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Quran: were jews once arabs or vice versa..?

in the Quran are the prophets arabs or jews? (David, Moses, Abraham etc)

if they were jews, what/where were the arabs at that time?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Interesting question in some ways.  The answer is complicated:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jews   Even more complicated is the term 'Arab':  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs  which mentions "Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes."  When you look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham#Abraham_in_religious_traditions you see that Abraham is an important figure in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

Your question can not be simply answered.  Many of the peoples of the Middle East have common ancestors no matter what they call themselves today.
What is the difference between a Jew and an Arab? They look the same, and even speak similar languages: Hebrew and Arabic are both Semitic languages. Turks and Greeks look pretty similar too, but their languages are different.

I wish people would start realising that we are all just that: people. Any differences are minute, they are just exaggerated out of all proportion in their holy books.
Paul SauvéCommented:
In passing, the Jewish, Isalm and Christian faiths all have one and the same God! And no one can argue with that fact. Unfortunately, not all of them realise this!
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25112Author Commented:
Thanks for trying.. i know it is hard to get answer on this one..

i was hoping someone who has read the quran would have been able to respond if Abraham was not a jew.

it is funny.. googling 'God in bible same as God of quran' - all links says 'No, they are not the same and is a myth'....

hope when I go to dubai, i can find it out.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
In your quest for a 'simple' answer, you are ignoring things like the fact that Abraham died about 2500 years before the Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  And about 2000 years before Christ.  Both religions claim Abraham as a prophet.

When you're in Dubai, I would be careful about asking if Abraham was a Jew.  You might not get a friendly response.  Some people might think you were blasphemous which as recent news reports mention, can be a capital crime.
Paul SauvéCommented:
Hi 25112

I think that Wikipedia: Ishmael might help you 'see the light'
Ishmael (Hebrew: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, Modern Yishma'el Tiberian Yišma¿el ISO 259-3 Yišma¿el; Greek: ¿sµa¿¿ Ismael; Latin: Ismael; Arabic: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿Isma¿il) is a figure in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an, and was Abraham's first son according to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Ishmael was born of Abraham's marriage to Sarah's handmaiden Hagar (Genesis 16:3). According to the Genesis account, he died at the age of 137
Paul SauvéCommented:
all the fonts are not rendered, but please see the Wiki link

Paul S
So, how did it go? I assume well enough, recommend cluing us inside some new question.

For more muddle,

David was king, not prophet
Hebrews were nomads assisting egyptian building projects
Jews are from Judah (south) not Israel (north)

Quaran (koran) states explicitly that all three have same god and opportunity to share afterlife. Now if anyone can teach others how to read...

It was semites (both jew and muslim-to-be) that eliminated sumerians (non-semitic) from further legacy.  
Total wipe-out.

er, unless one called Abram made it out - now which Ur did he really come from? Muslim say north, Jews say south. Note arabs lay claim to retaining actual footprint and memorobilia.

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