[Of these stories remember] when Joseph said to his father, "O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me." *Genesis 37:9
And thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of narratives and complete His favor upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He completed it upon your fathers before, Abraham and Isaac. Indeed, your Lord is Knowing and Wise."
Said a speaker among them, "Do not kill Joseph but throw him into the bottom of the well; some travelers will pick him up - if you would do [something]." *Genesis 37:21 - 22
So when they took him [out] and agreed to put him into the bottom of the well... But We inspired to him, "You will surely inform them about this affair of theirs while they do not perceive [your identity]."
And they brought upon his shirt false blood. *Genesis 37:31 [Jacob] said, "Rather, your souls have enticed you to something, so patience is most fitting. And God is the One sought for help against that which you describe."
And there came a company of travelers; then they sent their water drawer, and he let down his bucket. He said, "Good news! Here is a boy." *Genesis 37:28 And they concealed him as merchandise; and God was knowing of what they did.
And the one from Egypt who bought him said to his wife, "Make his residence comfortable. Perhaps he will benefit us, or we will adopt him as a son." And thus, We established Joseph in the land that We might teach him the interpretation of events. And God is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know.
And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him. She closed the doors and said, "Come, you." *Genesis 39:12 He said, "[I seek] the refuge of God. Indeed, He is my Lord, who has made good my residence. Indeed, wrongdoers will not succeed."
And she certainly determined [to seduce] him, and he would have inclined to her had he not seen the proof of his Lord. And thus [it was] that We should avert from him evil and immorality. Indeed, he was of Our chosen servants.
And they both raced to the door, and she tore his shirt from the back, *Genesis 39:12 and they found her husband at the door. She said, "What is the recompense of one who intended evil for your wife but that he be imprisoned or a painful punishment?"
So when she heard of their scheming, she sent for them and prepared for them a banquet and gave each one of them a knife and said [to Joseph], "Come out before them." And when they saw him, they greatly admired him and cut their hands and said, "Perfect is God! This is not a man; this is none but a noble angel."
She said, "That is the one about whom you blamed me. And I certainly sought to seduce him, but he remained chaste; *4 Maccabees 2:2 - 3 and if he will not do what I order him, he will surely be imprisoned and will be of those debased."
And there entered the prison with him two young men. One of them said, "Indeed, I have seen myself [in a dream] pressing wine." *Genesis 40:9 - 11 The other said, "Indeed, I have seen myself carrying upon my head [some] bread, from which the birds were eating. *Genesis 40:16 - 17 Inform us of its interpretation; indeed, we see you to be of those who do good."
He said, "You will not receive food that is provided to you except that I will inform you of its interpretation before it comes to you. That is from what my Lord has taught me. Indeed, I have left the religion of a people who do not believe in God, and they, in the Hereafter, are disbelievers.
And I have followed the religion of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And it was not for us to associate anything with God. That is from the favor of God upon us and upon the people, but most of the people are not grateful.
You worship not besides Him except [mere] names you have named them, you and your fathers, for which God has sent down no authority. Legislation is not but for God. He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.
O two companions of prison, as for one of you, he will give drink to his master of wine; *Genesis 40:12 - 13 but as for the other, he will be crucified, and the birds will eat from his head. *Genesis 40:18 - 19 The matter has been decreed about which you both inquire."
And he said to the one whom he knew would go free, "Mention me before your master." *Genesis 40:14 But Satan made him forget the reminder [to] his master, and Joseph remained in prison several years. *Genesis 40:23 - 24
And [subsequently] the king said, "Indeed, I have seen [in a dream] seven fat cows being eaten by seven lean, and seven green spikes [of grain] and others dry. O eminent ones, explain to me my vision, if you should interpret visions."
They said, "[It is but] a mixture of false dreams, and we are not learned in the interpretation of dreams." *Genesis 41:8
[He said], "Joseph, O man of truth, explain to us about seven fat cows eaten by seven lean, *Genesis 41:17 - 21 and seven green spikes [of grain] and others dry *Genesis 41:22 - 24 - that I may return to the people; perhaps they will know [about you]."
