بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
They said, “Are you indeed Joseph?” He said “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. Allah has certainly favored us. Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” They said, “By Allah , certainly has Allah preferred you over us, and indeed, we have been sinners.” He said, “No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” (Surat Yusuf, 12:90-92)
Surat Yusuf (the Chapter Joseph) is one of those Surahs that just keeps giving. Every time we read it and reflect on it, we can extract so many lessons that are directly applicable our lives today. This is true for the whole of the Qur’an of course, but the story format of this Surah makes it much easier for the lay person to reflect on its wisdoms.
In these chosen verses, the Prophet Yusuf (as) states that Allah has given him and his brother many favors. This is how Yusuf (as) saw his whole life; despite being in hardship, separated from his family and unjustly accused and thrown into prison, he states that Allah has given them many favors. When you understand God’s wisdom, you suddenly see your life in a new light. You realize how much Allah has given you favors upon favors. Yusuf (as) realizes that had all those things not happened, he would not be where he was that day: united with his family and a minister of Egypt.
The Qur’an ensures that the lesson is not lost on us. Yusuf (as) says “Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” Yusuf (as) wasn’t given all these favors because he was the son of Yacoob or because he was a prophet. It was due to his actions, and those actions are applicable to us. If you want Allah’s favors, then fear Him, be patient and do good: Allah will not cause your deeds to be lost. Yusuf’s (as) life is a testimony.
Finally, when Yusuf’s brothers realize their transgressions, they ask for forgiveness. Anyone in Yusuf’s place would understandably be angry and hurt; after all, his own brothers tried to kill him and lied about it. But Yusuf (as) instead says: “No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” Yusuf (as) is able to let go. That is not easy. But once you go through the trials of life and learn to rely on Allah as He should be relied on, that’s when you come to realize: life is too short to hold a grudge.