa. And so it is expected
and it's amazing how the Quran depicts this for us here they are 1000s of years ago and 1000s of years later
You're exactly the same.
May Allah protect us, may Allah protect us.
And the last thing is and this should go without saying that when he said to her seek forgiveness for your sins. This is like, this is a joke, right? Like this is meaningless. It's lip service. There is no such thing as saying, I seek your forgiveness, Oh Allah, or please forgive me or has been. There's no such thing as seeking forgiveness. Without sincerity, without sincerity means without regret. And without regret means you're going to put up safe is this true even Islam when you speak about your relationship with Allah, it is not a requirement of your repentance to be valid, it is not a requirement for you to be forgiven, to never go back to the sin. What's the
requirement is that you do everything in your power to not go back to the sin. But to simply say it's not a federal law, that's that you need to seek forgiveness for the way you're seeking forgiveness. This is like a joke. That means you don't you haven't regarded the gravity of your crime.
And it's pointless. So unless you put up the safeguards to show Allah that you're genuine, and if you haven't, you know, done your due diligence to show people
to show your due diligence, that you've really tried to make up for your wrongs
then that's it. Now let's move on.
The next area says
we'll call it nice autofill Medina and women in the city
the wife of a disease is seeking seduce her slave boy. Notice they didn't even mention her name, the wife and disease to try to like shame her more.
That this is the woman of the number one man in town and she's still doing this and it didn't say,
you know, views have either said her sleeve boy like she's stooped to that level.
And she has been overtaken or impassioned with her love, we find that she is she's in in great air. And so she became the talk of the town and may Allah Zoa, Jen,
protect us and you from from ever being deprived of his sitter of his concealment. And one of the ways to ensure that you don't become exposed in this dunya number one is to not persistence in on someone advice advices you, you.
You respond to advice. That's number one. That's why I'm going to Florida law one one time when he punished the person for a crime.
For a crime that he committed, he told him leave me alone Cut me some slack. It's the first time he said to him if it was the first time Allah would not have exposed you. Because Allah is Satya you have to sit. Allah is concealing and he loves to conceal people he doesn't. That's the norm Allah almost never can expose someone from the first time also to conceal others because the Prophet SAW Selim told us when you can seal the flaws of others Allah conceals your flaws in this world. And the next and the third thing is never conceal your never disclose your own sins, you conceal yourself. Because the Prophet SAW Selim said in
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that all of my ummah is pardoned except those who are public about their sins, and instead of what being public publicizing your sins is for you to commit a sin at night and Allah covers you up and in the morning, you tear down Allah's covers and you say I did last night X, Y and Z. You don't is Allah loves for you to be concealed. So don't tear down. Allah azza wa jal is concealment of you. Okay.
So she became the talk of the town and this is something
that is that is humiliating, and may Allah not subject anyone to that.
In this world and humiliation of the Hereafter of course is far worse. You know, they also said said But Shiva hope that she has been overtaken by love with the scholars, they talk a little bit about what the word shall offer hope that means and it's worth stopping at. They said she has off is like the the the brim or the casing
on the top of the container, and so shove off I hope that means she has loved him to the brim like she can't even think about anyone else. Of course they're not like
sincerely condemning her here or like honestly condemning her here this is just gossip, talk of the town as you will see. They want to see use of at the end of the day they want to see him
because when she invites them over, they rush over to her house.
Hmm, sounds like I don't want to associate with you. They it's like you condemning a person but if you were in their shoes, you would do it as well.
That's what sinners do sinners. Basically criticize others for not sinning well enough. They don't criticize others for cynic. Allah, Allah protect us. And so they
they said she has been filled to the brim with this love, meaning she's powerless in front of it. And others said it's the seal that's on top of the container because she means she's sealed off from her sensibility by her love. And that is something that can happen, you know, Abdullah, if not best, or the Allahu Anhu man, he saw a man that was basically skin on bones at Hajj. And they said, what happened? He said, What happened? Why didn't he look so sick? What's wrong with this man? called mu B. He He said they said this man is he's basically like, obsessively in love with someone and he can't have His love and the end of it right. So they said that year Abdullah had not best spent his
asking Allah to protect his heart from ash protect his heart from excessively loving someone that way.
Because it'll destroy you, it can destroy you. And at the end of the day, this you know, love at first sight
will not destroy you Inshallah, right? It does happen, like you just pet your passions could get triggered. But the fact is that when you're when you are the one that curates this love, you put yourself close to someone, you're seeing their face, you're hearing their voice, you're interacting with them. And then you blind yourself, you seal yourself off, because you fell in love in that way, then you've done it to yourself. And you're less likely to be pardoned for your weakness at that moment because you invited that weakness upon yourself. So we have to be very careful of who and what we give the reins of our heart to because yes, we're not in control over some things in our
heart. And so Allah Allah asks about them, but what we've we've brought things into our heart and that case, we're totally accountable for them.
And so the next is says falam my semi atween Be Mercury Hiner.
When she heard of their scheming,
look, she did not hear their scheming. I want you to catch this.
