The Life Of Yusuf
Channel: Saad Tasleem
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“The Life of Yusuf (alayhis salaam) and the Pursuit of Justice” at the ICNA-MAS 2017 Convention
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You know, these days, one of the things that we've been talking about a lot is the topic or the issue of social justice, justice on a societal level, as a society, are we just?
I believe that
if not, if we are, we're at least trying to be on the forefront of the fight for social justice. However, with that being said, one of the issues that we are going through today is the issue of justice. On a personal level, what I mean by that is, if we're calling for social justice, if we're calling for a just society, can we really do that? If in our personal lives, we aren't really justice? Can we really do that? In our personal interaction? We may not be just, can we really do that? in our relationships, we aren't really just, you know, to criticize other people to say, you know, society is messed up, those people are messed up. Sometimes, that's just more convenient.
Sometimes it's easier, ironically, to look at the bigger problems and think that that is a resolve that will be solvable, because look at yourself seems far more complicated, it seems far more difficult. It seems like something that, you know, maybe I can accomplish that. And that's why sometimes we run away from our problems, to a cause. We run away into things like social justice, instead of looking at the justice of ourselves, are we an individual, are we as a human being, as a person, they just
are, we are just human beings. And that is why we look at the life of profits.
And we find that they embodied justice on a personal level. And then just also on a societal level, they were able to call for justice in society, because they themselves, individuals, were just, they were known to be just the problem.
himself, he was known Well, before the message of Islam came to him Well, before he received revelation from
the Prophet was how long it was said.
Can we say that about ourselves?
Can we say that in the society that we are doing it, that when people think about Muslims, they say, yes, these people are just in my interaction with them, most of them? I saw that they were just, I saw that they treated me fairly, I saw that they had patience with me, I saw that they were looked at my flaws.
Can we say that about ourselves? And so once again, within the life of the prophets, amongst them, the use of
profits was an executive for us. And I find it the story of using one of the most detailed stories we have
about using it instead of
most certainly in use of whatever What did he and his brothers, there's some there's a sign for diadromous. Secondly, there are Signs for those of us. Meaning you want an example of how to embody
justice, how to live in just life. Then look at what happened between you and his brothers. Look at the wife abusive.
And what's amazing about the life
story of rich I would imagine most people have heard this story.
This story has
been very basic level.
We learned the story. And if you look at his wife abusing it shut us down was wrong.
every step of the way, in his journey, every step of the way, in the story abusive to find him being blocked to the point where they're being processed or abused by the setup the first time in your life. You look at how he went from one situation to another situation to another situation and you saved yourself. No way. It's not possible.
We will say, that's just some extreme bad luck.
Right? You will get the major points of the story of every single one. Until we get to the end, every single one is hitting the wall.
We start off with the brothers and busybodies that are plotting to murder him.
Is there a more treacherous
than to murder someone
to murder your brother.
That's what happened. That's the first major plot point who is going to use Friday sit up, and it's the murder of yours. But they resort to not murdering him. What do they do they want to exercise. So what do they decide? They decide to take him out of the city.
And you know, what's interesting about
that what they wanted that part of their relationship with us Friday said, they went and sought permission from the Father introduce myself. Yeah.
love dearly. And they asked him, they asked him permission to take him. And what
he says no, my fear that if you're not paying attention, a wolf is going to beat him. And how do they respond to him? They say a wolf. Were a strong plan. And we are here. So there's a there's a
there's 10 of us, there's were a large number of big pumpkin,
we will never arrive
at the bottom.
Right? What do they say?
In the lowest part of the wealth, the very bottom of the wealth.
And then they come back to their father.
And what do they say to you? And
they say, you know, we weren't paying attention.
And you think should have been listening to the story for a period? like that just seems like a relief. Lindsay, excuse.
Me, I don't know what
to say about
that. The brothers of
father used by somebody already with a kid, he was already he already had that fear of a wolf eating and they're like, you know, what if we can go with that.
And that'll be very profitable.
And there's more of a chance that they will believe that he needs them. And so they come back and I tell him
what happens next, he sold into slavery. Now you can imagine
the life that you
want going from the bottom up about being in a state of uncertainty, darkness, not just, you know, some safe place
to increase power that will increase somebody's despair. He goes from there to be sold into slavery. He goes from there to we think maybe two situations gonna get better and better, because he's serving
these very powerful men, and they're going to treat him right. But what happens? The wife
tries to seduce him.
He tries to seduce him. And then when that doesn't work, she blames you. And because of that, he goes to prison. Once again.
In prison, there's a glimmer of hope. He meets two young men and he knows that they'll be getting out at some point. And the astronauts help he helps them
and the only thing he asked from them is for them to mention him to the ruler just mentioned, mentioned
mentioned that I'm able to interpret visions and dreams
and what happens, they forget and once you get the story out
Like No way, how is that possible? Like every step of the way, just where it could go wrong.
Every place that something bad can happen or seemingly bad can happen. It does. They forget, they just forgot.
just stayed in business for a number of years, can you imagine being in prison, and you don't want to have
the brothers have
gotten to tell him that he
doesn't know is uncertain from the perspective of users. There is nobody in the world who cares about me,
nobody cares about me. And now we can choose people
that will prosper.
They just mentioned.
And now he's sitting in prison.
Feeling like there's no one out there. Now I bring up this point, because I really want you to feel what that would be, like,
just sitting in prison for years and years and years. That was the abusive kind of setup. Until
How would you react? If you were to be able to feed the people who wronged you? How would we react in a situation where we get to face the people who have caused all the problems in our life, but we do
want to get back with them.
