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Life of the Prophets

         BY SALIFU BABA
     LEARNING OUTCOMES

   At the end of this session participants should be
    able to:

   explain the purpose of stories in the Qur’an;

   narrate the story of Prophet Yusuf (A.S);

   identify at least 10 lessons in Surat Yusuf;

   Acquire additional teaching skills.
    THE PROPHETS OF GOD




   “So relate the stories, perhaps
    they may reflect” (7:176)
THE PROPHETS OF GOD
   Adam,        Idris, Nuh, Salih,    Ibrahim,

   Isma’il, Ishaq,         Lut, Ya’qub      Yusuf,

   Shu’aib,          Ayyub,      Musa,      Harun,

   Dhul Kifl,        Dawud,      Sulaiman, Ilyas,

   Al Yasa’,    Yunus,           Zakariya   Yahya
   Isa,     Muhammad

   May Allah be pleased with them.
MESSENGERS OF ALLAH
       Ibrahim (Abraham)
         Dawud (David)

         Musa (Moses)

          Eesa (Jesus)

           Muhammad


       May peace be upon them.
    THE PROPHETS OF GOD

   “They are those whom Allah had
    guided. So follow their guidance.”
                            Quran 6: 90
WHY WE NEED TO KNOW
THE PROPHETS OF GOD
   It is a religious duty for us to learn
    about the prophets and messengers;

   So that we may contemplate upon the
    meaning of the stories;

   They are the best of creation;

   To love them.
WHY WE NEED TO KNOW
THE PROPHETS OF GOD
   We are going to face problems similar to
    those faced by the prophets.
   For example:
   Musa (Moses) dealt with the problems of
    dictatorship; oppresive leadership and
    government plus problems of the Muslims
    Ummah at that time (i.e Banu Israil)
   Lut dealt with problems of homosexuals;
   Ibrahim and Salih dealt with adolatory etc.
WHY WE NEED TO KNOW
THE PROPHETS OF GOD
   Shu’aib (Madyan) dealt dealt with people
    who were cheating in business transactions;

       We are going to run into problems of
        every Prophet mentioned in the Qur’an;

       Thus through stories of the Prophets,
        Allah is teaching us lessons of how to
        deal with these particular situations.
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   The story of Yusuf
   “Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson
    for men of understanding.” (12:111)
THEORY OF EVOLUTION
   This story is from the best of stories
    because of what it relates from the
    varying phases of life:
     from trial to tribulation,

     from being tested to being
      blessed,
     from humiliation to grandeur,

     from slavery to kingship,
THE STORY OF YUSUF (A.S)
       from division to unity,
       from grief to joy,
       from superfluity to famine,
       from famine to glut,
       from hardship to ease,
       and from denial to affirmation.
   So blessed be the One who revealed it
    in the best manner possible.
THE BEST OF STORIES

   The story of Yusuf
   “Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson
    for men of understanding.” (12:111)


        WHAT ARE THE LESSONS?
LESSONS # 1
     The importance of being cautious of
      the evil results of sins, because one
      sin often leads to many others. For
      the brothers of Yusuf tried varying
      plots when they wanted to separate
      him from his father; they lied many
      times, they falsified the blood on the
      shirt, they came at night pretending
      to cry, and all of this is as a result of
      one sin, one thing leading to a next.
    LESSON # 2
   When there is an atmosphere for sin, the
    servant should always return unto Allah
    and distance himself from his own
    strength and power based on the
    statement of Yusuf, “Unless You turn
    away their plot from me, I will feel
    inclined towards them and be one (of
    those who commit sin and deserve
    blame) of the ignorants.”
    LESSON # 3


   Whenever the servant sees a
    situation that might be one of fitnah
    or cause of sin, he should flee as far
    as possible from it to save himself
    from sin.
    LESSON # 4
   Whenever eemaan enters the heart and
    one makes his whole affair sincerely for
    Allah sake, Allah will indeed repel and
    defend one from all types of evil and
    vulgarity because of one’s eemaan and
    sincerity due to Allah’s statement,
    “Thus it was, that We might turn
    away from him evil and illegal
    sexual intercourse. Surely, he
    was one of Our sincere slaves.”
      LESSON # 5
   The importance of priorities. For when he
    was asked by the two young men to interpret
    their dreams, there were other matters of
    importance that they were in greater need of
    knowing before their questions were to be
    answered. This is a sign of a teacher
    possessing great intelligence, and the ability
    to correctly guide and teach, for when Yusuf
    was asked by the two young men about their
    dreams, he first called them to Allah before
    interpreting their dreams.
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   The story of Yusuf
   TASKS
       1.   In a group of five, please read and
             discuss the part of the story of
             Yusuf (R.A) assigned to you;
       2.   Complete the worksheet and;
       3.   Report to the audience.
                     THANK YOU.
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   The story of Yusuf
   “Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson
    for men of understanding.” (12:111)

   WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU FOUND?

								
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