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Haman (Islam)

Hāmān
هامان
Haman
BornUnknown date
Ancient Egypt
DiedUnknown date
Red Sea
Cause of deathdrowning
NationalityEgyptian
OccupationGrand Vizier and High Priest
Known forThe grand vizier of the Pharaoh at the time of prophet Moses

In the primary scripture of Islam, the Quran, Haman was the grand vizier and high priest of the pharaoh, and associated with him in his court at the time of prophet, Moses. The name Haman appears six times throughout the Qur'an,[1] four times with Pharaoh and twice by himself,[2] where God (Allah) sent Moses to invite Pharaoh, Haman, and their people to monotheism, and to seek protection of the Israelites Haman and Pharaoh were tormenting. Referring to Moses as a sorcerer and a liar the Pharaoh rejected Moses' call to worship the God of Moses and refused to set the children of Israel free. The Pharaoh commissioned Haman to build a tall tower using burnt bricks so that the Pharaoh could climb far up and see the God of Moses. The Pharaoh, Haman, and their army in chariots pursuing the fleeing children of Israel drowned in the Red Sea as the parted water closed up on them. The Pharaoh's submission to God at the moment of death and total destruction was rejected but his dead body was saved as a lesson for posterity and he was mummified.[3]

References

  1. ^ A-Z of Prophets in Islam and Judaism, Wheeler, Haman
  2. ^ [1], Qur'an 28:6, 28:8, 28:38, 29:39, 40:24, 40:36.
  3. ^ "Quran, Surah 10:92, note: the phrases 'we will save you' (nunajjīka نُنَجِّيكَ) & 'that you may be' (litakūna لِتَكُونَ) are all written (adressed to) in the second person singular, thus gramatically speaking there is one person adressed, namely Pharaoh, as evident in the preceding verses (Surah 10:90-91)". So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless.