Sacred Texts  Islam  Index  Previous  Next 

Lot of Sermons in The Josephite Virtues
Since his youth, Joseph faced many problems, his father loved him and that caused him the great trouble of his life, and her aunt loved him and he was with her by a permission from his father, and when his father wanted to take him back she made him wear her girdle and claimed that he stole it, and the law at that time was to enslave the thief, and she searched him and took it out from under his clothes and he did not know that it was there, and so apparently he was like a slave for her, then she hugged him and asked to be with her for more time. The extreme love of his father to him was a reason for the envy of his brothers which made them take him away from his father and scared him with terror acts and then they took his shirt and threw him in the well. He saw many sad events at one time, and when the caravan came and took him out of the well and took him as to sell him, they sold him to the noble of Egypt Al-Rayyân ben Al-Waleed for few coins, and they sold him in a cheap price.
These situations of humilation and weakness make the hair of the body stand, then Joseph was a slave for the noble for a while until his place was raisen for the noble, and it was known how Joseph has many characteristics that made him preferred more than anyone else like his wisdom as well as his beauty, and so he was appointed as the chief of the servants in the house of the noble, and he had the complete control of them for he was sincere and wise and also honorable. Zalikhâ the wife of the noble loved him and things started to oppose him and he got back to a trouble that was greater than before, and Zalikhâ started to ask for the evil-act and flirt with him and he did not even look at her until it became so hard on her and she started to lose her senses and do not estimate the consequences, and because she was his lady and the wife of his master she started to call him to her and he refused and she insisted but he refused as well, and she caught his shirt but he ran away and caught the principles of virtues and faith, and been cautious for the shame and whatever that breaks the laws of his faith and also cautious for preserving his master, the one who made hospitality towards him and made him like a son, so how come he face such gifts with such evil attitude, and this is something that he was never educated for, nor his family did, but Zalikhâ is not listening to any advice, and all of that would tell how Joseph had such a faithful soul and a pure one and a strong will that blocks every evil although he is a young man that got such high places for his master with many riches that he used to enjoy and with him his lady that was the prettiest woman at her time. Joseph (PUH) was tested for what was going on with him and he was extremely patient catching up with his virtues and kept hisself away from what his soul hate, and he was a true example for God's saying: and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing(Al-Baqarah:177).
Joseph (PUH) gave an extreme example for all the people about many types of patience, and he was not afraid but he made everything for his Lord to do and kept being patient, and been patient for the transgression of his brothers and taking his shirt by them and also for throwing him in the well, he kept being patient for selling him as a slave with the cheapest price, he kept being patient and kept his anger although he had been in troubles and been put in jail with the criminals while he is a leader for faithful people, but he promised to be patient, then he got out of the jail and God made him rule the land and made people under his command all over Egypt. As some historians said: The of death has between his lips either the good life or death, and his (Joseph) brothers came to him and they are to take revenge of them for what they did to him, and they came to buy some food with their hardness, but he did not face their evil with a similar manner, but he forgave and kept patient.
When they said: Is it indeed thou who art Joseph? He said: I am Joseph and this is my brother. God hath shown us favour. Lo! he who wardeth off (evil) and endureth (findeth favour); for lo! God loseth not the wages of the kindly. Then they showed their regret and admitted their sin saying: By God, verily God hath preferred thee above us, and we were indeed sinful, and he forgave them for their transgression and said to them: Have no fear this day! May God forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. How beautiful forgiveness and how complete virtue it is dropping with passion, and how beautiful sermons and benefits and honorable manners: and he unto whom wisdom is given, he truly hath received abundant good. But none remember except men of understanding(Al-Baqarah:269).
