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Are Modern Day Arabs/muslims Descendants Of Ishmael?

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#1 King Conan

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:48 AM


Does Islam consider Ishmael their blood connection to God?

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:43 PM

No one and no thing has a blood connection to God, who is One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.

Arab Muslims are descendants of prophet Ibrahim, the father of the prophets.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:03 PM

Not all Muslims are physical descendants of Ismail, peace be upon him. The majority aren't. 

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:41 PM

Thank you for your replies.


So this Wikipedia article is correct then about Islam and Ishmael?


"Geneology and association with Arabs[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ishmael_in_Islam&action=edit&section=8]

As Islam became established, the figure Ishmael and those descended from him, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmaelites, became connected, and often equated, with the term Arab in early Jewish and Christian literature.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-JSTOR-33 Before Islam developed as a religion, Ishmael was depicted in many ways, but after its establishment, Ishmael was almost always seen in a negative light in Jewish and Christian texts, as he becomes the symbol for the "other" in these religions.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-34 As the Islamic community became more powerful, some Jewish midrash about Ishmael was modified so that he was portrayed more negatively in order to challenge the Islamic view that Ishmael, and thus the Muslims, were the favored descendents of Abraham.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-35 This became the genealogy according to Jewish sources and the Bible, in contrast with the genealogy of Arabs according to Muslims.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-JSTOR-33 The development of Islam created pressure for Muslims to be somehow different than Judaism and Christianity, and accordingly, Ishmael's lineage to Arabs was stressed.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-36 In pre-Islamic times, there were three distinct groups of Arabs- the Ba'ida, Ariba, and Musta'riba. The Ba'ida were the "lengendary Arabs of the past," while the Ariba were the "Southern Arabs." Ishmael's descendants became the Northern Arabs known as the Musta'riba or the "Arabized Arabs." The Musta'riba were described as Arabized since it is believed Ishmael learned Arabic when he moved to Mecca and as he married into the Arabic tribe of Jurhum. varisco147 Ishmael's line is then traced from his son http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan, down through the Musta'riba, to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quraysh_tribe.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-37 In this manner, Muhammad's ancestry leads back to Ishmael, joining "...original biblical ancestry of Abraham with a distinctively Arab afinal stock,"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-JSTOR-33 and connecting Muhammad with Mecca and the Kaaba.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam#cite_note-JSTOR-33"