Deep down in his heart Yaqub NabiAS knew that his beloved son was still alive and that his other sons were lying. It was difficult to believe that the wolf ate Yusuf without tearing his shirt. The brokenhearted father burst into tears: “Nay! But your own selves have made up a tale. So for me patience is more fitting. It is Allah alone whose Help can be sought against that which you assert.” (Ch 12:18)
Yaqub NabiAS prayed for patience, that was free of doubt and abundant in trust in Allah for help against what they had plotted against him and his son.
There, in the dark well, Yusuf remained in total darkness and eerie silence, until a caravan of merchants on its way to Egypt, stopped by this well for water.
A man lowered in his bucket and was surprised to find Yusuf in it when he pulled it out of the well. He took the young handsome man to his companions and deciding they may be able to sell him as a slave, they took him along to Egypt, far away from his homeland of Canaan.
News spread in the Egyptian city that an unusually handsome, young slave was on sale. People gathered by the hundreds at the slave market. Eventually, Aziz e Misr (The king of Egypt) bought him and took him to his mansion. He asked his wife to take good care of him.
This scene is described in al-Quran as follows: And there came a caravan of travelers; they sent their water drawer, and he let down his bucket into the well. He said: “good news! Here is a boy.” So they hid him as merchandise (a slave). And Allah was aware of what they did.
They sold him for a low price, for a few dirhams (for a few silver coins). They were of those who regarded him insignificant.
He (the king of Egypt) who bought him said to his wife: “Make his stay comfortable, may be he will profit us or we shall adopt him as a son.” Thus did We establish Yusuf in the land, that We might teach him the interpretation of events. (Ch 12:19-21)