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Resuts Of FZP Draw #9 – Aug 29, 2021

RESULTS OF FREE ZIYARAAT PLAN – DRAW #9

Molana Sheikh Abdul Jalil Nawee conducted FZP – Draw #9 on Sunday August 29, 2021.  After making Duas, he randomly selected three winners as follows:

Winner:  Entry #150 – Sr. Anamta Raza (PA)

Alternate Winner: Entry #242  – Sr. Rida Merchant (NY)

Alternate Winner Entry # 297 –  Mehdi Haider (MA)

Congratulation to all three winners.

The Winner shall receive  Free R.T. Air Travel (USA to Iraq)+Visa +Free Land package (total value not to exceed $2,200). The Alternate winners shall each receive  Free Visa + Land Package (total value not to exceed $900).

A detailed list of participants will be published soon insha’Allah.

Wassalam

SY Team

FZP DRAW #9 – DATE OF OPENING ANNOUNCED – AUGUST 29, 2021

THE  FREE  ZIYARAAT  PLAN (FZP)

 DRAW # 9 – DATE OF OPENING IS SCHEDULED ON  AUGUST 29, 2021.

August 26, 2021 Shall be the last date to purchase Entry Number or Pay Membership dues. To participate, please select Homepage, Open Free Ziyaraat Plan. Any question, please contact: [email protected]

A List of Tentative Participants And Award Details Will be Announced Soon, insha’Allah.

Wassalam

Shia Youth Team

July 2, 2021

Results Of FZP Draw #8

RESULTS OF THE FREE ZIYARAAT PLAN -DRAW #8

Molana Sheikh Abdul Jalil Nawee of Maryland opened the Draw #8 and randomly selected following three winners out of 47 participants.

Winner – Br. Farzad Moosvi (MD) Membership No. 68.

Alternate Winner #1 – Sr. Sehar Sabir (NY)- Membership #50

Alternate Winner #2 – Sr. Sukaina Mir (TX)- Membership #185

Congratulations to all three winners.

The Winner shall receive  full Ziyaraat Package including R.T. Air from US to Iraq,

Visa, 7 Nights Hotel, Meals, and Ground transportation in Iraq. Alternate winners shall each receive all except the R.T.Air.

Each Award shall be valid for 18 months from the date of the Draw.

The Final List of Participants will be posted next week insha’Allah.

WATCH DRAW #8 ON ZOOM ON SUNDAY APRIL 25 AT 3:30 PM EST

(Please note time change for Draw #8)

WATCH DRAW #8 ON ZOOM ON SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021

AT 3:30 PM EST.  BY: MOLANA SHEIKH A. JALIL NAWEE. 

ZOOM Link for Shia Youth Draw #8 Drawing: https://uso2web.zoom.us/j/.9831652236

Meeting ID 9831652236

PARTICIPANTS FOR DRAW #8

 

