Surah Yusuf #1
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Series: Nouman Ali Khan - Surah Yusuf
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rubbish silly Emily Emily Sania Coleford hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah alihi wa sahbihi Jain about salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Today is the first day that I'm starting, inshallah, a long series on a study of suit use of and I thought the coming month of Ramadan is a really good time to go over one of the most unique sources of the Quran. And I decided to start the series not from the first of Ramadan. But before then because there are lots of things to discuss and its introduction, there's quite a few things I think that are important to take note of and to have ourselves calibrated mentally, spiritually, in the right direction, so we can take full
advantage of what Allah has given us this gift that Allah has given us, in this surah. The first thing to note, of course, is that this was a unique gift given to the Prophet himself, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, anybody who's ever studied the surah knows, one of the most famous things to know about this surah is that it was given to the prophets lie Selim in the year of grief, Ahmed hosen. So his wife Khadija has passed, is the support of his uncle is gone, things in Makkah have gotten way worse than they ever were before. And there was already an opposition, but at least there was some level of family support. But all of that has been evaporated. So it's completely gone. And he's
going through extreme turmoil in the state, not only in his personal life at the loss of loved ones, but now, people have sprung new confidence in being more aggressive towards him. So things have gotten a lot worse for him internally, personally, emotionally, and also from the outside. So from both fronts, he's going through a lot, so a lot more news item. And in that context, Allah gave him the surah. A lot of scholars, when they hear the name, or they when they process the name Yusuf, which is of course, the most, you know, the pretty much the only subject talked about in the surah. With the exception of a few ions in the beginning and a few ions at the end, pretty much the entire
story is about use of rallies around the attribute the word use of to the word SF. And the word SF in Arabic means sadness or sorrow. So they say that the his name has to do with sorrow. And then they kind of extrapolate from that, that so much of his life was spent in sorrow, because he was taken away from his family, he spent so many years of his life in prison. And then even when he had a reunion with his family, they said Ill things about him to his face. So there's lots and lots of sorrow in his life. And that's why his name his use of and this was the year of sorrow for the prophets, I saw them. So that's why he was given this name, I, this is why this surah is important
for the prophets, I saw them. I would argue that the word use of also you have to look at its Hebrew meaning, because it's actually not an Arabic word. It's a, he's one of the prophets of the Israelites. That's very, very clear. In fact, he even mentions his lineage in the surah itself. And clearly His name is actually Hebrew, it's it's, and from the Hebrew origins, it means something else. So but we'll talk about that a little bit later. I will say, though, that I don't dismiss that the Arabic origin should be or the Arabic connection should be considered, because a lot does bring names from other languages into the Arabic, right, so that there's an element of that meaning there.
But to say that's the only meaning there, that's where I don't find myself in agreement. So where do I want to begin with this sort our introducing you guys to the surah. I think the first place to begin is Ibrahim Ali Salaam. You see there are some prophets in the Quran in the study of the Quran that are pivotal, they're absolutely fundamental prophets, you have to know about them, you have to learn about them. And they are talked about more often than anyone else. And the way they are talking about clearly illustrates that their stories and their legacy, and their connections to each other are just of the highest importance. I won't give you a lecture about who those prophets are.
But of them, there are two that I want to mention for now. And one of them is Ibrahim alayhis salam, and the other one is musante. Saddam Hussein Islam I've talked about many times before, he's the most talked about prophet in the Quran. So that's obvious. With Ibraheem alehissalaam it's important to note that Allah calls him calls Islam itself.
