Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf #21
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah Himself intermarine.
So continuing on now after our short interim with the story of use of Allah His Salaam, the brothers of use of Allah His Salaam now returned back to Egypt back to Yousuf with
their final brother with the one that historically is referred to as Benjamin or Binyamin. A lot as religion says, Well, I'm the hawala use of once they re entered upon us of into the presence of use of our era here ha, he embraced his brother, that brother full brother, the only one who didn't betray him,
he embraced his brother. And he said to him, and I hook I'm your brother, it's me use of Anna hook.
fella Tabitha is American ohyama. Dune, and so do not be despairing or saddened or grievous about what they used to do or by what they used to do to you.
So this is the reunion, a long awaited reunion with his brother. And it also indicates that he was still under a great deal of disrespect, a great deal of hurt a great deal of chastisement from the rest of the brothers. But some lessons here,
or reflections, the first of them, you know, the scholars pointed out that when Yusuf Ali Salam
finally went into private quarters, basically with his brother, I mean, someone else said once said that they were 11 use of was the 12th. And he said, um, and so how he did it was that he said, okay, every two of you to a room, he's a very gracious host, every two of you to a room, and there will be one leftover, which is his brother. And then he said, Okay, I'll be with him. Fine, he's alone, I'll take care of him myself, just so he doesn't feel like he is getting the short end of the stick. So that was perfectly planned by him. And then once he was in private with him, our he lay here haha, he brought his brother to him. The word our could not have been, of course, it can't. It's called an
but I want you to notice how it was the most perfect word. Because the word our you know that the Quran speaks about the metla, the gentleman being an metla, which is the place of arresting the place of repose, the most gracious host will house you there, it's called the metla, the place of comfort. And that is one of many meanings of network. matla also means to be embraced physically, not just to be hosted, like taken in by you know, your host, to be hosted physically to be embraced. It also means the word hugging.
It also means someone rushes to you in sympathy, like someone sympathizes with you, means just, you know, comes to you and says, How can I make things better, our la the Arabs use it like that. The word our they said, also means it's just so profound, that it is the term in Arabic that is used, when birds of a feather flock together like this, imagine a whole bunch of scattered birds that are all over the place looking for each other. And all of a sudden, they just, they, you know, they call it dovetail right, they come together, and they finally you know, align and proceed onward together. And here are the brothers coming back together, right? And they said the word our also
in first healing, like the
wound, like when you get gassed, you get a cut. And it the two sides of the skin start closing up. They use the word, our jaw, that the wound the injury is closed up. And every single one of those apply, so it just happened here with us around a cinema, his brother, you know,
this is not just a perfect word choice, because sometimes people can express things in such a beautiful way, such a perfect way, in a sense, but the for and chose the perfect word for every single
phrase and statement and we're entering in the whole for and that is what is supernatural, about the Quran, you know, you know, the autumn for example, or just so, mastering of the, the the skill of articulation of language. They had a tradition called the knuckled tradition, that is literary critique, they were brutal. They would go to the most celebrated the most eloquent poems of each other and poke holes in them say yeah, it is pretty good. But that was
should have been that and that word in this context should have been a better here's an even better word. So that's what they would do. These Arabs who thrived on this brutal tradition of one upping each other
could not identify a single term in the whole quarter. And that could be improved on all of them. The whole generation could not find a single word in 114 sodas, there is no record of this whatsoever never happened. And so appreciate that. And the word LR, I think, is is a beautiful opportunity for us to notice that once you realize all of its meanings, you go back to the lexicons and dictionaries. And then you think about just having to feel safe and his brother couldn't have been said in any better way, no better term, could carry that combination of influences, like the word Allah.
And then another lesson here is that he did it immediately, he immediately broke it to his brother, or his closest brother, it's me, I'm your brother. And this is something we should all do at the first available opportunity. You know, relieve your loved ones of wondering, are you okay? Are you alive? Are things better or not? Don't put them through that. As soon as you can. Connect with them, update them pick up the phone visit. Don't
leave it in limbo, don't leave the unknown. So scorch their hearts. You know, even between spouses. You know, one example I, I think of is that
when a husband and a wife are, you know, having a tense moment in their relationship, and then news of that trickles to the inlaws
aside from like, you know, it escalating with the in laws, at the very least are boiling inside because that's my baby, each of them is thinking about you know, that the husband and the wife, that's my baby being hurt right now it's in pain right now, that so many times because the husband and wife are in the house together, they you know, basically reconcile and things move on. And the parents never get the memo. And so they're still boiling they're still burning, they're still grieving even though the most direct parties involved are like past this so don't do that you know? Okay, so definitely low on actually said that to the province I'll send them in Iowa last time you
spoke to them they were fighting to try to discipline if for How dare you speak to the message of a lot like this raise your voice I guess. Problem solved and told them to leave. And then later on a book is so deep on my saying that probably some did anything wrong or did anything wrong but and this was said in like in good spirits in a light hearted way. But the statement itself is gold and we should all think of it regarding our relationships with our in laws.
