Is Islam Arabian? (Part II) – Where to Find the Answer
The Qur-an (Compiled Recitation) is Allah’s own words, revealed to His Messenger Muhammad. It is the primary source of information in Islam and there is an abundance of literature and media substantiating the claim. (For articles and multimedia on the proof of the Qur-an’s authenticity, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
3 of the Qur-an’s 114 chapters are named after the Children of Israel (a/k/a Hebrews), ancestors of some of today’s Jewish people: Aal-Imran (The Family of Imran), Yusuf (Joseph), Maryam (Mary).
Moosaa (Moses), another Hebrew, figures so prominently that one scholar was led to say that the Qur-an was almost going to be about Moosaa. Mary, for her part, was named by Muhammad as the best of women (Sahih Al-Bukhari, The Book of the Stories of the Prophets)
(This says a lot about Islam’s alleged anti-Semitism. Arabs, and Amharic Ethiopians, by the way are ALSO Semitic. Anti-Semitic Semites? Semitic Anti-Semites?? Hmmm…)
Another chapter is named after Non-Arabs: Ar-Room (The Romans).
One chapter is named after an African man from Habasha (Ethiopia/Abyssinia): Luqman
Three are named after Non-Arab prophets: Hood, Yoonus (Jonah), and Nooh (Noah).
One chapter Al-Mujaadilah (The Pleading Woman) is entitled after a woman who was pleading against the injustice of a certain Arabic custom: Zihar (the aforementioned arbitrary divorce initiated by a man calling his wife the back of his mother.)
At-Talaq (Divorce) is a chapter regulating divorce along just lines, unlike those prevalent in Arabia at the time.
The secondary source of information about Islam are the narrations (ahadeeth, singular: hadeeth). These are the words, actions, orders, and approvals of Prophet Muhammad, in accordance with Allah’s Guidance. There is a highly-developed science dedicated to authenticating the chains of narrators in these narrations. In fact, there are some scholars whose scholarship- and voluminous libraries- are solely dedicated to the biographies of narrators in these chains of narration.
There is a subset of these narrations which are narrated about companions of the Prophet, or his life and times.
Based on this system of priority, the evidences in “Is Islam Arabian? (Part I)” were related in this order.
P.S. Several of the narrations in “Is Islam Arabian? (Part I)” refer to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar. The right to Khilafah (Caliphate) of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar is disputed by Shi’a Muslims. The Shi’a belief on this matter, in summary, is that ‘Ali was the rightful Khalifah after his death. Muhammad’s cousin (through his uncle Abu Talib), son-in-law (through his daughter Fatimah), father of his only surviving male bloodline (his grandsons Hasan and Husain), and eventual fourth Khalifah,
However, Abu Bakr was Muhammad’s father-in-law (through ‘Aa-isha). ‘Umar was also his father-in-law (through Hafsa) and Ali’s son-in-law (through Umm Kulthum, granddaughter of Muhammad through Fatimah). As such, some Shi’a contend that they are virtuous. (http://revivingalislaam.blogspot.com/2010/12/umars-marriage-to-umm-kulthum.html). In addition, and with all due respect to Shi’a points-of-view, their contributions to Islam, humanity, and civilization are matters of nearly universally accepted historical fact.