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Dr.Reda - When you hear the name of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam you have two choices.....either send sallams upon him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam or send salam's upon him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam
Surat Yusuf is an encyclopedia of themes. Dr.Reda mentioned that there are over 300 lessons that can be derived from it. and yes, all of these lessons can be implemented in our lives today :)
Saying bismillah before starting anything is the key to maintaining and reviving your intention. The reward comes when you do the action for Allah subhana wa ta'la.
Who did we learn the Qur'an from? The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam
Did he sal Allahu alayhi wa salam learn it by listening to it or by reading it? Listening to it because he was illiterate, subhan'Allah
Thus, step one to learning the Qur'an is listening to it! How else would we learn the difference between the "alif lam meem" in the beginning of surat al-baqarah and the "alam" at the beginning of surat al-Feel for example
Allah subhana wa ta'la always keeps His promises! His promise to protect the Qur'an can be seen in the very fact that millions of people around the world have it memorized by heart. People who don't even speak Arabic or understand the Qur'an's full meaning have it commited to mind. subhan'Allah!
The Qur'an has two forms: written form and oral form. Even if someone was to attempt to tamper with the written form there are those millions who have it memorized who would know right away that someone has tried to change it.
Surat Yusuf is the story of the 3 shirts and the 3 dreams.
1) Yusuf's [alayhi sallam] dream of the sun, moon 11 stars bowing to him
2) The dreams of the prisoners who were in jail with Yusuf
3) The dream of the King which Yusuf interpreted
1) The shirt Yusuf's brothers brought back to their father with the fake blood
2) Yusuf's shirt which the wife Al-Aziz tore from the back
3) Yusuf's shirt that he told his brothers to place on his father's face to restore his sight
Gentleness is a key ingredient in raising children. When Yaqub alayhi sallam would speak to Yusuf and his other sons he would use names they loved.
For example when he would speak to Yusuf he would say "Ya Bunayya" which in English would only mean 'oh my son' but it's more than that. Dr.Reda mentioned that it would mean, "oh my dear little son".
Allah subhana wa ta'la chooses and selects from His servants whom He wishes. Allah chose Yusuf from the 12 sons of Yaqub and we shouldn't ask why. Allah's knowledge and wisdom is far beyond what we can comprehend.
We are meant to be questioned not Allah.
Children sees dreams as well and they shouldn't be seen as trivial or taken lightly. Yusuf alayhi sallam was but 7 or 8 years old when he saw the dream of the sun, moon and 11 stars bowing to him.
True dreams of the Prophets are revelations. A'isha radi Allahu anha stated in a hadeeth in Bukhari that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam wouldn't see a dream but have it realized the next morning.
Surat Yusuf moves from scene to scene without giving too much details of the 'in-between'. Allah subhana wa ta'la wants us to use our imagination and reflect upon what we are reading.
Allah subhana wa ta'la tells the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam that He is "relating the best of stories" to him.
This is the best of stories because:
1) Allah is the One telling us this story!! There is nothing false in this story...no make-belief!
2) This is the only story in the Qur'an told in one complete surah. The stories of the other Prophets are scattered throughout the Qur'an.
3) There are over 300 lessons that can be derived from this surah alone
4) The mold of stories fall into 2 categories. They either have one main character and the events in the story revolve around them or there is one main event and multiple characters surrounding that event. Surat Yusuf has BOTH!
There is no such thing as a perfect crime. When Yusuf's brothers brought back his shirt covered in blood claiming a wolf had eaten him, Yaqub said "How merciful was the wolf that ate my son Yusuf that it devoured him without even ripping his shirt"
subhan'Allah, they didn't think their plan all the way through.
Yusuf's brothers weren't 'professional' criminals. To see if someone is 'evil' or a true threat look at how the become angry.
Top to Bottom - anger decreases over time. They're infuriated but over time they calm down and don't do what they initially planned to do.
Bottom to Top - anger rises up. The anger builds...for example: I'm going to just tell them they hurt my feelings....I'm going to yell at them......I'm so mad I'm going to beat them up....etc.
In the Surah, Yusuf's brothers first say they want to kill him but in the end they decided not to and to simply 'get rid' of him. Their anger was from Top to Bottom.
When a test in life comes your way remember the hereafter and think to those who were patience like Yusuf alayhi sallam. He was punished for a 'crime' he had no control over, seeing a dream and having his brothers become jealous of him.
In ayah 15 Allah is telling Yusuf not to worry. He is comforting him as He does all the believers when they are facing hardships. Allah subhana wa ta'la tells Yusuf he isn't alone and He tells him that he will someday see his brothers [be reunited with them] and he will recognize them but they wouldn't recognize him.
Patience comes when we look ahead and think, "what will I get out of this in the end?"
Our lives are no different than animals if all we do is eat, drink and sleep! Why are you here? Understand your purpose and your goal and the patience will come.
It is from Allah's mercy that He protects us from sins. We shouldn't think for we are better than someone who sins because it is from Allah's guidance and mercy that you are protected from them. Yusuf alayhi sallam sought refuge in Allah when the wife of al-Aziz sought to seduce him.
We need to seek help from Allah in our times of weakness and He will protect us inshaAllah.
When Allah subhana wa ta'la wants to mention how beautiful something is He uses the angels as a comparison. In the surah, Allah tells us that the women who cut their hands after seeing Yusuf proclaimed that he "couldn't be human but a noble angel".
We have never seen angels and can only imagine what they look like. Their beauty and image may look different in each person's mind. Allah leaves it up to our imagination, just as we attempt to imagine the beauty of Yusuf alayhi sallam
What ever Allah gives you in life, use it to please Him subhana wa ta'la.
Yusuf alayhi salam taught us the way to perfect our way of giving dawah. He taught us that one of the best ways is to pose questions to the people. While in jail he asked the two men to think about what the situation would be like in the universe if there were more than one God.
Even in jail he was still giving dawah!! Calling to the religion of Allah after everything he had been through! Where as we become frustrated when someone doesn't come to Islam after we talk to them for 9 seconds.
Also his humbleness, mashaAllah. When addressing them he would say "my two companions of prison". He was wrongfully accused, he is the best of lineage and a Prophet of Allah but he still humbled himself.
Always link everything you've been blessed with back to Allah. When Yusuf was asked by the two men in the jail to interpret their dreams, he said that his ability to do so was from what Allah had taught him. So we should ascribe all blessing back to Allah subhana wa ta'la.
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