The testimony of the Quran is that it is in entire agreement with the Taurat in that the children of Israel are exalted above the rest of mankind by God and that He raised amongst this race prophets and messengers. It testifies that through the race of Israel the world would be blessed in the culmination of the the Messiah, the Word of God.

In this brief study of the relevant verses of the Quran we may conclude that no gift of prophecy or revelation lies in the seed of Ishmael as the Quran itself states, as we will see that Ishmael is lost sight of, and cut off from the prophetical line. We do however recognise that in one passage, Sura Maryam 19:54, we do find this verse: “And remember Ishmael, who was true to his promise; and he was a messenger and a prophet.” How the Quran comes to this conclusion when he is outside the race of prophets can only be explained as a symptom of trying to wedge his descendent Muhammad into a line to which he did not belong.

The Offering of Ishmael or Isaac?

“And (Abraham) said, Verily I am going to my Lord who will direct me: O Lord, grant unto me a righteous (issue). Whereupon We gave him the promise of a meek youth. And when he had grown up to be a helper to him, Abraham said, O my son, verily, I saw in a dream that I should offer thee in sacrifice; consider therefore what thou seest fit to be done. He said, O my father, do as thou art commanded; thou shalt find me, if God pleases, one of the resigned. So when they had submitted themselves, and Abraham had laid his son prostrate on his face, We cried unto him, O Abraham, verily thou hast verified the vision: thus do We reward the good. Truly this was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a noble victim. And We left for him (this blessing) by the latest posterity: Peace be on Abraham! Thus do We reward the righteous, for he was one of Our faithful servants. And We gave him the good tidings of the promise of Isaac, a righteous prophet; and We blessed him and Isaac. And of their offspring there were righteous doers, and others that manifestly injured their own souls.” ( Al Saffat 37:95-109)

Present day Muslims hold that it was Ishmael, and not Isaac, who was offered for sacrifice. however, there are a variety of opinions. Amongst those that held it was Isaac who was offered were the chief Companions: Umar, Ali, Abbas, Ibn Masud, Ka’b the Jew, and eight others. In favour of Ishmael is the younger generation such as the sons of Abbas and Umar, etc. Those who say it was Ishmael, place the sacrifice at Mina; those who say Isaac, in Syria and Jerusalem; When Abraham departed from his native land to Syria, he begged for a righteous offspring, and Isaac was granted to him; the only son promised to Abraham (“We gave him the promise of a meek youth”). This same son is mentioned as growing up and the same was taken for sacrifice. After the account of the sacrifice, the passage ends as it refers once again to that same son as a righteous prophet; the blessing being awarded for his steadfast faith and patience in the sacrifice. According to this understanding the passage can refer to none other than Isaac.

 

Israel favoured among all nations and above the seed of Ishmael

“O children of Israel! Remember the favour wherewith I have favoured you and preferred you above all nations (or all creatures)” (Al Baqarrah 2:44)

In this verse Allah calls to mind His former benefits to the Children of Israel as a reason for why they should not now refuse to obey His prophet Muhammad. Muslim commentators say that Israel was superior to all creatures, but only in one thing, that is, in the favour bestowed upon them, not in anything else. They hurry to mention that this was conferred only on the believing part of the nation for the rebellious were turned into apes and swine, and cursed of God. They were to remember with thankfulness and obedience the favour which was bestowed on their forefathers in the world of their time.

The conclusion must not be drawn that now God’s favour was on the seed of Ishmael as the more favoured race, for if a prophet was to arise of the seed of Ishmael, greater than any prophet of the seed of Israel, how then could it have been said that “We have favoured” the latter beyond all the world, including at that moment the seed of Ishmael?

Abraham’s godly seed does not include Ishmael

“And We gave to him (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob, and both of them We directed aright.”

Muslim commentators are uncomfortable that they find here no mention of Ishmael in this passage. They therefore give the explanation that Ishmael is not mentioned with Isaac and Jacob because the Quran is speaking of the long line of descent of the prophets of Israel. They continue to say that as Muhammad came from Ishmael it was not suitable to mention him on this occasion but he is later mentioned but in quite another connection.

Surely, the object in naming Isaac and Jacob was to indicate the progeny of Abraham from whose line prophets should arise. As there is an absence of Ishmael’s name then the text suggests that no prophet would arise from amongst his descendents. We are told Muhammad is the greatest of all prophets from out of Abraham so why no mention of him here?

 

Honours are awarded to Isaac and Jacob not to Ishmael

“And when he (Abraham) had separated himself from them, and from that which they worshipped beside God, We gave him Isaac and Jacob; and We made them both prophets;

and We granted unto them (benefits of) our mercy; and We granted unto them a lofty tongue of truth.” (Maryam 19:49)

Again we find no mention of Ishmael whereas high honours are paid to Isaac and Jacob. When Abraham departed to the holy land God gave him a son and a grandson to live with him and made them both prophets these alone are mentioned as God’s gift to Abraham, as the root and ancestry from which the race of prophets sprang.

The gift of prophecy to be found in the line of Isaac and Jacob not in Ishmael

“And We gave him Isaac and Jacob; and We placed among his descendants the gift of prophecy and the Scriptures;

and We gave him his reward in this world, and in that to come he shall be one of the righteous.” (Al Ankabut 29:25)

Ishmael was one of Abraham’s children but why was he not once again with Isaac and Jacob? The Quran recognises that Isaac and Jacob were the root and ancestry of the race of the prophets, and from them was to spring Him in whom “all the nations of the earth would be blessed” (Genesis 22:18, 26:4; 28:14); further, Isaac was the child of promise (as we see both in the Taurat and Quran), according to the angelic message to Abraham and Sarah, whereas Ishmael was born of the bondservant Hagar, without promise or heavenly message. Again, the promise of the gift of prophecy to the seed of Abraham, in immediate connection with the mention of Isaac and Jacob as progeny given by covenant to Abraham, is in strong contrast with the absence of any such promise in passages where Ishmael is named.

Further honours awarded to Isaac and Jacob but not to Ishmael

“And We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob as an additional gift; and We made all of them righteous persons; We made them also leaders, that they might guide others by Our command.

And We inspired them to do good works, the observance of prayer, and the giving of alms; and they served Us.” (Al Anbia 21:69, 70)

This is now the fourth text gathered from different parts of the Quran where each excels that which preceded it in the grandeur of the blessings bestowed on Abraham and his two sons. The Quran recognises along with the Taurat the blessings Isaac and Jacob obtained from God:

1) We guided them aright

2) We made them all prophets

3) We committed to their progeny the gift of prophecy and the Scriptures

4) And all of them We made righteous.

Surely, if Ishmael had been a partaker with Isaac in the promised blessing, his name would have appeared somewhere in connection with it. Here in this section the same conclusion is drawn that Ishmael is not alluded to as the progenitor of any from whom a prophetical race would arise. He must therefore be excluded from the promise given to the patriarch.

 

Muhammad told to remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

“And remember Our servants, Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob, men strenuous and prudent. Verily, We purified them with a perfect purification, through remembrance of the life to come. And they were in Our sight chosen men and good. And remember Ishmael and Elisha and Dhul Kefl, all good men.(Sura 38: vv 43-46).

Muslim commentators say that Muhammad is told to remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for their power in God’s service, their insight in spiritual things, and excellent works. This is now the fifth verse in which Ishmael is not mentioned as being of the family of Abraham. How is it that God bids Muhammad to remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, their virtue, knowledge and grace, and not a word of his progenitor Ishmael, who is spoken of as if he “belonged to another generation,” and not to Abraham at all?

Then we read of Ishmael whose inclusion is not alongside the family of Abraham but linked with Elisha and Dhul Kefl:“Remember Ishmael, Elisha, and Dhul Kefl, all good men.” Elisha lived some one thousand years after Ishmael and they are linked with Dhul Kefl who is said to have belonged to a different race completely from the Prophets. It is to be especially noted that the Prophet of Islam is here desired to “remember” the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, without any reference to Ishmael, who had no claim to be associated with them. This is in complete accord with the promise already quoted from the Taurat that in their line the whole earth should be blessed.

29 Responses to “Ishmael not in prophetic line”

  • Eric Bruno:

    I guess u have to email me…coz I have a lot to discuss with you..Admin

  • Eric bruno:

    Islam attributes anyone who had a link from Abraham to Ishmael’s generation to be a prophet. The fact that Abraham had an encounter with God doesn’t make him a prophet and likewise Ismael and Isaac.

    To answer this, we must first ask ourselves 1. Who is a prophet? 2.Who is a messenger ? 3. Is a messenger the same as a prophet? 4. What’s the difference between a messenger and a prophet?

