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Prophet Yusuf (May God Bless Him) Part 3
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|55|He said, “Put me in charge of the storehouses of the land; I am honest and knowledgeable.”
12|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.
12|57|But the reward of the Hereafter is better for those who believe and observed piety.
12|58|And Joseph’s brothers came, and entered into his presence. He recognized them, but they did not recognize him.
12|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?”
12|60|“But if you do not bring him to me, you will have no measure from me, and you will not come near me.”
12|61|They said, “We will solicit him from his father. We will surely do.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|71|They said, as they came towards them, “What are you missing?”
12|72|They said, “We are missing the king’s goblet. Whoever brings it will have a camel-load; and I personally guarantee it.”
12|73|They said, “By God, you know we did not come to cause trouble in the land, and we are not thieves.”
12|74|They said, “What shall be his punishment, if you are lying?”
12|75|They said, “His punishment, if it is found in his bag: he will belong to you. Thus we penalize the guilty.”
12|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.
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|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.’”
12|82|“Ask the town where we were, and the caravan in which we came. We are being truthful.”
12|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.”
12|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.
12|85|They said, “By God, you will not stop remembering Joseph, until you have ruined your health, or you have passed away.”
12|86|He said, “I only complain of my grief and sorrow to God, and I know from God what you do not know.”
12|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.”
12|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.”
12|89|He said, “Do you realize what you did with Joseph and his brother, in your ignorance?”