Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Confronting matters with stability

Quran Chapter 12  111 (Pt-13, Stg-3) (L-1554) – درس قرآن

Confronting matters with stability

Surah Yuusuf (Joseph) – 12

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

Surah Yuusuf (Chapter Joseph – peace be upon him) presents an imaginary map of the house of a Prophet and his family. Two groups had been born, from the beginning, among twelve sons of Prophet Jacob (peace be upon him), due to difference in their temperament. Joseph (peace be upon him) and his brother Binyamin were in one group, whereas other ten elder brothers were in the second, who were very robust and strong.


Prophet Jacob (peace be upon him) was desirous to train all of them in accord with perfect Islamic principles, by which a mankind confronts all matters with stability and determination. In such confronting, many difficulties come before him, but he uses the weapons of patience and forbearance in such conditions.


It seems that Prophet Joseph (peace be upon him) reaps the real advantage from the teachings of his father Jacob (peace be upon him). He sees through conduct and behavior of Joseph (peace be upon them) that this boy is encouraging. Joseph (peace be upon him) received full influence of ethics from his father Jacob (peace be upon him), and he tried to adopt that path; on which he saw his father. It is unavoidable that the father, who desires to train his son correctly, will love such son.


Trend of other sons was unto the worldly life more than enough and they used to consider that “we produce more worldly provisions by our strength and intelligence; therefore we are more prominent than Joseph (peace be upon him)”. Consequently, Joseph (peace be upon him) completed his religious requirements, but his elder brothers were lovers of the life of this world.


By the blessings of the religion, good manners like mildness, knowledge, liberality, large-minded and patience had been created in Joseph (peace be upon him). But due to bad presage of the world, envy, fear, perplexity, niggard-ness and selfishness appeared in his elder brothers.


Both groups worked in their lives according to own ways. Resultant, Joseph (peace be upon him) rose also in the world due to his good manners, but his brothers fell down due to inferiority of their manners, and at last they observed “there is no expedient save obedience of those who have good disposition”.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).