“Thus will thy Lord choose thee and teach thee the interpretation of stories (and events) and perfect His favour to thee and to the posterity of Jacob – even as He perfected it to thy fathers Abraham and Isaac aforetime! for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.”
If Joseph was to be of the elect, he must
understand and interpret Signs and events aright. The
imagination of the pure sees truths, which those not so
endowed cannot understand. The dreams of the
righteous prefigure great events, while the dreams of the
futile are mere idle futilities. Even things that happen to
us are often like dreams.
The righteous man receives disasters and reverses, not
with blasphemies against Allah, but with humble
devotion, seeking to ascertain His Will. Not does he
receive good fortune with arrogance, but as an
opportunity for doing good to friends and foes alike. His
attitude to histories and stories is the same; he seeks
the edifying material which leads to Allah.
Whatever happens is the result of Allah’s Will
and Plan. And He is good and wise, and He knows all
things. Therefore we must trust Him.
In Joseph’s case he could look back to his fathers, and to
Abraham, the True, the Righteous, who through all
adversities kept his Faith pure and undefiled, and won
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 2verse 6). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (quran4u.com)