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Surat Yusuf: A Story to Comfort | Part 1- Revelation

“Yûsuf’s story was meant to comfort the Prophet, but it was also meant to bring relief to the believers. The Companions were suffering through mental, physical and emotional persecution. It was incredibly painful and difficult for them and they asked the Prophet for stories; they were looking for uplifting. And that comfort came in the form of the story of Yûsuf, revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

Yûsuf was abandoned by his brothers: Not only did they contemplate murdering him, but they also forced their young brother into a well and deserted him. He was sold into slavery. He consistently dealt with the flirtations of his master’s wife, culminating in her unabashed calling him to have a sexual relationship with her. He was the subject of gossip in an entire town; he dealt with the interest of an entire group of women; he was thrown into jail and then forgotten there. He dealt with trial upon trial, test upon test. When one difficulty passed, in its place came another. And yet, in the end (as we will discuss, inshâ’Allah, in this tafsîr series), he not only became a ruler, but also he was reunited with his entire family in love, in dignity and honor, and in wholesome acceptance by the very brothers who forced him out of their lives.”

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Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Madarij Al-Salikin (Steps of the Seekers) | The Station of Fleeing to Allah (Al-Firar)

“The meaning of the original word in Arabic, al-firâr, is to hasten, flee, escape or take flight from one thing to another. The fleeing of the successful souls is towards Allah, and that of the doomed ones is away from Allah. The attitude of the special friends of Allah, His awliyâ, is to flee from Allah to Allah, which means, as Ibn ¢Abbâs said, to act in obedience to Allah, or as Sahl ibn ¢Abdullâh said, to flee from other than Allah to Allah, or as some others said, to flee from the chastisement of Allah toward His reward.

The most elementary level of this fleeing to Allah includes three aspects of flight:”


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