Religion of our father Ibrahim, or Abraham, as Abraham is another reading of the same word in the Quran too, right? So when, you know, your Western friends may say Abraham, that's actually not entirely an incorrect pronunciation of the name. It's part of the original pronunciations of the name. But anyway, we are the religion of Ibrahim, that's one of our names. And our profits will alarm Saddam was told to cleanse the house built by Ibrahim al Islam, you can even argue that his Sierra is 23 years, we're actually fulfilling the legacy that was started by his father, the dream of his father, that people people will come to this house from all corners of the world was
fulfilled by the legacy of our Prophet salallahu alaihe salam by the coming of the Quran. So you could see how Ibrahim alayhis salaam is a fundamental importance and understanding everything we can about Ibrahim Alayhi Salam is directly important for our understanding of even our own prophets will alert them because that's in a sense his father, his you know, his patriarch and it's also important that that's his role model. The Allah tells our prophets lie Selim for debit meloetta Ibrahima Hannifin, follow the religion of Ibrahim exclusively, and be solely dedicated to that religion. So even our Prophet is told that at least that was Salam. Anyhow, why am I starting with Ibrahim
Alayhi? salam, if this is sort of use of? Well, Ibraheem alehissalaam it's interesting that the Quran highlights a conversation that happened between him and Allah. That's not found in the Bible. And there's a conversation that you find in the Bible that God has with him, that's not found in the Quran. So the conversation that he has with ally in the Quran is he's worried about his children, that Allah has guaranteed him that he is leaders, a leader over all of humanity in Egypt, locally nasty Mama, when he passed all of the most difficult tests. After all of them, Allah told him I'm making you a leader over all of humanity and his immediate concern was women the reality what about
my children? I'm referring to sort of Bukhara What about my offspring and their kids and their kids and their kids? So he wasn't just worried that Allah has graduated me? Are my kids going to be okay? And Allah said to him, Lionello actually mean, my guarantee doesn't go doesn't cover wrongdoers, I'm making you a promise that I will give you leadership, but leadership is not guaranteed for those who do wrong. So he immediately knew that among his children, they will be wrongdoers. Right that that part we already knew. This is not mentioned in the Bible. This is not talked about in the in the scriptures before or if it was, it's lost. What we have now is a concern of Ibrahim al Islam, that
some of his children will lose their way. Right. And this is this conversation happened after he built the Kaaba along with his satisfy.
And in the conversation, he asked for a profit, meaning from Ibrahim through a smile, Yala, at least give my son a smile among his offsprings, give them a messenger, who will recite your revelations to you, right and so, is my Isla de Salaam, many, many, many generations later, 1000s of years later, you get Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Now there's another conversation, there is a separate conversation. And that conversation is about the child that he's going to have after in a very old age. His name is Huck. And that needs so he's younger than his married ID Salaam. And his Huck has a son named Yaqoob. And Yahoo is going to have 12 sons. They're called the 12, sons of
Yahoo. Yahoo has another nickname in so they're also called the 12 sons of Israel. So let me walk you through that again. Abraham has two famous sons, you've got Ishmael and Isaac is married and this Hawk right from Israel in all of the generations later, eventually you get Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that's the Prophet you get from the children of Israel, through coming back to Abraham and Islam. On the other side, Ibrahim alayhis salam has a son named bizhawk. In very old age, Isaac is Huck has a son named Yaqoob. He has other sons too, but he has a son named yaku. The Quran doesn't talk about his other sons. The Bible does. Okay, but we won't get into that. Anyway. So he has a son
named Jacob or yaku. Yahoo then has 12 sons, one of them is useless. So the thing to note now is, for those of you who didn't know, use of is the grandson of Ibrahim, a great grandson of Ibrahim, so his father is Yakuza prophet. His grandfather is his Hawk, who's also a prophet, and his great grandfather is Ibrahim Ali Salam. So he's third generation now, you know, fourth generation prophecy, one after the other after the other after this is the person that we're talking about now. So he's a few generations separated from Ibrahim Ali Salaam, but he's still carrying the legacy of Ibrahim Ali Salaam. How do we know that actually, later on at one point, Yusuf Ali Salaam is going
to be in jail. And when he's in jail, he's talking to a couple of inmates, and when he's talking to them, he brings up that he belongs to the religion
