Surah Yusuf Teaches Fatherhood


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Asim Ismail

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Currently, Mr. Asim Ismail holds the following positions: 1. Founder & principal of Fajr Academy 2. Founder & principal of Tarbiyah international 3. Founder & head of Alwasila Trust 4. Founder & Board Member of LiveDeen 5. Founder & Board Member of Azan - The Call Within 6. Parents' counsellor Experience: Mr. Asim Ismail has been conducting research for the last 5 years. He has done several courses internationally and in Pakistan. He has been training the staff of different schools and parents for the last 7 years. He has done consulting and training in South Africa and Kenya. He has visited Islamic schools in Colombo, Malaysia, UAE, South Africa and Kenya. He has delivered more than a hundred workshops.

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2 surah yusuf teaches fatherhood

Prophet Yusuf (as) was approximately seven years old when he shared with his father a dream he saw. The Quran narrates it: “(Remember) when Yusuf said to his father: ‘O my father! Verily, I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon – I saw them prostrating themselves to me.’” (Yusuf 12:4) The above Ayah indicates the trust and rapport between father and son. Prophet Yusuf (as) confides in his father.

The Quran has beautifully described the family structure using a parable. The sun has been personified as a father. The moon is like a mother. And the eleven stars are like their children.

If we consider their roles and relationship with each other, we can understand that the sun (father) is the source of light. The moon (mother) draws its strength from the sun. Hence, she stays spiritually and emotionally fulfilled. The father defines the success of the family.

“He (the father) said: ‘O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you. Verily Shaitan (Satan) is to man an open enemy!’” (Yusuf 12:5) Prophet Yaqoob (as) advises his son Yusuf (as) not to reveal his dream to his siblings. He is aware of their inherently jealous nature. As a father, he understands that all kids are not alike. They are likely to err. If a prophet’s sons can make mistakes, how can we expect ours not to?

After informing his son about sibling rivalry, the father also warns him about the role of Shaitan, which is to sow seeds of enmity and break up families.

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