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Prophet Yūsuf (a)

Yūsuf ibn Yaqūb ibn Is-āq ibn Ibrāhīm (a) is a Nabi (Prophet) mentioned in the Qurān, the scripture of Islam, and corresponds to Joseph (a) (son of Jacob).

It is one of the common names in the Middle East and among Muslim nations. Of all of Jacob's children, Joseph (a) was the one given the gift of prophecy. Although the narratives of other prophets are mentioned in various Surahs, the complete narrative of Joseph(a) is given only in one Surah, Yusuf(a), making it unique. It is said to be the most detailed narrative in the Qur'an and bears more details than the Biblical counterpart.

More recently, and relying on the Quran and Muslim, Christian and Jewish scholarly sources, Yusuf's story has been depicted in a 45-part TV series (originally in Persian but also dubbed in multiple other languages).

The story of Joseph (a) in the Qurān, a continuous narrative, is considered one of the most beautifully written suras. There are fewer than one hundred verses but they encompass many years and "present an amazing variety of sciences and characters in a tightly-knit plot, and offer a dramatic illustration of some of the fundamental themes of the Qurān."The Qurān itself relates to the story's importance in the third verse: "and We narrate unto you asanal-qaa ("best (or most beautiful) of stories")." Most scholars believe this is referring to Joseph's story, while others, argue it is a reference to the Qurān as a whole.It documents the execution of God's rulings despite the challenge of human intervention ("And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not")

This is what the story of Yūsuf(a) confirms categorically, for it ends with comfort and marvels, which is described in Qurān. Along with the story there is also some commentary from some leading scholars of Islam.

Joseph(a) before the dream

 Story of Joseph (a) Provide exquisite detail and commentary of this narrative in his chapter on Joseph(a) relaying the opinions of well-known scholars.The physical beauty of Joseph(a) and his mother Rachel is introduced, in that they were said to have had "more beauty than any other human being."His father, Jacob (a), had given him to his oldest sister to be raised. It was comments that there was no greater love than what Joseph’s aunt felt for him as she had raised him as her own. And she was very reluctant to give him back to Jacob (a) and kept him until her death. The reason, that she was able to do this was because of a belt that had been passed to her from her father, Isaac. notes "if someone else acquired it by guile from the person who was supposed to have it, then he would become absolutely subject to the will of the rightful owner."This is important because Joseph's aunt puts the belt on Joseph (a) when Jacob is absent and then accuses Joseph (a) of stealing it and he thus stays with her until her death. Jacob was very reluctant to give up Joseph and thus favors him when they are together. This is commentary but, as is the profession of commentators, this provides an interesting set up to Joseph's personal story and also lays a foundation for a future interaction with his brothers, particularly Benjamin.

Joseph (a) was known, in addition for being very handsome, to be of gentle temperament. He was respectful, kind and considerate. His brother Benjamin was equally pleasant and both were from the same mother, Rachel.

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