A Comparative Study of the Special Divine Providence to Prophet Yusuf at the Time of His Life from the Perspective of the Qur'an and the Torah

Ali Asadi / Assistant Professor of the Institute of Islamic Sciences and Culture


Received: 2019/08/15 - Accepted: 2020/01/28



The account which the Qur'an provides about God’s favor to the prophet Yusuf, at the time of his life is a clear image of monotheism, the role of God's favors to the Prophet in his life and his being under the guardianship of God, but Torah give a completely different picture by omitting some details or giving on incomplete, distorted and inverted account. The purpose of this study is to show the differences between the Qur'an and the Torah in their monotheistic narration of the story of Prophet Yusuf and review what Qur’an regards distortion of the story which the existing Torah narrates. The Qur'an considers Yusuf as God's servant chosen for delivering the mission, having sovereignty over the family of Jacob, and holding power. His being chosen by God is represented in his having the dream of the prostration of the sun, the moon and eleven stars as the first special divine providence to him, and with the prostration of his father, mother and brothers before him, as the prince of Egypt, the dream came true. Some events such as rescuing Yusuf by bringing him out of the well, selling him in Egypt, his arrival in the house of Egypt, his rescue from the trap set by the wife of the prince of Egypt when he saw the Divine evidence, his ability to interpret the dreams, his release from prison and shirt’s being a means of  healing are all special divine  providence, in order to fulfill the divine providence for the election and sovereignty and supremacy of Yusuf, it includes him and shows the divine providence and guardianship towards his chosen servants. The Torah gives in this regard is quite different.


Key words: Divine providence, Yusuf, the story of Prophet Yusuf, distortion
of the Torah.




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