Friday, June 10, 2011

-72- Yusuf & Zulaikha Vol. 1

Yusuf & Zulaikha ~ Volume 1
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal

(morning dars: 6.10.11)

Alif-Lam-Ra. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'an, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. These are the Verses of the Clear Book (the Qur'an that makes clear the legal and illegal things, legal laws, a guidance and a blessing). (Yusuf 12:1)

Al-Ahzab 33:70 Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran in order that you may understand

Speaking clearly:
--when we speak, speak clearly and to the point
--when we give dawah, we're not allowed to mince our words
--so speak clearly and to the point

Al-Ahzab 33:71 He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise).

“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next." (Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249)

Al-Ahzab 33:70 O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth.

Reasons to speak clearly:
--if we're not clear, we can put someone's hereafter in jeopardy

Al Bayyinah 98:6 Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.

--Allah doesn't mince His words, so neither should we!
--people who mince their words are considered to reject faith in Allah tala and Islam
--so when explaining tawheed, we must be clear
--the Prophet (saws) did not mince his words

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, no one of this nation, Jew or Christian, hears of me then dies not believing in that with which I have been sent, but he will be one of the people of Hell.” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah)

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: By Him in Whose hand is the life of Muhammad, any Christian or Jew who heard about me and died whilst rejecting me, such a person is in the hell fire to abide there for ever. [Sahih Muslim - Book 001, Number 0284]

3 reasons why it's haraam to 'beat around the bush':
1. you fear others than Allah tala
2. you waste time
3. you give the wrong impression

--American's don't beat around the bush but the British do
--Americans tell you to your face because they are a fast society; no time to waste

Yusuf 12:2 Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran in order that you may understand.

HADITH: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God said, 'The offspring of Adam abuse time, (even though) I am Time.'"

The Qur'an was revealed in Arabic because it is a specific book

--and for instance, the English language has ambiguities
--it's difficult to play w/ words in Arabic
--this is an example: “When the cat jumped on the book it fell off”
--what fell off? The cat or the book?
--the above sentence is ambiguity
--in Arabic, words are either feminine or masculine so it's a specific language

Arabic is the Sunnah of Allah so it's superior to all languages
--other languages are inferior to it
--He (swt) revealed the Qur’an in the best language, Arabic
--by His favorite angel, Jibreel
--to His favorite Messenger, Muhammad (saws)
--in the most sacred city, Makkah
--in the holiest month, Ramadan

No one is allowed to prefer a language over Arabic

--if you do, you have hypocrisy problems
--He (swt) revealed the Qur'an as an ARABIC Qur'an

Yusuf 12:3 We relate unto you (Muhammad SAW) 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)

The Qur'an contains the best lessons for mankind to follow

--each story told to us by Allah tala in the Qur'an [Nuh, Nimrod, Musa, Yusuf]
--all contain a lot of lessons for us
--because history repeats itself
--human nature doesn't change; only technology does

Surah Yusuf 12:4 (Remember) when Yusuf (Joseph) said to his father: "O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me."

HADITH: The rest of the Hadith says, ‘I make an oath by The One who holds my soul that a woman is not considered fulfilling to her duties towards God until she fulfills her duties towards her husband.” (Ad-Darimi)

3 types of dreams:
1. something you thought about during the day time (don’t pay much attention to this)
2. the dream that comes from Allah tala
3. or if you went to bed without ghusl and khuls (you are mixed up w/ the shaitan)

If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah. [Hadith: Sunan Abu Dawud, 11:2135]

Yusuf told his dream to his father:

“There are three types of dreams: a righteous dream which is glad tidings from Allah, the dream which causes sadness is from Shaitan, and a dream from the ramblings of the mind. (Sahih Muslim)

--a true dream is from Allah, pious people get a true dream, whenever you have a true dream,
--don't tell it to evil people, it's not permissible to do sadjah

There are at least 5 lessons:
1. pious people get true dreams
2. sadjah from man to man WAS permissible in the Shariah of Yusuf (so Yusuf saw it in a dream)
3. a true dream is from Allah tala
4. you are not allowed to tell your dream to anyone but a righteous person
--they will interpret it for you

5. the father and son relationship between Yusuf and Yaqub was excellent

Surah Yusuf 12:5 He (the father) said: "O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitan (Satan) is to man an open enemy!