     TENTATIVE PARTICIPANTS – DRAW #8

Entry  #
Existing Member
Membership
YEAR 2021
1 Advisor
Molana Dr. Sakhawat Husain (NY)
171 Member
Abbas Mirza (MD)
Current
36 Member
Abid Khoyee (MI)
Current
193 Member
Akbar Zaidi (MD) 
Current
13 Member
Ali Akbar Khoyee (MI)
Current
58 Member
Ali Rizvi Sachay (MD)
Current
187 Member
Askari Rizvi (MD)
Current
68Member
Farzad Moosvi (MD)
Current
8 Member
Jawed Rizvi (MD)
Current
48 Member
Kumail Raza (PA) -Student
Current
3 Member
Mustafa Sabir (MD)
Current
34 Member
Raza Peerbhoy (CA)
Current
159 Member
Sr.Batool Manekia (TX)
Current
72 Member
Sr. Midhat Zehra Naqvi (MD)
Current
116 Member
Sr. Safia Rizvi (MD)
Current
96 Member
Sr. Samena Sabir (MD) Student
Current
50 Member
Sr. Sehar Sabir (NY)
Current
185 Member
Sr. Sukaina Mir (TX)
Current
47 Member
Sr Syeda Raza (PA)
Current
23 Member
Sr. Uzra Khoyee (MI)
Current
28 Member
Sr. Zainab Khoyee (MI)
Current
35 Member
Sr. Zehra Peerbhoy (CA)
Current
125 Member
Syed Haider (FL)
Current
22 Member
Syed Hedayat Rizvi (MD)
Current
142 Member
Sr Huzoor Rizvi (MD)
Current
114 Member
Syed Zulfiqar Rizvi (MD)
Current
100 Advisor
Molana Sheikh Jalil (MD)
NEW MEMBERS
194 Member
Fazal Abbas Mirza (MD) Student
Current
172- Member
Mohammad  A. Naqvi (MD) Student
Current
147- Member
Qamar Abidi (MD)
Current
150-Member
Sr. Anamta Raza (MD) -Student
Current
180-Member
Sr. Binish Ali (MD)
Current
242-Member
Sr. Rida Merchant (MD) Student
Current
290 Member
Sr. Samia Sikander (MD) 
Current
296-Member
Abbas Merchant (NY) -Student
Current
297-Member
Mehdi Haider(MA) -Student
Current
298-Member
Qamber Sikander (MD)- Student
Current
295 Member
Jaffer Sikander (MD) – Student
Current
299-Member
Aieman Zehra (MD) -Student
Current
200
Ali Syed (MD)
P- Promotion Entry
201
Ali Syed (MD)
P
203
Ali Syed (MD)
P
204
Ali Syed (MD)
P
212
Sr. Nooreen Zaidi (MD)
P
214
Sr. Nooreen Zaidi (MD)
P
215
Sr. Rida Merchant (NY)
P
222
Sr.Rida Merchant (NY)
P
241
Sr. Erum Merchant (NY)
P
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    Please notify immediately any error or omission in the above List by email sent to: [email protected]
Note: Since number of participants for Draw #8 is less than 50, according to the FZP Terms And Conditions (Para 9), only one Winner
(No Alternate Winners) will be selected for Draw #8. Since the Draw selection is expected on Sunday April 25, 2021, after Iftar, it will not be broadcast on Zoom. Draw Results will be immediately posted to the website: Shia-youth.org

Imam Ali (a.s.)’s Quote: He who adopts greed as a habit

devalues himself; he who discloses his hardship

agrees to humiliation; and he who allows his tongue

to overpower his soul debses the soul.

(Nahjul Balagha, Quote #02)_

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FREE  (Prepaid) STUDENT MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE IN FREE ZIYARAAT PLAN IS STILL OPEN  FOR DRAW #9  FOR DETALS, PLEASE VISIt WEBSITE: Shia-youth.org.  ANY QUESTION, PLEASE EMAIL: [email protected]

 Shia Youth Inc. is a non profit organization having tax exempt status under IRS Section 501 3 (c). Additionally, His Eminence Syed Ali Sistani’s Office in USA has approved KHUMS Ijazah thus authorizing Shia Youth Inc. to collect KHUMS and provide authentic Marjiia receipts to the Khums donors. Shia Youth Inc. accepts all donations via PayPal (Friends &Family), Zelle, Bank transfers or by Checks mailed to:  Shia Youth Inc.
15216 Rockport Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905

ANNOUNCEMENT – OPENING OF DRAW #8- APRIL 25, 2021

FREE ZIYARAAT PLAN (FZP)
ANNOUNCEMENT – OPENING OF DRAW #8 APRIL 25, 2021

Shia Youth Inc. hereby makes following Announcement:

Molana (Sheikh Abdul Jalil) will conduct opening of Draw #8 on Sunday, April 25, 2021, insha’Allah.  One Winner and Two Alternate Winners will be selected to receive Ziyaraat Awards. The Winner shall receive the full package, whereas the Alternate Winner shall receive Land Package each.  Each Award winner shall have 18 months to complete the Ziyaraat to Iraq. For more details please review FZP Terms And Conditions by visiting the Homepage, and selecting Categort: Free Ziyaraat Plan.

The Draw Program is expected to be broadcast on Zoom. Any one interested to watch, please make a request for Meeting ID and PW, by email to: [email protected]

Last date to purchase Entry Numbers (or to make Membership Annual Donations of $30 per membership), will close on Thursday night, April 22, 2021. Payments can be made by Paypal, Zelle, or by Checks (Mailing address given below). Only those members who are current will be included in the Draw, see List below:

Wassalam

Shia Youth Inc.

15216 Rockport Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20905

Note: Any error or omission in the List, please notify by email to: [email protected]

FZP ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPANTS – STATUS  (3/1/2021)

Entry  #                      Members Membership

P: Promotion Free Entry.

Membership Membership
2021 2022 2023
1 Molana Dr. Sakhawat Husain (NY) Current Current Current
26 Member Abbas Lakhani
171 Member Abbas Mirza (MD) Current
36 Member Abid Khoyee (MI) Current
13 Member Ali Akbar Khoyee (MI) Current
79 Member Alireza Mukhi (MD)
58 Member Ali Rizvi Sachay (MD) Current
11 Member Altaf Lakhani (MD)
49 Member Asad Hussain (NY) Current
121 Member Asghar Kirmani (MD)
104 Member  Ashfaq Talajawala (MD)
129 Member Ashfaq Talajawala (MD)
71 Member Dr. Akhtar Naqvi (MD) Current
70 Member Erum Mirza (Wash DC)
24 Member Faizan Naqvi (MD)
68 Member Farzad Moosvi (MD) Current
176 Member Sr. Feroz Mirza (MD) Current
82 Member Habib Syed (Wash DC)
113 Member Hasan Peerbhoy (CA) Current
14 Member Haji MH Rehmatullah (TX) Current
18 Member Irfan Sabir (TX) Current
123 Member Jon Kirmani MD)
75 Member Kaiser Saifuddin
48 Member Kumail Raza (PA) Current
19 Member Minhas Sabir (TX) – Prior Winner
131 Member Dr. Mir Basharath Razvi (MD)
107 Member Munawwar Rajan (MD)
3 Member Mustafa Sabir (MD) Current
119 Member Nasib Manekia (CA) Student
110 Member Qamar Hasan (MD)
34 Member Raza Peerbhoy (CA) Current
85 Member Shabib Syed (Wash DC)
30 Member Salman Jinnah (MD)
160 Member  Shahid Rizvi  (MD)-Prior Winner
124 Member Shawn Kirmani (MD)
136 Member Shoeb Mukhi (MD)
5 Member Sr. Abida Haji (TX) Current
159 Member Sr.Batool Manekia (TX) Current
64 Member Sr. Feroz Mirza (MD)- Prior Winner Current
61 Member  Sr. Gazala Rizvi (MD)-Prior Winner
20 Member Sr. Maniha Sabir (TX) Current
102 Member Sr. Masumeh Shirazie
72 Member Sr. Midhat Zehra Naqvi (MD) Current
27 Member Sr. Mumtaz Lakhani (MD)
122 Member Sr. Nancy Kirmani (MD)
116 Member Sr. Safia Rizvi (MD) Current
103 Member Sr. Sakina Naqvi (MD)
148 Member Sr. Salmah Zainab Khabir (MD) Current
96 Member Sr. Samena Sabir (MD) Current
50 Member Sr. Sehar Sabir (NY) Current
106 Member Sr. Shaheen Faraz (MD)
127 Member Sr. Shamoon Rizvi (MD)
80 Member Sr. Sheba Mukhi (MD)
31 Member Sr. Sayyeda Jinnah (MD)
47 Member Sr Syeda Raza (PA) Current
109 Member Sr. Taliba (MD) -Prior Winner
23 Member Sr. Uzra Khoyee (MI) Current
28 Member Sr. Zainab Khoyee (MI) Current
35 Member Sr. Zehra Peerbhoy (CA) Current
101 Member Syed Ali Shirazie (MD)
117 Member Syed Anwer Rizvi (MD)
125 Member Syed Haider (FL) Current
126 Member Syed Haider (FL)
22 Member Syed Hedayat Rizvi (MD) Current
142 Member Sr Huzoor Rizvi (MD) Current
114 Member Syed Zulfiqar Rizvi (MD) Current
100 Member Molana Sheikh Jalil (MD) Current Current Current
NEW MEMBERS
193 Member Akbar Zaidi (MD)
187 Member Askari Rizvi (MD)
173 Member Azhar Khan (MD)
194 Member Fazal Abbas Mirza (MD) Current
168 Member Hashmat Husain (MD)
8 Member Jawed Rizvi (MD)
141Member Jehangir Ali (MD)
211Member Kazim Noor (MD)
172- Member Mohammad A. Naqvi (MD) Current
186-Member Munir Moosvi (MD)
182- Member Mustafa Ladha (MD)
147- Member Qamar Abidi (MD)
53-Member Rafiq Panna (MD)
205-Member Sana Raza (VA)
136-Member Shoeb Mukhi (MD)
210-Member Sr Shaida Beklik (MD)
199-Member Sr. Abbasi Begum (MD)
184-Member Sr. Aleena Mir (MD) – Prior Winner
150-Member Sr. Anamta Raza (MD)
180-Member Sr. Binish Ali (MD)
166-Member Sr. Erum Salman (MD)
213-Member Sr. Maria Abbas (MD)
157-Member Sr. Naseem Hasan (MD)
178 -Member Sr. Rabab Al (MD)i
215-Member Sr. Rida Merchant (MD) Current Current
196-Member Sr. Sabah Zaidi (MD)
290 Member Sr. Samia Sikander (MD) Current
88-Member Sr. Samana Rajan (MD)
195-Member Sr. Shagufta Ali (MD) -Prior Winner
208-Member Sr. Shaida Beklik (MD)
89-Member Sr. Shavia Rajan (md)
185-Member Sr. Sukaina Mir (TX)
109-Member Sr. Taliba (MD)- Prior Winner
59-Member Sultan Noorani (MD)
156-Member Syed Husaain (MD)
152-Member Syed Zaidi (MD)
198-Member Tahir Ali (MD)
144-Member Zain Baqar(MD)
67-Member Zeeshan Rajan (MD)
149-Member Ziley Naqvi (MD)
296-Member Abbas Merchant (NY) Current
297-Member Mehdi Haider(MA) Current
298-Member Qamber Sikander (MD) Current
295 Member Jaffer Sikander (MD) Current
299-Member Aieman Zehra (MD) Current
200 Ali Syed (MD) P
201 Ali Syed (MD) P
203 Ali Syed (MD) P
204 Ali Syed (MD) P
212 Sr. Nooreen Zaidi (MD) P
214 Sr. Nooreen Zaidi (MD) P
215 Sr. Rida Merchant (NY) P
222 Sr.Rida Merchant (NY) P
241 Sr. Erum Merchant (NY) P

