There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with understanding. It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before it,- a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to any such as believe.
Their stories, i.e., the stories of Prophets or of
the wicked; for the two threads inter-twine, as in
A story like that of Joseph is not a purely
imaginary fable. The People of the Book have it in their
sacred literature. It is confirmed here in its main outline,
but here there is a detailed spiritual exposition that will
be found nowhere in earlier literature.
The exposition covers all sides of human life. If properly
understood it gives valuable lessons to guide our
conduct,-an instance of Allah’s grace and mercy to
people who will go to Him in faith and put their affairs in
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 111). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (quran4u.com)