Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 100-111) Yusuf

100. And he elevated his parents on the throne, and they fell prostrate before him. He said, “Father, this is the fulfillment of my vision of long ago. My Lord has made it come true. He has blessed me, when he released me from prison, and brought you out of the wilderness, after the devil had sown conflict between me and my brothers. My Lord is Most Kind towards whomever He wills. He is the All-knowing, the Most Wise.”

101. “My Lord, You have given me some authority, and taught me some interpretation of events. Initiator of the heavens and the earth; You are my Protector in this life and in the Hereafter. Receive my soul in submission, and unite me with the righteous.”

102. This is news from the past that We reveal to you. You were not present with them when they plotted and agreed on a plan.

103. But most people, for all your eagerness, are not believers.

104. You ask them no wage for it. It is only a reminder for all mankind.

105. How many a sign in the heavens and the earth do they pass by, paying no attention to them?

106. And most of them do not believe in God unless they associate others.

107. Do they feel secure that a covering of God’s punishment will not come upon them, or that the Hour will not come upon them suddenly, while they are unaware?

108. Say, “This is my way; I invite to God, based on clear knowledge—I and whoever follows me. Glory be to God; and I am not of the polytheists.”

109. We did not send before you except men, whom We inspired, from the people of the towns. Have they not roamed the earth and seen the consequences for those before them? The Home of the Hereafter is better for those who are righteous. Do you not understand?

110. Until, when the messengers have despaired, and thought that they were rejected, Our help came to them. We save whomever We will, and Our severity is not averted from the guilty people.

111. In their stories is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not a fabricated tale, but a confirmation of what came before it, and a detailed explanation of all things, and guidance, and mercy for people who believe.

 

My Interpretation:

Joseph, who has always been a believer, is in this moment realizes the truth of his faith and how with his patience, virtue, integrity, and faith, he endured long hard trials and triumphed. He does not take for granted the authority given to him being part of the Egyptian government and his dream interpretation skills. He humbly admits he could not have done anything without his God.

It is an interesting story and one that can bring such hope to those who are at first made a victim by others. Gabriel in line 102, comes back to present time to tell Muhammad that was the story of a messenger who was before his time and even though this was one exceptional man, not all are believers and many deviate from the path.

When Gabriel says “Say” this is the exact words Muhammad must give to the people in translation of the stories he has been made aware of. This story about Joseph serves as a strong reminder to those with faith, and a warning to those without.

Only those who use their mind will be able to find the truth in this account, and not just think it is a fairytale. There is a purpose behind all messages, stories, and parables. It is not for amusement, they are tools to help humans progress on a deeper spiritual path that leads to the Gardens of bliss.

 

 

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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 90-100) Yusuf

90. They said, “Is that you, Joseph?” He said, “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. God has been gracious to us. He who practices piety and patience—God never fails to reward the righteous.”

91. They said, “By God, God has preferred you over us. We were definitely in the wrong.”

92. He said, “There is no blame upon you today. God will forgive you. He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.”

93. “Take this shirt of mine, and lay it over my father’s face, and he will recover his sight. And bring your whole family to me.”

94. As the caravan set out, their father said, “I sense the presence of Joseph, though you may think I am senile.”

95. They said, “By God, you are still in your old confusion.”

96. Then, when the bearer of good news arrived, he laid it over his face, and he regained his sight. He said, “Did I not say to you that I know from God what you do not know?”

97. They said, “Father, pray for the forgiveness of our sins; we were indeed at fault.”

98. He said, “I will ask my Lord to forgive you. He is the Forgiver, the Most Merciful.”

99. Then, when they entered into the presence of Joseph, he embraced his parents, and said, “Enter Egypt, God willing, safe and secure.”

100. And he elevated his parents on the throne, and they fell prostrate before him. He said, “Father, this is the fulfillment of my vision of long ago. My Lord has made it come true. He has blessed me, when he released me from prison, and brought you out of the wilderness, after the devil had sown conflict between me and my brothers. My Lord is Most Kind towards whomever He wills. He is the All-knowing, the Most Wise.”

 

My Interpretation: 

This is the moment when the brothers finally had a realization that Joseph’s goodness is what brought him the rewards in this life, even though it is what made them jealous with envy seeing how good hearted he was. I am sure many of you also feel this too from those who do not recognize, nor honor the goodness in themselves…they often times target those they perceive as good in order to lash out in self hate and jealousy.

