Seek protection from Allah and resist temptation

Temptations

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.

Resist temptation

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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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001.His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.