Yaqub's advice to Yusuf came w/ lessons:

--sibling rivalry is a reality [so he told Yusuf don't tell your dream to your brothers]
--it's a form of envy
--take your bothersome dreams to a qualified person to interpret it
--sibling rivalry is from the shaitan
--the shaitan runs in our veins the way blood runs in our veins

Surah Yusuf 12:6 "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 Ya'qub (Jacob), as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ishaque (Isaac) aforetime! Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise."

Lessons from the above ayah:

--Yaqub gave Yusuf a peep into the future (as Yaqub was a prophet)
--the knowledge of Allah tala would be opened to him and he’d pass it on
--Yusuf was noble in his lineage: Abraham and Ishaq

Surah Yusuf 12:7 "Verily, in Yusuf (Joseph) and his brethren, there were Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for those who ask."

Yaqub interpreted the dream of the 11 stars as his brothers [the sun and moon were mother and father]
--sa'ileen are those who seek knowledge
--the brothers plotted to kill Yusuf then make tauba afterward

--it’s possible for siblings to kill each other in the name of envy
--1st story of sibling rivalry is Cain and Abel (and Yusuf's story is also sibling rivalry)
--one brother said 'don't kill him just throw him into the bottom of a well'
--but at the same time told Yaqub, 'don’t' you trust us with Yusuf, we're his well-wishers"

--if someone asks you to meet you by yourself, you should not always do it
--because if siblings can plot evil for a brother, what can strangers do?
--even if it's for a meal .. example of Alexander Litvinenko who
--was invited for dinner and he was poisoned at that dinner
--so take a friend w/ you as a 2nd pair of eyes

Yaqub told his other sons that he feared for Yusuf's safety [by wolves]

--Yaqub had a pious wife so 'the apple didn't fall far from the tree'
--if you want pious kids, marry a pious woman
--in polygamy, if a man prefers one wife over the other and they have kids, this can cause sibling rivalry
--Yaqub preferred Binyamin over the other sons because she came from Rachael, his more pious wife

The brothers said, 'if a wolf devours Yusuf while we guard him and we're a strong group, we will be the losers"

Surah Yusuf 12:8 "When they said: "Truly, Yusuf (Joseph) and his brother (Benjamin) are loved more by our father than we, but we are 'Usbah (a strong group). Really, our father is in a plain error."

--find safety in numbers
--in UK, some cities resemble cites from other countries
--so there's safety in numbers there

Yusuf 12:13 He [Ya'qûb (Jacob)] said: "Truly, it saddens me that you should take him away. I fear lest a wolf should devour him, while you are careless of him."

A proper father is aware of the psychological and mental state of his children
--examine your kids, if they have a tawheed of jinn problem, you'll sort it out
--you ought to know if your child is gay or your daughter is actively w/ her private parts
--a proper father knows how his children think
--a proper father knows his children’s issues

Debunking the Shaikh's statements of fathers:
--some might say, as with Prophet Nuh, his son was a kaafir and Nuh didn't know it
--but, we can't know everything but we're to TRY to know as much as we can
--all parents are shepherds and are responsible for our flock

At-Tahrim 66:6 O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.

Surah Yusuf 12:14 "They said: "If a wolf devours him, while we are 'Usbah (a strong group) (to guard him), then surely, we are the losers."

Every one of you is a shepherd and every one of you is responsible for his flock. [Bukhari]

The brothers had ijmaah to dump Abraham in the fire, (for example)
--the same for Yusuf being dumped into the bottom of the well

Ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, "All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of the people of his house and he is responsible. A woman is the shepherd of the house of her husband and she is responsible. Each of you is a shepherd and each is responsible for his flock." (Bukhari)

Ijmaah (agreement):
--there's good ijmaah and bad ijmaah

Surah Yusuf 12:16 "And they came to their father in the early part of the night weeping.

Yusuf 12:17 "They said: "O our father! We went racing with one another, and left Yusuf (Joseph) by our belongings and a wolf devoured him; but you will never believe us even when we speak the truth."

So the brothers were crying crocodile [fake] tears
--the reason they came late at night was so Yaqub wouldn't see their fake tears
--in hospitals, intensive care units are busy late @ night
--because this is when people do crimes
--people use the dark to hide their deceit
--they brought Yaqub Yusuf's shirt with stained blood [fake]
--but he realized they were lying to him
--"Allah will expose the lie you described to me" said Yaqub

"Each one of you is a shepherd. And each of you will be asked about your flock. A ruler also is a shepherd and he will be asked about his flock. And every man is a shepherd to his family. And every woman is the custodian of her husband's house and his children. Thus each one of you is a shepherd and each one will be asked about his flock." [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

Surah Yusuf 12:18 "And they brought his shirt stained with false blood. He said: "Nay, but your ownselves have made up a tale. So (for me) patience is most fitting. And it is Allah (Alone) Whose help can be sought against that which you assert."

2 types of criminals:
1. Impulsive
2. Calculative

--the impulsive one has a gun and he pulls out the gun when someone calls his mother a foul name
--they can be caught easily
--the calculating criminal terrifies the police because he covers his tracks planning all the crime: A, B, C
--he is careful not to leave evidence @ the crime scene

Shaikh in prison in UK:
--inmates told Shaikh of their crimes that the police never knew
--they said they covered their tracks and that police missed clues
--now Shaikh knows so much about those crimes, he can write a book about them but they said:
--use a fake name, don't use my real name!

Yaqub was being a good detective because he was a prophet and knew the dream
--he took their story apart, piece by piece
--he sought help from Allah tala for the truth to be revealed
--Aisha quoted this ayah when she was falsely accused of having an affair

An-Nur 24:11 Verily! Those who brought forth the slander (against 'Aishah the wife of the Prophet SAW) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. Unto every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment.

Narrated Um Ruman: Who was 'Aisha's mother: While I was with 'Aisha, 'Aisha got fever, whereupon the Prophet said, "Probably her fever is caused by the story related by the people (about her)." I said, "Yes." Then 'Aisha sat up and said, "My example and your example is similar to that of Jacob and his sons:--'Nay, but your minds have made up a tale. So (for me) patience is most fitting. It is Allah (alone) Whose help can be sought against that which you assert.' (12.18) Bukhari (Book #60, Hadith #213)

--it IS a dua because you're calling upon Allah tala to rescue you
--the ifk was a great slander upon Aisha [re: the accused affair]

Surah Yusuf 12:19 "And there came a caravan of travelers; they sent their water-drawer, and he let down his bucket (into the well). He said: "What good news! Here is a boy." So they hid him as merchandise (a slave). And Allah was the All-Knower of what they did."

Surah Yusuf 12:20 And they sold him for a low price, - for a few Dirhams (i.e. for a few silver coins). And they were of those who regarded him insignificant.

No one believed Yusuf that he was the son of a king
--because they found him in a well so he was sold for a paltry price
--these men were from Syria and selling plants; and they hid him in / behind the plants

Surah Yusuf 12:21 "And he (the man) from Egypt who bought him, said to his wife: "Make his stay comfortable, may be he will profit us or we shall adopt him as a son." Thus did We establish Yusuf (Joseph) in the land, that We might teach him the interpretation of events. And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not."

Surah Yusuf 12:22 "And when he [Yusuf (Joseph)] attained his full manhood, We gave him wisdom and knowledge (the Prophethood), thus We reward the Muhsinun (doers of good - see V.2:112)."

Allah tala didn't give him knowledge and wisdom until he was mature
--people might not have taken him seriously before
--w/ maturity, you have gravitas (weightiness)
--knowledge w/o wisdom is a recipe for disaster

When Imam Shafi'i was in Baghdad, he passed a fatwa
--when he was in Egypt, he passed a different fatwa
--he used wisdom in passing what was right for each area

What is wisdom?

Surah Yusuf 12:23 "And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him (to do an evil act), she closed the doors and said: "Come on, O you." He said: "I seek refuge in Allah (or Allah forbid)! Truly, he (your husband) is my master! He made my stay agreeable! (So I will never betray him). Verily, the Zalimun (wrong and evil-doers) will never be successful."

'Umar said, "O Allah's Prophet! Shall we not kill this evil person (i.e. Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul) ?" The Prophet) said, "(No), lest the people should say that Muhammad used to kill his companions” Bukhari, Volume 004, Book 056, Hadith Number 720.

