[11:96] We sent Moses with our signs and a profound authority.
[11:97] To Pha raoh and his elders. But they followed the command of Pharaoh, and Pharaoh’s command was not wise.
[11:98] He will lead his people on the Day of Resurrection, all the way to Hell; what a miserable abode to live in!
[11:99] They have incurred condemnation in this life, as well as on the Day of Resurrection; what a miserable path to follow!

In 11:96 why was Moses signs consist of plagues rather than a miracle as a blessing?

It is specific to the community, it is to bring a miracle that people can connect to while still reflecting.

[7:133] Consequently, we sent upon them the flood, the locusts, the lice, the frogs, and the blood-profound signs. But they maintained their arrogance. They were evil people.

Because Pharaoh didn’t take heed when other signs were given in the past, so they keep escalating in intensity.

Everyone is given freedom, but they readily reject it. This Quran is 10xs more profound than those past miracles. Those past miracles limited in time and place, this Quran is eternal. This brings a lot of responsibility.

Exodus 7:14

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river.Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”

[6:25] Some of them listen to you, but we place veils on their hearts to prevent them from understanding, and deafness in their ears. Thus, no matter what kind of proof they see, they cannot believe. Thus, when they come to argue with you, the disbelievers say, “These are tales from the past.”

What was the command of Pharaoh in 11:97?
They saw him as a deity, so his command was carried out with authority. His command was that they better not listen to Moses because he is going to take away your position – follow me instead.

You shall not follow him, follow me. His command was to worship him.

Which Pharaoh was this? All or one specific?
Ramsees the 2nd – they were the kings but archeologists pinned it to Ramsees the 2nd because they found sea water in his lungs when they did autopsy. We know that he drowned when pursuing Moses.

[10:92]  “Today, we will preserve your body, to set you up as a lesson for future generations.”* Unfortunately, many people are totally oblivious to our signs.

Is believing in multiple gods worse than believing in a wrong god?
Equal if you don’t believe in God’s omnipotence or setting up another beside God they are the same. 

The Rules for Rulers

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