Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sayyedna Yousaf (A.S.)
Ishaq (AS), Yaqoob (AS) and Yousaf(AS) (Part 1).
Key points of the topic.
  • 12 sons of Yaqoob (AS) and best was Yusaf (AS).
  • The story of Sayyedna Yousaf is unique in Quran
  • The whole Sura is talking about Yousaf (A.S.) to give us a complete story and experience of a Nabi of Allah from the beginning to the end.
  • Dream of Yousaf (AS): Yousaf was very young at that time. He saw dream that eleven planets and the sun and the moon are making sajood (prostration) to him.
  • He told his father about this dream. His father told him don’t relate this vision of your to your brothers because they were already jealous of Yousaf (AS).
  • Allah is telling us that we should say good words. The good word is a weapon against Satan because Satan is using the words against us.
Lessons and implication of message into my professional and personal life.
·         Jealousy and enmity leads to bad consequences.
·         Satan is the enemy of Human beings.
·         We should say good words as they are the weapon against Satan and he uses our words against us.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 2).
Key points of the topic.
  • Yaqqob (AS) interpreted dream of Yousaf (AS).
  • Ta’weel is interpretation. Ahadith are speeches, words, dreams, and different things. So doesn’t necessarily mean only dreams.
  • Yousaf (AS) was the noblest man as His grandfather is a Prophet and his great grandfather is a Prophet and he is a Prophet himself. That’s the best lineage, Yousaf, Ibn-i-Yaqub, ibn-i-Ishaq, ibn-i-Ibrahim (A.S).
  • Yousaf was the most beloved in the eyes of his father. And these brothers disliked that and they were jealous. And we said that jealousy blinds the heart.
  • The brothers of Yousaf made a plan to kill, assassinate their brother.
  • They intended to make tauba before making this sin. They said ‘we will kill him and then we will make tauba’.
  • One of them who was the softest among them, he said, ‘No. Don’t kill Yousaf; instead throw him in the well’. 
  • Brothers of Yousaf (AS) said to Yaqoob (AS) to letm them bring Yousaf (AS) to play and enjoy.
  • Yaqoob (AS) said that he couldn’t bear to be separated from Yousaf (AS) for one day and wolf could eat him.
  • They took Yousaf (AS) and through him in the well and slaughter a goat and stained the shirt of Yousaf (AS) with blood.
  • They came crying to Yaqoob (AS) and said that wolf ate him.
  • Yaqoob (AS) stated that I feared this and so patience is best and I will seek assistance from Allah.
·         A caravan of travelers passed by and finds Yousaf (AS) in the well.
·         They were happy because this was a fortune. In those times slaves will get you a lot of money.
·         They sold him for good price. Even though they got a good deal for Yousaf (AS) but Allah is saying it’s a low price because they never knew who was in their hands.
·         Allah put him in difficulties and established him in Egypt. He got trained in the house of Al-Aziz.
·         He was going through knowledge and experience from all these events.
Leadership and Management Attributes.
·         Patience.
·         Seek assistance from Allah.
·         Wisdom and knowledge.
·         Experience.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
·         It gives us the lesson to be patient in most painful situations and always seek help and assistance from Allah Almighty.
·         Allah gives us experiences and knowledge through giving us difficult and tough times to polish and enhance our capabilities.
·         Jealousy and hatred blinds the heart of the person and he can’t distinguish between right and wrong as a result commits sins.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         Allah put Muslim Ummah in difficulties to establish them in the world as HE did with Yousaf (AS), companions (R.A) and other Prophets (AS).
  • Jealousy took the wisdom away from people and makes them blind. It makes insignificant big things and makes small things big in the eyes of the people.
  • Crying is not the sign of innocence and truth.
  • Remain patient even in most painful situations.
  • Always seek assistance from Allah Almighty.
  • Intension to make Tauba before committing sins never gives any advantage.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 3).
Key points of the topic.
·         Yousaf grew up in the house of Al-Aziz.
·         Allah gave knowledge and good judgmental ability. Hukm is judgment and ilm is knowledge.
·         Good judgment (hukma) is the ability to judge events or the correct estimation and assessment of things. And that is a skill and knowledge something else.
·         Wife of Al-Aziz wanted to commit fornication with Yousaf (AS).
·         Yousaf (AS) seeks refuge in Allah and asks help from Him.
·         Yousaf (AS) is the leader of the ones who come under the shade of Allah on the Day of Judgment because of his persistency and seeking refuge of Allah.
·         Al-Aziz came and his wife blamed Yousaf (AS) and suggested punishment of jail for him.
·         A guest came and knowing the issue gave the suggestion that if the shirt of Yousaf is torn from the front, then she is telling the truth. If the shirt of Yousaf is torn from the back, then she is lying because if the shirt is torn from the front, it means that Yousaf was attacking her and she was fighting him. This shirt was torn from the back, so she was lying.
