Surah Yusuf Ayat 94 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 94
And when the caravan departed [from Egypt], their father said, “Indeed, I find the smell of Joseph [and would say that he was alive] if you did not think me weakened in mind.”
When the caravan left (Egypt), their father said: “I do indeed scent the presence of Joseph: Nay, think me not a dotard.”
And as the caravan set out (from Egypt), their father said (in Canaan): “Indeed I smell the fragrance of Joseph. I say so although you may think that I am doting.”
And when the caravan departed, their father said: “I do indeed feel the smell of Yusuf (Joseph), if only you think me not a dotard (a person who has weakness of mind because of old age).”
When the caravan departed their father had said: Truly I am conscious of the breath of Joseph, though ye call me dotard.
And as soon as the caravan departed, their father said, “Surely I indeed find Yûsuf’s scent, (Or: breath) unless you think me doting.”
Later, when the caravan departed, their father said, ‘You may think I am senile but I can smell Joseph,’
Quran 12 Verse 94 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Yusuf ayat 94, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(12:94) And as the caravan set out (from Egypt), their father said (in Canaan): “Indeed I smell the fragrance of Joseph. I say so although you may think that I am doting.”
66. This is an instance of the extraordinary powers the Prophets possess. Prophet Jacob perceived in Canaan the smell of Prophet Joseph’s shirt from such a distant place as Egypt as soon as the caravan started on the journey. At the same time it also shows, by contrast, that these powers of the Prophets are not inherent or personal characteristics but are bestowed on them by Allah as and when He wills. That is why Prophet Jacob could not perceive the smell of the clothes of Prophet Joseph as long as Allah did not will it, when he had been living in Egypt.
In this connection, it should also be noted that in contrast to the Quran which represents Prophet Jacob as a great Prophet who was able to perceive the smell of Prophet Joseph from such a long distance, the Bible represents him as an ordinary uncultured father. According to Genesis 45: 26-27, when they told him, saying: Joseph is yet alive and he is governor over all the land of Egypt, Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not, and only when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
The tafsir of Surah Yusuf verse 94 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Yusuf ayat 93 which provides the complete commentary from verse 93 through 95.
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