Why are Haman and Korah hanging out with Pharoah in the land of Egypt according to the Koran?

The Koran:

The Narratives

  1. [28.6] And to grant them power in the land, and to make Firon and Haman and their hosts see from them what they feared.
  2. [28.8] And Firon’s family took him up that he might be an enemy and a grief for them; surely Firon and Haman and their hosts were wrongdoers.
  3. [28.38] And Firon said: O chiefs! I do not know of any god for you besides myself; therefore kindle a fire for me, O Haman, for brick, then prepare for me a lofty building so that I may obtain knowledge of Musa’s God, and most surely I think him to be one of the liars.

The Spider

  1. [29.39] And (We destroyed) Qaroun and Firon and Haman; and certainly Musa came to them with clear arguments, but they behaved haughtily in the land; yet they could not outstrip (Us).

The Believer

  1. [40.24] To Firon and Haman and Qaroun, but they said: A lying magician.
  2. [40.36] And Firon said: O Haman! build for me a tower that I may attain the means of access,

The bible:

Esther 2 : 5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter…………………………..

Esther 3 : 1  After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

3 Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king’s commandment?

4Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.

5And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

6And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

Numbers 16: 1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

5And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

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5 Responses to Why are Haman and Korah hanging out with Pharoah in the land of Egypt according to the Koran?

  1. θ says:

    James Henry in the book “Ancient Records of Egypt: The Nineteenth Dynasty” tells that the Karnak Temple is the most largest temple built and known in the human history, it is a large complex comprised previous temples in the 18th Dynasty. The Karnak Temple was built by the High Priest of Amun.
    The High Priest of Amun in Thebes was appointed by the King. Several high priests from the time of the 19th Dinasty also served as Vizier, namely Nebwenenef, Hori, Paser, Bakenkhonsu, Nebneteru Tenry and Roma-Rui.

    James Henry, Ancient Records of Egypt: The Nineteenth Dynasty, p.245.
    VIII. Temple Of Karnak. 509. Ramses II brought to completion at Karnak the works begun by his two predecessors. He erected all of the columns in the southern half of the great hypostyle hall,
    except the two short rows immediately south of the nave, Seti I having completed the northern half, the nave with both rows of flower-columns and the first row of bud-colurnns of the southern half. Ramses II further built a girdle wall entirely around the Eighteenth Dynasty temple, to widen it to the increased width of the new hall in front. The Nineteenth Dynasty Karnak temple thus became the largest temple ever erected in the history of building, whether ancient or modern.
    * Ramses II, Mighty king, making monuments in the house of his father, Amon, building his house in eternal work, established forever, Lo, the Good God inclined his heart to make monuments, sleeping or waking, he ceased not seeking to do excellent things. It was his majesty who gave the regulations, and led the work on his monuments. All his plans come to pass immediately, like those of his father, PtahSouth-of-His-Wall, a likeness indeed of that which the excellent maker, the maker of excellent things, made, which his majesty made of excellent and eternal work. Every country is beneath thy feet, 0 king, ruler of the Nine Bows, Lord of the Two Lands, Ramses
    *) : champollion, Notices descriptives, 11, 66-63

    Moreover, the ancient inscription of Egypt also tells that the House of Amon is built with a megalomaniac intention to be the tallest monument reaching the “heights of Heaven”, just as Qur’an confirms concerning the works of Amon.

    James Henry, Ancient Records of Egypt: The Nineteenth Dynasty, p.246.
    Amon-Re, lord of Thebes, making for him the ” Temple-of-the-Spirit-of-Ramses-Meriamon-in-the-House-of-Amon, of fine white sandstone. Its beauty (reaches) to the height of Heaven, over against Karnak; its august columns are of electrum, made like every place that is in Heaven. (It is) mistress of silver, queen of gold, it contains every splendid costly stone. “I have made it for thee with a loving heart, as a profitable son does for his father, by enlarging the monuments of him that begat him, and establishing the house of him that caused him to take the whole land. ”
    *Live the Good God, who makes monuments for his father, Amon-Re.
    *) columns of the first row on the left, Champollion, Notices descripfives, 11, 79.

  2. θ says:

    Started from the 18th Dynasty, the High Priests of Amun in Thebes were appointed by the Pharaohs. Eventually, notably in the 19th Dynasty, several high priests of Amun began to serve as Vizier, namely Nebwenenef, Hori, Paser, Bakenkhons, Hapuseneb, Nebneteru Tenry and Roma-Rui.
    A nationalism based on one major local deity of Amun from the city of Thebes is the driving forces behind the rise of the 18th Pharaoic Dynasty that expelled the Semitic Hyksos empire from Egypt.

    Later priests of Amun in the 20th-21st Dinasty such as Hrihor, Ramsesnakht and Yewepet further wielded a much higher power and influence more than Pharaohs from 1187 B.C. to 943 B.C.

    The 19th Dynasty ruled for approximately one hundred and ten years: from 1292 B.C to 1187 B.C, hence the Pharaohs and High Priests of Amon were contemporary of Moses and Aaron, as well as the Jewish bondage.

  3. θ says:

    As the 19th Dynasty’s high priest of Amun, Bakenkhons or Beknekhonsu describes the monuments he builds for Pharaohs, as well as his meritorious works of “overseeing” (euphemism for enslavement) the labor works in Egyptian serfdom, including that by the Jewish slaves.

    567. He says as follows: “I performed the excellent duties in the house of Amon, being chief overseer of works of my lord. I made for him a temple (called) : ‘Ramses-Meriamon-Hearer-of-Petitions,’ at the upper portal of the house of Amon. I erected obelisks therein, of granite, whose beauty approached heaven. A wall as before it of stone over against Thebes; it was flooded; and the gardens were planted with trees. I made very great double doors of electrum; their beauty met the heavens. I hewed very great flagstaves..”

    Beknekhonsu works as the High Priest of Amun Temple and the overseer of the labors:
    564. “I was a truthful witness, profitable to his lord, extolling the instruction of his god, proceeding upon his way, performing the excellent ceremonies in the midst of his temple. I was chief overseer of works in the house of Amon, satisfying the excellent heart of his lord..”

    566. “I was a good father to my serf-laborers, training their classes, giving my hand [to] him who was in trouble, preserving alive him who was in misfortune, performing the excellent duties in his temple. I was chief overseer of works before Thebes for his son, who came forth from his limbs, King Ramses II, given life, maker of monuments for his father, Amon, who placed him on his throne.”
    The assistant, the High Priest of Amon, Beknekhonsu, triumphant, made (it).

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the NT Bible there’s a mistaken identity: Joshua of the book of Jude isn’t Moses of the book of Zechariah.
    Jude 1:9
    Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.


    Zech 3:1
    And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

  5. θ says:

    The fact of Biblical exchanging of identity between Joshua and Moses is quite helpful for Moslems to argue for a question “which son does Abraham attempt to sacrifice, Ishmael or Isaac?”

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