Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Series: Nouman Ali Khan - Surah Yusuf
Part 21_ A New Life
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It's important to note that if you pay attention to the life stories of Isilon, everybody knows the major kind of milestone events in his life, it seems that in the early part of his life, he never really has a permanent home. So he's there someplace for a few years, then going to a completely different life. And he's in a completely different life inside, where he's gonna find himself with Egypt. And there's going to be a completely different light life inside the present. And each one of those phases is almost disconnected from the other. It's a new, you know, kind of life altogether. So in that sense, it is a new life that's starting for him as he moves to Egypt. So
yesterday, what I mentioned to you is that he was being passed along from, you know, for blah, blah, I mean, something you hold on to so you can sell it, right. So as he's being passed along, everybody who's buying him was buying him so they can sell them again at a profit. And so he's going from slave trader to slave traders, a slave trader, and moving along like that, and that chain comes to an end, when finally he makes it to a market in Egypt. Right, so it's not like he, you know that it's not just that the man who purchased him is from Egypt. But finally he ended up in Egypt where the sale is taking place. We'll call this Torah human, Misra liberati. So now we're getting to the
person who bought him. And a lot did not give us his name. He simply gave us a title for him later on. And that is Allah Aziz. Which which means the minister but we're not even getting that yet. So we're not getting what his role is in society that's going to come a little bit later on. What allows attention is once our attention on right now is that the one who purchased him from Egypt, not the literal phrases, the one who purchased him from Egypt. Now this could mean a couple of things. One thing it could mean is that the person is from Egypt. So the one from Egypt purchased him, right so that whoever purchased them is a person belonging to Egypt. It can also mean finally
from Egypt, meaning from the marketplace in Egypt is where the man purchased him. Right. So and the word from is also interesting, because you would imagine bacala this Tara who be Misra like the one who purchased him, you know, in Egypt or at the location in Egypt, but the word from is important because he was being sold from one place to another place then from one place to another place, and from one place to another place. And the place from which this product, if you will, was bought by this man was from the marketplace in Egypt. Okay, so that's that's where we find ourselves now. We'll call this salehoo Misra. It's also important that we know that the story began in the land of
Canaan, or going on in Arabic, and that that location hasn't been mentioned in the Quran. That geographical location is not of significance to to be mentioned, the Bible mentions it. The Bible even mentions the outskirts where they went to his show home and then doeth and further out on outside names all the locations. But the Quran doesn't do that. The Quran only mentions one location here and that's Egypt. And that's because that is of pivotal importance also because the question asked of the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam was how did the Israelites end up in Egypt? It's also important that the Quran in a universal sense because the claws not there just to answer the
questions of the Israelites who were poking at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and try to prod him to see if they can stump him or one up him that he didn't come up with an answer. The Quran is revelation for all times, and all nations. So it's incorrect to almost think that the primary concern of the Quran is just to answer a group of people that were trying to criticize the Prophet slicer them, because then that, that that, you know, limits the relevance of the Quran to a very small group, not for all of humanity.
The thing is Egypt is of central importance in the message of the Quran. Understanding what happened in Egypt is two nations there's there's two nations
of significance. There's the pharaohs who rise to power and then the psychology of the pharaoh because the pharaoh is a pretty big deal in the Quran around by name you don't find you know individuals being called out individuals that stand against Allah being called out in the Quran the way that the Quran is called a yes cartoon is mentioned. Yes a few other villainous characters are mentioned. But no one like fit on and fit on obviously has the position that he has because of Egypt, Elisa Lee Maluku Misra, you know, and so the the country named Egypt keeps coming up over and over and over again. And that civilization keeps getting mentioned by Allah over and over and over
again, because there are two nations of significant importance for the purpose of everybody's guidance that we must learn from. One is the Israelites and anybody who studies plan seriously knows that the children of Israel, and Israel is history and the Israelite Prophets, and the journey of the Israelites, you know, from the very beginning, and actually it chronologically starting here is a pretty big deal in the Quran. That's a pretty big subject. And on the other side, it's the Pharaoh and his mindset. And the reason he believed him to be godlike, because, or God Himself, because of the empire that he controlled under his feet. And that's Egypt. So these two, the pharaohs and the
Israelites are actually what you can call the big word ism. Some of you kids are watching and stuff are called archetypes. archetypes means you study some people or you study a case, but you're not only learning about them, you're learning that their behavior is done by lots of other people too. So you're learning by their example. So they fit around doesn't just represent himself in the Quran around represents anybody who acts the way that he does. Even if they don't have a pyramid. Even if they don't have a Sphinx, even if they don't call themselves God, they can act like him. The Israelites don't just represent themselves, they represent the kind of behavior that they engaged
in. So these two, the pharaohs, and the Israelites are actually pretty important archetypes in the Quran, which is why of the many nations of the countless prophets and the countless nations that Allah has given guidance to. And Allah has knowledge of the map of this world better than anyone else, because he has the map of the seven skies and everything that's ever been created. No one knows these places better than he does. And yet, the place of the world is just some land. It's just some ditch, you know, Ibrahim Ali, Sam is just making hedgerows and he's just being thrown into a fire. We're not told where this fire is and what's going on. The specifics aren't mentioned. Where
where's the caravan taking him? the you know, the what stops are they making we don't know any of this stuff. We just don't he ends up in Egypt. So each dimension of missile is important. Which is why in Quran studies, as was the case in biblical studies, in Quran studies, the study of Egypt on its own, the study of Egyptian history, the study of the rise of the Egyptian Empire, and how the Quran comments on it. And the same way Israelite history are of paramount importance. In fact, in my own studies of Quran, whenever I come to a story or part of the Quran, that has to do with Israelite history, or particularly Egyptian history, I go and try to learn something about Egyptian history
and broaden my knowledge of these ancient people and what they believed and how their civilization was structured. Why is it so important in the other aisle further a comment that I made to you guys yesterday, it occurred to me today while while driving back from a grocery store, yep, I do groceries, too. So when I was driving back from a grocery store, it occurred to me I told you yesterday that the value of human life cannot be judged by what you see, right. And here you have a child that's riddled in mud, inside of a ditch in the middle of nowhere, that's being pulled up not by the authorities or anybody else, but by water fetchers, who are going to treat him like a