Shia Youth Inc. Offers Free Student Memberships…

Shia Youth Inc. Offers Free Student Memberships

Ziyarat through its blessings and divine impact brings miraculous changes in our lives , especially that of our youth, and guides them to the path of Serat e Mustaqim, Al-Humdolillah.  Kindly forward the following emails to friends and families who may have college or University going students. There are no strings attached. The project is supported by thirteen generous donors who have each donated $1000 or more in any year, JazakAllah. Please cooperate and support us to make this project to grow still bigger. Thank you.

 
 Shia Youth Social Services, Inc. of Maryland (popularly known as Shia Youth Inc.) have been operating a Free Ziyaraat Plan (FZP) project for the last three years. Every year through random selection by a Molana, they assist 9 Zayereen to visit Iraq to perform Ziyaraat of the Holy Shrines. 
To participate in the program, Participants either become member of the FZP or purchase Entry numbers by giving a donation of $25 per number.

Each Entry number is eligible and valid for two consecutive Draws. More detailed info is provided in the website:
Shia-Youth.org (Select Home Page, Sel Free Ziyaraat Plan). Alhumdolillah, the project has been moving along very successfully, for which credit most importantly goes to our 14 generous donors, JazakAllah.

Bismillah Hir Rehamanir Rahim.

SHIA YOUTH Inc.

 ANNOUNCES:

 FREE PREPAID MEMBERSHIP FOR 50 STUDENTS

Two donors have generously donated prepaid Free Ziyaraat Plan Membership for ( 50) Jaferia students, to participate free of any charge, in Draw #8, #9, and #10 during the current year (2021), JazakAllah.
Jaferia students (Part Time or Full Time), male or female, age 19 through 29, U.S. Citizens or Green Card Holders are eligible to participate, on first come first serve basis.
 Interested students, may apply stating first name, last name, age, address, phone number, and name of college or University they are currently enrolled, by email to:  [email protected]

DRAW SCHEDULE FOR 2021

DRAW #8
April
Exact Date will be announced 30 days prior.
3 Awards
1 Winner + 2 Alt Winner
DRAW #9
August
 Exact Date announced 30 days prior.
         3 Awards
1 Winner + 2 Alt Winner
DRAW #10
December
Exact Date will be announced 30 days prior.
3 Awards
1 Winner + 2 Alt Winner

Molana will randomly select the Winners and Alternate Winners.

