- Join real people, time and places to the Quranic narrative of Sayyiduna Musa and Firaun
- See how all the archaeological and historical evidence perfectly fits the Quranic narrative in all its details
- Learn the location of the crossing of the sea and the drowning
- Learn why Biblical Historians have failed to agree on the identity of Firaun
- Learn about the history of Egypt, its religion, rulers
- Learn how the answer to Prophetic dua made against Firaun and his people manifested in history
- Reflect on the reality of the momentousness of these events with Umm Sahl and how the lessons apply to every time, place and generation
About the Course
In this course Ustadha Umm Sahl shall present her years of research into the narrative of Sayyiduna Musa and Firaun based on the Quran, the Bible, archaeology and history.
Using these primary sources, she pinpoints the time and geography of the events related to Musa, alayhi salam, and Firaun. She thereby establishes the historical identity of Firaun, connecting him to one of the known Egyptian Pharaohs uncovered by Egyptologists, and takes students through the history of Egypt and Firaun’s rule – where he built his capital; how he set himself up as a Divinity to be worshipped; his interaction with Sayyiduna Musa; the Prophetic dua made against him and his people; how the answer to that dua manifests in history; and the location of the crossing of the sea and the eventual drowning of Firaun.
Using the Quranic sources as a basis, Umm Sahl walks students through different pieces of evidence available from Biblical scholarship and Egyptology. She shows why Biblical evidence has failed to agree on the identity of Firaun, and how the sound evidence available, including modern archaeological discoveries, converges to perfectly corroborate the Quranic narrative – testifying to the continuing Divine miracle of the accuracy of Quranic revelation.
The course shall cover events from the birth of Sayyiduna Musa, to the drowning of Firaun and the events that took place in the Egyptian empire in the years that followed the drowning – indicating Allah Most High’s reply to the prophetic dua.
The course shall consist of four lessons, meeting once a week for four weeks. Each lesson shall be an hour-and-a-half to two hours long.
This course is part of Qibla’s Quran and Sunna Lectures series. Classes shall be broadcast live from the Zawiya of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili in Amman, Jordan.
Quran and Sunna Lectures are lessons to sit in on and benefit from entirely at your own pace - no assessments, exams, grades or homework assignments. You can ask the instructor questions during the Live Sessions, and they are answered during the last ten minutes of each lesson.
Weekly Time Commitment
Not having any homework or assessments, the course does not require any weekly time-commitment outside the Live Sessions.
There is no required text for this course. All the material shall be presented in class.
There are no pre-requisites to enrolling in this course: everyone is welcome!
Why is History Unveiled with Umm Sahl an experience not to be missed?
The Biblical account of the events related to Musa, alayhi salam, and Firaun has two fundamental flaws – and this has prevented Biblical historians from being able to correctly pinpoint the identity of Firaun. The Quran on the other hand gives us a clear basis to work from. Watch how, as Umm Sahl sifts through the evidence to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the entire picture falls into place and the identity of Firaun, his attitude, the institutions he set up around him, and his transgressing beyond all bounds comes to light with historical evidence.
We all know the Quranic story. But see how all of this actually manifested itself in history, and put concrete facts of what actually happened to the Quranic narrative you are already familiar with. Learn from Umm Sahl why the identity of Firaun was left by Allah Most High not to be discovered until the 19th century, and the wisdom behind why it could not have been discovered at any other time…
This course is going to be a journey back in time where we can sit back, relax, and learn at the same time as we take it all in and enjoy the ride.
Why does Umm Sahl love studying Quranic History?
Umm Sahl’s interest in religious history started when she began studying tafsir with Sheikh Ali Hani in 2002, and she became fascinated with the stories of the people of the past – particularly the Bani Israil. Who were they? And what happened to them over time? Coupled with the fact that she was living in Jordan, part of the Holy Land, her interest grew into a hobby as she began purchasing maps and Biblical Atlases to find out more about the region and its past.
Through all this, the wisdom that she has gained, and that she would like to share with her students is that when one goes into researching the stories of people from the past, one realizes that one is no longer dealing with a story, but with a living reality. In her own words, “We tend to look at these stories almost as myths from the past. But when we research the historical context, we really find out that the stories are about real people who lived through a real time – and they made real choices just like everyone else in the world. They are not unique. They are represented as prototypes of human behavior. For example Firaun is the prototype for transgression, and what can happen when one transgresses beyond all bounds. The stories of the Quran are about real people. And they are about real possibilities of human actions and behavior, and their outcomes.” This brings the point home to us today.
The point of Quranic stories are the lessons we take from them. Deconstructing the myth that surrounds them in our minds through the study of history, for example, helps us realize that each generation, including ourselves, lives through their own setting of a similar story. And this serves as a wake up call for the choices we make everyday.
Join Umm Sahl as she bring the story to life for her students through her own connection with, love, and reverence for the Book of Allah and the Message it holds for us today.