STORY OF PROPHET YUSUF IN ISLAM
In the Quran, Allah narrated the Story of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.), which emphasizes deception, isolation, sorrow, and supernatural interventions. Allah explains how a cherished son was kidnapped from his devoted father and turned into a slave. The Story of Prophet Yusuf demonstrates how reliance and loyalty may triumph against resistance and lack of loyalty.
In contrast to other narratives in the Qur’an that Allah related in a variety of surahs,
One sura contains the entire Story of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.), also known as the Story of Joseph. The 12th surah of the Quran, which comprises 66 verses, was named after the Prophet Yusuf (a.s.).
The Story of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) is a story of unwavering patience in the face of adversity. Additionally, it demonstrates how Muslims can resist temptations. Like the previous prophets of Allah, Yusuf (a.s.) served as an example for Muslims in how to live their life. He set an example for others to follow by conducting his life in accordance with Allah’s laws.
Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) was the dearest son of Prophet Yaqub (Jacob), who additionally had 11 other children. Binyamin, who was the most youthful, was from the same mother as Yusuf, while the rest were older half-brothers.
Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) when he was a boy got up one sublime morning enchanted by a lovely dream he recently had. He raced to his father in fervor and said, “O my father, for sure I have seen eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.” Yaqub was excited in acknowledgment that his dear child was for sure picked by Allah to be given Prophethood. Notwithstanding, Yaqub was worried about his elder sons’ conceivable response to this portrayal, for despite the fact that he treated them the equivalent, they held on envy towards Prophet Yusuf. He accordingly cautioned Yusuf against relating his fantasy to his siblings, in case they plot for his destruction.
With the progression of time, the malignance in the hearts of Yusuf’s siblings continued to develop. They tricked Yusuf on the basis of the fact that they felt he was extraordinary and they weren’t. Unfit to deal with their feelings they formulated a plan to dispose of Yusuf by tossing him into a well. Thus, on one occasion they moved toward their dad and proposed that he send Yusuf to accompany them on an excursion. A greatly hesitant Yaqub (A.S.) said, “Without a doubt, it disheartens me that you ought to take him and I dread that a wolf would eat him while you are uninformed.” But the siblings demanded that they would take intense consideration of him and that they Yusuf would enjoy a lot.
The next day, Yusuf left with his brothers. They went far, in the quest of a well deep enough to throw their sibling into. At the point when they, at last, arrived at the well, in the guise of drinking water they drove him to it, snatched him, and took off his shirt. Yusuf (A.S.) started confronting them and begged them to give up. The siblings in the long run outpowered Yusuf and tossed him down the well and ran back home.
The siblings raced to their father taking Yusuf’s shirt that was spread with sheep’s blood. They cried, “O our father, to be sure we went dashing with one another and left Yusuf with our assets, and a wolf ate him.” Yaqub was dubious of their story, he in his heart accepted his child was as yet alive and that the siblings were probably captivated by Shaitan (satan) to do evil. He commented that the wolf was to be sure merciful to have gobbled his child up without tearing his shirt! He bore the deprivation with persistence and appealed to God for his child’s protected return.
In the meantime, Yusuf figured out how to stick onto a stone edge, he supplicated intensely to Allah to concede his salvation. Before long, a caravan destined for Egypt halted at this well to get water. The water drawer pulled up his bucket and was stunned to see the attractive kid gripping onto the rope. The caravan individuals promptly shackled Yusuf and took him along to Egypt. Here, he was unloaded and sold as a captive to the most elevated bidder who turned out to be the financial officer, Al-Azeez. Yusuf’s new master, who had no kids, was totally taken with Yusuf. He recommended his partner to give Yusuf serious attention and to consider either using him as a slave or adopting him as a child.
Yusuf did not just grow up to be an attractive young fellow but on the other hand, was honored with uncommon knowledge and wisdom by Allah. His trustworthiness won the core of Al-Azeez, who set Yusuf responsible for his family. During this period, Prophet Yusuf was gone up against his subsequent challenge. Zulaika, Al-Azeez’s better half, who watched Yusuf for many days, started to feel energetic about him. Her fixation increased to a certain extent where she was frantic to satisfy her longing.