    Let start with who a messenger is. A messenger is some one who is being sent to deliver a message. A messenger is purposed to deliver messages. God had both human messenger as well as inhuman messengers. Examples of the human messengers are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. Inhuman messengers as their names suggest, are what the Qur’an referred to as mal’akh (which in English is means Angel’s). Examples are angel Gabriel (mal’akh ghabriyil in Arabic) and other Angel’s named
    2. A prophet. While a messenger is to deliver messages, that of the prophet is quiet different and with just a few similarities (difference). A prophet gives prophecy (they tell what will happen in the next future, performs miracles, delivers messages, and teaches. Example of prophets are… Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Ezekiel. Apart from delivering messages which is the similarity between messenger and prophet, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob do not fit the other descriptions. Why be coz they never spoke of the future and the other matters listed above.

    On the basis of this, I hope it has now been stated that prophets are different from messengers. Abraham, Jacob, Isaac are not prophets but rather, they are messengers. My dear Moslems, Mohammed got it wrong when giving the description of a messenger to a prophet. There is much more to say but I will conclude here.

    • admin:

      You are correct to bring out the distinction between prophets and messengers in Islam. It is a distinction worked out by Muslim theologians. A prophet (nabi) is said to have received the highest form of inspiration (wahi), but is not necessarily required to deliver the message. An apostle (rasul) receives the same form of inspiration but is commanded by God to deliver the message to men. The apostles then, were messengers of God who had been sent to peoples of the past. Islam claims that there were be nine special messengers (rasul): Nuh, Ibrahim, Daud, Yaqub, Yusuf, Ayyub, Musa, ‘Isa and Muhammad all were said to bring new laws which successively abrogated the preceding revelation. The difference between rasul and nabi is not always clear.

      Only a minority of individuals called prophets in the Quran are so described in the Bible. The lists of the prophets in the Quran do not follow a chronological order and his understanding of them seems confused. Muslims often accuse Christians of depracating the prophets as the Bible records their sins and failures such as lying or adultery; there are no such allegations made against such prophets as Enoch, Elijah, Joseph and Daniel. However, it remains true that deficiency resides in man, God alone is perfect. Man by contrast has short-comings and he who has virtues still has sinful tendencies.

      God chose certain prophets to convey his message and guided them by the Holy Spirit in truth: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)

    • admin:

      You are correct to bring out the distinction between prophets and messengers in Islam. It is a distinction worked out by Muslim theologians. A prophet (nabi) is said to have received the highest form of inspiration (wahi), but is not necessarily required to deliver the message. An apostle (rasul) receives the same form of inspiration but is commanded by God to deliver the message to men. The apostles then, were messengers of God who had been sent to peoples of the past. Islam claims that there were be nine special messengers (rasul): Nuh, Ibrahim, Daud, Yaqub, Yusuf, Ayyub, Musa, ‘Isa and Muhammad all were said to bring new laws which successively abrogated the preceding revelation. The difference between rasul and nabi is not always clear.

      Only a minority of individuals called prophets in the Quran are so described in the Bible. The lists of the prophets in the Quran do not follow a chronological order and his understanding of them seems confused. Muslims often accuse Christians of deprecating the prophets as the Bible records their sins and failures such as lying or adultery; there are no such allegations made against such prophets as Enoch, Elijah, Joseph and Daniel. However, it remains true that deficiency resides in man, God alone is perfect. Man by contrast has short-comings and he who has virtues still has sinful tendencies.

      God chose certain prophets to convey his message and guided them by the Holy Spirit in truth: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)

  • Alif:

    Is the point of this article that Isma’el wasn’t a prophet in the Quran, hadeth?
    That’s palpably foolish: Wikipedia reads:In Islamic thought Lineage of six prominent prophets according to Islamic tradition: Adam, Nūḥ (Noah), Ibrāhīm (Abraham), Ismāʿīl (Ishmael), Iṣḥāq (Isaac) Mūsa (Moses), Maryam (Mary), ʿĪsā (Jesus), Abdul-Muttalib, Muhammad The article supplies dotted lines to indicate multiple generations.
    Ishmael is considered a prophet in Islam and is listed in the Quran with other prophets in many instances.In other verses, such as 21:5-86 and 38:48,Ishmael is praised for being patient, good, and righteous.[18] A particular example which describes Ishmael individually is 19:54-55 – “And call to mind, through this divine writ, Ishmael. Behold, he was always true to his promise, and was an apostle [of God], a prophet, who used to enjoin upon his people prayer and charity, and found favour in his Sustainer’s sight.” — As a descendant of Ishmael, Muhammad is justified as the Prophet and continues the line of prophets from pre-Islamic times. There’s no need to lie for your kerygma’s sake. Raymund Lull – never mind Christ – must be deeply embarrassed. (Spelling at places edited).

