Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pharaoh's Chief Architect mentioned in the Qur'an confirmed by archaeological study

Here is the first example of a random fact I want to share and save. I watched this video today. In this new episode of The Deen Show, Eddie has on two guests, one Catholic, one Muslim, to briefly discuss the Qur'an. It would have been great if they had about two hours to do this, but they did an excellent job with the time they had.

The part that I found most interesting, which starts at 26:21, is the mention of Haman, Chief Architect of the Pharaoh at the time of Moses (as), in the Qur'an. For centuries, Jewish and Christian scholars criticized the Qur'an for this mention, erroneously believing it to be a blending with the story of Babel in the Bible, which mentions a man named Haman. It wasn't until this century that Egyptologists discovered that Haman was indeed the name of Pharaoh's Chief Architect. This was learned by translating the ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. This information certainly could not have been known my the Prophet Muhammad (saws) unless he was the true prophet of Allah! Check out the video insha'Allah, since I'm only telling you what I heard from this brother, and he explains it far more clearly than I do.


  1. Thank you very much for sharing this with us. It is indeed really interesting.

    Prof. Nouman Ali Khan is so right about the message of the Qur'an and the importance of reading it in arabic. My parents are both Moroccan, so I already have some (little) basic knowledge about arabic language, but I'm still learning it, and it is a wonderful experience!

    You didn't post anything for a while now, any chance you'll be posting something soon?

    Peace be unto you.

    Fadwa, from Paris!

  2. The most they really have is that Haman might have been a name for males in ancient Egypt (if we take an optimistic view on certain pronounciation issues).

    "The Chief of the workers in the stone-quarries", hmm. Actually Bucaille missed out the last 2 words of his title; it's actually "Chief of the workers in the stone-quarries of Amun" - http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/katz/haman/bucaille.html), so it doesn't sound like he was chief at all quarries.

    Also the Qur'an verse talks about baking bricks out of clay. Mud/clay bricks with straw were baked, but stone? The haman on the doorpost (not stela) inscription was involved with quarried stone, but it says nothing about clay.

    It is also a stretch to assume that this person in charge of some quarry workers was also Pharoah's chief architect.

    Moreover, we have no detail on when the inscription Haman lived, except that it seems to be New Kingdom. The Qur'an may well be right about its Haman, but the inscription is much weaker evidence than people often make it out to be.

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  5. Chief of stone quarries means that they’re the construction manager. That doesn’t mean he can’t manage brick layers right ?

    Quran is meant to refer to things gently and not be an encyclopedia. Essentially it’s jsut a reminde and gives clues here and there for us to ponder on the words of God revealed to the Prophet PBUH. Waraka died two years after the Prophet received guidance and Bubayra two years before the Prophet PBUH died. This means Jibreel AS was teaching him God’s words through the tablets from heaven.

    The marvel here is how could a man who lives thousands of years after Musa PBUH know the name of the construction manager/architect/engineer however you want to spin it? Even the name Muse is the translation of the name from the hieroglyphs. This is more evidence that the Quran is the word of God period. How could a man who didn’t know how to read or write for the first fourth years of his life know this? He didn’t learn to write very well even later on, he was just the orator for the revelation he received.

    I invite you to learn things properly. Gary Miller tried to challenge the Quran from every angle and he became a Muslim. He is a mathematician and logician from U of Toronto in Canada. Here are his lectures
    I Invite you to listen to his lectures History of Religion , amazing Quran, and Basis for Muslim bellied and reflect on them honestly.
    If one English translation has a small mistake on a word because the translator decide to use one synonymous word over the other that doesn’t mean the Arabic is wrong. And chief of stone quarries doesn’t mean he just works on stone, it tells you he was the construction manager or architect or engineer or all three . Anyhow I digress.
    If you want any more video proof or objective statements from even people who didn’t convert let me know