Note: Insha’allah the February 2019 Monthly Tarbiyyah Programme Quiz shall be based on this article. (Quiz is for boys between the ages of 8 and 11 years)

Yusuf (alayhis salaam) had eleven brothers. Ten were older than him, and one was younger, the younger brother’s name was Binyaameen. Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was a very good and handsome boy and his father Ya’qub (alayhis salaam) loved him very much. Unfortunately, this made his brothers jealous, so they decided to get rid of Yusuf (alayhis salaam). 

One day, they took Yusuf (alayhis salaam) to a deep well and threw him into it. Then, they took Yusuf (alayhis salaam)’s shirt and soaked it in sheep’s blood. They showed the shirt to their father and said to him, "Our brother Yusuf is dead. A wolf has eaten him."

At this Ya’qub (alayhis salaam) was overcome with grief, and he wept bitterly for his beloved son. Years passed, and Ya’qub (alayhis salaam) became old and blind. But his trust in Allah ta’laa remained firm and unswerving. 

Ya’qub (alayhis salaam) prayed very hard to Allah ta’laa and never gave up hope that Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was still alive, and that one day they would be together again. He said, 
Allah is one who has All Power, and patience is beautiful.”

Yaqub (alayhis salaam) was certain this would happen. Ya’qub (alayhis salaam) was right, for when Yusuf (alayhis salaam) had found himself in the well, he, too, had prayed to Allah ta’laa.

A caravan with merchants came and passed by the well. They found Yusuf (alayhis salaam), pulled him out and took him with them to Egypt. There he was sold in the market place to a man and his wife, who had no children of their own. 

Sometimes it happens in life that a person is unjustly accused of a crime he did not commit. This is what happened to Yusuf (alayhis salaam) when he grew up to be a man. He was put into prison, even though he had not done anything wrong. Only Allah knows best what is good for man, and He helps those who have faith in Him.

Years later, while Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was still in prison, the King of Egypt had a dream which caused him much concern. 

"I see seven fat cows that are being eaten by seven thin ones, and seven green ears of corn and seven dried ones," he told his courtiers. But none of the courtiers could explain what this dream meant. 

Then King learned that the imprisoned Yusuf (alayhis salaam) knew how to interpret it. So the King sent for Yusuf (alayhis salaam) and Yusuf (alayhis salaam) explained: 

Your dream means that the first seven years to come will be good years with good harvest, but the next seven years to follow will be  years of difficulty with famine and hunger. Therefore, you should collect and save as much grain as you can from the first good years and store it for the time of hunger!

The King was very grateful to Yusuf (alayhis salaam) and requested his help in overcoming the famine, for he realized that Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was a wise and capable man. Yusuf (alayhis salaam) agreed, and the King made him the treasurer and inspector of Egypt’s storage chambers.

When the famine came and spread over the country, it also affected the people in Yusuf (alayhis salaam)’s own land. They too became hungry, and during this time, Yusuf (alayhis salaam)’s brothers arrived in Egypt. They wanted to buy grain from the plentiful supply which Yusuf (alayhis salaam) had told the Egyptians to store. Allah ta’laa planned that when they reached Egypt, the brothers would come before Yusuf (alayhis salaam). 

At first they did not recognize him, for they thought that he had died a long time ago. Later on, though, they realized who Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was and felt very ashamed of what they had done all those years ago. They begged Yusuf (alayhis salaam)’s pardon and Yusuf

(alayhis salaam) forgave them.” Bring our father to me, Yusuf (alayhis salaam) said to his brothers”. 

When the brothers brought their father to Yusuf (alayhis salaam), the blind old man (Ya’qub alyhis salaam) was full of happiness. He had always believed that Yusuf (alayhis salaam) was still alive and had never stopped praying to Allah ta’laa. Father and son embraced each other. It was a wonderful reunion for them after such a long time apart.

Afterwards, Yusuf (alayhis salaam)’s father and brothers remained in Egypt. They grew into a big family and raised many children.

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