commodity to sell. Right? But if you fast forward a little bit, Yusuf Ali Salam is actually the precursor, the reason for which the Egyptian nation was and the kings were actually able to rise to power, had it not been for the economic collapse that was looming, that was avoided by Yusuf Ali Salam and his ingenious interpretation. And this revealed guidance, and his know how of how to deal with that crisis. So it wasn't just about interpreting the dream. But it was also about expertise that was needed, which we'll come to today a little bit. Had it not been for that the Egyptians would not have risen to power and had they not risen to power, then they wouldn't have kept on
growing in power until they became the pharaohs of the time of Mussolini saddam and the great Pharaohs that left a mark on the planet. To the To this day, I don't have cash with me right now. I'd pull out $1 bill and show you the pyramid on top of the dollar on the dollar bill. What's it doing there? That pyramid wouldn't have been there if that boy wasn't pulled out of the well? Like Think about that for a second? Like what a
what a serious chain of events that is talking about a butterfly effect. You know,
Now, think of it this way, if you do your own search, I'm encouraging you to do your own. Everybody's got a phone or ability to Google something or whatever. Unless you're in China, I don't know what you what you don't do Google's I don't know what you do. But
But if you search, modern architecture, or a global architecture inspired by ancient Egypt, just do your own search, just look into how much of the what the world looks like, what government buildings look like, what what you know, museums look like what modern design looks at how much of it came as an impression made by the ancient Egyptians. It's remarkable. It's incredible how much of it is actually going back to the ancient Egyptians, because the world was so impressed by what they accomplished. You have arbitrary political Muslim, but anyway, this is the story that actually in a, in a very real sense, impacted the entire world, and impacted how the world functions. You know,
one, one part of my reading in ancient Egypt was that, you know, the royalties of different nations like the Chinese or the Greeks, or whoever else, to send their royal princes and princesses for higher education, they used to send them to Egypt, in ancient Egypt, like that was like the International University spot. And this is also important, and will play a role in what I'm going to share with you today. What color this Torah, homie missler, and the one who purchased him from Egypt, said liberati, he said to his wife, a creamy mouthwash now, so we're already he's already purchased him, obviously now mentioning that he said his wife means he's not buying him to sell them
again. He's buying him to bring him home. So he's bought this young boy now, and he's bringing him home. Now this, this idea of him bringing him home seems even that brief encounter of purchasing him, he's noticed something in use of that he doesn't see in other slaves. He's a perceptive man. Right. And you can later on we know, he's a politician and politician size people up all the time. Right. And they have to deal with people and politicians will always have trust issues. They don't know who they are, because they have very sensitive data they have to, or, you know, their personal life can be politicized in some way, right? Or what goes on inside the house can actually, if it's
leaked, it can actually lead to the ruin, right? To this day, that happens. So if he's gonna buy a slave that's he's gonna bring to the house, he's gonna have to look for certain markers. So he's in whatever way that he can perceive. He sees that this is, this is not your, this is not a slave, like born into slavery. This is pretty, this young man is pretty refined, he's classy. Not only does he look good, as put on will, you know, illustrate later on. He's a good looking kid. But he also very refined in the way he carries himself is very dignified, not like a slave. So he's impressed already with whatever he's noticed of abuse of holism. It's interesting that he's met a stranger, and he's
impressed with him, which is again, a parallel with the story of Musa alayhis salaam, because those two women at the water met a stranger Musab with a very brief encounter, and they're impressed with him. And then they go home and they speak well of him. Right? And he's gonna go home and speak well of use of Allah Islam after this brief encounter. He's bringing him and they requested to bring him and he's literally bringing him. There's another interesting contrast when the baby was found in Egypt, Musashi Salaam, the you know, the Queen requested them the king, the Pharaoh, can we keep him? Right? And she said, He's gonna cool my eye. You know, I saw in Phantom, maybe we could keep
him as a servant, maybe it could benefit us, or we could, you know, take him as our own child, we could adopt him. She requested he can tell the pharaoh what to do. She can only beg or plead or request, right put in a word. But this is the head of the household. He's, he's gonna say the same words. Maybe he could benefit us. We could keep him as our own child. Those words are coming. We'll analyze those. But he's not coming in asking his wife. He's telling his wife. He's coming home and telling her Listen, and you can you can tell he's taking in authoritative tone. Why? Because the first things he says is very interesting. A creamy mouth. Wha hoo. Honor. I'll give you the shallow
translation first. honor his residents honor his residence. Now. It kromm is a verb is also used for as a common expression in ancient Arabic and even contemporary Arabic economic life. It's used for honoring the guest. So when you provide a guest comfortable how you know, sitting in the living room and you give you serve them something or whatever, that's also kind of Ekrem that you do, right? So he's already talking about use of holism. One implication of this is he's talking about him as if he is an honored guest in the house, which is odd because he's actually a slave. Right? So he's already developed a kind of respect for him, that he's talking about them in him in this noble term. And so
as he introduces him to his wife, he says, honor our guests and you can tell when he's saying that even use of Elisa must be like, Wait, what? Because he's coming from an experience where he's being treated like an animal, right? And all of a sudden, the
owner of the house is speaking of him in such high turns. I last, you know the last rant I had. Last lecture, I told you, I'm not impressed with the slave owner, because he's kind of Yes, his kindness will come through, that is going to come through. But it's not that impressive of a kindness. But at least for a child, it's a breather, isn't it? at whatever little it is, it's a breather from what he's coming from. And the fact that not only is he treating him kindly, it could be that you treat someone kindly. But as soon as you come home, now, I gotta act like the boss now. So you were so nice to be in the car? Why are you being so mean? Because you got to keep up appearances in front of
somebody else. So sometimes people are to face towards you, right in private company and say, I'm really sorry, the way I spoke to you, I was so mean, I don't mean to be like that. But you know, it's just I gotta,
I'm under a lot of pressure. And then when they, when they come in front of other people, then they act all tough and even bully you and talk to you, and you're looking at them like, you're the same person. How are you doing that? I've actually experienced some of this in my life, people that are like, your dearest friend in a private conversation, and then outside, they're a completely different person completely, you wouldn't even recognize and then you're privately talking to them again, saying, what was that? I'm sorry, I just I can't explain. I just, I'm so scared. Oh, okay. All right, whatever it is so good. You stay scared. I'll talk to you later or not.
But apparently, he's not only kind to use of Elisa Lam on the ride, but he's maintaining that posture when he comes home. And he tells his wife on her his housing. Now the other interesting thing is sleep in society is the most honorable, dishonorable role a human being can have, I mean, they're being treated, treated like a thing, not even a person at best an animal. That's how they're being treated. So the word honor doesn't really go with that does it? And it seems that he is the first thing he's concerned with, is not going and taking use of to a nice room in the house, hey, this is your room, this is where I want you to stay, you're gonna be fine, I'll take care of you.
He's concerned that there's someone in the house who's going to treat him like an animal.
And I need to make sure that doesn't happen when I turn my back, because I'm going to go back to the office, I'm going to go to the governor's mansion, or I'm going to go to this meeting, I'm not going to be at home, who's going to be at home, the wife, and she's going to treat him by her own standards. And he knows that his way of thinking is not the same as her way of thinking. So he's actually setting the rules down, you are the queen of the house when it comes to everything else. But when it comes to him, you're going to show some respect. So even as a kid, he's telling her, you're not going to treat him like you treat everybody else. You better honor his housing, you
better honor his residence, it could also imply muscle. Interestingly, mouthwash is a few things, it can mean an infinitive noun meaning residence itself, or his housing. Honor has housing meaning, make sure that he has a comfortable place to sleep, decent food, and he has some he has privacy to himself, you know, don't treat him like others and just toss him around or, you know, wherever sleep outside, I don't care. Make sure you give him proper, you know, treat him properly. But mouthwash can also be a verb. And a verb would mean that it's a time or a place. If it's a place that it means respect his space with you, if we put them up in the room on the backyard, it says a shed or there's
a living quarters or whatever, she's the owner of the house, she can walk in anywhere, that's her house, if he's telling her respect, his residence means she can't just walk in on him, respect his privacy, respect his space, and also means dignify his space. So not just respect him yourself. It can be to respect someone, it also means to ensure the dignity of someone so ensure that his housing is respectable, I need you to make sure that he's taken care of well, must walk can also be the time of you know, actually who we are in Arabic, the passive form is also used for burial to be buried. And it's maybe figurative expression for going to sleep. Right? Because you bury yourself in your
bed kind of thing. Right? So he's also saying, honor his private times. Don't just treat him like whenever I asked, he needs to he better come here. No, let him get his rest. I've given him his hours. I've given him a schedule, he's gonna abide by the schedule I laid down for him and you better respect that too. And you better abide by that even in my absence. So he's kind of laying down some rules for his wife, to not treat him a certain way a creamy mouthwash. Now there are some other side implications from the word flower. Because you can say my skin for a residence with a bow what you can say for residents. There are lots of words you can you know beta who you can say for
residents. So there are lots of words data, who you can use for resident but the Quran in this particular case uses the word mouthwash, Abdul Rahman Killarney and his Mattila de facto Quran which is a book of synonyms in the Quran. In Urdu, he argues that our the the verb is used for when someone who
live somewhere where their ancestors are buried.
Okay, so if you've been living there for a long time your ancestors lived there and their grandpa and their grandpa and their Grandpa, this is your ancestral land. That's called your your Messiah. Okay? And in that sense in the Quran for example, it's used for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lahmacun tatha we envy at Lima Deanna Falvey and from the same origin. You weren't a resident of the people of Medina,
you know, Taku, Allah himayat in the meaning, if you were living in Meridian, and you had lived there for many generations, Austin, I can hear the crunching, it's melting my brain cells and they're coming out of my nostrils. Okay. So when you can eat that just go a little further away so that the crunching doesn't you know, do that to me. Okay. So what was I saying something about Aslan.
fabyan. The other residents Yes. So, you haven't lived in Medan for so many generations that you know their history so well that was passed down from father to son to son to son to son to you. So the way that the Quran is giving you information about the ongoings of ancient muddy and before they were destroyed, makes it sound like that was your ancestral home. No, you it wasn't this revelation. So the Quran uses that word for the prophets, I saw them making the claim that you're not from Meridian, and yet look at the information you have about meridian. Right. But mathway is also used for another implication where you expect that your ancestors or future generations will be buried.
And by implication, where will you live for generations to come? What's your long term residents, you're not here temporarily, by by literary extension, where you plan to stay permanently. And in that sense, even Hellfire is called mouthwash, Sabbath? Well, Mota kabillion, meaning what a terrible place where somebody will stay generation after generation after generation, meaning lifetimes, they're going to stay there. That's the that's the implication. Right? So in that sense, when he says, honor his mouthwash, he may also be saying I plan on keeping him for a really long time. And I plan on keeping him to the point where when he's old enough, he may even start a family
and he may still be here. And his children may still be here. And, and by the word honor, it doesn't seem like he's planning on keeping him as a slave, he sees some kind of an investment here. There's something also else you should know about the ancient world.