At some point, when her husband was away from home, she shut the entryways and welcomed Yusuf to her. Yusuf, dreading Allah, answered, “[I seek] asylum in Allah. For sure, he is my lord, who has made great my home. Indeed miscreants won’t succeed.” He dismissed and run towards the closed door to get away. Zulaika pursued him in distress and got his shirt from the back which made his shirt torn. The door opened and Al-Azeez entered. Ashamed, she hurried to him and cried, “What is the recompense of the person who expected evil for your significant other however that he be imprisoned or a difficult punishment?” Yusuf was confused. He kept on denying his wife’s case saying, “It was she who tried to entice me.”
Al-Azeez was a fair man. He was befuddled and uncertain of whom to trust. So he counseled his wife’s cousin for guidance. “On the off chance that his shirt is torn from the front, she has come clean, and he is of the liars,” said the cousin. Subsequently, Yusuf’s honesty was demonstrated. Al-Azeez apologized for his better half’s foulness and swore Yusuf to keep this incident a secret.
In any case, the tale of Zulaika’s interest spread. Different ladies started disparaging her personality. Upset, Zulaika intended to demonstrate to them her defenseless response to Yusuf’s exceptional attractiveness. Consequently, she welcomed these ladies to a feast at her home one day. There she served them fruit alongside blades. At the point when the ladies were joyfully talking away while cutting fruits, Zulaika brought Yusuf. The ladies gazed toward him. Flabbergasted at such celestial magnificence, they cut their hands without acknowledging they had. Zulaika jumped all over the opportunity to declare that this was the person of whom she was accused. She then cautioned Yusuf that assuming he denied her again he would be detained, to which Yusuf answered, “My Lord, jail is more I would prefer than that to which they welcome me.” That evening Zulaika persuaded her significant other that the best way to shield her honor and his distinction was to put Yusuf in jail. Consequently, Yusuf was tossed into prison.
During Yusuf’s time in prison, he was offered the capacity to decipher dreams by Allah. Two of Yusuf’s fellow prisoners, affected by his devotion, looked for him to have their fantasies made sense of. One envisioned that he was serving the king wine and the other was conveying bread on his head which two birds were eating up. Yusuf at first called them to Allah, then, at that point, deciphered, “O two partners of jail, with respect to one of you, he will give drink to his master of wine; however concerning the other, he will be killed, and the birds will eat from his head. The matter has been announced about which you both ask.” And he shared with the one whom he knew would go free, “Mention me before your lord.” But Shaitan caused him to fail to remember the notice [to] his lord, and Yaqub stayed in jail quite a long while.
On one occasion the ruler of Egypt had an odd dream. He gathered his men and said, “Without a doubt, I have seen seven fat cows being eaten by seven [that were] lean, and seven green spikes [of grain] and others [that were] dry. O prominent ones, make sense of for me my vision, assuming that you ought to decipher dreams.” The cupbearer, who promptly recollected his friend in jail, educated the King regarding Yusuf and his immaculate dream interpretations. The King shipped off his cupbearer to jail to meet with Yusuf and ask about the exceptional dream.
Yusuf was thrilled at seeing his companion and realize that this was to be sure of the plan of Allah. He described to him, “You will plant for 7 years successively; and what you reap leave in its spikes, with the exception of a little from which you will eat. Then will come after that seven troublesome [years] which will consume what you progressed [saved] for them, with the exception of a little from which you will store. Then will come after that a year in which individuals will be given downpour and in which they will press [olives and grapes].”
Stunned, the king requested Yusuf to be introduced before him. Prophet Yusuf, notwithstanding, wouldn’t leave jail until his honesty was demonstrated. The lord subsequently called the ladies involved in Yusuf’s incident. The ones who had their hands cut, talked about Yusuf’s honesty before the King, “Allah restrict! We know about him no evil.”
refrain 51 from Surah Yusuf:
The spouse of Al-Azeez was caught. She admitted to the King, “the reality has become apparent. It was I who tried to tempt him, and for sure, he is honest.”
In this manner, Yusuf’s honesty was demonstrated. Let out of jail, Yusuf remained before the King to say thanks to him for his liberality. The ruler who was incredibly dazzled by Yusuf’s honest idiosyncrasies and his lovely character drove him to be assigned as storekeeper over the storage facilities across his territory.
