Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 18
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah. While earlier he was so happy a drain will begin the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah Who makes finest peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his family in his companions and all those who tread his path.
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at the onset of our talk inshallah. So we welcome everyone back to the best of stories or the story of use of Allah, His Salam Astoria and sort of Joseph and we are now at
use of Ali Salam as a free man, use of Allah His Salam being
taken in as the exclusive adviser or most exclusive minister of the king.
And what he does with that, once the king opens the door to that
and what we can learn from it. So Allah azza wa jal says, This is the 54th verse in the Surah. While Carlos Melaka 20 vs. Douglas holy enough, see, and the king said Bring him to me, so that I may employ him exclusively to me as the flisol NFC Furama Kalama who color in knuckle yo Mela, Dana, Kenan Amin, and then when he used to follow his Salah spoke to him the king he said to him the king said you are today in front of us or by us highly esteemed McKean, though McCanna Amin means fully trusted.
And you know, when when used valet salon first came to Egypt, there's a huge contrast between then and now write an amazing contrast in when he first came to Egypt. They purchased him
become an in bucks for a cheap price, the Rahima Majida few
silver coins were can ofI him in Azusa, he didn't. And they didn't value him much like cluster, whatever, I'll pay whatever, like they were not interested in him. They just purchased them.
And now a stateless hold enough See, I will employ him exclusively to myself.
This is a good reminder for people. And I guess this is all people, when they find themselves not to appreciate it. Some people might not appreciate you today, right? They may think very little of you. But they may they may come when you are very precious to them. Right? And so it is natural to want to feel accepted by people and appreciated by people. This is natural, this is fine.
But be moderate in that desire of yours and just trust Allah azza wa jal trust, his wisdom, trust His timing, because maybe later is better. And maybe never for some people is better, right? That want for acceptance could destroy some people. Right. And some people delaying it, it's for the greater good.
And so just imagine the transition between nobody wanted him right, and now he's at
the foot of the king. And he's going to replace the Kings feet in a second.
And he and he earned Of course, this lofty place because the king saw all of his beautiful qualities including knowledge and knowledge is what makes you relevant knowledge, especially sacred knowledge, knowledge of Allah knowledge of his religion, and knowledge of the benefits for humanity in this world and the next that comes with living up to Allah's religion. And of course, that knowledge means nothing without obedience. And fellated And Al Rahim Allah actually said that when when use of Ali salaam received his position
from the king, he was promoted, if you will.
He walked in front of them and the wife of Allah Aziz was waiting for him to pass by her. And when he passed by her,
Subhanallah Angela menial RBD Maruchan before it he or Jaya Allah menial Modoki, RB then Demacia like Glorified is God who makes out of slaves kings, when they obey him when they obey God and makes out of Kings royalty slaves when they disobey Him.
And so his knowledge and of course had to be accompanied by the fear of Allah and obedience to Him is what raised him to this rank with the virtue of knowledge is very important. That's what puts you in leadership. That's what makes you relevant. That's what makes you need it. That is why the prophets were so needed and so worthy of leader
worship because they brought the world of all things knowledge, right? Like you talked about knowledge and education, the prophets were educators of humanity, but they didn't come teach us engineering. They didn't come teach us medicine as valuable as those things are. Because the value most valuable thing to humanity is knowledge of guidance, right knowledge of Allah and His guidance subhanho wa taala.
And so that knowledge brought him up there as well your Fila hula Xena, amen, amen. Camilla denoted Omega Rajat, Allah speaks about the virtue of knowledge and we see it unfold here. Allah raises people many levels in both worlds by virtue of this knowledge, this knowledge of Deen you know, I thought,
Rahim Allah Allah.
He was the the the Mufti of Mecca. He was the the great great Tiberian and called the Mecca. He says when I was a child, he met many of us who have when I was a child, my mother said to me, in Arata dunya for Ali COVID When errata la serata Sirata family Kevin, we're in our home and family Kevin, if you want to like be glorified here in this world stick to knowledge meaning of the religion and if you want to be glorified in the next stick to knowledge if you want to go glorified and then both stick to knowledge right, it's your greatest asset
and interestingly use about a ceramic king now is appointing him and seeing the value of his knowledge and why I have to keep him close. Allah says fella maca lemma who? Kala when he used to have spoke to him, he said to him in knocklyon, Medina McCune, he said you have a high rank and very trusted by us. What did you tell him? Alehissalaam? We don't know.
Why don't we know?
