Believers are Blessed with God’s Assurances (12:15 – 12:18)

Believers are Blessed with God’s Assurances

[12:15] When they went away with him, and unanimously decided to throw him into the abyss of the well, we inspired him: “Some day, you will tell them about all this, while they have no idea.”
[12:16] They came back to their father in the evening, weeping.
[12:17] They said, “Our father, we went racing with each other, leaving Joseph with our equipment, and the wolf devoured him. You will never believe us, even if we were telling the truth.”
[12:18] They produced his shirt with fake blood on it. He said, “Indeed, you have conspired with each other to commit a certain scheme. All I can do is resort to a quiet patience. May GOD help me in the face of your conspiracy.”

Was Jacob being suspicious?
See 12:86 – Jacob knew that Joseph was still alive.

From 12:18 Jacob’s prayer shows that he was not worried about Joseph as he would be taken care of by God, but he was worried about himself.

Why didn’t Joseph’s brothers ever tell their dad about what they did to Joesph?

[12:97] They said, “Our father, pray for our forgiveness; we were wrong indeed.” [12:98] He said, “I will implore my Lord to forgive you; He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.”

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Joseph’s Fate Already Decided by God (12:9 – 12:14)

Joseph’s Fate Already Decided by God*

[12:9] “Let us kill Joseph, or banish him, that you may get some attention from your father. Afterwards, you can be righteous people.”*
*12:9 We learn from Joseph’s dream that he was destined for a bright future. Thus, while his brothers met to decide his fate, his fate was already decided by God. Everything is done by God (8:17), and is already recorded (57:22).

[12:10] One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph; let us throw him into the abyss of the well. Perhaps some caravan can pick him up, if this is what you decide to do.”
[12:11] They said, “Our father, why do you not trust us with Joseph? We will take good care of him.
[12:12] “Send him with us tomorrow to run and play. We will protect him.”
[12:13] He said, “I worry lest you go away with him, then the wolf may devour him while you are not watching him.”
[12:14] They said, “Indeed, if the wolf devours him, with so many of us around, then we are really losers.”

Jealousy – is the belief that God’s provisions are lacking, that someone else has something means that there is less for us. We can either ask God for a bigger piece of the pie or for God to make a bigger pie. Since God has infinite amounts of provisions it does not need to be a zero-sum game.  

[17:100] Proclaim, “If you possessed my Lord’s treasures of mercy, you would have withheld them, fearing that you might exhaust them. The human being is stingy.” 

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Sura 12, Joseph (Yousuf) (12:1 – 12:8)

[12:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[12:1] A. L. R. These (letters) are proofs of this profound scripture.*
*12:1 The Quranic initials constitute a major component of a great miracle (App. 1).

[12:2] We have revealed it an Arabic Quran, that you may understand.*
*12:2 Why was the Quran revealed in Arabic? See 41:44 and Appendix 4. 

[12:3] We narrate to you the most accurate history through the revelation of this Quran. Before this, you were totally unaware.
[12:4] Recall that Joseph said to his father, “O my father, I saw eleven planets, and the sun, and the moon; I saw them prostrating before me.”
[12:5] He said, “My son, do not tell your brothers about your dream, lest they plot and scheme against you. Surely, the devil is man’s worst enemy.
[12:6] “Your Lord has thus blessed you, and has given you good news through your dream. He has perfected His blessings upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He did for your ancestors Abraham and Isaac before that. Your Lord is Omniscient, Most Wise.”
[12:7] In Joseph and his brothers there are lessons for the seekers.
[12:8] They said, “Joseph and his brother are favored by our father, and we are in the majority. Indeed, our father is far astray.

Authenticity of Quran is pointed out openly, but the secret was the code to authenticate it.

Why Arabic?
One way of thinking: There was Arabic language and then God and chose Quran in Arabic because it was the most complete language

Alternate view: God created all language and He put it in place for the purpose of Quran – works hand in hand, because God is omnipotent.

If you understand Arabic then can you understand the Quran 100%?

Not necessarily, you need to be open to the Quran to understand it – believe it to understand it. It’s not about the language it is the main point that is underlying, could get 40 messages in 5 verses, and you only understood 10 of them. You have to dig deep and be open to the message, there is a lot of room for finding out new things regardless of language. Must have sincerity.

