His name was Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam), the most beautiful person who ever lived in this world. Not only was he physically beautiful, but he was also from a very noble family. His father, Yaqoub (Alayh as-Salaam), his grandfather, Is-haaq (Alayh as-Salaam), and his great-grandfather, Ibraheem (Alayh as-Salaam), were all prophets of Allah.
His brothers were deeply jealous of him, and plotted to get rid of him when he was a young boy. One day they took him on a trip, and threw him into a well. They thought that this was better than killing him. When they went back to their house, they lied to their father Yaqoub (Alayh as-Salaam) and said that a wolf had killed Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) after they left him to watch over their belongings. Yaqoub (Alayh as-Salaam) did not believe their story, but decided to be patient and to trust in Allah’s help.
By the will of Allah, it so happened that Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) was found in the well by a water-drawer. When he lifted his bucket out of the well, he was surprised to see a little boy. The caravan of travelers who had sent this man to the well sold Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) for a very small price. He was bought by a kind Egyptian man who treated him very well and kept him in his house.
After the passage of many years, and after going through many ups and downs in the land of Egypt, Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) finally met his brothers who had thrown him into the well as a child. By that time, Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) had attained a high rank in the court of the king of Egypt, and was responsible for looking after the storehouses of the country. Even though he recognized his brothers, they did not recognize who he was, probably because they did not think that such an important, high-ranking person could be the one they had thrown into the well as a young child.
The brothers had come to Egypt to buy grains and food-stuffs at a time when there was a drought, and Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) gave them a lot of grains and returned the price that they had paid to get it as well. He asked them to bring their other brother with them the next time as well. Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) liked this particular brother very much and wanted to keep him with himself, so Allah taught him a strategy by which he was able to do so without revealing his identity. He hid a goblet in the baggage of that brother and then had his men search for the goblet in the possessions of the caravan of his brothers. When the goblet was found in the baggage of Yusuf’s brother, he was able to detain him for being the one who had “stolen” it.
Later, when the rest of the brothers returned to their home, their father Yaqoub (Alayh as-Salaam) was grief-stricken at the news of the loss of a second son. He told them to return and to search for this lost brother as well as for Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam). When they returned to Egypt, they went to Yusuf and tried to talk to him about their need for foodstuffs. They mentioned the hardships that they and their family were going through and requested him to give them a full measure of grains even though they could not give him the full price for it. It was at that time that Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) revealed his true identity to them.
Guess what he said at that time to his brothers? Instead of blaming them for what they had done to him and making them feel ashamed, he told them that they were free of blame, and hoped that Allah would forgive them. The brothers returned home with the happy news that both Yusuf and the second brother were safe and sound.
Later, the parents of Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) were reunited with him after a separation of many years, and Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) praised and thanked Allah for reuniting him with his family and for granting him authority and power in the land. The story of Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) is a great example of forgiveness and mercy, and it is wonderful to consider how generously Yusuf (Alayh as-Salaam) treated the brothers who had thrown him in a well to get rid of him.