Is it not contrary to equality that Hz. Yaqub loved his son Hz. Yusuf more than his other sons?
- Why did Hz. Yaqub love Hz. Yusuf more than his other sons?
- Yes, he knew that he would be a prophet but was it not necessary for him to treat all of his sons equally?
- Although he knew that Hz. Yusuf’s separation from him was a test, why did he reprimand his children and sound as if he hated them?
- If his sons had told him about the place of Hz. Yusuf, the test would have been broken. Hz. Yusuf would not have been the prime minister of Egypt. Hz. Yaqub was a prophet. Was he not supposed to know them?
Submitted by on Sat, 29/02/2020 - 14:26
Dear Brother / Sister,
- Hz. Yakub is a prophet but he is also a father as a human being. Every father may love some of their children more than others -due to some merits of them. The difference of this natural love, which is a reflex of the heart, is not a fault.
As a matter of fact, men are asked “to be fair and just as between women" in the Quran but it is emphasized that equality in love is not possible. (see an-Nisa, 4/129)
Similarly, treating one’s children justly is one thing and loving some of them more is another thing.
- Hz. Yaqub’s being fond of Hz. Yusuf more is compassion rather than love. Love includes jealousy and can prevent others but compassion includes vast mercy and is enough for everybody.
Accordingly, Hz. Yakub’s loving Hz. Yusuf more means showing him more compassion, which does not prevent his compassion toward his other children.
- Let us listen to this fact from Badiuzzaman Said Nursi:
“Imam Rabbani, did not consider worldly love to be altogether fitting for the rank of prophethood and therefore said: ' Joseph’s virtues pertained to the hereafter, so love for him was not of a worldly kind that it should have been defective.' But I say: Master! That is an artificial interpretation, the truth of the matter must be this: Jacob’s was not love but a degree of compassion a hundred times more brilliant, more extensive, and more elevated than love.' Yes, in all its varieties, compassion is subtle and pure, while many sorts of love and passion may not be condescended to.” (see Nursi, Mektubat, p. 31)
- Hz. Yaqub’s excessive keenness on Hz. Yusuf became manifest after he was wronged and oppressed. Before that, he loved him and showed compassion to him very much but he did not neglect his other children.
- There is no expression in the Quran showing that Hz. Yaqub nurtured hatred of his children. Although he believed definitely that they wronged Yusuf, he did not curse them; he only said, “patience is most fitting for me”, taking the testing aspect of the issue into account.
- As a prophet, he must not know everything because no prophet can know what is unknown unless Allah informs him. Let us listen to the real nature of the issue from Hz. Yaqub:
Jacob was asked: “How did you perceive the odor of Joseph’s shirt from Egypt when you did not see him in the well at Cana’an close by?”
He replied: “This ability is like lightning; sometimes it appears and sometimes it is hidden. Sometimes we are as though seated on the highest spot and can see everywhere, and sometimes we can’t see even the arch of our foot." (see Sâdi-i Şirâzî, Gülistan; Nursi, Mektubat, 52)
Questions on Islam
- How can it fit a prophet (Hz. Yaqub) to cry for forty years because of being separated from his son (Hz. Yusuf)? Would it not have been better if he had shown patience?
- Prophet Yusuf [Joseph] (Peace be upon him)
- Prophet Yaqub [Jacob] (Peace be upon him)
- In some verses, it is stated that "ghayb (the unseen, the unknown) cannot be known by anyone except Allah. How can it be explained under the light of these verses that some prophets and saints give news about the future?
- Father, Grandfather and Caressive to all Children
- Will you give information about the Prophet's love of children?
- How did Hz. Yaqub manage to show so much patience? How did he manage to continue praying though Yusuf was eaten by a wolf?
- Prophet Ibrahim [Abraham] (Peace be upon him)
- Is it permissible for a father to partition his inheritance as he wishes?
- What is the real nature of the prostration before Hz. Yusuf mentioned in verse 100 of the chapter of Yusuf?