Is Quran reading hard for you? You are not alone because it is a very difficult task for many. But wait for a second! Despite knowing all the virtues promised for reading the Quran, are we still reluctant? I think this is where the problem lies. We only know that it is very beautiful to read the Quran, less do we know exactly what the beauty really is. Maybe that’s even why you want to know the Benefits of reciting Surah Yousuf.
The interesting news is that every individual Surah contributes to the whole beauty of the Holy Quran. And surah Yousuf is not an exception. The beauty of this beautiful surah about this beautiful Prophet (Yousaf) is awesome. That’s why in this article, I want readers to realize the importance, virtues and benefits of Surah Yusuf. And a brief story about Surah Yousef.
Benefits of reciting Surah Yousuf
- It is narrated that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said: Whoever recites surah Yousuf and teaches his family members how to recite it, Allah will make the final moments before his death easy for him to bear and will remove jealousy from his heart.
- It has been narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that Whoever recites this Surah every day or every night, Allah will enable him to be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection having a beauty equal to that of the beauty of Yusuf, he will have no difficulties on that Day and he will be among the righteous subjects of Allah.
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- This surah also keeps one’s heart safe from illegitimate lustful desires.
- The sixth Imam (a.s.) has also said that if a person drinks the water in which this surah has been dissolved, then his sustenance will be easier to reach and he will be made from the people of Jannah.
Important notes about Surah Yusuf
To fully understand the verses of Surah Yousef, it is necessary to point out a number of points:
#ONE: All of the verses contained in this Surah, except a few, concern the instructive biography and beautiful of Hadrat Yusuf (as) and this is the reason why this Surah is called “Yusuf”.
And, it is also, for this reason, that out of the 27 times that the name of Yusuf has been mentioned in the Qur’an, 25 of them are found in Surah Yusuf. The other two suras in which his name has been mentioned are in verse 34 of Surah Al-Ghafir, and in verse 84 of Surah Al-’An‘am.
The content of this Surah Yusuf is well integrated into one reading and it presents different highlights of a single story expressed in ten sections through an extraordinarily fluent, concise, interesting, and attractive manner.
Ignorant storytellers or those who have questionable objectives in mind have sought to present this story as an exciting love story for the whimsical, they try to change everything around sexuality and present it as if it was a Hollywood romance, providing a distorted picture of the true Yusuf and his real biography.
The Qur’an, whose everything is a paradigm, narrates the story revealing sublime lessons in chastity, abstemiousness, virtue, faith, and domination over individual selfishness. This has been so carefully arranged that if someone was to read it several times, he would still be involuntarily drawn by its powerful attraction.
It is for this reason that the Qur’an has called it the Best of Stories and the Surah has presented instructive lessons for contemplation.
#TWO: Focusing our attention on the verses of this Surah reveals the fact that the Holy Qur’an is a miracle in all its dimensions, and the champions it presents in its stories are real, not imaginary and unique in their class.
There is Abraham, the iconoclastic champion who, with his sublime and unconquerable spirit stood alone opposing powerful despots.
There is Moses, the hero who taught an obstinate people to go against a recalcitrant oppressor.
And then there is Yusuf (Joseph) (as), the champion who embodied righteousness, purity, and virtue versus a passionate, beautiful and conniving woman.
On reading this Surah we cannot help but be struck with wonderment at the revelation of the Qur’an and its ability to relate a story of such subtlety and profundity.
Among the many subjects covered by this Surah, the story of Yusuf also deals with the sensitive issue of love, the Qur’an does not overlook or bypass these issues, indeed, it speaks of them in great detail but in such a way that no undesirable or negative effect would be left on the reader.
It delves deeply into every issue and proposition but one would find that powerful rays of virtue may dominate the discussion at all times.
#THREE: The story of Yusuf before and after Islam: Undoubtedly, the story of Yusuf had been known before Islam. This story has been extensively mentioned in 14 chapters (37 to 50) in the Book of Genesis. A careful reading of these 14 chapters shows that what is found in the Torah is quite different from what is in the Qur’an.
A comparison of the two accounts reveals the extent to which the Quranic version is void of all the superstitions found in the Torah.
And the fact that the Qur’an says to the Prophet: “Before this, thou too was among those who knew it not”, is a reference made to the Prophet’s lack of prior awareness of the story and the sheer truth of this instructive biography. Indeed, whatever the prophets possess is God-given.
