Reflecting on S Yusuf:58-87


Yaqub (as) was a possessor of knowledge .He (as) sought to avail himself of means but ultimately relied on Allah.Is this how I conduct my own affairs? Where am I lacking?

Allah SWT has provided us with talents, skills etc so that we may benefit from them, not just ourselves but each other as well. Allah SWT encourages humankind to help each other. What is important is to not become dependent on each other, or even ourselves. We must remember that even though we may possess certain ‘tangible’ and ‘non – tangible’ “assets”, ultimately it all belongs to Allah and He can take it back whenever He wants,

Allah SWT is the best of Planners. We must always do what we can but also make du’a for Allah’s help.In the battle of Badr the Muslims made all necessary preparations, but they did not leave du’a and prayer. They understood that nothing happens without the will of Allah.

Alhamdolillah, to an extent I believe I do realize that everything rests in His hands and this has taught me a lot of patience. Knowing that Allah SWT has  a special plan just for me, that he has prepared special tests for me specifically, knowing that I can pass them,(He burdens not a soul more than it can bear-Al Baqarah) makes me feel special, and stronger. Good and bad things all happen to us for a reason, and He is in control of everything. This is a fact that brings me great comfort as well.

Sana Ahmad

Yaqub AS’s reliance on Allah is exemplary. There may be not even be a human on this earth who has reached the patience that Yaqub AS had. When he said: Fasabrun Jameel, he also meant it. He used his knowledge to the capacity he knew would suffice. To strike the balance between knowing that this is where action is required and now is the time to trust Allah, I think. This is hikmah.

Before I understood the Qur’an or had this firm connection with Allah, I tried to conduct my own affairs all by myself. I had to plan things, get it done the way I had planned them. There was rarely zikr of Allah in the entire process. I said inshallah, but didn’t really stop to ponder over its meaning. So naturally it was upsetting when things didn’t always turn out my way.  Actually not just upsetting but VERY upsetting.

It is absolutely amazing how the Qur’an and remembrance of Allah guides you through a situation just like Yaqub AS was guided and came to terms with the loss of his beloved son,Yusuf AS. I have realized that once you put Allah in any of your life frame, that task, ordeal whether small or big becomes easy to bear. You do your bit in your limited knowledge and then have to back off and then leave it up to Allah. Alhumdulillah, I am realizing that balance now through the Quran.

But it actually does not end here and is not so simple. Our most prime enemy, the villain Shaitan is on the loose. He comes back to tell you that you should do this and this. Why are you merely relying on Allah because now if you say this – then this would happen.  Or if you do this or say that, then the situation will become better. When in fact, you almost know that by doing what Shaitan is saying will actually aggravate the situation even more. So you have to remember the ayah: Surah Araf: 200. And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitan (Satan) then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower. Not relying on Nafs – shaitan, but doing what you think is the correct thing to do in light of what Quran has taught us, and then relying on Allah helps contain even the biggest or hardest of calamaties, inshallah. 

Safia Kemal

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Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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