Yusuf’s Dream and Ya’qub’s response
(Surah Yusuf verses 4-6)
إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبَتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ رَأَيْتُهُمْ لِي سَاجِدِينَ) سورة يوسف آية رقم 4)
((Remember when Yusuf said to his father: “O my father! Verily, I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me.”))
From the greatest lessons we can glean from Yusuf ‘allayhissalam’s story is his complete trust and ability to open up comfortably to his Prophet father, Ya’qub ‘allayhissalam. By the end of this post, we’ll find that Allah s.w.t is hinting something very significant to those who wish to reflect.
In the last verse Allah s.w.t says that He is narrating to us the best of stories, (and from these stories) is when Yusuf mentioned to his father Ya’qub, son of Ishaaq, son of Ibrahim, of a dream in which he saw eleven stars, the sun and the moon prostrating to him.
Yusuf was a young boy who saw a dream that alarmed him for one main reason: he knew that this was huge. He knew the interpretation of the dream which alarmed his juvenile mind, and he immediately seeks solace in his father’s wise and comforting words.
There are many factors in this verse that prove that Yusuf ‘allayhisalam knew what this dream meant despite his young age:
1- His alarm is clearly depicted in the way he expressed his astonishing dream when he said: O my beloved father! Indeed, surely, undoubtedly, I saw a dream in which eleven stars, and the sun, and the moon- I saw them prostrating to me.”
2- He uses the word ساجدين and not ساجدات – relaying that those stars, moon and sun depict real people and not just non-living objects.
Additionally, Yusuf ‘alayhissalam’s good manners and righteous upbringing is proved by the endearing terms with which he addresses his father; (O my beloved father.)
What a classic yet timeless scenario! And this is just the beginning of the story! A scared, confused, astonished child. Where does he first turn to for comfort and answers? His friends? The Internet? Or does he just bottle up his thoughts and feelings because he’s afraid he might not be taken seriously for such a childish dream?
He turns to his father.
The most essential, comforting and significant role in Yusuf’s childhood was that of Ya’qub ‘allayhissalam. Not only did he understand and accept Yusuf’s dream, but he immediately foresaw the reaction that Yusuf would get from his brothers. He warns Yusuf not to mention his dream to his jealous brothers, lest they should conspire and plot against him to cause his demise:
قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ لَا تَقْصُصْ رُؤْيَاكَ عَلَىٰ إِخْوَتِكَ فَيَكِيدُوا لَكَ كَيْدًا ۖ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لِلْإِنسَانِ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ)) سورة يوسف آية رقم 5))
((He (the father) said: “O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Shaitan is to man an open enemy!))
The wisest fathers know their children, and Ya’qub ‘alayhissalam definitely hit the nail on the head. Allah s.w.t tells us that Shaitan causes enmity between the sons of Adam, and warns us against his plots. There are many benefits we can extract from this:
Benefits from the verse on the topic of dreams:
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has given us specific guidelines when it come to dreams:
(If any of you saw a vision that he likes, let him narrate it. If he saw a dream that he dislikes, let him turn on his other side, blow to his left thrice, seek refuge with Allah from its evil and not tell it to anyone. Verily, it will not harm him in this case.) Sahih Muslim
Benefits from the verse on the topic of the evil eye and jealousy:
From the wisdom of hiding a good dream or the prospects of a bounty is to protect oneself from envious people. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
(Earn help for fulfilling needs by being discrete, for every owner of a blessing is envied.)
In Islam, the evil and envious eye is a topic that many scholars have discussed due to the shocking reality of it’s deep impact. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake destiny, it would be the evil eye.” Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
Generally speaking, scholars have agreed that there are precautions that a person may take to prevent the effects of the evil eye, from these precautions is:
1- Dua’a- constantly being in the remembrance of Allah thus causing a person to be in His Divine protection (there are specific duas for protection against the evil eye in the saheeh sunnah)
2- Hiding your blessings and being discrete about matters that may cause people to become jealous and envious
وَكَذَٰلِكَ يَجْتَبِيكَ رَبُّكَ وَيُعَلِّمُكَ مِن تَأْوِيلِ الْأَحَادِيثِ وَيُتِمُّ نِعْمَتَهُ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ يَعْقُوبَ كَمَا أَتَمَّهَا عَلَىٰ أَبَوَيْكَ مِن قَبْلُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْحَاقَ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ)) سورة يوسف آية رقم 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, as He perfected it on your fathers, Ibrahim and Ishaq aforetime! Verily, your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise.))
Ya’qub ‘alayhissalam continues his speech and tells Yusuf that just as Allah chose him to see the eleven stars, the sun and the moon to prostrate before him, thus He will choose him to be a Prophet and teach him the interpretation of dreams, and perfect His favor on Him by granting him Prophethood, just as He granted it to his forefathers, because Allah knows best whom to choose for His Message.
Allah s.w.t is teaching us a significant lesson in parenting and raising our children according to Islamic standards. Ya’qub ‘alayhissalam is THE role model for all Muslim parents, especially fathers.
To sum up for today, there is a beautifully profound hadith of the Messenger of Allah that summarizes the nobility of Yusuf ‘alayhissalam’s lineage:
(الكريم ابن الكريم ابن الكريم ابن الكريم: هو يوسف ابن يعقوب ابن إسحاق ابن إبراهيم)
Ibn ‘Umar radhiallahu ‘anh narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: (The noble, son of the noble, son of the noble, son of the noble: he is Yusuf ibn Ya’qub ibn Ishaq ibn Ibrahim ‘alayhimasalam.) Sahih Bukhari
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