of his father's. And he first father he mentioned is Ibrahim alayhi salam. So he sees himself connected to that legacy right? Now this is important because just like he's a few generations disconnected but still connected to who, Ibraheem alehissalaam are messengers or Islam is attributing his religion to his father, Ibrahim Ali salam, right we let that be comb Ebrahim, the religion of your father Abraham. So just like he sees Ibraheem alehissalaam as his father figure, our religion and our prophets lysozyme sees Ibrahim Ali Salaam as a father figure. Now, here's where the important stuff begins in the Bible, I won't go into the entire conversation, because that will
come up as we discuss the ayat in detail, the comparative analysis from the Bible. But what I will mention to you for now is God promises Abraham that his children will be as numerous as the stars right and in the in the biblical account. He's been promised the promised land. So the Israelites believe that they were promised the land through a conversation that happened between God and Abraham. That's why they were promised the land. Now the Quran, paints a very different picture. The Quran doesn't talk about the promise of any land. The Quran talks about the promise of being good, so long as are being given leadership so long as they don't do wrong. Right. There's no guarantee of
land and the Quran paints a very different picture of Lin Ibrahim Ali Salaam, himself wandering all over, never in one place. And on top of all of that, Allah says in the Quran in the DRC
my land is vast, worship only me. So the land is in anybody's, it belongs to Allah. And eventually when Abraham Elisa does want his family, his children to settle, what is he's not interested in them having a homeland, he's interested in them coming to his house. So instead of them having a home, he's more interested in them coming to Alaska, last house says a big contrast between the biblical picture that's being painted for the promise of Ibraheem alehissalaam and the Quranic picture that's being painted. But this is important because the cycle the religious identity of the Jewish people, and the religious identity of the Christian people also is very fundamentally tied to the
conversation, especially the Jewish people with Abraham Elisa. Now, to this day, politics is affected because of a claim to land and date from a religious point of view. They believe that land was promised to them through Ibrahim alayhis salam, right so that's that's part of this narrative. Now. The thing is in the Quran, okay, coming back to that, why is use of Elisa is so important, because Allah gave the Israelites more profits than any other people are and describes that as football nakoma on an island mean, football to come on an island mean, I gave you preference over all other nations and all other people of the world. I give you more miracles, I give you more
blessings, I gave you more profits than anybody else. Our Prophet would tell us about them about the Israelites, Israel. When I say Israelites, what do I mean? The sons of which prophet yaku the sons of Yaqoob and their children and their children and their children, right? Allah says about them these you know that he gave them more blessing than any other our Prophet tells us good llama holla cantabrian Hello fnbo every time one of their profits would die, another would take his place. Another would take him so literally they had every generation of profits, sometimes multiple profits in one generation. But the legacy of the Israelite prophets and by the way the majority of the
prophets talked about in the Quran. The majority of the prophets talked about in the Quran are Israelite prophets. This is also important to know they're from the Isaac line is haka la Salaam is mentioned iacobelli salaam is mentioned in that then you know, Yusuf Ali Salaam is mentioned. Then after that you've got the Israelite prophets like cerca de la Samia, Holly Salaam, you've got you know, the clumsily finally Salaam wa salatu salam, we already mentioned several times, how do you prophet after prophet after prophet if they belong, if, if you look at who belongs to one family more than any other, that would be the Israelite prophets. They are a big deal in the Quran, too.
They're a big deal in the Quran too. But then turning into a nation and prospering as a people and having as many children as the stars as the imagery is in the Bible. All of that actually starts with use of alleys.
And you know, the Old Testament, the final portion of the old test, you know, in the book of Genesis, the last story is actually that of Joseph, it's this story. And then from there on in the next book, subsequent books, it's basically predominated by the story of musasa. Now, why because the Moses story, the Moses story could not exist without the use of story.
They couldn't exist. So now think about that, not from a Jewish and Christian point of view. Think about that from a Muslim point of view.
