Prison was Joseph's third test. During this period Allah blessed him
with an extraordinary gift: the ability to interpret dreams. At about the
same time two other men landed in the prison. One was the cupbearer of the
king; the other was the king's cook. The two men sensed that Joseph was
not a common criminal, for an aura of piety glowed on his face. Both men
had vivid dreams, and they were anxious to have them explained. The king's
cook dreamed that he stood in a place with bread on his head, and two
birds were eating the bread. The cupbearer dreamed that he was serving the
king wine. The two went to Joseph and told him their dreams, asking him to
give them their meaning.
First, Joseph called them to Allah. Then he said that the cook would be
crucified until he died and that the cupbearer would return to the service
of the king. Joseph told the cupbearer to remember him to the king and to
say that there was a wronged soul called Joseph in the prison. What Joseph
predicted did happen; the cook was crucified and the cupbearer returned to
After the cupbearer returned to service, Satan made him forget to
mention Joseph's name to the king. Therefore, Joseph remained in prison
for a few years, but he made patience his own, praying to Allah.
Almighty Allah narrated: "And there entered with him two young men in
the prison, One of them said: "Verily, I saw myself (in a dream) pressing
wine." The other said: "Verily, I saw myself (in a dream) carrying bread
on my head and birds were eating thereof." (They said): "Inform us of the
interpretation of this. Verily, we think you are one of the Muhsineen
(doers of good)."
He said: "No food will come to you (in wakefulness or in dream) as your
provision, but I will inform (in wakefulness) its interpretation before it
(the food) comes. This is of that which my Lord has taught me. Verily, I
have abandoned the religion of a people that believe not in Allah and are
disbelievers in the Hereafter. And I have followed the religion of my
fathers, - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and never could we attribute any
partners whatsoever to Allah. This is from the Grace of Allah to us and to
mankind, but most men thank not (i.e. they neither believe in Allah, nor
"O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords (gods) better
or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? You do not worship besides Him but
only names which you have named (forged), you and your fathers, for which
Allah has sent down no authority. The command (or the judgment) is for
none but Allah. He has commanded (i.e. His Monotheism), that is the (true)
straight religion, but most men know not.
"O two companions of the prison! As for one of you, he (as a servant)
will pour out wine for his lord (King or master) to drink; and as for the
other, he will be crucified and birds will eat from his head. Thus is the
case judged concerning which you both did inquire."
And he said to the one whom he knew to be saved: 'Mention me to your
lord (i.e. your King, so as to get me out of the prison)." But Satan made
him forget to mention it to his lord [or Satan made (Joseph) to forget the
remembrance of his Lord (Allah) as to ask for His Help, instead of
others]. So (Joseph) stayed in prison a few (more) years." Surah 12:
The scene in the prison closes; a new scene opens in the bed chamber of
the king. The king is asleep. He sees himself on the banks of the Nile
river. The water is receding before him, becoming mere mud. The fish begin
to skip and jump in the mud. Seven fat cows come out of the river followed
by seven lean cows. The seven lean ones devour the seven fat ones. The
king is terrified. Then seven ears of green grain grow on the river banks
and disappear in the mud. On the same spot grow seven dry ears of
The king awoke frightened, shocked, and depressed, not knowing what all
this meant. He sent for the sorcerers, priests and ministers, and told
them his dream.
The sorcerers said: "This is a mixed up dream. How can any of that be?
It is a nightmare."
The priests said: "Perhaps his majesty had a heavy supper."
The chief minister said: "Could it be that his majesty was exposed and
did not draw the blanket up at night?"
The king's jester said, jokingly: "His majesty is beginning to grow
old, and so his dreams are confused."
They reached a unanimous conclusion that it was only a nightmare.
The news reached the cupbearer. He recollected the dream he had had in
prison and compared it to the king's dream, and, therefore Joseph came to
mind. He ran to the king to tell him about Joseph, who was the only one
capable of interpreting the dream. The cupbearer said: "He had asked me to
remember him to you, but I forgot." The king sent the cupbearer to ask
Joseph about the dream.
