Hawzah News Agency (Qom, Iran) -The Qur’an is the principle source of every Muslim’s faith and practice, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures and provides guidelines for a just society, proper human conduct and equitable economic principles. For coming weeks we are presenting some short articles on ethical issues that have been written based on the verses of Quran.
Think about the story of Joseph. “In the story of Joseph and his brothers there are certainly signs for the seekers”. (Quran; 12:7) He was thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by his own brothers. But even as a slave, he developed his skills. He was so valuable that he was put in charge of his master’s whole household.
When he was falsely accused and put into prison, he was so valuable there that they put him in charge of the whole prison. When Pharaoh needed someone to run the country and administer the nationwide feeding program during the famine, he did not choose a cabinet member; he did not choose his department head. He chose Joseph, a prisoner, a slave. Why? Joseph developed his skills right where he was. He tried his best and was patient. He said to his brothers: “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. God Has been gracious to us. For anyone who reveres God and is patient, then God will not waste the reward of the good doers”. (Quran; 12:90)
Friend, there is never an excuse to not keep rising. It does not matter if you do not like your current job; it does not matter if other people do not treat you right. God says: “As for those who strive in Our cause, We will guide them in Our paths. For God is with the pious”. (Quran; 29:69) just take your eyes off of your circumstances and lift your eyes to God almighty, knowing that God is the one who lifts you up. Trust in God and “seek help through patience and prayer”. (Quran; 2: 45 & 153)
Author: Abolfazl Sabouri