Only the Sincere Can Understand the Quran

[56:75] I swear by the positions of the stars. [56:76] This is an oath, if you only knew, that is awesome.* [56:77] This is an honorable Quran. [56:78] In a protected book. [56:79] None can grasp it except the sincere.*
**56:79 The insincere who are not satisfied with the Quran alone are divinely prevented from understanding the Quran. This concept is repeated throughout the Quran (17:45, 18:57). Consequently, they cannot understand this verse. For example, compare this translation of 7:3, 17:46, 41:44, & 56:79 with other translations.

Accurate history through revelation of Quran, why does this say before this you were unaware if history in Bible?
The history that we don’t have in other books is the history of the Great Feud, it is not in any of the other books. This is why before this you were totally unaware. Not that you were unaware of previous prophets history, but rather our history before Adam & Eve touched the tree.

This is the only chapter talking about all the human emotions with a prophet, this is the most historic with a lot of details.

What does it mean to prostrate?
To follow, to obey. Means to follow the order of God. Act of obedience. Praise someone by showing their worship to them, we are recognizing that God is the Most High.

[2:34] When we said to the angels, “Fall prostrate before Adam,” they fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused, was too arrogant, and a disbeliever. 

[38:72] “Once I design him, and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him.” 

Dreaming is a technique by God to communicate what the future is going to look like.  

What are the lessons that we should we get from Joseph and his brothers?

  1. Patience – God’s timing
  2. Scheming – God is the best schemer
  3. Lying – lies will come back to haunt you
  4. Fate – no matter what people try to do God has control of your destiny, regardless of peoples schemes
  5. Jealousy – remove jealousy from our hearts, it is an abominable trait
  6. Victory – victory comes to the believers, do not despair

Was there real backing for their jealousy? Is there a lesson with how we should be with our kids?

The answer is from the bible, Joseph and his full brother were from Jacob’s favorite wife. Their half brothers were from less favored wife of Jacob. People naturally will have favoritism, but this is a lesson for us that we should try and treat our children fairly and equally.

Do Not Change Your Names

[33:5] You shall give your adopted children names that preserve their relationship to their genetic parents. This is more equitable in the sight of GOD. If you do not know their parents, then, as your brethren in religion, you shall treat them as members of your family. You do not commit a sin if you make a mistake in this respect; you are responsible for your purposeful intentions. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Treat even adopted children as your own children, don’t want jealousy between family members. Very relevant with how you should treat all children equitably. Maybe this is why Jacob went through such hardship, because he treated his children so unfairly. 

Last part of our impurities to be removed is jealousy; we all have some. Important to work on jealousy, like other commandments it is hard, but if we are humble then we can drop it. Jealousy has no place in our lives to be carried to our end.

[7:42] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life—we never burden any soul beyond its means—these will be the dwellers of Paradise. They abide in it forever.

By God’s Grace

[7:43] We will remove all jealousy from their hearts. Rivers will flow beneath them, and they will say, “GOD be praised for guiding us. We could not possibly be guided, if it were not that GOD has guided us. The messengers of our Lord did bring the truth.” They will be called: “This is your Paradise. You have inherited it, in return for your works.” 

The Problem of History
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-PEVe7mHI0

Appendix 4

(from: Quran The Final Testament, by Rashad Khalifa, PhD.) 

Why Was the Quran Revealed in Arabic? 

We learn from 41:44 that the sincere believers have access to the Quran, regardless of their mother tongue. The disbelievers, on the other hand, are not permitted access to the Quran, even if they are professors of the Arabic language (17:4518:5741:44, & 56:79).

Arabic is the most efficient language in the world, especially when it comes to the precise statement of laws. Since the Quran is a Statute Book, it was crucial that such laws must be clearly stated. God chose Arabic for His Final Testament because of the obvious reason that it is the most suitable language for that purpose. Arabic is unique in its efficiency and accuracy. For example, the word “they” in English does not tell you if “they” are males or females. In Arabic there is a “they” for the males, “HUM,” and a “they” for the females, “HUNNA.” There is even a “they” for two males, “HUMAA,” and a “they” for two females, “HAATAAN.” This feature does not exist in any other language in the world. I came to appreciate this efficiency of the Arabic language when I translated, for example, 2:228. This verse enjoins the divorcee to give up her own wishes to divorce her husband, if she discovers that she is pregnant, and the husband wishes to reconcile – the welfare of the child takes a priority. The efficiency of the Arabic language was extremely helpful in stating this law. Any other language would have made it almost impossible to point out whose wishes are to be superseded, at least not in such a few words as we see in 2:228.

