Sunday, November 18, 2012

An Epic Journey part 9

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh..

Last part we stopped at verse number 9. We shall continue with verse no 10.
“ A speaker among them said, ‘Do not kill Yusuf but throw him down the bottom of the well; some travellers will pick him up – if you would do [something].’
Which one of the brothers of Yusuf is being referred to in?

It was not mentioned which of Yusuf’s brother that made the statement.

28 : The lesson from this portion of ayat is, we should not reveal our fellow Muslim’s brother’s or sister’s mistakes, it may cause them to be humiliated , just state in general “somebody..” without mentioning the name if the intend to give lesson to others.
29. This ayat illustrates an Islamic legislative principle : “the lesser of the two evil should be chosen if choosing becomes necessary.”
This ayat…
Is used as evidence by the scholars who hold the view that the brothers of Yusuf were not prophets.
Indicates that Yusuf was a small boy when this incident took place.
Points of benefits derived from this ayat:
  • 30. The presence of wise advisors can assist in reducing or removing evil.
    • A large proportion of regrettable actions are performed as a result of anger. The Muslims should be above getting angry for his own sake or for the sake of anyone other than Allah because it leads to regrettable consequences either in this world or in the Hereafter, or in both.
  • Ibn Muflih al-Hanbali in his book, al-Adab al-Shar’iyyah (1/183) said : “ Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) said : ‘It may be known whether a person is really patient at the time of anger. The beginning of anger is madness and the end of it is regret, and anger cannot be justified by offering a humble apology. Calamities may come because of anger.’
  • The importance of sealing the sins of our Muslim brothers and sisters. The Prophet said: “Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter.” [Sahih Muslim]
  • Matters should be judged according to the content of a situation or action, not according to the person from whom a statement or action originates.
  • Sins can be classified according to the nature of the evil inherent in the sin

It was said to al-Shu’bi  “Why is a person who quick to get angry also quick to calm down, and the one who is slow to to get angry , slow to calm down? ”. He replied: “Because anger is like fire; that which is easier to start is easier to extinguish.”


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