Islam is the youngest out of all the major religions in the world, though it claims to be the oldest. Secular historians equate the founding of Islam with Muhammad. The Arab who claimed to be a Prophet in the line of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. According to Islam, the first man who ever lived, Adam, was a Muslim. Muhammad is simply the last in the line of Islamic Prophets according to the Quran and the Hadith.Not only are the Prophets of the Old and New Testaments called Muslims, secular figures are called Muslims as well. A good example is Surah 18 with Dhul-Qarnayn who is described as a Muslim. Dhul-Qarnayn is actually a reference to Alexander the Great according to Muslim and secular scholars. This observation actually serves as an argument against the Quran since Alexander was anything but a Muslim. He was a Greek polytheist who deified himself, in addition to being a practitioner of homosexuality. It’s one of numerous examples how the Quran is a polemic against history.
Regardless, what the Islamic sources state is that Islam existed before Muhammad. For the sake of argument, we will grant Muslims this argument. However, they now have to answer the following question: Besides Biblical and Quranic figures, who are the pre-Muhammad Muslims? Yes, we know that Islamic sources claim Moses, Jesus, Alexander the Great, and others were Muslim. Who else?
Were the ancient Israelites who lived in the era of the first Temple Muslims? How about Judas Maccabeus? What about the Apostle Paul and other characters in the book of Acts? Was St. Ignatius of Antioch a Muslim? How about St. Augustine of Hippo? How about the Talmudic Rabbis?
I know what most Muslims are probably thinking. Augustine believed in the death, resurrection and deity of Christ, how can he be a Muslim? The Talmudic Rabbis reject the Prophet Jesus, how can they be Muslim? Valid points, though it is certainly easier to argue for them being Muslim over Alexander the Great.
Who were the Muslims from the time of Jesus until the time of Muhammad? The truth is that there are no Islamic Christians, Islamic Jews, or any other kind of Muslim before the 7th Century AD. Muhammad was the first Muslim, not Adam.
It shouldn’t be hard to do this if the Quran is a book from God. The truth is, it is not. The Quran has about as much divine authority as the Book of Mormon. The only reason that Islam has more followers than Mormonism is that their early movement had a military to enforce their book and religion. They both have an equal claim to truth.
God’s religion will not force us to believe numerous things that have been thoroughly falsified by previous scriptures and secular history. To all Muslims who read this blog, I invite you to relieve yourself of this enormous burden. In the 7th century, God’s religion was set up, organized and evangelizing the world. It was the same Church that was founded in Matthew 16. It existed in the 7th century and it still exists today. Come home Muslims.