Joseph in Islam
Prophet, Deceased Person
2020 – 1969
Who was Joseph in Islam?
Yūsuf ibn Yaʿqūb ibn Isḥāq ibn Ibrāhīm is an Islamic prophet found in the Qurʾān, the holy scripture of Islam, and corresponds to Joseph, a character from the Jewish religious scripture, the Tanakh, and the Christian Bible. It is one of the common names in the Middle East and among Muslim nations. Of all of Jacob's children, Joseph was the one given the gift of prophecy. Although the narratives of other prophets are mentioned in various suras, the complete narrative of Joseph is given only in one sura, Yusuf, making it unique. It is said to be the most detailed narrative in the Qur'an and bears more details than the Biblical counterpart.
Yusuf is believed to have been the eleventh son of Jacob, and, according to many scholars, was his favorite. According to Ibn Kathir, “Jacob had twelve sons who were the eponymous ancestors of the tribes of the Israelites. The most noble, the most exalted, the greatest of them was Joseph." Of all of Jacob's children, most scholars believe that Joseph was the one given the gift of prophecy. The story begins with Joseph revealing a dream to his father, which Jacob recognizes as a vision.