Lessons from Tafseer class of Dr Faadil Al Imam (5th day of Ramadan)

Introduction
Yesterday our Tafseer class stopped at Aayah 3 of Suratu Yuusuuf.

  1. Today’s Tafseer started with 4th Aayah of Suratu Yuusuuf where Allâh began to narrate story of Yuusuuf sequentially
  2. The foundation of success of a child is to maintain cordial relationships between the children and their parents. Everyone should observe their responsibility and right over one another.
  3. It is a great privilege to have a scholar as father. Look at how Yuusuuf related his dream to his father. And his father was able to guide with his knowledge.
  4. The story started with إذ and it means ظرف – time and it indicates past event. It also has likelihood which is إذا it also indicates time the only difference is that this indicates future event.
  5. 90% of stories in Qur’an started with إذ. For example story of Adam in Baqarah :30, Story of two children of Adam; Maaidah : 29, story of Prophet Nuuh Suratu Shu’araau:105- 106, story of Huud Shu’araau :124 عليهم الصلاة والسلام etc

In all those stories of Prophets mentioned in Suratu Shu’araau ended with ألا تتقون. It established that all those Prophet never lived in the same time yet their da’wah was similar and this indicates that it is only one Lord that sent them

  1. This Suurah was named after Prophet Yuusuuf even though many personalities were involved in the stories as the Suurah captured this.
  2. When did Yuusuuf narrate the story to his father? The most likely answer was that it was in the morning. It was Allâh that guided him to narrate his dream to his father only.
  3. It is incumbent on every Muslim to supplicate to Allah for guidance in all his endeavors. One of the ways to do this is by ponder over recitation of Suratul Fatihah. It is important one concentrates on its recitation particularly Aayah: 6
  4. May Allâh be our Guide in all our affairs and guide us to the best in this world and hereafter.
  5. The three fathers of Yuusuuf were great People and Prophets ; Ya’quub, Is-haaq, and Ibrahim
  6. It is incumbent on the parents to be humble for their children and they should be approachable. Had it been Yuusuuf’s father was harsh on his children he would have been easy for Yuusuuf to approach him. Being simple to one’s family is one of the Prophetic manners.
  7. The story of of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم where a child mounted on him and that made his Sujood elongated than normal. He used to say tasleem to little children. He used to rub little children with his hands. He did kiss children. All these pointed to leniency of the Prophet to children. Let’s all emulate all thses practices of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم
  8. Being merciful to your children is one of ways to seek Allâh’s mercy. Let’s be merciful to our children by drawing them towards us.
  9. Being harsh and boned to the children is not away of showing manhood as this prevents one from seeing Allâh’s mercy and being successful.
  10. Being merciful towards one’s children and wives is way to attract Allâh’s favor.
  11. oh يا is one of words to call someone. Among them we have وا, أ, أي etc
  12. The ت attached to أبت is sign of respect.
  13. It is upon the parents to take care of their children, educate them as Prophet Ya’quub trained his children.
  14. Oh children, tongue is one of best tools to respect one’s parents. We should call them with beloved names to them like my daddy and my mummy. It is better to address them with above way than calling them with their kunyah or calling them with their alias like Alhaji and Alhaja in their presence.
  15. It is wrong to address someone as Alhaji and Alhaja both from Shari’ah point of view and rational.
  16. Is there different in away to address one’s parent in their presence and at their absence? In their presence they should be addressed as my daddy. In their absence they should be addressed with their honor tittle like Vc, King, MD, and so on.
  17. The places where the phrase يا أبت was used in Qur’an ;
    1. Suratu Yuusuuf 4, 100
    2. Suratu Maryam : 42, 43, 44, 45
    3. Suratul Qaṣaṣ :26
    4. Ṣafaat: 102
  18. Yuusuuf started his life with dream and also dream was means by which he was successful . This also applied to Prophet Muusaa عليهما الصلاة والسلام who started his life with water and the water was also means by which he gained victory over his enemies

وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

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