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O sons, go in search of Joseph and his brother, and do not despair of the mercy of God. Only they despair of God's mercy who do not believe."

When they returned to him, they said (to Joseph): "O Minister, calamity has befallen us and our people. We have brought but a meagre sum, but give us full measure as alms bestowed. God surely rewards those who give alms."

, He said: "Do you know what you did to Joseph and his brother in your ignorance?"

They said: "Surely you are not Joseph!" "I am Joseph," he said, "and this is my brother. God has been gracious to us; for God does not verily deprive those who fear Him and are patient of the recompense of those who are good."

They said: "By God, God has favoured you above us, for we have indeed been sinners."

"There is no blame on you today," he said, "May God forgive you. He is the most merciful of all.

Take my shirt and put it on my father's face; his eyesight will be restored; and bring your entire family to me."

The caravan departed (from Egypt) and Jacob said (at home): "Say not that I am in my dotage, but I get the smell of Joseph."

They said: "By God, you are still persisting in your old delusion."