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12:19 Prophet Yusuf in the well

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Then there came a caravan of travellers: they sent their water-carrier (for water), and he let down his bucket (into the well)…He said: “Ah there! Good news! Here is a (fine) young man!” So they concealed him as a treasure! But Allah knoweth well all that they do!

It was a caravan of merchants, and they think of
everything in terms of the money to be made out of it!
Here was an unknown, unclaimed youth, of surpassing
beauty, with apparently a mind as refined as was his
external beauty. If he could be sold in the opulent slave
markets of Memphis or whatever was the capital of the
Hyksos Dynasty then ruling in Egypt, what a price he
would fetch!
They had indeed lighted upon a treasure! And they
wanted to conceal him lest he was another’s slave and
had run away from his master who might come and
claim him! The circumstances were peculiar and the
merchants were cautious.

To different mind the situation appeared
Joseph must have felt keenly the edge of his brethren’s
His father Jacob was lost in the sorrow of the loss of his
best-beloved son.
The brethren were exulting in their plan of getting rid of
one whom they hated.
The merchants were gloating over their gains.
But the horizon of all was limited. Allah knew their deeds
and their feelings and motives, and He was working out
His own Plan.
Neither the best of us nor the worst of us know whither
our Destiny is leading us-how evil plots are defeated and
goodness comes to its own in marvelous ways!


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 19). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (

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