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He said: “I only complain of my distraction and anguish to Allah, and I know from Allah that which ye know not…

Namely, that “judgment as to what is to happen rests with none but God”, and that “all who
‘trust [in His existence] must place their trust in Him alone” (verse 67): the twin ideas which
underlie the whole of this surah, and which Jacob now seeks to impress upon his sons. In
to this, his remembrance of Joseph’s prophetic dream (verse 4) and his own conviction at the
that his beloved son would be elected by God for His special grace (verse 6), fills Jacob with
renewed hope that Joseph is still alive (Razi and Ibn Kathir): and this explains the directives
which he gives his sons in the next sentence.


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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