·         Al-Aziz said to Yousaf (AS) to forget about it and ask her wife to seek forgiveness from Allah.
·         Some woman from rich and famous of the high-class gossiped about it and news was spreading.
·         So the wife of al-Aziz wanted to teach them a lesson. She invited these women gave them knives and then she told them to start eating fruits. She made Yousaf walk in front of them.
    Leadership and Management Attributes.
·         Ilm which is knowledge.
·         Hukm: Judgmental ability.
·         Information about the contemporary issues.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
It teaches us the lesson to not only gain knowledge but try to utilize the knowledge. We should seek refuge from Allah Almighty and ask for his help and assistance because we are weak and powerless while He has whole authority and control over us. We should always show our gratitude to our seniors and show it through our actions.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         Hukm and ilm (good judgment of events and knowledge) is very important for anybody in a position of leadership.
·         If people of an Islamic state lost touch with the reality of world and remains only in gaining knowledge, it will lead to destruction of the state.
·         A person should not be confident of his abilities but he should seek refuge of Allah whenever there is any trial from Allah.
·         A person should regard and honor his leader or the person who have given authority over him.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 4).
Key points of the topic.
·         They were cutting the fruits and they looked up and saw Yousaf walking and they kept on staring at Yousaf and the knife is moving until started cutting their fingers.
·         She still is running after him and threatening him and women told Yousaf (AS) to obey her now.
·         Yousaf (AS) was in prison of fitna and seduction is surrounding him from every side.
·         Yousaf (AS) prayed to be in prison instead of facing these troubles.
·         He was doing all of this to keep away from one of the most powerful seducing things that could affect a man.
·         Instead of stopping the wife of al-Aziz, they took Yousaf (AS) and they put him in jail. He was oppressed and put in jail even though he was innocent.
·         Interpretation of Dreams of two men in jail by Yousaf (AS) and said them I will tell you interpretation before your next meal. He did Dawah and said:
·         He is telling them that this food that you will receive is from Allah
·         That is of the knowledge Allah has taught me. So he is giving credit to Allah for the ability of interpretation.
·         He said, “I have left the religion of the people who disbelieve in Allah. He is talking about the religion that they are following.
·         And they disbelieve in Akhira. So he is establishing in them the belief in Allah and belief in Akhira. And then
·         I have followed the religion of my fathers, Ibrahim, Ishaq and Yaqoob. Ibrahim (A.S.) was the caller of truth of tauhid in that time. The people in Egypt have heard about the news of Ibrahim and Ishaq and Yaqoob and the religion of tauhid.
·         The people in Egypt at that time knew the concept of Allah but they knew it in a form of shirk.
·         Yousaf was saying that this message of tauhid is a blessing of Allah on us and it’s a blessing of Allah on all mankind.
·         Yousaf (AS) gave them another introduction before he interpreted the dreams.
·         He asked them a question to make them use their mind that who is better Allah or others and them telling them that these gods have no substance and Allah is the best.
·         Yousaf AS) then told them the justification. The reason why hukm should belong to Allah is because it is part of worship.
The problem, issues or disease.
·         Trial of Yousaf (AS) and troubles.
How it was resolved.
·         Yousaf (AS) pray to be imprisoned instead of facing the Fitnah and stated that he is weak and so manages the risks around him.
Leadership and Management Attributes.
·         Manages and tackle all risks which could lead him to the Haram things.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
·         It gives us the idea of human weaknesses and its inability to deal with the troubles, issues and problems. As a Muslim we should try to follow Islamic laws, rules and regulations. We should completely follow Islam instead of choosing from it. We should manages all the risks and avoid the threats around us.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         A person should manages all risks around him which could lead him to sins and astray him.
·         A person should not consider him strong and accept his weaknesses and ask help from Allah.
·         A Muslim should not miss any opportunity of Dawah and call people to right path with wisdom and nice words.
·         We are following an incomplete form of Islam today. We are following a brand of Islam that is missing the Shariah.
·         We have given authority to man instead of following Islam.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 5).
Key points of the topic.
  • After completion of Dawah Yousaf (AS) interpreted dreams. They need him so they were agreeing to listen him and he took the advantage of the opportunity.
  • Yousaf (AS) told the man who will be saved that please remembered my name in front of the king.
  •  Satan made him to forget to mention it to his lord. Two interpretations given
i.        One interpretation is that this man he left jail and he went to work with the king but when he got in the palace and all of the luxuries of life, he forgot about Yousaf (A.S.).Shaitan made him to forget.
ii.      The other meaning is that Yousaf (A.S.) forgot to ask Allah and he asked this man to ask the king. Instead of asking Allah, he asked the king to help him. And because of that mistake, he paid a price.