He said the statement was when he entered and so you guys are better now. He said, you know, won't you admit me upon your your peace the same way admitted me upon your war to clean and if he said in a coma coma at home, and if you have a coma, you guys were at war and you involve me. So why don't you guys involve me when you guys are you had the truce.
And so usually Salaam jumped on it right away and told him I'm your brother at the first available moment.
Also, he said to him in a hook I'm your brother silencer is, and so don't be saddened. You know, this could be understood in a sense. Like, I'm going to protect you now. But it could also be in the sense that Allah will protect you the same way. He protected me. I mean, it's me, it's useless. It's the one they tried to kill. It didn't work. Allah saved me. He'll save you too. You know, survivor stories are so important. We and these are, of course, an extension of community. You know, the community is so important, so that we don't have to grieve alone, so that we don't have to think we're the only person going through our problems. Seeing people with similar struggles helps us it's
just human nature. You know, that's what she used to say, without level cabling. That's how they tend to NFC, were it not for the fact that everybody was is crying around me, I would have killed myself. She's saying that said like, I'm not the only person that's lost the person in this in this battle or in this tragic incident. Likewise, you know, grieving alone, of course, celebrating alone is also very burdensome on the heart emotionally. But he's telling him, I'm like you, you're I made it. So you're gonna make it to
that is part of our human nature that we want to see people who go through what we go through and have done well, and so I can do well, as well.
And then the next day goes on to say, lm manager has a home beija has him and then when he provided them with their,
their belongings, their provisions, you know, he loaded them up again with goods, right, they come to Egypt to purchase goods. So when he loaded them up again with their goods, jar, let's see if you see
he placed the seafire
The sci fi from Seth all right to give someone to drink this fire is the drinking cup
in his brother saddlebag. Earlier he and his brother Benjamin, I'm gonna call him Benjamin even though it's not confirmed okay? And Benjamin Saddleback so he put it there.
So my than what I've been and then an announcer called out a yet to Hillary row and Nicola Sadie phone, oh, caravan.
You are thieves.
There's a whole lot of eloquence in this. But even before the eloquence just realized that use around a salon now is employing a very deliberate plan to get his way with his brothers. And no matter how burnt out you are by your enemies in life, patience and deliberation and forbearance
are the way to get your best interest secured in this world and the next, you know,
I'm not promoting violence or hostility or anything, but just you know, like, patience works. And in the face of our human hold law, it was said about him that a man came
up to him this man was like a nobleman and I have no place and he slapped him across the face. And so that kind of was shocked like this Bedouin man this out of towners came in and slapped him out of nowhere across the face. So he grabbed his face. And he said Bismillah like, like, Whoa, all right. Good Muslims recommend I'm bringing Allah right. He said, Mr. Miller, they told him what in the world are you doing? He said, I wanted the people to know that I slept say that. The like the the chief of the Arabs, the number one big shot, I slapped him. So from the face was really known for his helmet. He was very forbear, and he was very good at restraining his emotions. And
so he said, I'm not saying
that is say that a lot of that's the chief of the Arabs and he pointed out another guy basically across the street, a guy with a very hot temper. And so the bedroom is like, Oh, yeah, he'll get some. And he goes over to the guy and he slaps him across the face. So the guy quickly grabs his hand takes out his sword and cuts off his arm.
Sorry, I should have done like, you know, trigger warning or something.
And so, an F is looking onto the scene. And then he says, and now a law HIPAA thought
by Allah I'm the one who got off his hat Meaning what? Meaning by my restraint that enabled me to deploy my my revenge I'm not saying be vengeful, I'm not saying you know, you should be inclined to revenge but that is the very idea that
you know, you're not a punching bag for not to being reactionary. No, just be well thought out. You know
in how you protect yourself for the future and how you get justice served all of that stuff. Patience, patience, patience. Do not be a compulsive creature. Let your intellect rein in your passions and find the right balance. And so you somebody said that he said, Okay, I'm gonna do this plant. I'm gonna take the drinking cup of the king belongs to the king and I'm gonna put it inside the saddlebag and then after they leave so I said oh caravan because they already got back together regroup got on the capital side leaving then they call them back. You have to highlight a row in the commissary phone.
Oh, caravan, you are thieves. You guys are stealing.
