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Most of the information on this page was gleaned from Dr. Rafat Amari's 20-year full-time study, detailed in his very informative book "Islam: In Light of History", with the following paper available free online from his website at the Religion Research Institute: "Is Muhammad a Descendant of Ishmael?"
According to many hadith writers, Mohammed himself prohibited any tracing of his genealogy past the 17th generation. This is one reason that Ibn-Ishak was considered by the Muslim scholars of his time as being guilty of forgery and fabricating false genealogies. From the preceding link:
"Long before Ibn Ishak, Muslims who lived in Mohammed's own time also fabricated genealogies in an attempt to connect Mohammed to the descendants of Ishmael. Mohammed himself rejected all of those false genealogies and he put limits regarding the genealogy of his ancestors. Amru bin al-As wrote:
'Mohammed genealogized himself regarding his ancestors until he reached al-Nather bin Kinaneh, then he said 'anyone who claimed otherwise or added further ancestors, has lied.'"
In order to make the claim that Mohammed was descended from Ishmael, Islamic tradition creator Ibn Ishak even invented a genealogy for him. This was of course done without a single historical reference that preceded the 6th century AD. Sadly, for Muslims - even today - Ishak's fictional genealogy trumps the one we received through Moses in the historical record of the Old Testament. Ishaq even assigned what were - from his tribe the Quraysh - Arabic language names, to the characters he created in Mohammed's lineage. Yet history informs us that the Arabic language didn't even exist prior to the Christian era and there is no evidence of written Arabic prior to about 400 AD. Ishak's characters were supposed to have lived thousands of years before his pen, however Ishak exposed his own nonsense, by only including 40 generations between Ishmael and Muhammad.
The paper cited at the top of this page calculates about 2,670 years between Ishmael and Mohammed. Suggesting only 40 generations, would require over 66 years per generation. Yet we know from actual Arabian historical record that the average Arabian generation was about 17-20 years.
Mohammed himself had a 6 year old "wife", that he consummated his marriage with when she was 9 years old, so a generation of 17-20 years would certainly not be surprising. Indeed Muhammad's followers try to legitimize that marriage and consummation by assuming that desert dwelling girls reached sexual maturity earlier than girls in other parts of the world, while suggesting that is what determines whether a girl is of child bearing age, though I don't believe the medical community would agree. Muhammad's having jumped the gun is perhaps further evidenced by the fact that Aisha never conceived a child.
So then the 2,670 years between Ishmael and Mohammed, divided by 20 year generations, would have required over 133 Arabic generations between them. So Ishak not only invented characters of a couple thousand years before, while ascribing 7th century style Arabic names to them, but also spanned 2,670 years with only 40 generations.
A couple thousand years of history isn't something that is imagined by an individual that lives a couple thousand years after the fact, but rather is that which was recorded by witnesses that lived in or near the times about which are detailed. Whether in cave paintings, on stone monuments, silver bowls, pottery, or in a written record of the times. Yet the entirety of Islamic, what they can only label "tradition", was all created and put to the pen in the 7th to 10th centuries AD, without reference to any actual historical record that predates the 6th century.
Muslims even today hold that Muhammed was a descendant of Ishmael, not only in spite of Muhammed's own prohibition against it, but even in light of the fact that the name Ishmael does not occur in a single instance within the archaeological or historical record of Arabia, prior to the pens of the Islamic "tradition" creators. How many of Muhammad's followers even today are named Ishmael? Compare that with the historical incidence of, and use of the names of Isaac and Jacob, among the people with whom God made His everlasting covenant.
To our Muslim friends, will you continue to reject the 1600 year record of Yahweh to mankind, as revealed through all of His prophets and witnesses, whose people have followed through two covenants for 3500 years? Abandon the one true God of the scriptures, only to follow the exact opposite of the whole subject of the Gospel, through fables including a flying donkey-mule, and a fictional history created in the 7th to 10th century that simply expanded and embellished Ibn Ishak's created "history"?
What can it hurt for you to watch a few videos on the Muslim Journey to Hope website, of folks that have come to know the love of the one true God Yahweh, through a relationship with Yeshua, the Christ? If you have a fear of doing so, what does that indicate to you?
May the good Lord bless you and guide us all in the truth of His Son our Savior, Yeshua, Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.