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Surah Yusuf Ayat 79 in Arabic Text

قَالَ مَعَاذَ ٱللَّهِ أَن نَّأْخُذَ إِلَّا مَن وَجَدْنَا مَتَـٰعَنَا عِندَهُۥٓ إِنَّآ إِذًۭا لَّظَـٰلِمُونَ
Qaala ma’aazal laahi an naakhuza illaa manw wajadnaa mataa’anaa ‘indahoo innaaa izal lazaalimoon (section 9)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 79

Sahih International
He said, “[I seek] the refuge of Allah [to prevent] that we take except him with whom we found our possession. Indeed, we would then be unjust.”

Yusuf Ali
He said: “Allah forbid that we take other than him with whom we found our property: indeed (if we did so), we should be acting wrongfully.

Abul Ala Maududi
Joseph said: “Allah forbid that we should seize any except him with whom we found our good. Were we to do so, we would surely be one of the wrong-doers.”

Muhsin Khan
He said: “Allah forbid, that we should take anyone but him with whom we found our property. Indeed (if we did so), we should be Zalimun (wrong-doers).”

Pickthall
He said: Allah forbid that we should seize save him with whom we found our property; then truly we should be wrong-doers.

Dr. Ghali
He said, ” Allah be my refuge that we should take anyone except him at whom we found our belongings; (then) surely we would indeed be unjust.”

Abdel Haleem
He replied, ‘God forbid that we should take anyone other than the person on whom we found our property: that would be unjust of us.’

Quran 12 Verse 79 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 79, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(12:79) Joseph said: “Allah forbid that we should seize any except him with whom we found our good.[63] Were we to do so, we would surely be one of the wrong-doers.”


63. The use of the words “with whom we have found our property” instead of the word thief is very significant. Prophet Joseph avoided the use of the word thief for his brother because he was not really a thief. This is called touriyah, that is, to put a cover over a reality or to hide a reality. Such a practice is allowed by the Muslim law under certain conditions and with certain limitations. It may be practiced not to gain any selfish end, but to ward off some evil or to protect and save an oppressed person from some oppressor, provided that no other course might have been left except saying something against the truth or of having a resort to a deceitful device. It is obvious that in such a case, a righteous person will not tell a blunt lie or resort to an open deceit. Instead, he will say something or do something that might not be strictly truthful or strictly right, yet at the same time is not a blunt lie, so that he might hide the reality to ward off the evil. Such a practice is lawful, legally and morally, provided that it is not practiced to gain some personal or selfish ends but to ward off a greater evil with a lesser evil. Accordingly, Prophet Joseph scrupulously fulfilled all the conditions in this case. He placed the cup in the pack of his brother with his consent, but he did not ask his servants to make a search of his pack and accuse him of theft. After this, when the servants brought the brothers before him as suspects, he quietly rose from his seat and began to make a search of their packs. Then afterwards, when the brothers requested that one of them should be taken instead of Benjamin, he answered them back in their own words that he would detain only that person in whose possession the cup was found and none else.

Instances of such a practice during his campaigns are found in the life history of the Prophet (peace be upon him). And this cannot be regarded as morally objectionable according to any moral or legal standard.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Yusuf verse 79 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Yusuf ayat 78 which provides the complete commentary from verse 78 through 79.

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