Joseph interpreted it to him: "There will be seven years of abundance.
If the land is properly cultivated, there will be an excess of good
harvest, more than the people will need. This should be stored.
Thereafter, seven years of famine will follow, during which time the
excess grain could be used."
He also advised that during the famine they should save some grain to
be used for seed for the next harvest. Joseph then added: "After seven
years of drought, there will be a year during which water will be
plentiful. If the water is properly used, grapevines and olive trees will
grow in abundance, providing plenty of grapes and olive oil."
The cupbearer hurried back with the good news. The king was fascinated
by Joseph's interpretation. Almighty Allah narrated this incident thus:
"And the king (of Egypt) said: "Verily, I saw (in a dream) seven fat cows,
whom seven lean cows were devouring and (seven) green ears of corn, and
seven others dry. O notables! Explain to me my dream, if it be that you
can interpret dreams."
They said: "Mixed up false dreams and we are not skilled in the
interpretation of dreams."
Then the man who was released (one of the two who were in prison), now
at length remembered and said: "I will tell you its interpretation, so
send me forth."
(He said): "O Joseph, the man of truth! Explain to us (the dream) of
seven fat cows whom seven lean ones were devouring, and of seven green
ears of corn, and (seven) others dry, that I may return to the people, and
that they may know." (Joseph) said: "For seven consecutive years, you
shall sow as usual and that (the harvest) which you reap you shall leave
in ears, (all) - except a little of it which you may eat. Then will come
after that seven hard (years), which will devour what you have laid by in
advance for them, (all) except a little of that which you have guarded
(stored). Then thereafter will come a year in which people will have
abundant rain and in which they will press (wine and oil)."" Surah 12:
The king was greatly astonished. Who could this person be? He commanded
that Joseph to be set free from prison and presented to him at once. The
king's envoy went to fetch him immediately, but Joseph refused to leave
the prison unless his innocence was proven. Perhaps they accused him of
cutting the ladies' hands, or of trying to rape them. Perhaps any other
false accusation was made.
We do not know exactly what was said to the people to justify Joseph's
sentence to prison. The envoy returned to the king. The kings asked him:
"Where is Joseph? Did I not command you to fetch him?"
The envoy replied: "He refused to leave until his innocence is
established regarding the ladies who cut their hands."
The king ordered: "Bring the wives of the ministers and the wife of the
chief minister at once." The king felt that Joseph had been harmed
unfairly but he did not know exactly how.
The wife of the chief minister came with the other ministers' wives.
The king asked: "What is the story of Joseph? What do you know about him?
Is it true that. . . ?
One of the ladies interrupted the king exclaiming: "Allah forbid!"
A second said: "We know of no evil he has done."
A third said: "He enjoys the innocence of angels."
The eyes of everyone turned to the wife of the chief minister. She now
wore a wrinkled face and had lost weight. She had been overwhelmed by
sorrow over Joseph while he was in prison. She boldly confessed that she
had lied and he had told the truth. "I tempted him; but he refused." She
confirmed what she said, not out of fear of the king or the other ladies,
but for Joseph to know that she had never betrayed him during his absence,
for he was still in her mind and soul. Of all creation he was the only one
she cared for, so she confirmed his innocence before all.
Almighty Allah said: "And the king said: "Bring him to me." But when
the messenger came to him (Joseph) said: "Return to your lord and ask him,
What happened to the women who cut their hands? Surely, my Lord (Allah) is
Well-Aware of their plot."
(The king) said (to the women): "What was your affair when you did seek
to seduce Joseph?" The women said: "Allah forbid! No evil know we against
him!" The wife of Al- 'Aziz said: "Now the truth is manifest (to all), it
was I who sought to seduce him, and he is surely of the truthful."
