The King investigates what happened between the Wife of the `Aziz, the Women in the City, and Yusuf

Allah narrates to us that when the king was conveyed the interpretation of his dream, he liked Yusuf’s interpretation and felt sure that it was true. He realized the virtue of Prophet Yusuf, recognized his knowledge in the interpretation of dreams and valued his good conduct with his subjects in his country. The king said,

ุงุฆู’ุชููˆู†ูู‰ ุจูู‡ู

(Bring him to me.) `Release him from prison and bring him to me.’ When the king’s emissary came to Yusuf and conveyed the news of his imminent release, Yusuf refused to leave the prison until the king and his subjects declare his innocence and the integrity of his honor, denouncing the false accusation that the wife of the `Aziz made against him. He wanted them to know that sending him to prison was an act of injustice and aggression, not that he committed an offense that warranted it. He said,

ุงุฑู’ุฌูุนู’ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุฑูŽุจู‘ููƒูŽ

(Return to your lord (i.e. king…) The Sunnah of our Prophet praised Prophet Yusuf and asserted his virtues, honor, elevated rank and patience, may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him. The Musnad and the Two Sahihs recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

ยซู†ูŽุญู’ู†ู ุฃูŽุญูŽู‚ู‘ู ุจูุงู„ุดู‘ูŽูƒู‘ู ู…ูู†ู’ ุฅูุจู’ุฑูŽุงู‡ููŠู…ูŽ ุฅูุฐู’ ู‚ูŽุงู„ยป

(We are more liable to be in doubt than Ibrahim when he said,)

ุฑูŽุจู‘ู ุฃูŽุฑูู†ูู‰ ูƒูŽูŠู’ููŽ ุชูุญู’ู‰ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูˆู’ุชูŽู‰

(My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead. ..)

ยซูˆูŽูŠูŽุฑู’ุญูŽู…ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ู„ููˆุทู‹ุง ู„ูŽู‚ูŽุฏู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ูŠูŽุฃู’ูˆููŠ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุฑููƒู’ู†ู ุดูŽุฏููŠุฏูุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽูˆู’ ู„ูŽุจูุซู’ุชู ูููŠ ุงู„ุณู‘ูุฌู’ู†ู ู…ูŽุง ู„ูŽุจูุซูŽ ูŠููˆุณููู ู„ูŽุฃูŽุฌูŽุจู’ุชู ุงู„ุฏู‘ูŽุงุนููŠยป

(And may Allah send His mercy on Lut! He wished to have powerful support! If I were to stay in prison for such a long time as Yusuf did, I would have accepted the offer.) In another narration collected by Ahmad from Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said about Yusuf’s statement,

ููŽุงุณู’ุฃูŽู„ู’ู‡ู ู…ูŽุง ุจูŽุงู„ู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูุณู’ูˆูŽุฉู ุงู„ู‘ูŽู€ุชูู‰ ู‚ูŽุทู‘ูŽุนู’ู†ูŽ ุฃูŽูŠู’ุฏููŠูŽู‡ูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู‰ ุจููƒูŽูŠู’ุฏูู‡ูู†ู‘ูŽ ุนูŽู„ููŠู…ูŒ

(“…and ask him, `What happened to the women who cut their hands Surely, my Lord (Allah) is Well-Aware of their plot.”‘)

ยซู„ูŽูˆู’ ูƒูู†ู’ุชู ุฃูŽู†ูŽุงุŒ ู„ูŽุฃูŽุณู’ุฑูŽุนู’ุชู ุงู„ู’ุฅูุฌูŽุงุจูŽุฉูŽ ูˆูŽู…ูŽุง ุงุจู’ุชูŽุบูŽูŠู’ุชู ุงู„ู’ุนูุฐู’ุฑยป

(If it was me, I would have accepted the offer rather than await my exoneration first.) Allah said (that the king asked),

ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู…ูŽุง ุฎูŽุทู’ุจููƒูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฅูุฐู’ ุฑูŽุงูˆูŽุฏุชูู†ู‘ูŽ ูŠููˆุณูููŽ ุนูŽู† ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณูู‡ู

(He said, “What was your affair when you did seek to seduce Yusuf”) The king gathered those women who cut their hands, while being hosted at the house of the wife of the `Aziz. He asked them all, even though he was directing his speech at the wife of his minister, the `Aziz in particular. He asked the women who cut their hands,

ู…ูŽุง ุฎูŽุทู’ุจููƒูู†ู‘ูŽ

(What was your affair…), what was your story with regards to,

ุฅูุฐู’ ุฑูŽุงูˆูŽุฏุชูู†ู‘ูŽ ูŠููˆุณูููŽ ุนูŽู† ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณูู‡ู

