Haman (Islam)

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Not to be confused with Haman (Bible).

In the primary scripture of Islam, the Quran, Haman (Arabic: : هامان‎, pronounced: hāmān) is claimed to have been close to the Pharaoh at the time of a religious prophet, Moses. The name Haman appears six times throughout the whole Qur'an,[1] four times with Pharaoh and twice by himself,[2] where God sent Moses to invite Pharaoh and Haman to monotheism, and to seek protection of the Israelites Haman and Pharaoh were tormenting. Referring to Moses as a sorcerer and a liar, Pharaoh and Haman rejected Moses' call to worship this God and refused to set the children of Israel free. Haman was commissioned to build a tall tower, using burnt bricks, for this Pharaoh to climb up to the God of Moses.

not to be confused by Amun (also Amon (/ˈɑːmən/), Amen; Ancient Greek: Ἄμμων Ámmōn, Ἅμμων Hámmōn) a major Egyptian deity which mentioned in Tacitus's History

"So Pharaoh Bocchoris (5) went to the oracle of Hammon to ask for a cure, and was told to purify his kingdom by expelling the victims to other lands, as they lay under a divine curse." [3]

"they consecrated an image of the animal which had delivered them from their wandering and thirst, choosing a ram as beast of sacrifice to demonstrate, so it seems, their contempt for Hammon."[4]


  1. ^ A-Z of Prophets in Islam and Judaism, Wheeler, Haman
  2. ^ Qur'an 28:38 and Qur'an 40:36
  3. ^ The Histories by Tacitus (book 5 chapter 3)
  4. ^ The Histories by Tacitus (book 5 chapter 4)