Yusuf (as) had a dream about celestial bodies which he understood to be his brothers bowing before him, to which his father advised him not to inform his brothers.
But somehow, they grew envious and got rid of him, and sold him into slavery, and he ended up in Egypt.
That’s the most amazing part –they led him right where he had to be, in Egypt, where he’d be minister, and there’d famine, and his brothers will come to Egypt seeking grain, and they’d bow before him.
Think about this. Perhaps he’d never have made it out of his father’s house. Perhaps he’d have been raised by one of the greatest men alive, Yakub. Perhaps one day, famine will come, and he and his brothers would go to Egypt seeking grain, and they wouldn’t have found favour like they did when Yusuf was vizier.
The point is, it was all part of the plan.
Let’s look at the life Muhammad (SAW).
Perhaps if he didn’t become orphaned at the age of 6, he’d never have stayed with Grandpa Abdul Muttalib. Perhaps if grandpa didn’t die when he was 8, he’d never have stayed with his uncle, the businessman, Abu Talib. Perhaps if his uncle didn’t take him on business trips, he’d never have met the monk who advised that he be returned and kept safe because of what lay ahead in the future.
Enter Khadija (ra). Here, their destinies become entwined.
Perhaps if she never lost her husband, she’d never have had the need to ask her employee, the younger Muhammad, to marry her.
Fast forward to the first revelation.
Muhammad returns home, scared of what he had just experienced. Perhaps, he wouldn’t have gotten positive vibes he got if she wasn’t matured and wise, something which would be expected of an older woman. What’s, her cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal, was a Christian, who provided Muhammad with the motivation he needed at the time.
Then, she died. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun. She stood by Muhammad psychologically
Muhammad the marry Aisha (ra), an intelligent, much younger and highly inquisitive woman, we’d never have benefitted from the vast amount of knowledge she passed down to us. Considering she’s one of the greatest scholars that ever lived. And so on.
The point is, there was a grand plan.
Every moment in every place is teaching us something. Perhaps if we handled it with patience, and paid attention, it would teach us something.
Perhaps, what we call low points in our lives are preparing us for a great success.
Remember, Muhammad left Makkah under the cover of night to Madina, with assassins on his trail. He returned ten years later, in the full light of day, with ten thousand men behind him, with thousands more before him bowing in respect.
“And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” [8:30]
The mistakes are mine, and Allah, the best of planners, knows best.