(Then Joseph said: "I asked for this enquiry) in order that he (Al-
'Aziz) may know that I betrayed him not in secret. And, verily! Allah
guides not the plot of the betrayers. And I free not myself (from the
blame). Verily, the (human) self is inclined to evil, except when my Lord
bestows His Mercy (upon whom He wills). Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving,
Most Merciful."" Surah 12: 50-51
Reflecting on these verses suggests that she had turned to Joseph's
religion, monotheism. His imprisonment was a great turning point in her
After this, the Qur'anic style neglects the story of the chief
minister's wife completely. We do not know what happened to her after she
gave her clear evidence. Yet still, there are legends about her. It has
been said that after her husband died she married Joseph, and, behold, she
was a virgin. She confessed that her husband had been old and had never
touched women. Other legends said that she lost her sight, weeping for
Joseph. She abandoned her palace and wandered in the streets of the
However, the lady disappeared from the Qur'anic narrative at a suitable
stage, at the climax of her trouble. Perhaps she lingers in memory longer
than if we had known the ending.
The king informed Joseph that his innocence was established and ordered
him to come to the palace for an interview. The king recognised his noble
qualities. When Joseph came, the king spoke to him in his tongue. Joseph's
replies astonished the king with his cultural refinement and wide
Then the conversation turned to the dream. Joseph advised the king to
start planning for years of famine ahead. He informed him that the famine
would affect not only Egypt but the neighbouring countries as well. The
king offered him a high position. Joseph asked to be made controller of
the granaries, so that he could guard the nation's harvest and thereby
safeguard it during the anticipated drought. By this Joseph did not mean
to seize an opportunity or personal gain; he merely wanted to rescue
hungry nations for a period of seven years. It was a sheer self-sacrifice
on his part.
Almighty Allah said: "And the king said: "Bring him to me that I may
attach him to my person." Then, when he spoke to him, he said: "Verily,
this day, you are with us high in rank and fully trusted."
(Joseph) said: "Set me over the store-houses of the land; I will indeed
guard them with full knowledge" (as a minister of finance in Egypt, in
place of Al- 'Aziz who was dead at that time).
Thus did We give full authority to Joseph in the land, to take
possession therein, as when or where he likes. We bestow of Our Mercy on
whom We please, and We make not to be lost the reward of Al-Muhsineen (the
good-doers)." Surah 12: 54-57
The wheels of time turned. During the seven good years, Joseph had full
control over the cultivation, harvesting, and storage of crops. During the
following seven years, drought followed and famine spread throughout the
region, including Canaan, the homeland of Joseph. Joseph advised the king
that as his kingdom was blessed with reserved grain, he should sell grain
to the needy nations at a fair price. The king agreed, and the good news
spread all over the region.
Jacob sent ten of his sons, all except Benjamin, to Egypt to purchase
provisions. Joseph heard of the ten brothers who had come from afar and
who could not speak the language of the Egyptians. When they called on him
to purchase their needs, Joseph immediately recognised his brothers, but
they did not know him. How could they? To them Joseph no longer existed;
he had been thrown into the deep, dark well many years ago!
Joseph received them warmly. After supplying them with provisions, he
asked where they had come from. They explained: "We are eleven brothers,
the children of a noble prophet. The youngest is at home tending to the
needs of our aging father."
On hearing this, Joseph's eyes filled with tears; his longing for home
swelled up in his heart, as well as his longing for his beloved parents
and his loving brother Benjamin. "Are you truthful people?" Joseph asked
Perturbed, they replied: "What reason should we have to state an
"If what you say is true then bring your brother as proof and I will
reward you with double rations. But if you do not bring him to me, it
would be better if you did not return," Joseph warned them.
They assured him that they would gladly fulfill his command but that
they would have to get their father's permission. As an inducement to
return with their brother, Joseph ordered his servant to secretly place
the purse, with the money they had paid, into one of their grain
Allah the Almighty said: "And Joseph's brethren came and they entered
unto him, and he recognised them, but they recognised him not. And when he
had furnished them forth with provisions (according to their need), he
said: "Bring me a brother of yours from your father; (he meant Benjamin).
