This article narrates the story of Prophet Yusuf (PBUH). It shows the different scenes of his life in a brief, comprehensive, and sequential way. It is suitable to read for yourself and your kids. Moreover, it makes you familiar with the tafsir and lessons of Surah Yusuf in the Quran.
Here we will learn the following:
- Who Is Prophet Yusuf (PBUH)?
- Short Story of Surah Yusuf in the Quran For Adults And Kids
- Prophet Yusuf’s Dream
- Prophet Yusuf’s Brothers
- Sroty of Prophet Yusuf in the Quran at Egypt
- Prophet Yusuf at Prison
- The King’s Dream Interpretation
- Prophet Yusuf As A Governor
- Prophet Yusuf Reunion
- Prophet Yusuf’s Dream Comes True
- Summary of the story of Prophet Yusuf Story in the Quran
Introduction | Who Is Prophet Yusuf in the Quran?
Prophet Yusuf or Joseph (PBUH) is one of the great prophets of Allah (SWT). He was raised near the region of Iraq and then moved to Egypt after a series of events.
Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) is the son of prophet Yaqub (Jacob) who had many children other than Yusuf. His other children hated Yusuf (PBUH) thinking that he was more beloved to their father.
Allah stated in the Quran that the story of Prophet Yusuf is among the best stories Allah (SWT) has revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Allah (SWT) said referring to that: “We relate to you ˹O Prophet˺ the best of stories through Our revelation of this Quran, though before this you were totally unaware ˹of them˺.” (Quran 12:3)
This shows the great importance of Prophet Joseph’s biography to every Muslim as it consists of many great fundamental lessons.
Short Story of Surah Yusuf in the Quran For Adults And Kids
Surah Yusuf narrates the story of Prophet Yusuf (PBUH). It is the only Surah in the Quran narrating the story of Prophet Joseph ‘Yusuf’ (PBUH). It didn’t only narrate discrete parts of the story. However, it narrates detailed, chronologically ordered scenes of his life.
In the following paragraphs, we will narrate the story of prophet Yusuf (PBUH) in a simple way for adults and Kids.
Story of Prophet Yusuf’s Dream In The Quran
The Surah starts with young Yusuf narrating to his father Jacob (PBUH) a dream he saw. He saw in his dream eleven planets, the moon, and the sun all prostrating to him (Yusuf). His father suggested he shouldn’t tell that dream to his brothers to keep away envy and hatred.
Prophet Yaqub understood that it was a true dream (Ru’ya) from Allah (SWT) that Yusuf would be a prophet and Allah would teach him dream interpretation.
Story of Prophet Yusuf’s Brothers’ Trick In The Quran
The Brothers of Yusuf aimed to take him away from their father and get rid of him. They Knew prophet Yaqub (PBUH) wouldn’t let him leave easily. They claimed they wanted to take him for a trip in the desert where they would take care of him. However, They threw him into a deep well and left him behind claiming to their father that a wolf ate him.
Story of Prophet Yusuf at Egypt’s Governor’s House In The Quran
After his brothers left, passengers passed by the well to drink water where they found Yusuf staying alone there. They took him and sold him as a slave to Egypt’s Governor. When this man returned home with Yusuf, he ordered his wife to take care of Yusuf as they could take him as a son.
However, when Yusuf grew up, the governor’s wife aimed at having an illegal relationship with Yusuf. She called him, closed the doors, and invited him to do such a relationship. Yusuf (PBUH) refused and hurried to the door to exit, yet he found her husband at the door.
When she saw her husband, she lied saying that Yusuf deserved a great punishment for his bad deed. A man from her family suggested seeing from which side Yusuf’s clothes were cut to decide who was innocent. When they found Yusuf’s clothes cut from behind, they understood Yusuf was innocent. However, Yusuf (PBUH) was put in prison unjustly.
