English Translation of Al-Quran
.Surah Yusuf [Joseph]
Ayat 68. And when they entered according to their father’s advice, it did not avail them in the least against (the Will of) Allah, it was but a need of Yaqub’s (Jacob)[PBUH] inner-self which he discharged. And verily, he was endowed with knowledge because We had taught him, but most men know not.
Tafseer of Surah Yusuf (PBUH) Ayat 68. And when they entered in the manner their father had enjoined, it did not profit them in the least against (the plan of) Allah: It was but a necessity of Jacob´s soul, which he discharged. For he was, by our instruction, full of knowledge (and experience): but most men know not. See the last verse. Though they scrupulously observed their father’s injunctions to the letter, their hearts were not yet pure, and they got into trouble, as the later story will show. They had the hardihood to cast aspersions on Joseph, not knowing that they were in Joseph’s power. And Joseph took a noble revenge by planning a reunion of the whole family and shaming the ten brothers into repentance. He was the instrument for the fulfilment of Allah’s Plan. It is a necessity of a Prophet’s soul that he should speak out and teach all that he knows, to the worthy and unworthy alike. This, Jacob did to his unworthy sons, as well as to his worthy sons whom he loved best. It was not for him as a Prophet to guarantee any results. In this case he could not save his Sons from getting into trouble merely because they followed the letter of his advice in a small matter. Apply this to the teaching of one who is greater than Jacob. Men who literally observe some small injunctions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and neglect the greater principles which he taught cannot blame him for their troubles and difficulties. If they examined the matter, they would find that they brought the troubles on themselves. The Prophets of Allah are full of knowledge—not as men, but as taught by the grace of Allah, for men, as such, are (as Carlyle said) mostly fools—devoid of knowledge and understanding.
English Translation of Hadith
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah [SAWW](PBUH) said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one, and both are good. Adhere to that which is beneficial for you. Keep asking Allah for help and do not refrain from it. If you are afflicted in any way, do not say: `If I had taken this or that step, it would have resulted into such and such,’ but say only: `Allah so determined and did as He willed.’ The word `if’ opens the gates of satanic thoughts”. [Muslim Book 033, Chapter 08, Hadith # 6441].
Lesson : as mentioned above in Surah Yusuf Ayat 68. “And verily, he was endowed with knowledge because We had taught him, but most men know not.”
- In this Hadith, goodness is acknowledged in weak as well as strong because the real Faith is a common feature of both. The one who is stronger is, however, better with Allah for the reason that he is more active and energetic in the matter of noble deeds and performance of ritual prayers, obligatory as well as voluntary.
- This Hadith ordains that in case of trouble, one should exercise patience and show submission and obedience rather than saying `ifs’ and `buts’ about it, because it provides Satan with a chance to mislead the sufferer.