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Example of arrogance in quran the story of qarun and haman


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Example of arrogance in quran the story of qarun and haman

  1. 1. The Story of Qarun and Haman inthe Noble Quran
  2. 2. Qarun “Qarun was one of the people of Musa but helorded it over them. We gave him treasures, thekeys alone to which were a heavy weight for aparty of strong men. Thereupon his people said tohim, “Do not gloat. Allah does not love people whogloat.”" (Surah Al Qasas 28:76)
  3. 3.  As the above-quoted verse maintains, the treasures andstatus Qarun possessed in Egypt made him grow arrogantand insolent towards his people. To test him, Allah grantedhim an enormous fortune, and as is the case with allarrogant people, he was spoilt by them. He forgot that all possessions belong to Allah, and that Hecan take them back any time He wishes, and failed torecognise that these were granted to him as a test. Due tohis arrogance, he thought that they were all given to himbecause he had “knowledge” and possessed superiorqualities:
  4. 4.  “He said, “I have only been given it because ofknowledge I have.” Did he not know that beforehim Allah had destroyed generations with fargreater strength than his and far morepossessions? The evildoers will not be questionedabout their sins.” (Surah Al Qasas 28:78)
  5. 5.  This is the deviant outlook of the arrogant. Although it is AllahWho has given man whatever he has, the arrogant boast of theirpossessions and do not feel grateful to Allah or ask forgivenessfrom Him. They do not bother themselves with thinking, evenfor a second, that they could lose all these gifts in an instant.However, as we are to understand from this verse, many people,who were wealthier or more powerful than Qarun, perished onaccount of their arrogance. Like those of the past, Qarun received his punishment in thisworld. If he had been as powerful as he assumed himself to be,he would have been able to rescue himself. Yet, neither hisstatus, nor his possessions, nor the people who admired him, northe knowledge for which he boasted, could save him from Allah’s punishment:
  6. 6.  “We caused the earth to swallow up both him andhis house. There was no group to come to his aid,besides Allah, and he was not someone who ishelped. Those who had longed to take his placethe day before woke up saying, “Allah expands theprovision of any of His servants He wills orrestricts it. If Allah had not shown great kindnessto us, we would have been swallowed up as well.Ah! Truly the disbelievers are notsuccessful.”" (Surah Al Qasas 28:81-82)
  7. 7. Haman As we are to understand from the Quran, “Haman” isone of the men closest to Pharaoh, and who obeyedhim and acted in compliance with his methodology.Being insolent and rebellious, he sided with Pharaohand remained a loyal supporter to him. When Musa(AS) came to his people to communicate Allah’ smessage, Haman was there to oppose him along withPharaoh:
  8. 8.  “We sent Musa with Our Signs and clear authorityto Pharaoh, Haman and Qarun. But they said, “Alying magician.” When he brought them the truthfrom Us they said, “Slaughter the sons of thosewho believe with him but let their women live.”The stratagems of the disbelievers are nothing buterrors.” (Surah Ghafir 40:23-25)
  9. 9.  Pharaoh’s immoral conduct towards Musa (AS) wassimilarly adopted by Haman. Furthermore, he sharedPharaoh’s errant reasoning and complied with all hiswishes. As the verse below maintains, Pharaoh askedHaman to build a tower to see Allah (Surely Allah isbeyond this):
  10. 10.  “Pharaoh said, “Council, I do not know of anyother god for you apart from Me. Haman, kindle afire for me over the clay and build me a lofty towerso that perhaps I may be able to climb up toMusa’s god! I consider him a blatant liar.”" (SurahAl Qasas 28:38)
  11. 11.  However, Haman, who, out of conceit, was insistent onrefusing to submit to Allah and His messenger, metthe same end as Satan and Pharaoh. He tasted theinevitable end slated for the arrogant:
  12. 12.  “And Qarun and Pharaoh and Haman — Musacame with the Clear Signs to them, but they werearrogant on the earth. They could not outstrip Us.We seized each one of them for their wrongactions. Against some We sent a sudden squall ofstones; some of them were seized by the GreatBlast; some We caused the earth to swallow up;and some We drowned. Allah did not wrong them;rather they wronged themselves.” (Surah Al‘Ankabut 29:39-40)