Joseph Reveals Himself

The caravan set out for Egypt. The brothers - on their way to see the chief minister (Joseph) -were poor and depressed.

On reaching Egypt they collected Judah and called on Joseph, to whom they pleaded:

"O ruler of the land! A hard time has hit us and our family, and we have brought but poor capital, so pay us full measure and be charitable to us. Truly, Allah does reward the charitable." (Ch 12:88).

At the end, they begged Joseph. They asked alms of him, appealing to his heart, reminding him that Allah rewards alms givers. At this moment, in the midst of their plight, Joseph spoke to them in their native tongue saying:

"Do you know what you did with Joseph and his brother when you were ignorant?" They said: "Are you indeed Joseph?"

He said: "I am Joseph, and his is my brother (Benjamin). Allah has indeed been Gracious to us. Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the good doers to be lost."

They said: "By Allah! Indeed Allah has preferred you above us, and we certainly have been sinners." (Ch 12:89-91)

The brothers began to tremble with fear, but Joseph comforted them:

"No reproach on you this day, may Allah forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!" (Ch 12:92)

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