Selling Prophet Yusuf

Q: Having read the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir and that of Al-Jalalayn (books on exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’an), I found it stated in the interpretation of Surah Yusuf that the brothers of Yusuf sold him. However, a large group of Muslims, holding a different view, maintain that the brothers of Yusuf did not sell him.Please clarify this issue and recommend a reliable source dealing with this story. Many thanks for your efforts and may Allah preserve you for the service of the religion and Muslims.

A: The correct Tafsir (explanation/exegesis of the meanings) of this Ayah is that the caravan of travelers, not Yusuf’s brothers, found Yusuf in the well and sold him. This is understood from the context and the apparent meaning of the story. This is the view of Qatadah and others. Among the Mufassirs (exegete of the Qur’an) who also hold this view are Al-Qurtuby, Ibn Al-Jawzy Ibn Kathir, Ibn Jarir and others.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.