Best of Stories – Study of Surat Yusuf 25
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Smilla hamdulillah SAPA salam ala Rasulillah veterinarian we in the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah and mais find his peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his family in his companions and all those who tried his path will welcome everyone back to the best of stories.
The Quranic telling of the story of Yusuf alayhi salatu salam and some of the lessons there in last week together we arrived at Yusuf alayhi salam
would it be appropriate to say dropping the bomb on his brothers just
the most unexpected thing in the world and the greatest shocker and the most humiliating reintroduction to their brother they found out who he was, and ultimately he forgave them as we discussed in last week's talk.
Now we move on to the instructions he gave them upon forgiving them and promising not to condemn them.
Use of Alehissalaam said if Habu be a communist we have for Al KU who alleged he Abbe de basura what Dooney via helical majoritarian take this shirt of mine, and lay it over my father's face, he will return to being someone with eyesight yet he will see it or he will recover his sight. And bring me your whole family. What Tony and come to me be Alikum with your family, all of them.
You know, a very
honest confession I will make about this idea is that only when studying this surah
this time did it fully register for me that this was not the same shirt. Like this shirt is reoccurring in the story of use of at least a level over and over again. And there's a lesson in the recurring recurrence of the shirt in principle shirts keep showing up. But these are different shirts. And for some strange reason that never that very basic, simple, obvious fact never registered in my head as I read the surah except in this
study of it, this current one and that is a lesson for me and for anyone that we need to keep revisiting that.
This Quran as some have said is like a friend, and you know, your friends only disclose to you their secrets. When you spend more and more time with them. That's when you earn to know their secrets. The Prophet SAW Selim did say that you know, a person that is Sahiwal Quran, the companion of the Quran will come on the day of judgment and find the Quran interceding for them. And may Allah make us of those people. But yeah, you have to just spend more and more time and you'll realize that, you know, the most basic elements sometimes are hidden from us for a wisdom that Allah only knows and for a dedication that Allah subhanho wa Taala elites. And so that was my discovery, that this is a
new shirt. This is not the shirt in the beginning of the story, how could it be the brothers took the shirt, and they showed it to the Father, they threw some blood on it to remember. And so this is a new shirt for a new day. It heralds a new day. This is a day to forget, you know the that other shirt that was supposedly ripped by the wolf
you know, today's the day to just very the excruciating years that have passed and
it's a shirt that only
kings possess. You know, that's what many of them for Ceylon mentioned that the shirt was a symbol of the king or of royalty at large, we don't, you know, have clear proof that use of La salon officially became the king even if he may have been de facto just because he's the king is no longer mentioned in the story. As we discussed in episodes prior, he clips is the king but as they actually take the the chair or the office of the king, we don't know. In any case, it is a shirt of royalty. And the scholars mentioned that a long time ago the same way a king would give his seal right like his ring that He seals with to someone to represent him and it was known that he must be coming from
the King. Likewise, it was the shirt is special kinds of shirts made from special kinds of fabrics apparently, that prove that this came from
royalty and so this taking that into context, this is a shirt that use about a celeb is asking to be brought back to his father that his father would recognize only royalty could have. And so not just are the brothers being honest. But it's now time it's to declare a new age and new day. This is time for the jacobellis Salam
To finally discover, that forget the rulers of Egypt, that the King of Kings Allah subhanho wa Taala what he has actually done from above his Mighty Throne subhanaw taala with his son who's been gone for so long
and so it's a new shirts for a new day coming from royalty to signify to his father that didn't evil are not contained in objects good and evil are contained in human actions. And that's a profound lesson for people that may
lose sight of that. We give artificial value to things that are actually valueless. It is really about what we do with them. Their value is relative to our usage of them. Then the next verse
says What am I for solitary and then as the caravan sets out meaning from Egypt call Abu whom their father says meaning back where he is
in Nila edgy do very high use of I find the scent of Joseph. The presence of Joseph. I sense Joseph. I you know, it's not even like
I'm imagining no Hi Fi experience this is real. If there's something very obvious Joseph is back, Lola and Tiffany Dune, even though
you may think that I am too funny, don't like,
have become senile, even though you may think I'm senile. I sense Joseph. You know, Abdullah had not best just to explain what the Allah who I know.
