Date: 27th March 2015; 6th/7th Jumādā ath-Thāniya 1436;
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/) presents a historical miracle from the Qur’an:
“HAMAN” AND ANCIENT EGYPT MONUMENTS
The name “Haman” was not known until the decoding of Egyptian hieroglyphics in the 19th century. When the hieroglyphics were decoded, it was understood that Haman was a close helper of the Pharaoh and was “the head of the stone quarries.” The most important point here is that Haman is mentioned in the Qur’an as the person who directed construction work under the command of the Pharaoh. This means that information that could not have been known by anybody else at that time was given in the Qur’an, a point most worthy of note.
The Qur’an relates the life of the Prophet Musa (as) with great clarity. As it tells of the conflict with the Pharaoh and his dealings with the Children of Israel, the Qur’an reveals a wealth of information about ancient Egypt. The significance of many of these historical points have only recently come to the attention of the learned people of the world. If one considers these points with reason, it quickly becomes clear that the Qur’an, and the fountain of information contained within it, has been revealed by the All-Wise Allah for it correlates directly with all major scientific, historic and archaeological finds in recent times.
One such example of this wisdom can be found in the Qur’anic references to Haman: a character whose name is mentioned in the Qur’an, along with the Pharaoh. He is mentioned in six different places in the Qur’an, in which it informs us that he was one of Pharaoh’s closest allies.
Those who keep themselves occupied by looking for inconsistencies in the Qur’an refer to a man named “Haman” who is mentioned in the Qur’anic verses as one of Pharaoh’s men. Surprisingly, the name “Haman” is never mentioned in those sections of the Torah pertaining to the life of the Prophet Musa (as). However, the mention of Haman can be found in the last chapters of the Old Testament as the helper of a Babylonian king who inflicted many cruelties on the Israelites approximately 1,100 years after the Prophet Musa (as).The Qur’an, far more in tune with recent archaeological discoveries, does indeed contain the word “Haman” in reference to the life of the Prophet Musa (as).
Those who claim that the Prophet Muhammad wrote the Qur’an in the light of the Torah and the Gospel also put forth the sophistry that he copied some of the subjects in the Qur’an wrongly. The ridiculousness of this claim became obvious 200 years ago when the Egyptian hieroglyphs were deciphered and the name “Haman” was discovered.
The criticisms thrown at the Qur’an by some non-Muslims have disappeared by the wayside as an Egyptian hieroglyphic script had been deciphered, approximately 200 years ago, and the name “Haman” discovered in the ancient scripts. Until the 18th century, the writings and inscriptions of ancient Egypt could not be understood. The language of ancient Egypt was made up of symbols rather than words: hieroglyphics. These pictures, which tell stories and keep records of important events in the same way that modern words do, was usually engraved on rock or stone and many examples survived through the ages. With the spread of Christianity and other cultural influences in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Egypt forsook its ancient beliefs along with the hieroglyphic writing which was synonymous with that now defunct belief system. The last known example of the use of hieroglyphic writing was an inscription dated 394. The language of pictures and symbols was forgotten, leaving nobody who could read and understand it. Naturally, this made historical and archaeological study virtually impossible. This situation remained-until just over two centuries ago.
In 1799, much to the delight of historians and other learned people, the mystery of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics was solved by the discovery of a tablet called the “Rosetta Stone.” This amazing find dated back to 196 B.C. The importance of this inscription was that it was written in three different forms of writing: hieroglyphics, demotic (a simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing) and Greek. With the help of the Greek script, the ancient Egyptian writings were decoded. The translation of the inscription was completed by a Frenchman named Jean-Françoise Champollion. Hence, a forgotten language and the events related in it were brought to light. In this way, a great deal of knowledge about the civilization, religion and social life of ancient Egypt became available to mankind and this opened the way to greater knowledge about this important era in human history.
Through the decoding of hieroglyph, an important piece of knowledge was revealed: The name “Haman” was indeed mentioned in Egyptian inscriptions. This name was referred to in a monument in the Hof Museum in Vienna. This same inscription also indicated the close relationship between Haman and the Pharaoh.
In the dictionary of People in the New Kingdom, that was prepared based on the entire collection of inscriptions, Haman is said to be “the head of stone quarry workers.”
The result revealed a very important truth: Unlike the false assertion of the opponents of the Qur’an, Haman was a person who lived in Egypt at the time of the Prophet Musa (as). He had been close to the Pharaoh and had been involved in construction work, just as imparted in the Qur’an.
Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “O chiefs! I know not that you have an ilah (a god) other than me. So kindle for me (a fire), O Haman, to bake (bricks out of) clay, and set up for me a Sarh (a lofty tower, or palace) in order that I may look at (or look for) the Ilah (God) of Musa; and verily, I think that he (Musa) is one of the liars. (Qur’an, 28:38)
The verse in the Qur’an describing the event where the Pharaoh asked Haman to build a tower is in perfect agreement with this archaeological finding. Through this brilliant discovery, the irrational claims of the opponents of the Qur’an were demonstrated to be false and intellectually worthless.
In conclusion, the discovery of the name Haman on ancient Egyptian tablets discredited another claim made by those who strive to find inconsistencies in the Qur’anic verses. Furthermore, the undeniable truth that the Qur’an is revealed by God is once again proven without any doubt as the Qur’an miraculously conveyed historical information that could not have been found and deciphered in the Prophet’s time.58 - IARLG - “HAMAN” AND ANCIENT EGYPT MONUMENTS; Date: 27th March 2015; 6th or 7th Jumada ath-Thaniya 1436 (79 downloads)
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