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12:101 The gift of Allah to Yusuf

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“O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous.”

Then he turns to Allah in prayer, and again his
modesty is predominant.
He held supreme power under the king, but he calls it
“some power” or authority.
His reading of events and dreams had saved millions of
lives in the great Egyptian famine; yet he refers to it as
“something of the interpretation of dreams and events”.
And he takes no credit to himself, “All this,” he says,
“was Thy gift, O Allah! For such things can only come
from the Creator of the heavens and earth.”


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 101). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (

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