Joseph had compassion and this is what made him a good man. He took his shirt and gave it to the brothers to bring back to their aging father to help regain his sight. I have a strong sense that Jacob was not officially blind, but his depressive state repressed his senses and dulled them so he could see clearly…possibly from so much crying cause of his loss. The scent from Joseph’s shirt could indeed have been the catalyst to liven Jacob’s spirits to know that his son was still alive and well.

Before putting the shirt over his face, he sensed Joseph’s presence which tells me that he smelled Joseph as a father knowing his own son. They say today, that parents are able to tell who are their babies by smelling them blindfolded. The human body has unique pheromones and scents that make us who we are. Joseph’s was well known by his father and in a miracle of intuitive guidance, Joseph knew his scent from his shirt would heal his father’s sight.

In the end, a very happy ending to this historical account happened. The whole family was invited to live with Joseph with his established wealth in the land of Egypt. They all bowed down to Joseph out of respect and this is the completion of Joseph’s dreams or visions he had about being respected by his brothers and family at a later time.

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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 80-90) Yusuf

80. And when they despaired of him, they conferred privately. Their eldest said, “Don’t you know that your father received a pledge from you before God, and in the past you failed with regard to Joseph? I will not leave this land until my father permits me, or God decides for me; for He is the Best of Deciders.”

81. “Go back to your father, and say, ‘Our father, your son has stolen. We testify only to what we know, and we could not have prevented the unforeseen.’”

82. “Ask the town where we were, and the caravan in which we came. We are being truthful.”

83. He said, “Rather, your souls have contrived something for you. Patience is a virtue. Perhaps God will bring them all back to me. He is the Knowing, the Wise.”

84. Then he turned away from them, and said, “O my bitterness for Joseph.” And his eyes turned white from sorrow, and he became depressed.

85. They said, “By God, you will not stop remembering Joseph, until you have ruined your health, or you have passed away.”

86. He said, “I only complain of my grief and sorrow to God, and I know from God what you do not know.”

87. “O my sons, go and inquire about Joseph and his brother, and do not despair of God’s comfort. None despairs of God’s comfort except the disbelieving people.”

88. Then, when they entered into his presence, they said, “Mighty governor, adversity has befallen us, and our family. We have brought scant merchandise. But give us full measure, and be charitable towards us—God rewards the charitable.”

89. He said, “Do you realize what you did with Joseph and his brother, in your ignorance?”

90. They said, “Is that you, Joseph?” He said, “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. God has been gracious to us. He who practices piety and patience—God never fails to reward the righteous.”

 

My Interpretation: 

The eldest brother has matured spiritually and speaks to his brothers about not losing their younger brother as  they did with Joseph. In fact, he feels such remorse for what he and the others did to Joseph that he starts to cry. His admittance of his wrong has given him a spiritual cleansing and has brought him to a new level of understanding and compassion that the other brothers didn’t have yet.

Sometimes the person who is the best at heart, will feel the most pain when they do something wrong. It is a tough burden to bear for the good of heart, but it is also what makes them good. God sees this in the eldest as well as each of us that feels remorse on this level. It is a form of repentance.

The brothers then went back to their father to tell him how they lost their youngest brother for him being a thief, and Jacob once again was upset at his past loss of Joseph and now the new one of his youngest son. The brothers then started to tell Jacob to stop thinking about Joseph or he will surely deteriorate in his health. Jacob tells them wisely that his sorrow is for God alone, and they do not know or understand what he knows being so close to God. Jacob has always had a belief and faith that both sons would return back to him one day.

Jacob tells the brothers to go back to the manager of the storehouses and ask about Joseph’s whereabouts as well as for their younger brother. They obeyed and went back to ask for mercy, cause they have suffered hardship in the family. Joseph then tests them again asking if they know what they did to Joseph and the younger brother. As soon as he did, I am sure it dawned on the other brothers who they were speaking to.

Joseph then reveals his secret, that he was Joseph all along. And tells the brothers through his patience and virtues, God has granted him many blessings allowing him the life he has now.

 

Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 70-80) Yusuf

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.”

71. They said, as they came towards them, “What are you missing?”

72. They said, “We are missing the king’s goblet. Whoever brings it will have a camel-load; and I personally guarantee it.”

73. They said, “By God, you know we did not come to cause trouble in the land, and we are not thieves.”

74. They said, “What shall be his punishment, if you are lying?”

75. They said, “His punishment, if it is found in his bag: he will belong to you. Thus we penalize the guilty.”

76. So he began with their bags, before his brother’s bag. Then he pulled it out of his brother’s bag. Thus We devised a plan for Joseph; he could not have detained his brother under the king’s law, unless God so willed. We elevate by degrees whomever We will; and above every person of knowledge, there is one more learned.

