In introducing the Surah (Chapter) of Joseph, the Qur’an says, “We will relate to you the most beautiful story.” What follows is a tale with suspense, drama and complex characters. The motifs of dreams, shirts and hidden objects woven throughout the narrative point to the theme of the illusory nature of the world. This is a story that requires the engagement of the imagination to understand deeper meanings, which is appropriate, as it is only by employing the faithful imagination that a believer can see himself as he truly is.
This Khutbah was recorded on September 15, 2017 in the Bayyinah Musallah in Euless, TX
In Surah Yusuf, Allah shows His profound sensitivity to human suffering through the story of Prophet Ya’qub (PBUH), the symbol of patience in the Quran. When Ya’qub (PBUH) learns that his youngest son Binyamin was arrested in Egypt, he cries so much he loses his eyesight, as the news triggers the deep pain he was still feeling over the loss of Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) years ago. But his grief was not a sign of impatience or despair. On the contrary, it was an expression of his humanity and his absolute faith that Allah will see him through this calamity and bring back his children.
Imam Suhaib Webb talks about Surah Yousuf and the story of Prophet Yousuf in a “down to earth” conversation that puts the lessons learned from the story into perspective for people of all levels of faith.