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Yusuf

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Yusuf (also Yousef or Yosef) is a prophet in the Qur'an, the holy scriptures of Islam. The figure corresponds to the character from the Jewish and Christian Bible as Joseph and is the Arabic variant of that name. The majority of the Qu'ranic narrative of Yusuf bears close resemblance to that of the Bible.

Qu'ranic Narrative

According to the Qu'ran, Yusuf was the son of Yaqub (Jacob) and the great-grandson of Ibrahim (Abraham). He was thus from a lineage of prophets, and had eleven brothers. Yusuf's brothers were all jealous of his handsome looks. They plotted to get rid of him by throwing him into a well to die, but he was rescued and sold into slavery in Egypt. Yaqub was quite saddened at the disappearance of his son. Meanwhile, Yusuf eventually went on to become a prominent advisor to the Pharaoh and gained a station of nobility. Eventually, he would once again run into his brothers whom he would forgive. Yusuf would end up dying in Egypt. Tradition holds that when Musa (Moses) left Egypt, he took Yusuf's coffin with him so that he would be buried alongside his ancestors in Canaan.

See also

Prophets of Islam

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