This is certainly true. I don't I can't verify if this is true for the ancient Egyptians. But it's certainly true of the ancient Romans. And a lot of Roman practices do seep over from ancient Egypt. Because the next major power to come in the world after the fall, the slow fall of the Egyptians was actually the rise of the Roman Empire. And the Roman Empire, the Caesars, they had two kinds of sons. So the Caesar has, you know, he's got his queen, they have a child, but the child, you know, is scrawny, or he's not that smart, or he's not that good at wielding a sword or whatever. And they're like, I am Caesar and my son is, you know, he's just playing Roblox all day, or he's on, you
know, Minecraft all day. He's not he's not impressive as the new the next Caesar. So what they would do is, among their armies, if they had a trusted soldier who's proven himself who's come up through the ranks, who's proven his loyalty, they could take him as a son. They could actually not basically make him a son. And sometimes the son taken the sea, you didn't get to choose the genetic makeup of your own child, they came out the way they came out, you couldn't pick their height or their strength or their ability, you couldn't do that. But the Cesar can pick a soldier whose intelligence he likes his ability, he likes it, he likes those things. And he hand picked someone, and that's
called not having a son. But actually what, taking a son now this is important, because by extension, through this, some of this, these literary terms, they made their way into Christianity On a side note, and in the Quran, you've got some Christian views, claiming God had a son. And other Ayat of the Quran describe they say, Allah has taken a son. Right, and having a son and taking the son are two different concepts, actually. And they existed from Roman times. So some were even saying, No, it's not that blasphemous. We're not saying he had a son. We're just saying he took a son Nicholas says no, that she
does not know. So Hannah, Bella, coola, laconic tone, you know, they're all subservient to him. So what I'm the reason I'm bringing this up is, when this minister finds this kid, he's maybe, you know, it seems that they couldn't have a child of their own. This couple, right, and they don't have a kid so he doesn't have a succession plan. And politicians are thinking about how they're going to pass on their legacy. He knows what he's thinking and especially in the time of the pharaohs legacies are only passed on to your sons. You know, that's that's how legacy or your name carries on. And now he says, We don't have a kid and here you have this kid who's mature, we don't have to
do the raising part. He's not a baby. We don't have to feed him or care for him. And the manners already there. The intelligence is already there. The looks
Already there the refined, you know, personalities already there. Everything seems to be right. We, you know, this, this might work out as my succession plan, possibly he's, he's becoming really optimistic about this find of his that he's purchased. So he's telling her honor his residents, as if you know, he's like a treasure to be honored, not a servant, not a slave. And so he says, honor his residence, and then he tells her why. And she must have been surprised to like, what do you mean honor? I mean, we have a dozen slaves, we treat them like dogs, why? Why have to honor him. And so he actually explains his rationale. And he says, I saw in Fina, it's hoped, or it's a good
possibility that he'll be of benefit to us. Now, what this could mean that he'll be of benefit to us could mean, yeah, he'll turn out to be a really good slave, but all the slaves are a benefit. So here, he might be of benefit to us is a little more than he's going to cook food for us, are you going to do the dishes, or is going to do the vacuuming or cleanup or take care of the animals, it seems he sees a benefit coming from this slave that he doesn't see in other slaves because it's, it's too natural, it's obvious, it's stating the obvious when you say I got a slave, so he can work for us and benefit us that he's not stating the obvious, he's going a step further, he's saying, I
see a potential of him benefiting us in ways that I haven't seen any of our slaves. So I'm telling you, we're gonna treat him different, you're gonna treat him different. I saw you in fine. Oh, so he is the object of the manor houses attention, the man of the house looks up to him already, even as a child, even though he's not haven't even proven himself yet. It can also mean that as he grows in our service, I think that he will be, we will be able to lean on him in ways we're not able to lean on other things. Because you know, when you give somebody a task, you can only give it, you know,
tethered to the extent of their ability, you know, if they don't know how to handle something, you can't give them that you can give a four year old a butcher knife and say cut the meat. Right. So you know, cut the meat, but it won't be the meat of thing, right? So you can't give tasks beyond somebody's capacity. Now, if he sees a really talented, intelligent, young man, he's thinking, wow, I can, I might be able to trust him with some pretty heavy tasks later on. And right now, those heavy tasks, they're way too high level for me to give to any servant who's beyond, they're not capable of doing that stuff. And then when I do find qualified help to do that kind of work, I can
trust them. That because when you, you know, if you have highly skilled labor, then you don't know where their loyalties lie, right? Because they know their skill is in high demand. So he's thinking, we can groom him into someone who can really benefit this household. And what that tells you is, there's going to be some sort of a mentorship program, where this this minister, maybe he's the finance minister, maybe he's in charge of the police. Maybe he's in charge of the municipality, but he's a he's a politician. He has some kind of authority. And he wants use of Elisa Lam in on these meetings.
And he wants him to know what's going on, because he's going to put more and more tasks on him.
And he's going to say, hey, Yusuf, I need you to go there. Keep an eye, I want to know what those people are talking about when you go there. What are their servers talking about, I need to have a good understanding of what's going on. And he knows you Sufism is smart enough to analyze those conversations that are happening in different places. He also knows us very smart enough to pick up on things. And he might even when he gets to a certain age, say, hey, you so you were in the meeting, too? What do you think?
Because you need a sounding board, right? You need someone you can trust. And you can't have those high level classified conversations with anybody except you completely trust them. So he's already seeing all that potential play out in front of him. And he says that his wife, as far as I'm pretty, pretty hopeful that he'll be benefit beneficial to us. You know, when we get to the end of this section of the story, we'll go back to the biblical comparison. But one thing I'll tell you even from now, in the Bible, he taught he trusts him so much, that nothing in the house happens without us permission.
Joseph is basically in charge of everything that's happening in Dallas, he's basically handed the keys to the castle, done. delegating, because I know you can handle it, you're you're, you know, you're that good. And then he says, Now notice the next phase owner
or we could take him take him as a child, we could take him as a as a as a son. Now, what does that mean? We could take him as a member the choice made of I hand picked us on Well, if he proves himself and keeps on benefiting me, back in the day, you know, nowadays you have like somebody who and gets gets a job as an intern, then they get upgraded to full time position, then they might get to assistant manager, then they might get to manager then they might get to regional director then etc. And eventually VP, right? maybe be a shareholder, that could become move up to partner even that can happen. They can move up to partner. There's a problem.
