Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Purpose of asking detail from brothers

Quran Chapter 12  62 (Pt-13, Stg-3) (L-1518) – درس قرآن

Purpose of asking detail from brothers

Surah Yuusuf (Joseph) – 12

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

وَقَالَ لِفِتْيَٰنِهِ ٱجْعَلُوا۟ بِضَٰعَتَهُمْ فِى رِحَالِهِمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَعْرِفُونَهَآ إِذَا ٱنقَلَبُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰٓ أَهْلِهِمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ (62

62.  He said unto his young men: Place their merchandise in their saddlebags, so that they may know it when they go back to their folk, perhaps they may come again. 62.  Wa  qaala  lifit-yaanihij-‘aluu  bi-zaa-‘atahum  fii  rihaa-lihim  la-‘allahum  ya’-rifuu-nahaaa  ‘izan-qalabuuu  ‘ilaaa  ‘ahlihim  la-‘allahum  yarji-‘uun.       



Joseph (peace be upon him) was desirous that when those people (His brethren) come again for acquiring grain, they should make sure to bring their younger brother Binyamin with them. It was the reason that at first, He (peace be upon him) asked the detail of their address and then inquired: How many brothers have you? When they told about their younger brother, then at first; He (peace be upon him) laid stress on them that they should bring him also along with them when they come again, and He warned them too: If you did not bring your younger brother, nothing will be given to you in future.


In addition, He (peace be upon him) managed in such a way; by which; it was certain that they would bring Binyamin along with them. When His brothers were being ready to return, their luggage was being loaded on camels by the servants of Joseph (peace be upon him). Quietly, He (peace be upon him) arranged to place their merchandise secretly in their saddlebags, against which they had purchased the grain, so that after reaching home, when they open their baggage, they will recognize by finding their capital amount concealed in the purchased grain that: We have been provided the corn free of cost. It will persuade them good and their Father {Jacob – (peace be upon him)} will think also: there is no harm in sending Binyamin unto such liberal person: Certainly; He will pay attention and receive him with politeness. By all of this, nearly and surely they will come back along with their brother Binyamin.


Joseph (peace be upon him) had already thought: How should they all be peopled in Egypt with Him (peace be upon him)? He did not desire to confuse them due to shame; by disclosing Himself in their first meeting, but by the way, He wished to determine them a source of His meeting again with His Father (peace be upon them).


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).

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