See you not that I give full measure, and that I am the best of the hosts?
But if you bring him not to me, there shall be no measure (of corn) for
you with me, nor shall you come near me."
They said: "We shall try to get permission (for him) from his father,
and verily, we shall do it."
And (Joseph) told his servants to put their money (with which they had
bought the corn) into their bags, so that they might know it when they go
back to their people, in order that they might come back." Surah 12:
The scene dims in Egypt and lights in Canaan. The brothers returned to
their father. Before they could unload the camels, they greeted him, then
reproved him: "We were denied some supplies because you did not let your
son go with us. They would not give us food for absentees. Why would you
not entrust him with us? Please, send him with us, and we shall take care
Jacob became sad and told them: "I will not permit Benjamin to travel
with you. I will not part with him, for I entrusted Joseph to you and you
Later, when they opened their grain sacks, they were surprised to find
the money purse returned intact. They rushed to their father: "Look,
father! The noble official has returned our money; this is surely proof
that he would not harm our brother and it can only benefit us." But Jacob
refused to send Benjamin with them.
After some time, when they had no more grain, Jacob asked them to
travel to Egypt for more. They reminded him of the warning the Egyptian
official had given them. They could not return without Benjamin. Jacob
agreed, but not before he extracted a pledge from them. "I will not send
him with you unless you give me a pledge in Allah's name that you shall
bring him back to me as safely as you take him." They gave their solemn
pledge. He reminded them: "Allah is witness to your pledge." He then
advised them to enter the city through several different gates.
Almighty Allah narrated: "So, 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, and we shall get our measure
and truly we will guard him."
He said: "Can I entrust him to you except
as I entrusted his brother (Joseph) to you aforetime? But Allah is the
best to guard, and He is the Most Merciful of those Who show mercy."
And when they opened their bags, they found their money had been
returned to them. They said: "O our father! What (more) can we desire?
This, our money has been returned to us, so we shall get (more) food for
our family, and we shall guard our brother and add one more measure of a
camel's load. This quantity is easy (for the king to give)."
He (Jacob) said: "I will not send him with you until you swear a solemn
oath to me in Allah's Name, that you will bring him back to me unless you
are yourselves surrounded (by enemies, etc.)." And when they had sworn
their solemn oath, he said: "Allah is the Witness over what we have
And he said: "O my sons! Do not enter by one gate, but by different
gates, and I cannot avail you against Allah at all. Verily! The decision
rests only with Allah. In Him, I put my trust and let all those that
trust, put their trust in Him."" Surah 12: 63-67
Jacob blessed them on their departure and prayed to Allah for their
protection. The brothers undertook the long journey to Egypt, taking good
care of Benjamin.
Joseph welcomed them heartily, although, with difficulty, he suppressed
the desire to embrace Benjamin that arose within him. He prepared a feast
for them and seated them in pairs. Joseph arranged to sit next to his
beloved brother Benjamin, who began to weep. Joseph asked him why he was
crying. He replied: "If my brother Joseph had been here, I would have sat
next to him."
That night, when Joseph and Benjamin were alone in a room, Joseph asked
whether he would have him for a brother. Benjamin respectfully answered
that he regarded his host as a wonderful person, but he could never take
the place of his brother. Joseph broke down, and amidst flowing tears,
said: "My loving brother, I am the brother who was lost and whose name you
are constantly repeating. Fate has brought us together after many years of
separation. This is Allah's favor. But let it be a secret between us for
the time being." Benjamin flung his arms around Joseph and both brothers
shed tears of joy.
The next day, while their bags were being filled with grain to load
onto the camels, Joseph ordered one of his attendants to place the king's
gold cup which was used for measuring the grain into Benjamin's saddlebag.