He said about this verse that Allah subhanho wa Taala calls they when they breeze to pick up and to carry the scent of that shirt, they just left Egypt with the scent of use of shirt to his father, even though between them was an eight days journey, eight days before they arrived, is mentioned to see the horse will be a few days before they arrive.
The father was smelling the scent of Joseph Eve, and he's saying I know you're gonna think I'm crazy.
You know, of the lesson here is that this is a miracle for use of or for his father, or for both of them. Rajgira hammer has it is seems to be more for the father than anyone else.
Like a gift and honoring for the Father for your whole ballet setup. But in any case, this is a miracle, but it's also not so much meaning it is it should not surprise us. You know, what is the difference between Allah subhanho wa taala, enabling Jacoba his salam to smell something from you know, miles and miles and miles away. Like you're gonna say that super human human smelling humans can't smell like that. Well, okay, they can't but only because Allah determined that we have a certain capacity for our smell that What about the animals that can smell like that? Who gave them that ability? Who gave you know, they say that a shark smells blood, you know, the tiniest droplet
of blood through the water from so far away, you know that they have
you know, zoologist have these studies where they say that, like a black bear a grizzly bear, he tracks, you know, straight line, he goes in a straight line for 18 Miles meaning which proves that he's heading in a very clear direction, where he smells, you know, like, moose or something like that some sort of carcass or an animal to eat? How can he smell something from 18 miles away? Who gave him that power? It was Allah subhanaw taala. And, you know, as she has an Allen, have you Lola, one of our mentors
and advisors at the Athena Institute, he says, you know, people are always asking for miracles, asking for miracles. He goes, there are miracles everywhere around us. It is not the absence of miracles that stopping you people from faith. It is the presence of arrogance, not the absence of miracles. And that's a powerful lesson. You know, Muslim is very rational in believing in miracles and,
and that signs of God are all around us if we can just shed our arrogance. You know, even our chef Dr. Heiser has also often says that, you know, isn't it sad how some scientists today, all they can see like they're incapable of seeing past the molecules, you know, and the atoms of our physical material world, they can't see past that they never once realize what is beyond that. That in a sense is a form of blindfolding. It's sort of blindness. Like instead of being driven to God, by the incredible potential, the incredible design, incredible power and potency, of these creations, that we can see even better now, because of telescopes and microscopes. were driven away from God by
these things, but there's miracles all around us. And so Allah, you know, cause this
See heightened ability to smell Yusuf alayhi salam from such a far distance, nothing hard to believe there whatsoever. But it was certainly was a form of honoring for Jacoba his Salam and or his son.
And Dr. Alamy
in his in his book on on tafsir sort of the use of he adds here that isn't a ton of like the, the rare and fascinating events in human history, that those carrying this time to prove use of Alehissalaam was alive, which brought which is about to bring great joy to their father, are the very same people who carried a shirt in the past to prove that user value salaam had died, which brought so much grief to their father
is just amazing, that Allah subhanaw taala had that in store for them. And then he says lo learn to find the dune you know, even though you're going to think I'm crazy or think I was crazy old man senile.
And that is the next verse Carlota Lohan Nicola Theodoric of Kadeem, they say by a law, you are still in your body helical Kadeem, your old confusion, your old misguidance they don't mean religious misguidance they mean misguidance in his discretion, if they met religious misguidance they would not be Muslim, because this is a prophet of God, right. So they immense becoming senile, which is still horrible, right? And this is even worse than their sons, right? So these are like the grandchildren, and, or whomever else. These could include the grandchildren, right, the sons of jacobellis Salaam are on their way back from Egypt. And so these people here are worse than them.
Because they're saying they're swearing by Allah.
To his face, they're not even saying like in the beginning of the story, that brother said, Our father is misguided, right for preferring use of their swearing by Allah to yahoogroups face Allah his setup
about any event that took place before they were born, which is the quote unquote preferential treatment of Fulbright a synonym
or disproportionate love. They already said I'm had for use of. And is there a lesson here? Absolutely. I mean, assuming that among them were their sons. We know for sure they had sons, the children of Israel, right came from somewhere, right?