  • The king after a few years saw a dream. Dreams played an important role in their lives. And Allah gives the Ambiya a miracle to challenge the people in the things that are most important for them.
  • The king saw a dream. The king saw seven fat cows eaten by seven skinny ones. He further saw then seven green years of corn and seven dry years of corn.
  • King asked for interpretation and the man remembered Yousaf (AS).
  • Yousaf (AS) told him interpretation as well as gave him suggestions.
  • King was impressed and wanted to use the expertise of Yousaf (AS).
  • But the response of Yousaf (A.S.) was amazing he refused and decided to remain in prison until his innocence is established because he was put in jail and he was innocent and he does not want to leave jail as a favor given to him by the king.
The problem, issues or disease.
·         Issue of how to store grains/wheat.
How it was resolved.
·         Yousaf (AS) suggested them to ration the food and left the wheat in ears to store them for many years for future use.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
·         It gives us the lesson that we should grab all the opportunities to enjoin good and forbade evils. We should seek help from Allah alone and don’t even think to rely on human beings who are powerful for the solution of our problems.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         People who are materialistic and attached to the life, they don’t care about unseen – alghaib.
·         If you want a dream to be interpreted, it has to be narrated exactly as it was seen.
·         Take the advantage of the time and utilize them in preaching of Islam.
·         Always ask Allah for help and assistance and don’t rely on human beings.
·         Use the expertise of best people among you.
·         Never compromise on character assassination and take actions against those who defame you and prove your innocence.

Yousaf (AS) (Part 6).
Key points of the topic.
·         The story of Yousaf (AS) is an example from beginning to the end of patience - sabr - that is the essence of the story.
·         King ask the question regarding Yousaf (AS) and his matter, all the women and wife of Al-Aziz admitted their mistake and innocence of him.
·         They brought Yousaf (A.S.) honored out of jail with his innocence established and now he is with the king.
·         The king was even more impressed with him when he talked with him and gave authority to him.
·         Yousaf (AS) asked king to make him in charge of treasury. Yousaf was asking for that position. And telling the king his qualities that he is Hafeez and Aleem. The logics were:
  1. The scholars say that when you are the only person who is able to take that position, then you are allowed to ask for it. And Yousaf was the only one who was fit for that position. If he left it, it would have been taken by somebody who will not take care of it
  2. If you are not well-known to the people, then you are allowed to introduce yourself. Yousaf (A.S.) wasn’t known.
  3. Yousaf (A.S.) was not asking this position for fame or power. He is going to take care of Egypt in seven of its most devastating years of hunger and famine. It’s a very difficult and critical moment and he is doing it as a service to take care of the people of Egypt.
  • Allah gave him authority and established him in Egypt.
  • The famine that stroked Egypt wasn’t limited to that area. It has some effects on the surrounding areas like Palestine, Syria and other parts of the world.
  • Ibn-i-Temia says, ‘Justice is the thing that the heavens and the earth are established on. So it’s not a matter of how much your earth is producing; it’s a matter of justice and adl.
  • Yousaf (AS)’ brothers came for ration and he recognized them but they couldn’t.
  • He gave them ration and then asked them to bring 11th brother next time and was encouraging them but if you don’t I will not give you any ration.
  • Yaqub (A.S.) was protective of Bin Yamin just like he was with Yousaf. And he would not trust his brothers to take care of him
Leadership and Management Attributes.
·         Protector (Hafeez).
·         Knowledgeable (Aleem.).
·         Justice (Adl).
·         Patience (Sabr).
·         Planning.
·         Encouragement and threatening (Targeeb and Tareeb).
·         Manages risk and foresee the possible threats
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
·         It gives us the lesson to do justice in all matters of life and should fulfill our responsibilities sincerely.
·         It tells us to do proper planning for any task.
·         We should manage the risks to ourselves and those under our supervision.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         A leader should be protector of his people.
·         A leader should be knowledgeable and well experienced.
·         A leader should have motivating behavior.
·         A leader must have wise approach and well planned.
·         A leader must have ability to encourage other.
·         A leader must do justice.
·         A man should not praise himself or tell his qualities until there is a need to do so.
·         A man should not ask for position until and unless he tends to be the most capable man and there is danger that if he is not given with the authority it can fell to the hands of wrong people.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 7).
Key points of the topic.
  • Yaqoob (AS) allowed them with the condition that doesn’t come to me alive without Bin Yamin and I want you to give me a promise.
  •  Yaqub (AS) might have been worried of the effect of the evil eye lying and this is huq.
  • Don’t go all of you together from one gate; go from different gates because if all of you go together, people would be jealous.