When the brothers were ready to set out, the gates were locked, and the
court crier shouted: "O you travellers, you are thieves!" The accusation
was most unusual, and the people gathered around Joseph's brothers.
"What have you lost?" his brothers inquired.
A soldier said: "The king's golden cup. Whoever can trace it we will
give a beast-load of grain."
Joseph's brothers said with all innocence: "We have not come here to
corrupt the land and steal."
Joseph's officers said (as he had instructed them): "What punishment
should you choose for the thief?"
The brothers answered: "According to our law, whoever steals becomes a
slave to the owner of the property."
The officers agreed: "We shall apply your law instead of the Egyptian
law, which provides for imprisonment."
The chief officer ordered his soldiers to start searching the caravan.
Joseph was watching the incident from high upon his throne. He had given
instructions for Benjamin's bag to be the last to be searched. When they
did not find the cup in the bags of the ten older brothers, the brothers
sighed in relief. There remained only the bag of their youngest
Joseph said, intervening for the first time, that there was no need to
search his saddle, as he did not look like a thief.
His brothers affirmed: "We will not move an inch unless his saddle is
searched as well. We are the sons of a noble man, not thieves."
The soldiers reached in their hands and pulled out the king's cup. The
brothers exclaimed: "If he steals now, a brother of his has stolen
before." They strayed from the present issue in order to blame a
particular group of the children of Jacob.
Joseph heard their resentment with his own ears and was filled with
regret. Yet, he swallowed his own resentment, keeping it within. He said
to himself: "You went further and fared worse; it shall go bad with you
and worse hereafter, and Allah knows your intention."
Silence fell upon them after these remarks by the brothers. Then they
forgot their secret satisfaction and thought of Jacob; they had taken an
oath with him that they would not betray his son.
They began to beg Joseph for mercy. "Joseph, O minister! Take one of us
in his stead. He is the son of a good man, and we can see you are a good
Joseph answered calmly: "How can you want to set free the man who has
stolen the king's cup? It would be sinful."
The brothers went on pleading for mercy. However, the guards said that
the king had spoken and his word was law.
Judah, the eldest, was much worried and told the others: "We promised
our father in the name of Allah not to fail him. I will, therefore, stay
behind and will only return if my father permits me to do so."
Regarding this scene, Almighty Allah said: "And when they entered
according to their father's advice, it did not avail them in the least
against (the Will of) Allah, it was but a need of Jacob's inner-self which
he discharged. And verily, he was endowed with knowledge because We had
taught him, but most men know not.
And when they went in before Joseph,
he betook his brother (Benjamin) to himself and said: "Verily! I am your
brother, so grieve not for what they used to do."
So when he had furnished them forth with their provisions, he put the
(golden) bowl into his brother's bag. Then a crier cried: "O you (in) the
caravan! Surely, you are thieves!"
They, turning towards them, said: 'What is it that you have
They said: "We have missed the (golden) bowl of the king and for him
who produces it is (the reward of) a camel load; I will be bound by
They said: "By Allah! Indeed you know that we came not to make mischief
in the land, and we are no thieves!"
They (Joseph's brothers) said: "The penalty should be that he, in whose
bag it is found, should be held for the punishment (of the crime). Thus we
punish the Zalimeen (wrong-doers, etc.)!"
So he (Joseph) began (the search) in their bags before the bag of his
brother. Then he brought it out of his brother's bag. Thus did We plan for
Joseph. He could not take his brother by the law of the king (as a slave),
except that Allah willed it. (So Allah made the brothers to bind
themselves with their way of "punishment, i.e. enslaving of a thief.") We
raise to degrees whom We please, but over all those endowed with knowledge
is the All-Knowing (Allah).
They (Joseph's brothers) said: "If he steals, there was a brother of
his (Joseph) who did steal before (him)." But these things did Joseph keep
in himself, revealing not the secrets to them. He said (within himself):
"You are in worst case, and Allah knows best the truth of what you
They said: "O ruler of the land! Verily, he has an old father (who will
grieve for him); so take one of us in his place. Indeed we think that you
are one of the good-doers."