How much of the Quran is taken up by Israelite prophets? How much of the Quran is taken up by the account, especially of Masada, Islam, and Islam, versus the Pharaoh, how much of it and none of that guidance that we have until Judgment Day, is that history doesn't play out until the events happen. That happened in the life of Yusuf Ali Sam. So he's of pivotal importance from a historical point of view. And of course, the people before us understood that the people of Scripture, they look at this as a such an important, you know, part of their legacy and their history, because the, you know, we use of La Salaam, he is, it's because of him that his family left canon, the canon, right, or canon,
and they left from there, and came all the way to Egypt. Right, so they ended up in Mississippi. And in Egypt, they settled, they were given good housing, they were given good economic status because Yusuf Ali Salaam saved the Egyptian people, because of his interpretation of a dream. All of that's coming later on. Now the Israelites are settled, now they start becoming a prosperous people. And they start multiplying. And there's many of them until eventually, a couple of generations later, the Egyptian powers start seeing them as a foreign threat. There's too many foreigners here, we got to do something about them. And over time, they're turned into slaves. And that's when the story of
Mousavi Salaam takes place. Right? So you've got this chronology, that starting if you basically you can't understand musala Islam without understanding Yusuf Ali son from a history point of view. So Allah has given our prophets I send them a profound historical gift, in giving him the story of Yusuf Ali Salaam and setting the record straight. But in this part of this introduction, what I wanted to say a few other things, few other pointers. One of them is that what Allah has given to the prophets, I saw them in the Quran is so different about Yusuf is so different from what a lot, what you find with the previous people in the Bible with Joseph, it's so different. And inshallah,
point by point as we go through the story, I'll try to illustrate to you how it's different. But the most important difference is how the story is being told, not just what's being said, how it's being said, because to Allah in this, in this surah, you'll find this as an incredibly intimate, personal, emotional surah, where every single event that is so close to the heart, is mentioned in so much you and I can learn from our personal for our personal lives is like, you know, injected into virtually every idea of the solar. So while the people before us looked at the solar for its historical importance, and the Birth of a Nation. And it's, you know, it's even political importance and the
importance of it from a civilization point of view. The Quran acknowledges that in the background passively. But the Quran is far more concerned with the personal story of use of Elisa Lam, with the personal story of his brothers, with the personal grief and pain of yahoo. bodyslam. So it's an extremely personalized surah of the Quran. You know, it's a very different take on history, if you study history, right? history is almost non emotional. History is just part and dry facts. It doesn't connect, it doesn't bring you to tears. But this is a story that demands that you connect to a deeply as a matter of fact, by the end of this story, Allah says that in in the way that Allah
tells their stories, there's a blah, blah in Arabic, they translate that in English translation, they say it's a, it's a lesson like that kind of same era, right? in their stories, there's a blah, blah means a lesson. But Alba in Arabic actually means to cross over water. So when you go from one end of the river to the other, crossing over, that's Abra, which is a good play on interesting play on words, because they crossed over eventually. Right. So that's an interesting play on words. But the other thing also is an Abra is used when you hear a story or you hear something that touches you so much that the tear crosses over, and comes from the inside of your eye and it comes out. So he
says, in their stories, especially in this one, there are things that will move you to tears. That's what a lie himself says. So this is his way of telling the story. This is his way of narrating that account. Now before I wrap up, this first session of the introduction is going to take me a couple of days to finish this introduction. But I wanted to share a couple of really quick things I've talked about the you know about the connection to Abraham Elisa and a little bit. I've talked to you about the Arabic origins of the name, maybe we'll go into the Hebrew origins of the name maybe a challenge in the subsequent session. I also want to tell you something that has been tried by
desperate theologians from a Christian point of view, to retell or reinterpret the story of use of the Jews. We understand why it's important for them
Most people, the Israelites, why use of Holly's lamb is important. That's clear. I mean, literally, he's the son of Israel, right? And they're called the sons of Israel. So he's the original son of Israel. So that's why that's important. From a Christian point of view. Paul presented the idea that Jesus didn't come to the Israelites that Jesus came for all of humanity, that Jesus is the salvation for all human beings, all people, all nations. And this became a problem, because the Bible clearly says, I have come for the loss, soul lost sheep of the sons of Israel, Jesus as a clearly and openly I came for the Israelites. And in the Quran, he doesn't say people, he says, you have a nice law, he
