Yusuf (AS) Meets his Father

The sons returned to Egypt and began to beg Yusuf (AS) to give Benyamin back to them. So Yusuf (AS) asked, ‘Do you remember what you did to Yusuf and his brother when you were ignorant?’

The brothers realised that the very important and powerful minister in front of them was none other than their brother, Yusuf (AS). ‘Are you him!?’ They cried.

‘I am Yusuf, and here is my brother. Allah has truly been kind to us. Indeed, Allah never throws away the deeds of the good-doer who fears him and is patient.’

The brothers were humbled, ‘By Allah, He has definitely preferred you over us and we have definitely been sinners.’

‘There is not blame on you today. May Allah forgive you. He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.’ Then when the brothers explained how their father had turned blind out of sadness, he told them, ‘Take my shirt and throw it over my father’s face, and he will get his sight back. Then come back to me with your whole family.’

So the brothers went back to their father. When they arrived home, they threw Yusuf’s (AS) shirt over his face and he became able to see again. They told him the good news about his long lost son, after which Yaqub (AS) asked, ‘Did I not tell you that I know something from Allah that you don’t?’

The sons begged him, ‘O our father, pray for forgiveness for our sins! We have definitely been sinful.’

So Yaqub (AS) replied, ‘I will pray to my Lord for your forgiveness. He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’

As Yusuf (AS) had told them, the whole family set out to Egypt. After many, many years, Yaqub (AS) was able to finally meet his son, now a powerful minister in Egypt. Yusuf (AS) came and hugged his parents, and told them, ‘Enter Egypt, if Allah wills, safe and secure.’ Then he took them and sat them down on the throne. After this happened, his parents and his brothers all bowed down to him.

Yusuf (AS) realised that this was the meaning of the dream that he had had all when he was a young boy. He had seen the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowing down to him, and now here in front of him his father, mother and his eleven brothers were all bowing down to him. So he exclaimed, ‘O my father, this is the meaning of my old dream! My Lord has made it come true. He was truly kind to me when He freed me from prison, and brought you all here from the desert after Shaitaan had made me and my brothers enemies. Indeed He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.’

And then he made du’a to Allah directly: ‘My Lord, you have definitely given me power and taught me how to understand dreams. O Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Protector in this world and the hereafter. Allow me to die as one who submits to You and join me with the righteous.’