The word “Qaalataa” of 28:23, for example, translates into four English words: “the two women said.” Such is the efficiency of the Arabic language. 

Another possible reason for choosing Arabic is the fact that “He” and “She” do not necessarily imply natural gender. Thus, when God is referred to as “He,” this does not imply gender at all. God be glorified; He is neither male, nor female. The usage of “He” to refer to God in the English language, for example, has contributed to a false image of God. This was not helped by such distorted expressions as “Father” when referring to God. You never find such a reference to God in the Quran. 

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix4.html

Why Were We Created 11:118-11:123

Why Were We Created

[11:118] Had your Lord willed, all the people would have been one congregation (of believers). But they will always dispute (the truth).
[11:119] Only those blessed with mercy from your Lord (will not dispute the truth). This is why He created them. The judgment of your Lord has already been issued: “I will fill Hell with jinns and humans, all together.”
*11:119 The Most Merciful has created us on this earth to give us yet another chance to denounce our original crime and to be redeemed (see the Introduction and Appendix 7).
**11:119 God does not put a single person in Hell; they choose and insist upon going to Hell.

[11:120] We narrate to you enough history of the messengers to strengthen your heart. The truth has come to you herein, as well as enlightenments and reminders for the believers.
[11:121] Say to those who disbelieve, “Do whatever you can, and so will we.
[11:122] “Then wait; we too will wait.”
[11:123] To GOD belongs the future of the heavens and the earth, and all matters are controlled by Him. You shall worship Him and trust in Him. Your Lord is never unaware of anything you do. 

Freedom of choice, if we are left alone in one congregation we would dispute the truth. This is why we were created to show whether we would uphold vs. dispute the truth.

Will Jinns and humans be together?

Doesn’t show how jinns & humans are going to hell. We realize that when we aren’t with God then you are in hell – this applies to all creatures (hell surrounds them.)

[29:54] They challenge you to bring retribution! Hell already surrounds the disbelievers.

Wide array of characters from history Jacob grieved too much, Abraham prayed for father, Solomon became preoccupied with materials; messengers as humans had deficiencies, over time rid themselves of these. Gives us real people to connect with – they are like you but they were strengthened. By reading their history it gives us strength and guidance to do better.

We are in a position to grow our souls or hurt our souls to the maximum. Their striving in this world is fruitless. 

GPS is silent when you are on the right track – gives you the next instruction when you get close to your turn. Stay devoted to God don’t doubt when you don’t see signs assume you are on right track.

Three of the Five Prayers (11:114 – 11:117)

Three of the Five Prayers

[11:114] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) at both ends of the day, and during the night. The righteous works wipe out the evil works. This is a reminder for those who would take heed.
[11:115] You shall steadfastly persevere, for GOD never fails to recompense the righteous.
[11:116] If only some of those among the previous generations possessed enough intelligence to forbid evil! Only a few of them deserved to be saved by us. As for the transgressors, they were preoccupied with their material luxuries; they were guilty.
[11:117] Your Lord never annihilates any community unjustly, while its people are righteous. 

Is it a righteous work that will actually wipe out an evil work?

Purpose of contact prayer is to get closer to God – when we get closer to God we gain credit, good credits negate bad credit. Also, not just specific to prayers but any good work can wipe out evil works.

By virtue of praying 5xs per day, you are planning your day around prayer; you are conscious of God throughout your day that is being steadfast and righteous when our day revolves around praying. A lot that goes into planning prayer times.

Prayer can wipe out evil someone has planned for you. Plant the seed of righteousness.

Is there any verse to say that evil work can wipe out righteous works?

Source of righteousness is God – this is why righteous always defeats evil – because God is the source and God is truth. Righteousness is always the winner and good works will never go to waste.

Idol worship wipes out all good works.

[9:69] Some of those before you were stronger than you, and possessed more money and children. They became preoccupied with their material possessions. Similarly, you have become preoccupied with your material possessions, just like those before you have become preoccupied. You have become totally heedless, just as they were heedless. Such are the people who nullify their works, both in this world and in the Hereafter; they are the losers.

