Two Sanctuaries that Shared Their Blessings

Two Sanctuaries that Shared Their Blessings

According to the Muslim scholars Ibn Abbas and Suddi, after the death of Hagar [Hajar], her son Prophet Ishmael [Ismâ’îl] married, divorced and remarried again. Ibn Kathir says that Ishmael’s first wife was an inhospitable Amalekite woman who was rejected by her…
King David, the Prophet

King David, the Prophet

Muslims understand David as one of the major prophets sent by God —while Jews have emphasized David as the great foundational King of historical Israel. Why the difference in Islamic and Jewish orientations? Who Was David? Before David was a Prophet or…

Jewish Scholars Who Admired Islam

Ignác/Ignaz [Yitzhaq Yehuda] Goldziher (June 22, 1850 – November 13, 1921), was a Hungarian scholar of Islam and is considered one of the three founders of modern Islamic studies in Europe. Goldziher was educated at the universities of Budapest, Berlin, Leipzig and…
Nine Signs Or Ten Plagues?

Nine Signs Or Ten Plagues?

Still being used in the 21st century are anti-Islamic polemical arguments from 18th and 19th century Christian Missionaries who claimed that Muhammad made lots of mistakes in the Qur’an when he refers to events that occur in the Bible. In reality, these…

Mi’raj For Reform Jews

At the annual commemoration of Isra and Mi’raj (March 22 this year) many Muslims will remind themselves of the well-known Hadith about why Muslims pray five times daily. The Qur’an itself does not explicitly state that there should be five distinct daily…

Was Jesus Crucified? A Rabbi’s View

Christian missionaries declare the Qur’an wrongly states that Prophet Jesus was not killed by the Jews, or the Romans, or by anyone else. A popular translation of the relevant Qur’anic passage reads thus: “And for their saying, ‘Indeed, we (Romans, Jews, or…