Yousuf had lofty dreams?

by Harriss, Canada, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 03:46 (2264 days ago) @ Laurie Hamdani


Absolutely! Sage words: “how we translate dreams into action to make goals manifest is where the real struggle lies and what we should encourage.”

Interestingly, very few elementary and secondary schools teach the science of goal setting and achievement. I have observed that many people who achieved their goals followed a method. The more I read their biographies and listen to their stories, common threads emerge.

Often I have reasoned that many ayahs of the Qur’aan not only act as verses - but something one must look up to and look into. The very word Ayah has a deeper meaning that just a verse. In other words, the Qur’aanic ayahs form a diving board for humans to consciously plunge deeper into a specific ocean or lake of knowledge.

For example, let’s take the idea of dreams. This dream that Yousuf had we can deduce was not merely a dream we have at night – because extending the logic would mean too bad for all humans after Yousuf who never dreamt a dream like his; they cannot achieve what he achieved. The Qur’aan does not encourage passivity or unreasonable conclusions, so that interpretation cannot be correct (53:11 – "And never did he find contrary to reason what He revealed"). Therefore, a better interpretation might be along the lines of a dream one has with their eyes open in broad day light; a dream that rests in one’s mind and heart, which motivates or influences one’s actions.

So here is the interesting part. As I said previously, I’ve found in my study of the Qur’aan that it opens doors for us to explore into more detail. Having reasoned that this dream was more like a goal or ambition, a more evolved question as you sagely raised would be how do we translate dreams into action, making goals manifest?

And since, the Qur’aan has told us in 4:26 – “God will explain to you and guide you by the examples of those who were before you, and turn to you (in mercy). God is Knower, Wise.” – I’m in the process of learning from others – those who have died and those alive, the answer to the question of how do we translate our good dreams into action, making our goals manifest?

Looking forward to reading anyone’s thoughts on the above verses, the issue of goal setting, and goal attainment. Specifically, what concepts or ayah might be pertinent?

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