Ayah

فَلَمَّا سَمِعَتۡ بِمَكۡرِهِنَّ أَرۡسَلَتۡ إِلَيۡهِنَّ وَأَعۡتَدَتۡ لَهُنَّ مُتَّكَـًٔا وَءَاتَتۡ كُلَّ وَٰحِدَةٍ مِّنۡهُنَّ سِكِّينًا وَقَالَتِ ٱخۡرُجۡ عَلَيۡهِنَّ ۖ فَلَمَّا رَأَيۡنَهُۥٓ أَكۡبَرۡنَهُۥ وَقَطَّعۡنَ أَيۡدِيَهُنَّ وَقُلۡنَ حَٰشَ لِلَّهِ مَا هَٰذَا بَشَرًا إِنۡ هَٰذَآ إِلَّا مَلَكٌ كَرِيمٌ

Translation

When she heard of their malicious talk, she sent for them and prepared a banquet for them: she gave each of them a knife: and she said (to Joseph), "Come out before them." When they saw him, they did extol him, and (in their amazement) cut their hands: they said, "Allah preserve us! no mortal is this! this is none other than a noble angel!"<br/>

Tafsir

And when she heard of their machinations, their backbiting of her, she sent for them and prepared for them a repast (muttaka' is food that requires cutting with a knife, since one leans upon it (ittikaa'): this [repast] was utruj, 'citron'). She then gave each one of them a knife and said, to Joseph: 'Come out before them!' And when they saw him, they were in awe of, they exalted, him and cut their hands, with the knives, without feeling any pain, because their hearts were so engrossed by Joseph, and they exclaimed: 'God preserve us! - in exaltation of him - This, namely, Joseph, is no human being: this is but a noble angel!', on account of his all-encompassing beauty, which is [a characteristic] not usually found among humankind. In the Saheeh [of al-Bukhaaree], it is [reported] that one half of all beauty was given to him.

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