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Prophet Yaqub (as) reached the land of Haran, and married the daughters of his uncle Laban. His first wife, Leah gave birth to seven sons and a daughter as well! But Rahel, his second wife, and whom the Prophet was very fond of, was sad as she didn't have a son. 


She prayed to Allah, who heard her call and responded to her prayer! She then gave birth to a very beautiful son, and they called him Yusuf! Yaqub (as) stayed in Haran, and continued working for Laban for Twenty years! One day, the prophet met his uncle and asked him to let him go and visit his family. I have been blessed because of you Said Laban. Ask for whatever you need. Give me each speckled, spotted and black lambs that will be born this year said Yaqub (as). 


 Laban agreed, and the prophet walked away happily. But Laban was not willing to part with the sheeps he owned, even though it was Yaqub (as) who took care of them He asked his sons to take away all the speckled, spotted and black sheeps from the flock. When Yaqub (as) had gone out for work, the sons of Laban came and they took all the speckled, spotted and the black sheeps away! When Yaqub (as) returned that evening, he realized that he had been tricked by his uncle. But inspite of Laban's tricks, when the sheep bred, many of them were born black!!


 This was a miracle!! When Laban saw this, he was both surprised and angry at the prophet, as he had promised all the black lambs to Yaqub (as) One day, Allah (swt) asked the prophet to return to his country. The Prophet told his wives and children, and prepared to leave Haran. He took everything that belonged to him, including the spotted and black lambs. The prophet did not tell Laban about his plans, and left without bidding him farewell.


 The next morning, Laban realized that Yaqub (as) had taken all his belongings and left the land. He was very angry! He took all his people and started following Yaqub (as). They travelled for many days and nights following Yaqub (as) And finally, they caught up with the prophet. Why did you leave without my knowledge? asked Laban. If you had told me that you were leaving, we could have celebrated this occasion with a feast.


 And I could have bid farewell to my daughters as well The prophet talked to Laban, and it was decided that they will part ways. They sat on a hill called Galeed and they made a covenant there. It was decided that neither of them would enter the land of the other from that day! All of them then ate the food together. Then each bade the other farewell, as they departed, each returning to his own country. 


The prophet and his family walked then started travelling towards his country One day, at the break of the dawn, Prophet was sitting outside his tent, when an angel appeared before him in the shape of a man! Then the angel started to wrestle with the Prophet!! They fought neck to neck until the angel injured the prophets thigh, and the Prophet became lame! The sun had started rising up by now, and the angel asked him What is your name?. Yaqub replied the prophet. 


From this day, you shall be called Israel said the angel, and vanished into thin air!! The Prophet could not believe his eyes, and he realized that the man was actually an angel!! They then continued travelling for many days. When the Prophet reached the land of Seir, he sent a messenger ahead to Esau, asking forgiveness. 


The next day, the messenger returned with the news that Esau was riding toward him, with some 400 men!!! The prophet was afraid, so he prayed to Allah (swt) seeking his help. The prophet then prepared a great present for his brother! He asked his servants to take two hundred goats, two hundred ewes, thirty camels and many other animals along with them. He asked them to go ahead before him When you meet my brother, he said.  he will ask you who you are. 


And you should say they belong to your servant Yaqub, and the animals are the present for his master Esau! The slaves did as they were asked to and went ahead of the prophet. After two days, the prophet then travelled toward his country. Esau was riding with his men when he met the slaves of Yaqub (as). He was very impressed when the slaves told him that the animals were a gift from his brother! When the prophet saw his brother coming, he prostrated to him as a sign of salutation! Esau was quite moved when he saw this. So he ran towards him, and embraced him! Esau even wept when he saw his brother! 


Who are these people with you? Asked Esau when he saw the women and children. They were given to me by our God said the prophet humbly. Leah, Rahel, the children and all his slaves came and prostrated before Esau, as a sign of respect. Esau refused to accept the gifts at first. 


But the prophet insisted and he had to accept them at last. All of them started travelling back to their country and they were led by none other than Esau! On their way back, the prophet camped near Jerusalem. It was here that the prophet had poured the oil on a rock years ago!! He then built a mosque as he had promised! The Prophet then travelled to Hebron and met his father Prophet Ishaq (as).


 The Old Prophet was really happy when he met his son after a long time! Prophet Ishaq (as) died after sometime, at the age of one hundred and eighty years old And they buried him next to their grandfather Ibrahim (as). Prophet Yaqub (as) had twelve sons in total, and Yusuf was one among them. He grew up into a handsome and devoted man. They migrated to Egypt, and they lived there for seventeen years! And after living and preaching about God for a long time, the prophet died at the age of one hundred and forty seven!

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