Some of those who talk about the conditions of prophets said: while Joseph was with his father, honored and beloved, suddenly he became at the hands of his brothers and their transgression and then they threw him into the well without regret. In that condition, he then smells the scent of freedom but as a slave, and then he moved to a slavery that almost seemed like freedom when he became the chief of servants in his master's house.Then while he is in such high condition that many free people would envy him for, he then founded himself suddenly in jail for no crime he did, and there he turned to be a religious missionary calling people to worship God and blocking people from worshipping other gods and religions, and then he came to interpret the hidden things, and then he became the one who interpreted the dream of the king which was an alert for him for dry years after fertile ones all over the lands, and then he became the principle over the granaries on the lands and the king made him closer to him and shared the rule with him and made a living for the Egyptian kingdom and the near by lands, and in that condition he only missed the view of his parents, and suddenly then his brothers were trapped within his trap and so he tricked them a beautiful trick with seriousness, and tricked them all over to bring his brother from his own mother, and then they brought all his family together, and in all conditions he was always holding the virtues and beautiful manners.
No story is as beautiful as the story of Joseph with its sermons, and not every reader can understand its core, but it is as God said: In their history verily there is a lesson for men of understanding(Yousof:111). Joseph depended on God for every trouble and problem he faced, when the Egyptian women when they saw Joseph and been captivated by his beauty after the blamed the wife of the noble, and when the wife of the noble warned him saying: but if he do not my behest he verily shall be imprisoned, and verily shall be of those brought low(Yousof:32), he take refuge in God and said: O my Lord! Prison is more dear than that unto which they urge me, and if Thou fend not off their wiles from me I shall incline unto them and become of the foolish(Yousof:33), and so God then released him from their wiles and he went to the prison and it is the best of the two troubles for Joseph for he chose it by praying to God, and when he was to be released from the jail he denied going out but after proving his innocence, so he sent a messanger to the king asking him about the reason for keeping him in prison and asking him to re-investigate about the reasons for putting him into the jail, so when the king did that and his innocence showed up, he accepted then going out of the jail with honor.
Then when his father with his wife and his children came to him while he was sitting on the throne and the crown upon his head, when they saw him, they fell prostrating before him to thank God for this great gift, and then Joseph said to his father: O my father! This is the interpretation of my dream of old. My Lord hath made it true, and He hath shown me kindness, since He took me out of the prison and made me the master of the lands stores and granaries and I have the command in my hand, and hath brought you from the desert after Satan had made strife between me and my brethren. Lo! my Lord is tender unto whom He will. He is the Knower, the Wise. After facing the big troubles that might make the stone melt down, such as the transgression of his brother and throwing him into the well, alone there by day and night, how his condition might be that time, and after selling him by the caravan as a slave in Egypt to a disbeliever tyrant, and after his trouble with the wife of the noble and her wiles, and after that long time in prison, after all of that happened and he is still holding the virtues and honor with dignity and kept on praying to God.
These are brilliant situations and great virtues that bring pride for everyone that has a relation to him, and this is the right target for the faithful people for this is the honor and faith, so sanctified is Who made him special for all of that. His release from the jail and ruling the lands and the arrival of his brothers seeking his help without knowing him and tricking them and the arrival of his father after being blind for him and his brother Benjamin, and his cure by throwing the shirt of Joseph on him, and then the prostration of his father and mother and his brothers for him, all of that passed in the imagination of Joseph and he announced the gifts of God and thanked Him for His gifts as well as His troubles, and said: O my Lord! Thou hast given me (something) of sovereignty and hast taught me (something) of the interpretation of events - Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protecting Guardian in the world and the Hereafter. Make me to die muslim (unto Thee), and join me to the righteous(Yousof:101).
This story is a rich source for people who want to get the righteous manners and its effect into the souls of the faithful is not hidden, and it is a subject to be studied deeply by psychology, and the psychologist will not be exaggerating if he made a book about psychology and manners all from the chapter of Yousof (Joseph).
This is the last thing we did like to mention about this great man, and thanks be to God at the beginning and at the end, and peace be upon the best of his creation, Muhammad the chosen and his Household the virtuous, and upon the best of his companions.

Next: Some Conditions of Ðul-Qarnain