says, sons of Israel, I'm a messenger of Allah to you. So Quran makes a clear and biblical evidence makes it clear that that Jesus came specifically for the Israelites like all of the other Israelite prophets. In fact, he's the last of them to come specifically to the Israelites. That's the that's the key. Now, and actually, this is why they had a problem with him, because he didn't come to the Israelites. So the Jews of Medina, the Israelites of Medina, had a problem with Mohammed silence. Because No, well, we don't accept prophets unless they come specifically to us. Now this time, he was sent to all of humanity. But the Christians have a completely different take. The Christians
wanted to create a to believe in the doctrine that internationalize is Christianity, we don't want it to be for the Israelites, we want it to be for all of humanity. And Paul presents this notion, right that it's for all of us, we have to save all of humanity with the blood of Christ and all of it right. Now, in order to do that, you have to go back to the prophets stories. And you have to find some way of justifying that, you know, prophets, even Israelite prophets can be International. So therefore, inside Islam was an international prophet. So the first case study would be this one. Why? Because Yusuf Ali Salaam, moved from Canada, from his family, and he came and he helped with
his interpretation of the dream, he helped the Egyptian people. Right, so clearly, he wasn't limited to the Israelites, he helped the Egyptian people, therefore, we gotcha, we got Oh, is this such a stretch to? Like, it doesn't even go into the spirit of the story is even a messenger to the Israelites? Is he preaching to them? You know, or what is his legacy stand for all of that pushed aside, just to pick point, you know, pull something as an evidence to justify something completely unrelated. Right, so these desperate kinds of attempts, I point that out not to criticize the Christian attempt, but actually to point that out a certain kind of mentality. Revelation speaks for
itself. When you try to dig into revelation, to justify a conclusion you've already made, there's a big problem, because then your conclusion is higher, and revelation is lower.
And you need to use revelation, to only strengthen your point,
your conclusions should always come second, your humility to Revelation should come first. And you come to Revelation without any conclusions. And you let Allah Himself give you conclusions. You don't come to it with conclusions to prove your point. Or I already have my point. Now I'm gonna dig around in the Quran to find how I can prove it. That means your mind your opinion, your thesis, your theory, is above the word of Allah. And the word of Allah is just some evidence you can use to furnish, as you know, a reference is just a reference. That's all it is. How is that regard for the word of Allah? How is that humility for the Word of God? How is that humility? So this is something
I know, don't just say this as Christian, some Christians have done this. I say that Muslims do this. I say that Jews do this. I say that anybody who takes the wrong approach towards revelation will fall into this trap. And that's something to be warned about, as we introduce ourselves to the sort of the last thing I'll share with you. And that's where the fun begins. Tomorrow is something that happened with me almost a decade ago.
I was studying, you know, different stories of the Quran and particularly I have a fascination with with Musa alayhis salam. And I was studying sulit
cos, so to Casa surah, number 28. It tells the Early life of Moosa when he was a baby, you basket, that part of the story, right? And later on, it mentioned some of the comments of the pharaoh when he was introduced to the message of Islam. So I want you to pay attention to this. It's all coming back to you. So, okay. So the pharaohs says something that hit me. He says Maha that he loves Yamato. This is the pharaoh talking. Once he's heard the message of Musa Okay, so he says, Mahara Illa Tara, this is nothing but magic that's been made up. This is creative magic. Well, my assignment now be harder for a BA in a winning this is the part. He says we've never heard of
anything like this. Since our earliest ancestors. We never heard of anything like a prophet or one God.
Revelation or heaven in hell? What is this stuff? We've never not us, not our ancestors. I've never ever heard anything like this. Okay? So the first part, he just calls it magic that's creative. But the second part your attention needs to be on the second part. He says, we've never heard of this. The Pharaoh says, we've never heard of this. Now, when he said that, I was kind of struck. Because I was already My mind was already traveling in a direction where I thought there has to be a connection between Yusuf Ali Salaam, and Mussolini. And now I know that historical connection, they're both Israelite prophets. They're both they have something in common. They're both in Egypt,
right? They're both in Egypt. But there was something more in common between them. Here we are studying solid use. So the use of one of its pivotal eye art in the beginning is nanoco, SWALEC Arsenal, casas, we are telling you the best, we have the best way of telling us the narrative, the narrative causes. And surah number 28, which is not about use of it's about Moosa is called El cosas.
So this one in the beginning uses the term causes and that surah itself is called causes. And I said there has to be a Quran connection between these two, but I didn't think much of it at the time, then what really hit me so about a decade ago, is when I heard Pharaoh say, and I never thought about it before. The Pharaoh says, I've never heard of anything like this. We've never heard of anything of this since our early ancestors.