Appendix 15

The Contact Prayers (Salat)

The five daily contact prayers are the main meals for the soul. While a soul may attain some growth and development by leading a righteous life, and without observing the contact prayers, this would be like surviving on snacks without regular meals.

We learn from 2:37 that we can establish contact with God by uttering the specific Arabic words given to us by God. Sura 1, The Key, is a mathematically composed combination of sounds that unlocks the door between us and God:

  1. The Dawn Prayer must be observed during two hours before sunrise (11:11424:58).
  2. The Noon Prayer is due when the sun declines from its highest point at noon (17:78).
  3. The Afternoon Prayer can be observed during the 3-4 hours preceding sunset (2:238).
  4. The Sunset Prayer becomes due after sunset (11:114).
  5. The Night Prayer can be observed after the twilight disappears from the sky (24:58).

* The Friday noon congregational prayer is an obligatory duty upon every Submitting man and woman (62:9). Failure to observe the Friday Prayer is a gross offense.

Each contact prayer is valid if observed anytime during the period it becomes due until the next prayer becomes due. Once missed, a given contact prayer is a missed opportunity that cannot be made up; one can only repent and ask forgiveness. The five prayers consist of 2, 4, 4, 3, and 4 units (Rak’ahs), respectively.

The proof that Salat was already established through Abraham is found in 8:359:5416:123, & 21:73. This most important duty in Islam (Submission) has been so severely distorted that the contact prayers (Salat) have become a practice in idolatry for the vast majority of Muslims. Although the Quran commands that our contact prayers must be devoted to God alone (20:1439:345), today’s Muslims insist on commemorating “Muhammad and his family” and “Abraham and his family” during their prayers. This renders the prayers null and void (39:65).

The following text, pertaining to the miracles confirming the contact prayers, is excerpted from the January 1990 issues of the Submitter’s Perspective (the regular and special bonus issues), as written by Dr. Rashad Khalifa:

http://masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix15.html

Following Our Parents Blindly A Great Human Tragedy 11:109 – 11:113

Following Our Parents Blindly A Great Human Tragedy

[11:109] Do not have any doubt regarding what these people worship; they worship exactly as they found their parents worshiping. We will requite them their due share fully, without reduction.
[11:110] We have given Moses the scripture, but it was disputed, and if it were not for a predetermined word decreed by your Lord, they would have been judged immediately. They are full of doubt about this, suspicious.
[11:111] Your Lord will surely recompense everyone for their works. He is fully Cognizant of everything they do.
[11:112] Therefore, continue on the path you have been enjoined to follow, together with those who repented with you, and do not transgress. He is Seer of everything you do.
[11:113] Do not lean towards those who have transgressed, lest you incur Hell, and find no allies to help you against GOD, then end up losers.

Have to go against the grain – don’t just believe all information that is given to you. Just taking information from anyone parent, leader, peer without questioning it is equivalent to following parents blindly – only one not to be questioned is God. 

Death & Dynasties (Rules for Rulers Follow-up)
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Lessons to be Learned 11:100 – 11:108

Lessons to be Learned

[11:100] This is news from the past communities that we narrate to you. Some are still standing, and some have vanished.
[11:101] We never wronged them; they wronged their own souls. Their gods, whom they invoked beside GOD, could not help them in the least when the judgment of your Lord came. In fact, they only ensured their doom.
[11:102] Such was the retribution enforced by your Lord when the communities transgressed. Indeed, His retribution is painful, devastating.
[11:103] This should be a lesson for those who fear the retribution of the Hereafter. That is a day when all the people will be summoned—a day to be witnessed.
[11:104] We have appointed a specific time for it to take place.
[11:105] The day it comes to pass, no soul will utter a single word, except in accordance with His will. Some will be miserable, and some will be happy.
[11:106] As for the miserable ones, they will be in Hell, wherein they sigh and wail.
[11:107] Eternally they abide therein, for as long as the heavens and the earth endure, in accordance with the will of your Lord. Your Lord is doer of whatever He wills.
[11:108] As for the fortunate ones, they will be in Paradise. Eternally they abide therein, for as long as the heavens and the earth endure, in accordance with the will of your Lord—an everlasting reward.