He said: "Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we
found our property. Indeed (if we did so), we shall be Zalimun
So, when they despaired of him, they held a conference in private. The
eldest among them said: "Know you not that you father did take an oath
from you in Allah's name, and before this you did fail in your duty with
Joseph? Therefore I will not leave this land until my father permits me,
or Allah decides my case (by releasing Benjamin) and He is the Best of the
judges."" Surah 12: 68-80
The brothers left enough provisions behind for Judah, who stayed at a
tavern awaiting the fate of Benjamin. In the meantime, Joseph kept
Benjamin in his house as his personal guest and told him how he had
devised the plot to put the king's cup in his bag, in order to keep him
behind, so as to protect him. He was also glad that Judah had stayed
behind, as he was a good-hearted brother. Joseph secretly arranged to
watch over Judah's well-being.
Joseph's plan in sending the others back was to test their sincerity,
to see if they would come back for the two brothers they had left
When they arrived home, they entered upon their father, calling: "O our
father! Your son has stolen!"
He was puzzled, scarcely believing the news. He was overwhelmed with
sorrow and his eyes wept tears. "Patience be with me; perhaps Allah will
return all of them to me. He is Most Knowing, Most Wise." A pall of
lonesomeness closed over him, yet he found consolation in patience and
trusted in Allah.
Allah revealed to us what happened at their meeting with their father:
[Judah said:] ""Return to your father and say: 'O our father! Verily, your
son (Benjamin) has stolen, and we testify not except according to what we
know, and we could not know the unseen! And ask (the people of) the town
where we have been, and the caravan in which we returned and indeed we are
telling the truth."
He (Jacob) said: "Nay, but your own-selves have beguiled you into
something. So patience is most fitting (for me). May be Allah will bring
them (back) all to me. Truly He! Only He is All-Knowing, All-Wise."
And he turned away from them and said: "Alas, my grief for Joseph!" And
he lost his sight because of the sorrow that he was suppressing. " Surah
The father was deeply hurt. Only prayer could comfort him and
strengthen his faith and patience. Weeping all those years for his beloved
son Joseph - and now one more of his best sons had been snatched from him
- Jacob almost lost his sight.
The other sons pleaded with him: "O father, you are a noble prophet and
a great messenger of Allah. Unto you descended revelation and people
received guidance and faith from you. Why are you destroying yourself in
Jacob replied: "Rebuking me will not lessen my grief. Only the return
of my sons will comfort me. My sons, go in search of Joseph and his
brother; do not despair of Allah's mercy."
Allah, the Almighty told us: "They said: "By Allah! You will never
cease remembering Joseph until you become weak with old age, or until you
be of the dead."
He said: "I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah, and I know
from Allah that which you know not. O my Sons! Go you and enquire about
Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah's Mercy. Certainly
no one despairs of Allah's Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.""
Surah 12: 85-87
The caravan set out for Egypt. The brothers - on their way to see the
chief minister (Joseph) - were poor and depressed.
On reaching Egypt they collected Judah and called on Joseph, to whom
they pleaded: ""O ruler of the land! A hard time has hit us and our
family, and we have brought but poor capital, so pay us full measure and
be charitable to us. Truly, Allah does reward the charitable."" Surah 12:
At the end, they begged Joseph. They asked alms of him, appealing to
his heart, reminding him that Allah rewards alms givers. At this moment,
in the midst of their plight, Joseph spoke to them in their native tongue
saying: ""Do you know what you did with Joseph and his brother, when you
They said: "Are you indeed Joseph ?"
He said: "I am Joseph, and this is my brother (Benjamin). Allah has
indeed been Gracious to us. Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to
Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous
good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of
the good-doers to be lost."