But the question is, did they? Because Yousuf was in Egypt, right. And he wasn't just any person who people never listened to. He In fact, save the kingdom of Egypt. So he's a pretty important historical figure. How can use a very some, there's no way he was silent about what he believes he wasn't even silent in prison.
How is he going to be silent when he's Minister of Finance, or the vice president of the country, he's going to be silent about what he believes in. And then after he's publicly had a reunion with his family, which is going to happen in this surah, when he has a reunion with his family, his family's there in the parliament? Because what I thought about why he allowed he put his parents on the throne. He raised where's the throne? throne is out in his house. Where is it? It's in the government building. So they're discussing Allah's grand plan of reuniting the family and thanking Allah, and by dream came true. And the prophecy, they're discussing all of that inside an Egyptian
palace, can you imagine?
And any conversations that publicly happened inside a government building? Aren't they part of public record? Aren't they don't they become part of history? This is not some private secret conversation and putting somebody on the official government chair, the throne, is that a small thing? That's a pretty big thing. How come? There doesn't seem to be how come the pharaoh can see with such confidence? We've never heard of anything like this. So my mind was kind of wondering for what the answer could this to this could be until I reached surah number 40. So number 40, is called so with Lafitte. It's also called pseudo min, the surah of the believer. It's called a pseudo of the
believer because that's what our contains a very long speech given by a very special man. This man is not a prophet. This man is believed to be a good friend of Musa. He was a police officer. Early on in Moses life when he accidentally punched when you punch someone and accidentally killed him. That police officer secretly had already become Muslim. And he was part of a meeting in which he found out that the police is trying to kill Musashi Salaam without a trial. As soon as they find him, they'll kill them. But he they don't know that he's Muslim, that he believes in the God of Musa and they don't know that he's friends with masa. So he secretly goes to Moosa tells him you need to
get out of here and the like. I mean, I'm not saying By the way, all of this is sort of causes. So number 28, he tells him to get out of here. He was the one that saved musala Sam's life and helping him escape Egypt, telling him don't come back. Don't turn yourself in, because the cops won't arrest you, they're gonna kill you fine.
In surah, number 40, the pharaoh says he's had enough this is many years later, Moses back, the signs have taken place in all of it. The Pharaoh says I've had enough of Musa I'm ready to kill him.
I've had even though he's family, I love him. I'm ready to kill him now. And that friend of use of he must have been promoted by now. So he must be a police chief, or a commissioner or a general one of his generals. So he's in the military meeting,
where they're discussing the execution of Moosa. Now with Pharaoh in the court.
He couldn't take it anymore. He was secretly hiding his faith.
But he opened up, he opened up and he said what occurred? So he starts talking to them about
How can you hate someone who calls to one God? What are you doing? We're called, we're asking for our own destruction. And I'm inviting you guys. To understand this sorta just do a cursory reading of sort of 40 and his monologue. Imagine him standing in the corner of the pharaohs, going at it. giving this speech is so powerful, it became part of the Quran. Can you imagine? Rarely do you find this length of a speech from a single prophet that you find from this man in the Quran? It's It's a special place. But one of the things he said, Man, I kid you not. If I didn't fall off my chair, I purposely fell off my chair.
Whether cuz john accom, used to for many of
us have had definitely come to all of you before remember.
He's telling the Egyptian Parliament who had come to you before us have so he's telling can he's educated, trained in Egypt, by them. And they he went to their schools, their military schools, he took their history classes.
And in their history classes, what did they learn about a man named Yusuf? And he's referring to what they already know. and telling them by the way, why is Why are you acting like you don't know anything that you Moosa is talking about? This sounds exactly like who you serve. This sounds exactly like him, you know all of this already. What do you what do you mean you've never heard of it, he calls them out. He calls them out. And he even says, had that either halakhah until the time when use have died. Ultimately ever after law home and by the he'll Sula. You people have the audacity audacity to say, Allah will never send a messenger after this, Allah will never send a
messenger after this. This is what you all said, when you have died. It's on record.
