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Reflections from Surah Yusuf (DꞮFFEƦENT DEGƦEES OF LOVE FOƦ CHꞮLDƦEN & 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙛𝙚)

TOPIC 1: *ON PƦOPHET YAQUB (AS)’S DꞮFFEƦENT DEGƦEES OF LOVE FOƦ HꞮS CHꞮLDƦEN*

TOPIC 2: “𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 & 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙛𝙚”

 

TOPIC 1: *ON PƦOPHET YAQUB (AS)’S DꞮFFEƦENT DEGƦEES OF LOVE FOƦ HꞮS CHꞮLDƦEN*

Both 𝐓𝐚𝐟𝐬𝐢𝐫 𝐉𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧 & 𝐓𝐚𝐟𝐬𝐢𝐫 𝐌𝐚’𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧 (𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐲) mentioned that: “𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐘𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐟 (𝐀𝐒)’𝐬 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 of Yusuf (AS) which may have led them to become uncomfortable at the prospect of his coming rise in status, and which may have made them envious of him. They talked about it among themselves: “We see that our father loves Yusuf and his brother Benyamin much more than us, although we are ten of us and older than them. We have the ability and group strength to manage the affairs of the family while they both are small children who cannot do much. 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞.” 𝐈𝐧 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡.

However, 𝐓𝐚𝐟𝐬𝐢𝐫 𝐀𝐬-𝐒𝐚𝐝𝐢 mentioned: The brothers said that their father (Yakub (AS) was making an obvious mistake because he had favoured them (Yusuf (AS) & Benyamin) over them 𝐟𝐨𝐫 “𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐛𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧”.

𝐒𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐛𝐮𝐥 𝐀𝐥𝐚 𝐌𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐮𝐝𝐢 mentioned in ‘The Meaning of the Quran’ in a different perspective that:“Yaqub (AS) had a genuine fear that Yusuf (AS)’s ten step-brothers would become all the more envious of him when they would hear the dream. So he warned his righteous son (Yusuf (AS) not to mention his dream to his brothers, 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙩, and therefore, they were up to any evil design against him out of envy.”

𝐃𝐫 𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐪 𝐀𝐥-𝐒𝐮𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧 mentioned in the ‘Stories of the Prophets in Al-Quran’ that:“Prophet Yaqub (AS) didn’t know the meaning of this dream but he knew that a great honour would one day be bestowed upon Yusuf (AS). He also knew that Yusuf’s elder brothers envied him and so instructed him (Yusuf (AS) to not mention the dream to them.

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧. 𝐇𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫, 𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐨𝐛𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦.”

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Many scholars have highlighted a valuable lesson for parents which is to not express more love towards one child over another as it may result in increased jealousy of other siblings towards the one.

However, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙨: 𝘼 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙔𝙖𝙦𝙪𝙗 (𝘼𝙨) 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙮 (𝙤𝙛 𝙄𝙢𝙖𝙖𝙣) 𝙤𝙛 𝙔𝙪𝙨𝙪𝙛 (𝘼𝙎) 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚, 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙖 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙞𝙢.

May The Merciful have mercy & blessings upon Yaqub (AS).

 

TOPIC 2: “𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 & 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙛𝙚”

 

The man who bought Yusuf (As) as a slave was the Minister of Finance of Egypt and carried the title ‘Al-Aziz’. Al-Aziz belonged to the aristocratic class among the Egyptian society. Yet despite their apparent lofty position, they didn’t value honor and dignity. All honest men of honor and dignity would be enraged with such a treacherous and insulting betrayal of honor as shown and proved by Al-Aziz’s wife. But he took the matter lightly.

“𝗢 𝗬𝘂𝘀𝘂𝗳 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿! (𝗢 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻) 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘂𝗹𝘁!”(𝗬𝘂𝘀𝘂𝗳:𝟮𝟵)

He simply closed the matter as if it was a small incident. Yusuf (as) was asked to pass over the incident, to forget about it and not to mention about it to others.

No stern action or warning was taken against his wife despite her shameful behaviour. She was not even admonished. She was only told to ask for forgiveness. Al Aziz knew his wife had committed a sin and was at fault. But he wanted to protect his image!

Such was and still is the case against the aristocrats where dignity had been plucked away and the feeling of shame has completely disappeared. Dignity had no value and shame had no meaning. A man was not even protective of his own wife and tolerated her indecency and betrayal. She was simply an object or symbol of status!

Ref: [1] In the Shade of the Qur’an, Sayyid Qutb

[2] Stories of the Prophets, Vol 2, Tareq SuwaidanLikeCommentShare

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