Lessons from Holy Qur'an

We shall treat your brother good like you

Quran Chapter 12  60 & 61 (Pt-13, Stg-3) (L-1517) – درس قرآن

We shall treat your brother good like you

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.)

فَإِن لَّمْ تَأْتُونِى بِهِۦ فَلَا كَيْلَ لَكُمْ عِندِى وَلَا تَقْرَبُونِ (60

  قَالُوا۟ سَنُرَٰوِدُعَنْهُ أَبَاهُ وَإِنَّا لَفَٰعِلُونَ (61

60.  And if ye bring him not unto me, then there shall be no measure for you with me, nor shall ye draw near.


61.  They said: We will try to win him from his father; that we will surely do.

60.  Fa-‘illam  ta’-tuunii  bihii  falaa  Kayla  lakum  ‘indii  wa  laa  taqra-buun.


61.  Qaaluu  sanu-raawidu  ‘anhu  ‘abaahu  wa  ‘innaa  lafaa-‘iluun.      




Falaa  Kayla – (then no measure), here it aims “the grain”, which is given duly weighed by a measure. It means: You will not be provided any measure of grain from here.


Joseph (peace be upon him) was not still in favor of manifesting Himself. He (peace be upon him) is aware of all circumstances in fact, but He has been talking with His brothers as though, about them, He knows only that which they have been describing. Therefore, when they demanded the portion of corn for Binyamin, then He (peace be upon him) said to them: Bring Him with you next time when you come again. We shall treat him good also as we treated you.


It has been explained in this verse that Joseph (peace be upon him) warned them too: If you did not bring your brother then it will be considered that by telling a lie, you wished to get one extra camel loaded with corn. If you are true, then for proof; you should bring him, otherwise you are liars. In such condition, you are not allowed to draw near Me (peace be upon him), because I dislike the deceivers. If you will come back without him, your journey to Egypt will be useless, because I shall not give you even one seed of grain.


After hearing this from Joseph (peace be upon him), they would have been certainly confounded, because they were well aware about that which they committed in the matter of Joseph (peace be upon him). How would have their Father {Jacob – (peace be upon him)} trust in them for Binyamin? They had been entangled in a difficulty that if they did not bring Binyamin, it would be considered that they were telling a lie. And if they wished to bring him, how could they bring (Binyamin from father)?


At last they could say nothing but that: We shall flatter our father and as it might be possible, we shall excite him to send Binyamin with us.


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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