She heard of their scheming.
People are relaying to her the gossip. People are telling her that people are that others are talking about you.
And those are bad friends as well. You can just tell the types of friends she has right? People that relate to you bad news.
That's a horrible quality to having your friends either shut them down from doing that in your presence or shut that friend out of your life. That just brings in. You heard what he said she said hearsay
even if it's true, just I mean if it's not true, it's slander, right. You're slandering the person will who didn't really say anything about them. But if it is true, that's exactly what gossip is.
And gossip by the way, by its nature, it's almost always not true. That's why you know the word and Amina which is the word for gossip and the process that I'm saying lead hold Janet and a man. No gossiper enters Jana Nemea comes from nema. NEMA means to grow. Because it's like playing telephone. The more you talk the, the the different,
the more different the story becomes.
And so she heard about what they are saying about her. Not she heard what they're saying she heard that they're saying things about her. And so she invited them, she invited these people or some of these people. And then you know, this idea was always interesting to me when I recited in Arabic, even I skipped a beat. I think if I'm not mistaken when I was reciting it. Then I went back and I corrected the word
that it seems that
for a person that hasn't yet appreciated the wisdom in the eye, it seems almost long winded like it's extra detailed. When she heard what they said about her. She sent for them, she sent for them. And then the AI comes back and says and she prepared for each of them.
And she prepared for them a banquet, okay. And then she gave each of them a knife. And then she said to us of like they didn't walk in and see him. Then she looked at the complexity of her plan. Look at the hard work she put in. There's a beautiful lesson in that for us to consider. Everybody works hard. Some people work hard.
For for self centered reasons for pathetic reasons.
Like to justify their sins and other people work hard for the sake of obedience of Allah. and So may Allah make us
On you have those who tire themselves for him. There's no such thing as like you know you not being driven in your life. The there are things that drive you you just got to investigate what is it that drives you? And are these the right drivers for me? Because you know the way Allah created our souls, there is no such thing as a soul that is rested. There is a soul that is satisfied.
Right? And Neff sudomotor, my inner with the let's say Neptune was that he had in the Quran he doesn't like the the neffs the inner self that is
rested. No because the souls nature is to work in buzzes, it's static. It's constantly working. So it's just about what you're going to work. If you work for the right things, you'll be satisfied and that's the most one in if you work for the wrong things, you'll just get tired for the sake of being disappointed. And that is why
the the setup the early Muslims of them are those who said an F suit a worker or Joe Wella and Neff soldier. Well, the neffs the nature of the human self is that it's like ambitious and it's always that the Joe wood it's always moving, it's on the move. It doesn't stop. He says Furman Hi Maria. Julia how the louche woman Hi Maria Julia Howell Hirsch, of these inner selves These souls are those who rotate who circle around the throne and have them are those that circle around the sewer. And out of sheer harsh sound, you know, like counterparts in Arabic, it sounds better in Arabic, but you get the idea. There are those that are by the Most High throne. And there are those that are in the
pits in the garbage dumps, rummaging through, but you're always on the prowl on the move. And so she's on the move. Look at her like that is of the wisdoms perhaps of this area. Look how methodical she is being to set up this ambush on these women. There are people that put in so much effort towards the disobedience of Allah and justifying their own disobedience to the people and to the end of it. And so the believer should be even more driven and more ambitious about the obedience of Allah and working for him. subhanho wa taala.
And then she gave them the knives and they took hold of the knives, they grabbed the handle. And it's crazy, because this is the very thing that's going to expose all that they're seeing as as fluff. She's, you know, impassioned by her young servant boy. And the very thing in their hands is about to carve out not a cut in their hands. You all know the story. This is about to like carve out the truth out of their hearts. It's about to make the truth come to light. And so
they saw us while they set up, he walked out. And as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that he himself saw use of Ali Salaam in the night of a mirage in the third heaven, were called OTA chaperone person, and he was given
beauty given half of beauty. And no matter how you interpret this, it's mesmerizing. And it's, you know,
so amazing and incredible to think about, but what does it mean? So, some said half of the beauty of the creation of Allah.
This is said by many and
while this is what is said by so many scholars, it may be difficult for some people to understand this because half of the beauty of everything
would mean could mean humans and birds and flowers and planets and otherwise.
This may be literally killer beauty like beyond what the weak human being might enjoy to observe. And Allah azza wa jal knows best. So Haley Rahim Allah, He says,
and I just find myself fond of this opinion. He says given half of Beauty means that Allah azza wa jal created the human being in impeccable, impeccable form. And so Adam Alayhis Salam and I hate to use the scientific explanation right now it just I feel like it's just takes away from the, the
the spiritually rehabilitating atmosphere of speaking about Quran
maybe I'm wrong. But imagine that all of the the accents the genes of DNA of human DNA were an add on a salaam, then they got distributed in the traits of his offspring, like subdivided into all of his offspring, everybody got a little bit, right of their own kind of beauty and that's why all the creation of Allah is beautiful. But then somehow out of that dispersal, half of it came back to land in use of a setup. So he had half of all of the beauty that Allah placed in our father at the money Salam that was subdivided among his career.
machine that was given to us valets rams a special gift to him. Anyway, in any case, he was so beautiful, that as the verse says, When they saw him, Katana idea when they cut into their flesh, the flesh of their hands, they were cutting whatever they were cutting their food, their steak, their fruits, whatever it may be, the eye doesn't mention, and the knives get into their hands.
