Two rare qualities amongst men: patience in the face of adversities and lenience despite being in the position to revenge were the hallmarks of Nabiyy Yuusuf (peace be upon him) Allaah guided him to a matter destined to occur. Allaah's Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked: Who is the most honorable amongst the people?" He replied: "The most God-fearing. The people said: We do not want to ask you about this," He said: "The most honorable person is Yuusuf Allaah's prophet, the son of Allaah's prophet, the son of the faithful friend of Allaah (Ibrahim) (Sahih Bukhari) .
The story of prophet Yuusuf (peace be upon him) is one of the most I detailed and fascing, fiting story in the Quran. involving both human weaknesses such as jealousy, hatred, pride, passion, deception, intrigue, cruelty, and terror as well as noble qualities such as patience, loyalty, bravery, nobility, and compassion. Allaah, the Almighty, declared: "We relate unto you (Muhammad) the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you, of this Quran. And before this (i.e. before the coming of Divine Inspiration to you), you were among those who knew nothing about it (the Quran)." (Q12:3) The story Inspires you with a feeling for the depth of Allaahs power and supremacy and the execution of His rulings despite human intervention. "And Allaah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not. " (Q12:21)
His Dream: The story begins with a dream and ends with its interpretation. As the sun appeared over the horizon, bathing the earth in its morning glory Yuusuf (peace be upon him), son of the Prophet Yaqub (peace be upon him) awoke from his sleep, delighted by a pleasant dream he had filled with excitement he ran to his father and narrated It. Oh my father, Verily; I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me." (Q12:4)
However, the father was well aware of the jealousy of Yuusuf's brothers, so he warned him against telling his dream to his brothers. "Oh my son! narrate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot men an open enemy. Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the Interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favour on you and on the offspring of Yaqub as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahim, and Ishaq a foretime Verily your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise." (Q12:5-6)
Yuusuf heeded his fathers warning He did not tell his brothers what he had seen. It is well known that they hated him so much that it was difficult for him to feel secure telling them what was in his heart and in his dreams.
His Ordeal Nabiyy Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was one of the twelve children of Yaqoob (peace be upon him). For one reason or the other his ten brothers felt jealous of him and his younger brother (Boonyamin) claiming that their father loved both of them more than he loved the ten of them. They agreed to cast Yuusuf (peace be upon him) down the bottom of a well after variously suggesting Whether to kill him or cast him to some other land away from his dear father.
To carry out this plot, they persuaded their father to allow Yuusuf (peace be upon him) go with them on an errand and promised to take care of Yuusuf (peace be upon him) and protect him against any attack. Reluctantly, their father allowed them to take him along. In fulfillment of an earlier plot and against what they promised their father, they got his shirt off him and threw Yuusuf (peace be upon him) into the well! They stained his shirt with false blood while they returned home at night to their father weeping!! "We went racing with one another, and left Yuusuf by our belongings and a wolf devoured him", they said to their father persuading him to believe their lies.
The brothers of Yuusuf did all these so that they could keep all the favors from their father, which they shared with Yuusuf, and planned to repent to be pious people after they finish with Yuusuf (peace be upon him). So, in their illusion, they disposed Yuusuf. (peace be upon him)!! Allaah says, "They said: "Truly, Yuusuf and his brother are loved more by our father than we, but we are Usbah (a strong group). Really, our father is in a plain error. "Kill Yuusuf or cast him out to some, (other) land, so that the favor of your father may be given to you alone, and after that you will be righteous folk (by intending repentance before committing the sin). "(Q12:8-9)
Into Slavery: A caravan of travellers had sent their water drawer to fetch some water from the well - the same well into which Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was thrown by his brothers .instead, he fetched Yuusuf (peace be upon him) who was held as a merchandise and later sold for a paltry sum to an Egyptian. The Egyptian who bought Yuusuf (peace be upon him) had great importance in the society and also a beautiful wife; but they were childless. So they thought of adopting him as their son. Allaah says, "And he (the man) from Egypt who bought him said to his life: "Make his stay comfortable, may be he will profit us or we shall adopt him (peace be upon him) a son." (Q 12:21).
Tempted: "... And she in whose house he stayed desired him and sought to seduce him to commit illicit intercourse with her. She took after him as he ran away toward the door tearing his shirt from behind in the process. One witness from her household bore witness saying, "If it be that his shirt is torn from the front, then her tale is true and he is a liar But if it be that his shirt is torn from the back, then she has told a lie and he is speaking the truth!" (Q12: 26-27).
Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA), the great Companion and commentator of the Quran said that the witness was a baby who spoke miraculously to clear Yuusuf (peace be upon him) and confirm the guilt of the woman . The news of the seduction spread throughout the town and the women of the city began to accuse her of seducing her slave boy. Soon enough, she invited them to a banquet and while they held knives during the banquet, she made Yuusuf pass before them. Wondering at the beauty of Yusuf, they cut their hands ... ! Yuusuf was a very beautiful person.
The Rasul (peace and blessings be upon him) said of him, " saw Yuusuf and he was given half of beauty. Now more resolved, she and the other women swore to get Yuusuf to the prison if he ever refused her temptation.
Imprisoned: "... In the face of all the temptations and threats, Yusuf (peace be upon him) prayed saying, "0 my Lord! Prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them and be one (of those who commit sin and deserve blame or those who do deeds) of the ignorant. " (Q12:33).
And Allaah answered him! Allaah says, "So his Lord answered his invocation and turned away from him their plot. Verily, He is the AII Hearer, the All-Knower." (Q12:32-33). For some years, Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was in the prison despite being innocent.
The King's Dream: The King of Egypt at the time had a dream to which his courtiers could not find an interpretation. Meanwhile, while Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was in the prison he had interpreted dreams for two of his co-prisoners, one of whom in fulfillment of his own dream became one of the servants of the King. He remembered Yuusuf and consulted him concerning the kings dream and got explicit answers from Yuusuf (peace be upon him)- Siddeeq. The king ordered the release of Yuusuf (peace be upon him), but before he was released he requested that the women be asked concerning their accusation.
Allaah says, "And the king said: "Bring him to me." But when the messenger came to him, [Yuusuf] said: "Return to your lord and ask him, What happened to the women who cut their hands? Surely, my Lord (Allaah) is Well-Aware of their plot. ", (The King) said (to the women) "What was your affair when you did seek to seduce Yuusuf ?" The women said: Allaah forbid! No evil know we against him!" The n wife of AI-Aziz said: "Now the truth is manifest (to all), it was I who sought to seduce him, and he is surely of the truthful." [Then Yuusuf said: "I asked for this enquiry] in order that he (AI- Aliz) may know that I betrayed him not in secret. And, verily Allaah guides not the plot of the betrayers. " (Q12:50-52)
Yuusuf's Enthronement: "And the king said: Bring him to me that I may attach him to my person. Then, when he spoke to him, he said: Verily, this day, you are with us high in rank and fully trusted. (Yuusuf) said: Set me over the storehouses of the land; I will indeed guard them with full knowledge (as a minister of finance in Egypt). . Thus did We give full authority to Yuusuf in the land, to take possession therein,(peace be upon him) when or where he likes. We bestow of Our Mercy on whom We please, and We make not to be lost the reward of AI-Muhsinun." (Q 12:54-56).
Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was put in charge of the storehouses as he requested and he discharged his responsibility well such that when the famine years started people came from far and near to Egypt to buy their food. It was during those years of famine that his brothers also came to Egypt to buy food. When they finally knew that it was Yuusuf (peace be upon him) that they were dealing with, they acknowledged their sin and he did not reproach them. Rather he asked that his father Yaqoob (peace be upon him) and the rest of the family be brought to Egypt. The brothers asked their father to ask Allaah to forgive and he agreed. Thus Yuusuf (peace be upon him) was reunited with all members of his family.
Yuusuf's Dream Fulfilled: Allaah says, "And he said: Oh my father! This is the interpretation of my dream aforetime! My Lord has made it come true! He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of the prison, and brought you (all here) out of the Bedouin-life, after Shaytaan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Certainly, my Lord is the Most Courteous and Kind unto whom He will. Truly He! Only He is the AII Knowing, the All-Wise. My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous." (Q 12: 99-101)
Lessons from Yuusuf (peace be upon him): Prophet Yuusuf was sold into slavery, yet he remained patient; he was tempted to commit fornication, he resisted relying on Allaah for support; he was thrown into prison, yet he did not lose focus of preaching the oneness of Allaah; and when he was freed, he first sought to clear his name; and finally when Allaah raised him to an honorable position, he was grateful to Allaah and forgiving towards his brothers who had earlier conspired against him.