The wife of King Al-Azeez had seduced Yusuf, but because of his belief in Allah, he rejected her advances and stayed upon the truth. He affirmed his belief even as all her evil plots landed him in prison for a crime that he did not commit.
All through the life of prophet Yusuf, he maintained a type of faith that Muslims aspire to reach. He was thrown in the well to die, accused of adultery, and imprisoned. But in all of these trials, his heart remained firm on the oneness of Allah.
A Muslim can go through a lot in life that makes you feel like there is too much difficulty, and this can threaten to affect your belief in Allah. But remember that Allah tests those whom he loves, and like Prophet Yusuf, there is relief and happiness to follow any trial.
“He said, “[I seek] the refuge of Allah. Indeed, he is my master, who has made good my residence. Indeed, wrongdoers will not succeed.” (12:23)
When the brothers of Prophet Yusuf found out that the brother they had thrown in the well several years ago is the same man from whom they are begging for sustenance, they were filled with remorse.
They regretted their actions, but what was most inspiring in this story is how Yusuf forgave them even before they asked for it.
“He said, “No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” (12:92)
These were brothers who out of the jealousy of their father’s love for Yusuf, conspired to throw him in a well and lied that he had been eaten by an animal. They essentially brought difficulty on Yusuf, and sorrow to their father. But before they could even ask, Yusuf forgave them for everything they did to him and treated them like family.
You will be tested. You will be slandered. Inasmuch as God who sees beyond what human can is there, just forgive. Forgiveness is an outstanding attribute for any Muslim. Not only does it remove hatred from one’s heart, it also earns the pleasure of Allah.
Yusuf was a son much beloved to his father. But the jealousy of his brothers turned him into a slave who ended up in prison. His life became a far cry from what he was used to while growing up, but somehow by the mercy of Allah, he was raised in ranks and became a trusted man to King Al-Azeez.
After so much hardship, this was not a position that he could have expected for himself. But Allah in his infinite wisdom has set a course for every human, and only those who are patient and reliant on him are able to understand that whatever happens to a person has been predestined by Allah.
It is important as Muslims, to always acquaint ourselves with stories of people in the Quran, because as Allah has said: “There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Quran a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe.” (12:111).