77. They said, “If he has stolen, a brother of his has stolen before.” But Joseph kept it to himself, and did not reveal it to them. He said, “You are in a worse situation, and God is Aware of what you allege.”

78. They said, “O noble prince, he has a father, a very old man, so take one of us in his place. We see that you are a good person.”

79. He said, “God forbid that we should arrest anyone except him in whose possession we found our property; for then we would be unjust.”

80. And when they despaired of him, they conferred privately. Their eldest said, “Don’t you know that your father received a pledge from you before God, and in the past you failed with regard to Joseph? I will not leave this land until my father permits me, or God decides for me; for He is the Best of Deciders.”

My Interpretation: 

Joseph’s plan unfolds where it is soon discovered in the youngest brother’s bag a stolen golden cup. He pretends to be upset and ready to arrest the brother while watching and observing the older brothers plead for their brother’s lives.

Line 76 is where Gabriel speaks about how God created the synchronicity of events where he could not imprison his brother under the King’s law. It was not the Will of God for his youngest brother to be imprisoned.It was only the Will of God to teach a lesson that could be told centuries later.

It also comes into awareness that while Joseph was gone, some of his brothers have grown and matured a bit spiritually. The one who states that he will not leave their younger brother alone to be arrested in Egypt is one who has put his trust in God and followed his heart allowing God to show the new way of being.

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….

Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 50-60) Yusuf

50. The king said, “Bring him to me.” And when the envoy came to him, he said, “Go back to your master, and ask him about the intentions of the women who cut their hands; my Lord is well aware of their schemes.”

51. He said, “What was the matter with you, women, when you tried to seduce Joseph?” They said, “God forbid! We knew of no evil committed by him.” The governor’s wife then said, “Now the truth is out. It was I who tried to seduce him, and he is telling the truth.”

52. “This is that he may know that I did not betray him in secret, and that God does not guide the scheming of the betrayers.”

53. “Yet I do not claim to be innocent. The soul commands evil, except those on whom my Lord has mercy. Truly my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”

54. The king said, “Bring him to me, and I will reserve him for myself.” And when he spoke to him, he said, “This day you are with us established and secure.”

55. He said, “Put me in charge of the storehouses of the land; I am honest and knowledgeable.”

56. And thus We established Joseph in the land, to live therein wherever he wished. We touch with Our mercy whomever We will, and We never waste the reward of the righteous.

57. But the reward of the Hereafter is better for those who believe and observed piety.

58. And Joseph’s brothers came, and entered into his presence. He recognized them, but they did not recognize him.

59. When he provided them with their provisions, he said, “Bring me a brother of yours from your father. Do you not see that I fill up the measure, and I am the best of hosts?”

60. “But if you do not bring him to me, you will have no measure from me, and you will not come near me.”

 

My Interpretation: 

Joseph has been locked away in a prison for crimes he did not commit. However, rumors of his dream interpretation skills have gotten out to the King and he asked for Joseph to help him. Joseph sent a messenger back to the King telling him to first ask the women who tried to seduce Joseph about the truth.

The governor’s wife did finally admit her wrongs and she seemed to have had her own repentance take place within her heart from her lines at 51-53, where she speaks about how she knows her soul did wrong and followed her desires, but she understands now God to be a Merciful God. And as we learn in so many stories inside the Quran, the lies always come out of hiding eventually.

The King then decided to speak to Joseph and decide for himself who was this young man he has heard so much about. He met Joseph and Joseph offered his services to keep charge of the food storehouses in the land based on his honorability.

Line 56, then switches from Story telling mode, to then bringing Muhammad the clear message from God that whomever does good for God will be rewarded by living a comfortable life. This is what it means to be both rewarded in this life, as well as the next one.

Joseph became established in the land of Egypt in charge of  and one day his brothers came to him pleading about food that they needed to survive. Joseph tested his brothers to see if they had some ounce of integrity and didn’t kill his younger brother, in his absence for so long. He asked them to bring the brother not in presence to him to meet. This brother was Joseph’s younger brother was dear to Joseph because he was born from the same mother. Joseph is tested the band of brothers to see how far they have gone in their jealousy.

Joseph speaking with his brothers and offering food on one condition

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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 30-40) Yusuf

30. Some ladies in the city said, “The governor’s wife is trying to seduce her servant. She is deeply in love with him. We see she has gone astray.”

31. And when she heard of their gossip, she invited them, and prepared for them a banquet, and she gave each one of them a knife. She said, “Come out before them.” And when they saw him, they marveled at him, and cut their hands. They said, “Good God, this is not a human, this must be a precious angel.”

