Lessons from Surah Yusuf: Pearls from the Qur'an (Back Cover Slightly Bent)

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By Yasir Qadhi

Bringing modern Muslims closer to the Qur'an, this is an explanation of Surah Yusuf, a chapter of the Quran which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad SAW at a critical point of his life. This was the time when he had gone through ten to eleven years of ridicule and rejection in Makkah, a time when he lost his wife and partner, Khadija RA, a time when he lost his dear uncle Abu Talib. Allah revealed this precious surah to strengthen the Prophet Muhammad’s heart. To remind him that he lives in the footsteps of the great prophets of the past and that Allah’s help is there.

This surah is full of meaningful messages of patience, reliance on Allah and how to overcome hardship and betrayal. It was also educational, teaching the Prophet Muhammad the answers to queries that were posed to him by the local Jews and Muslims. Finally this surah was a timely morale booster for the Prophet and his companions in a time of need.

Yasir Qadhi has clearly divided the surah into related themes, as per the revelations, so that the reader can easily understand and grasp the great wealth of knowledge relayed through this surah to all.

Through Yasir Qadhi’s unmistakeable voice, modern Muslims may glimpse some of the Qur’an’s profound meaning.

"Qadhi has done an excellent job amalgamating all the scholarly exegeses surrounding this surah and expounding on the story and it’s lessons in a way that is both overarching and detailed. I read this all in one sitting (as per the suggestion in the foreword), and was taken aback by the beautiful intricacies of this surah and how much I hadn’t picked up during my own readings. What I found particularly notable was Qadhi’s language breakdown as he highlighted and elaborated on salient words, phrases and grammatical factors that nonArabic speakers would miss. This adds an extra layer of depth to our understanding and encourages the reader to marvel at the breathtaking eloquence of Qur’anic terminology. ⁣Qadhi also emphasises recurring themes and motifs throughout the surah (such as the shirt being a means of evidence-based salvation on several occasions). He ends by listing fifty lessons that can be taken away from this surah, as well as mentioning the ring composition theory by which the verses of surah yusuf from top to bottom exhibit miraculous parallel/concurrent splendour. ⁣

This was a terrific read and I highly encourage you all to get your hands on it (especially if this is your favourite surah)."  - Five star review by Sahar

Format: paperback, 256 pages