012 – Yusuf – Joseph

The sura presents different highlights of a single story in ten sections. The Qurʼan itself calls it “The best of stories” (Ahsanul Qasas). It focuses on the life of Prophet Yusuf (pbuh) giving instructive lessons for contemplation on emotional issues of jealousy, and of purity and virtue versus passion. Unlike the stories of the other Prophets recounted in the Qurʼan, which usually deal with the issue of their outward struggles, the story of Yusuf (pbuh) revolves around his internal struggles through difficult stages of life, from sibling rivalry and eventually culminating with him becoming a statesman and actualising his father Prophet Yaqubʼs (pbuh) dream.