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12:59 Yusuf’s plan

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And when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for them, he said: “Bring unto me a brother ye have, of the same father as yourselves, (but a different mother): see ye not that I pay out full measure, and that I do provide the best hospitality?

Joseph treated his brothers liberally. Perhaps he
condescended to enter into conversation with these
strangers, and enquired about their family. The ten
brothers had come.
Had they left a father behind them?
What sort of a person was he? Very aged?
Well, of course he could not come. Had they any other
Doubtless the ten brothers said nothing about their lost
Joseph, or told some lie about him.
But perhaps their host’s kindly insistence brought
Benjamin into the conversation. How old was he? Why
had they not brought him? Would they bring him next
Indeed they must, or they would get no more corn, and
he-the great Egyptian Wazir-would not even see them


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 59). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (

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