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Yusuf's (AS) Gratitude, Forgiveness and Excellence | Sh. Ahmed Billoo | Juz 13 Qur’an 30 for 30 S5

Juz 13: Yusuf’s (AS) Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Excellence | Sh. Ahmed Billoo

Why is gratitude an important characteristic to have? What does God say about forgiving others? How do I deal with betrayal?

Join Sh. Ahmed Billoo with hosts Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sh. Abdullah Oduro as they reflect on Juz 13 of the Qur’an, discussing the virtuous characteristics of Prophet Yusuf (AS), including the power of gratitude, forgiving others, how to deal with betrayal, and the importance of family ties and maintaining sibling relationships.

✨Test your knowledge of the Qur’an

The Prophet said, “Hud and its sisters gave me grey hair!” What surahs are considered the sisters of Surah Hud?

A. al-Mulk and al-Ḥāqqa
B. al-Wāqiʿah and al-Mursalāt
C. al-Nāziʿāt and al-Infiṭārd


0:00 – Highlights
📌 1:02 – Today’s trivia & introduction

📌 2:52 – Dr. Omar Suleiman reflects on the gratitude of Yusuf (AS)
3:25 – The repentance of the wife of al-Azeez
4:46 – The difference between the peoples of Musa and Yusuf in how they looked at their past
6:29 – Allah’s promise for gratitude and ingratitude

📌 8:55 – Sh. Abdullah reflects on the forgiveness of Yusuf (AS)
9:38 – The story of when Yusuf’s brothers went to find Binyamin
12:33 – Patience as a way of being mindful of Allah
14:03 – Being forgiving while maintaing your integrity

📌 15:45 – Sh. Ahmed Billoo reflects on the excellence of Yusuf (AS)
16:12 – The repeated mention of Yusuf being amongst the excellent
17:35 – The connection between having taqwa and patience
19:36 – Yusuf’s excellence in character
20:40 – How man deals with Allah vs. how Allah deals with man

📌 21:56 – Reflections
22:00 – The hearts of Yusuf and the Prophet (s) to forgive and embody gratitude
24:00 – On sibling relationships and rivalry
27:23 – On the importance of being a good sibling

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Ahmed Billoo

Ahmed Billoo

Sh. Ahmed Billoo was born and raised in Southern California and by Allah’s grace, memorized the Quran at a young age. He studied in Cairo, Egypt in 2006 and in 2007 was granted a scholarship to study at the Islamic University of Madinah. He completed a degree in the Arabic language and then went on to graduate from the College of Shariah. He is currently a Seminary instructor at the Institute of Knowledge in Diamond Bar, California as well as an instructor at the California Islamic University in Anaheim, California. He also serves as the Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Cypress.

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Sh. Abdullah Oduro

Fellow, Head of Convert Resources | Abdullah Oduro is a first generation Ghanian native that converted to Islam in 1997. He graduated from the College of Islamic Law from the University of AlMadinah in 2007. He conducts public speeches, sermons, lectures, and workshops around the US on Islamic Law, self-improvement, and convert life. He is currently the Imam at the Islamic Center of Coppell and Lewisville in Dallas, TX. He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and four children.

Having recently joined Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research as a Scholar, Shaykh Abdullah leads a team providing unique and comprehensive resources for new Muslim converts and institutional convert care.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.