The story of Prophet Yusuf has titled “Ahsan-ul-Qasas,” which means “The Best Story.” Indeed there are countless lessons in Surah Yusuf for us. For instance, it talks about jealousy. Also, It describes the loyalty and faith of a person in fundamental moral values; this gives lessons of patience in hard times of captivity and it teaches us about leadership and governance. Moreover, the Prophet Yusuf story tells about the disadvantages of materialism. But today, we will look into this story through an entirely different lens. Hazrat Yousaf’s story also describes the good governance of Prophet Yusuf. It explains some golden principles of proper management.
Surah Yusuf in the Quran:
In the Quran, Surah Yusuf verse 55 onwards, ALLAH discusses the excellent governance model of Prophet Yusuf (A.S). The most notable good governance initiatives taken by Prophet Yusuf were proper famine control measures during the famine of Egypt. Prophet Yusuf had a very resilient personality, with extreme self-control and strong faith. To tackle severe hunger spanning seven consecutive years, He adopted future-based strategic planning. He encouraged good yields, balanced consumption of crops, and proper storage of agricultural products. These policies were social security nets. As a result, when famine struck Egypt, situations remained under control. Egypt helped neighboring states on humanitarian grounds. Humanitarian causes lie at the top of good governance.
His humanitarian actions helped the establishment of peaceful and good relations with neighboring countries. He kept all the governance policies in line with the demands and expectations of the masses. That is why he enjoyed the support and loyalty of his celebrations.
Effects of Governance of Prophet Yusuf on Egypt:
It is a fact that Agrarian economies have better chances to grow. Agriculture is a profession that people adopted even before the birth of Christ, and yet this profession exists to date in this post-modern era. Since Prophet Yousuf was a remarkably visionary man, he developed the Egyptian economy on pastoral grounds. Egypt emerged as a reliable economic power in that era.
Risk Management Capabilities
The specialty of governance of Prophet Yusuf is disaster risk management. It tells that anyone cannot avert natural disasters, but governments can go for pre-disaster management and risk mitigation techniques. It also explains the practical methodology of post-disaster management, taking drought as a sample study.
The governance of the Prophet Yusuf also pours light on the importance of the leadership qualities of a leader. He was a pious and faithful person himself. It was the result of his consistent patience towards hardships that later earned him the throne of Egypt. The personality of Prophet Yusuf gives us hints about a good administrator. A good administrator must be a hard worker, intelligent, and knowledgeable. One must resist sharing his knowledge and skills, as Yusuf did when he interpreted dreams. He must prepare for all sorts of hardships like slavery and imprisonment. He should believe in delivering the due rights of people. His planning saved not only Egypt but the whole of Africa from starvation, so a leader must be visionary according to the good governance of Prophet Yusuf.
This article is a continuation of our series on the Concept of Good Governance in Islam, in which we aim to discuss Quranic models of good governance.