Surah Yusuf, a chapter of the Qur'an
(Koran), was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad at a critical juncture 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, 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 and support are 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.
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.