Manifestations Of The All-Merciful
Reflection on the Daily Supplication of the Holy month of Ramadan – part I
By: Abu Muhammad Zaynu’l ‘Abidin
These are situations when the true visage of a believer is unraveled. Prophet Yusuf (‘a) prefers to be a captive of the external forces than to be entrapped by the licentious forces within, which ruin the human being and his entire future. The prison here is a place of safety and salvation. It is a place of shelter for this spirit, which is burning with the love of Allah (swt). He is ready to suffer the travails and hardships of imprisonment and humiliation but cannot withstand the torture of disobeying the only Beloved, who reared him to be what he was. And how can it ever be conceivable for one whose heart brims with the love of Allah to even think of blemishing his hands with sin?
When Zulaykha tightly closed the doors of her room (ghallaqat al-abwab), and depending on the apparent power that she had, said: ‘hayta lak’ (Come [to me]!), Yusuf (‘a) was immersed in the love of Allah and forgot every apparent means of refuge, including himself; hence when seeking refuge in Almighty Allah, he never said “Inni a’udhu” (Surely I seek refuge) but said: “ma’adhallah!” [Although both show that Yusuf seeks refuge in Allah, but in the case of the latter the supplicant forgets all apparent means of refuge, including himself..