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walammā
وَلَمَّا
And when
faṣalati
فَصَلَتِ
departed
l-ʿīru
ٱلْعِيرُ
the caravan,
qāla
قَالَ
their father said,
abūhum
أَبُوهُمْ
their father said,
innī
إِنِّى
"Indeed, I
la-ajidu
لَأَجِدُ
[I] find
rīḥa
رِيحَ
(the) smell
yūsufa
يُوسُفَۖ
(of) Yusuf,
lawlā
لَوْلَآ
if not
an
أَن
that
tufannidūni
تُفَنِّدُونِ
you think me weakened in mind."

Wa lammaa fasalatil 'eeru qaala aboohum innee la ajidu reeha Yoosufa law laaa an tufannidoon

Sahih International:

And when the caravan departed [from Egypt], their father said, "Indeed, I find the smell of Joseph [and would say that he was alive] if you did not think me weakened in mind."

1 A. J. Arberry

So, when the caravan set forth, their father said, 'Surely I perceive Joseph's scent, unless you think me doting.'

2 Abdul Haleem

Later, when the caravan departed, their father said, ‘You may think I am senile but I can smell Joseph,’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And when the caravan had departed, their father said: surely feel the smell of Yusuf, if ye think not that I am doting.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

When the caravan left (Egypt), their father said; "I do indeed scent the presence of Joseph; Nay, think me not a dotard."

5 Abul Ala Maududi

And as the caravan set out (from Egypt), their father said (in Canaan): "Indeed I smell the fragrance of Joseph. I say so although you may think that I am doting."

6 Ahmed Ali

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."

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

When the caravan left Egypt, their father said*, “Indeed I sense the fragrance of Yusuf, if you do not call me senile.” (* Prophet Yaqub said this in Palestine, to other members of his family. He could discern the fragrance of Prophet Yusuf’s shirt from far away.)

8 Ali Quli Qarai

As the caravan set off, their father said, ‘I sense the scent of Joseph, if you will not consider me a dotard.’

9 Ali Ünal

At the time that the (brothers’) caravan set out, their father said (to those around him): "Surely, I sense the fragrance of Joseph, unless you would consider me a dotard."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

So when the caravan with the corn departed (from Egypt) their father said (in Kin`ân), `If you do not pronounce my judgment to be weak and unsound (let me tell you that) I do scent the power of Joseph.´

11 English Literal

And when the caravan parted/went out , their father said: "That I, I find (E) Joseph`s smell , unless you prove me wrong ."

12 Faridul Haque

When the caravan left Egypt, their father said *, "Indeed I sense the fragrance of Yusuf, if you do not call me senile." (* Prophet Yaqub said this in Palestine, to other members of his family. He could discern the fragrance of Prophet Yusuf’s shirt from far away.)

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Take this my shirt, and lay it over the face of my father, he will become able to see; and come to me with all your family."

14 Hilali & Khan

And when the caravan departed, their father said: "I do indeed feel the smell of Yusuf (Joseph), if only you think me not a dotard (a person who has weakness of mind because of old age)."

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

Take this my shirt and cast it before my father’s face -- he will come to know. And come to me with all your family

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And when the caravan had departed, their father said: Most surely I perceive the greatness of Yusuf, unless you pronounce me to be weak in judgment.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

When the caravan departed their father had said: Truly I am conscious of the breath of Joseph, though ye call me dotard.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

When the caravan left the town, their father said, "I smell Joseph's scent. I hope that you will not accuse me of senility".

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

As the caravan departed, their father said: 'I smell the scent of Joseph, unless you think I am foolish'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And when the caravan departed, their father said: "I do indeed sense the smell of Yusuf, if only you think me not senile."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

When the caravan set out from Egypt, their father [in Canaan] said, "You may think I am senile, but I certainly perceive the breath of Joseph."

22 Talal Itani

As the caravan set out, their father said, “I sense the presence of Joseph, though you may think I am senile.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

And as the caravan set forth, leaving behind the palm fields of Egypt, their father said, to those of his sons and their children present, `Truly I sense the scent of Joseph -- which the east wind had brought to him, with God's permission, across a distance of three or eight or more days' journey; if only you did not think me doting', [if only] you [did not] regard me as foolish, you would believe me.

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَلَمَّا فَصَلَتِ الْعِيرُ

And when the caravan departed, (from Egypt),

قَالَ أَبُوهُمْ

their father said...,

Yaqub, peace be upon him, said to the children who remained with him,

إِنِّي لَاَجِدُ رِيحَ يُوسُفَ لَوْلَا أَن تُفَنِّدُونِ



`I do indeed feel the smell of Yusuf, if only you think me not senile.

except that you might think me senile because of old age.'

Abdur-Razzaq narrated that Ibn Abbas said,

"When the caravan departed (from Egypt), a wind started blowing and brought the scent of Yusuf's shirt to Yaqub. He said,
إِنِّي لَاَجِدُ رِيحَ يُوسُفَ لَوْلَا أَن تُفَنِّدُونِ
(I do indeed feel the smell of Yusuf, if only you think me not senile.) He found his scent from a distance of eight days away!"
Similar was also reported through Sufyan Ath-Thawri and Shu`bah and others reported it from Abu Sinan.

Yaqub said to them,
لَوْلَا أَن تُفَنِّدُونِ
(if only you think me not senile).
Ibn Abbas, Mujahid, Ata, Qatadah and Sa'id bin Jubayr commented,

"If only you think me not a fool!"

Mujahid and Al-Hasan said that it means,

"If only you think me not old.