One day, Joseph said to his father Jacob
“O my father! I had a dream and I saw eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them bowing themselves to me!”
Jacob replied “My little son! do not tell your brothers about your dream, or they will create a plot against you, and Satan is to a man an enemy to avoid! Perhaps your Lord will choose you and teach you the interpretations of dreams and perfect ITs’ favours to you and to your family, just as IT perfected it for your ancestors Abraham and Isaac before! for your Lord is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.”
In Joseph and his siblings is Wisdom for seekers of Reality!
Siblings of Joseph said among themselves,
“Joseph and his brother are loved more by our father than us: But we are a strong group! Our father is obviously in error! We should kill Joseph or cast him out to some far away land, so the favour of our father would be given to us alone: and then after we can work towards being righteous and good!”
Another one among them suggested,
“Don’t kill Joseph, but if you have to do something, throw him down to the bottom of the well: he will be picked up by some caravan of travelers.”
Then they went to Jacob and said,
“Our father! why do you not trust us with Joseph, we are indeed his sincere well-wishers? Send him with us tomorrow to enjoy himself and play, and we shall take every care of him.”
“It really saddens me that you should take him away: I fear the wolf might take him while you are not paying attention to him.”
They said: “If the wolf is able to take him while we are a strong group, then we should indeed be the losers!”
The siblings did take Joseph away, and they all agreed to throw him down to the bottom of the well:
But God inspired Joseph with a belief to comfort his heart, ‘A Day will come when you will exact the truth of this from them while they do not know you‘
The siblings went back to Jacob in the early part of the night, crying!
“Our father! We went racing with one another, and left Joseph with our things; and the wolf took him. But you will never believe us even though we are telling the truth.”
They stained the shirt of Joseph with some false blood.
“No! Your minds have made up a story that you feel okay with, but with me, patience is most fitting. Against that which you claim, it is God alone Whose Help can be sought!”
Then there came a caravan of travelers by the well in which was little Joseph. They sent their water-carrier and he let down his bucket into the well.
“Ah there! Good news! Here is a young boy!”
So they concealed him as a treasure! But God knew exactly all that they did! The caravan people sold Joseph for a miserable price, for a few coins counted out, in such low estimation did they think of him!
The man in Egypt who bought him, said to his wife:
“Make his stay honourable: maybe he will bring us much good, or we can adopt him as a son.”
This is how God established Joseph in the land, so that Joseph could be taught the interpretations of dreams. And God had full control over his affairs; but most among mankind do not know that.
When Joseph attained his full manhood, God gave him power and knowledge, for he was being gifted for doing what is right! But the woman in whose house he was, wanted to seduce him. She closed the doors, and said:
“Now come here, you!”
“God Forbid! Your Husband is my guardian! He gave me a good home! No good comes to those who do wrong!”
And she really desired him, and he would have desired her, but he understood why fornicating and adultery was wrong. God gave him that knowledge to turn him away from evil and shameful deeds, for he was one of the Chosen Servants, Sincere and Purified.
They both raced to the door, and she tore his shirt from the back. Finding her husband near the door. she said,
“What is the punishment for one who forms an evil plan against your wife? Prison or a Cruel Punishment?”
“It was her that wanted to seduce me, against my will”
And one of the household people saw and suggested,
“If his shirt is ripped from the front, then she is telling the truth and he is a liar! But if his shirt is torn from the back, then she is the liar and he is telling the truth!”
So when they saw the shirt of Joseph, and saw that it was torn from the back, her husband said to his wife,
“Wait! it is you who is wrong! Powerful is your attraction! Ask forgiveness for your sin, you are the one at fault!”
To Joseph he said,
“Joseph, let this go!”
Then the gossip in the City spread out,
“The wife of the prominent businessman is seeking to seduce her servant against his will. He has provoked her to be forceful in love: we see that she is going astray.”
When she heard of this gossip, she invited all the prominent Ladies of the City and prepared a banquet for them: she gave each of them a knife: and she told Joseph to come out in front of them. When they saw him, they were astonished, and in their amazement cut their hands!
“God Guide Us! no man is this! this is none other than a noble angel!”
The wife said,
“This is the man about whom you did blame me! I did try to seduce him against his will but he did stay firm and free of any guilt! And now, if he does not submit to my will, he will be thrown into prison, and be among the worst people!”
“O God, I prefer the prison than that which they invite me to: Unless You turn their attraction away from me, I should eventually feel inclined towards them and be among the ignorant.”
His Lord listened to him, and turned their attractions away: For God Hears and Knows All. Then it occurred to the men in the city, after they had seen the signs, that it is better to imprison him for a time.
Now with him there came into the prison two young men.
Said one of them I had a dream,
“I see myself pressing wine.”
Said the other, I also had a dream,
“I see myself carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating from it.”
“Tell us!” They said,
“The truth and meaning of this, we have seen you act righteous to everyone”
“Before the food comes to feed you, I shall tell to you the truth and meaning of these dreams you have had. This is part of my job for which my Lord has taught me. Try to understand, I have abandoned the ways of a people that believe not in God and that deny the Judgment Day and the Hereafter. And I follow the ways of my father and his fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Never could we attribute any partners whatsoever to God, with that, that comes as the Grace of God to us and to the people. Yet most people are ungrateful!
My two friends of this prison! Tell me, are many Lords differing among themselves better, or the One God, Supreme and Irresistible? If it is not God, you worship nothing but names which you have named, you and your predecessors, for which God has not sent down any authority. The Command is with none but God, IT has commanded that you worship none but IT. That is the right religion, but most people do not understand.
My friends about your dream! As to one of you, he will pour out the wine for his king to drink: as for the other, he will hang from the cross, and the birds will eat off his head. This has been decreed as the matter of which you inquired.” And of the two, to the one whom Joseph considered about to be saved, Joseph said, “Mention me to your king”
But Satan made him forget to mention him to his king: and so Joseph lingered in prison for another few years.