So, the story continues…..the intelligence agencies of Quraysh went to the intellectuals of Jews to probe them for a question that would leave Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) speechless. The question they came up with was “How did the children of Israel end up in Egypt when all their ancestors were from Palestine and Syria?”. In their hearts the Jews and Quraysh were confident that Muhammad(sallallahu alayhi wasallam), an ummi (illiterate), would be clueless about this and the opportunity will be an excellent propaganda against him. However, Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) revealed this surah which was not only a proof of His prohethood but also a warning for the disbelievers.
Firstly, Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had no other source of knowledge provided in this surah other than revelation, and hearing the answer to their ‘ah-we-got-him!’ question they were left flabbergasted!
Secondly, the Quraysh were plotting and planning, persecuting the Muslims and trying to remove Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from their view the same way that the brothers of Yusuf (alayhi salam) had done before with Yusuf. However, by throwing him in the darkness of a well they ended up elevating Yusuf (alayhi salam) to the kingdom of Egypt, something they surely wouldn’t have wanted! Likewise, the very tactics that the disbelievers were using against the mission of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) were aiding the mission itself! Hence, this surah was a silent warning to the people of Quraysh; O brethren of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), your jealousy, hatred and plans against the best of your people will lead to nowhere but your doom!
From this we can deduce some very important FACTS:
1. When you’re righteous and follow the true path [path of the favored ones 🙂 ] it’ll sure gain you enemies. There’s no way around!
2. The enemies will do their very best to desensitize and derail you. Don’t bend in!
3. The disbelievers always conceive plans against the friends of Rahman; they did yesterday and they do today. Their chief concern is the presence of these ‘trouble-makers’, ‘insurgents’, ‘terrorists’ and ‘fundamentalists’. These people were never accepted by them then, and today when the religion has returned back to a state of strangeness, these ghuraba won’t be accepted by the enemies of Allah – not at all!
4. Allah is the Master Planner, He has a better plan and in the end its His plan that is implemented. However well they plan Allah is enough for us!
In surah Ibrahim Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) the All-Knowing tells us:
And they had planned their plan, but with Allah is [recorded] their plan, even if their plan had been [sufficient] to do away with the mountains.So never think that Allah will fail in His promise to His messengers. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Owner of Retribution.[Surah Ibrahim: 46-47]
History repeats itself….yesterday it was the brothers of Yusuf, 1400 years ago it was the Quraysh and today it’s the modern, enlightened, democratic Kuffar and their alliances. They’ve thrown money, minds and men in a war against the friends of Ar-Rahman the same way their predecessors had done and will surely loose likewise insha Allah.
Have you ever observed a spider’s web from nearby? See the intricate build, all threads are woven up so neatly; well planned and well placed! Yet with a small phoo it will vanish and fly away unnoticed in the air. Similar are the plots and plans of disbelievers, indeed they seem conceding, over whelming and mind obscuring, However, they are but a ball of crumpled threads and against these plots; Allah is enough for us!!
“And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.” [Ankaboot: 41]
[The information regarding Surah Yusuf’s background has been taken from Tafheem ul Quran by Mawdudi and Tayseerul Quran by Abdur Rehman Kelani]
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