Winners shall receive free  R.T. Air (US to Iraq), Visa, 6-7 Night Hotel, Meals, and Ground Transportation, Value $2,200 .

Alt. Winners shall receive all the same except the R.T. Air Travel, Value $900.

For more FZP info. Please visit website: Shia-youth.org.

 Note: See Below for a List of Lucky Winners.

LUCKY WINNERS OF PRIOR DRAWS:

Draw No.

Winner

Alt. Winner

Alt. Winner

#1

Aliraza Mukhi (MD)

Mustafa Sabir (MD)

Sr. Syeda Raza (PA)

#2

Farzad Moosvi (MD)

Afsar Peerbhoy (CA)

Syed Ali Shirazee (MD)

#3

Shawn Kirmani (MD)

Asad Hussain (NY)

Shahid Rizvi (MD)

#4

Sr.Shehnaz Rajan (MD)

Nasib Manekia (CA)

Sr. Gazala Rizvi (MD)

#5

Syed Zaidi (MD)

Shahid Rizvi (MD)

Sr.Rukhsana Sabir (TX)

#6

Sr. Talibah (MD)

Minhas Sabir (TX)

Abbas Jaferi (MD)

Sr.Aleena Mir (MD)

#7

Sr. Feroz Abbas (MD)

SrShagufta Ali (MD)

Sr. D. Shah (CA)

Shia Youth HumblyRequests All  Mo’mineen And Mo’minaat To Kindly Support The Free Ziyaraat Plan By either Giving Generous Donations or/And Becoming Members or Purchasin Entry numbers @$25 per number, JazakAllah. 

Type of Membership: Membership Donation: Donation in Each Subsequent Year:
New Annual Members

(Single Membership). 

 

Donate  $75 ($45+$30) in the first year, (2021)

(Pay by Paypal, Zelle, or by Checks mailed to:  Shia Youth Inc. 15216 Rockport Drive,  Silver Spring,  MD 20905.

 

$30
Student Members

 

Pay $30 in the first year, (2021) $30
Existing Annual Members 

(At present 80 Members), 

 

All Members are requested to pay a donations of $30 for the year 2021, to be eligible to participate in Draw #8, #9 and #10, scheduled for  2021, insha’Allah.    $30
Note: Another way to become Members, participate with 2 Entries in  Draw  #8,  #9, or #10  which will provide you two consecutive participation and automatically make you New Member on 12/31/2021.

Benefits of Membership:

Members or Student Members (who are current) will automatically be included in all three Draws of the year. Also, the Members will earn perpetually the Sawab e Jariya by enabling others to perform the Ziyaraat. For details, please visit the Free Ziyaraat Plan page.

 

Shia Youth Inc. is a non profit organization having tax exempt status under IRS Section 501 3 (c). Additionally, His Eminence Syed Ali Sistani’s Office in USA has approved KHUMS Ijazah thus authorizing Shia Youth Inc. to collect KHUMS and provide authentic Marjiia receipts to the Khums donors. Shia Youth Inc. accepts all donations via PayPal (Friends &Family), Zelle, Bank transfers or by Checks mailed to:
Shia Youth Inc., 15216 Rockport Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905

 

 

SERAT E MUSTAQIM – A STRAIGHT PATH

SERAT E MUSTAQIM – THE STRAIGHT PATH


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SERAT E MUSTAQIM – THE STRAIGHT PATH

SERAT E MUSTAQIM – THE STRAIGHT PATH (Update #2)