So beware of the seeds that you plant, you know, a crime you commit could
grow exponentially and worse than it can be committed by those who receive the baton from you and watch you as they grow and follow in your footsteps like your children, right? And that is why, you know, the scholars of all these disable burly men, either Mata Mata Tamara who say, to lucky person is the one the fortunate person is the one who when he dies, his sins die with him. That's what we want. We want our sins not continue after us, meaning the sinful lives of others that we influenced that those are our sins living after us. So we have to be very careful of the seeds that we plant and know that
this will all come back for us or against us. That's why for example, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, and hater Abdullah in this road Are they behind so I heard about it and elsewhere? Ma'am enough sin tokoto Volman il Allah Nina double O Allah. Ki Fleming with Rihanna who a woman said no, but that there is no murder that ever happens on Earth, except that on Adams first son, the very first forefather, right the first murder, right forefather of murder. Adams first son, the one who killed his brother
on Adams first son is a share of that sin because He was the first person to
initiate murder, he was first person to introduce murder into the human race will air the villa May Allah Subhana Allah protect us. And, you know, also of the lessons here is that we do this a lot as well we have this horrible
tendency as human beings to accuse people of misguidance based on our subjective, you know, beliefs, right, like, how do you describe as misguidance Laleli Mubin are the radical Kadeem who he loves, you know, like, that's not guidance or his guidance. It's something in the heart. That's like saying people that love chocolate, they're misguided and people that love vanilla or guided or like certain kinds of coffee or, you know, we have to be very careful of assuming that our subjective preferences or even our objective, you know,
beliefs that we think are objective, but they're not clearly true. They're not absolute truths. You have to be very careful, right? A person could be wrong and still not misguided. You know, that's still a,
an excess that we fall into. And also another horrible, you know, tendency that we have, which is I reflect and we should think about is the horrible tendency to over accuse or prematurely accused the elderly with being senile many times
for whatever reasons, we say, oh, man, it's just he's just persons just, you know, they've lost their marbles. This person just, you know, crazy old person. And just because we don't understand what they're saying or just because we assume that everything is coming from a place of you know, this orientation and lack of perception or old old school ways or otherwise this is a very horrible tendency. And it is very important to revive and remind that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said lay some in MLM you up there can be Iran our Hamza Liana Well, if the Alameda Hatco he is not one of us.
The those who do not revere the elders and have mercy on the youngsters and recognize the right of our learning of our scholars, scholars of sacred knowledge in particular. So they say you are in your whole misguidance once again.
Then Allah azza wa jal says phylum and Jaya Al Bashir ro Alka who Allah YG allergy that when the bearer of good news first person arrived with the good news came he he laid it the cast this shirt over his face for 10 Devil Sierra and so he regained his eyesight he returned to being someone with vision he returned his vision returned to him and he said LM Aquila, calm Didn't I tell you our LM you know me I remember when Allahu Allah Tala moon that I know from Allah that which you don't know.
Meaning What's wrong with you? Why didn't you believe me? Allah told me this. Allah told me, you know,
things that make me hopeful. And
why didn't they believe because it doesn't make sense to them. It's been so long, it's pretty clear usage is gone right now, or that we'll never see him again if he's not dead. But, and that is, you know, a shout out to him alone. He spoke about this idea. He said, and this is, you know, the epistemic framework of the believer, the believer Where are Where are his sources of truth, the believer should never be mistaken. That revelation, of course, when understood correctly, is truth. And so the prophets are muscled, they're infallible in the Revelation they receive from Allah and relate to the people, they have a direct, you know, protected link of communication with Allah
Subhana Allah data, the fact that you may think that something is not rational, is irrelevant, because people's rationales are all different. So they can't, it's too, you know, unstable of a gauge of a metric, you know, and some things have to stay beyond our rationale or else we're not submitting to Allah, we're submitting to what we have concluded makes sense. And so rationale has no place in offsetting revelation. That is extremely important.
Some things are just super rational, which means beyond the rationale, so don't ever be lie them even if you don't understand them, he said to them, I know from Allah what you don't know, you know, how can you think I'm wrong? And also this I could recite it as proof that there is nothing wrong with reminding others of previous times when you are correct, so long as it wasn't a hunch, so long as you weren't just guessing. Because in that case, you are telling them you are excused for not following my assertion following my my advice, but if you just like guessed something, and it came out, right, you can just say, See, told you so it doesn't count. But there's nothing wrong and
nothing arrogant with citing the past as a source of credibility on your, your correctness, you're rightly guided adness
and so at that point called lujah, Abba, and they said, Oh, our father
stuff Atlanta zunow Bana. seek forgiveness pray for forgiveness for us for our sins. In Hakuna Halloween, we were certainly sinful, we were certainly faulty.