Then will come after that seven difficult [years] which will consume what you saved for them, except a little from which you will store. *Genesis 41:25 - 32
And the king said, "Bring him to me." But when the messenger came to him, [Joseph] said, "Return to your master and ask him what is the case of the women who cut their hands. Indeed, my Lord is Knowing of their plan."
Said [the king to the women], "What was your condition when you sought to seduce Joseph?" They said, "Perfect is God! We know about him no evil." The wife of al-'Azeez said, "Now the truth has become evident. It was I who sought to seduce him, and indeed, he is of the truthful. *Wisdom of Solomon 10:13 - 14
And when he had furnished them with their supplies, he said, "Bring me a brother of yours from your father. *Genesis 42:15 Do you not see that I give full measure and that I am the best of accommodators?
And [Joseph] said to his servants, "Put their merchandise into their saddlebags so they might recognize it when they have gone back to their people that perhaps they will [again] return." *Genesis 42:25
So when they returned to their father, they said, "O our father, [further] measure has been denied to us, so send with us our brother [that] we will be given measure. And indeed, we will be his guardians."
And when they opened their baggage, they found their merchandise returned to them. They said, "O our father, what [more] could we desire? This is our merchandise returned to us. And we will obtain supplies for our family and protect our brother and obtain an increase of a camel's load; that is an easy measurement." *Genesis 42:27 - 28
[Jacob] said, "Never will I send him with you until you give me a promise by God that you will bring him [back] to me, unless you should be surrounded by enemies." And when they had given their promise, he said, "God, over what we say, is Witness."
And he said, "O my sons, do not enter from one gate but enter from different gates; and I cannot avail you against [the decree of] God at all. The decision is only for God; in Him I trust, and in Him let those who would trust [indeed] trust."
And when they entered from where their father had ordered them, it did not avail them against God at all except [it was] a need within the soul of Jacob, which he satisfied. And indeed, he was a possessor of knowledge because of what We had taught him, but most of the people do not know.
So when he had furnished them with their supplies, he put the [gold measuring] bowl into the bag of his brother. Then an announcer called out, "O caravan, indeed you are thieves." *Genesis 44:1 - 5
So he began [the search] with their bags before the bag of his brother; then he extracted it from the bag of his brother. *Genesis 44:11 - 12 Thus did We plan for Joseph. He could not have taken his brother within the religion of the king except that God willed. We raise in degrees whom We will, but over every possessor of knowledge is one [more] knowing.
They said, "If he steals - a brother of his has stolen before." But Joseph kept it within himself and did not reveal it to them. He said, "You are worse in position, and God is most knowing of what you describe."
So when they had despaired of him, they secluded themselves in private consultation. The eldest of them said, "Do you not know that your father has taken upon you an oath by God and [that] before you failed in [your duty to] Joseph? So I will never leave [this] land until my father permits me or God decides for me, and He is the best of judges.
So when they entered upon Joseph, they said, "O 'Azeez, adversity has touched us and our family, and we have come with goods poor in quality, but give us full measure and be charitable to us. Indeed, God rewards the charitable."
They said, "Are you indeed Joseph?" He said "I am Joseph, *Genesis 45:4 and this is my brother. God has certainly favored us. Indeed, he who fears God and is patient, then indeed, God does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good."
He said, "No blame will there be upon you today. God will forgive you; and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful." *Genesis 45:5
And he raised his parents upon the throne, and they bowed to him in prostration. And he said, "O my father, this is the explanation of my vision of before. *12:4 My Lord has made it reality. And He was certainly good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you [here] from bedouin life after Satan had induced [estrangement] between me and my brothers. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. Indeed, it is He who is the Knowing, the Wise.
My Lord, You have given me [something] of sovereignty and taught me of the interpretation of dreams. Creator of the heavens and earth, You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die in submission [to You] and join me with the righteous."
And We sent not before you [as messengers] except men to whom We revealed from among the people of cities. So have they not traveled through the earth and observed how was the end of those before them? And the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear God; then will you not reason?
[They continued] until when the messengers despaired and were certain that they had been denied, there came to them Our victory, and whoever We willed was saved. And Our punishment cannot be repelled from the people who are criminals.