They said: "By Allah! Indeed Allah has preferred you above us, and we
certainly have been sinners."" Surah 12: 89-91
The brothers began to tremble with fear, but Joseph comforted them:
""No reproach on you this day, may Allah forgive you, and He is the Most
Merciful of those who show mercy!"" Surah 12: 92
Joseph embraced them, and together they wept with joy. It was not
possible for Joseph to leave his responsible office without proper
replacement, so he advised his brothers: ""Go with this shirt of mine, and
cast it over the face of my father, he will become clear-sighted, and
bring to me all your family."" Surah 12: 93
And so the caravan headed back for Palestine. We leave the scene in
Egypt and return to Palestine and the house of Jacob. The old man is
sitting in his room; tears have been flowing down his cheeks. He stands up
all of a sudden, dresses and goes out to his sons' wives. Then he lifts up
his face to Heaven and sniffs the air.
The wife of the eldest son remarked: "Jacob has come out of his room
today." The women inquired about what was amiss. There was a hint of a
smile on his face. The others asked him: "How do you feel today?"
He answered: "I can smell Joseph in the air."
The wives left him alone, saying to one another that there was no hope
for the old man. "He will die of weeping over Joseph."
"Did he talk about Joseph's shirt?"
"I do not know. He said he could smell him; perhaps he has gone
That day the old man wanted a cup of milk to break his fast, for he had
been fasting. At night he changed his clothes. The caravan was travelling
in the desert with Joseph's shirt hidden among the grain. It neared the
old man's estate. He gesticulated in his room, and then he prayed a long
time, lifting his hands to heaven and sniffing the air. He was weeping as
the shirt was nearing him.
"And when the caravan departed, their father said: "I do indeed feel
the smell of Joseph, if only you think me not a dotard (a person who has
weakness of mind because of old age)."
They said: "By Allah! Certainly, you are in your old error."
Then, when the bearer of the glad tidings arrived, he cast it (the
shirt) over his face, and he became clear-sighted. He said: "Did I not say
to you, 'I know from Allah that which you know not."
They said: "O our father! Ask Forgiveness (from Allah) for our sins,
indeed we have been sinners."" Surah 12: 94-97
The story began with a dream and it ends with the interpretation of the
dream. Almighty Allah narrated: "He said: "I will ask my Lord for
forgiveness for you, verily He! Only He is the Oft-forgiving, the Most
Then, when they entered unto Joseph, he betook his parents to himself
and said: "Enter Egypt, if Allah will, in security."
And he raised his parents to the throne and they fell down before him
prostrate. And he said: "O my father! This is the interpretation of my
dream of old! My Lord has made it come true! He was indeed good to me,
when He took me out of the prison, and brought you (all here) out of the
bedouin-life, after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers.
Certainly, my Lord is the Most Courteous and Kind unto whom He will. Truly
He! Only He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."" Surah 12: 98-100
Consider his feelings now that his dream has come true. He prays to
Allah: ""My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and
taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens
and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian,
etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the
one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous."" Surah 12:
Joseph arranged an audience with the king for himself and his family,
to ask the king's permission for them to settle in Egypt. Joseph was an
asset to the kingdom, and the king was happy to have him remain with his
household. Joseph prostrated to Allah in gratitude.
Before he died, Jacob (PBUH) advised his children to adhere to the
teachings of Islam, the religion of all of Allah's prophets. Allah the
Almighty revealed: "Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob?
When he said unto his sons: "What will you worship after me?" They said:
"We shall worship your Ilah (God-Allah) the Ilah (God) of your fathers.
Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, One Ilah (God), and to Him we submit (in
Islam)."" Surah 2: 133
Joseph (PBUH), at the moment of his death, asked his brothers to bury
him beside his forefathers if they were to leave Egypt. So when Joseph
(PBUH) passed away, he was mummified and placed in a coffin until such a
time as he could be taken out of Egypt and buried beside his forefathers,
as he had requested. It was said that he died at the age of one hundred