Question. Well, it seems in the ancient world if you were a servant like this one, but you proved yourself, maybe one of the great progressions, one of the great upgrades or promotions is, you know what I'm considering you're part of this household. I'm officially now declaring you a son. I'm taking you as a son, I will not talk either one either. So it's not necessarily that there's two options. He's maybe even possibly thinking that the future may be that I consider him my own child. We let's see how this plays out. But I'm optimistic. Again, he doesn't know the future. So he's cautiously optimistic. But he sees potential here. Right. So this is the case that he makes to his
wife Now, obviously, for use it for the son to be upgraded to the point where he might even be considered a son would mean that he's basically taken the reins of all the responsibility that this minister does, and he's become his right hand man. And basically, things don't run without him. Things can't run function the way without him, you know. So, you know, it's like Alfred and Batman kind of thing. And he's just running things. He's got everything taken care of. That's what what he's hoping for. And some people that I got stuff for law. Some people are like, what's Batman? i? I'm Islamic. I don't know what that means. That's okay. You just make will do again. Okay. No,
no, no, no, Allah will intervene. This was the conversation the husband had with the wife this brief conversation. That's enough. Now look what gallica and that is how now allies commenting. And that is how McConnell usofa we created stable housing and be stationed and installed embedded use have we created an environment where he could remain stable. That's what we did for him McConnell usofa. Now, that the word that is how is important what is that is how referring to that is how could refer to he saw a dream, his dad told him not to tell the dream, his brothers plotted against him anyway, they pulled him away from their dad, they put him in a well, he went through slave trade after slave
trade after slave trade. And he ended up being bought by this man who then came and had this conversation with his wife. And that is how we provided this housing for use of
meaning every one because you know, like, if you have steps that go to the second floor, and and step one is how we got to step two. And step two is how we got to step three and step three to step four. And at the at the top of the 20 steps. And that is how you get to the top of the stairs. So he's looking at all the steps before and seeing and that is how, and that is how, or he's referring to this final step, this conversation, meaning the, the husband, the man of the house, has made sure that use of will not be mistreated, and he will have the highest opportunity. Now look at what I was going to say why why does Allah want him in this house? Why is he in this house? You know, we we
skip over some of these details in this story. But they're so pivotal, they're so important. Because without them the story doesn't move forward in the way that we would expect. We just think, oh, he was there. And then messed up stuff happened. And then he was in jail. No, no, no, wait, hold on. This, this particular episode is so important that it could have just ended at he came to the house, the master told the man told the wife, we're gonna keep him here, honor his residence be treated respectfully, he might be a benefit to us, or we might take him as a child. And that's it. Done, we can move on to the next episode. But not we're not even halfway through this.
We're not even halfway through the site. Now. Listen to the rest of this. I'll translate the rest of the time. The rest of this is not the story. The rest of this is a last comment on this episode of the story. Yeah. Now this is a lot of commenting on this episode. Listen to this, because alika McConnell usofa fell out. That is how we we intended or we settled use of down in the land, which land by the way, Egypt? Well, you know, I Lima, who mentor, vilella Hadith, and we did so in order that we teach him all kinds of speech from all kinds of speech, has all kinds of speech come up already before? Yeah, when yaku told him, Allah will teach you all kinds of speech. Now we'll have
to come back to that one. So Allah says, I put him in this house, one to give him stability in the land mcconnelsville Earth, McKenna used news of heaven Earth, then to teach him from all kinds of speech will allow anyone either Emery and Allah was overseeing and dominant. Allah was overwhelmingly dominant and watchful over all of his situation. It can also mean allies the only one in control of his own decisions, meaning a lie, decided this. Nobody else does. When I can now follow Nessie lay on the moon. However, most people don't even know.
This is the commentary on that one little conversation. It's not even a separate Ayah it's one if we don't separate the ayat until Allah separates them for us. So that in a sense, it's it's one divine teaching. It's not separate teachings. It's one teaching, and until you understand the whole thing in connection, you might miss the point. I might miss
point. So what is the point? Let's let's go through this a little bit. So he's been settled into land. He's a servant there. He's a servant there, but not just a servant. It seems like he's the ministers, right hand men, and he trusts him so much that he's gonna bring him in on high level classified meetings. Do you think other servants get to be in those meetings? No. Other servers don't get to be in those meetings. He's, even though he's an honored servant, because he's an honor servant. And even the master looks up to him. Other servants also look up to him. They talk to him. And he's the center of attention inside that house. And people if the master trust him enough for
his advice, other people are coming, hey, I have this issue. Can you give me some advice? I have this issue, can you give me some advice, and he's embedded, he knows the world of the servants. He knows the how the household works. He knows how the woman of the house is not on the same page as the man of the house. He understands how that works, too. They live two different lives. He knows what his job is like on the outside, and what kind of role he plays in public. And who are the other politicians that he deals with. He knows what people say and what they actually mean behind what they say. Because he sees the public and the private. And he's doing all of this, while anybody else
who was in this conversation in that conversation might get kicked out, hey, you don't belong here, get out of here. Right. So if you're from the wealthy, and you try to hang out with the poor, they say, well, you forgot to wait to your neighborhood, you in the wrong neighborhood, man.
