The columnist Nazneen Gulamhussein Mukhtar (Arusha, Tanzania) is the headmistress of Yaadgare Murtazawi Madressa, She is a mother to five children and loves writing and reading. She always wanted to inspire children – her favourite audience. Writing has been her passion for as long as she can remember and believes that effective learning takes place through storytelling.
The story becomes more thought-provoking and beautiful as we get along. As the brothers of Hazrat Yusuf were throwing him inside he cried and begged for 2 things. The first thing he begged for was to be allowed to recite 2 units of Prayers and the other thing he said was “Please do not tell Father what you did to me, he might be very angry with you.”
Dear readers! Do we pray our Namaz on time? Imagine little Yusuf thinking of Namaz when he was so scared. Do we have the art of forgiveness? Yusuf was so selfless that instead of thinking about himself he was still thinking of his brothers!
Before they would throw him down the well he said he wanted to pray
Although things looked for him so bleak and grey
He remembered his Lord as we all should
The mission of his life he had understood
He cared for the fate of his brothers it was true
Even as fear and sadness in his heart grew
The brothers heartlessly threw him down the well.
The little boy’s cries and pleas did not affect them in the least. As little Yusuf fell down the well, Allah sent his archangel Jibrael to take care of his beloved Prophet. At once a platform appeared where the Prophet set. This is how Allah takes care of all his creation and chosen beings. By the grace of Allah and the presence of the Holy Prophet the water which was salty and bitter suddenly turned sweet and refreshing. Therefore the poor and tired little boy could drink some sips of water.
The little boy fell down the huge well
How he would end up he could not tell
He had strong faith in his creator
And Allah made a platform for his shelter
As he drank from the well the water was sweet and refreshing
Knowing the well had been bitter he found this amazing!
The brothers of Yusuf started discussing the excuses they would tell their Father. At last, they slaughtered a sheep and bloodied the shirt of Hazrat Yusuf which they had forcefully removed from his body. One said, “We will tell Father he was eaten by a wolf!” the others agreed that this was the only thing they could probably do. A liar always forgets to do something important. The ten brothers also forgot to rip the shirts of Yusuf, all they did was smear it with the blood of the sheep.
The brothers decided to make up a story
They did not feel a shed of regret nor were they sorry
Taking the shirt of Hazrat Yusuf they smeared it with the blood of a sheep
Without caring about Yusuf whom they had thrown in a well-salty and steep
They went on their way pretending to cry
They had made a decision to cover their sin and lie
As they reached their home, Hazrat Yakub met them with searching eyes, “Where is my beloved Yusuf? Why isn’t he with you? Did you take care of him, he is the youngest of you all?” The brothers pretended to cry and made up the story of how Hazrat Yusuf had been eaten by the wolf and how they had tried their best to save him but it was what fate intended.
Then they took out the bloody shirt of Yusuf as a sign of their innocence. Hazrat Yakub looked at the shirt with tears in his eyes, then he said something wise. “it was indeed a strange wolf who attacked Yusuf but the shirt was not even ripped!
Hazrat Yakub pleaded that they tell him the truth. He said he would forgive them if they truly repented. But they had certainly turned their backs on Allah’s mercy and refused to say what had really happened.
Readers? Would you like to know what happened next? It is truly an amazing story of the Holy Quran. Wonderful and interesting. Let’s read what happened in the next issue.