Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tafseer.. Surah Yusuf - Verse 9-10

Surah Yusuf, Verses 9-10:

اقْتُلُواْ يُوسُفَ أَوِ اطْرَحُوهُ أَرْضًا يَخْلُ لَكُمْ وَجْهُ أَبِيكُمْ وَتَكُونُواْ مِن بَعْدِهِ قَوْمًا صَـلِحِينَ - قَالَ قَآئِلٌ مِّنْهُمْ لاَ تَقْتُلُواْ يُوسُفَ وَأَلْقُوهُ فِى غَيَابَةِ الْجُبِّ يَلْتَقِطْهُ بَعْضُ السَّيَّارَةِ إِن كُنتُمْ فَـعِلِينَ

{"Kill Yusuf or cast him out to some (other) land, so that the favor of your father may be given to you alone, and after that you will be righteous people.'') (10. One from among them said: "Kill not Yusuf, but if you must do something, throw him down to the bottom of a well; he will be picked up by some caravan of travelers; if you must do something’'}

Yusuf’s brothers wanted to either kill Yusuf or banish him to a distant land to get rid of him.

{and after that you will be righteous people}, they intended repentance before committing the sin.

{One from among them said…} The eldest among them said, do not let your enmity and hatred towards him reach this level of murder, rather throw him down to the bottom of a well. Their plot to kill Yusuf would not have succeeded, because Allah willed that Yusuf fulfill a mission. He would receive Allah's revelation and become His Prophet. Allah willed Yusuf to be a powerful man in Egypt and govern it.
{he will be picked up by some caravan of travelers} passing by. This way, he said, you will rid yourselves of this bother without having to kill him,

{if you must do something,} meaning, if you still insist on getting rid of him.

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