It says if it's not important, it's as if no matter what use of Allah has Salam said or will say or does say it's impressive. And that is also a very important lesson. That
being selective with your words and being articulate and being well spoken, and of course, being honest that before everything else,
is very important for the caller to Allah subhanho wa Taala to have, you know, my teachers would say that you crafting your wording in doubt, whether it's in football, or like just your skills when you're speaking to people, how am I going to frame it? How am I going to explain it to different audiences, right? It's even harder online because online, you're speaking to all the audiences at once. So this is even more necessary. But when you speak to people in general, you they will see you as the religion. And so if you speak well, they'll say this religion is worth hearing about. That's just the way people judge books by their covers. The cover is the face. Yes, how presentable you
are. That's a there's a reason why the Prophet SAW Selim was sent us so handsome, right? But also by the cover is what the first words you speak, they pass a judgement the moment you open your mouth, right? I'm going to talk about the Allahu Allah and he used to say we're in Nila volu, a herb Rajala. Had to can lemma for either second lemma circle for menarini Like how many men in my life I continue to have like I was intimidated by them or I had reverence for them. I revered them very much.
Until he opened his mouth and the moment he opened his mouth, he fell from my eyes and I never looked at him. I looked at him the same way again. I lost all respect for him.
You know, I leave now with all abuses say something similar he used to say El Morro Malibu on telly Cerny that the human being or the man is hidden under his tongue. He once he lifts his tongue you see him right? Yeah hides under his tongue. The moment he speaks, you see him?
Socrates actually, sorry, said the same thing. Socrates used to sell people speak so I may see you.
He's like, speak up. Let me see if you're worthy of my conversation. Right speak so I may see you. He's trying to say that your words reflect your character more than your your face. I don't see you until you speak. That's when I pass an assessment on it. It is very important. Allah subhanaw taala did not say as if it doesn't make a difference. What use valet Sam said whatever he said it would have been worthy of being listened to falam maca lemma who once he spoke to him, he told him you are in our eyes, McKinnon Amin and trusted and
esteemed and trusted so what did when he told him that wouldn't use of AI they said I'm say college Alinea Allah has set out he said to him any designate me or appoint me over the storehouse is of the land meaning what's a good contemporary translation of his and loud someone helped me there has to be a word for it
yeah, I guess. Yeah, I guess treasure is fine, but this is like really like the the guy who rations out the agriculture
and fills the silos and distributes you know in with prudence. There is not a name for it. Someone helped me agricultural something.
Minister, Minister of Agriculture, how's that? Does that work that they don't sorry, okay.
Someone told me Don't try it. Okay. He was in charge of the store houses of the land.
And so he said, designate me I taught the store houses of the land. That's the official translation in the haffi. Oven, Eileen. I am Hatfield. Hatfield means what?
Me he means honest. Hatfield means heavily supertech, meaning I am protective of it. I'm not going to be like playing games, I'm honest. And I am, I am, I am knowledgeable, mean, you can trust me on this. And I know what I'm doing.
So there's some rulings and some reflections here. The first of them is that when people need you, you need to step up.
And there's nothing wrong with that. There's actually something wrong with you not doing that. You know, sometimes you want to be humble and you want to like fear Allah and so you don't step into a position of authority. But when it is needed, you need to fear Allah and not contribute to the authority or the leadership or the responsibility being neglected or being carried in a way that you could have done better. And so when there's a need for you step up, okay? Because if you don't step up, many things could be lost, whether that's knowledge being lost, or the interests of people being lost. And just put aside humility in that scenario, humility in the sense that it's going to
restrain you. Like fate, I want you to think about something who is the most humble person on the face of the earth?
I begged God to
say the Muhammad the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, yet he would say certain things like what NSA you do? Well, at the Adam yo, Malkia Mati. Well,
I am the master of the children of Adam, on the day of resurrection without boast.
The Why did he say that? For sure, it was hard for him to say that. But if he didn't say that, how else were we going to know it? And do we need to know this? We need to know this. And if he didn't do it, no one else was going to come and tell us, right? We don't speak to them directly. There is no profit along with him or after him, right. And so when there is a need for you, you need to step up. You know, this is the same reason why scholars like an unbeliever him Allah and Malik others, Sophia nfld, they used to have no problem. They even if you think consider it necessary for the scholar who has been trained in Islamic scholarship, to distinguish himself in the way that he
dresses to distinguish himself in the way that he sits or in where he sits so that people would recognize him and the sacred sciences are not lost. They don't ask ignorant people and then people start speaking without expertise and the religion of Allah azza wa jal is turned into a game.
So it was for what they carried that they did this.
