Yousuf had lofty dreams?

by Harriss, Canada, Sunday, March 10, 2013, 04:58 (2290 days ago)

Salaam all,

I am intrigued by these verses and would love to hear some of your thoughts on it.

Ch. 12 v. 6:

Thus spoke Joseph to his father, "O My father! I saw in a dream eleven stars, and the sun, and the moon, I saw them prone themselves to me!"

Ch. 12 v. 100:

He raised his parents upon the throne of honor. All those present bowed to him in
respect (to let his parents see the honor God had given their son). Joseph said,
“O My father! This is how my Lord has made my dream come true. He has been
very kind to me, since He freed me from the prison, and He has brought you here
from the village. Satan (selfishness of my brothers) had sown enmity between us
brothers. My Lord is Unfathomable in the ways He carries out His will. For, He
is the Knower, the Wise.”

My thoughts:

This dream that Joseph had, I would assume it was not a dream one has while asleep, but Joseph had from an early age a lofty vision/aspiration/goal - a dream like what Martin L. King Jr. described perhaps.

Now concerning the application of this verse:

Shouldn't we encourage ourselves and children to dream and to dream big?

Yousuf had lofty dreams?

by Laurie Hamdani @, Chicago, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 01:43 (2288 days ago) @ Harriss, Canada

Salaam! How nice to see some new topics posted here! I too, look forward to others' comments, but I think that encouraging dreams - if we see dreams as goals - is an excellent practice. Allah has given us above all other creatures our intellect, and the Quran entreats us to develop ourselves and our communities. Merely having a dream is perhaps of no value in and of itself, however; how we translate dreams into action to make goals manifest is where the real struggle lies and what we should encourage.

Salaam and thank you.

Yousuf had lofty dreams?

by Harriss, Canada, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 03:46 (2287 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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