And there's so much to be said here let me like the scholar said use about a stolen from his great deliberation, he was able to, number one effect his plan and number to not fall into any sort of hot arm with it. Because you think like, first of all, as you know the story, how it's going to unfold is going to get pulled out of his brother's bag. That's going to be like terrifying. Unless his brother knew, they say he must have told his brother and you know from the previous verse, they went off into private, so he probably did tell him I'm gonna I'm about to do this ploy to get you to stay with me and protect you. You know, another thing is they said, Well, how did he call them thieves?
Wouldn't that be hot on one that'd be lying because, you know, he's
the one who put it in the bag. So it's not really true. They're not thieves. He said Well, there's the use of it said I must have tiptoed out of this. You know, it wasn't hot on because either number one, they actually are thieves because they still use a valet salon from his father a long time ago. Or
another way to explain it is that
the announcer and didn't know used to write a sentence plan. So he thought they were thieves. And that's it. He said you are thieves. The Kings. The Kings cup is missing. And he did
Realize that use about a salon was the one to put it in there
and then the verses continue Kahlua arcobello la Hema typically doing they
are approached and turned back because you know you're confident confident people don't shy away from
the, you know the questions, it's tough questions because they know they have nothing to hide they're walking right up to them saying what are you missing? What are you missing so they said enough because while medic we are missing the king's goblet or the measuring cup of the king, the king gave his measuring cup and said use this basically to measure out the rations for people during this famine. So user on Instagram was using that cup. It's called the SELECT FROM slot slot as you know volume of measurement, we're missing the slot of the measuring cup that belongs to the king.
this is going to be a little challenging to explain but there are two times in the surah when CF Kaya is mentioned giving drink
you know in when he was in the prison, the man said I saw in my dream that I am giving drink to my master right and also hombre I'm squeezing pressing grapes making wine so he said he said I'm said that means you're gonna survive, you know you're gonna give drink to your master you're gonna get rehired by the king to be his butler once again. And here again there is the the the drinking utensil of the king
is also going to be the survival of his brother, the rescue of his brother is going to be through the cup of the king.
And that is like very interesting. Why? Because it was called sakaya the drinking cup of the king when it was placed by use of in his brother's bag because it was gonna save his brother's life. But then when it was
his brothers now that are talking about what's missing and what are we looking for. He didn't tell him you're looking for a drinking cup
that he says you're looking for the measuring cup, it's the same cup, but the word drinking which is symbolic of survival is you know water source of life and drinking nourishment and all that stuff doesn't apply to them. This you know, measuring is you know, transactional and it is also involves lots of cheating, lots of cheating happens in measuring the weight on animal Buffy and that whole sort of came down about this issue. The people that you know have shifty hands, they shortchange others they have double standards in their measuring it accidentally rather naseous though fooling with that guy Luma was an army of pseudo and
double dealings in their measurements. So it is very interesting in this in this set of verses in the same cup is called a safe playa when it is being inserted in the bag to rescue the brother. But then when it is about to
be a reason for the brothers to be in a predicament it's no longer called a source of drinking it's called a measuring cup, though it's the same cup anyway that's a reflection some of the scholars gave I hope I did it justice in English
and so they said we're missing the cup of the king in Africa so al Malik Wiley manager at the hem blueberry wannabe his aim and whoever brings it forward I'll give them an extra camel camel load um give I'll give them a monetary reward which is allowed by the way in our Shetty, our province all sudden, you can give someone a monetary reward or even a wage doesn't just have to be you know, like, like salaries basically and and wages based on task. So long as the wager is no I'm not gonna say I'll give you something if you do this work for me that would lead to disputes and in the study, it doesn't allow that. But like prize award salaries, wages, these things are valid
even in some cases in competitions as well. So we're gonna give a whole camera load and I guarantee that whoever pulls this cup out, gets gets the Goblet of the king back for us. Carlota law he now called on him to magic Nelly looks at the flower the woman couldn't have said anything. They said by Allah, we swear by Allah we did not by Allah, you know, you know that we did not come to corrupt the earth. And we did not steal. How do you know because we came back the first time when you put this stuff back in our bags, we came back to pay, you know from our track record, they were referring to their track record as people should, you know.
And so they they returned to Egypt to pay for the first load, and also our beloved our best or the Allahu anhu mother. So However, he said at this area, they were also
Particularly known even among the masses, the lay men in the streets of Egypt to be very honest people, because when they got to the gates of Egypt, the borders of Egypt, they tied they fasten the ropes or straps on the mouths of their camels. So their camels wouldn't just, you know, like, bend down and pick up any foods that are not rightfully theirs, from the people of Egypt, from the marketplaces, from the vegetables from the fruits, from the pastures. And so we brought the money back, you know, we're not corrupt. And you also
saw what we did, we strapped our camels to be extra vigilant about not taking anything without due right. And they swore We swear by a law that you know, that we are honest people. There's also a legal element here, which is, and this is controversial, but many, many of us will have believed this, that it is permissible to swear, when you believe that something is very likely preponderant develop to one, you're almost sure about it. Even if you're not absolutely sure about it, you can swear upon something.
