Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 60-70) Yusuf

61. They said, “We will solicit him from his father. We will surely do.”

62. He said to his servants, “Put their goods in their saddlebags; perhaps they will recognize them when they return to their families, and maybe they will come back.”

63. When they returned to their father, they said, “O father, we were denied measure, but send our brother with us, and we will obtain measure. We will take care of him.”

64. He said, “Shall I trust you with him, as I trusted you with his brother before? God is the Best Guardian, and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.”

65. And when they opened their baggage, they found that their goods were returned to them. They said, “Father, what more do we want? Here are our goods, returned to us. We will provide for our family, and protect our brother, and have an additional camel-load. This is easy commerce.”

66. He said, “I will not send him with you, unless you give me a pledge before God that you will bring him back to me, unless you get trapped.” And when they gave him their pledge, he said, “God is witness to what we say.”

67. And he said, “O my sons, do not enter by one gate, but enter by different gates. I cannot avail you anything against God. The decision rests only with God. On Him I rely, and on Him let the reliant rely.”

68. And when they entered as their father had instructed them, it did not avail them anything against God; it was just a need in the soul of Jacob, which he carried out. He was a person of knowledge inasmuch as We had taught him, but most people do not know.

69. And when they entered into the presence of Joseph, he embraced his brother, and said, “I am your brother; do not be saddened by what they used to do.”

70. Then, when he provided them with their provisions, he placed the drinking-cup in his brother’s saddlebag. Then an announcer called out, “O people of the caravan, you are thieves.”


My Interpretation: 

Joseph’s brothers agree they will go back and get their younger brother. When they arrive back at their father’s they tell him that they must take their brother back to Egypt in order to get more food from the pharaoh’s storehouse. The father is not happy with the news, as he has not forgotten how they lost Joseph one day, and Joseph was always his favorite son.

Jacob, Joseph’s father was a wise man it is told by Gabriel and allows himself to follow his intuition of leaving this in God’s hands. He makes the older brothers promise to not lose the youngest one, but he is aware enough to know that it is all in God’s hands.

When the brother’s arrive, Joseph embraces his younger one and whispers to him to not be worried any longer, cause he is his true brother-Joseph.

At this point, Joseph’s plan comes to fruition when someone calls out about the brothers having a thief in their mist. Joseph placed a gold drinking cup in his younger brother’s saddle bag-once again part of the plan. But before he did, he told the younger brother to not be afraid and watch what happens next….