And they didn't feel it, or didn't feel it until after it happened.
Because love and emotion can, can numb you. It certainly can.
And that is why some of the self said that, you know, we were numb from the pain of our difficulties when they were going through sickness or otherwise, by our love of their award or our love of Allah who will, you know, be which will be ours for this for us enduring these hardships. And you know, as one of the scholars beautifully said, that the when the women saw the beauty of of use of alayhis salaam, they did not feel the pain of these knives, skidding off the fruit into the flesh of their hands. And so when we in sha Allah in sha Allah, may Allah forgive us for all our mess ups and allow us admittance into his audience. When we get to Jannah in sha Allah, and we see Allah's face the
creator of use of Allah has said,
we will forget all of our pain, we will not feel any pain whatsoever after seeing his face subhanho wa Taala
and that is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say he was alkalis that another illogic or show Ha ha ha. Oh Allah, I asked you for the bliss of looking gazing upon your face looking at your face will show cut in aniconic and longing to meet you and longing to meet you.
The last I quickly and I need to close with it.
She said to them, then you can lead them to any fee. See, this is the one about whom you blamed me. He's saying There you go. You're blaming me? For what I did. When you guys gashed your hands open after seeing him once I had to live with this person. I live behind closed doors with him
day in and day out. And then she admitted it, which is a disaster. And something that happens a lot too, that you think you have your guard down and you guard up enough regarding your crime. It's a great lesson that she said, Well, I called the dollar to one FC. And yes, I did try to seduce him.
There are times when you will slip and expose yourself if you are not keen on the protection of Allah and your life because the protection of Allah azza wa jal and being pulled from you doesn't mean that you know the walls are going to fall. Sometimes it could mean that your weight is going to slip your judgment that this person would never tell on me. Right? You will miss judge people, you'll miss judge moments. And so you'll have your guard down in front of someone that you didn't think would come back to haunt you. And so that's what she did. She admitted.
Yes, I did try to seduce him. She said we're in
Fr. Morocco. And if he doesn't do what I commanded him, they use Jana, he will certainly be in prison, la Hakuna Mina socketing. Or he will be of those who are debased or those who are
humiliated. So there's a lot to be said here. But I just want to point out
one thing, the fact is that she thinks that I'm gonna throw him in prison, if he doesn't do what I tell him to do, or I'm gonna humiliate him. And
that's where perspectives change, right? They, she thinks that throwing him in prison,
has, you know,
humiliated him. But for the believer, doing the right thing is victory. Doing the right thing is victory. There are prophets who went into prison, right? The Prophet SAW said, I've said there are prophets who died from lice. That was just their test. And so we see through the metrics of the people of dunya, the people that only know this material world, and how many righteousness how many of the pious and how many of the God fearing how many people that we are not worth their toenails?
How have been through humiliating things, people that have been stripped of their clothing and shaved and like dragged around town and attempted to shame them and take their dignity away, and only raise them and rank in the next world with many times in this world as well.
And that is why and this is profound. Some scholars, they say, and this is a little bit of a linguistic nuance. They say that
this is why when Allah was retelling her threat, he retold it
in a slightly different way, when he said that she said
last June now who that layers let us Genin that he will. Certainly there's an extra noon there used to Jen Nana, the extra noon is called the noon of Tokyo the union of emphasis. And so it means for sure it's going to happen for surety. And then the next word says while I Hakuna minutes Mina Sarkodie and he will be of the humiliated. It doesn't say while I Hakuna doesn't emphasize the humiliation
it just says well I Hakuna
and so that is Allah azza wa jal as some scholars point out to reminding us that she can take away his freedom. But she can't take away his glory. She can't tell he killed away his righteousness. She can't take away his value.
And this reminds me of shipping the salmon to take me out I have no load to either when they put him in prison. We said what can my enemies possibly do to me?
I'm if they expel me from my lands, I'm on a religious journey, right? Being in exile for God means I'm traveling for God. Right? And he said, and if they killed me, it's Shahada.
I'm a martyr. And he said and if they imprison me, if they imprison me so Hello, it is
some private time with me and God some seclusion with me and my Lord. He says that my paradise and my God that is in my chest, it goes with me wherever I go, meaning you have no access to this and you can twin when I'm with Allah, when Allah is with me and I'm with Allah, you cannot when my enemies what can they possibly do with me?
May Allah azza wa jal make us of those who are with him always and enjoy His company, always in his protection and his guidance may guide our steps and forgive our missteps and bring us and you to him safely. Us and all the sincere seekers love Miami, Zach locally and everybody was a la la Santa Barbara kind of Vienna, Muhammad Ali. He was like the drain