After the dawn of Islam, historians also wrote accounts and interpretations of the story. In Persian poetry and literature, the first story told about Yusuf and Zulaykha is ascribed to Ferdowsi.
Then the poems composed by Shahabuddin ‘Am‘aq and Mas‘udi Ghomi, and later, we find the famous poetry entitled ‘Yusuf and Zulaykha’ composed by ‘Abdurahman Jami, the famous poet of the 9th-century A.H.
#FOUR: Why is the story of Yusuf, unlike that of the other prophets, expounded in one place? One of the characteristics of this story is that, unlike the story of the other prophets, it is discussed as a whole in one format.
This is different from that of the stories of the other prophet which have been recounted in separate sections in various suras of the Qur’an. The reason for this is that separation of the climaxes of this story destroys its integrity and in order to arrive at the proper and necessary conclusions, it must be offered as an integrated whole.
Another specification of this holy Surah is that whereas the stories of the other prophets recounted in the Qur’an, usually deal with the issue of their struggles and campaigns against unruly and rebellious peoples, but the story of Yusuf makes no mention of such matters.
On the contrary, it revolves around the life of Yusuf himself and his passage through difficult stages of life which eventually culminates with him becoming a powerful man in the Egyptian government.
Native story of Surah Yusuf
The story of Surah Yusuf (Sura) is about prophet Yusuf, translated into English as Joseph.
Yusuf is one of the sons of Ya’qub (known as Jacob in the English translation) who has the talent of interpreting dreams. One day Yusuf has a dream and he narrates his dream to his father who immediately knows that Yusuf will be a prophet. His father tells him not to tell his brothers to avoid any harm.
However, because of Ya’qub’s loving treatment towards Yusuf, Yusuf’s brothers felt jealous. They wanted to get rid of Yusuf, so their father could love them instead of Yusuf. Their initial plan was to kill Yusuf, but later they decided to throw him in a well.
They lied to their father and told him that a wolf had killed him. Later, a caravan rescued Yusuf from the well, who then sold him to a man in Egypt. The man took Yusuf in and was hoping to have him as a son.
Later when Yusuf was grown, the man’s wife tries to seduce him, but he resists. The woman seeing his resistance accuses Yusuf of wanting to harm her and demands that he should either be punished severely or sent to jail.
A witness, after Yusuf defends his innocence, testifies “if his shirt is torn from the front, then she has told the truth, and he is of the liars but if his shirt is torn from the back, then she has lied, and he is of the truthful.” The shirt was indeed torn from the back.
Soon after this accident, the women of the city talk about how the wife is seeking to seduce Yusuf. The wife of ‘Al-Aziz invites them to a banquet, gives each of them a knife, and then tells Yusuf to come out. The women cut their hands in astonishment.
‘She said, “That is the one about whom you blamed me. And I certainly sought to seduce him, but he firmly refused; and if he will not do what I order him, he will surely be imprisoned and will be of those debased.”(Quran 12:32) Yusuf prefers prison to what they call him so he prayed to God. Yusuf is sent to prison.
In the prison, Yusuf met two other men and interprets one of the prisoner’s dreams. The prisoner is then released and Yusuf asked the prisoner to mention his talent to the king.
One day, the King had a dream and the prisoner who had been released mention, Yusuf. He interprets the King’s dream, which is about Egypt having a seven-year drought. To reward him, the King requests his release from jail and the King also investigates his case.
The wife who tried to seduce Yusuf testifies that he was innocent, and the truth unveils. Yusuf is given authority in Egypt.
During the seven-year drought, Yusuf’s brothers visit Egypt to get food for their family. Upon seeing his brothers, Yusuf recognizes them though they did not recognize him. Yusuf, in a high position of authority, requests that the next time they come, they bring their youngest brother Benjamin with them.
When the brothers returned with their youngest brother, Yusuf takes him aside and tells him his identity. Yusuf plots a theft case where his youngest brother is found guilty of theft when he is truly innocent and is detained by his family, so he could stay with him. Later, when the father and brothers face poverty they come back to Yusuf and Yusuf then helps them and reveals his identity asking them to come and live with him.
The story of Yusuf is a very beautiful. I hope that you find this useful Isha’Allah.