Incorrect comparison between the Qur'an and the Old Testament regarding "Haman" - 2

15:59 - 2024/05/28

If the Noble Prophet of Islam (may God bless him and grant him peace) had made a mistake regarding Haman, who was introduced in the Old Testament as the minister of King Xerxes, the Jews would undoubtedly have used this opportunity to criticize the Qur'an. Of course, there is a possibility that "Haman" was used as a nickname for the minister.

"Haman" in The Qur'an and in the Old Testament

Incorrect comparison regarding "Haman"

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As one of the fiercest enemies of Islam, the Jews used every opportunity to deny the prophethood of that Prophet. Therefore, if according to the claim of anti-Islam, the Qur'an is a book that has mistakenly taken some material from the Jewish Bible. Then the Jews undoubtedly used this wrong report about Haman as the best means to criticize and attack the claim of the Prophet Mohammad’s (Peace be upon him) truthfulness and miracles . They were consciously spreading propaganda around it. While this did not happen and the Jews had no objection to the Qur'an in this regard.[1]

A review of hadiths and Islamic sources shows that, most likely, "Haman" was used as a nickname for a high-ranking minister in every government in the past.  It is reported that one day a Jew came to Khatam al-Anbia Mohammad (Peace be upon him),  and asked: “The history of the prophets shows that no prophet was sent unless he was at the same time as Haman, so tell me who is Haman in your time?”[2]

Based on this, it is not a problem that "Haman" is both the minister of Pharaoh and the minister of King Xerxes who lived during the time of one of the prophets of Bani Israel named "Mordechai ben Yair".[3], [4]


[1] Badawi, Abdurrahman, Defense of the Qur'an against the opinions of Orientalists, p. 276.

[2] Ravandi, Qutbuddin, Al-Kharayej and Al-Jarayeh, vol.3, p.108.

[3] Biazar Shirazi, Abdul Karim, Archeology and Historical Geography of Qur'anic Stories, p. 432.

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