Yasir Qadhi – Towards Understanding Surah Yusuf – 11

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi welcomes us to yet another fascinating part of this amazing series and discusses what transpired in the king’s palace that prompted the king to have an interaction with Yusuf AS while in prison. Verses 42 to verse 53 of Surah Yusuf are recited in the same context.

In these verses, Yusuf AS tells one of the two lads who he thought would be safe after listening to their dreams, to take his message to the king that it was incorrect of him to be in prison and save him from this wrongdoing. But the lad ,due to the conniving ways of Shaytan , could not deliver the message of Yusuf AS to the king and hence, he remained in prison for many more years illegally.

After many years, the king had a very strange dream of 7 fat cows being eaten by 7 thin ones and he knew that this dream meant something. He called for his council of ministers and asked them to explain his dream to him if they have the knowledge. They replied that these were jumbled nightmares and was not something to be read into. The audience also had the same lad who had been freed earlier and he remembers Yusuf AS. So, he excuses himself by saying that he will find the interpretation of the dream while all the while knowing that it was only Yusuf AS who could do so. 

So, he lands himself in front of Yusuf AS in prison and asks for the interpretation of the dream in order to make himself famous. Yusuf AS explains the dream immediately without criticizing him or anything of the sort for his failure to get his message delivered to the king earlier.

What was the interpretation of the dream? Listen intently and be mesmerised by the details.


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