They're not going to open up to you because you don't belong among them. There's a mistrust of the wealthy. And the wealthy when they see the poor, they are guarded, like, they don't belong among our circle, we're not going to open up to them. But he's embedded and, and deeply embedded installed, even McKenna, them key means to have stability, he stapley installed in these different social settings in circles. And in these conversations, and Allah says, and I did that for him, so that we may teach him from the interpretation of all kinds of speech. What that means is, he's gonna see people talking, and then later on, he's gonna see how that plays out. So he's not just gonna hear
speech, he's gonna see speech, and he's gonna see action, he's gonna see speech, then he's gonna see events, and he's gonna try to learn to figure it out. When people say this, this is what they do. They say, but they do be, oh, this, this, this news means this, this and this. You know, like, for example, sometimes there's indirect connections. So for you know, sometimes, for example, there's COVID-19 situation, there's no travel, there's no there's, you know, economy shut down or whatever. And then somebody makes a projection that some scientist or doctor, whoever makes the projection, you know, that in six months, it's all over. And if somebody makes sense, a projection investors are
like, when the when it opens in six months, what's gonna happen to the airline industry, what's gonna happen to the hotel industry, what's gonna happen to the restaurant is I should invest in these industries, or do this this this is because there's a timeline. But the doctor didn't say that, or the specialist didn't say that. He just said, things might subside, they say one thing, but behind it, maybe some other economic or political or other social realities, right. So the idea being when he is going to see these different worlds and how things play out, he will, he will hear something and know, first of all, which kinds of people have double talk. And even when they don't
have double talk, what could be the implications of what's being said here? So the Yes, a lot is teaching him the interpretation of dreams. But you can tell clearly, right now dreams have no relevance. So that the seal that that you know, that we know, the Hadith is only referring to dreams doesn't add up. If you look at this ayah. And the placement of this ayah the placement of this ayah is he's just been situated embedded in a minister's house, where he is going to get to hear all kinds of conversations, and he's going to have the intelligence and the mentorship to be able to figure out all of those conversations. But you know, here's the most beautiful part of all this.
Allah is telling us he's teaching him this. Allies telling us allies teaching him this. But we said that the mentor is actually who, the Egyptian minister. So technically, it's the Egyptian minister, teaching him this interpretation and this analysis and giving him this educational opportunity, if you will, but a lot takes credit away from the Egyptian minister and takes it himself. Yes. What this is telling us is that sometimes we learn things about how the world works. Maybe somebody learns how the world of finance works, or the world of politics works, or the world of sociology works, or they get a, you know, the study at the University or the work in government or they work
in or they're a social worker, or whatever. And they've been exposed to learning about a certain world, certain kinds of behaviors, certain sciences, and we think of these as secular sciences. These are not religious sciences, these are secular sciences. When you think of something that Allah teaches, you think of Quran you think of Hadith you think of, you know, the spiritual realities, but he's not learning something spiritual from the minister. He's learning politics. He's learning
Economics. He's learning, you know, back talk and how that works. He's learning how to deal with scheming people. He's learning how to deal with con artists, because political politicians have to deal with all of those, right? He's learning how to deal with all these secular worlds, these unece, Slavic sort of worlds of education. And what does the law do? He, he tells us that all of those worlds are also a law teaching. Well, you know, I live my home into it. This is important because sometimes young, zealous, young people come to me and say, I want to study Islam, I don't want to study dunya, I want to, I just want to get great. That's awesome. Who hears something from the Quran
because you really want to learn it. Who else
was that Moroccan fear. He's the one who put you in the earth, and he wanted you to develop on it.
Develop the earth with what halaqaat those are important too. But roads have to get developed. Water Infrastructure has to get developed policies and procedures have to get developed, medicine has to get developed, hospitals has to get developed. That's also been, that's also something a lot taught a lot. So we don't have Adam, Allison, the names of all things. So our view of what Allah teaches, is so restricted, sometimes we think that scripture the word of a lies, only thing a lot of thought, No, this is these are the Ayat of Allah. But creation is also called out of their out of align them, right? They're also called out and he's teaching them there's other places in the Quran, where Allah
does this. Like, for example, people who dictate contracts, right? You call them lawyers, nowadays, lawyers, or people that in the world of finance that can draw up a contract, a loan agreement, a contract, that's a I mean, I don't know if you get a more secular document and a loan agreement, or a contract. And all says, Well, you have to be malamala, he should write from what Allah taught him.
read a lot about the prophet SAW Selim Quran and our blessing, a lot of talk this man how to write, you know, financial contracts. And I took that credit himself, why? Because Allah is telling us knowledge that benefits people, knowledge of how the world works, knowledge of what can benefit you, yourself is actually also knowledge that a lot taught. All knowledge is secret, just like all languages secret, because language itself is actually something Allah revealed. And Lama will ban. And that's a very powerful reality that we're, you know, being, you know, that's been brought to our attention here, the knowledge of the world and how it works. Sometimes a lot puts you in a situation
that only you could have handled. Right. And there there there's sometimes plans Allah has for people that, you know, maybe later on in their life, they become Muslim. But before they became Muslim, they were in a crazy, different world.
They were in an Egyptian palace of their own with some crazy lady. They were in some crazy life, and alone was teaching them something. In that life, he was teaching them things that they could never have learned in class. They could never have learned those things as human, they could never have learned them. But now that they've learned them, that Allah brought them to Islam, now they're able to help people that they understand in ways other people don't understand. They understand certain realities. Other people have only known about they've never experienced, they've never lived experience as a teacher. And the teacher behind that experience is Allah Xhosa. When I leave when
Wiley momento de la Hadith, Allah says, and that's why we put him in Egypt. So we can teach him these things. By the way, I'm getting ahead of myself, just so you appreciate how this works in the Quran. You know, a couple of years later, he's going to get out of jail, and he's going to say, make me the finance minister. Yeah. musanze good use of it. Someone's gonna say make me put me in charge of the Treasury. That's what he's gonna say from his own mouth. And then he's gonna say why. And one of the reasons he's gonna say is that he is Aleem, he's knowledgeable. I know how to handle this. Where did you get that education in jail?
Where do you get an education in the well? Where did he come to the conclusion? I can handle the treasury of Egypt in this kingdom? Because my dad told me told me how to interpret dreams. Where's he getting that knowledge from his when when he was living in this house in the mentorship of a governor who was actually bringing him in on all the meetings, and he was learning to the point where he was even advising the governor, and he says, Listen, I have experience in this. I know what I'm doing. I can prove it to you.
