*This post adopted from my friend’s Nur Danial’s blog. (Thanks for the permission)
Almost all historians believe that “history repeat itself”. Today, the history of the Prophet like Joseph is somewhat repeating to the fate of some Muslims leaders. Allow me to mention some of the proof.
The history of Prophet Yusuf or Joseph (a.s.) are full of hatred, pride, deception, intrigue, cruelty and most especially jealous.
When Prophet Joseph (a.s.) relates his dream to his father, his father warning him not to mention to his brothers, they might get jealous to him. [Of these stories mention] when Joseph said to his father, “O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.” (Qur’an 12:4)
His father said;
He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against your plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy. (Qur’an 12:5).
Joseph’s brothers thrown him into the well.
Said a speaker among them, “Do not kill Joseph but throw him into the bottom of the well; some travelers will pick him up – if you would do [something].” (Qur’an 12:10)
Then Caravan helped Joseph and sold him to Egypt. And there came a company of travelers; then they sent their water drawer, and he let down his bucket. He said, “Good news! Here is a boy.” And they concealed him, [taking him] as merchandise; and Allah knew of what they did. (Qur’an 12:19)
When he was in Egypt the beautiful Chief Minister’s wife, Zulaikah. She was obsessed to Joseph’s good looking face. And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him. She closed the doors and said, “Come, you.” He said, “[I seek] the refuge of Allah. Indeed, he is my master, who has made good my residence. Indeed, wrongdoers will not succeed.” (Qur’am 12:23)
Finally, Prophet Joseph (s.a) who is victim of Zulaika’s seduction was jailed.
“Prison was Joseph’s third test. During this period Allah blessed him with an extra ordinary gift: the ability to interpret dreams”. (Imam Ibn Khatit, The History of the Prophet)
When Prof. Nur Misuari was dreaming to introduce change in Bangsamoro homeland as MNLF Chairman, Governor of the ARMM and Chairman of SPCPD, his commanders and comrades were splitted away from him. Is this jealous or what? Only Misuari and his comrades can explain. I have no rights to blame them.
The case of Anwar Ibrahim is still hanging as of today, and Anwar claiming he was not guilt. He was also dreaming to reform Malaysia during his reign as Deputy Prime Minister. He was imprisoned by the Malaysian Government during Mahathir’s regime.
But in the case of Prophet Joseph (a.s.) he was able to proved his case. God said in the Holy Qur’an.
[Joseph] said, “It was she who sought to seduce me.” And a witness from her family testified. “If his shirt is torn from the front, then she has told the truth, and he is of the liars. But if his shirt is torn from the back, then she has lied, and he is of the truthful”. So when her husband saw his shirt torn from the back, he said, “Indeed, it is of the women’s plan. Indeed, your plan is great. Joseph, ignore this. And, [my wife], ask forgiveness for your sin. Indeed, you were of the sinful. (Qur’an 12:26-29)
Today both Nur Misuari and Anwar Ibrahim are already released from the prisons like Prophet Joseph after he had interpreted the dreams. The loyalists of both Nur Misuari and Anwar Ibrahim are still supporting them and gain new supporters from the local people and foreigners. The two contemporary Muslim reformists from Mindanao and Malaysia are still breathless on what they believe reformation. Can they be able to prove their dreams like Prophet Joseph (a.s.) did?
Joseph (a.s.) rewarded by God.
And thus We established Joseph in the land to settle therein wherever he willed. We touch with Our mercy whom We will, and We do not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. (Qur’an 12:56)
At the end Joseph (a.s.) was successful and his brothers came to him with repentance.
What will be the ending of the stories of these two reformists from Southeast Asia?
Politic of today is also like during the time of Prophet Joseph’s, full of jealousy, abhorrence, brutality, conspiracy, hypocrisy and terror. Indeed, only sincere can survive.