So they just said our sins, period, they didn't detail it and that's the right thing to do. When you want someone to forgive you for something or to pray for Allah to forgive you for something you don't retell the story because that could open up wounds.
You know, when you backbite someone some scholars are to be honest, the majority of scholars say go tell them I am not very convinced of this opinion.
Unless they already knew so if they already knew then you asserting Yes, I did. Please forgive me. But if they didn't know
Backbiting is haram so that
we don't ruin the fabric of trust and, you know, solidarity and love between the people. And so if they didn't find out you don't go tell them right? You say I have to give them their rights back. Yeah, but this defeats the whole purpose of the prohibition of backway give them the rights back if you stole money or took money and you have to give it back, that's their right. But this only just boiled our hearts over. And so it would be better for you to praise them in the gatherings that you've insulted them or for you to
pray for them in place of you know, your criticisms or your mockery of them.
But when you're in front of them don't retell the story. That's the whole point before so that we don't just branch out too far.
And you know, they said in Hakuna Matata and we make mistakes when a person asserts their mistake and they you know, appear remorseful then we should try that's when we should try to be forgivable forgiving of people.
And people make mistakes. I mean, According to some scholars, these became prophets, right? Some scholars reject that notion because prophets even before they come become prophets, would not commit something this atrocious as if Nicosia, Rama Allah said, but they were definitely righteous people after that,
and so that's another lesson on its own that some people make mistakes and they're not, you know, ultimately forever horrible people because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, in MLM Allah will have our team what matters most are the actions we seal upon how things end, you know, slumps. Panama is such an optimistic religion, such a hope filled religion that we are told, no matter what your past is, you're still not doomed. It's not over till it's over. Allah will continue to accept your repentance Malamute out of there, so long as his soul his throat doesn't rattle meaning with the soul as it exits.
And so the past does not determine your future or your destiny in Islam.
And so they sought forgiveness.
And they started from a profit and seeking Do you know, supplication from righteous people, so long as they're alive, of course, not going to the grave and speaking to them as if they're Semia only Allah is all hearing. Only Allah is eternal in every living, right? Seeking derived from the righteous also of the ways you get your door accepted. And then the last verse I will mention
all myself, I still feel like I'm Robbie. He said, I will ask my Lord to forgive you know, who was awful Rahim. He is the Forgiver He is the Most Merciful. Why did he say I will ask Allah to forgive you? Why didn't you just say ALLAH forgive them? The scholars discussed, you know, many possibilities.
And they're worthy of discussing because Allah subhanho wa Taala did tell us that he deferred it or that he said, I will write there's no extra words in the Quran. There's a meaning there. And so Allah Subhana Allah wants us to think about the meaning.
And so some said he wanted to defer it to the best possible time like the end of the night, right where your eyes most accepted or Jumaa time said.
Other said, he wanted to make them feel like I'm not going to make this drive for you until I examine your condition. Because you've, you've acted regretful in the past, and I've seen critical crocodile tears from you prior. Other said that he wanted to wait till he asks you so far, he said, um, because Yusuf was the most wronged party here. And so if he forgives them, then I'll ask Allah to forgive them.
And you know, that's very wise of him, right? Do not endorse someone or dismiss someone or forgive someone right away, there's no reason to.
If you have not confirmed that they're, they're needing to be forgiven.
And it could have also meant some of the scholars said it could have meant I will seek forgiveness for you at a later time in the sense that your crime is so big that I need to pick the best time for it. So in almost to tell them you need to realize the gravity of what you've done.
But other scholars said, towards the same justification, but I will seek forgiveness he meant I will continue not that I'll do it only later and not now that he meant I will continue to seek forgiveness for you. And that also would be an inference to the fact that your sins are unlike others. And so the permissibility of delaying do offer a better time and previous permissibility of delaying a good deeds such as forgiveness, for a greater benefit or to ensure greater interest that's that's fine as well.
And then the next scene sha Allah is when they enter upon use of Allah His Salam altogether in Egypt. I recited that verse at the onset of this talk, but I'll I'll combine it together the entrance with the conversation and the dua of use of Ali Salam. In our session together next week in sha Allah is likely to fade on board Claudia said I want to go back to live where a cattle Subhanak Allah on the conviction to Allah Allah Hernandez the Filipina to Lake