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40:34 Prophet Yusuf (as)

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“And to you there came Joseph in times gone by, with Clear Signs, but ye ceased not to doubt of the (Mission) for which he had come: At length, when he died, ye said: ‘No messenger will Allah send after him.’ thus doth Allah leave to stray such as transgress and live in doubt,-

So far he has been speaking of general religious
tradition. Now, as an Egyptian, addressing Egyptians, he
refers to the mission of Joseph in Egypt, for which see
the whole of Surah 12.
Joseph was not born in Egypt, nor was he an Egyptian.
With what wonderful incidents he came into Egypt! What
difficulties did he not surmount among his own brothers
first, and in the Egyptian family which afterwards
adopted him! How injustice, spite, and forgetfulness on
the part of others, yet wove a spell round him and made
him a ruler and saviour of Egypt in times of famine!
How he preached to prisoners in prison, the wife of ‘Aziz
in her household, to the Egyptian ladies in their banquet,
and to the Court of Pharaoh generally. The Egyptians
profited by the material gains which came to them
through him, but as a nation remained skeptical of his
spiritual truths for many generations after him

Thus not only refusing to acknowledge Joseph’s prophethood, but also denying the possibility
of any prophet being sent by God (Zamakhshari). It would seem that Joseph had been accepted in Egypt
as a prophet only by the ruling class, the Hyksos, who were of Arab origin; spoke a language closely
related to Hebrew (cf. surah 12, note 44), and were, therefore, emotionally and culturally predisposed
towards the spirit of Joseph’s mission, while the rest of the population was and remained hostile to the
faith preached by him


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Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 40 verse 34)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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