    • admin:

      Yes, the Wikipidea article states that “In Islamic thought” Ishmael is a prophet but that is not in agreement with the Biblical teaching. All the article is repeating is the Islamic view of the prophetic line. Interestingly in its final stages it moves away from ‘Isa to Abdul-Muttalib, the pagan grandfather of Muhammad. Muhammad’s grandfather took care of Muhammad when he became an orphan. Although over 80 and an important person from the Hashim line and devoted to his grandson he being a pagan has no place in the prophetic line; neither does Ishmael.

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  • Martha:

    I ‘ve read about the prophetic line at the alquran than translated into the indonesian language as it is expossed by the faithfreedom indonesia.

    That verses of alquran is like this : QS 29-27
    TIDAK ADA NABI SELAIN ISRAEL ” ia itu keturunan Ibrahim/Ishaq/Ya’akub.

    (TIDAK ADA = No/None/There is no) (NABI = Prophet or Prophetic) (SELAIN = Other Than )

    (SELAIN ISRAEL = Other than israel)
    (” ia itu keturunan Ibrahim/Ishaq/Ya’akub = That is Abraham/Issac/Jacob “)

    Tq & Have a nice day.

  • Liza:

    Thank you for this article. I have friends and neighbors that are Muslim and I am curious as to their beliefs. I can not have dialogue with them because they seem to get so flustered and intense about discussing their religion, their beliefs. Especially when I ask about the hadiths a day history of Medina and the spread of Islam. They say that it was only in defense yet history repeats itself with the slaughter of Christians and nonchristians in Syria and this is mimicking the behavior of Muhammed and how Islam was spread. Also the slaughter of Armenians, the Ottomon Empire and so on yet they say it was “only in defense”. As we can clearly see because of Mass Media and Videos now, ISIL are slaughters and mimicking Muhammed. They can’t lie anymore.

    • admin:

      These things will inevitably arise in our discussions with Muslims but, while not completely disregarding these things, may I encourage you to give them a portion of scripture. Perhaps a gospel could be given for them to read, it will centre on the importance of salvation rather than on these other issues. It may well be that they will give you literature in return but at least you will be entering into meaningful relationships.

  • time:

    So according to your understanding of the Old/New Testament you are here telling us that “neither Ismail nor Isaac are prophets” and Mohammad made up the Quran from the Bible (for he couldn’t read or write) and he wrongly ascribe Ismail and Isaac with the office of a prophet. OK, please tell me what is the Jewish belief about Christ as they are carrying the covenant according to your belief? According to your theory what happened to the prophetic line after Christ? Are you try to tell us that you can understand what Quran means more than Arab scholars? I think the topic here is covered and I appreciate your advice and will read the other topic and see what’s up there. Thank you for giving me the chance to discuss these things and I have to tell you that you are patient and tolerant with my awful English.
    Regards

    • admin:

      Its good to be able to discuss these things in a civilised and humble way. I realise English is not your mother tongue but I thank you for your efforts. I have had to edit certain parts, but your overall argument has been clear throughout. I had to edit the first two sentences in this e-mail and I hope that I have portrayed your meaning correctly.
      On the matter of the questions you raised 1. Jesus Christ taught that the message of the Old Testament prophets concerning the coming of Christ found its fulfilment in him: “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:44-47)”
      2. It would take a long time to discuss the matter as to why the the Jews rejected Jesus as being the Christ. It may be better for the Jews themselves to explain their position. 3. I am not suggesting in the slightest that “you can understand what the Quran means more than Arab scholars” I am merely pointing out that the teaching of the Bible leaves no room for the place of Ishmael as a prophet and Muhammad, likewise, does not follow in the line of Biblical prophets.

  • time:

    you didn’t explain your statement ” 4) Ishmael is not called a prophet in the Old/New Testament because he was not a prophet; likewise Isaac was not called a prophet because he was not a prophet” don’t you consider them both as a prophets??

    The Quran revealed that the previous revelations had been misrepresented and distorted in too many verses including 1/75 & 4/13 and a lot of other verses but i don’t want to put a long list

    * (Hebrews 1:1,2). is not answering the Question, it refers to something that can be explained in too many different ways, so the question is still unanswered – P.S: my reply had been edited unfairly

    • admin:

      Islam considers that both Isaac and Ishmael were prophets. Neither Jews, nor Christians have ever ascribed that title to Isaac (or for that matter Ishmael). The status of prophet-hood has been misunderstood by Muhammad when he tried to grasp the teaching of the Bible.

