Red Sea

Posted on 06/29/2012 by marina

RED SEA. Arabic al-Bahru ‘- Ahmar البحر الاحمر
Mentioned in the Qur’an as al-Bahr, the Sea.”
Surah i. 47: “When we divided for you the sea and, saved you and drowned Pharaoh’s people.
Surah x. 90: “And We brought the Children of Israel across the sea.”
In Muslim works it is known as the Bahru ‘l-Qulzum, or Qalzam. Jalalain ‘d-Din, the commentator, says the town of Qulzum is the same as Ailah (the Elath of time Bible, Deut- ii. 8), a town at the head of the Arabian Gulf. The of Strabo (xvi. p. 768). It is referred to in the Qur’an, Surah vii. 163 “ask them about the city which stood by the sea. Elath was at one time a place of importance, but it has now become quite insignificant.

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam