Surah 12 - Yusuf JOSEPH-012.051-012.111 Jun 10, 2010 14:07:12 GMT 1
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Surah 12 - Yusuf JOSEPH-012.051-012.111
012.051 (The king) said (to the ladies): "What was your affair when ye did seek to seduce Joseph from his (true) self?" The ladies said: "God preserve us! No evil know we against him!" Said the 'Aziz's wife: "Now is the truth manifest (to all): it was I who sought to seduce him from his (true) self: He is indeed of those who are (ever) true (and virtuous).
012.052 "This (say I), in order that He may know that I have never been false to him in his absence, and that God will never guide the snare of the false ones.
012.053 "Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
012.054 So the king said: "Bring him unto me; I will take him specially to serve about my own person." Therefore when he had spoken to him, he said: "Be assured this day, thou art, before our own presence, with rank firmly established, and fidelity fully proved!
012.055 (Joseph) said: "Set me over the store-houses of the land: I will indeed guard them, as one that knows (their importance)."
012.056 Thus did We give established power to Joseph in the land, to take possession therein as, when, or where he pleased. We bestow of our Mercy on whom We please, and We suffer not, to be lost, the reward of those who do good.
012.057 But verily the reward of the Hereafter is the best, for those who believe, and are constant in righteousness.
012.058 Then came Joseph's brethren: they entered his presence, and he knew them, but they knew him not.
012.059 And when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for them, he said: "Bring unto me a brother ye have, of the same father as yourselves, (but a different mother): see ye not that I pay out full measure, and that I do provide the best hospitality?
012.060 "Now if ye bring him not to me, ye shall have no measure (of corn) from me, nor shall ye (even) come near me."
012.061 They said: "We shall certainly seek to get our wish about him from his father: Indeed we shall do it."
012.062 And (Joseph) told his servants to put their stock-in-trade (with which they had bartered) into their saddle-bags, so they should know it only when they returned to their people, in order that they might come back.
012.063 Now when they returned to their father, they said: "O our father! No more measure of grain shall we get (unless we take our brother): So send our brother with us, that we may get our measure; and we will indeed take every care of him."
012.064 He said: "Shall I trust you with him with any result other than when I trusted you with his brother aforetime? But God is the best to take care (of him), and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!"
012.065 Then when they opened their baggage, they found their stock-in-trade had been returned to them. They said: "O our father! What (more) can we desire? This our stock-in-trade has been returned to us: so we shall get (more) food for our family; We shall take care of our brother; and add (at the same time) a full camel's load (of grain to our provisions). This is but a small quantity.
012.066 (Jacob) said: "Never will I send him with you until ye swear a solemn oath to me, in God's name, that ye will be sure to bring him back to me unless ye are yourselves hemmed in (and made powerless). And when they had sworn their solemn oath, he said: "Over all that we say, be God the Witness and Guardian!"
012.067 Further he said: "O my sons! Enter not all by one gate: enter ye by different gates. Not that I can profit you aught against God (with my advice): None can command except God: On Him do I put my trust: and let all that trust put their trust on Him."
012.068 And when they entered in the manner their father had enjoined, it did not profit them in the least against (the plan of) God: It was but a necessity of Jacob's soul, which he discharged. For he was, by our instruction, full of knowledge (and experience): but most men know not.
012.069 Now when they came into Joseph's presence, he received his (full) brother to stay with him. He said (to him): "Behold! I am thy (own) brother; so grieve not at aught of their doings."
012.070 At length when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for them, he put the drinking cup into his brother's saddle-bag. Then shouted out a crier: "O ye (in) the caravan! behold! Ye are thieves, without doubt!"
012.071 They said, turning towards them: "What is it that ye miss?"
012.072 They said: "We miss the great beaker of the king; for him who produces it, is (the reward of) a camel load; I will be bound by it."
012.073 (The brothers) said: "By God! Well ye know that we came not to make mischief in the land, and we are no thieves!"
012.074 (The Egyptians) said: "What then shall be the penalty of this, if ye are (proved) to have lied?"
012.075 They said: "The penalty should be that he in whose saddle-bag it is found, should be held (as bondman) to atone for the (crime). Thus it is we punish the wrong-doers!"
012.076 So he began (the search) with their baggage, before (he came to) the baggage of his brother: at length he brought it out of his brother's baggage. Thus did We plan for Joseph. He could not take his brother by the law of the king except that God willed it (so). We raise to degrees (of wisdom) whom We please: but over all endued with knowledge is one, the All-Knowing.