That's why one of the lessons we learned from the story of music is how you may just, even when is the
last part of data give some victory? Not only is he freed from slavery, not only is he freed from prison, he becomes one of the main ministers of the kingdom
and was granted a lofty position.
That was the word
of his trust. And
that was the reward of understanding a bigger picture and a last pilot.
for those who
are those who are conscious of the law, their success,
how many times
does it was one time remind this one.
And because outcome, the successful outcome is for those who have
yet were caught up in these petty cases that prevented you know, he said this about me, I gotta say this about this person. They did this to me, Oh, my God.
And you want to know, like the
latest example of this. Just ask yourself, how you behave, or how you behave
when somebody wants us on the road.
So when it comes to self drives in a way that we don't like,
that is a testimony to our character. That is a testimony to our sense of justice, because you don't want it. We always be like a riding car. You know, one person said, I just somebody's driving faster than you. And they're medium. Somebody's driving slower than you.
Right? Somebody who zooms past you, like, look at this guy. He's gonna kill somebody. Right?
Now you're driving, somebody's going slower than you. Like.
It's got nowhere to be today
has nothing to do with like, nothing's going on. Like, I don't know where to go. Right? We always feel wrong on the road. Well, there's hundreds and 1000s of other drivers, they don't feel the same way. And our sense of justice kicks in on the road, right? How dare this person do such and such to me? And our character begins to reveal itself, our personal sense of justice, we can see reveal itself.
justice on an individual level. And that's why you know, the true character of someone.
Then there's two parties really be able to tell you what the true character of
we can pretend to be what are going on.
We can go the next day, they'd be like, the nicest, kindest person can be in the grocery store and very nice in the whole world.
He sees that day to day
Your children, our children, you know what they are, they're silent observers, and especially when they're young. They may not react
to what we do. They may not say a God,
or whatever, but they see it. Our children know our true character, our children know what happens when we go through difficulty. What happens when we go through a hardship. And that's why the problem is I want to remind you, that us of what we need when we feel wrong, when we go through a difficulty in number sophomore, in particular,
is at the onset of a calamity.
patience is only at the onset of a calamity, which is later on. Yeah, you can act like you're a patient person. And I would say some people are delusional.
Right? Like, they'll slip out or whatever, and get mad yell, all this kind of stuff. But if you speak to this person, you'd like yeah, pretty, pretty basic.
I'm a pretty patient woman, I think I'm pretty good at controlling, like really clicked out on the road, you just flick somebody off.
Right? I think nobody saw it
on the onset of a calamity.
That is what our true character is. And it is in moments like that, that when your body is used to writing and maintaining his morals and his ideals
as he was.
And you know that
as well, because this is a characteristic
that was found in him.
And that's why I was taken away.
When another person is taken away from
one of the things that
he says is
He calls a beautiful, beautiful patient, what his
beautiful patient is.
In his area, he says the beautiful patient, he called patients beautiful because there's something that
you don't know.
He knows, he knew, to only expect good miserable boss,
sooner or later. And that is what gives us our sense of justice.
That is what gives us the ability to be patient.
as we see some
the most knowledgeable he has.
Not only that, he's online wives.
That means that nothing, nothing happens.
Nothing happens, except that a person will have to answer for the injustice that they did. So maybe this life right or wrong.
Maybe this life, someone did something to us, or Muslim people need to know
that if they're conscious of a flaw, if they hold on to their piety, if they hold on to their sense of justice, if they're patient,
take care of everything. Maybe in this life, or maybe not. But at least in the
ultimate Judge of love will give everyone what they deserve. And that is why my brothers and sisters, there is a day of judgment. That's one of the wisdoms of judgment, you know, sometimes judgment.
That's the cause for all we have to answer for anything. But it's not about the other side of that equation. But anyone who is
anyone who was harmed you in any way that they will have to answer on that day. And they're not going to have to answer to just any judge. They're going to ask you to a judge knows every single thing that happened.
There is no one on earth like that. There's no human being who knows everything, all of the facts of every situation, but a lot of Allah
knows, he knows everything. So there can be no one who
is the most wise meaning
has no bias.
Can we say that about?
Can you say that about me?
Is there any one of us that can say Yeah.
comes to me for advice.
We all have some type.
And it factors in how we view things, what we say, what type of judgments we make people, sometimes someone comes to us for the dispute argument, you know, we take sides or not take sides in our bodies factors into that, but
there's no one warfare there.
And as a believer,
believer, when someone walks us, when we're going through these challenges, yes,
we've heard this, you know, this one limit is, but we never
want to cross the boundaries of us. We never want to treat someone unjustly because we have held on because we know
that if we are patient,
that if we do nothing, but leave matters.
I'm saying we should be just, but we are on the side of caution. We don't want to cross the limits. We don't want to cross the limits of justice.
If we are going to reach justice, we have to live just fine.
And that is why
I'm describing this. When describing you old Muslim.
We have been you
the most fabulous people and just people
that you may be witnessed over mankind,
but cannot be prevented.
The moment we are no longer just we don't have sure footing. What can we say to others when we ourselves are not just
is to look within yourself? Yes, fighting for social justice.
we're involved in them, and the plight of others affects us. And it bothers us when we see other people make long course, when we see someone being treated unjustly on a societal level, it should shake us to the to the world. But don't forget about yourself. Because first and foremost, you're going to have to answer about your neffs on the day of judgment and
people are gonna say myself, myself, on the day of judgment. So we asked him
to make us truly this was a nation, this modern values and just
to make this the means of peace, and goodness, wherever we may be. I mean what welcome