Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 15
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We begin the name of Allah whole Praise and Glory be to Allah and raise 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 and adhere to his guidance. May Allah Illuminate our hearts and minds with the Quran. Make us people of the Quran and the Sunnah and people of the Quran and the hereafter accompany us in our loneliness with his book then accompany us in the darkness of the grave with the light of his book and accompany us on the Day of terror with the security of his book and with the shade of his book on that day, Allah whom I mean.
So we continue in sha Allah with the best of stories,
the story of use of Allah he Salam. And in this point in the story, we left off with the man being released from prison, the butler, or the wine server
being released and forgetting the request of use of Allah His salam to make mention of him of use of to the king. And so he forgot before Icynene for several years, actually.
And now Allah azza wa jal has chosen to open a doorway for Joseph from the prison cell into the king's heart, not just into the palace.
And so the verses begin by saying, it's a scene switch, it says Wacol al Malik the king, the king said, meaning at some point in time, one day the king said
in the Ric meaning in a dream Sababa called autin seven, fat cow, Siemens Ababa Hawkins seven seven fat cows being eaten by seven cows that were lean seven skinny cows or lean cows.
And then another scene he saw seven spikes, like stalks of grain, seven spikes of grain and others
that we're dry.
Others like them that were dry.
Oh, eminent ones. He's talking to his royal court now.
Ah, F 20 futile AI explained to me this vision this dream of mine
in quantum liberal IATA Gaborone, if you actually can do what you're supposed to do, which is interpret dreams for me.
And so the milk saw the milk.
The king saw the dream.
I don't know I said milk what it could be because I went through an interesting experience today. I guess I'll just let you in on my inside joke that
I had a very tiny pepper in my sister's yard today.
That tasted mild on the first bite. And then I took a braver bite. And I realized what habanero peppers really mean. And so I drank milk and it didn't work and I drank heavy cream and it didn't work. But I've just recovered. So maybe that's why milk is on my mind. The king sorry, the king
asks them about this dream that he is seeing that
he can't shake off. And that's amazing, right? Allah is the almighty subhanho wa Taala you could be the king of the country you could be the head of an empire and if he wishes to preoccupy you
to to make you captive have a passing thought of just you know, some nighttime vision, a dream
to make you captive of a fly that annoys you and you can get past the annoyance of a flight. He can do that subhanho wa Taala because he is as he is He is the Almighty you know they asked him this America him a whole lot. The mother halacha Allah Who do Bab Why did God create flies? Because like flies are just annoying.
And they seem to be like just so useless. All harm and no benefit. You know, flies just shoot them when they come back and shoot them when they come back and they just they land and then they lay maggots and they eat trash and they
just perpetuate so much harm. So he they said to him why did I love crate flies? And he said to them, levy levy ha enough algebra to bend with it the next of the tyrants meaning to humble, those who claim to be powerful. He shows them through flies how perilous they are.
And so look at what Allah azza wa jal did. As you know Dr. Added Fifi says when Allah wished to extract use of a sedan from prison, he didn't make the prison walls collapsed, right? He didn't send an Angel to pluck the soul of the tyrant. You know, he didn't send a lightning bolt to smash and cause the, the lock on the gate of the prison cell to explode. And, you know, just blow the locks off the cage. He simply caused the king to see a dream as he slept. And he deemed that very subtle event, enough to rescue use of a Saudi Akata he said I'm from the shackles of oppression. You know another lesson in this in this idea, by the way, is that
a disbeliever may see a truthful dream. A disbeliever may see a an event about the future that is by accurate foretelling of the future.
And yes, it is true that this is unlikely because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that at the end of time, people's dreams will
will be very common when their dreams about the future will be uncovered will be common. And the people with the truest dreams are those most truthful. As luck with them. How do you hit those who speak most truthfully see the most honest or straightforward or accurate visions? So there is a link I'm trying to say here there's a link between a righteousness and
seeing premonitions about the future for reassurance for subtle guidance from Allah soprano without obviously not legislation, not law, nothing like that. But your righteousness can show you a dream. And it is more likely that you will see a true dream if you're a righteous person. But if you're not a believer at all, it may still happen for a wisdom that Allah knows sometimes that wisdom is to bring them closer to the truth. Sometimes they are truthful and just haven't discovered guidance yet.
Sometimes, they are being given a second chance to snap out of their dishonesty that they exhibit towards themselves.
