ALLAH in the
name of The Most Affectionate, the Merciful.
Alif-Lam-Ra. These are the verses of a Book
No doubt, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran so
that you may understand.
We relate to you the best narration, in that We
revealed to you this Quran, though no doubt, you had
no knowledge before.
Recall when Yusuf (Joseph) said to his father, 'O my
father, I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon:
I saw them prostrating for me.
He said, O my son! Relate not your dream to your
brothers, that they will devise any scheme against
you. No doubt, Satan ( The devil ) is the clear
enemy of man.
And thus your lord Will select you. and teach you to
draw conclusion of the discourses. and perfect His
blessings upon you and upon the house of Yaqoob
(Jacob) as He perfected it formerly on Ishaque
(Isaac). No doubt your Lord is knowing Wise
No doubt. In Yusuf and his brethren there are signs
for the inquirers.
When they said surely Yusuf and his brother are
dearer to our father than we and we are a party. No
doubt. Our father is clearly absorbed in their love.
Kill Yusuf or cast him forth into some land so that
your father's face may only remain towards you. And
thereafter be righteous.
One of them said. 'Kill not Yusuf, and cast him into
a dark well that any traveler may take him away if
you are to do.'
They said, 'O Our father! What happened to you that
you are not trusting us regarding Yusuf, and we are
his well wishers.
Send him forth with us tomorrow that he may eat
fruits and play, and no doubt, we are his watchmen.
He said, 'It will grieve me that you should take him
away, and I fear that wolf may eat him while you
remain unaware of him.'
They said, if the wolf eats him, and we are a party
then we are of no use.'
Then when they took him away, and all agreed that he
should be put in a dark well, and We revealed to him
that necessarily you shall inform them of this doing
while they shall not be knowing.
And at night they came to their father weeping.
They said, 'O our father! we went away racing, and
left Yusuf near our provisions, then the wolf ate
him, and you would not believe us, though we may be
And they brought his shirt stained with false blood.
He said, 'Your hearts have made a thing for you,
then patience is good; and I seek help only from
Allah against what you describe.
And there came a Caravan, they sent their water
carrier he then let down his bucket. He Said,
'Hurrah'; what a good news, this is a boy,' and
concealed him as a treasure And Allah knows what
And the brothers sold him for a mean price on a
counted Durham, and they had no inclination in him.
And the man of Egypt who bought him said to his
wife, 'keep him honorably, perchance he may profit
us, or we may take him as son. And thus We
established Yusuf in the land and in order that We
may teach him to draw conclusions of the discourses.
And Allah is Dominant over His affairs, but most men
And when he reached to his full strength, We
bestowed him wisdom and knowledge. And thus We
recompense the righteous.
And she, in whose house he was, allured him lest he
may control his self. And bolted all the doors, and
she said, 'Comes I say to you.' He said, 'Allah be
my refuge that Aziz is my lord that is to say
nourisher. He has kept me very well. No doubt, the
unjust never prosper.
And no doubt, the woman desired him, and he would
also have desired her, if he had seen the proof of
his Lord. Thus We did, in order that We might avert
from him evil and indecency. No doubt, he is of my
And both ran towards the door, and the woman tore
his shirt from behind, and both met the husband of
the woman near the door. She said 'what is the
punishment of him who desired evil with your wife,
but that he should be imprisoned or a painful
He said, 'she allured me lest I may protect myself
and a witness of the household of the woman bore
witness, if his shirt is torn from before, then the
woman is true and he is a liar.
And if his shirt is torn from behind, then the woman
is a liar and he is truthful.
Then when Aziz saw his shirt torn from behind, he
said 'no doubt, this is the device of you women.' No
doubt' your device is great.
'O Yusuf, do not think of it. And O woman! Ask
forgiveness of your sin. No doubt. You are one of
And certain women in the city said, 'The wife of
Aziz allures the hearts of her young boy. No doubt,
his love has deepened in her heart. We find her
infatuated with love openly.
