Reading the Koran. 48

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 5 (continued)

More stories from the Torah:

12:3 We reveal to you [Mohammed] one of the most beautiful stories in this Koran, though before this, you were one of those who did not know.

12:4 When Joseph said to his Father [Jacob], “Oh, my Father, I saw in a dream eleven stars and the sun and the moon, and I saw them prostrate themselves to me.”

12:5 He said, “Oh, my son, do not tell your brothers of your vision unless they conspire in a plot against you, for Satan is an open enemy of man. So your Lord will choose you and will teach you the interpretation of stories and will perfect His favors to you and to the family of Jacob, even as He perfected it for your fathers Abraham and Isaac. The Lord is knowing, wise.”

12:7 Surely in Joseph and his brothers are signs for the seekers of truth. [Jacob had twelve sons out of two wives and two slaves. Rachel was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.] They [the other ten brothers] said, “Joseph and his brother [Benjamin] are better loved by our Father than we, but we are more in number. Our father is wrong. Let us kill Joseph or drive him to some other land so that your father’s favor will be for you alone. After that you can live as upright persons.”

12:10 One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph, but cast him down to the bottom of the well, if you must, so some travelers will take him up.”

12:11 They said, “Oh, our Father, why do you not trust us with Joseph since we are his sincere friends? Send him with us tomorrow so he may enjoy himself and play. We will guard him well.”

12:13 Jacob said, “It grieves me that you will take him away, and I fear that the wolf may devour him while you are not paying attention.”

12:14 They said, “If the wolf were to devour him with so many of us there and when we are so strong, we would have perished first.”

12:15 When they went away with him, they agreed to place him at the bottom of the well, and We revealed to Joseph, “You will tell them of this deed when they shall not know you.” And they came weeping to their father at nightfall. They said, “Oh, our Father, truthfully, we went to run races, and we left Joseph with our things, and the wolf devoured him, but you will not believe us even though we speak the truth.” They brought his shirt with fake blood upon it. Jacob said, “No, you have arranged this affair, but patience is good, and I will pray for the help of Allah so I may bear what you tell me.”

12:19 There came a caravan of travelers, and they sent their water-carrier for water, and he let down his bucket. He said, “Ah, there, good news; this is a fine youth.” They hid him like a treasure to make merchandise of him, but Allah knew what they did. They sold him for a small price, a few pieces of silver. They attached no value to him. An Egyptian who bought him said to his wife, “Treat him hospitably. He may be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” This is how We settled Joseph in the land [Egypt], and We instructed him in the interpretation of stories, for Allah is master of His affairs, but most men do not know it. When Joseph had reached full maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge, for this is how We reward the well doers.

12:23 The mistress of his home developed a passion for Joseph, and she shut the doors and said, “Come here.” He said, “Allah keep me! Your husband has given me a good home and treated me honorably no good comes to wrongdoers.” Still, she desired him, and he would have longed for her if he had not seen the signs from his Lord. So We ordered that We might turn him away from all evil and indecency for he was one of Our sincere servants.

12:25 They both raced to the door, and she tore his shirt from behind, and they met her husband at the door. She said, “What is the punishment to him who would do evil to your wife? Prison or a painful doom?”

12:26 Joseph said, “It was she who asked me to commit an evil act.” One from her own family bore witness: “If his shirt is torn in front, then she speaks truth, and he is a liar. But if his shirt be torn behind, she lies and he is true.”

12:28 So when his lord saw his shirt torn behind, he said, “This is a device of you women. Your devices are great, “Joseph, leave this affair. Wife, ask pardon for your crime, for you have sinned.”

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