So he saw this dream what is the dream he saw seven fat cows being eaten by seven skinny cows and seven
or spikes of grains, I think a stalk of corn or something like that right? And others that were very dry. And so what does this mean? So they said to him I would also ask them I'd love means just like a bunch of books is a bundle, a bundle of the Lamb
of mixed dreams guru iya from raw is it
And whereas a hill a Hallam are our dreams that are meaningless. And so they said they said to him like you're just confused. They're just some random scenes basically a bunch of mixed meaningless dreams.
Why don't we tell we let me be really mean. And we're not learned in the interpretation of dreams. So the word lamb here was used in the wider sense of right dreams from dreams, meaningful dreams and meaningless dreams. And that was what they said to him and I am moving a bit faster to catch the more important lessons because we recited more verses than usual this evening.
They said to Him, we don't know how to deal with something of this nature. But it's likely that it's just meaningless. That's what they told him.
It seems to be meaningless dreams. Allah subhanho wa Taala said we'll call Alladhina German Houma. And the one that was saved out of the two of them, meaning the two of them that were in prison with use of AI, they set out there was the baker and there was the butler. And so the baker, he told me to execute that and he was and then there was the butler or the wind server, who saw himself pressing graves, he told them he will press grapes for the king, meaning your job will be reinstate that you'll go back to the king. And so that person who forgot he now remembered what Dakota he remembered, after some time, after a long time with Dakota biomethane after an annulment means a
period of time, OMA has many meanings doesn't just mean nation, it means nation means example, and it also means a period of time.
So here it means that he remembered after a long period of time, the one who was freed or who was saved.
And he said to them, and that when a Beatle can be tweedy, he fell asleep. I will inform you have its interpretation. So send me forward meaning what I don't have the interpretation send me forward. I just came to mind now where I can get you the interpretation from send me let me go I'm what can I go get you the interpretation, meaning from elsewhere.
And it is kind of crazy, right? That the guy forgot us about a Salem there for years.
And in a moment's notice, it just all the lights get turned on. And that shows you that Allah subhanho wa Taala is Alfetta
of Allah's names and feta Alfetta means the one who is often and always opening things up, meaning things are always locked. There, nothing is a given, even the simplest things are not Givens unless Allah opens them up for you opens up an opportunity opens up a pocket in your brain. And we know that sometimes you're looking for your glasses and you're wearing them. Or maybe it's just me, you're looking for your glass, your keys, and they're in your hands. You know,
the fact that this man, it was such an experience, unlikely to forget what he forgot. And the moment there was a slight hint, just said, oh my goodness, it's right there. So obvious, even though it's been years, but it was such a powerful experience a powerful memory, that it was so ready to come back, but it wouldn't come back until Allah opened up the opportunity for it to come back. That exchange he had with us about I said, I'm in his memory. And so our memory
gets activated, our lights get turned on.
Once the the lightning bolt, if you will of Allah has Destiny flashes, or Allah sends the command and things start happening, things start opening up. And so the things you remember, also us right, just extend this to us and other things you remember, and sometimes the things you don't remember,
are very beneficial to you. Why did I remember this? Now? Why couldn't I remember this prior? You know, be a thoughtful person. Why did I forget this
Or why did you forget their request, like sometimes this could be a blessing from Allah that You forgot this pain that this person caused you? Sometimes it could be a punishment from Allah azza wa jal that you had a great opportunity, and you just fumbled until the opportunity fell. And that could be turned around into a blessing right in the long term. But realize that Allah did not allow you to remember he is the most fair and he could be helping you along by you being more keen on the opportunities when they come to you. So just be aware of Allah's involvement even in your memories.
And also so let me let me
bring it back now to the man remembering now use of Ali Salam was there a benefit in this?
Yeah, for sure. There's a benefit in this much more than him remembering use of Ali Sam when he first came out of prison, because had he remembered use of Alehissalaam. When he first came out of prison, Yusuf Ali Salam could have become the adviser of the king that interprets his dreams. And he the king would have had this one dream right years later and use rallies. Saddam said, Oh, straightforward, it means x y
See, it wouldn't have been as as impressive, right?
But what actually happens now is that after everybody failed at interpreting the dream now use Valley samsat into the picture. And so his status is known this guy is special Alehissalaam and so even in that delay was a great neuroma from Allah subhanho wa Taala to distinguish Yusuf Ali Salam and his skill in the eyes of the king.
