Practice piety and patience
The bitter pill
There are still many lessons in this surah. There is a long catalogue of troubles and trials that befell Yusuf (peace be upon him).
Our perception is that these are all negative – from being thrown in the well to being falsely accused and imprisoned.
Yet all these bitter events and challenges and different levels of suffering and patience and taqwa, lead him to becoming the ruler of Egypt.
This story always reminds me of the ayah where Allah Almighty says;
But it may be that you dislike something while it is good for you, and it may be that you like something while it is bad for you. God knows, and you do not know. Al-Baqarah:216
The troubles that Yusuf experienced at every level – personal, reputations and community level, made him what he was.
Allah knows and we don’t know. It’s all in His knowledge .
As Yusuf always submitted to the will of Allah and accepted his destiny, he was able to navigate through his tests with the support of Allah.
Big hearts and big minds
When Yusuf was on the throne and his brothers came and asked for forgiveness. They said,
By God, God has preferred you over us. We were definitely in the wrong.’ Yusuf:92
Yusuf’s reply was magnanimous and he made this famous statement:
He said, ‘There is no blame upon you today. God will forgive you. He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.’ Yusuf:92
This is similar to the statement that the Prophet (peace be upon him) made in Makkah after he conquered it, and he addressed the same people of Mecca who had persecuted him and the believers. He said:
What do you think I will do with you?’ They appealed to him for clemency, by saying he was the ‘son of a generous brother.’ And he too forgave them, saying: ‘There is no blame on you today. (Bayhaqi)
Big hearts, big minds and big souls treat those who have wronged them with mercy. They take the moral high ground, rather than stoop to a lower level.
Yusuf’s is a very inspiring story. It is summarised in the 3 points of his statement – have the right intention, have patience and have taqwa, for they are never wasted.
He who practices piety and patience—God never fails to reward the righteous. Yusuf:90
Don’t ever think an atom of your taqwa or patience is wasted. If you trust that Allah will never waste your good deeds, then they will be secure in your account.
May Allah enable us to have taqwa and be among the muhsineen. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim
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