Christianity Influenced Islam?

Non-Christian monotheism existed in Arabia long before Prophet Muhammad

Few Notes:

1. Prophet Abraham had built the Ka’aba with his son Ishmael. The children of Ishmael continued to worship One true God until the time of Amr b. Luhayy b. Qam’a b. Khindiff who was the first to start the worshipping of idols. About him Prophet Muhammad once said, “I saw Amr b. Luhayy dragging his intestines in hell, and when I asked him about those who lived between his time and mine he said that they had perished…He was the first to change the religion of Ishmael, to set up idols, and institute the custom of the bahira, sa’iba, wasila, and hami.”

2. According to Ibn Ishaq, the ancient historian, “the beginning of stone worship among the sons of Ishmael was when Mecca became too small for them and they wanted more room in the country. Everyone who left the town took with him a stone from the sacred area to do honor to it. Wherever they settled, they set it up and walked round it as they went round Ka’aba. This led them to worship what stones they pleased and those which made an impression on them. Thus as generations passed they forgot their primitive faith and adopted another religion for that of Abraham and Ishmael. They worshipped idols and adopted the same errors as the peoples before them” (Seerah by Ibn Ishaq).

3. Even Western scholars who are hostile to Islam argue the point that monotheism was native to Arabia. H.A.R Gibb in his book ‘Muhammedanism’ argues that “The existence of a supreme God, Allah, is assumed as an axiom common to Muhammad and his opponents. The Koran never argues the point; what it does argue is that He is the one and only one. La ilaha illa’aalah, ‘there is no god but Allah. But it is more doubtful whether this is to be regarded as the direct deposit of Christian or Jewish teaching. In the Koran it is connected with a different tradition altogether, an obscure Arabian tradition represented by the so-called ‘hanifs’, pre-Islamic monotheists whose very name shows that the Syrians regarded them as non-Christians (Syriac “hanpa”, ‘heathen’). Muhammad glories in the name and attaches it as a distinctive epithet to Abraham, “who was neither Jew nor Christian.”

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6 thoughts on “Christianity Influenced Islam?

  1. Peter A. February 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Leaving this out? “Say, We have believed in God and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.”

  2. sam September 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

    bible ‘god rested….moon has its own light earth flat with 4 corners….earth fixed in place it does not move noah floods worldwide’…vs quran ‘your lord neither slumbers nor sleeps….moon relected light…earth spherical…earth moon sun all move in own orbits….noah flood regional’…

    • Melanie Dodge February 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

      You have said that the Bible states “god rested….moon has its own light earth flat with 4 corners….earth fixed in place it does not move noah floods worldwide”.

      As for the statement “God rested”, please read my comment on this site, posted under “Evolution”. It does not refer to God resting physically, as the bible asserts that God neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4), but rather it refers to the fact that He discontinued from His work of creating. Perhaps you should talk to someone who is more educated about the bible rather than relying on your foreign understandings of it in order to interpret its meaning. You’re basically doing the same thing as the Catholics did to the Hebrew testament when they decided it supported the concept of the trinity (it doesn’t… and neither does the Greek testament). They didn’t understand what was written in scripture because they were not from the same culture that wrote it, so they made one up and then interpreted what was written in such a way as to create support for their belief about it.

      What do you make of it when in English we say that “the moon is shining”? Are you really going to argue that it is not just because it is only reflecting the light of the sun? Astronomy was well-enough understood even during Moses’ day to make the same statement without causing the average person to think that the moon was making light. The exceptions were likely limited to those who might have been so poorly educated as to misinterpret it, like those who were converted from a pagan religion that included contrary ideas or from a very rural area where education was already limited.

      Furthermore, we still recognize the four directions, which is what the four corners refers to, traveling out from the area where the Israelites lived. It does not mean that the earth is a flat square – that is merely implied based on the previously mentioned misunderstanding. Finally, fixed in place means in relation to its distance from the sun, not that it does not rotate either on its axis or around the sun – again, basic astronomy was well known, as evidenced by the solar and lunar calendars present around the world during that time. In fact, the Israelites were one of the most educated cultures on the planet at the time.

      As for Noah and the flood, it was in reference to the world known to that culture, not the whole of the earth. Nevertheless, most cultures around the world experienced and documented having a flood around the same time, and stated that it affected the world, their world. Who cares whether an area without humans didn’t experience the flood? The Quran was written three thousand years later. Of course it is more accurate in explaining the basics to its readers. It is not only written to other Abrahamic believers, but also to people who hadn’t read the previous two scriptures and those who had read the scriptures but lacked the education to understand them.

      I suggest that you read the Quran and heads its call to educate yourself about the previous two testaments of scripture and recognize their continued value. The Arabic testament supports and expounds on the Hebrew and Greek testaments. Check it out for yourself and do not allow yourself to be fooled by the religious powers that be.

      • sincereadvisor March 5, 2014 at 4:35 am

        ?? Are you actually responding to my article? Red herring? Regarding your last paragraph, I have read both the Old and the New Testaments.

  3. Melanie Dodge March 24, 2014 at 1:22 am Reply

    Sincereadvisor,
    As the indentation of my previous post should make clear, I was replying to Sam. I thought your article was clear enough on its points and needed no response.
    Peace.

  4. Melanie Dodge March 24, 2014 at 1:27 am Reply

    (P.S. If a post doesn’t make sense in light of something that you’ve written, the two are probably not related and you might look elsewhere for a connection. Keep at it, though. I like to read about your views, even if I don’t always agree with them. :o)

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