Universal habit of the Allahu Anhu you may not find as much of this you will find some of it but you will not find as much like the Sahaba used to always defer to each other You're doing a Holic faithful to you hear the tabular, insulting I'd go. And each Sahabi would push me to the next hobby and say no, let that get.
Let that guy give you the fatwa let him give you a photo let him give you the fatwa. He says until I come back to the first one I'm saying like I'm going in circles here. Why? Why am I doing a Holic feel Hadith and he'll wish that his brother say the Hadith instead of him, just in case he makes the mistake. So he doesn't want the responsibility once on somebody else. But if you're in a different situation, right? Like I frequently brothers speak to me that feel guilty about giving multiple or leading salah, like in different places, not necessarily here.
I tell them actually, you are crazy if you think you're a scholar or a chef or a real student of knowledge. And I'm crazy if I think I'm a scholar, a shaker, a real student of knowledge. But you have to employ the rule of like the law of relativity. Like if you say like when you're in a situation and you're the only one that knows just AMA, right with Tajweed and you know, its meanings and no one else does your their share. You have to teach the people and you have to lead them in prayer. So long as it's possible for you to do so. Right.
They would even be obligated to hire you to make sure you do that. Because the religion would be lost otherwise with this misplaced sense of humility and so use of Ra salaam Of course of course whenever we say this we don't mean you're eager for it. You wish you didn't have to but you need to. He said Johnny alpha and Lord employee me hire me in this place because I know what I'm doing
Imam Malik about this idea you're gonna consider me like ethnocentric right now or like just biased here. But this is Imam Malik, who is not from Egypt. He said about this idea. And he will recite this ayah and say Masaru Huzar in a lot that he didn't mean, he didn't mean
on the sector of Egypt, which is the Agricultural Department, right? Like the the plantations of Egypt, he said, Make me in charge of the agriculture of Egypt. Right? So he called Egypt the storehouse is of the land of the earth. Right? You understand, sir? Am I making sense? So employ me on the store houses of the earth because that in a lot of the treasure chests of the earth, he doesn't mean employ me on this position. You know, in this warehouse in Egypt, that's not what he means. He means employ me to control everything that happens agriculturally in Egypt, and he called Egypt to store houses of the earth. So Imam Malik took from that idea that Egypt is the storehouse
of the earth. And
there was a time when this was much easier to be appreciated.
And that is a lesson as well, but Egypt is known to be a place with just remarkable production, fertile soil, you know, a very blessed river. You know, the Hadith in Sahih.
Al Bukhari and Muslim mentioned that the Nile is one of the Four Rivers of Jannah.
And now we are here on earth as means it originated from Jana. It's one of the four that originated from Jana. And so it's a very blessed land with very blessed, unique production. And that's why historically, by the way, the Empires used to fight over Egypt, because whoever gets to in Egypt, they would milk it, they would abuse it, but they would milk it for everything. Right. And that hasn't changed much.
But why do I say that? It's not because I'm a Gyptian. I'm saying that because when you look at the economic and the agricultural woes of Egypt right now, it reminds you that as blessed as this storehouse of the planet is, it is not inherently blessings, blessings are by the hands of Allah azza wa jal, he withholds them whenever he wants, and he releases them whenever he wishes to pan out with Allah, He locks them in the earth sometimes that's why the Hadith also about the time after the gel after the end times, it says that Allah will command the earth and FBg Baraka Turkey, to extract your blessings meaning there there there are certain places Allah made, bless it. But Allah traps
them inside for whatever reasons, and he allows them to emerge at other times as well.
Oh, okay. So he said appoints me over the earth in knee heavy alone, alim. Because I am honest, and I am knowledgeable, meaning what you can trust me, and I'm skilled at this. I know what I'm doing.
