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Mankind is one brotherhood, mankind is One

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Submitted by Keith Williams (United States), Oct 30, 2008 at 12:23

Hi btilly,

I am sorry to tell you that your information is not all correct. We are indeed brothers and sisters of one another. Here, let me help you out. If you are not a person of faith then at least you can see from science that what the Bible and Qur'an says about us all being brothers in mankind is true. Mankind is one brotherhood, mankind is one.

First, we all descend from Adam therefore we are all brothers and sisters of one another. As you read the Bible story thru Genesis don't you see all of the descendants of Adam branching out and inhabiting the land around the orgin and how they all relate with each other throughout the Genesis story??? Reading the Bible and you will see that for yourself that all of those people are related. Also, look at the human genome map. We are all 99% the same. We really don't need to debate this any further but for arguments sake I will entertain your claim where you said that Muhammad was not a descendant of Abraham.

Yes, Hagar was an Egyptian and she was the servant of Abraham's wife Sarah however, you forgot to mention that Abraham took Hagar for a second wife and she bore his first born son Ishmael.

Genesis16 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.

Paran is in Saudi Arabia. Paran is where Ishmael settled.

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

Genesis 17:23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that same day.

Genesis 21:17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.

The Arabs are descendants of Abraham thru his sons Ishmael and Keturah as well as his grandson from Isaac, Esau's sons. These descendants mixed with the original inhabitants of Arabia who were also descendants of Adam.

A line in the Book of Jubilees (20:13) mentions that the descendants of Abraham's son by Hagar, Ishmael, as well as his descendants by Keturah, became the "Arabians" or "Arabs". The 1st century Jewish historian Josephus similarly described the descendants of Ishmael (i.e. the Ishmaelites) as an "Arabian" people. He also calls Ishmael the "founder" (κτίστης) of the "Arabians". Some Biblical scholars also believe that the area outlined in Genesis as the final destination of Ishmael and his descendants ("from Havilah to Assyria") refers to the Arabian peninsula. This has led to a commonplace view that modern Semitic-speaking Arabs are descended from Abraham via Ishmael, in addition to various other tribes who intermixed with the Ishmaelites, such as Joktan, Sheba, Dedan, Broham, etc. Both Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions speak of earlier inhabitants of Arabia. (Antiquities of the Jews, book 1, 12:2&4)( The Life of the Prophet Muhammad (Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya), Volume I, translated by professor Trevor Le Gassick, reviewed by Dr. Ahmed Fareed Garnet Publishing Limited, 8 Southern Court, South Street Reading RG1 4QS, UK; The Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, 1998, pp. 50-52;)

You said: I guess two Nigerians can make a Chinese or a Cherokee American! Well, yes you are correct. Any two humans are more than 99 percent the same at the genetic level.It is possible. We all have the same DNA and we are all the same inside. Also, God is all powerful and can make you into what he wants according to his plan and will. Who knows how people developed from Adam and Eve into all the different variety of peoples that we have but at any rate, if it happened before why say it can't happen again??? It would be too easy for God to do. Pretty soon, with the growth of our knowledge of genetics we may be able to do those ourselves, God willing. http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/po/news/2007-08/oct/18.shtml

I hope I was able to clear up your misconceptions.

peace

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