Haman and Pharaoh


The Quran mentions an important character named “Haman” who lived at the time of the Prophet Moses and the Pharoah. The Quran mentions him as one of  the Pharaoh’s closest ones since he is mentioned not least than 6 times along with the Pharaoh, which shows that “Haman” occupied an important place in Pharaoh’s hierarchy.

Surprisingly, the name “Haman” is never mentioned in those sections of the Torah pertaining to the life of the Prophet Moses. 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 Moses.The Quran, far more in tune with recent archaeological discoveries, does indeed contain the word “Haman” in reference to the life of the Prophet Moses.

It’s only approximately 200 years ago with the the discovery of a tablet called the “Rosetta Stone”, that the deciphering of an Egyptian hieroglyphic script has finaly confirmed that 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 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.”

This discovery confirms that what is said in the Quran about “Haman” is totaly true and accurate, since the Quran refers to “Hamman” as the head of building work:

(Quran 28.38 ) Pharaoh said, “Council, I do not know of any other god for you apart from Me. Haman, kindle a fire for me over the clay and build me a lofty tower so that perhaps I may be able to climb up to Moses’s god! I consider him a blatant liar.”

This position may seem to be not important in our modern times, but at the time of the Pharaohs, their power was measured according to what they are able to build, so the person in charge of the building work must be someone very important.


In a miraculous way, the Quran conveys to us historical information that could not have been possessed or understood at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Hieroglyphics could not be deciphered until the late 1700s so the information could not have been ascertained from Egyptian sources. When the name “Haman” was discovered in the ancient scripts, it was further proof of the infallibility and the extreme accuracy of Allah’s Word, the Quran.

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