      The quotations from the Quran you mention do not support your argument of a corrupted scripture, and are discussed in our articles on the Authority of the Bible. After reading these articles, please leave your comments.

      Hebrew 1:1,2 explains that God spoke to the fathers by the prophets – the point being, the prophets spoke to the Jews of an earlier generation who were under the covenant. After the rift with Sara, Ishmael left the family home, only returning to help his brother bury their father showing that Ishmael never had a prophetic ministry to the covenant people.
      P. S. Only where your English has been unclear or unnecessary long has any alteration been made to your comments.

  • time:

    I have a final thing to say as I guess that this topic in nearly covered. You are judging the Quran as it conflicts with the previous scriptural revelations; while the Quran itself indicates that the previous revelations have been misrepresented and distorted by the hand of misguided people through the ages. Really i can’t notice any kind of logic in this judgement. Do you have any evidence that god “must” choose his messengers (forever) through one line and couldn’t choose another one???? If yes show it to me, and if no, your theory is then collapsing.

    • admin:

      Yes, it is right to judge the Quran by what has already been revealed in the previous scriptures. If they do not agree then something is badly amiss. Your suggestion “that the previous revelations has been misrepresented and distorted by the hand of misguided people through the age” is not supported by the Quran but that is another matter. In respect of God’s sovereign choice of chosen messengers scripture teaches that God called Israel to be his people and sent them his prophets. In the words of the New Testament says: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1,2).

  • time:

    After quoting Genesis 17:1-14 the respondent continues: now notice that
    1) the general covenant had been given to Ibrahim and his offspring, and a second to his generations (including Ismail), 2) for some reason Ismail must be taken out from the context so he needs a special speech that refers to Isaac as a favorable son because he is not the son of the slave-girl.3) The Quran declares Ismail is a prophet, 4) neither The Old Testament nor the New Testament declare that Ismail is (not) a prophet. 5) you are trying to tell us that Quran Fabricates the prophecy of Ismail while it’s clear like the sun in Quran that he is a prophet and the covenant that given to Ibrahim offspring according to “Genesis” includes Ismail … so what is the nearest conception to the LOGIC? The Quran is consistent with his context and declares that Ismail is a prophet.

    • admin:

      1)There was one covenant established which was between God, Abraham and his seed (Genesis 17:7). 2) Although Ishmael will be come a great nation (Genesis 17:20) the covenant will be established with Isaac through Sarah(Genesis 17:19, 21). 3) The Quran is therefore wrong in declaring that Ishmael is a prophet for he was not included in the covenant promises while the biblical prophets were. 4) Ishmael is not called a prophet in the Old/New Testament because he was not a prophet; likewise Isaac was not called a prophet because he was not a prophet. 5) The Quran is wrong and this is just one example. Yes, it may be consistent to its own story-line but it conflicts with the previous scriptural revelations in this and other matters.

  • time:

    OK, that is much clearer now, so let’s summarize your point 1) Ismail’s revelation is not clear in Quran and it does not support the spread of the religion of Ibrahim. 2)Ismail is not a prophet cause the covenant with Ibrahim is continued through Isaac, and that is what you express as “Ismail is not found in the prophetic line.

    The first point applies to all the prophets not only Ismail because the Quran generally concentrates on the historical events and the stories summarize their lessons and warnings. Islam considers that all prophets and messengers are sent with the same message (monotheism) with a slight difference in legislation according to the humanitarian need of the time, so it’s not about Ismail, it’s about the prophetic experiment as a system in the holy Quran .

    2)I want you to say directly “Ismail is not a prophet of god” cause I’ll prove from both Bible and Torah that the contrary of that theory is quietly right.

    • admin:

      1)On the wider question of the prophets Islam believes that there were 124,000 and of the 28 that appear in the Quran a large number are not considered prophets according to the Bible. In Islam they are proponents of monotheism while in the Bible they have additional roles such as bring back an erring people to the covenant. The aspect of them presenting “the same message with a slight differences in legislation according to the humanitarian need in every time” is a position not found in the Bible.
      2)According to the teaching of the Bible Ishmael is not a prophet of God along with other Quranic candidates like Adam, Hud, Lot, Shu’aib, Zechariah, Uzair, Zu’l-Qarnain etc. I look forward to hearing your defence concerning the prophetic defence of Ishmael.