Then when Zalikha heard their whispering then she
sent for them and prepared for them cushioned
couches, and gave to each of them a knife, and said
to Yusuf, 'Come forth to them.' And when the women
saw Yusuf, they began to speak of his greatness, and
cut their, hands and said 'Holy is Allah,' he is not
a mankind, he is not but a noble angel.
Zalikha said, 'then this is he about whom you used
to reproach me, and no doubt, I desired to allure
his heart' then he preserved himself. And no doubt,
if he will not do what I say to him, then
necessarily he will be put in prison and surely he
shall bear insult.
Yusuf said, 'O my Lord, prison is dearer to me than
the work to which she calls me. And if you shall not
turn their guile from me, then I shall incline
towards them and will be ignorant.
Then his Lord heard his prayer, and turned the guile
of the women from him. No doubt, He Hears, Knows.
Then even after seeing all signs, the same previous
thought came to their mind that they should put him
in prison for a period.
And two young men entered the prison with him. One
of them said, 'I dreamed that I press wine' and the
other said, 'I dreamed that there are some breads on
my head whereof the birds are eating. Tell us its
interpretation. No doubt, we see you righteous.
Yusuf said, 'the food which you use to get, will not
come to you, but I shall tell you the interpretation
thereof before it comes to you, this is of those
knowledges which my Lord has taught me. No doubt, I
did not concede to the religion of the people who do
not believe in Allah and they are the rejecters of
And I followed the religion of my fathers Ibrahim
and Ishaque and Yaqub. It is not for us to associate
anything with Allah. That is a grace of Allah upon
mankind and us but most men thank not.
'O my two fellow prisoners; are separate Lords
better or Allah the One Omnipotent?
You worship not besides Him but only names which you
and your fathers have carved out. Allah has sent
down no authority for them. There is no judgement
but of Allah. He commanded not to worship anyone
besides Him. This is the right religion, but most
men know not.
'O my two fellow prisoners! As for one of you he
will serve wine for drink to his lord (King), and as
for the other, he will be crucified, and the birds
will eat of his head. The matter about which you
inquired has been decreed.
And Yusuf said to one whom he considered would be
saved of the two, 'mention me before your lord, then
Satan (The evil) made him forget to mention him to
his lord then Yusuf continued in the prison for
several years more.
And the King said, 'I saw in a dream seven fat cows
that they are being eaten by seven lean cows, and
seven green ears and seven others dry. O courtiers!
Answer to my dream if you know interpretation of the
They said, 'these are confused dreams, and we know
not the interpretation of dreams.'
And the one who was saved of the two said when he
remembered after a long time, 'I will tell you its
interpretation, send me forth.'
'O Yusuf! O man of truth! Give us interpretation
regarding seven fat cows which are being eaten by
seven lean ones and seven green ears and the other
seven dry; perchance, I may return to the people,
perchance they learn.
He said. 'You will do cultivation for seven
continuous years, then what you reap, leave it in
its ear, but a little which you may eat.
Then after it there shall come seven hard years,
that shall eat up what you had stored up for them
before, but a little which you may save.
Then thereafter there shall come a year wherein
people will have rain and in which they will press
And the king said, 'bring him to me, then when the
messenger came to him, he said, 'return to your
lord, then ask him, 'what about the women who had
cut their hands? No doubt my Lord knows their guile.
The King said 'O women' what business you had when
you desired to allure the heart of Yusuf. They said.
'Holy is Allah, we did not find any evil in him. The
wife of Aziz said, 'now the reality is discovered, I
desired to allure his heart and no doubt, he is
Yusuf said, 'I have done this because Aziz should
know that I betrayed him not behind his back, and
Allah allows not the guile of betrayers.
And I do not hold my soul free from sin' no doubt
the soul is wont to command evil but that on whom my
Lord has mercy. No doubt, my Lord is Forgiving'
The King said, bring him to me that I may choose him
especially for myself. Then, when he talked to him
said 'certainly today, you are a man dignified,
trusted with us.