The Serat e Mustaqim, A True Path, A Right Path or A Straight Path is the one mentioned in Holy Qur’an, Surat al-Fātiha, and in numerous other verses under different Surah. It is a plea to the Almighty made by the faithful: “Guide us (O Lord!) to the Straight Path” (Holy Qur’ān, 1:6), thus praying Allāh Almighty to keep their feet firm as they pass on it so it may lead them to happiness in this life and salvation in the life hereafter.  Imām Ja’fer al-Sādiq (ﻉ), as recorded on p. 41, Vol. 1, of Tabatabai’s Al-Mizān fi Tafsir al-Qur’ān  was asked once about the meaning of this verse (1:6); so he said, “It means: Guide us to upholding the path that leads to Your pleasure, that ends at Your Paradise, that prohibits us from following our own desires and thus deviate, or follow our own views and thus perish.”
As-Serāt al-Mustaqeem is  referred to in numerous verses like, verse 61 of Surat Ya-Sin (Ch. 36), in verse 52 of Surat al-Shura (Ch. 42), in verse 16 of Surat al-Mā’ida (Ch. 5), in verses 126 and 161 of Surat al-An’am (Ch. 6), in verses 70 and 174 of Surat al-Nisaa (Ch. 4), in verse 42 of Surat al-Hijr (Ch. 15).
The straight path separates Paradise from hell. With reference to those who did not follow the right path, the Almighty says the following: “Whoever follows My guidance will not lose his way nor fall into perdition” (Holy Qur’ān, 20:123).

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The Story Of Prophet Yusuf (p) And Zulaikha. Part 1.

The Story of Prophet Yusuf (p) And Zulaikha –

(2 Parts)

THE STThe Story of Prophet Yusuf (p) And Zulaikha – (2 Parts)

Source: Holy Qur’an, Tafseer,  By: Mir Ahmed Ali.

Compiled By:  Samena Sabir, Vice President, Shia Youth, Inc. (MD)

Part  1

INTRODUCTION:

The Sura Yusuf (Chapter12 of the Holy Qur’an) gives the narrative of the beauty of the physical body, the ideal character, and the chaste conduct of high morals – godly patience and fortitude- the ultimate triumph of truth – the self condemnation of falsehood – the frustration of man’s plotting against virtues and the irresponsible carry out of God’s plan. A concise description of the divine gift of the prophetic interpretation of dreams. The story narrated in this Sura is the most detailed one of all the references in the Holy Qur’an about the historic events of the ancient prophets. It has a common appeal to men and women with reference to many important vicissitudes of human life on earth. The story of Prophet Yusuf deals with the external manly beauty in a man with the ideal excellence and purity of his soul, and a woman (Zulaikha), madly falling in love with the manly beauty (of Prophet Yusuf) to own it for herself for the satisfaction of her carnal desire. Scholars have called the story as the best or the most beautiful narration.

 QUR’ANIC VERSION:

Comparing the Qur’anic version of the story of Joseph with the Bible version of it, it is quite clear the Qur’an has given the spiritual, moral and the social an economical significance of great importance to it, whereas the Bible gives only a narration as to how the Children if Israel migrated to Egypt.

 Prophet Yacoob (Jacob), son of Prophet Ishaq (Issac), and grand son of Prophet Abraham, had first married with Lia- and from her were born six sons. Afterwards Prophet Yacoob married Rahel the younger sister of Lia who gave birth to a daughter Diana, and two sons named 1. Bin-Yameen (Benjamin) and 2. Yusuf (Joseph). Besides these two wives, Yacoob had two harems, Zulfa from whom he had two sons 1. Had, and 2. Ashar, and the other harem was Maleha, she gave birth to a daughter Dunya, and two sons 1.Don, and 2. Taftali. Altogether Yacoob had twelve sons and Yusuf was the youngest and extremely beautiful. Yacoob loved Yusuf the most. Yusuf’s mother Rahel had died and his aunt who later wedded to Yacoob, had brought up Yusuf. The eleven brothers of Yusuf were envious of him.

PROPHET YUSUF’S (p) EARLY LIFE:

Yusuf when he was yet of twelve years of age dreamt that gates that gates of heaven had become wide open, a great light had enveloped the whole environment, an ocean with huge waves rising in it and fishes of various kinds singing the glory of God, Yusuf standing upon the peak of a mountain surrounded with green trees, with streams of fresh water flowing at the foot of it, the keys of the treasuries of the earth being in Yusuf’s hands, the Sun, the Moon, and Eleven Stars descending down from heaven prostrating themselves before Yusuf. When Yacoob heard the details of the dream, he advised Yusuf not to leak it out to any of his brothers. It is said that the wife of one of Yusuf’s brothers was nearby and overhearing Yusuf’s relating the dream, conveyed the information to her husband, so the news spread. Yacoob’s warning to Yusuf not to leak out the dream, makes it evident that Yacoob knew his other sons would get envious of Yusuf and what they would do to get rid of him. The envy of brothers had gradually developed into definite hostility towards Yusuf, and they only waited for an opportunity even to do away with Yusuf’s life. One day when the brothers of Yusuf found their father unwilling to permit them to take Yusuf along with them in a journey to other tqwn, they went to Yusuf and somehow made him to go to the father and get the permission for himself.