And those are the two most fundamental qualifiers for any line of work. For any line of work. It is not enough for you to be what honest, pious religious, if you are not specialized in something, you should not opt for it. Right? You should not assume yourself, oh, I have to go carry this because I'm the most trustworthy guy and I'm the most religious guy. No, no, it's not the way to when I tell you, you have to step up. It's because you, you are protective of it, you're sincere to it, but you also know what you're doing. That is extremely important. You know, speaking of Imam Malik, when we were studying
the science of Hadith, I always get caught with this one narration you know Malika Han Allah used to say that I have met in this masjid, you don't remember Malik was the Imam of Medina. He was the Imam of Medina and his time, he used to Melaka bananas. He used to run of course, the greatest circle of Hadith, in the masjid of the Prophet SAW Selim. So when he says I found in the masjid he means mission, never we write the heart of Islam. So he says, I have met 70 People in this Masjid seven people in this masjid, who narrate on behalf of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I accept nothing from them. Even though I know that if I were to place them in charge of Baitul mal
lava jet to who Amin and I would have found him trustworthy. Well, I can Avenue vana who lays at home, we had a laser who Shea almond has a chef, but I believe that he has no business in this discipline. The science of hadith is not just about you, being an honest guy. You have to be precise. You have to know what you're doing. It's not just about credibility of character. It is about you mastering the discipline. So in general, that needs to apply everywhere. No matter how religious no matter how big of a scholar, that does not mean that you're good at other
disciplines that doesn't mean you're good at other specializations
and we do a great disservice now whenever we confuse those two things and of course if you're skilled and you don't have honesty or sincerity then no Bennett not much benefits will come from you. Of course if you're just you know, consumed in greed or in insincerity or just egotism or whatever else in the Happy Valley, the next is is what Cavalli can McKenna the use of and in this way so the king gave it to him. And in this way, we established the use of fill out in the land yet Abell what will mean her Hi Felicia to dwell the Tibet what means to take as a residence in it in Egypt in this land, wherever he wishes, no see will be mattina many Menasha we touch with our mercy,
whomever we wish well, and we'll do Agile, Marcin, and we will never allow the reward of the righteous to go to waste. That's the next idea. This is how we establish use of the land to dwell in Egypt, however, who wishes and who and we touch with our mercy whomever we wish, and we will never allow the reward of the good doers to go to waste.
So something to notice, or a few. This is the second time in the Surah we hear what Cavalli can or cannot use of this is how we established use of when was the first time
he raised his hand so I just have to act like I I'm fair and just
Yes, when he was first purchased and brought into the house of Allah Aziz. Allah says, Look, I barely could this is how we established yourself and to teach him how to interpret events. The second time Allah azza wa jal is saying and this is how we established Yusuf to dwell in Egypt wherever he wishes, okay?
What's the difference? This was for sure, a lesser establishment than that Allah has we established Yusuf alayhi salam here, so that he may
learn the new alemayehu that will Hadith so we may teach him the interpretation of statements or events.
So he's developing skills here, he's being established, he's learning how the other country runs from a disease. He's also maturing, he's learning more and more from Allah azza wa jal, how to interpret dreams. And so he's becoming knowledgeable. He's established in a place where he can become knowledgeable and become skilled on how to interpret events, whether their dreams or droughts, hey, that doesn't rhyme but they will start with a DRA interpret all of this. And now we're moving on to a different phase right? We're establishing use of to do whatever he wants in Egypt.
So you being established by Allah azza wa jal are given access points to influence to benefit happens in stages. And this is from the Mercy of Allah subhana wa, tada for sure. Because if you don't, you know, do well with your, your lesser form of establishment, you don't want to get established on higher levels, you don't want greater responsibilities. Because the the higher they go, the harder they fall, right? And so it's as if in all of our lives, Allah azza wa jal gives us opportunities. And if we make the best of those opportunities, we're given at that point, another step in the ladder, Allah Allah does not give you all the steps at once all the access at once, so
that you don't destroy yourself. Right. And if you do well, with the first you get the second, this is from the greater arm of Allah azza wa jal in the edge of the opportunities he gives you. And also in punishment, by the way.
Also in punishment, that's a different subject as well. It could be it could be said that from the Mercy of Allah is that he gives you lesser punishment here in the dunya
out of His mercy for you, right, so that you come back and do not go further down. But he established him a second time in the earth. We hit the bell, whoa,
Min high pressure to go wherever he wants in Egypt. And we can also say here what Giselle and Jensen Amen. You know that the rule we always talk about that Allah Who repays you His perfect justice, in the same nature or same kind as the deed, like if you're merciful, Allah shows you mercy if you forgive others, Allah forgives you, the generous people, Allah is generous with them. Those who forget Allah Allah forgets them. The plotters Allah plots against right it always matches. So he put up with being locked up in Egypt in a corner of Egypt. Some say it was a cave at the prison was in a cage in a cave. And the repayment was
What? Now all of Egypt is yours, as Giselle mentioned, said Rama.
And the scholars mentioned that, from this point onwards in the story,
the king is no longer mentioned whatsoever.