That became his resume. This became his resume. What is the law teaching us through that? Sometimes Allah will bring you to a very unfavorable situation from one point of view. He has been severed from his family, he is the victim of slavery, he is being treated with injustice. He is just a child abandoned, but it may be that when he severs you from one favorable, unfavorable, favorable situation, the new situation you find yourself in may have a lot of negatives, but the positives may you may not be able to
See the positives yet? They may be coming.
They may be on the way, like, Allah decides how these plans work, we can't possibly contain them in our human limited logic, we can only see that far ahead. You know, like, in the in the East Coast. Many highways like in Jersey, for example, in the turnpike or lie on Long Island or something, when you're driving on the highway, there's trees on both sides, you can only see so far and there's a bend you can only see so far. Right? So you're driving is going to be, you know, if you were thinking about speeding, you don't know if there's a state trooper on the bend. So you're gonna be you're gonna have duck love, you know, New York State law, and you're gonna stick within the speed
limit, because you don't know if there's a cop around the corner. But if there's a straight highway, and you can see all the way through desert on both sides, you're like, this is good, I got this, and it's going downhill not even going uphill. So your, your view is limited, is going downhill. So you got miles ahead, you can see you can go a little crazy, I don't recommend it. But, but what I'm saying to you is Allah has a view that we don't have, we only see Oh my God, this child who got put in slavery, oh my god, now he's separate from home, he's in this different place. He Allah put him there, for certain things that had to happen. And maybe this one family, this one father's tears,
I'm breaking a lot of you know, spoiler I'm giving you a lot of spoilers today. But that one father's tears was going blind in tears. Maybe Allah had him go through those tears, so that this child can get the kind of education Allah wants him to have not just a spiritual one, he already has a Spiritual Education from his father. But he needs a certain kind of early education to that can only be provided from the inner echelon of upper Egyptian society, he cannot get that education anywhere else. And then eventually, it's going to be his spiritual knowledge which his interpretation of dreams and his worldly knowledge, which is how to handle an economy both that is
going to lead to the saving of Egypt. And as a result of that, all the people on all the villages that are running out of food are going to have food to eat. So one Father is crying. But if this didn't happen, there would be a million fathers crying and mothers crying for the stark death of their children. And all of that got avoided, because Allah wanted him to have a two prong education. And now we're learning also the value of education. There's a Spiritual Education in our religion. And the law also values for us worldly education. How does the world work? How does the economy work? How do politics work? How many of us are actually investing into our children, for them to
learn things like political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, how does humanity work? How do people function, if he's interpreting how people speak, is not a psychological analysis, if he's interpreting how politicians work, is net sociology, economics and politics, political science.
And we'd rather just create factory workers. You know, factory workers means the only reason you get an education is so you can have a job. Now you can get a higher education and get a higher paying job, which means the tools you use are more advanced. And the words you use are more advanced. And the things you work on are more advanced, but at the end of the day, you're still doing mechanical work. You're still doing it's just labor. It's just it's skilled labor, and then it's specialized labor, and then it's highly specialized labor great.
But the thinkers in society, the people that the movers and shakers in society, they're the ones who understand how people function, how people work, where the oma has to understand how these two worlds of education come together, we've separated these two worlds. When somebody studies religion, they know nothing about the world, know stuff. That's the cover of knowledge, really gothard knowledge.
What planet are you living on? Knowledge is a gift from Allah. Architecture is a gift from Allah. Clothing itself was a gift from Allah. And Allah Allah Coronavirus and URI. So article mauritia. The ability to make armor for the elderly son was a gift sent from Allah, that he could weave armor, which means engineering, you know, carpentry, sciences, medicine, you name the field, you name the area of study the study of history, you know, political science, psychology, sociology, these are gifts sent from Allah. And we should be at the top of the sciences along with studying the spiritual. What What is this? And I know that this is digressing, but it's important because it came
up in this way. Science and knowledge of the world is blind. Please understand that science is blind. You can use science to make the most powerful medicine and you can sign you can use science to make chemical weapons. Same science, it same chemistry, same study of biology, you can make lethal viruses, pun not intended.
Or you can make medication, you can you can save people same that same science, same scientist, it can go both ways, because science itself doesn't have a moral direction. The spiritual knowledge that Allah has revealed to us
What does it give us? a straight path, right? When you have a straight path, then the knowledge of this world will only be used that is in line with that straight path. When you don't have the straight path, that same knowledge of science, architecture, you know, medicine, history, you name it, whatever science it is, it's going to be used in every direction, evil directions. But when we have the guidance with it, then it goes in a straight line. That's the relationship between revealed knowledge and what you call secular knowledge. They're both actually sacred, but one gives direction to the other. One gives purpose to the other. And without the other this the first one becomes part
you can have a PhD, but it's purposeless. What did you do with it? You know, you can have the highest sciences, but they're purposeless because they're using to destroy humanity, instead of bettering it, you know, making the world a worse place. We're also learning here that our Deen one of the most beautiful students of the Quran is concerned with the well being of a nation for Al Qaeda and also its dunya la coloman focus phulka him when in fact he or Julie him, Allah said had the established authority and the Injeel Allah says about the people of the book had they lived by Talat and Jean, they would have eaten from above them and from under their feet.
That's what meaning they would have had the best dunya and they would have had the best and and some people Muslims have this concept is our Deen is only about the alpha. We don't care about this dunya dunya is haram fitna Cofer really unwise Allah wants you to be grateful in this dunya what you're grateful for haram fit nakuha that's what you think Allah for, you know, the Why did he make this world the way that he did? So we can make the most of it. So we can use it for good and build our aka from the hustler that's already inside of this dunya Anyway, I digress too far. Let's come back to Allah who Hollywood Allah Allah He unwrapped it wrap up our study of desire, and Allah. And he
says, so we taught him all manner of speech and he says, will la Hollywood Allah ambry two meanings of desire, one meaning is and Allah was overseeing his matter, meaning use of Elisa Lam's career, meaning every step that was happening, whether you think he was being abandoned, or not being beat or not being abused or not. And he was going through those things, a level so hollub, dominant, watching over, Allah is there, as as he's being pushed down, as he's being shoved into a dark well, Allah is telling himself you'll be telling him about this soon.
