I want to share with you these two young people..
On the one hand, Yusuf (as) on the other hand, Musa (as)
When they reach maturity, Allah says,
“We gave him wisdom..” which I basically translated as a ‘good common sense’ ‘good ability to make decisions’
then Allah adds, “…Waa’ilman” (And We gave him knowledge)
Allah mention ‘wisdom’ first and ‘knowledge’ second, why is that ?
For young people ‘knowledge’ is very easy, for older people ‘knowledge’ it becomes hard.
When you’re old, it’s hard for you to remember things. You read something you can’t remember. You can’t remember a surah, it takes you a weeks to memorize to ayaah when you get older.
When you’re young, your minds are a sponge. You can memorize so quickly. You can do math problems so quickly. You sit in class and you understand everything in five minutes and sleep the rest of the time, and you’re still get a 95 on the test. Because you’re young, you’re smart, you’re brain actives. ‘Ilm is easy.
Allah says, “These (Yusuf and Musa (as)) young person, I gave him wisdom in an early age ON TOP of his knowledge.
And here we’re try to understand the difference between wisdom and knoweldge. There’s big difference between these two things.
We have a smart young people. They are ‘A’ students. They get 90s on every tests. 100, easy, no problem for them. But they’re STILL DO really DUMB things at home. They talk bad to their mother. They get impatience with their father.
So what if you’re an A student ? You have a lot of knowledge. But you have zero wisdom. You’re amazing at your grades, you did so well in school and your dad bought you a car. Now you get that car and you’re speeding 85/90 miles per hour on the highway, you have no wisdom. You’re risking your life and the lives of others because of your immaturity.
You can have knowledge but you don’t have any wisdom. It’s possible.
Now Allah talks about Yusuf (as) and Musa (as), when they have reach that age, the more important thing was that ‘they had the power to make the right kind of choice’ and ON THE TOP OF THAT, Allah gave them knowledge.
And the other benefit of that is, ‘without wisdom, you will acquire the wrong kind of knowledge’.
If you don’t have the wisdom, the only knowledge you acquired is how to hack the iphone. How do you crack it or whatever.
The knowledge you acquired will not do any good for you, because that knowledge was not guided by your wisdom. By your common sense. It was just guided by your impulse.
Wisdom is what you gives any guidance and when you have guidance then you have to pursue knowledge in a certain way. You have a certain respect for knowledge.
And that is what Allah says,
“That is how we compensate those who excel”
What is remarkable about young people that Allah says in the Quran is, “Young people who have common sense, who have knowledge, who recognize the presence of Allah and have ihsaan (excellence)”, They will be put in a situation that they are being tested.
All of you must have known that Yusuf (as) was a very good-looking men. And you look best when you’re young right? Well, He’s a great looking young men.
And when you’re young also your hormones are at different level. Your temptations are different. It is harder for you to control yourself.
“Brother can I talk to you for a minute? I need to get married”
“Yes, I know, but you’re 16”
“I know but I got these feelings”
“Yeah I know, I know, the fire is burning. But you’re 16. Calm down a little. Take it easy a little”
Yusuf (as) is there. And he’s tempted. He’s by himself in the house and this beautiful woman, says to him,
“Come in..” She tries to seduce him.
No body’s in the house. He is young man. He’s also really good looking and she is very beautiful. All the reasons to do wrong thing is there. She locked all the doors with multiple latches anyway. And she says, “Come here”
This is not just a story of Yusuf (As). This is the story of young men. How many young men some girls going to come up to him in college?
“hey you going to somebody to the prom?”
“what you doing in the spring break? you want to call me sometimes?” so she gives him her number.
She doesn’t care if you’re muslim or not. You can’t just return to say ‘Astaghfirullahaladzim’. You know it’s not gonna work.
And she is beautiful. She looks beautiful to you. And if there’s a fire burning inside, now there’s a volcano. It’s about to errupt.
That’s gonna happen to you. Maybe it’s already happened to some of you. What DECISIONS do you make at that time?
You smile back? and say “Ok, I’ll call you at night”
Astaghfirullah, “Maybe I should call”. You’re having internal struggle. Maybe you just finish texting her right now before you came to Jumu’ah.
Maybe you just did that.
‘Should I’ve tried to be friend with this one on facebook?’
‘Should I do that?’
This is not just a story of a prophet. This is not just a story of one man. This is not just a story of one woman attempting one man. This is a story of all of you.
This is Quran.
Allah says, “young mature man, and a woman tempted him” and because he had the right common sense, immediately he sees -he doesn’t see this beautiful young woman- he sees Allah azza wa’jaala. This is ihsaan.
Ihsaan is recognize Allah is there, whether you’re in the masjid or not.
Ihsaan is when you think about Allah alot even when he’s in campus. Even when the girls come up to him. Even when she sends him an email. Even when you get a text message. Even when somebody else there said,
‘hey bro, I think she likes you, she tolds me’
His first thing is Allah. and He walks away.
You guys go to the mall, you guys go to campus. You guys hang out in different places. But you don’t show islam. If your character doesn’t shine, then they will never know what islam is.
Because our neighbour will not come to the masjid and learn about islam. The only way for them to see islam is through you, especially the young people.
Now, about Musa (As)
Allah says ‘He went into the city at the time when everybody is sleeping’ -Egyptians is used to work at the morning, then do afternoon break (because the sun was too hot and they can’t handle it) and after that they come back to work-
Musa (as) was raised in the castle. He was raised as a prince. He had strength. He had youth. He had status and education. If young men was in this status of him, what do you think he will spend his free time?
But Musa (as) think about how to help the people of Israelites from the slavery is at the time when the police are sleeping. He used to help people in need at a time where everybody was sleeping.
This is how he use his free time and his strength. Because it takes a lot of strength when everybody else is sleeping.
And now, how many guys spent hours at the gym? building their strength, for what? what are gonna spending your energy for? A photo you post on facebook?
Allah describes Musa (As) used his energy and his strength to help society and do something for people.
Where are the young people, that used the opportunity on their free time? They have money, they have strength. And they do something ?
Do something, do something good with yourself.
These are not just stories in the quran. This is how Allah teaches us how to use our youth.
One lesson is you will be tempted. and the biggest temptation will be like temptation like Yusuf (As) and its to be shameless. Whether it’s going to be on your mobile device, or girl from school, or girl from work.
It’s gonna happen, it will happen. And how you deal with it. Learn to deal with it. And learn how to control yourself.
And the other side, Allah has given you so much energy and so much strength. Put it to good work. Do something for society. Do something that will help for other people. And that will be a quality of what Allah has put in you to become real. That you lived up to what Allah wants you to live up to.