Seek protection from Allah and resist temptation
The trials and tests Yusuf (peace be upon him) endured during his life as a child and afterwards are well known to us.
She in whose house he was living tried to seduce him. She shut the doors, and said, “I am yours.” He said, “God forbid! He is my Lord. He has given me a good home. Sinners never succeed.” Yusuf:23
Among these, Allah Almighty mentioned in detail, how this woman tried to seduce him and said, ‘I’m yours’. This was a very difficult situation – alone with her, with the doors locked and the woman had the authority and she’d cleared the servants, not to be traced by anyone, no one could see them but Allah.
Yusuf was connected to Allah – and he said, ‘ma’adh Allah’ – I seek refuge in Allah.
The VIPs in akhirah
This reminds me of the Hadith of the 7 categories of people who will receive the shade of the throne on the Day of Judgement.
One of these 7, is the man who turns down the advances of a beautiful and high ranking woman because he fears Allah. This is what we see in the story of Yusuf.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Seven people Allah will give them His Shade on the Day when there would be no shade but the Shade of His Throne (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection): And they are: a just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosques, two men who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman with status seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer and) says: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a man who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes become tearful.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
We have many temptations in our life – of all varieties, in education, business, online and offline.
Our response to any temptation is to seek refuge in Allah. Train yourself to say:
‘I myself am weak. I may fail. I may give in to temptation… if you do not take these temptations away from me, I might slip.’
This is the core lesson from Yusuf.
If you seek protection from Allah and resist temptation, not only will Allah protect you in dunya, but He will elevate you in the akhirah and give you VIP treatment in the akhirah.
We ask Allah to help us avoid temptation, and grant us His protection. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim
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