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He said: "O son, do not narrate your dream to your brothers, or they will plot against you. Surely Satan is man's acknowledged foe.

Your Lord will choose you and teach you to interpret events, and confer His favours on you and the house of Jacob, as He had done in the case of two ancestors of yours, Abraham and Isaac, before you. Indeed your Lord is all-knowing and all-wise."

In the story of Joseph and his brothers are lessons for those who inquire.

"Surely Joseph and his brother are dearer to our father than we," (said his half brothers) "even though we are a well-knit band. Our father is surely in the wrong.

Let us kill Joseph or cast him in some distant land so that we may get our father's exclusive affection; then play innocent."

One of them said: "If you must do so, then do not kill Joseph, but throw him into an unused well. Some passing caravan may rescue him."

(Then going to their father) they said: "O father, why don't you trust us with Joseph? We are in fact his well-wishers.

Let him go out with us tomorrow that he may enjoy and play. We shall take care of him."

He said: "I am afraid of sending him with you lest a wolf should devour him when you are unmindful."

They replied: "If a wolf should devour him when we are there, a well-knit band, we shall certainly be treacherous."