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Can any one present evidence to support or challenge Muhammad's being a descendant of Ishmael?

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  • Can any one present evidence to support or challenge Muhammad's being a descendant of Ishmael?


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Answer #1 | 23/07 2014 14:24
If we study the many seerah's (autobiography's) of the Prophet Muhammad, they all establish this. This has been done by Muslims and non-muslims alike.
Positive: 100 %
Answer #2 | 23/07 2014 14:23
What religion is most hated in the world today? (Genesis 16:11-12) Which religion is considered a nation? (Genesis 17:20) Genesis also says Isaac and Ishmael's line will be multiplied exceedingly. What are the two top religions? Descendants of Isaac and Ishmael ... Christianity and Islam
Answer #3 | 23/07 2014 14:09
If you read the Bible's description of Ishmael in Genesis 16:12, it is a perfect description of Muhammad as well.
Answer #4 | 23/07 2014 13:56
These are just tales that are thousands of years old.
Answer #5 | 23/07 2014 14:28
Muhammad came from a different family line, Ishmaelites had disappeared about 1,000 years! before Muhammad's ancestors. They are not connected.
Answer #6 | 23/07 2014 16:37
It's not Muhammad specifically that Muslims teach was a descendant of Ishmael - it's Arabs in general. Understand that by "Arabs" we mean "Arabic-speaking peoples" - not "any people who ever lived in the Arabian Peninsula". The Arabic language arose from Old South Arabian - so the speakers of that language are certainly the ancestors of the Arabs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigraphic_South_Arabian That language group was restricted to the southernmost Arabian peninsula and easternmost horn of Africa, and extends back to the 8th century B.C.E. (Arabic proper extends back only to about the 5th century A.D.) According to the Bible, the Ishmaelites - settled in the region south of Judah, the western border being Egypt and the eastern portion including only the most northwestern portion of the Arabian peninsula - date from about 2,000 B.C.E. - included 12 princedoms that were the sons of Ishmael - that is, at about that date - are last mentioned in the Bible in Psalms - that is, during the time of David & Solomon, about 1000 B.C.E. So: - last Biblical mention of the Ishmaelites: 1000 B.C.E., said to reside between northwestern-most Arabian peninsula and Egypt - oldest known proto-Arabic group: 200 years later, residing hundreds of miles away from the location of the Biblical Ishmaelites Summary: - the Ishmaelites ceased to exist as a nation and culture around 1000 B.C.E. - the Arabic peoples originated in the southernmost Arabian peninsula and easternmost horn of Africa shortly after that time, but hundreds of miles distant Conclusion: The claim that Arabs are the descendants of Ishmael is pure myth, unsubstantiated by ANY evidence.
Answer #7 | 23/07 2014 14:14
Considering there was no record keeping of significant worth in those day, no.
Answer #8 | 23/07 2014 14:15
Does it matter? Ishmael either did or din't exist - most of genesis is plain fabrication or misreporting. If he did exist then he was just a man. Being descended from him would have absolutely no significance. In all probability, working only with the numbers, given the time scales involved and given the amount of children Ishmael was supposed to have produced, if Ishmael actually existed then every man woman and child in the Middle East and most of Europe (and by extension a fair amount of the Americas) are descended from Ishmael. How would that make Muhammad special in any way?

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