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Archive for March, 2007

Asalamualaikum,

sorry for putting these up so late. I’ve been busy with school and the almaghrib class thats in town, Rays of Faith being taught by Shaykh Waleed (inshallah the notes from the class will be up soon!)

Ayahs 69-76

Know that:

  • Yusuf revealed his identity to his brother, Bin Yameen, so that he could assure him of his safety and rest any concerns that he has about him.
  • Why did Yusuf want to keep Bin Yameen?
    • Ulama have differed-
    • Some say it was wahy from Allah
    • some say Bin Yameen didnt want to return after seeing Yusuf after so long
    • Others say that the brothers will still treating Bin Yameen poorly, being rude to them, etc.
  • shaykh Yasir Qadhi said that the strongest one is that it was wahy since he was fully aware of the sadness that the loss of Bin Yameen would cause his father.
  • The crier was not aware of the plan, meaning that the plot of Yusuf was not coordinated with the entire group of servants
  • Permissible within the shariah to do tricks as long as no lying and cheating involved and there is nothing haram going on and the reason is good.
  • these tricks or he’ala it is called in Arabic, they are allowed in the shariah and this is something that the Muslims have agreed upon as well, as long as the justification for it is correct and noble, obviously if the justification for it is haram or not allowed then obviously then the trick becomes haram and if the trick involves something that is haram then the trick itself is haram.
  • They said ‘by Allah’ (TAllahi), Tallahi is one of the ways of giving an oath, ‘you know for a fact that we did not come to cause fasaad in the earth and neither are we thieves.’
  • Very beautiful verse here, they didn’t steal, but they said ‘you know we didn’t come here to cause fitnah and fasaad.’’ In other words they have come here a number of times and all of those times their reputation has been established as being honest and trustworthy and upright people.
  • the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said ‘Allah has cursed the thief, he steals a paltry sum and his right hand is cut off.’
  • Why is the punishment so severe? Because he causes fasaad on the earth like this ayah mentions, stealing is a very evil crime, it causes people to panic and do things which they would otherwise not do.
  • Allah raises the ranks of those that have eman and those that have knowledge amongst you.

Verses 77-90

  • “If he steals, there was a brother of his [Yûsuf (Joseph)] who did steal before (him).”

  • When did Yusuf steal?
    • Scholars differ. Some say it was a pure lie. Others say that when Yusuf was young he used to steal the idol that his grandfather (maternal) worshipped and destroy it to stop the shirk. Either way, no real stealing
  • The brothers of Yusuf alway refer to their father as ‘His (bin Yameen’s) father’–it is a sort of disrespect
  • Which brother didnt return to Yaqoub? why?
  • What was Yaqoub’s response to the sons after finding out that they returned without Bin Yameen
  • Yaqoub has a very high level of optimism in Allah and a strong level of emaan. Which verse indicates this?
  • How did the brothers repent?

Verses 91-111

  • Verse 92 was the same statement as the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) during the conquest of Makkah
  • How did Yaqoub’s blindness get healed?
  • Is making sijdah to people permissible in our deen? if not, why did Yusuf’s family make sijdah to him?

“Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding. It (the Qur’an) is not a forged statement but a confirmation of the Allâh’s existing Books [the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel) and other Scriptures of Allâh] and a detailed explanation of everything and a guide and a Mercy for the people who believe” Verse 111

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Verses 36-43

  • The two men who came to Yusuf while he was in prison: one of them was a man who used to press wine and the other was a bread maker (according to some scholars). What dreams did they have?
  • Yusuf’s Dawah:
    • “.. I follow the ways of my fathers,- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and never could we attribute any partners whatever to Allah.”

    • O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords differing among themselves better, or the One Allah, Supreme and Irresistible?

    • If not Him, you worship nothing but names which you have named,- you and your fathers,- for which Allah hath sent down no authority: the command is for none but Allah. He hath commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the right religion, but most men understand not…

    Know the above dawah statements

Verse 43-53

  • What was the kings dream?
  • In the Quran Allah uses the word malik to describe the king, how is this one of the historical miracles of the Quran?
  • In verse 46 when the man from prison returns to ask Yusuf the interpretation of the dream we see the beautiful character of Yusuf. Please explain how this is.
  • How did yusuf interpret the dream?
  • Yusuf was given free reign to leave the prison to go to the king but he refused, why? Remember a hadith of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam):

    Prophet (saaws) said: ‘I am amazed at Yusuf and his generosity and patience and Allah will forgive him. When he was asked about the 7 fat cows, were I in his position, I wouldn’t have told them until I put the condition upon them that they let me leave the prison……. and

    when the messenger came to him, if I were in his position I would have raced him to the doors, but he intended that he have an excuse ’ (sahih muslim) Note: not the entirety of the hadith or the exact wording, the exact wording is as follows:

  • The Sunnah of our Prophet praised Prophet Yusuf and asserted his virtues, honor, elevated rank and patience, may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him. The Musnad and the Two Sahihs recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

    «نَحْنُ أَحَقُّ بِالشَّكِّ مِنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِذْ قَال»

    (We are more liable to be in doubt than Ibrahim when he said,)

    ﴿رَبِّ أَرِنِى كَيْفَ تُحْىِ الْمَوْتَى﴾

    (My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead. ..)

    «وَيَرْحَمُ اللهُ لُوطًا لَقَدْ كَانَ يَأْوِي إِلَى رُكْنٍ شَدِيدٍ، وَلَوْ لَبِثْتُ فِي السِّجْنِ مَا لَبِثَ يُوسُفُ لَأَجَبْتُ الدَّاعِي»

    (And may Allah send His mercy on Lut! He wished to have powerful support! If I were to stay in prison for such a long time as Yusuf did, I would have accepted the offer.) In another narration collected by Ahmad from Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said about Yusuf’s statement,

    ﴿فَاسْأَلْهُ مَا بَالُ النِّسْوَةِ الَّـتِى قَطَّعْنَ أَيْدِيَهُنَّ إِنَّ رَبِّى بِكَيْدِهِنَّ عَلِيمٌ﴾

    (“…and ask him, `What happened to the women who cut their hands Surely, my Lord (Allah) is Well-Aware of their plot.”’)

    «لَوْ كُنْتُ أَنَا، لَأَسْرَعْتُ الْإِجَابَةَ وَمَا ابْتَغَيْتُ الْعُذْر»

    (If it was me, I would have accepted the offer rather than await my exoneration first.)

  • Also know the three different categories of souls

Ayahs 54-68

  • Which position did Yusuf ask for from the King? why?
  • What did Yusuf command his servants to do for the brothers so that they would return with Bin Yameen (Benjamin)?
  • Yaqub allowed Bin Yameen to go with the brothers on condition that they do something (verse 66). What did he ask them to do?

more to come soon…..

  • Whww

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