Prophet Yusuf's Dream Comes True (as)
PROPHET YUSUF (AS) IS REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY
When Prophet Ya'qub (as) received the news, along with the evidence
to support it, that Yusuf (as) was alive, the lie that his brothers
had kept concealed for so long came to light. They had told their
father that he had been killed and eaten by wolves, whereas Yusuf
(as) was actually still alive. When this emerged, his children begged
Prophet Ya'qub (as) to forgive them:
They said, "Our father, may we be forgiven for
all the many wrongs that we have done. We were indeed greatly mistaken
men." He said, "I will ask my Lord to pardon you. He is Ever-Forgiving,
Most Merciful." (Surah Yusuf: 97-98)
On close inspection, Prophet Ya'qub (as) said he would seek forgiveness
not immediately but at a later time. Why should Prophet Ya'qub (as)
not have sought forgiveness for his children straight away? The
wisdom in this may have been that he wished to see what their subsequent
behaviour and attitude would be. He may have wanted to see whether
they had really abandoned the error of their ways and were truly
sincere. For that reason, it may be that he would pray for them
when he had formed that opinion (Allah knows best, of course).
Yet as is made clear at the end of the verse, Prophet Ya'qub (as)
also reminded them of Allah's compassionate and forgiving nature.
He did that so that they might hope for forgiveness from Allah and
turn to Him in sincere repentance.
The subsequent developments are related in the Qur'an in these
Then when they entered into Yusuf's presence, he
drew his parents close to him and said, "Enter Egypt safe and sound,
if Allah wills." (Surah Yusuf: 99)
The first thing Prophet Yusuf (as) did when he met his family was
to hold them to his breast and remind them that they were safe.
It can be seen from this verse that embracing someone is a sincere
expression of love. Reassuring someone that they are safe is a delicate
gesture that allows them to relax. It must have been exceedingly
reassuring for these people who had come on a long journey and experienced
many vicissitudes to know that they were now comfortable and secure.
This is exemplary behaviour for believers to follow. Putting a guest,
a stranger or someone under one's roof at ease by assuring them
that they are free to enjoy the safety and comfort of one's land
or home is a beautiful gesture to which attention is drawn in the
Neither were the hospitality and subtlety of Prophet Yusuf (as)
limited to this. The respect that Yusuf (as) showed his parents
is described as follows in the Qur'an:
He raised his parents up onto the throne. They
fell prostrate in front of him... (Surah Yusuf: 100)
Sitting his mother and father on a throne is a delightful expression
of respect. They were older than him, and furthermore his father
was a prophet whom Allah had strengthened with knowledge. They displayed
great humility in the face of Yusuf's respectful behaviour (as).
Careful examination reveals that despite the fact that Prophet
Yusuf (as) was their son and that they were much older than him,
they treated him with great humility. It is stated in the verse
that his family prostrated themselves before him. This must have
been a widespread demonstration of respect according to the customs
of the time, there is of course no implication of "worship" here.
Among ignorant people in such circumstances pride enters into the
equation and the parties involved hesitate to behave in a sincere
and respectful manner. In ignorant societies people strongly avoid
any expression of respect such as bowing, particularly to anyone
who happens to be younger than them. However, the behaviour of Prophet
Yusuf (as) and his family was based on respect, love and humility.
This is a clear illustration of what a believing family should be
In this climate then, Prophet Yusuf (as) described everything that
had befallen him and revealed the flawless workings of Allah's plan:
. "My father, truly this is now the interpretation
of the dream I had. My Lord has made it all come true; and He was
kind to me by letting me out of prison and brought you from the
desert when satan had caused dissent between me and my brothers.
My Lord is kind to anyone He wills. He is indeed All-Knowing and
All-Wise." (Surah Yusuf: 100)
It will be recalled that Prophet Yusuf (as) had dreamt of eleven
stars, the sun and moon prostrating themselves before him. The fact
that years later his position was such that his mother, father and
brothers showed him great esteem and bowed down before him out of
respect, and the fact that his brothers in particular came into
his presence when they had need of him was the fulfilment of that
Further scrutiny again reveals that while Prophet Yusuf (as) was
explaining all this, he called on Allah and praised His name, and
he also explained that the events so far undergone by him and his
family had all taken place as part of Allah's plan. This is the
kind of exemplary understanding and speech that a believer should
Another characteristic of Prophet Yusuf (as) that is noteworthy
here is the way in which he saw the positive side of everything
and interpreted everything in a favourable manner. For example,
he said that Allah had done him a kindness and freed him from the
dungeon. This is very literally the kind of attitude befitting a
believer, and proof that he looked at things with a positive and
optimistic expectation. Prophet Yusuf (as) thus made it clear that
he was on the side of Allah and avoided any kind of speech or behaviour
that was negative or unappreciative of anything Allah creates. The
fact that he said, "My Lord is kind to anyone He wills. He is indeed
All-Knowing and All-Wise" is a demonstration of this. In this way,
Prophet Yusuf (as) sets an example to all of the faithful.