And so it appears that he either gave kingship to use of valet Salam, he conceded abdicated rule to use valet Salaam. Or perhaps he appointed him as his successor and died soon after. But de facto like whether or not these details happened, or something else. Use of is everything right now in Egypt, because the king is not being mentioned at all. And Allah just said it about what woman high pressure to do whatever he wants to dwell and go and settle wherever he wants in Egypt. He became the undisputed in Egypt Alehissalaam
after being after tolerating being locked up in it,
and then he says, No, you will be our mathema mercy will be mattina Menasha. Well, no, the original sin, we touch with our mercy like he talked about, he's the undisputed and then Allah says We touch with our mercy, whomever we wish, because a touch of Allah's mercy and ounce if it's proper to say that we use that loosely, of course, an ounce of Allah's Mercy is enough for every success imaginable. Right? And for every pain to be forgotten an ounce of his touch of His mercy, a touch of His blessing subhanho wa Taala
the the poet He says very beautifully one poet, he says
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a drop from the ocean of your generosity can fill this earth with water.
And one glance, not my glance, it's just the habits right the point here, and a glance from your eye of pleasure, like you looking at me while pleased with me. You know, one glance from you while please let me can turn a disbeliever into the closest servant of Allah subhanaw taala. We ask Allah to look at us with His pleasure.
But this is it No. So you will never know Shall we touch with our mercy. It's always needed. Whomever we wish.
Well, I know the original medicine and we don't allow their award over the good doers to go to waste. Well, of course, how can the reward of the good doers go to waste?
You know, a Razia Rahim Allah and His Tafseer on this idea. Loosely, I don't recall it completely. But he says how can the reward of the good doer go to waste?
That would mean that Allah is what ignorant of it. No, Allah is not ignorant of my good doing that Allah forgot it. Maybe?
No, Allah doesn't forget sometimes we do good deeds. We forget what we did years ago, right? I love didn't forget it's apana with Allah. He's incapable of rewarding you. There's some sort of shortage. No, not gonna happen, right? There's some sort of stinginess? Impossible, right? He didn't, he doesn't want to reward you or he doesn't have to reward you because he didn't promise no, we know for sure he promised. And so for certain of all of these, for the believer, it cannot be imagined that Allah would let your award go to waste.
Allah who would never because it doesn't match with what we know about him. subhanho wa taala.
And the last day we will discuss today very quickly, well, agile ferati. Hiren Linda Vina, what can we add? Sokoine. But you know, the well here would mean birthright, but the reward of the Hereafter is better. For those who am and who, who those who believe. And yet Kuhn and they used to observe Taqwa used to observe piety.
So why do you think what is the value of saying that after we talked with our mercy whomever we wish in one drop of Our Mercy basically the intended meaning gives you some highlights from all of this? Why this next I
think with me
someone think listening, why
is it really to remind us that despite everything that's happening
Yes, first of all, to not lose sight of the vast generosity of Allah.
This dunya can
Ever contain Allah of course. But even the reward of the believer cannot be contained by this dunya. Allah is so generous, his generosity is so vast, that the real reward the actual one that he wants to give you Subhan Allah, Allah is in a place that is better and a place that doesn't end and everlasting.
And also, because what gives me another reason
not everybody gets rewarded in the dunya. Right?
And so to console those who don't get this in the dunya, because I told you sometimes it is from his mercy that he doesn't give you because it will destroy you
to remember if you're not given in this dunya the glory and the authority and the sovereignty and the rule and the riches and term remember, this is nothing anyway compared to the hereafter.
A third reason the scholars mentioned about this idea Sofiane
if not Rihanna Rahim Allah he says, And this idea is to assert
that the believer is rewarded in this world and the next because you know many times in the Quran and this should concern a believer that a person may be in a place where Allah rushes to them their reward in the dunya. That should worry a believer. Amaro the Allahu Anhu used to cry very heavily on who'd read the eye and a laugh off when Allah azza wa jal says that some people will be presented to the fire and they will be told and habitant by the Vatican few hierarchical Madonia are stamped out on via you have expired used up all of your your pleasantries in this world, and you've enjoyed them. Now here, here, there's nothing for you.
And so sufganiyot Rihanna Rahim Allah saying for the believer, he is rewarded here and there. Whereas alfalfa, he said, The wicked person, like the cat fit or the believer who's whose belief is, he is given some here and has no share there. And so this is to come and say, by the way, this doesn't apply to the believer, the believer the more sin the good doer, gets rewarded in both. This doesn't take away from that, as opposed to the majority of humanity who used up their opportunities for the akhira for a shallow
short lived reward here.
That's important to remember as well. So number one of the reasons is to remember Allah's generosity. This is nothing compared to what Allah has in store for you.
Number two, for those that don't get even this little the dunya reward to be consoled by that and number three not to assume that you being rewarded here will take away from your award there if you are in fact of the Messinian
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