Ayat Reflection: Everyday was a Valentine’s Day fitna!
رَاوَدَتْهُ الَّتِي هُوَ فِي بَيْتِهَا عَن نَّفْسِهِ وَغَلَّقَتِ الْأَبْوَابَ وَقَالَتْ هَيْتَ لَكَ ۚ قَالَ مَعَاذَ اللَّـهِ ۖ إِنَّهُ رَبِّي أَحْسَنَ مَثْوَايَ ۖ إِنَّهُ لَا يُفْلِحُ الظَّالِمُونَ ﴿٢٣﴾
And she in whose house he was sought to make himself yield (to her), and she made fast the doors and said: Come forward. He said: I seek Allah’s refuge, surely my Lord made good my abode: Surely the unjust do not prosper. TMQ 12:23
In this verse, Allah (SWT) mentions how Yusuf (as) kept himself away from sin and avoided the temptation to do evil. By mentioning the relative pronoun and relative clause – الَّتِي هُوَ فِي بَيْتِهَا عَن نَّفْسِهِ – in whose house he was sought to make himself yield (to her) – instead of her (Zulyqa) creates more emphasis i.e. Yusuf (AS) abstained from committing evil with the lady in whose house he used to stay, and despite having such close connection with her he still saved himself.
This was an immense test for Yusuf (as), where he grow up in the house of the wife of Al Aziz where she was a lady of influence and power and she tried to seduce him not once but many times over as indicated by the verb رَاوَدَتْهُ implies repeated attempts.
For Yusuf (as) every day, while he was living with her, was a Valentine’s Day fitna!