012.077 They said: "If he steals, there was a brother of his who did steal before (him)." But these things did Joseph keep locked in his heart, revealing not the secrets to them. He (simply) said (to himself): "Ye are the worse situated; and God knoweth best the truth of what ye assert!"
012.078 They said: "O exalted one! Behold! he has a father, aged and venerable, (who will grieve for him); so take one of us in his place; for we see that thou art (gracious) in doing good."
012.079 He said: "God forbid that we take other than him with whom we found our property: indeed (if we did so), we should be acting wrongfully.
012.080 Now when they saw no hope of his (yielding), they held a conference in private. The leader among them said: "Know ye not that your father did take an oath from you in God's name, and how, before this, ye did fail in your duty with Joseph? Therefore will I not leave this land until my father permits me, or God commands me; and He is the best to command.
012.081 "Turn ye back to your father, and say, 'O our father! behold! Thy son committed theft! We bear witness only to what we know, and we could not well guard against the unseen!
012.082 "'Ask at the town where we have been and the caravan in which we returned, and (you will find) we are indeed telling the truth.'"
012.083 Jacob said: "Nay, but ye have yourselves contrived a story (good enough) for you. So patience is most fitting (for me). Maybe God will bring them (back) all to me (in the end). For He is indeed full of knowledge and wisdom."
012.084 And he turned away from them, and said: "How great is my grief for Joseph!" And his eyes became white with sorrow, and he fell into silent melancholy.
012.085 They said: "By God! (never) wilt thou cease to remember Joseph until thou reach the last extremity of illness, or until thou die!"
012.086 He said: "I only complain of my distraction and anguish to God, and I know from God that which ye know not...
012.087 "O my sons! Go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of God's Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of God's Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith."
012.088 Then, when they came (back) into (Joseph's) presence they said: "O exalted one! Distress has seized us and our family: we have (now) brought but scanty capital: so pay us full measure, (we pray thee), and treat it as charity to us: for God doth reward the charitable."
012.089 He said: "Know ye how ye dealt with Joseph and his brother, not knowing (what ye were doing)?"
012.090 They said: "Art thou indeed Joseph?" He said, "I am Joseph, and this is my brother: God has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is righteous and patient-- never will God suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right."
012.091 They said: "By God! Indeed has God preferred thee above us, and we certainly have been guilty of sin!"
012.092 He said: "This day let no reproach be (cast) on you: God will forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!
012.093 "Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly). Then come ye (here) to me together with all your family."
012.094 When the caravan left (Egypt), their father said: "I do indeed scent the presence of Joseph: Nay, think me not a dotard."
012.095 They said: "By God! Truly thou art in thine old wandering mind."
012.096 Then when the bearer of the good news came, He cast (the shirt) over his face, and he forthwith regained clear sight. He said: "Did I not say to you, 'I know from God that which ye know not?'"
012.097 They said: "O our father! Ask for us forgiveness for our sins, for we were truly at fault."
012.098 He said: "Soon will I ask my Lord for forgiveness for you: for he is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
012.099 Then when they entered the presence of Joseph, he provided a home for his parents with himself, and said: "Enter ye Egypt (all) in safety if it please God."
012.100 And he raised his parents high on the throne (of dignity), and they fell down in prostration, (all) before him. He said: "O my father! This is the fulfilment of my vision of old! God hath made it come true! He was indeed good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the desert, (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my Lord understandeth best the mysteries of all that He planneth to do, for verily He is full of knowledge and wisdom.
012.101 "O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events-- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous."
012.102 Such is one of the stories of what happened unseen, which We reveal by inspiration unto thee; nor wast thou (present) with them then when they concerted their plans together in the process of weaving their plots.
012.103 Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have, however ardently thou dost desire it.
012.104 And no reward dost thou ask of them for this: it is no less than a message for all creatures.
012.105 And how many Signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet they turn (their faces) away from them!
012.106 And most of them believe not in God without associating (other as partners) with Him!
012.107 Do they then feel secure from the coming against them of the covering veil of the wrath of God-- or of the coming against them of the (final) Hour all of a sudden while they perceive not?
012.108 Say thou: "This is my way: I do invite unto God-- on evidence clear as the seeing with one's eyes-- I and whoever follows me. Glory to God! and never will I join gods with God!"
012.109 Nor did We send before thee (as Messengers) any but men, whom we did inspire-- (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?
012.110 (Respite will be granted) until, when the messengers give up hope (of their people) and (come to) think that they were treated as liars, there reaches them Our help, and those whom We will are delivered into safety. But never will be warded off our punishment from those who are in sin.
012.111 There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with understanding. It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before it-- a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to any such as believe.