I went to an exhibition at the British Museum today with my wife. It was on the recent discovery of two lost cities of ancient Egypt that have been submerged under sea for over a thousand years! That’s not very long ago, yet the cities were only recently discovered.
In the Qur’an, Allāh tells us to go and “see what was the end of those who denied (pure monotheism).” This exhibition was fascinating. It made me wonder: how did such a once immensely powerful and wealthy civilisation completely disappear and get wiped off the map? The entire city, as it was, with all its buildings, shrines, statues and wealth, was submerged under sea! It seems that cities like these were preserved so that mankind could learn lessons. But have we learned them?
We also got to learn a lot about the history and origins of shirk in ancient Egypt. I used to find History really boring at school. But now I like to learn about history, especially the history and origins of shirk (polytheism).
Ancient Egyptians believed that Osiris was the god of the underworld (Hereafter). His sister-wife (yes, his wife was his sister!), Isis, was the first deity to be worshipped in ancient Egypt. Her name (Isis) means “throne”. She was an important representation of the Pharaoh’s power. The Pharaoh (of every era) was depicted as her child (Horus) who sat on the throne she provided.
Horus was considered a god – the king of kingdoms. And the Pharaoh was an incarnation of Horus. This explains why the Pharoah considered himself god.
Posted on Facebook 20th July 2016