Yusuf said, 'set me over the treasures of earth. No
doubt, I am watchful, knowing.
And thus We gave control to Yusuf over this land
wherein he might live wherever he wished. We cause
Our mercy to reach whom We please, and We waste not
the reward of the righteous.
And surely the reward of the Hereafter is better for
those who believed and remained duty-bound.
And the brethren of Yusuf, came, then appeared
before him and Yusuf recognised them but they
remained unaware of him.
And when he got ready their baggage, he said, 'bring
your stepbrother to me, do you not see that I give
full measure and I am the best host.
But if you bring him not to me, then there is not
measure for you with me and approach me not.
They said, we shall desire him from his father, and
we are certainly to do it.
And Yusuf said to his servants 'put their capital in
their saddlebags, haply they may recognize it when
they go back to their home, per-chance they may
Then when they returned to their father, they said,
'O our father, the food-grain has been denied to us,
so send with us our brother that we may bring
food-grain and we shall surely safeguard him.
He said, 'May I trust you about him likewise I
trusted you before about his brother.' Then Allah is
the best Guard He is the Most Merciful of the
And when they opened their goods, they found their
capital returned to them. They said, 'O Our father,
now what more should we desire? Here is our capital
that has been returned to us, and we shall bring
food-grain for our family and we shall guard our
brother, and we shall find an extra camel load. This
offering is nothing before a King.
He said, 'I will never send him with you, until you
give me this solemn pledge of Allah that you will be
surely bring him back, but that you may be
encompassed' Then when they gave Yaqub solemn
pledge, he said, 'Allah is responsible over what we
And said he, 'O my sons, enter not by one door, but
enter you by separate gates. I cannot save you
against Allah All decisions belong to Allah I relied
on Him, and let the relying rely on Him.
And when they entered after the manner their father
had commanded, it could not save them against Allah,
yes there was a desire in the heart of Yaqub which
he fulfilled. And verily, he is the man of knowledge
by Our teaching, but most men know not.
And they went to Yusuf. He gave his brother a place
near himself, he said' 'believe, I am your brother
therefore be not grieved of whatever they do.'
Then when he made ready their baggage, he put the
drinking cup in the saddlebag of his brother.
Thereafter a Crier cried. 'O men of Caravan, no
doubt. You are thieves.'
They said, and turned to them, 'what it is that you
hey said, 'we do not find the king' measuring cup.
And whosoever will bring it. He shall have a camel's
load and I am his guarantor.
They said. 'By God, you are well aware that we came
not for creating mischief in the land, nor we are
They said. 'What is the penalty of him, if you be
They said, 'its penalty is, that he in whose baggage
it is found, be himself the servant in recompense.
Thus is the punishment of the unjust at our place.
Then first he began the search of their bags before
the bag of his brother; then he took it out from the
bag of his brother. We taught Yusuf thus to plan. He
could not take his brother under the King's Law but
this that Allah willed. We exalt in degrees
whomsoever We please. And above every man of
knowledge there is One of More Knowledge.
The brothers said, 'if he commits theft, then no
doubt his brother has already committed theft
before, then Yusuf kept this thing secret in his
heart and did not disclose it to them. He said
within himself, 'you are at worse place, and Allah
knows well what you fabricate.
They said, 'O Aziz, he has a father, aged and
advanced in years, so take one of us in his place.
No doubt we are seeing your favours.
He said, 'be refuge of Allah that we should take any
other but him with whom we found our goods then we
shall surely be unjust.
Then when they were disappointed of him they began
conferring going apart. His elder brother said, 'do
you not remember that your father had taken a solemn
pledge of Allah from you, and before this how you
committed mistake regarding Yusuf? Then I shall not
move from this place until my father permits or
Allah commands me and His command is best.
Return you all to your father, and say, 'O our
father verily your son has committed theft, and we
had become witnesses to this much what we had in our
knowledge, and we were not guardians over the
And Enquirer of the town wherein we were and the
Caravan in which we came. And no doubt, we are
He said, 'your souls have made for you some excuse.
