Surah Yousaf is the twelfth chapter of the Holy Quran and it tells us about
the life struggles of Prophet Yousaf (A.S.). We earn sawab (rewards) even for reading this surah (Allah is great and He offers great rewards just for this performing this great act) but if we
read this surah with translation, we come to know of his great struggles and hardship that he faced. From them, we can learn a great lesson that can be very useful for in life. The Ahadith
(sayings of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.) also offer great lessons and teachings for leading a successful life. (For reading hadith of Sahih Muslim hadith and Sahih Bukhari, click here) Here, we shall discuss the lesson in Surah Yousaf in detail.
This is one of the greatest lessons we learn from this Surah that come in handy for everyone. Allah also loves those who are patient. In Surat Al-Anfal, Allah tells us:
“And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).” (The Quran 8:46)
Prophet Yaqub (A.S.)
We see great acts of patience many times across this surah, exhibited both by his father Hazrat Yaqub (A.S.) and himself. When Prophet Yusuf (A.S.) was thrown into a well in his childhood and his brothers came to his father for explaining what happened, Yaqub (A.S.) was familiar with the intentions and capabilities of his other sons but he opted the way of patience and sought Allah’s help in this matter.
Although in great grief and sorrow, he never left his act of patience and praying to Allah. Later in his life, he was once again given the terrible news of the loss of another son, but that was only for a short duration and part of the plan of Prophet Yousaf (A.S.) to gather the entire family in one place.
When we come to think of it, it is very difficult for a father to be patient at such a time; especially when he’s pretty sure of the cause of his son’s disappearance. As we read on, we come to know that the patient are always rewarded greatly and achieve that for which they were patient.
Prophet Yusuf (A.S.)
When Yusuf (A.S.) was in the Aziz’s home in Egypt, he was framed for a crime he did not commit and thrown into prison for a greater duration of time. While in prison, he never stopped praying to Allah and practicing his religion. He even preached the oneness of God to his fellow prisoners who later joined him for a short duration. He waited patiently in prison for his release and to fulfill his destiny which was to save all of Egypt from the great famine, the arrival of which was imminent after a few years. He didn’t show the characteristics of someone who’s imprisoned for no reason and later loses himself thinking that the walls of the prison will be the end of him.
Patience is the key to success in every aspect of life. Given the verse of Quran above where Allah tells He is with the patient and the Qasas-UL-Ambia (stories of the prophets), we ought to learn from their great example and shape our lives accordingly if we wish to be one of the successful ones.