(when you did seek to seduce Yusuf) on the day of the banquet

ู‚ูู„ู’ู†ูŽ ุญูŽุงุดูŽ ู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู…ูŽุง ุนูŽู„ูู…ู’ู†ูŽุง ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ู…ูู† ุณููˆุกู

(The women said: “Allah forbid! No evil know we against him!”) The women answered the king, `Allah forbid that Yusuf be guilty of this, for by Allah, we never knew him to do evil.’ This is when,

ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽุชู ุงู…ู’ุฑูŽุฃูŽุชู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุฒููŠุฒู ุงู„ูŽู†ูŽ ุญูŽุตู’ุญูŽุตูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽู‚ู‘ู

(The wife of the `Aziz said: “Now the truth has Hashasa…”) or the truth is manifest to all, according to Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and others. Hashasa also means, `became clear and plain’,

ุฃูŽู†ูŽุงู’ ุฑูŽูˆูŽุฏู’ุชู‘ูู‡ู ุนูŽู† ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณูู‡ู ูˆูŽุฅูู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู„ูŽู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽู€ุฏูู‚ููŠู†ูŽ

(it was I who sought to seduce him, and he is surely of the truthful.) when he said,

ู‡ูู‰ูŽ ุฑูŽุงูˆูŽุฏูŽุชู’ู†ูู‰ ุนูŽู† ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณูู‰

(It was she that sought to seduce me.)

ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ู„ููŠูŽุนู’ู„ูŽู…ูŽ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูู‰ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุฃูŽุฎูู†ู’ู‡ู ุจูุงู„ู’ุบูŽูŠู’ุจู

(in order that he may know that I betrayed him not in (his) absence. ) She said, `I admit this against myself so that my husband knows that I did not betray him in his absence and that adultery did not occur. I tried to seduce this young man and he refused, and I am admitting this so that he knows I am innocent,’

ูˆูŽุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ูŽ ู„ุงูŽ ูŠูŽู‡ู’ุฏูู‰ ูƒูŽูŠู’ุฏูŽ ุงู„ู’ุฎูŽู€ุฆูู†ููŠู†ูŽูˆูŽู…ูŽุข ุฃูุจูŽุฑู‘ูู‰ุกู ู†ูŽูู’ุณูู‰

(And, verily, Allah guides not the plot of the betrayers. And I free not myself (from the blame).) She said, `I do not exonerate myself from blame, because the soul wishes and lusts, and this is what made me seduce him,’ for,

ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽูู’ุณูŽ ู„ุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุงุฑูŽุฉูŒ ุจูุงู„ุณู‘ููˆุกู ุฅูู„ุงู‘ูŽ ู…ูŽุง ุฑูŽุญูู…ูŽ ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู‰

(Verily, the (human) self is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows His mercy (upon whom He wills).) whom Allah the Exalted wills to grant them immunity,

ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู‰ ุบูŽูููˆุฑูŒ ุฑู‘ูŽุญููŠู…ูŒ

(Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) This is the most viable and suitable understanding for the continuity of the story and the meanings of Arabic speech. Al-Mawardi mentioned this in his Tafsir, in support of it, it was also preferred by Imam Abu Al-`Abbas Ibn Taymiyyah who wrote about it in detail in a separate work. It was said Yusuf peace be upon him is the one who said,

ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ู„ููŠูŽุนู’ู„ูŽู…ูŽ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูู‰ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุฃูŽุฎูู†ู’ู‡ู

(in order that he (the `Aziz) may know that I betrayed him not) with his wife,


(in (his) absence).) until the end of Ayah (53) He said, `I sent back the emissary, so that the king would investigate my innocence and the `Aziz be certain that,

ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูู‰ ู„ูŽู…ู’ ุฃูŽุฎูู†ู’ู‡ู

(I betrayed him not), with his wife,

ุจูุงู„ู’ุบูŽูŠู’ุจู ูˆูŽุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ูŽ ู„ุงูŽ ูŠูŽู‡ู’ุฏูู‰ ูƒูŽูŠู’ุฏูŽ ุงู„ู’ุฎูŽู€ุฆูู†ููŠู†ูŽ

(in (his) absence. And, verily, Allah guides not the plot of the betrayers.)’ This is the only explanation presented by Ibn Jarir At-Tabari and Ibn Abi Hatim, but the first view is stronger and more obvious because it is a continuation of what the wife of the `Aziz said in the presence of the king. Yusuf was not present at all during this time, for he was released later on and brought to the king by his order.

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