What is Islam's view of the Tower of Babel? Is it in/compatible with the Quran? Is there a belief in Islam that takes the place of the Tower of Babel?

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    I don't think that Towers of Babel are directly mentioned in Quran. If you have any reference, please add it in question
    – goto
    Feb 6, 2014 at 3:06

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There are references to a similar attempt by Pharaoh of Egypt in Sura Qasas and Sura Ghafir of the Holy Quran.

In Sura Qisas:

Pharaoh said, “O nobles, I know of no god for you other than me. So fire-up the bricks for me O Hamaan, and build me a tower, that I may ascend to the God of Moses, though I think he is a liar.” (28:38)

In Sura Ghafir:

And Pharaoh said, “O Hamaan, build me a tower, that I may reach the pathways. (40:36) The pathways of the heavens, so that I may glance at the God of Moses; though I think he is lying.” Thus Pharaoh’s evil deeds were made to appear good to him, and he was averted from the path. Pharaoh's guile was only in defeat. (40:37)

Wikipedia article traces possible allusions to the story in other Islamic sources.

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