Hazrat Yousaf (AS) descended from the list of prophets Allah SWT sent to the earth to guide people. He (AS) was the grandson of Hazrat Ishaq (AS) and son of Hazrat Yaqoob (AS). He was the eleventh son of Hazrat Yaqoob (AS) and is considered to be his most loved one. However, his brothers except the youngest “Binyamin” were jealous of him due to their father’s love for him.
1. Surah Yousaf in Quran
The story of Hazrat Yousaf (AS) has been described by Quran Pak in a continuous narrative under the name of “Surah Yousaf”. The story initiates with the dream and ends up with its interpretation. In the dream, Hazrat Yousaf (AS) saw a vision with eleven stars bowing towards him and the sun and the moon. After that, when He (AS) woke up, went straight to his father, Hazrat Yaqoob (AS). He (AS) described the dream according to the following words of Surah Yousaf,
Yusuf said to his father: “O my father! I did see eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!
Qur’an, Surah 12 (Yusuf) Ayah 4
2. Interpretation by Hazrat Yaqoob (AS)
From this, Hazrat Yaqoob (AS) got the idea that his son is going to be extremely important in this life and hereafter. However, He (AS) advised Hazrat Yousaf (AS) not to tell his brothers regarding the dream. According to him, they were already jealous of you, therefore they might try to harm you. Although, the brothers of Yousaf (AS) had no idea regarding the dream. Still, they took him away from the father and the event of throwing Hazrat Yousaf (AS) occurred by his brothers.
3. Events towards Fulfillment
The dream of Hazrat Yousaf (AS) was fulfilled years after when He (AS) ascended the throne of Egypt. The series of events included his slavery under Aziz and Zulakha, Years in Jail, and then interpreting the dreams of the King. After this, Hazrat Yousaf (AS) started working for the King and eventually ascended the throne after the demise of the King.
4. Famine in Arab
The famine in Arab has critical significance in the fulfillment of the dream of Yousaf (AS). The famine hit the entire region badly. However, due to the efficient management and advance planning of Hazrat Yousaf (AS), the people of Egypt were saved in this situation. Besides this, Egypt helped the people of other regions too in this tough situation. From this, the brothers of Yousaf (AS) went ot Egypt to take help from the King who was actually their brother they thought were dead.
5. Family Reunion
Hazrat Yousaf (AS) conveyed the information to his brothers and father regarding his identity in a series of events. Firstly, He (AS) managed to restrict his youngest brother to go with them. Secondly, He (AS) sent his shirt to father from which Hazrat Yaqoob (AS) got the idea that his son was alive due to his fragrance. Thereafter, Hazrat Yousaf (AS) asked his brothers what they had done to Yousaf (AS). His brothers were shocked and started wondering how the King knows about throwing Yousaf (AS) into the well.
6. Fulfillment of Dream
The fulfillment of the dream of Yousaf (AS) was done when He (AS) went under the family reunion process. He (AS) forgive his brothers for what they did in the past. He (AS) raised his parent on thrown and his brothers prostrated before him. Allah SWT has described this event in the Quran as:
“And he raised his parents upon the throne and they (the brothers) fell down in prostration before him, and he said: O my father! (yaa abati) this is the significance (tawil) of my vision of old; my Lord has indeed made it to be true; and He was indeed kind to me when He brought me forth from the prison and brought you from the desert after the Shaitan (Satan) had sown dissensions between me and my brothers, surely my Lord is benignant to whom He pleases; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Qur’an 12:100)
The lesson for all humanity from the dream of Yousaf (AS) is to trust Allah and show continuous patience. Allah SWT does best for his people according to their abilities. The humans should;
“Submit their will to the will of the Allah”