So long as you believe there's a very high likelihood that it's true, even if you're not absolutely certain that it's true.
Carlos maza, who in kuantan, Caribbean, so they were told, what will the punishment be? If you are lying? What will be his punishment, the punishment of the person
that, that stole it?
Who took the cup of the king? Carlo Jessa Whoo hoo, man, would you that fear it he for who? A Who? And if so, who? Just Oh, they said, Whoever his punishment, whoever you find the measuring cup of the king in his luggage, then he himself is the punishment Meaning what? Meaning that he himself becoming your property?
Is the punishment. So the thief gets taken into slavery, for being a thief. Cavalli can agency a volley mean, this is how we repay criminals. This is how we this is how we pay repay criminals. So this was part of the genius. Well thought out methodical plan of use of La Silla. According in Egyptian law, like historians, they say that at the time in Egyptian law, a thief when he's caught stealing, he gets beat up, and he has to repay it.
And so that's not going to be good. That's not what used to happen to his brother. But in their law, in their law in the law of the Israelites, they can nanites can iron right?
There law is different that when someone is stolen, he becomes the property of the one he stole from. And so use of it sent him from his genius is that he relegated them to their law, because they're law, referring them to their own law. They don't know this is what would be in his interest, which is what was secure for him to take his brother.
And so keep in mind, he didn't accuse them use rice and himself didn't accuse them of stealing whatsoever. And even if he would have told us announcer to accuse them of stealing, it still wouldn't have been wrong because they still use about a seller and if he would have taken his brother by force, it would have looked wrong no one knows the real story and it would have also been disclosed his identity. And so he couldn't take it by force he had to take it by law but whose law it had to be their law and so he asked them hey, what do you think a fair punishment is
for someone who steals it
and they said fair's fair the way we see fare cadet again did buddy mean it's how we repay them. We we refer to our law our law is that
they become the slave of the person they stole from they become his property
and so he was able to secure set up the investigation before they opened up the luggage and that's very way and basically when before it even started when the fight before it started, you know referring people to their own
value system, something even the prophets Allah love on him send them did and it is a very useful tool in negotiation and in it's called exam right, holding a person to their own standards, even if you don't believe in them.
And of course, if you do then you do that's even better.
But I'll the example of the that when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was commanded by Allah and Allah shirataki carabin warn your nearest relatives. He stood up on Mount Safa is moving behind verse with their love on him.
He stood up amongst soffa. And he said to his people, if I were to tell you that there was a cavalry back there and army of forces, about to raid, you raid Mecca, would you believe me. And so they said, my job not only kkv, but we've never experienced a single life from you, manager, Rob nanika in Lesotho, we've never experienced anything but truth from you. He said, then, in that case, he after he said, it's a setup right? After you admit this, that it is so for any of your likability I've ever been shady, then you need to know that I am telling you, the person you've never seen lie. He's telling you that I am a warner from God, before the coming of a painful punishment. And so all
the time, this is a great technique to have people arrive at where you want them to be in a in a necessary conversation. You know, it's not healthy to corner people in conversations. But when you need to convince someone of something, hold them to their own words, hold them to their own words, and pressure them based on their own words and their own, you know, reactions.
And there are so many examples of this. But basically, when people try to argue in dialogue with me,
I asked them, What is your rubric? What is your metric for a true prophet for a true religion? What would convince you that this is the true book from God, that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a true prophet from God. If they tell me, you know, something reasonable, I'll give them the proofs because all of our all of our proofs cover you know, every sector of reasonability in our Deen right. And if they say something like, you know that he would have to go out and have to come to me or or no matter what happens, I will not believe and in that case, I can just save my breath and move on to someone who is receptive, who is being reasonable and wants to listen to the proofs.
So, you hold them to their own value system. Before you you go on and you try to impose something that to begin with, they may not concede to.
So those are some scattered lessons and inshallah points of benefits we can take from the sutra or this passage in the sutra. Next week inshallah, we will cover
Yusuf Ali Salaam, having his agents, his workers, open up the luggage, and what will transpire from there and shallow time is like a fan. And please do remember the machine in your donations If the button is there. If it's not, you can find the link on our website. And then last, oh, Jim continued to bless us and you with being near to his book and finding time to study his words and try to draw closer to Him. By his speech and his message alone, I mean, hug along
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