32. She said, “Here he is, the one you blamed me for. I did try to seduce him, but he resisted. But if he does not do what I tell him to do, he will be imprisoned, and will be one of the despised.”

33. He said, “My Lord, prison is more desirable to me than what they call me to. Unless You turn their scheming away from me, I may yield to them, and become one of the ignorant.”

34. Thereupon his Lord answered him, and diverted their scheming away from him. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

35. Then it occurred to them, after they had seen the signs, to imprison him for a while.

36. Two youth entered the prison with him. One of them said, “I see myself pressing wine.” The other said, “I see myself carrying bread on my head, from which the birds are eating. Tell us their interpretation-we see that you are one of the righteous.”

37. He said, “No food is served to you, but I have informed you about it before you have received it. That is some of what my Lord has taught me. I have forsaken the tradition of people who do not believe in God; and regarding the Hereafter, they are deniers.”

38. “And I have followed the faith of my forefathers, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. It is not for us to associate anything with God. This is by virtue of God’s grace upon us and upon the people, but most people do not give thanks.

39. “O My fellow inmates, are diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Supreme?”

40. “You do not worship, besides Him, except names you have named, you and your ancestors, for which God has sent down no authority. Judgment belongs to none but God. He has commanded that you worship none but Him. This is the right religion, but most people do not know.

My interpretation: 

The wife of Joseph’s master heard of the gossip of the ladies in town, and invited them to see Joseph in guise of a banquet. She had them all gaze upon Joseph as he came out to them when she called and they were so enamored by his beauty that they cut their hands. The wife was determined to have him as a lover, so she threatened to imprison him if he did not become hers.

Joseph called to God and asked that he receive help from Him to divert this plot against him. God answered by giving diverting the attention from him by having his gift of sight and understanding of dreams known by the Egyptians, but soon afterwards Joseph was imprisoned still by the wife.

Two young men entered the prison with him and asked him the meaning of their dreams. Joseph having this special sight told them about how it means there will be no food served to them, and said that he only follows the guidance of one God, not the many diverse ones the other Ancient Egyptians believe in. He then called them to faith in the One God, so that they may see Mercy to them as well.

Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 20-30) Yusuf

20. And they sold him for a cheap price-a few coins-they considered him to be of little value.

21. The Egyptian who bought him said to his wife, “Take good care of him; he may be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” We thus established Joseph in the land, to teach him the interpretation of events. God has control over His affairs, but most people do not know.

22. When he reached his maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge. We thus reward the righteous.

23. She in whose house he was living tried to seduce him. She shut the doors, and said, “I am yours.” He said, “God forbid! He is my Lord. He has given me a good home. Sinners never succeed.”

24. She desired him, and he desired her, had he not seen the proof of his Lord. It was thus that We diverted evil and indecency away from him. He was one of Our loyal servants.

25. As they raced towards the door, she tore his shirt from behind. At the door, they ran into her husband. She said, “What is the penalty for him who desired to dishonor your wife, except imprisonment or a painful punishment?”

26. He said, “It was she who tried to seduce me.” A witness from her household suggested: “If his shirt is torn from the front: then she has told the truth, and he is the liar.

27. But if his shirt is torn from the back: then she has lied, and he is the truthful.”

28. And when he saw that his shirt was torn from the back, he said, “This is a woman’s scheme. Your scheming is serious indeed.”

29. “Joseph, turn away from this. And you, woman, ask forgiveness for your sin; you are indeed in the wrong.”

30. Some ladies in the city said, “The governor’s wife is trying to seduce her servant. She is deeply in love with him. We see she has gone astray.”

My interpretation:  
This is pretty self explanatory about how Joseph was taken into the home of a wealthy Egyptian by the Mercy of God, as a serving boy and the wife of this man tried to seduce Joseph. Although Joseph was attracted to her, he did not want to sleep with the wife of the man and do a sin against God.  Joseph also had a straight moral compass that didn’t allow him to succumb to his desires.
He ran from the woman, but she ended up tearing his shirt. At the door the husband found them and when the wife tried to lie about Joseph attacking her, another servant suggested that the way it was torn would show the truth. Sure enough, the shirt was discovered to be torn from the back instead of the front, and Joseph was found to be innocent.
The Lord of the home or governor he was working for, told Joseph to forget this event and told his wife to ask forgiveness for her own sins. Many people in town started to talk behind her back and the wife lost her reputation and respect she once had.
This is an example of how consequences of actions do not always wait for the afterlife, your actions in this life, punish yourself in this one at times too.
An artist’s rendition of the attack on Joseph.
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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 10-20) Yusuf

10. One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph, but throw him into the bottom of the well; some caravan may pick him up-if you must do something.”

