Prophet Jacob (May Allah be satisfied with Him)
(Questions: What were his qualities? His marriage and offspring? What was the plot against him?)
Prophet Jacob (May Allah be satisfied with Him) was a man of wisdom, he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He had full faith in the Oneness of Allah. He guided many to do good and shun evil.
Prophet Jacob (May Allah be satisfied with Him) had four wives and twelve sons who later became progenitors -meaning the root or founders- of twelve tribes. From his wife Rachel he was blessed with Prophet Yusuf (May Allah be satisfied with Him) and Benjamin whom he had great affection for both .
As jealousy overcame his other sons -those from other wives- they plotted to take Yusuf away from his father, they promised they would watch Yusuf carefully and come back with him in one piece. However, they came back sobbing telling their father that a wolf had devoured Yusuf. Prophet Jacob suspected foul play on the part of his sons. He bore with patience and mental torture at an old age. He wept constantly and lost his eye sight. Until he was reunited once more with his son.
Prophet Jacob (May Allah be satisfied with Him) died at the age of 140, he had a conversation with his sons which is displayed in the Holy Quran which reads as follows, ” What will you worship after me? They said: We shall worship your God, God of your fathers Ibrahim, Ismail and Ishaq, One God and unto Him We have surrendered.” (2: 132, 133)