You know, Chef Amara Shukri once said something very beautiful about this he said you know if the man would have come out of prison the butler and just went to the king and said by the way, this guy in prison He's He's pretty good at the stream interpretation stuff.
The king didn't need him at that moment. So hearing his name at that moment wouldn't have been very meaningful he could have just ignored it i don't care i got bigger better things to do I got important stuff to do. It's almost like when you are given you're not looking forward to someone passes you the business card of someone but you have no need for that person's business at the moment their carpentry their electronic there, no, you have no care for it, what are you going to do, you're probably gonna just throw that business card away, or leave it somewhere till they get till it finds itself into the trash bin eventually. But when you are offered this connect with a
person that has a skill that you need right now, you treat it very differently. And so him forgetting until the right moment was a huge number from Allah to slip us valet Salem into a very exclusive circle in the king's court.
So he goes off to use of Alexa he sent me they sent him off and he goes to use of Alex and it says use for your suit the use of also the UK.
And we spoke a little bit about some of the alright was so the UK means.
So there is roughly translated as a confirmer of truth, but that's one of two things. So deep is someone who is consistent, adherent to truth.
So he's always honest, that's why the Prophet SAW Selim said in the height of Miss erode well as Rogers Dakota heteroscedastic, during the lie said, the person will insist on being honest, and just answered, until Allah
has him written with him with Allah as
someone who is always speaking the truth. The other meaning of sodium is that you confirm the truth of others. And there is a real relationship between the two that maybe at another time, we can speak about, because you are a you have a heightened sense for truth, like I will book this will do. And so you are able to sense truth by virtue of it being spoken.
So he said to me, so he saw us truthfulness, Alehissalaam, and prior right when he was in prison with him. So he said to him, Yusuf, oh man of truth, explained to us seven fat cows being eaten by seven skinny cows, seven green spikes of green and others that are dry, so that I may return to the people. He didn't say the king said, the people.
So they will know
about this or about you or, and that's really interesting, isn't it? Because
he didn't tell the king where he was going. He said, Send me let me go get you to interpretation. And then He comes to us a valet Sullivan says to him, tell me the interpretation of this. He didn't tell him that it's the king's dreams. So you know, some scholars said perhaps he wanted to make sure he's getting paid. He wanted to get the big prize. And so he's trying to like you know, you want to be the broker, you want to be the middleman between the two to meet you make sure you get your cut.
And then later on eventually just happens, because as you will see, the King will say, Bring him to me, I stuck blissfully enough. See, I want him I want direct, I want him exclusively to myself.
Inner cabinet as they say.
But in any case, he had great respect. He approached them use of also the he still, he did it in a very formal, polite, respectful way. And maybe there's an important lesson in that as well. That for some strange reason, we can find those who serve alcohol, like this guy,
have great, great respect for the people of knowledge, the scholars, and so those who say they are committed to the deen of Allah subhana wa Tada and don't have a heightened regard for scholars, they should be very concerned about themselves. They should be very concerned about themselves because these are the relatives of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam, the scholars of Islam, aren't they
because only a relative is allowed to inherit and the Prophet SAW said and said, we're thrilled that the prophets the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets. So this shows that they are directly related to him. And you know, not respecting them not giving them their titles, you know, I see it all the time, like just sadly, online, especially
The people are just extra, like
disrespectful, you know, you disagree with someone automatically, they're not a chef anymore or not a doctor anymore or not. This is not a Mr anymore. This is this is something to be learned from the guy who serves wine to a king, who is not yet Muslim. He comes as use of also the right Give him his his titles of respect. And that is extremely important to feel this this great to have this disgraceful ignorance. And this like pitiful arrogance, where
you tell yourself they aren't actually scholars that aren't actually entitled to this, those that hadith about the reviewing the scholars applies to true scholars where they are not, don't be so sure
of that and check yourself because historically, whoever has fallen into this
has not brought the scholars down if they were true scholars rather they had put they've sent themselves away to to a forgotten place in the
In any case,
use of Alehissalaam
told him the interpretation of the dreams and gave it to the intermediary and he did a good deed if you're sincere and Hamdulillah. He wasn't sincere. That's his loss. But we're happy he did it that he was an intermediary served between use of Ali Salam and the king. Because dreams are not all superstition, some of them are hugely beneficial. They are in a sense related to sacred knowledge. And that's why the word fg two F two and F two and F two keeps coming up here almost almost like a religious edict Affectiva that is an interpretation of the Quran and the Sunnah, the dream interpretation could be effectual, it could have religious significance or the benefit of religious
information, in the sense that it said it's about to save a country and a region from a family, it's about to ensue. And so this man couldn't be the scholar that interprets that dream. And so he was the intermediary between the masses, if you will, and those scholars and so you will be that person as well. If you cannot be a scholar, be the connector between the scholar and the rest of the world, relay the concerns of the world to the scholar and relay the, you know, the explanations of the scholar to the world and that it's a great deed. May Allah use us for that if we can, if that is the extent of our capacity. So what are the use of Allah said, I'm telling him, he said to him, listen,
here's what you need to do. Highlighters Rorona savaris Sebastian in the ABA, you need to plant for seven years consecutively. Whatever you harvest, leave it
in its spikes, like don't unpack the grains, so they don't rot. Leave them in their spikes, except a little bit that you're going to use right now. as needed basis, put them away in the silos, keep them dry, so they don't rot.