THE SINCERE PRAYER OF PROPHET YUSUF (as)
Throughout this book we have discussed how exceedingly devoted
to Allah Prophet Yusuf (as) was, how well protected he was by Him,
and how often he called upon and gave thanks to Him. This can be
seen in the following verse in which Allah inspires him with the
"My Lord, You have granted power to me on earth
and taught me the true meaning of events. Originator of the heavens
and earth, You are my Friend in this world and the Next. So take
me as a Muslim at my death and join me to the people who are righteous."
(Surah Yusuf: 101)
As we have seen, Prophet Yusuf (as) was aware that all the attributes
he possessed, both the material benefits and his knowledge and reason,
had been given to him by Allah . Those who deny true religion, on
the other hand, believe that they acquire everything through their
own efforts, thus magnifying themselves in their own eyes and displaying
ingratitude for Allah's blessings.
Prophet Yusuf's prayer (as) as recorded in the above verse is another
expression of his faith and fear of Allah. Despite being a prophet
chosen by Allah, he wishes to die as a believer and join the community
of the righteous. Nothing is taken for granted with respect to his
position in the hereafter. He has a genuine fear of Allah and calls
upon Him in his need.
This is the kind of understanding and behaviour befitting a believer.
Those who regard themselves as worthy of the Garden, who claim that
as beloved servants of Allah they will definitely be saved in the
hereafter, and who belittle other people in their pride, are in
a heedless state. The true believer, on the other hand, is always
submissive in the face of Allah , is always mindful of jeopardising
His good pleasure, and acts with the humility this awareness brings
The duty of every Muslim is to be a sincere, submissive, devout
and humble believer, just like Prophet Yusuf (as) and to pray with
all sincerity, "So take me as a Muslim at my death and join me to
the people who are righteous."
Throughout this book we have been examining the life of Prophet
Yusuf (as) in the light of the details given in the Qur'an. Our
only reliable source of knowledge about his life is that provided
for us by Allah. Beyond that, we have absolutely no right to add
or subtract even a single word. Allah has in fact indicated this,
revealing that everything that has been related regarding Prophet
Yusuf (as) actually consists of unknown things. The story of Prophet
Yusuf (as) concludes with these words:
This is news of the Unseen which We reveal to you.
You were not with them when they decided what to do and devised
their scheme. (Surah Yusuf: 102)
In revealing this information to us, Allah both teaches us important
wisdom, which we can use in our own lives, and has also made it
easier for us to take the prophets of the past as role models by
allowing us to become acquainted with them. With the exception of
true dreams (which as we have seen from the evidence of Prophet
Yusuf's own life, are not ordinary or everyday occurrences), we
have no opportunity of actually seeing Prophet Yusuf (as), Prophet
Ya'qub (as) or any other prophet while we remain in this world.
However, careful reading of the Qur'an and deep consideration of
the lives of the prophets, seeing the environment they lived in
and their exemplary behaviour clearly in our minds' eye and striving
to understand it, may allow us to become acquainted with the prophets
and to make use of their superior perceptiveness, spirituality and
nearness to Allah.
Everyone who reads this book must therefore reflect upon it carefully.
They must consider the wisdom of the prophets Ya'qub (as) and Yusuf
(as) and work out how to make that wisdom part of their daily lives.
If a person abandons hope in the face of the troubles and woes that
befall him, or if he says, "This is going to be very difficult to
put right, there is nothing we can do," when he sees the plight
of Muslims, then we should know that this is terrible heedlessness.
We should remember the patience, determination and firm, unshakeable
faith in Allah of Prophet Yusuf (as), who was thrown down a well,
then sold cheaply as a slave, slandered, imprisoned for no crime
and abandoned there for years. That is how to rid oneself of defeatism
and despair. We must remember that in spite of the calamitous events
that befell Prophet Yusuf (as) that seemed to be so great on the
surface, he was freed from them in a moment by the generosity and
mercy of Allah, and secured a great blessing.
Never forget that in the present day, just like in the time of
Prophet Yusuf (as), there is a flawless Divine plan operating in
every single event, and that Allah creates everything that happens
under His good auspices and wisdom. Do not forget that Allah has
power over all things, and that He always helps those who have faith
and are sincerely devoted to Him, who devoutly seek to serve Him
and follow His Messenger (saas). He gives believers blessings at
times when they are least expected, and helps them in unforeseen
ways. A human being's sole duty is to worship Allah on the basis
of these truths, and to live his life accordingly.