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The Story of Yousuf (a.s)


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Yusuf, his brothers and the well
rophet Yusuf (as) descended from a long line of Prophets, beginning with the Prophet Ibrahim (as),
who was his great grandfather. Prophet Yusuf (as)’s grandfather was Prophet Ishaq (as) and his father
was Prophet Yakub (as).
Prophet Yusuf (as) had eleven brothers. They all lived near Jerusalem in Palestine, which at that time
was called Canaan. His youngest brother was called Binyamin (Benjamin).
When Prophet Yusuf (as) was a young boy,
he had a dream in which he saw the sun,
the moon and eleven stars bow down to
him. Prophet Yusuf (as) told his father,
Yakub (as), about his strange dream. Yakub
(as) told him to be careful and not to tell
anyone else about the dream.
Prophet Yakub (as) loved all of his sons.
But they all, except Binyamin, felt jealous
of Yusuf (as) because they thought their
father loved Yusuf more than he loved
The brothers were so jealous of Yusuf (as) that they came up with a plan to get rid of him forever.
One brother suggested that they should kill him. Others did not have the heart to kill him and
thought it would be better to send him to a faraway place. Finally, they decided to throw him into a
well. Travellers would find him when they stopped for water, and Yusuf (as) would disappear from
the brothers’ lives forever.
One day, the brothers asked their father if they could take Yusuf (as) with them to play. Yakub (as)
was afraid for Yusuf (as), but agreed to let him go. The brothers set off together with Yusuf (as).
When they were a long way from home, the
brothers acted on their plan. They threw Yusuf
(as) into a well and left him there.
The brothers then returned home without
Yusuf (as). They went to their father weeping,
saying that Yusuf (as) had been eaten by a wolf
whilst they were playing. The brothers showed
Yakub (as) their younger brother’s shirt
covered with the blood of a sheep, to convince
him of their story.
But Yusuf (as) was still alive deep inside the