11. They said, “Father, why do you not trust us with Joseph, although we care for him?”

12. “Send him with us tomorrow, that he may roam and play; we will take care of him.”

13. He said, “It worries me that you would take him away. And I fear the wolf may eat him while you are careless of him.”

14. They said, “If the wolf ate him, and we are many, we would be good for nothing.”

15. So they went away with him, and agreed to put him at the bottom of the well. And We inspired him, “You will inform them of this deed of theirs when they are unaware.”

16. And they came to their father in the evening weeping.

17. They said, “O father, we went off racing one another, and left Joseph by our belongings; and the wolf ate him. But you will not believe us, even though we are being truthful.”

18. And they brought his shirt, with fake blood on it. He said, “Your souls enticed you to do something. But patience is beautiful, and God is my Help against what you describe.”

19. A caravan passed by, and they sent their water-carrier. He lowered his bucket, and said, “Good news. Here is a boy.” And they hid him as merchandise. But God was aware of what they did.

20. And they sold him for a cheap price-a few coins-they considered him to be of little value.

My interpretation: 

Clearly Muhammad is shown the jealousy of the brothers and the lies they told Jacob, after Jacob warned them about not losing his precious son. The brothers told Jacob that Joseph was eaten by a wolf and they brought his shirt to Jacob with fake blood from an animal. But Jacob was wise, and he knew the brothers were not telling the complete truth. He was faithful that in time all truth would come to the surface of what the brother’s have done.

Meanwhile back at the well, Muhammad is told that a caravan collecting people for slavery came and saw Joseph as they stopped for water. He was taken among the slaves and sold as merchandise. He was sold for a cheap price because they considered Joseph young and of little value, but God was aware of all that was happening.

An artist’s rendition of a shirtless Joseph sold into slavery.

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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 1-10) Yusuf

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the Verses of the Clear Book.

2. We have revealed it an Arabic Quran, so that you may understand.

3. We narrate to you the most accurate history, by revealing to you this Quran. Although, prior to it, you were of the unaware.

4. When Joseph said to his father, “O my father, I saw eleven- planets, and the sun, and the moon; I saw them bowing down to me.”

5. He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers, lest they plot and scheme against you. Satan is man’s sworn enemy.

6. And thus your Lord will choose you, and will teach you the interpretation of events, and will complete His blessing upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He has completed it before upon your forefathers Abraham and Isaac. Your Lord is Knowing and Wise.

7. In Joseph and his brothers are lessons for the seekers.

8. When they said, “Joseph and his brother are dearer to our father than we are, although we are a whole group. Our father is obviously in the wrong.

9. “Kill Joseph, or throw him somewhere in the land, and your father’s attention will be yours. Afterwards, you will be decent people.”

10. One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph, but throw him into the bottom of the well; some caravan may pick him up-if you must do something.”

My interpretation: 

Alif, Lam, Ra, once again appear and the way I see these words are by sounds these words make in order to produce some type of opening of the mind. Whatever these words or letters are, they hold a meaning to the angels and Muhammad, but is for us to see how this book was guidance from an inhuman source.

Here Gabriel is saying that the Quran has been revealed to Muhammad in Arabic so that he may understand. It does not mean you need to be an Arab to be a Muslim, it means this is the language that Muhammad the chosen messenger spoke, and so this is the language that the revelations needed to come in, in order for Muhammad to understand.

Line 3 is proof that the Quran comes from an outside source, that is not Muhammad, since it is about the revealing of history by ways that Muhammad could not know because he was never alive at the time of these events.

It starts out with talking about Joseph’s dream about 11 celestial bodies bowing down to him (9 planet, sun and the moon). But Jacob told Joseph to keep this dream to himself and allow God to show him the true meaning of the dream, so not to make the brothers more envious of him.

Line 7 is a wise thought passed down to Muhammad to then relate to everyone else, the story of Joseph and his brothers is a moral lesson for all those who sincerely seek God with their hearts.

Here we can start to see the plot on Joseph’s life and his younger brother’s. The other brothers saw that Jacob paid more attention to Joseph and wanted to get rid of Joseph once and for all so that they be the center of their father’s attention. They decide against killing him directly and instead throw him down a well, hoping a caravan could pick him up and take him away into slavery.

An artist’s rendition of Joseph dreaming.

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