"Zina" is a debt you owe [it will repeat itself down the line] {Imam Shafi'i}
--no woman goes to bed with you for free; no such thing as ‘free romance’
--even in Jannah, there's no free romance [the mujahideen sacrificed their lives for the virgins in Jannah]

Yusuf said people who commit zina [sex outside of marriage] are never successful
--some people tell Shaikh Faisal their experiences and one said he impregnated 27 women
--they practice promiscuity and they are never successful
--many can't be cured of the sexually transmitted diseases they contract
--promiscuity takes away your honor
--when you commit zina, you are not successful financially
--promiscuous people don't settle down, they keep "moving on"
--people who seek political status come on TV w/ their family not their mistresses
--they want to appear to believe in family values
--a bastard child could never sit on the throne in the UK;
--the king is called the keeper of the faith [Anglican Church]

Example from UK:
--he was an MP from southern UK and his phone was bugged
--files are kept on them so they are threatened to behave or their file would be given to the newspaper tabloids
--this one was found to be having an affair with a man from the Balkans
--the picture of the man's lover was put in the tabloid newspapers and his political career was over
--not all kaafirs tolerate all types of immorality

See news story:
“Oaten resigns over rent boy claim” 21 Jan 2006 ... Former Liberal Democrat leadership challenger Mark Oaten stands down over claims of an affair with a rent boy. ... He said: "Mark Oaten is an MP, an MP who has been elected on a platform of being a family man. ...

Politicians who have affairs
are forced to resign [such as David Mellow from the UK]
--the same happened to US candidate, Gary Hart, had to drop out of a race in the US
--John Major made Mellow resign from his job for cheating on his wife
--these people's phones were bugged
--these stories are taught to us to show that even in daar ul harb
--people are forced to resign when they cheat on their wives
--but ironically, that John Major man was having his own affair with Edwina Currie
--yet he made David Mellow resign
--Currie wrote a book about their affair after he lost the election against Blair ...
--and he was preaching "morality" (“back to basics”) at the time!

--those who commit zina are never successful
--some are psychologically destroyed because of their actions
--some women can't give birth [wombs were recovered] because they slept w/ so many men
--these women get cancer of the cervix
--so zina causes you to not even be successful, physically
--you're not financially successful, because the women will all want gifts
--under Shariah, if you don't maintain your wife financially, you lose your rights for jimaa
--and you're not successful spiritually [who will pray behind an Imam who commits zina]

This is why Yusuf told Zulayka that zina is never successful
--men have the 'thrill of the chase' to go after women and they (men and women) see it as a game

Surah Yusuf 12:24 "And indeed she did desire him and he would have inclined to her desire, had he not seen the evidence of his Lord. Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of Our chosen, guided slaves."

HADITH: He said, “Woman faces you as Devil. If you are affected by her charm, have intercourse with your wife because she has the same thing as the woman who affected you.” (Tirmzi, Vol. 1, p 428)

The evidence that Yusuf saw of his Lord ... he saw in the sky the ayah 17:32 "come not near to zina"

Al-Isra 17:32 And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allah forgives him).

Testosterone vs Estrogen:
--many people think that only men carry out sexual harassment
--naive people think only men lust and women don't lust
--"and tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest"
--women do [zina-type] harassment on men, as Yusuf was a victim of it

Al Noor 24:31 And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms…

Lessons in the story:
--sexual harassment
--having a maid and its complications
--there are over 100 lessons here in this story

There's 2 types of sincere people:
1. Mukhlas - he is sincere and Allah tala accepts his sincerity (example: Yusuf)
2. Mukhlis - sincere person who is sincerely wrong [wrong aqeeda and religion]
--many sincere people end up in the Hellfire

Surah 12:25 "So they raced with one another to the door, and she tore his shirt from the back. They both found her lord (i.e. her husband) at the door. She said: "What is the recompense (punishment) for him who intended an evil design against your wife, except that he be put in prison or a painful torment?"

--her husband was not satisfactory for her (her needs were not being met)
--she had a handsome man working in her house was similar to having petroleum and spark of fire.
--Yusuf didn’t remain silent when she accused him (falsely) of making the “pass” at her
--he defended himself from the false accusation of Zulaikha
--it is haraam to keep quiet if you are falsely accused (according to Shariah, silence is consent)

Surah Yusuf 12:27 "But if it be that his shirt is torn from the back, then she has told a lie and he is speaking the truth!"

--if the shirt is torn from the front then Yusuf is lying
--if the shirt is torn from the back, then Zulaikha is lying.
--testosterone is stronger than estrogen
--but don't be fooled because we learned from the story that even women have lust