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Surah Yusuf Ayat 13 in Arabic Text

قَالَ إِنِّى لَيَحْزُنُنِىٓ أَن تَذْهَبُوا۟ بِهِۦ وَأَخَافُ أَن يَأْكُلَهُ ٱلذِّئْبُ وَأَنتُمْ عَنْهُ غَـٰفِلُونَ
Qaala innee la yahzununeee an tazhaboo bihee wa akhaafu any ya’kulahuz zi’bu wa antum ‘anhu ghaafiloon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 13

Sahih International
[Jacob] said, “Indeed, it saddens me that you should take him, and I fear that a wolf would eat him while you are of him unaware.”

Yusuf Ali
(Jacob) said: “Really it saddens me that ye should take him away: I fear lest the wolf should devour him while ye attend not to him.”

Abul Ala Maududi
Their father answered: “It grieves me indeed that you should take him with you for I fear that some wolf might eat him up while you are negligent of him.”

Muhsin Khan
He [Ya’qub (Jacob)] said: “Truly, it saddens me that you should take him away. I fear lest a wolf should devour him, while you are careless of him.”

Pickthall
He said: Lo! in truth it saddens me that ye should take him with you, and I fear less the wolf devour him while ye are heedless of him.

Dr. Ghali
He said, “Surely it grieves me indeed that you should go with him, and I fear that the wolf may eat him (while) you are heedless of him.”

Abdel Haleem
He replied, ‘The thought of you taking him away with you worries me: I am afraid a wolf may eat him when you are not paying attention.’

Quran 12 Verse 13 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 13, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(12:13) Their father answered: “It grieves me indeed that you should take him with you for I fear that some wolf might eat him up while you are negligent of him.”


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

Ibn-Kathir

13. He (Ya`qub) said: “Truly, it saddens me that you should take him away. I fear lest a wolf should devour him, while you are careless of him.” 14. They said: “If a wolf devours him, while we are `Usbah (a group), then surely, we are the losers.”


Ya`qub’s Answer to Their Request

Allah narrates to us that His Prophet Ya`qub said to his children, in response to their request that he send Yusuf with them to the desert to tend their cattle,

﴿إِنِّى لَيَحْزُنُنِى أَن تَذْهَبُواْ بِهِ﴾

(Truly, it saddens me that you should take him away.) He said that it was hard on him that he be separated from Yusuf for the duration of their trip, until they came back. This demonstrates the deep love that Ya`qub had for his son, because he saw in Yusuf great goodness and exalted qualities with regards to conduct and physical attractiveness associated with the rank of prophethood. May Allah’s peace and blessings be on him. Prophet Ya`qub’s statement next,

﴿وَأَخَافُ أَن يَأْكُلَهُ الذِّئْبُ وَأَنْتُمْ عَنْهُ غَـفِلُونَ﴾

(I fear lest a wolf should devour him, while you are careless of him.) He said to them, `I fear that you might be careless with him while you are tending the cattle and shooting, then a wolf might come and eat him while you are unaware.’ They heard these words from his mouth and used them in their response for what they did afterwards. They also gave a spontaneous reply for their father’s statement, saying,

﴿لَئِنْ أَكَلَهُ الذِّئْبُ وَنَحْنُ عُصْبَةٌ إِنَّآ إِذَا لَّخَـسِرُونَ﴾

(If a wolf devours him, while we are an `Usbah, then surely, we are the losers.) They said, `If a wolf should attack and devour him while we are all around him in a strong group, then indeed we are the losers and weak.’

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