Childhood Stories of the Prophets Hazrath Yusuf and Hazrath Moosa
Hazrath Yusuf was among the famous Prophets of Allah. His father Hazrath Yaqub was also a Prophet. So were the grand father Hazrath Ishaq and great grand father, Hazrath Ibrahim. Hazrat Yaqub lived in Kan’aan (now Palestine), where Hazrath Yusuf was born.
The holy Qur’an describes the whole story of Hazrat Yusuf and called it Ahsanul Qasas (“the Best of Stories”).
Yaqub had twelve sons. Among those Yusuf and Bin Yamin were real brothers and the rest were their step brothers. Yusuf was quite handsome, noble and wise. He spent most of his time in praying Allah along with his father.
One morning Yusuf went to his father and said : “My dear father, I had a wonderful dream last night. I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon all are prostrating before me.” Hazrath Yaqub listened the dream, and said; “Dear son, do not tell about this dream to your brothers. They may harm you. I feel Allah will select you for His mission and will make you His Prophet. He will shower His blessings on you as he did bless your grand father Ishaq and your great grand father Ibrahim.”
After this dream Yaqub became more attached to Yusuf. He kept the son always with him and did not allow him to be away from him. This was not likened by the step brothers. They became quite jealous of Yusuf. They planned to kill him. These brothers used to go to the forest for grazing the sheep. One day by trying hard they convinced the father to allow them to take Yusuf along with them.
They took Yusuf to the forest. Then they pushed him into a dried well. They returned home and told their father that the wolf carried away the young Yusuf. Hazrath Yaqub became very sad. He cried, “O Yusuf” and then became silent and orayed.
Right from his infancy Yusuf was so good with his brothers that he never got angry on the harsh behaviour of his brothers. He prayed Allah to rescue him from the well. Allah accepted his prayer. A caravan was passing by. Some min in caravan were thirsty. Seeing the well they stopped and sent a person to fetch water from the well.
When he drew up the bucket instead of water he saw a fair child sitting in it. He ran to inform others. They took the boy along with them to Egypt. On reaching the destination, they sold young Yusuf in the market.
Yes! They sold him! Selling children, women and men was a common practice in those days. The men, women and children were purchased in the open market. Thus they had to serve their masters as slaves. So the son of a Prophet has became a slave.
A very rich person had purchased Yusuf. He was serving the aristocrat master loyally. The emperor of Egypt had a strange dream. He called the priests, scholars and fortune tellers to interpret his dream. No one could explain the meaning of the dream. When Hazrath Yusuf heard of the dream, he not only interpreted the dream but also suggested means to counter the disastrous effects. The king was overwhelmed by the sagacious interpretation and remedial measures suggested by him. He appointed Yusuf as administrator and asked him to implement the suggestions proposed by him. Great responsibility had befallen on Yusuf. He managed the affairs of the State so well that Egypt was glad that such an able administrator he got for the country. Yusuf sent for his parents and his brothers from Kana’an. All of them bowed before Yusuf to pay respects. The son addressed the father. “O, my father, this is the interpretation of my childhood dream. You and my mother are the sun and the moon and my brothers are the eleven stars. Just see, father, Allah has turned my dream into reality. This is a great blessings. The devil had played its part and split, but Allah saved and blessed me.”
The childhood of Hazrath Moosa was very interesting. The reference of this famous Prophet of Allah is found atseveral places in the Glorious Qur’an.
The most interesting point about his life is that he was born in a Muslim family but he was brought up in the royal surroundings of a king who was a disbeliever.
Fir’aun (Pharaoh) was the king during the days of Moosa. He designated himself as god. A very large number of citizens living in the country under his rule were the descendents of a great Prophet. They were called Bani Israel, means the children of Israel. Hazrath Yaqub was the Prophet of Allah. He was called Israel also. His children were named as Bani Israel. One of the beloved sons of Hazrath Yaqub was Hazrath Yusuf who was also a great Prophet. He had invited his parents and brothers to Egypt. All of them got settled in a township specially built for them. After the demise of Hazrath Yusuf, Egyptians turned hostile towards Bani Israel and lost no occasion to ill-treat and torture them. Fir’aun was quite jealous of Bani Israel. He had a fear that they might revolt against him and become ruler of Egypt. He tortured them continuously and killed them even for minor reasons. He had passed orders that all new-borns male in the families of Bani Israel should be killed. However the female child may be allowed to grow up to serve as maids in his palace. As a result thenumber of Bani Israel was reducing. Bani Israel were Muslims. Although their faith had weakened, still they were not ready to accept Fir’aun as god.
Meanwhile a surprising event took place. Moosa was born in a family of Bani Israel. The mother was a pious lady. She thought if the king would come to know of this birth, her son would be killed. So she took a box, placed the baby in it, closed the lid and left it in the River Nile. She instructed her daughter to walk along the bank of the river and see where the box was drifted. The sister followed the instructions.
The river passed by the side of the palace of Pharaoh. The wife of Pharaoh was enjoying the flow of river from the balcony of the palace. When she saw the box, she ordered its recovery. The box was taken to her. She opened it and a smiling baby welcomed her!
The wife of Pharaoh was childless. She got a baby. She was overjoyed. When Pharaoh saw the baby, he suspected. He wanted to kill the child. But the wife did not allow. She persuaded him to refrain from executing the baby.
The baby needed a wet-nurse. The best of the nurses of Egypt assembled in the palace. Everyone of them tried to suckle the baby, but the baby would not accept the milk from any woman. Everyone was worried. The sister joined the crowd. She was standind in the corner. Seeing the problem she came forward and suggested : “I know a wet-nurse. If you please agree, I shall call her and hope the child will drink her milk.”
“Go, get her here,” it was ordained.
The sister ran to her mother, gave all details and then took the mother to the palace. The child readily accepted the milk and drank it. The mother alone was appointed to feed the baby.
How strange are the ways of Allah! Moosa grew up amidst the deadly enemies. When he grew up, Allah choose him as His Messenger and assigned the duty of advising Egyptians to worship one God Allah. Pharaoh became angry. Then Allah drowned Pharaoh and his large army in the River Nile. And thus Bani Israel was liberated from their enemy!