LESSONS FROM SURAH YUSUF-Continued from the previous issue
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LESSONS FROM SURAH YUSUF-Continued from the previous issue

  1. Whilst Islam strongly advocates always entertaining good thoughts of someone especially a Muslim, having negative thoughts about someone when there are accompanying evidences to support this suspicion is not prohibited. In fact this is what is expected from a believer. For Nabi Yaqoob Alaihis Salaam said to his sons after they came to him claiming that a wolf ate Yusuf Alaihis Salaam, “Nay, but your own selves have made up a tale.” When they asked to take care of Bin Yameen (Yusuf Alaihis Salaams other brother) He said to them "Can I entrust him to you except as I entrusted his brother (Yusuf) to you before?”

In a world filled with con artists and scamster’s and others who think nothing of conning and fleecing their next unwary victims of huge amounts of money etc the above should serve as a lesson to us. As much as we would like to think good of the next Muslim brother or sister we also need to remind ourselves that Islam is a religion which is practical and therefore also teaches us to be wary of unscrupulous people who seem to abound in the times we live in. Thus if a person looks ‘shady’ or doubtful to one or may be if they do have a ‘track record’ then it would be permissible to keep our guards up. Guilty until proven innocent works two ways.

  1. If one does not want another person to be aware of something one has or something one intends to do, one should use a subtle means of distraction that does not contain any lies. As Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam did when he put the golden bowl into his brother’s bag, and he then took the golden bowl out of his brother’s bag leading them think that their brother is the one who stole it. After which he said, "Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property.” Notice he did not say, “We found our property with him”, or “He stole our property.” Rather, he made a general statement that can apply to this situation as well as others, and there is nothing wrong with what he did. For all he did was made them think that their brother stole the golden bowl, so that his youngest brother can remain with him. It must be noted that he had no sinister objectives behind this act. All he wanted was to have the company of his brother.


 

  1. It is not permissible for a person to bear witness except to that which he has sure knowledge of. He acquires this knowledge either by witnessing it himself or by being informed by a trustworthy person of this. This is gleaned from the statement of the brothers of Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam when they said, “We testify not except according to what we know.” Those who testify without any knowledge would be tried in an Islamic court for false evidence which is a major sin.


 

  1. The permissibility of informing others of the difficulties one is enduring, as long as this is not done in a manner that indicates one is annoyed or displeased with the decree of Allah Ta’ala (May Allah Ta’ala protect us) is permissible, for the brothers of Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam complained, “O ruler of the land! A hard time has hit us and our family,” and Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam did not object to their statement. Had it been wrong he would have immediately stopped them.

  2. Two qualities within a believer draws the help of Allah Ta’ala like no other. This is promised in the Qur’aan where Allah Ta’ala says, in the words of Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam “Allah has indeed been gracious to us. Verily, he who fears Allah and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good-doers) to be lost." Therefore Sabr and Taqwa are two most formidable and powerful weapons of a believer. Sahaba Ridwaanul laahi Alaihim Ajmaeen rose from the depths of slavery and servitude to become rulers of the world when they equipped themselves with these two qualities. The ummah today finds itself in the miserable and deplorable state of being subjected and subjugated. Instead of remaining the rulers we have become the ruled. Do we need to cite the reasons or is it glaringly evident?


 

  1. The one whom Allah Ta’ala has blessed after being in a state of poverty or distress should acknowledge the bounties of Allah Ta’ala upon him by constantly remembering his previous condition. Thus he would be able to thank Allah Ta’ala every time he remembers his previous condition, as Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam did and said, “He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of the prison, and brought you (all here) out of the bedouin-life, after Shaytaan had sown enmity between me and my brothers.”

In the above is a lesson for all of us who today have forgotten our humble beginnings. A true believer remembers Allah Ta’ala in all conditions regardless of them being adverse or prosperous. In adversity He calls unto Allah Ta’ala seeking His assistance and in prosperity he still calls out to Allah Ta’ala offering his gratitude. Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaam not only mentioned his past of adversity but he also made sure that it became the reason for offering gratitude for the prosperous conditions he now enjoyed. Today many a person who enjoys the bounties of Allah Ta’ala has forgotten that at one time he was Mr Nobody. He forgets the time when his days and nights were plagued by need and poverty and as such instead of becoming grateful now as he enjoys Allah Ta’ala’s bounties, he becomes proud and arrogant. It is very beautifully said that two conditions define us i.e. our patience when we have nothing and our attitudes when we have everything! These two qualities are indispensable in the life of a true believer. If either one is missing something is amiss!

  1. The servant should always exalt Allah Ta’ala for keeping him steadfast upon Imaan by constantly doing those deeds that causes one’s Imaan to remain firm. Imaan is like a delicate and beautiful flower that needs to be constantly watered by the waters of righteous actions for it to survive and grow even more beautiful. Left untendered and uncared for, like a flower it will wither eventually and could even face death. Also one should always ask Allah Ta’ala for good end results in all our efforts and endeavours. The best of what we should ask Allah Ta’ala though is death with Imaan and death whilst He is pleased with us. Nabi Yusuf Alaihis Salaams duaa was “My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim, and join me with the righteous."

 

May Allah Ta’ala guide us all and grant us the Tawfeeq of adopting the above lessons in our lives, Aameen!

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