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thumma
ثُمَّ
Then
badā
بَدَا
(it) appeared
lahum
لَهُم
to them
min
مِّنۢ
after
baʿdi
بَعْدِ
after
مَا
[what]
ra-awū
رَأَوُا۟
they had seen
l-āyāti
ٱلْءَايَٰتِ
the signs,
layasjununnahu
لَيَسْجُنُنَّهُۥ
surely they should imprison him
ḥattā
حَتَّىٰ
until
ḥīnin
حِينٍ
a time.

Summa badaa lahum mim ba'di maa ra-awul Aayaati layasjununnahoo hatta heen

Sahih International:

Then it appeared to them after they had seen the signs that al-'Azeez should surely imprison him for a time.

1 A. J. Arberry

Then it seemed good to them, after they had seen the signs, that they should imprison him for a while.

2 Abdul Haleem

In the end they thought it best, after seeing all the signs of his innocence, that they should imprison him for a while.

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Thereafter it occurred to them even after they had, the signs, to imprison him for a season.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Then it occurred to the men, after they had seen the signs, (that it was best) to imprison him for a time.

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Then it occurred to them to cast Joseph into prison for a while even though they had seen clear signs (of Joseph's innocence and of the evil ways of their ladies).

6 Ahmed Ali

And yet in spite of having seen these clear proofs they found it proper to incarcerate him for a time.

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

Then after having seeing all the signs, they all decided that he should be imprisoned for some time.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

Then it appeared to them, after they had seen all the signs [of his innocence], that they should confine him for some time.

9 Ali Ünal

It occurred to them (the noblemen and his household), even after they had seen the signs (of Joseph’s innocence), that they should imprison him for a time.

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

Then it occurred to them (-the companions of the `Azîz) after they had examined all the circumstances and signs (of Joseph´s innocence) that they had better imprison him for a time. (So Joseph was consigned to the prison.)

11 English Literal

Then it appeared to them from after what they saw/understood the evidences/signs they imprison him (E) until a time .

12 Faridul Haque

Then after having seeing all the signs, they all decided that he should be imprisoned for some time.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

And his Lord answered him and turned from him their wiles; verily, He is Hearer, Knower.

14 Hilali & Khan

Then it appeared to them, after they had seen the proofs (of his innocence) to imprison him for a time.

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

So his Lord accepted his prayer and turned away their device from him. Surely He is the Hearer, the Knower.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

Then it occurred to them after they had seen the signs that they should imprison him till a time.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And it seemed good to them (the men-folk) after they had seen the signs (of his innocence) to imprison him for a time.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Even after Joseph had been found innocent of any crime, the King and his people decided to imprison him for an appointed time (so that people would forget the incident).

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

Then it seemed good to them, even after they had seen the signs, that they should imprison him for some time.

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Then it occurred to them, after they had seen the proofs (of his innocence), to imprison him for a time.

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Yet, even after all the evidence they had seen, they thought it right to jail him for a time.

22 Talal Itani

Then it occurred to them, after they had seen the signs, to imprison him for a while.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

Then it seemed, it appeared, [good] to them, after they had seen the signs, indicating Joseph's innocence, that they should imprison him for a while, until such time as people ceased to talk of him. He was thus imprisoned.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Yusuf is imprisoned without Justification

Allah tells,

ثُمَّ بَدَا لَهُم مِّن بَعْدِ مَا رَأَوُاْ الايَاتِ لَيَسْجُنُنَّهُ حَتَّى حِينٍ



Then it occurred to them, after they had seen the proofs (of his innocence), to imprison him for a time.

Allah says, `Then it occurred to them that it would be in their interest to imprison Yusuf for a time, even after they were convinced of his innocence and saw the proofs of his truth, honesty and chastity.'

It appears, and Allah knows best, that they imprisoned him after the news of what happened spread. They wanted to pretend that Yusuf was the one who tried to seduce the Aziz's wife and that they punished him with imprisonment. This is why when the Pharaoh asked Yusuf to leave jail a long time afterwards, he refused to leave until his innocence was ascertained and the allegation of his betrayal was refuted. When this was successfully achieved, Yusuf left the prison with his honor intact, peace be upon him