And you're going to work and you need to work for seven years, like put your head down, you gotta be in it for the long run.
And you need to work overtime. So he said to him work seven years.
Planting the Ebon. Overtime that Abend means over and over and over again, meaning around the clock. I'm seeing overtime.
Because I'm from New York and the city that never sleeps overtime is normal for us. So that Abend means consecutively. He says and then you're going to store away whatever you can. And you're going to minimize your consumption except for the little that which you eat. And this is genius advice not just for for a famine that may ensue, or an economic meltdown that may happen. You know, people always wonder how do you save money saving money is I'm kind of ashamed to say very simple.
Because I'm not the best at saving money. But the whole trick and saving money is not how much you make. It's not how much you make. It is how much you save it meaning how much you spent. And as opposed to what you spend how much how much of it you save, like people think okay, if I make $4,000 Now or $10,000 Now, so
you know, if I make 11, I can start saving 1000 a month, then they make 11 and they find themselves spending the 11 Anyway, so that's not the trick. The trick is to actually say I make $10,000 No, I make nine well that 1000 has gone before it came and you put it aside and say I'm going to make do with $9,000 and that is really the trick to saving money.
So he told him you have to work work for a long time seven years put in some overtime. I don't mean that literally with our occupations and our careers. I'm just explaining what he said. And he said you have to build up your storage, build up your savings and minimize your spending. Because it does the you know increasing your supply doesn't matter because
We just tend to consume, consume, consume, consume, it's our nature.
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departed the movie watching world maybe 20 years ago.
But I remember my eye catching a very short documentary about one of the oldest, most successful American actors, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp was a man who made in his prime, or I think, in total $650 million.
And he these are just one case, I hear about athletes that were in the NBA and are huge millionaires and otherwise, Johnny Depp became had huge financial problems. I think now he's slowly trying to recover from that, how do you spend $650 million, it's actually very easy. Ask Johnny Depp, how to do it. And so it doesn't matter how much money you make doesn't ever matter. It matters how much you steal away. How much you spend and don't spend is actually what determines
those who are able to solidify their their financial assets, of course, with the givens of charity as a can and ethical spending and all else that we should know as Muslims. So he said to us what you need to do, and so I'll leave it there.
But I can't leave it there. He just said that he didn't say anything else. What didn't he say?
He didn't say how dare you forget me in prison for five or 10 years? That's not strange. Like someone forgets you in a prison cell for years after you fulfilled their need and reassured them about this dream that was haunting them while they were your your buddy in prison. They forget you then they come back then they come back not with an apology. They come back like hey, man, you remember me you're pretty truthful, I have another need for you.
And what is use of Ali Salam do no strings attached, just tells him the interpretation of the dream doesn't even let the man hear word of criticism. Those are very beautiful hearts. Like just how can we inshallah become those people just live and let live and you know, pray for people and advise them at the right time. But when they're in need, you just help people
and even help the society I mean, this whole society left them in prison. And but that's how great hearts just are able to transcend and, and gloss over grudges.
No compensation he just freely gave them I'll see how. And that's a beautiful, beautiful quality to to work towards. He said to him to my team embody that, like I said, raunchy dad, then after you work for the seven hard years, there's going to come seven difficult years.
So the seven fat cows productivity and all this lushness of flourishing agriculture are going to be eaten by seven week cows meaning what an age of great hunger.