It's an Egyptian record. He's citing Egypt. He's not citing the Bible. He's not citing some scripture. He's citing Egyptian history, and telling me to Egyptian politicians and military commanders and telling you you are the people who said, God will never send another messenger. I'm adding my personal interpretation here, what I think I've shared with a couple of scholars, and they kind of they're inclined towards this, but they're not fully convinced. I'm pretty convinced. Here's what I believe. What I believe is Yusuf Ali Salaam before he died, let them know that after me, a messenger will come to you.
I'm telling you, Allah sent me to save you, Egypt. But if you don't accept this message, just like Allah sent me to save you from turmoil, it may be that Allah will send a messenger and if you don't listen to him, what happens to every other nation will happen to you, when you reject the messenger, you will be destroyed. And you were so confident when he died because you appreciated his political and economic service. But you didn't appreciate his religion too much. And you said yeah, he talked about a messenger will come in no messenger come in. And now you've got this general in Parliament saying, remember when you said, There is no other messenger coming. And here we have who Moosa right
here. In other words, musalman salaams legacy is so intimately tied to Yusuf Ali salam, that even the worst of the disbelievers, the pharaohs, they recognized it.
They recognized it as a very powerful connection. And if Musashi Salaam is the most talked about prophet in the Quran, messenger in the Quran, then there is no way that we can, we can underestimate the value of this of the life and the legacy of use of Islam, because they're intimately tied to each other. So this is what led me to explore the connection. This was the starting point, this discovery was the starting point of me trying to explore the connection between Yusuf Ali Salaam, and musala Islam beyond the obvious beyond the fact that they were just both in Egypt, beyond the fact that they were both, you know, messengers of Israel, you know, beyond the beyond that there's a
there's a recollection of the two with each other. What else connects these two together, especially from a Koran point of view. So when I started exploring this, I found more things than I ever imagined. I didn't find them in a Tafseer book or in a literary analysis book. These are sort of my own discoveries. I wrote a word about them on Facebook, I think a long time ago. But before we get started on the story of Yusuf Ali Salaam, I will walk you through those parallels, because this is the Qurans way of telling stories to make those connections, right, so you're never reading or learning something in isolation, you're learning it in connection to something you're learning in
connection to something so inshallah Allah will cover some of that. And then after that, we'll talk a little bit more about some of newzoo and then we'll get into the art themselves. Just to give you guys my plan for Ramadan. My sessions will be probably around 30 minutes, the intro sessions may be a little longer because I want to get some other some longer stuff out of the way. But my regular sessions will be about 3035 minutes at the most, there'll be around our motive here is a
Eight o'clock central time, so there'll be around 8:30pm my time and but it shifts by a minute or two. So we're starting at 830 Central and it'll, it'll move from there, inshallah, I'll try to keep up with all 30 days to do these sessions. And I'm starting tonight so this was my first session and from now until the end of Ramadan, inshallah, I'm going to try to do as much as we can from the surah I am not promising you that we're going to finish this.
All I am saying is we're going to do what we can I'm, I don't like to rush through a study of a surah or the teaching of a surah. So if it takes us two years to go through to see if I'm okay with that, but at least we're getting a kickstart in the month of Ramadan in sha Allah. So my recommendation to all of you is to if you'd like to, you know, keep up with it. I've asked my colleague chefs to hypsi to actually recite a couple of shots of the surah everyday and put it up on his Facebook page and probably haven't put on put it on his YouTube page too. So if you guys want to like learn to memorize the surah even recited Little by little, get on that so that okay, after 30
days, you came out with some more Quran than you used to have before right? That's what I'd like you to have I'd like you to have a you know, when what by the time Ramadan ends, okay, you don't know everything about the Quran, but you know some things more and you have a deeper connection with some part of it that you didn't have before and you have the blessing of having memorized it. So you can pray with it. You can cry with it, cry with it to Allah, you know, cry with you in your empty moments. That's the most valuable gift that Allah can give us his tears from our eyes. When we recite his words may Allah azza wa jal bless all of us with genuine tears and genuine Toba and
accepted worship in this coming month of Ramadan. barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakato