Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem
Peace and blessings be upon you all
I often think about the future, sometimes about what type of man I’d hope to marry and what I’d like my children to become. I’ve learnt a lot from observing how & why my parents treat me in the way that they do, and the same goes for observing other parents. From what I understood from them and what methods of theirs that I agree upon, I’ve devised a whole mind map of how I’d like to raise my children. One of them is how I’ll name my future children. I hope to name my future son Yusuf.
Why Yusuf? I’ll name him after one of my most favorite Surahs (chapters) of the Holy Quran, and after one of the many inspiring prophets in Islamic History, Hazrat Yusuf (A.S). If you read the Holy Quran, you’ll notice how Allah, along with giving us lessons and commandments, tells us inspiring stories of prophets, messengers, rulers and even simple gardeners and dwellers in a cave. I personally understand the lessons and commandments but I tend to relate and sympathize or empathize more with stories. I know the rules but I understand more when it’s applied to action. That is the main reason why Allah sent down prophets to the Earth; to preach the guidance sent by Allah to His people and to show how they can be implemented upon.
Here’s a summary of the context of the Surah:
Hazrat Yusuf (Joseph) (A.S) was the son of Hazrat Yaqub (Jacob) (A.S), who had eleven more sons. Hazrat Yusuf had a dream he shared with his father:
“O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.” (12:4)
He told his dream to his father, who told him not to tell this dream to his brothers as they will go against him. Later on, his brothers (except one known as Binyamin/Benjamin) threw him in a well and lied to his father, claiming that a wolf had eaten and killed Yusuf (A.S). His father cried bitterly at his demise that he became blind in his great sorrow, yet he still had faith in Allah’s plans.
Yusuf was sold as a slave at a low price to a man, whose wife later tried to seduce him in spite of his reluctance to her advances. This eventually caused him to be sent to jail, where he spent many years. Allah blessed him with the ability to interpret dreams and he interpreted the dreams his fellow inmates asked him. One of them, at the time of his release, promised to put in a good word for Yusuf (A.S) with the king of the area, but he forgot so Yusuf (A.S) spent more years in prison.
Some time later, the king had a dream:
Seven fat cows whom seven lean ones were devouring, and seven green ears of corn, and seven others dry (12:43)
The freed prisoner remembered Yusuf (A.S) and went to the prison cell to ask him what the dream meant. Yusuf (A.S) said that the area will experience seven good years, where they must store the excess food earned from crops, followed by seven tough years where the stored food would be direly needed. Impressed by this interpretation, the king offered Yusuf (A.S) a job as a finance minister. During this job, he was able to encounter his brothers. Eventually he let them and his father know that he was still alive. The family was reunited, the brothers repented for their sins and the dream he had at first finally came true.
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I’ll name my son Yusuf, so that he always remembers to trust Allah in times of hardship.
I’ll name my son Yusuf, so that he understands that his family may betray him and hurt him but Allah never will
I’ll name my son Yusuf, so that he understands that children can have the same parents but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be the same, no matter how pious the parents are
I’ll name my son Yusuf, to remind him that life can carry him through extremely dark experiences such as kidnap, slavery, assault, etc.
which can be difficult to understand and lead him to think, “Why did this happen to me?”
his name Yusuf will remind him of a story of a person who did not despair of the mercy of Allah even for a moment while having faced all of three experiences
I’ll name him Yusuf, so he never thinks less of himself, knowing where his name stems from; hope & faith
I’ll name my son Yusuf, so that he remembers that all good in life can be a result of one bad experience
if Yusuf (A.S) didn’t go through what he went through, the king wouldn’t have been informed of drought and many, including his family would’ve died
I’ll name my son Yusuf, so he respects those who are patient as brave warriors and he acts likewise
I’ll name him Yusuf, so he always appreciates the beauty of Allah’s subtle and secret design that works in the background
the plan wouldn’t clear at first and may take years to become evident
but once it is, he wouldn’t prefer another designer than Allah SubhanatAllah
I’ll name him Yusuf, so he holds the Alim ul Hakeem deep inside his heart and always converses about how his day went to his best friend, the Alleviator of all his troubles
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Thus, I’ll make sure his name will be a beam of light that guides him on the straight path to Jannat, not for the fear of Allah’s wrath but to acknowledge the beauty of all that his Rabb has provided him. May he find Allah’s warm embrace in his darkest moments. May his faith never linger but become stronger everyday
May he always hold on to hope
Because what is a Muslim…….
What is a human without hope?