  • time:

    I really don’t understand the point of this article, but from the the second reply the admin said : “The point of the article is to show that the Quran is in agreement with the Taurat on this particular subject i.e. that no gift of prophecy or revelation lies in the seed of Ishmael and so therefore Muhammad has no claim to the biblical prophetic line.” I don’t know how could you reach to this conclusion by saying that Quran didn’t mentioned Ismail in some verses???!!!!! OK the Quran didn’t mention him in some verses but mentioned him in others…. where is the point ??? For example the Quran mentioned Isaac and Jacob about 16 times from these 16 times Ismail mentioned 6 times in the context, and you try to tell us that the Quran should have mentioned Ismail in the 16 times to make us sure that the prophet line is ok???? The same thing with Ismail he is mentioned in the Quran about 12 times, 6 of these times with Ibraham or other prophets, so what could this do to the prophet line with the same way of thinking?
    What the Quran says is that, God choose whoever he wants where he wants and when he wants God can choose from offspring of anyone if he wants to send a messenger.

    • admin:

      Yes, that’s a fair point thank you for your comments. Yes, there are a number of verses in the Quran that mention Ishmael. They state that he received revelation 2:136, 3:84, 4:163, while 19:54,55 calls him a messenger and prophet who “used to enjoin on his people prayer and charity, and he was most acceptable in the sight of his Lord.” In some places he is associated with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes while in other places his name is linked with Elisha, Jonah and Lot; Idris and Zu’l-kifi. He is also said to have helped his father Abraham build the Ka’abah (Al-Baqarrah 2:127).

      While Islam views Ishmael as a prophet both the Quran and Tradition fail to explain the substance of Ishmael’s revelation, nor is it explained how it is related to the spread of the religion of Abraham. The Traditions concentrate on other factors like acknowledging that his mother was Hagar; that there was a feud between Hagar and Sarah; that he was involved in digging the foundations of the Ka’abah and other related non-biblical stories.

      The Bible explains both the substance and the context of the life of Ishamael who gradually disappears from the picture as the covenant with Abraham is continued through Isaac. In other words Ishmael is not found to be in the prophetic line.

  • Dave Biddle:

    This article was extremely interesting.

    “Present day Muslims hold that it was Ishmael, and not Isaac, who was offered for sacrifice. however, there are a variety of opinions. Amongst those that held it was Isaac who was offered were the chief Companions: Umar, Ali, Abbas, Ibn Masud, Ka’b the Jew, and eight others.”

    That is powerful. It really opens the reader to the validity of the well-presented case you made!

    Thank you!

    Jesus is Lord, Savior, Christ, Judge, Son of God, Creator and He is my Friend!

    • admin:

      Thank you. Perhaps you could share with us the sources you have which state that “Umar, Ali, Abbas, Ibn Masud, Ka’b the Jew, and eight others” believed Isaac was the one who was sacrificed.

  • Knowledge:

    You are disproving Muhammad is not a Prophet using the Quran. This does not make sense.

    It results in picking a choosing to support your claims while disregarding other verses which blatantly tell he was a Prophet.

    I don’t think this is a sincere/honest approach at knowing the truth.

    • admin:

      The point of the article is to show that the Quran is in agreement with the Taurat on this particular subject i.e. that no gift of prophecy or revelation lies in the seed of Ishmael and so therefore Muhammad has no claim to the biblical prophetic line. If he has no claim he cannot be the last and final prophet ‘the seal of the prophets’. This contrary to your suggestion is in fact a sincere and honest examination of the Quran on this subject.

      The source of Muhammad’s claim to be a prophet lies not in his spiritual ancestry in the line of the prophets of the Old Testament but in a completely different area. One of the reasons the Arabs believed Muhammad was a prophet was the evidence of a mole of an unusual size on Muhammad’s back, this lump they believed was a divine seal predicted in scripture. Just as this prediction is absent in scripture so likewise there are no predictions of any prophet coming from the line of Ishmael.

    • tracee:

      Speaking of honest approaches, it would seem that Islam and Muslims have that same attitude. Why is it wrong for a Christian to cherry-pick vs out of the Quran but yet a Muslim can pick any vs they want out of the Bible, place it out of context, make their own doctrine, then call the rest of it corrupted. We’re just learning from the best that’s all.

  • truthseeker:

    thank you. This provided me with much needed clarity on the Ishmael/Isaac debate.

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