Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
The Quran is also remarkably accurate about historical events that would have been absolutely impossible for the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam to have known. One such example is the fact that Pharaoh's body will survive. Yes, the Bible also states that the pharaoh of Moses drown. But the Quran very particularly asserts that God promised to save his corpse as an example and sign a lesson for later oppressors from being lost at sea.
The preservation of mummies is actually something quite rare. And the fact that the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him new and stated, asserting that this particular corpse is the one that survived. Considering the knowledge of his day makes this photonic assertion simply mind boggling. And the Quran mentions many nations that were ultimately punished by God for their rebellion. And yet it never states that their bodies would be saved as an example for later generations to come. The sole exception in the Quran is Pharaoh's corpse, which happens to be the one that remains available until this very day in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo for several centuries
before the Prophet Muhammad and for nearly 1200 years after him, knowledge regarding ancient Egyptian civilization was scarce at best. It wasn't until the invasions of Napoleon Bonaparte and subsequently, the discovery of a tablet known as the Rosetta Stone in 1799. Did the discipline of Egyptology emerge and the hieroglyphics were deciphered, and now we finally had access to reliable source material on Ancient Egyptian civilizations, France had sent a team of researchers to explore these newfound tombs, among which was the famous Dr. Maurice boo chi. He then presented his findings in 1976, to the French Institute of Forensic Medicine, and received multiple national awards for his
groundbreaking work in this regard. Another example from ancient Egypt is the fact that Joseph peace be upon him is king, the king of his story was not a pharaoh. The Quran identifies the ruler of ancient Egypt as Pharaoh 65 times, but they all are in the story of Moses peace and blessings be upon him. Not a single time is Egypt's earlier king in the time of Joseph peace be upon him, called a pharaoh in the Quran. This differs from the Old Testament, for example, which uses that term Pharaoh for both rulers, and even for earlier kings such as the one in the time of Prophet Abraham himself, peace and blessings be upon them all. However, it since been established that that term
Pharaoh has only been coined in the reign of Thutmose the third, about 1500 years BC during the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. Historians have further discovered that during the era of Joseph peace be upon him, the 15th to 17th dynasties of ancient Egypt, or actually those of an invading force from Palestine, and hence they were called the heat source dynasties, which meant literally foreign kings. What does all of this mean? Since the term Pharaoh means literally great house or elites bloodline, and since the Hyksos, in the time of Joseph peace be upon him, or occupiers and not indigenous rulers, it would have been incorrect to call them Pharaohs had that term even existed.
Circling back to that very careful usage of the honorific title Pharaoh, Dr. Maurice wu chi says, I must confess that when the Quran was first being conveyed to people, the ancient Egyptian language had been lost from the collective memory of humanity, he says, For two centuries, and remained that way up until the recent 19th century. Therefore, he says, it would be impossible for us to know that the kings of Egypt should be called anything other than what they were called in the Bible, Pharaoh. And yet the subtle word choice of the Quran on this matter, he says, is thought provoking. It's important to note though, that the historical accuracy of the Quran is not just some recent
discovery resultant of archaeological excavation. This was something
That was confirmed by the Jews and Christians during the prophets time, and it astonished them. The fact that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam could simply speak of personalities across cultures, like Abraham and Joseph and Jesus and Moses, and those are Nain and others like them with such detail was inexplicable, it was a mystery. This is why scores of Jews in Medina can seat it and profess that Mohammed must be a true prophet, even if some of them thereafter still resisted his message under the claim that it only applied to the Arabs. This was due to their inability to contest its divine origins. They knew all too well that it was impossible for there to be any
semblance of this history in the Arabic language whatsoever. You know, an uninformed person could argue that none of this history is remarkable at all. And it could simply be that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was spoon fed from some Bible scholar or some lost manuscript. This accusation actually existed during the prophets life sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But it quickly disappeared, and most serious horror and critics would refuse to cite it today, due to it being such a weak possibility that it makes them look desperate. How so? Number one, it is contrary to the historically indisputable integrity of Muhammad character. Number two, the bulk and veracity of what
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam brought could only be attained over decades of apprenticeship that would be impossible for him to hide. To this point, the Quran actually says say to them, oh, Muhammad, Had Allah not Well, I would never have been capable of reciting such words to you, for I have lived in your midst for a lifetime. Will you not then Reason number three, as we sampled earlier, the Quran avoided and stepped around the historical inaccuracies found in the Bible. So are we saying that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam plagiarized from an earlier scripture, and the only accurate version from the 1000s of conflicting manuscripts? And did this
version exist in seventh century Arabia of all places, and in a foreign language that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam secretly learned and then was lost forever without a trace? Finally, even if this bizarre hypothetical were true, it would still only account for the source of this information and choose to ignore the miraculousness of the end product. The Quran itself responds to this accusation about this historical precision being spoon fed from elsewhere. Allah says, and we certainly know all Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that some of them are saying, he got it from another human being, say to them, oh Mohamed, this source that you accuse him of taking from is a
foreign source. It is a different language. And yet this Quran is one that is clear and pure in its Arabic