YUSUF SUFFERS TREATMENT OF HIS BROTHERS:

At last the father agreed, and desired Yusuf be given a bath and be clad in the best of his clothes. The shirt which Prophet Abraham wore when he was thrown Nimrod into the fire, was tied on his side (as a talisman), and advised the other sons repeatedly to take special care of Yusuf’s convenience, safety and security. There was a tree outside the town called “Shajartul Wida” (i.e., the Parting Tree). It was a custom that whenever anyone used to go on any journey, his relatives or friends used to accompany him up to the tree and then bid him goodbye. Yusuf and all his brothers assembled under the tree waiting for Yacoob to come and wish the goodbye.

Yusuf’s sister Dunya who was asleep dreamt that a wolf had snatched away Yusuf from the lap of her father Yacoob. She awoke crying and went to the tree and begged Yusuf to take her along with him during the journey, which request could not be granted. At last, Yacoob before wishing goodbye, embraced Yusuf and wept very much and in the end said to Yusuf ; “My dear remember God always; Never forget Him; Know thou that there is no other helper  save He; Forget me no; I shall also not forget thee.” Yacoob was shedding tears and Dunya was crying for Yusuf when the party started moving into the desert. As long as they were in sight of Yacoob, the brothers of Yusuf pretended to avoid least inconvenience to Yusuf and no sooner they went out of his sight, than they began torturing him with all sorts of heart less cruelties. They made him to run into the sahara before them and when Yusuf pleaded for kindness they told him to call to the Sun, the Moon, the Stars which he dreamt to be prostrating before him, to help him. When one brother kicked him, Yusuf went running to another brother seeking protection but he also behaved in a similar cruel way of slapping on his face. He was made to run and when in the wild running his shoes gave way, he was made to run on the hot thorny desert, bare-footed. When he felt a killing thirst and asked for some water, one of the brothers threw water on the sand and did not give him even a drop of it

YUSUF THROWN INTO A DESERTED WELL BY BROTHERS:

At last, when the brothers of Yusuf decided to throw him into a deserted well, he prayed his brothers to allow him a little respite to offer his last prayer to God. When Yusuf finished his prayers, his brothers tied him to a rope, to send him down into the well. Yusuf told his brothers:“ Look ye my brothers; I give you my last words. Be ye kind to my old father.” The brothers began to strip him of his shirt to get it drenched in the blood of a sheep and to tell their father that a wolf devoured Yusuf.  Yusuf, implored and prayed (to his brothers) not to render him naked and yet they strip him of his shirt. They tied him with a rope and hung him in the well to send him down into it. Yusuf again said: “Hear ye my dear brothers; I give you my last words; Be ye kind to my father and let him not know what hath befallen me, lest he might feel and curse you all”. Hearing what Yusuf said, one brother cut the rope with which Yusuf was hung into the well. Yusuf fell down into the well wounded and unconscious.

Having thrown Yusuf in the well, the brothers drenched Yusuf’s shirt in the blood of a sheep and decided to go and report to their father that a wolf had devoured Yusuf. One brother asked:”Are we not the children of Yacoob, the son of Ishaq (Isaac), the son of Abraham who were both the apostles of God? Do ye think God will not inform our father of the truth?”  The brothers did not know what should be done. Finally, they decided to stand together and offer joint prayer in a congregation (i.e.,Namaz-e- Jama’at). But according to the tradition of family of Prophet Abraham (p) and Prophet Ishaq (p), a congregation prayer could be offered with not less than eleven persons including an Imam. But they were all only ten ( Yusuf was in the well and Benjamin had stayed home ). One brother suggested, make God as the Imam and stand all the eleven in a row, and offer the prayer and seek God’s help in keeping the truth in secret. They all agreed and prayed for the truth not to be revealed to their father.

