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Harun (circa 1439 BCE - 1317 BCE),[1] [2] (Arabic: هارون‎) is a prophet mentioned in the Qur'an. In the Bible he is known as Aaron (Aharōn in Hebrew). It is believed that Haroon lived for 122 years.[1] [2]

Haroon was the brother of Musa, who is known as Moses in the Bible. Like his brother, he was a prophet who was tasked by God with saving the Israelites from the tyrannical Pharaoh. Haroon was a gifted speaker, and would often speak for Musa who suffered from a speech impediment. He was largely responsible with teaching the Israelites the way of worship as it was laid out in the Torah of that time.

According to the Qur'an, Musa prayed to God to grant his brother Haroon the gift of prophecy so that he could help him in all his tasks ahead:

"Lord, open my breast...

...and do Thou ease for me my task.

Unloose the knot upon my tongue,

that they may understand my words

Appoint for me of my folk a familiar,

Aaron, my brother; by him confirm

my strength, and associate him with me

in my task" (20:25-35)

God granted Musa his request and told him that he could take his brother along with him, and that he should be gentle in his language and patient in all his dealings. Islam holds that Haroon held no part in causing the Israelites to worship the golden calf. Rather, he was overpowered and was threatened with being killed by his people. When Musa returned from the mount, he immediately blamed Haroon and seized him by his beard, but Haroon then gave his explanation, after which Musa prayed to God to forgive both of them.

He died at Mount Hor.

Islamic tradition holds that his sons were Shabbar, Shabbir and Mushabbar.

People named Harun (Haroon)

  • Harun al-Rashid
  • Harun Yahya (pen name of Turkish Islamic author Adnan Oktar)


External links

References to Aaron in the Qur'an

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