  • This is a lesson but it is not this that would save you. It is Allah. So we follow the means and then we leave the matter to Allah and that is Tawakkul.
  • When they entered according to their father’s advice, it did not avail them in the least against the will of Allah.
  • Yousaf (A.S) took Bin Yamin to the side without the brothers’ knowing and he told him that he is his brother embraced/hugged him.
  • Yousaf made a plan and he took the gold cup of the king and put in the luggage of the Bin Yamin.
  • Then luggage of brothers was searched and cup was found in Bin Yamin’s luggage.
  • They follow the law of Yaqoob so Yousaf (AS) taken Bin Yamin as captive according to the agreement.
  • Allah in the Quran calling the law deen (religion) while this mentality is being engraved in our minds unfortunately that law has nothing to do with religion.
  • Now they want to take Bin Yamin as they promised to Yaqoob (AS) while Yousaf (AS) refused regarding it oppression.
  • They went to Yaqoob (AS) except the elder brother but he didn’t believe them.
  • Yaqoob (AS) remained patient and didn’t lose hope but wept to the extent that he became blind.
  • Brothers tried to console him but Yaqoob (AS) said that I only complaining to Allah and seeking assistance from him.
  • Yaqoob (AS) said that no one loses hope from Allah except a disbeliever.

Leadership and Management Attributes.
·         Patience.
·         Risk management.
·         Optimistic.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
·         It gives us the lesson to remain patient and never lose hopes from Allah while seeking help from him.
·         It gives us the lesson to minimize the risks of evil eyes factor and rest our trust should be on Allah.
Lessons learned from the topics.
  • Do your effort to remain safe of the effects of the evil eye lying. Do your best effort in human possible ways and leave rest on Allah.
  • Allah is the only protector; man can try up to some limit.
  • Law is the religion as mentioned by Allah and it’s wrong to depart law and religion as separate things.
  • Never lose hope in any case as did Yaqoob (AS) and seek assistance from Allah alone.
Yousaf (AS) (Part 8).
Key points of the topic.
  • Next year they went to Egypt to receive the ration and they carried with them their merchandize that was sent back with them the year before.
  • Brothers came to Yousaf (AS) and begged by telling him their worst condition due to famine and poor capital.
  • Yousaf (AS) didn’t want to see them in that position of beggars.
  • So Yousaf (AS) asked what you did with Yousaf. Immediately when he said that, they realized that they are speaking to Yousaf.
  • This story was revealed to Prophet (PBUH)when in Mecca, in the aam-ul-huzun –when Abu Talib passed away and Khadija (R.A. passed away and Prophet (PBUH)found no one to support him with strength and heart of Prophet (PBUH)was filled with sadness and sorrow.
  • So Quran was being revealed and Prophet (PBUH)in the appropriate times for the appropriate situations to serve the appropriate purpose
  • It is the story of someone who went through difficulties, trials, miseries, sorrows and sadness but then in the end Allah has bestowed His blessings on Him.
  • If you have taqwa and patience, eventually you will win even after a while.
  • Leaders are patient and there is no victory without it.
  • Yousaf (AS)’ brothers admit that he is better than them. So he forgave his brothers and he allowed them to leave but he gave them his shirt and he said, “Throw it on my father and he will see” because his father was blind.
  • When the caravan was leaving out of Egypt and Yaqoob was in Sham. He smelled his shirt. This is another miracle of Yaqoob (A.S).
  • Now all of them moved. They took their belongings, everything with them and they started moving towards Egypt to fulfill the invitation of Yousaf (A.S.). As soon as they came in, Yousaf has prepared to meet his family.
  • Yousaf was sitting on a high throne and then all of them, the father and the mother and the eleven brothers made sajood to Yousaf (A.S.) to fulfill which he saw when he was a child.
  • Yousaf (AS) was in power, had kingdom, fame, wealth and beauty, but he prayed to Allah that “Cause me to die as a Muslim and join me with the rightists”.
The problem, issues or disease.
·         The issue of jealousy and plotting of evil plans against Yousaf (AS).
How it was resolved.
·         This was resolved with patience, taqwa, seeking assistance from Allah and consistency.
Translate the message into my professional and personal life.
The story of Yousaf (AS) teaches us many lessons and it can be applied to personal and professional lives. It tells us to be patient and to be consistent in difficult times. It teaches us that we should never lose hope as it is stated by Prophet (PBUH) that only the disbeliever loses hope from Allah. It guides us that we should seek help only from Allah the Almighty. We should try our best in all possible means and rest should be left to Allah Almighty. It gives us all the basic rules to achieve success in both the worlds like Yousaf (AS) achieved success.
Lessons learned from the topics.
·         Victory is for the people who are patient and consistent.

·         The eternal world is Akhira so success of a Muslim is based on the success of this world and Akhira.

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