Story of Prophet Yusuf at Prison In Surah Yusuf In The Quran
When Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) was put in prison, he had two companions in the same room. These companions used to ask him about the interpretations of their dreams. Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) took the opportunity to call them to Allah (SWT).
One of these two companions dreamt he would be working for an important man in society after he gets out of prison. Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) asked him to tell his owner the story of Prophet Yusuf’s unjust imprisonment when his dream came true. However, this man got out of prison and forgot about Prophet Yusuf’s case.
Story of The King’s Dream Interpretation In The Quran
It happened that the king of Egypt dreamt of seven thin cows eating seven big cows and seven green wheat stalks as well as seven dry ones. He was very overwhelmed by that dream and none of his entourage satisfied him with a correct interpretation.
Yusuf’s old companion of the prison finally remembered prophet Yusuf (PBUH). He told the King he could tell them the dream’s interpretation. He went to Yusuf (PBUH) where he told them what the dream meant.
The dream meant that the Egyptians would diligently cultivate their crops for seven years and keep their crops in their stalks as a reservoir except for what they eat. Then there would be seven arid years that would consume their pre-prepared reservoir. Then, there would be a productive, fruitful year where people would be relieved.
Story of Prophet Yusuf As A Governor In The Quran
When the king heard of Yusuf’s amazing interpretation, he asked for him to come. Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) wanted to leave prison with his innocence declared, so he refused to go with the guards except after the king look into his case of imprisonment.
When Prophet Yusuf’s innocence was declared, the king wanted to keep Yusuf as one of his close counselors. Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) asked the king to make him responsible for the country’s financial reservoir, and the king accepted his request.
Story of Prophet Yusuf’s Reunion with His Brothers In The Quran
Story of Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) -as a governor- used to supply the families with the crops reservoir during the seven arid years.
One day, a group of brothers came to him asking for their crops. Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) recognized them and knew they were his brothers. He also realized his closest brother was not among them.
Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) honored them and supplied them with what they needed. However, he refused to further supply them except when they bring their other brother.
When his brothers returned to their father (Prophet Yaqub) he didn’t trust their claim and thought they were deceiving him as they did with Yusuf in the past. However, when they opened their bags, they found that their supplies had been fulfilled which encouraged them to return to the governor to get an additional supply for their brother. Their father agreed and took the pledge they would return their brother back safe.
When they returned to Yusuf with their brother, he again fulfilled their supplies. However, he made a trick to keep his brother with him. He ordered his servants to put his cup in the bag of his close brother and claimed he stole it.
Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) whispered to his brother he is Yusuf to not be afraid. When his brothers returned, they were ashamed to be without their brother. Prophet Yaqoob cried vigorously out of sadness till he went blind. He ordered his sons to go searching for Yusuf and his brother and to not lose trust in Allah.
Story of Prophet Yusuf’s Dream Comes True In The Quran
Prophet Yusuf’s brothers returned to him begging him to give them out of his kindness. Yusuf (PBUH) reminded them of their brother Yusuf whom they threw in the well in the past. They finally recognized he was Yusuf, their brother. They regretted their bad deeds and acknowledged Yusuf (PBUH) was better than them.
Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) gave them a piece of his cloth with them to put on the eyes of his father so that he could return to see. He also ordered them to bring their whole family the next time.
When they all returned to Yusuf, he honored his parents by sitting them down on the throne where they all prostrated to him.
Prophet Yusuf was amazed and told his father that was the interpretation of his dream before. He forgave his brothers saying that their sin was out of the Devil, prayed to Allah, and praised him!
Conclusion | Summary of Prophet Yusuf’s Story in The Quran
Prophet Yusuf in the Quran is one of the great Prophets of Allah (SWT). He went through many hardships which all passed with patience and piety. The story of prophet Yusuf started by being thrown into a well and finally becoming in a great position in Egypt.
The story of Prophet Yusuf was fully narrated in Surah Yusuf in the Quran. In this article, we narrated his story in a simple way compatible for both adults and kids.