And so the seven week cows will eat the seven fat cows. That is how he interpreted the dream.
So they will come he said to him then they will come seven difficult years. And by the way, the scholar said this versus proof that it's calling them difficult years she dead or you know asleep or in a set like miserable years or years of misfortune. Those are all words the script to describe gears in the Quran. The aim in the haystack, ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada said in another Surah
those types of descriptions difficult, Mr. Unfortunate and misfortune.
Those don't fall under the prohibition that we should all know especially in 2020 because people keep saying 2020s needs to get canceled and like God damn 2020 I was a bit less crazy stuff like this. The Prophet SAW Selim said, Allah azza wa jal said
that the son of Adam curses me. Yes, so Buddha Hara will enter the rule, or call label Leila on the house by cursing time and I m time meaning I am responsible for time time comes it refers back to me. I determine what happens what day in what year. And so to say a year,
is cursed in the sense that you're objecting to Allah or expressing resentment to Allah. That is what is
highly reprehensible in Islam. Because it is it is resentment of Allah himself. subhanaw taala, who's in control of all this, he says, They curse me. They curse time and I am time meaning responsible for it or callable, later now I'm the one who rotates the night in the day. Whereas as we said, the scholar said, These verses are exceptions to that meaning they are a description of time that doesn't fall under a condemnation or an objection
or an offense to Allah regarding how he manages the the the time he distance and the events that take place. That's the difference objection versus description to
See, I have struggled in my journey I have struggled in this year. There's nothing wrong with that. So long as he does not imply or express objection.
So he said, seven years will come that will be difficult, yet couldn't laugh at them to me the Hoonah that will consume that which you saved for them. In La kalila metrics, anyone except for the little bit that you will store meaning you'll just have enough to get you through the seven difficult years you're gonna have a little bit leftover when the seven years are over. But then he says, This is the last verse film my team in the valley care I'm on fee you have to NASA fee is zero. And then they will come after that a year in which people you will have off will be relieved with a lot of rain. My thought is rain. Bustillos is rain when people are most desperate for it. So
they're going to be watching their store houses.
Their rations of food decrease and just throw before they finish. In the 15th. year right seven flourishing seven famine in the 15th year when people are so desperate for it, the rain is going to come in abundance fee will often ask people will be given rain in abundance.
Wi Fi he also it alone and in it today will press meaning they'll press they're all of their press their grapes, they'll get their oil there, get their juices there get there. Some scholars would say their wine because wine was permissible for previous nations long story. It's not permissible by unanimous agreement and now
So what can we say about this ayah he taught the people to work through the impending strife by looking at the light at the end of the tunnel.
And he also so that's one lesson on its own, awaiting the relief while certain it will come.
That is how you find it by looking for it by waiting by being sure that Allah subhanho wa Taala will send it no trial ever, you know, stays forever in this world. Why? Because either it ends or you leave it here and you go you end. But it will nothing is permanent. And so it's always important to remember that.
What do you know, also like, how did he know? How did he know? They asked him about these seven cows and those seven cows. So they asked him about 14 years? Well, the second seven were seven, it didn't say seven good years and then many. So it was a subtle distinction that there is a cap on the years of famine, there's a cap on the skinny cows that will eat the fat cows, there is a net it's a finite number. And so it was subtle, the subtlety
that he extracted from it, that it will not be an unlimited or a more than seven year drought and famine.
So that's where he got it from. But did they ask him about it? No, some scholars I mean, some scholars have pointed this out. But know that he didn't ask the ask them about the seven of those seven. And so he was generous with them, he gave them even more than they asked for, which is to point out for them.
What the 15th year would look like you can say Yeah, well make sense. They would know it on their own? No, it could be that these were the seven difficult years and then there can be another set of seven years right 15 to 21 Could things could be gradually getting better, but he's selling them and once the 15th year is there, things are gonna get real good real fast.
And some said
that, because he was so generous with them, and forgiving them and not holding that against them and just you know recipie just give extending the advice and the strategy and the game plan to them so graciously. Allah graciously gave him information about more than just the dream to further distinguish him and prove his virtue and his knowledge to them all.
And so we will stop there in sha Allah to Allah and now speak it be it may Allah
about the Kings reaction
to use of Allah, His sedums.
Bye, explanation interpretation of the dream and illustration of the years to come.
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