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.

4 comments:

  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!

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  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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