But they have no idea. It's the same this thing is happening at the same time. You know, as he's being sold into slavery, Allah is there, as he's been brought into this house, Allah is there. But you know what, when bad things happen to people, you know what the first thing that says, where's Allah?
Why wasn't a love there for me when I was going through this, there's this and this. It's like he abandoned me.
Allah told his prophets I said, on our docket of buka, your your master did not say goodbye to you, well Mark Allah and he didn't abandon. He didn't. He's not he's not upset with you. And here you find Allah says about Yusufzai, Sam, no matter what he was going through, Allah was overseeing all of it, while la hollyburn Allah angry, there's a there's a contrast that the Quran draws, there are two names of a line this surah and they are in two different places. But I want you to pay attention to that. Even if I don't bring it up. You should have it in your mind as we study the surah. One Name of Allah is galib. dominant, dominant, overseeing. And the other name of Allah is leaf, which
means barely noticeable, subtle, barely noticeable notice. So they seem like opposites. If someone's overwhelming, and overbearing, and dominant, then you see their presence right there. Like if there's a dominant police presence. You can see that on the streets, you can see the lights, you can hear the sirens, that's a dominant presence. If there's a subtle presence, where are they? I can't find him. It's too subtle. You get it? allies, both allies both. For our eyes, he's looking if we don't see, for our hearts, he's hollub. You see, he wants us to see the world both eyes. Just like there are two kinds of knowledge, spiritual knowledge and worldly knowledge. Same way, the Presence
of Allah to the naked eye, Where's he? Where's I don't see where how this is working. I don't see how this is part of the plan. And the heart tells you know allies highly over his decision. Aloha limonada v. And he concrete and the other meaning of Allahu Allah when Allah angry he is and Allah is over. Allah is in charge of his own decisions.
allies and that also implies to me at the heart in the family, he can go back to a law or to use a value system, right? So if it goes back to Allah azza wa jal, it means a lot is in charge or he is dominant over his own decision. Meaning nobody gets to tell a lot. Why did you put him in Egypt? Why did you separate him from his family? Why did you fire the Lima unit, he does what he wants. He's in charge of what he does. He gets to make the plan. This is the low Hollywood anomaly. It also means valid means to have the power to do so. Meaning Allah had the power to rescue him whenever he want. wanted. Allah had the power to crush
His enemies whenever he wanted, user friendly sounds, brothers hearts could have started beating before they even took a hand laid a hand on him. He controls those hands, he controls those hearts. And don't think allies incapable allies completely over, you know, in dominant control over every decision that he makes. So just because you think according to your plan, Allah is absent, don't you dare think that way, Allah is dominant over his plan. And in a lot teaching us this part of the story. He's teaching us something about all of our stories, Allah is telling us that no matter what someone goes through, Allahu Allah when Allah, Emily, and particularly for Yusuf Alayhi, salaam,
there's something special, a special meaning here that's specific to use of, because everything in the eyes about use of so there's something special about use of and his relationship with Allah here. And that helps, is helped by the last phrase of the ayah. What I cannot follow on naskila ala mode, however, most people, they don't have a clue. They don't know. Meaning in general, it could mean most people don't know how allies dominant in their life, what dominant role, they don't even they don't even realize what steps allies having them take to help to help them. They don't recognize it. But in the case of user friendly Sam, what he's also saying is, most people don't even
know around him, his brothers don't know that he's at what destiny lies in front of him, the Minister of Egypt, who are the minister who bought him, he has no knowledge, who is actually purchased, and how allies actually allies, the one grooming him for our task higher than this household. And he's simply a pond and allows larger plan is even the minister is just a tool for a larger plan Allah has for use of reason. But he doesn't know that. The minister doesn't know that the minister's wife doesn't know that the prisoners don't know that the king doesn't know that nobody knows that. That's Allah in charge of his matter. So when I can not fall on nnessee lay on
the moon, however, most people don't even know. But this last phrase, most people don't even know some some of us who don't also, you know, took this last phrase and said, and this may be even referring to the audience of the Prophet slice of them, which is beautiful, like the courage don't even know. Like we're telling the story. And most people don't, that most people don't know why not just most people don't know the story of use of most people don't know how Allah is always overseeing the affairs of someone under oppression. Suicide Islam was in the year of oppression, he was in the year of sadness when the surah was revealed, and allow us to live over his affair. While
the Quraysh were thinking we finally got him. Well, I can knock fallenness Eli on the moon. However, most people don't even know. They don't even know how LS plan works. What they were doing was only setting the stage for what's coming in Medina and what's what's in Medina is only setting the stage for what's coming back to Mecca. Right? There's a larger plan at play. And the same way you so funny. So I'm separated now in a new home and it's pretty remarkable that alesse settled him in Egypt for a time and it was a difficult time still, it came with its own trials. And also Lhasa Salaam is about to be separated from his brother and in Makkah and he's going to be in Medina for a
time and it's gonna come with its own fitna, but it's more settled than McCullough's. It has its own trials. It has its own difficulties with new kinds of fitna, Yusuf Ali Salaam in his family, different kinds of fitna, in Egypt, different kind of fitna, but at least for some time there's breathing room, just like for a suicide Salaam in Medina, there's Reading Room, right? Well, I cannot throw a nasty lie on the moon. However, most people they have no knowledge whatsoever. So without a challenge, I'll conclude today's that I know it's been a long one. barakallahu li walakum filco Hakeem whenever any way I can build it with him salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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