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Structure of Surah Yusuf

We relate to you ˹O Prophet˺ the best of stories through Our revelation of this Quran.

Surah Yusuf, 3

Surah Yusuf has many fascinating aspects. The most amazing part of it is the guidance attained through it and the tazkiyah (purification of the soul) that is attained from its guidance.

Surah Yusuf has an incredible structure, from a storytelling aspect. Here are two presentations of this structure:

The Ring Structure – Perfect Symmetry

This style in Arabic is referenced as اللف والنشر, or symmetrical narrative. The ring structure, as championed by Dr Raymond Farrin, is another way to look at this.

The amazing nature of Qur’an’s revelation is it was revealed verbally by Allah through Jibreel to the Prophet. There was no editing process where a ring structure could be created after the fact; it was pure revelation in its perfect form.

Surah Yusuf was revealed in one shot. Other Surahs that have ring composition while revealed piecemeal over many years are even more miraculous in this aspect, like Al-Baqarah.

Oscillating Between Difficulty and Relief

By Aarij Anwer

Born in Karachi. Raised in the GTA. AlKauthar instructor. Qutoof CEO. Author. Bookings: contact@imamaarij.com

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