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12:111 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.

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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
Joseph’s story.


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
His hands.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 111). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (quran4u.com)

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