This is the most common example we find in both the Bible and the Qur’an. Chapter 37 of the book of Genesis of Taurat, tells the story of Joseph. This story is also found in the Qur’an in chapter 12, when Joseph receives a dream from Allah.
“When Joseph said to his father, “O my father, I saw eleven planets, and the sun, and the moon; I saw them bowing down to me.” – Yusuf, 12:4.
“Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. ” – Taurat, Genesis 37:10-11.
Joseph’s brothers were envious and jealous of him, and the dreams that Joseph had increased their anger even more. So they made a plan against him and sold him to be a slave in Egypt. Allah knew everything and already had a plan for Joseph and his family and the dream he received was actually a revelation of what will happen. In Egypt, Joseph served in the house of a powerful and influential man, and because of his wife, who accused Joseph of trying to seduce her, he sent Joseph to prison, but Allah had a plan for everything. (see Taurat, Genesis 39).
In prison Joseph interpreted dreams of two prisoners, by the power of Allah who was with him. And it happened to them, as Joseph had said. “On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but he forgot him. ” – Taurat, Genesis 40:20-23.
After some time, Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had dreams and there was no one who could interpret them. Then ,finally the cupbearer remembered of Joseph, who worshiped the Creator God, the true God and Joseph was then called to the king’s presence and after praying and asking for wisdom from Allah, he gave the interpretation to the king : “Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good ears are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. ” – Taurat, Genesis 41:25-28.
That said, Joseph suggested to the king that he choose someone capable of managing the provisions for the seven years of famine: “‘And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.” – Taurat, Genesis 41:32-33. The king placed Joseph in a position of leader and he could make provision for the years of famine to come. He didn’t know it yet, but this provision would save thousands of lives in the land of Egypt and his family, his father and his brothers who sold him into slavery, whom he had the opportunity to review, and they reconciled.
We clearly see that in this story, in the three times that dreams of Allah were sent, first to Joseph, then to the prisoners and then to the king, the dream messages came true in real life. And those who believed were blessed.
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