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Surah Yusuf Ayat 87 in Arabic Text

يَـٰبَنِىَّ ٱذْهَبُوا۟ فَتَحَسَّسُوا۟ مِن يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ وَلَا تَا۟يْـَٔسُوا۟ مِن رَّوْحِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّهُۥ لَا يَا۟يْـَٔسُ مِن رَّوْحِ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلْقَوْمُ ٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ
Yaa baniyyaz haboo fatahassasoo miny Yoosufa wa akheehi wa laa tai’asoo mir rawhil laahi innahoo laa yai’asu mir rawhil laahi illal qawmul kaafiroon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 87

Sahih International
O my sons, go and find out about Joseph and his brother and despair not of relief from Allah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people.”

Yusuf Ali
“O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”

Abul Ala Maududi
My sons! Go and try to find out about Joseph and his brother and do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Verily only the unbelievers despair of Allah’s mercy.”

Muhsin Khan
“O my sons! Go you and enquire about Yusuf (Joseph) and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.”

Pickthall
Go, O my sons, and ascertain concerning Joseph and his brother, and despair not of the Spirit of Allah. Lo! none despaireth of the Spirit of Allah save disbelieving folk.

Dr. Ghali
O my sons, go and inquire (Literally: grope, probe) about Yû‍suf and his brother, and do not despair of relief from Allah; surely none despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people.”

Abdel Haleem
My sons, go and seek news of Joseph and his brother and do not despair of God’s mercy- only disbelievers despair of God’s mercy.’

Quran 12 Verse 87 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 87, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(12:87) My sons! Go and try to find out about Joseph and his brother and do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Verily only the unbelievers despair of Allah’s mercy.”


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

Ibn-Kathir

87. “O my sons! Go you and inquire about Yusuf and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s mercy, except the people who disbelieve.” 88. Then, when they entered unto him, they said: “O `Aziz! A hard time has hit us and our family, and we have brought but poor capital, so pay us full measure and be charitable to us. Truly, Allah does reward the charitable.


Ya`qub orders His Children to inquire about Yusuf and His Brother

Allah states that Ya`qub, peace be upon him, ordered his children to go back and inquire about the news of Yusuf and his brother Binyamin, in a good manner, not as spies. He encouraged them, delivered to them the good news and ordered them not to despair of Allah’s mercy. He ordered them to never give up hope in Allah, nor to ever discontinue trusting in Him for what they seek to accomplish. He said to them that only the disbelieving people despair of Allah’s mercy.

Yusuf’s Brothers stand before Him

Allah said next,

﴿فَلَمَّا دَخَلُواْ عَلَيْهِ﴾

(Then, when they entered unto him), when they went back to Egypt and entered upon Yusuf,

﴿قَالُواْ يأَيُّهَا الْعَزِيزُ مَسَّنَا وَأَهْلَنَا الضُّرُّ﴾

(they said: “O Aziz! A hard time has hit us and our family…”), because of severe droughts and the scarcity of food,

﴿وَجِئْنَا بِبِضَاعَةٍ مُّزْجَاةٍ﴾

(and we have brought but poor capital,) means, `we brought money for the food we want to buy, but it is not substantial,’ according to Mujahid, Al-Hasan and several others. Allah said that they said next,

﴿فَأَوْفِ لَنَا الْكَيْلَ﴾

(so pay us full measure) meaning, `in return for the little money we brought, give us the full measure that you gave us before.’ Ibn Mas`ud read this Ayah in a way that means, “So give the full load on our animals and be charitable with us.” Ibn Jurayj commented, “So be charitable to us by returning our brother to us.” And when Sufyan bin `Uyaynah was asked if the Sadaqah (charity) was prohibited for any Prophet before our Prophet , he said, “Have you not heard the Ayah,

﴿فَأَوْفِ لَنَا الْكَيْلَ وَتَصَدَّقْ عَلَيْنَآ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَجْزِى الْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ﴾

(so pay us full measure and be charitable to us. Truly, Allah does reward the charitable.)” Ibn Jarir At-Tabari collected this statement.

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