Joseph Interprets the King’s Dream
[12:46] “Joseph my friend, inform us about seven fat cows being devoured by seven skinny cows, and seven green spikes, and others shriveled. I wish to go back with some information for the people.”
[12:47] He said, “What you cultivate during the next seven years, when the time of harvest comes, leave the grains in their spikes, except for what you eat.
[12:48] “After that, seven years of drought will come, which will consume most of what you stored for them.
[12:49] “After that, a year will come that brings relief for the people, and they will, once again, press juice.”
[12:50] The king said, “Bring him to me.” When the messenger came to him, he said, “Go back to your lord and ask him to investigate the women who cut their hands. My Lord is fully aware of their schemes.”
[12:51] (The king) said (to the women), “What do you know about the incident when you tried to seduce Joseph?” They said, “GOD forbid; we did not know of anything evil committed by him.” The wife of the governor said, “Now the truth has prevailed. I am the one who tried to seduce him, and he was the truthful one.
[12:52] “I hope that he will realize that I never betrayed him in his absence, for GOD does not bless the schemes of the betrayers.
[12:53] “I do not claim innocence for myself. The self is an advocate of vice, except for those who have attained mercy from my Lord. My Lord is Forgiver, Most Merciful.”
Joseph probably interpreted a lot of dreams, but God chose to put these examples in the Quran.
The interpretation of the kings dream is a case for saving.
What are the purpose of emphasizing dreams and their interpretation in the Quran? What are we to learn or understand from this?
Abraham had a satanic dream to sacrifice his son.
[52:32] Is it their dreams that dictate their behavior, or are they naturally wicked?
[8:43] GOD made them appear in your dream (O Muhammad) fewer in number. Had He made them appear more numerous, you would have failed, and you would have disputed among yourselves. But GOD saved the situation. He is Knower of the innermost thoughts.
Example of selfishness and ego..
[3:154] After the setback, He sent down upon you peaceful slumber that pacified some of you. Others among you were selfishly concerned about themselves.
“It is hard to see when my eyes are on me”
Since Joseph didn’t try to use the information he had in regards to the interpretation of the king’s dream as a negotiating leverage to get out of jail shows that he understands that God is the one who decides when he leaves.
How do you balance between being selfless and being just to one’s self?
Are you trying to please God or please your ego?
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