Sudanese Minister of Information Ahmad Bilal said on Sunday the pharaoh mentioned in the Quran was Sudanese and that written textbooks about the history of the Sudan do not reflect the true entity of the country.
He cited the story of "rivers flowing from underneath," stating that Egypt has only one river while Sudan has many rivers.
He based his argument on the story saying that there were rivers flowing from underneath, and pointed that Egypt has only one river, while Sudan has plenty of rivers. He condemned the underestimation of the pyramids and monuments in northern Sudan.
This is not a first for the minister. In 2015, he mentioned that Majma al-Bahrain (meeting of two seas) that was mentioned in the Quran is the city of Khartoum where Moses met the good man.
However, saying that Moses was a Sudanese Pharaoh is not new. Abdulqader Abu Qaroun had said in his 123-pages book that Moses was Sudanese, stating that northern Sudan in the homeland of Moses and that the latter has parted the Nile in two.
There was also another book written by Mokhtar AbdulSalam, where it was also stated that Sudan was the land of prophets. AbdulSalam relied on ancient civilizations and the origins of the language to find the places where the events took place.
Back to the Minister of Information, he said in 2015 that Younes, Peace Be Upon Him, was in Mogran (Khartoum now). He said back then that Mogran is where Moses learned wisdom and met a prophet (the good man) in Tuti Island. Elders in Tuti say that there was a rock that they used to visit and get blessings from it.
In 2009, Egyptian preacher Amr Khaled visited Sudan and shooted part of his program that was aired during Ramadan. Amr said that he arrived to Sudan coming from Jordan, to show where Moses story took place.