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Prophet Yaqub (a) & Prophet Yusuf (a)

Yaqub was also known as Israil. Israil's children could see that Yusuf was their father's favourite. This made them very jealous. They became so jealous, some of them actually wanted to kill him.

The jealous brothers finally decided to throw Yusuf into a deep well.  They went to Israil, their father, to ask if they could
take Yusuf out with them; they said they would teach him to be a good shepherd. Israil would not let Yusuf go because
he thought the others were planning to do  something bad.

One day Yusuf went to Israil and said that he had had a strange dream.  In the dream Yusuf had seen the sun, the
moon and eleven stars bowing down to him!  Israil felt that the dream had a message, Yusuf was going to have a
great future. He told Yusuf not to tell his brothers about the dream.

Israil's son were still thinking of their plan to kill Yusuf. They pestered Israil to let them take Yusuf with them to their work.
At last  Israil agreed,  but he  made them  promise to  look after him.  They were so  bad they  knew they   would break
their promise.

At the end of the day they asked Yusuf to take off his shirt. They killed a sheep and put blood all over Yusuf's shirt; then they  threw Yusuf into a well.

They went home and showed the shirt to Israil.  Pretending to be very upset; they told their father that Yusuf  had got left behind and a wolf had eaten him! Israil was very  upset but he did not believe the story. He knew that one day Allah would
bring Yusuf back  to him.

Poor Yusuf spent the night in the well. The next morning, when someone put the bucket down the well to get water, he sat in the bucket.   The man had to get help  to pull the bucket up. He was very surprised to see  a boy in it.
The man was a merchant.

The merchant decided  to take Yusuf with him to Egypt and to  sell him as a slave. When they arrived in Egypt, one of the noble  families bought  Yusuf. The man  who  bought him  told his  wife that  they should  take care  of him, as he was a
good-looking child  and they had no children of their own. Yusuf became one  of the family.

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