Yusuf reaped and put away harvests during the seven years of richness. Then, at that point, there moved toward the long stretches of starvation, that additionally reached the family of Yaqub in Canaan. Yaqub sent every one of his children with the exception of Binyamin to Egypt to buy arrangements. Yusuf quickly perceived his siblings and accommodated them, yet kept his personality secret. He nonchalantly asked about their loved ones. The siblings educated the storekeeper regarding their home back in Canaan and their dad and sibling back home. Prophet Yusuf informed them to bring their younger sibling along sometime later, or they will get no further provisions. He likewise positioned the cash they had paid with their provisions as a motivator to return.
The siblings got back and said, “O our father, the measure has been denied to us, so send with us our sibling [that] we will be given measure. What’s more, without a doubt, we will be his protectors.” Yaqub was infuriated. How is it that he could trust them when they had failed him appallingly with Yusuf previously? After some time their requirements pressed Yaqub to send Binyamin with them for additional provisions. He made their sacred vow to shield him. At the point when they arrived at Egypt, Yusuf drew Binyamin to the side and murmured into his ear, “For sure, I am your sibling, so don’t surrender over what they used to do [to me].”
The next day, Prophet Yusuf filled his siblings’ sacks with grain. He then, at that point, covertly put the King’s golden bowl in Binyamin’s pack.
On leaving, the siblings were halted by the King’s officers who were searching for the King’s missing cup. The packs of the siblings’ were looked and the missing cup was recovered from the sack of the most youthful sibling, Binyamin. The warriors cried, “O caravan, without a doubt you are thieves.” The siblings were stunned! The siblings quickly recalled their debilitated dad back home, and their commitment to shield Binyamin at all expense. They asked the warriors to deliver their more youthful siblings and take one of them rather. however the troopers declined. The oldest among the siblings said, “I won’t ever leave this land until my father allows me or Allah chooses for me.” So the other siblings left Egypt abandoning the oldest.
At the point when Yaqub learned of his youngest child’s problem he endlessly sobbed until he became visually impaired. He depended on prayer for solace for he realize that no one but Allah could facilitate his aggravation. Before long, he told his children to get back to the King’s territory and ask about their siblings.
The children got back to Egypt indeed. They met with Prophet Yusuf and argued that misfortune had come to pass for them. Prophet Yusuf then, at that point, addressed them in their local language, “Do you have any idea what you did to Yusuf and his sibling when you were oblivious?” It didn’t take long for the siblings to understand that this was for sure their tragically missing sibling and started to shudder out of dread. Be that as it may, Yusuf supports them saying, “No rebuke on you this day, may Allah pardon you.” He then said, “Take this, my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father; his visual perception will return.”
As taught, the siblings cast Yusuf’s shirt over their dad’s face and Allah inexplicably reestablished his visual perception! They importuned their dad to look for Allah’s forgiveness for them. Together, they set out to Egypt where Prophet Yusuf energetically invited them. Prophet Yusuf raised his father upon the throne and said, “O my father, this is the clarification of my vision of previously. My Lord has made it a reality. What’s more, He was surely great to me when He took me out from jail and brought you [here] from bedouin life after Satan had actuated [estrangement] among me and my siblings. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. For sure, He is the Knowing, the Wise.” Thus, Allah rejoined the father and child.
Illustration: Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) from his fantasy realized he was bound for greatness someday however it appeared every step of the way of his life he was met with troubles and difficulty. He was double-crossed by his siblings, sold as a slave, and treacherously detained. Prophet Yusuf might have decided to be harsh and question Allah by saying, “I thought you had appointed for me significance”. He might have handily griped and inquired “for what reason do these things continue to happen to me”. Yet, he had some better sense, he realized Allah had an arrangement for himself and he needed to simply keep the confidence. Yusuf realized simply by focusing on being the best he could, approaching individuals right and with honor, accomplishing more than whatever was requested that Allah would take care of him.
Lessons from Prophet Yusuf’s story (a.s.)
There are various teachings on admirable traits that Muslims should strive to imitate in the Story of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.).
Patience is first. Yusuf (a.s.) was sold into slavery, tossed into a well, and then imprisoned. He never wavered and never gave up because he was confident that Allah had something better in store for him.
Being modest is the second. He wasn’t going to be tempted by the woman, despite her obsession with him. He was always modest and upright and respected Allah above all else.
The third is showing mercy. Yusuf (a.s.) nevertheless forgave his brothers and prayed for their welfare despite everything they had caused him to go through. He had no resentments.
He was a prophet of Allah, as evidenced by his deeds. By imitating his remarkable human attributes to draw closer to Allah, we can learn a lot from Prophet Yusuf’s Story.
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