Then patience is good. It is near that Allah may
bring them all to me. No doubt, it is He the Knowing
And he turned away his face from him and said, 'Ah,
woe on the separation of Yusuf, and his eyes were
whitened with grief and he suppressed his anger.
They said, 'By-God, you shall ever continue to
remember Yusuf until you approach grave or pass away
with your life.
He said, 'I cry out for assistance in my anguish and
sorrow unto Allah, and I know those glories of Allah
which you know not.
'O my sons! Go and search for Yusuf and his brother
and despair not of Allah's mercy. No doubt, none
despair of the mercy of Allah but a people
Then when they reached Yusuf, they said, 'O Aziz,
distress has reached us and our family, and we have
come with worthless capital, then you give us full
measure and be charitable to us. No doubt, Allah
rewards the charitable.
He said, 'Are you aware what you did with Yusuf and
his brother, when you were ignorant.
They said, 'Are you really Yusuf,' He said, 'I am
Yusuf and this is my brother No doubt, Allah has
favoured us. Verily whosoever refrains and be
patient, then Allah wastes not the reward of the
They said, 'By God, surely Allah has preferred you
above us, and no doubt, we had been sinners.
He said, 'there is no reproach today upon you. May
Allah forgive you. And He is the Most Merciful of
Go with this shirt of mine, put it on my father's
face' he shall recover his sight. And bring all your
When the Caravan departed from Egypt, their father
here said, 'no doubt, I find the scent of Yusuf, if
you say me not that he is doted.
The sons said, 'By Allah, you are infatuated with
the same old love.
Then when the bearer of lad-tidings came' he laid
that shirt on the face of Yaqub, forthwith his sight
came back. He said, 'did I not say to you hat I know
those glories of Allah which you know not.
They said, 'O our father, beg forgiveness of our
sins, no doubt, we are sinful.
He said, 'soon I shall beg my Lord to forgive you.'
He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
Then when they all reached Yusuf, he offered a place
near him to his father and, mother and said. 'Enter'
Egypt if Allah will with security.
And he seated his father and mother on the throne,
and all fell down prostrate for him, and Yusuf said,
'O my father, this is the interpretation of-my first
vision. Verily my Lord has made it true. And no
doubt, He favoured me that He brought forth me from
the prison, and brought you all from the village
after Satan had created dissension between my
brothers and me. Surely my Lord makes easy any thing
He pleases. Verily He is the knowing, Wise.
'O my Lord! Verily You have bestowed me a Kingdom
and taught me to draw conclusion of some discourses.
O Creater of heavens and earth, You are my Helper in
this world and the Hereafter. Make me die as Muslim
and join me with those who are worthy to be very
close to You.
These are some tidings of Unseen, which We reveal to
you. And you were not with them, when they agreed
upon their plan, and they were devising.
And most men will not believe; though you eagerly
And you do not ask any wage for it; it is not but
admonition to the whole world.
And how many a sign there is in the heavens and
earth that most men pass by them and are unaware of
And most of them believe not in Allah but as
Have they become fearless from this that they maybe
encompassed by the torment of Allah or the sudden
coming of the Hour upon them while they are unaware?
Say you, 'This is my way; I call towards Allah. I
and those who follow my footsteps have insight. And
Holy is Allah: and I am not an associators.
And all those who were sent as messengers before you
were men, whom We revealed, and all were residents
of the cities. Have they not journeyed in the land,
that they may see, what became the end of those
before them? And no doubt, the abode of the
Hereafter is better for the duty-bound. Have you not
And so much so, when the messengers had no hope of
outer causes and the people thought that the
messengers had given them wrong information at that
time, Our help came, then whomsoever We willed was
rescued. And Our torments cannot be averted from the
No doubt, the eyes of the wise men are opened by
their tidings. It is not a discourse concocted, but
a confirmation of what went before and a detail
explanation of every thing, and guidance and a mercy
for the Muslims.