 PROPHET YACOOB (p) AND DUNYA RESTLESS AND WORRIED:

After the party left, Yacoob and Dunya were restless and worried about Yusuf. Every now and then Yacoob used to ask Duniya to go to the tree and see into the desert if party of his sons was returning. Both father and daughter stationed themselves on a mound with their eyes fixed towards the desert anxiously waiting to see the party. Atlast the party of the brothers of Yusuf was sighted and Yacoob anxiously told Duniya to see if Yusuf was there among them. Duniya cried and said she did not see Yusuf among the brothers. Yacoob gave out a loud sigh of sorrow and grief. The sons returned to their father and related the fabricated story of Yusuf beinb devoured by a wolf. They showed the father Yusuf’s shirt with blood all over. Seeing which, Yacoob swooned and Duniya began weeping. Since the shirt was untorn to which Yacoob said taunting that“ the wolf was so friendly that it did not hurt even the shirt and swallowed Yusuf as a whole”.


PROPHET YACOOB HAD DIVINE KNOWLEDGE:

Yacoob knew the whole truth and wept only for the separation from his beloved son. Yacoob told his sons that what they reported was the truth, to bring the wolf to him who ate away Yusuf and he would ask him if he had actually eaten him away. The sons went into the desert, caught hold of a wolf and brought the beast to Yacoob saying that was the wolf who ate away Yusuf. On being asked by Prophet Yacoob, the beast spoke aloud in clear lnguage, saying”O Apostle of God; God is my witness that I did not eat Yusuf, the blood and flesh of the apostles of God is forbidden for us. I am new to this place, on my visit to my relatives in this Sahara, your sons have unnecessarily caught me and have brought me to thee”.Yacoob released the beast and let him return to the Sahara.

YUSUF RECEIVES DIVINE HELP:

The Sixth Holy Imam Jafar As-Sadiq (a.s.) said, While Yusuf was still in the well Angel Gabriel told him pray to God for help.” Soon after a merchants carvan  lost its way and arrived at the deserted well in which Yusuf was lying. One of the travelers put his bucket into the well to fetch water.  Yusuf held the rope or got into the bucket and got out of the well along with the bucket. The people wondered and kept him in their camp. The brothers of Yusuf used to come to the well every day to know what had happened to Yusuf. When they found Yusuf is safe with the travelers, they claimed Yusuf to be their slave and had run away from them. At last, the travelers purchased Yusuf as a slave. The brothers of Yusuf told the merchants that Yusuf their slave was a habitual runaway, hence they should keep him always bound in chain. While passing through the desert the carvan passed the cemetry in which was buried Yusuf’s mother. Yusuf fell upon his mother’s grave and wept remembering her. Not finding Yusuf in the carvan, the traveller went in search of him and finding Yusuf at the grave rendered a violent slap on his face and Yusuf’s face began bleeding at which aviolent thunder shook the skies and a heavy lightening began to dazzle the eyes, lighting the whole desert as if it aimed to strike the carvan only.The merchants got perturbed and on enquiry came to know about the atrocity done by the traveller against Yusuf. The merchants immediately relieved Yusuf of the chains and provided him with a selected steed to ride along with them.

MERCHANTS CARVAN BRINGS YUSUF TO EGYPT:

When the carvan entered Egypt the crowd was stunned at the enchanting beauty of Yusuf. Very soon the news about wonder-striking beauty of Yusuf spread in the town like wild-fire and the wealthy ones of the city flocked to the slave-market to purchase Yusuf. At last the Vazier purchased him for his wife Zulaikha, and Yusuf was assigned a respectable place of service in the palace. Zulaikha like Yusuf very much. Day by day the fire of love for Yusuf in the heart of Zulaikha got inflamed, and every time she endeavored to mislead him towards gaining her object of illegal union with him. Yusuf strengthened himself seeking protection from God.

ZULAIKHA DESPERATELY ATTRACTED TOWARDS YUSUF:

Every day, Zulaikha, cast her eyes upon him and said, “lie with me”. But he refused saying my master is not in the house. There is none greater than me in the house except thee, and thou art his wife; how could I do this wickedness and a sin? And it came to pass again and again every time Zulaikha asked him to lie by her or to be with her. One day when there was no one in the house, she caught him by his garment saying, “Lie with me” and Yusuf let his torn garment jn her hand and fled, and got outside the house. When master came…….

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