109 – IARLG – HOW FIR’AUN BEFOOLED HIS PEOPLE; Date 25th March 2016; 15th or 16th Jumādā ath-Thaniya 1437

Date: 25th March 2016; 15th or 16th Jumada ath-Thāniya 1437;

Source: Shade of the Quran, Volume 18, Surahs 78-114, Pg. 26 by Sayyid Qutb

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/) exposes how the Pharaoh [Fir’aun] befooled and misled his people:


Has there come to you the story of Musa? (Qur’an 79:15)

When his Lord called him in the sacred valley of Tuwa, (Qur’an 79:16)

Go to Fir’aun; verily, he has transgressed all bounds (in crimes, sins, polytheism, disbelief). (Qur’an 79:17)

And say (to him): “Would you purify yourself (from the sin of disbelief by becoming a believer)?” (Qur’an 79:18)

“And that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him?” (Qur’an 79:19)

Then [Musa] showed him the great sign (miracles). (Qur’an 79:20)

But [Fir’aun] denied and disobeyed. (Qur’an 79:21)

Then he turned his back, striving (against Allah). (Qur’an 79:22)

Then he gathered (his people) and cried aloud, (Qur’an 79:23)

Saying: “I am your lord, most high.” (Qur’an 79:24)

So Allah, seized him with punishment for his last and first transgression. (Qur’an 79:25)

Verily, in this is an instructive admonition for whosoever fears Allah. (Qur’an 79:26)


There are many ways Fir’aun fooled his people such as diving them into sects, using sorcery and such. But the one supreme way he was able to befool his people was to take advantage of their ignorance and their baseless fear.

But none believed in Musa except the offspring of his people, because of the fear of Fir’aun and his chiefs, lest they should persecute them, and verily, Fir’aun was arrogant tyrant on the earth, he was indeed one of the Musrifun (polytheists, sinners and transgressors, those who give up the truth and follow the evil, and commit all kind of great sins). (Qur’an 10:83)

Let us see from the following extract from: Shade of the Quran, Volume 18, Surahs 78-114, Pg. 26 by Sayyid Qutb

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Thus, Moses conveys the message with which he has been entrusted in the manner God has taught him. This warm, friendly attitude, however, cannot win over a heart that has been hardened by tyranny and ignorance of the Lord of the universe. So Moses shows him the great miracles of the stick turning into a snake and Moses’s own hand becoming a brilliant white, as they are described in other sūrahs, “but he cried lies and rebelled.” (Verse 21) The scene ends with Pharaoh’s rejection and rebellion against God.

Pharaoh then turns away to mobilize his forces and bring forward his sorcerers for an encounter between magic and the truth. Essentially, Pharaoh was determined not to accept the truth or submit to right. “He then turned away hastily. He summoned all his men and made a proclamation to them: I am your supreme Lord’, he said.” (Verses 22-24). The sūrah does not give any details of Pharaoh’s efforts to muster his magicians, sorcerers and men. It simply says that he went away to do so, and then uttered his impertinent proclamation: “I am your supreme Lord”. (Verse 24)

Pharaoh’s declaration betrays the fact that he was deceived by his people’s ignorance and their submission to his authority. Nothing deceives tyrants more than the ignorance and abject submission of the masses. A tyrant is in fact an individual who has no real power or authority. The ignorant and the submissive simply bend their backs for him to ride, stretch out their necks for him to harness with reins, hang down their heads to give him a chance to show his conceit, and forego their rights to be respected and honoured. In this way they allow themselves to be tyrannized. The masses do all this because they are deceived and afraid at the same time. Their fear has no real basis except in their imagination. The tyrant, an individual, can never be stronger than thousands or millions, should they attach proper value to their humanity, dignity, self-respect and freedom. Every individual in the nation is a match for the tyrant in terms of power. No one can tyrannize a nation which is sane, or knows it’s true Lord, believes in Him and refuses to submit to any creature who has no power over its destiny.

Pharaoh, however, found his people so ignorant, submissive and devoid of faith that he was able to make his insolent, blasphemous declaration, “I am your supreme Lord!” (Verse 24) He would never have dared to make it had his nation possessed the qualities of general awareness, self-respect and faith in God.


And indeed We showed him [Fir’aun] all Our Signs and Evidences, but he denied and refused. (Qur’an 20:56)

And Fir’aun led his people astray, and he did not guide them. (Qur’an 20:79)

Thus he [Fir’aun] befooled and misled his people, and they obeyed him. Verily, they were ever a people who were Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (Qur’an 43:54)

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