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Surah Yusuf Ayat 11 in Arabic Text

قَالُوا۟ يَـٰٓأَبَانَا مَا لَكَ لَا تَأْمَ۫نَّا عَلَىٰ يُوسُفَ وَإِنَّا لَهُۥ لَنَـٰصِحُونَ
Qaaloo yaaa abaanaa maa laka laa ta’mannaa ‘alaa Yoosufa wa innaa lahoo lanaa sihoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 11

Sahih International
They said, “O our father, why do you not entrust us with Joseph while indeed, we are to him sincere counselors?

Yusuf Ali
They said: “O our father! why dost thou not trust us with Joseph,- seeing we are indeed his sincere well-wishers?

Abul Ala Maududi
After so deciding they said to their father: “Why is it that you do not trust us regarding Joseph although we are his true well-wishers?”

Muhsin Khan
They said: “O our father! Why do you not trust us with Yusuf (Joseph), – when we are indeed his well-wishers?”

Pickthall
They said: O our father! Why wilt thou not trust us with Joseph, when lo! we are good friends to him?

Dr. Ghali
They said, “O our father, how is it with you, that you do not keep Yûsuf (Joseph) in our custody? ‍ And surely we are indeed his (honest) advisers.

Abdel Haleem
They said to their father, ‘Why do you not trust us with Joseph? We wish him well.

Quran 12 Verse 11 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 11, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(12:11) After so deciding they said to their father: “Why is it that you do not trust us regarding Joseph although we are his true well-wishers?”


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

11. They said: “O our father! Why do you not trust us with Yusuf though we are indeed his well-wishers” 12. “Send him with us tomorrow to enjoy himself and play, and verily, we will take care of him.”


Yusuf’s Brothers ask for Their Father’s Permission to take Yusuf with Them

When Yusuf’s brothers agreed to take him and throw him down the well, taking the advice of their elder brother Rubil, they went to their father Ya`qub, peace be upon him. They said to him, “Why is it that you,

﴿لاَ تَأْمَنَّا عَلَى يُوسُفَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَنَـصِحُونَ﴾

(do not trust us with Yusuf though we are indeed his well-wishers).” They started executing their plan by this introductory statement, even though they really intended its opposite, out of envy towards Yusuf for being loved by his father. They said,

﴿أَرْسِلْهُ مَعَنَا﴾

“(Send him with us) tomorrow so that we all enjoy ourselves and play.” Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak and As-Suddi said similarly. Yusuf’s brothers said next,

﴿وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَـفِظُونَ﴾

(and verily, we will take care of him.), we will protect him and ensure his safety for you.

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