THE BEST OF STORIES 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. THE BEST OF STORIES 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. THE BEST OF STORIES 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. THE BEST OF STORIES 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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