Many Christian missionaries quote many "Narrations" from the Salaf and claim that the early Salaf actually believed that Paul was mentioned in the Quran and he was actually a Prophet of Allah!

Narrated Ibn S'âd and Ibn Asakir by the authority of Abi Saleh and Ibn Abbas who said:

There was a one thousand and nine hundred years gap between the time of Moses the son of Imran and Jesus. During which time one thousand prophets were sent to the people of Israel. And there was five hundred and sixty nine years gap between the birth of Jesus and the time of Muhammad. During the first part of this gap, three prophets were sent. The third one of these prophets WAS SIMON.

Narrated Ibn al-Monthere from Saed bin Jubayr who said: The name of the third messenger was Paul.

Narrated Ibn Abi Hatim by the authority of Shuwaib Al Jabâ'ayee who said: The names of the first two MESSENGERS were Simon and John. And the name of the third one was PAUL.

Among the apostles, and the followers who came after them were the Apostle Peter and Paul who was a follower and not an apostle; they went to Rome. (Tabari, History, Volume IV, p. 123)

Ibn Jurayj narrated from Wahb bin Sulayman, from Shu’ayb Al-Jaba’i, "The names of the first two Messengers were Sham’un and Yuhanna, and the name of the third was Bulus, and the city was Antioch (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

The Question Is: what is the reality of such reports? I have read some articles that address this issue and they state that these are merely views of some early Muslims. However, does not this prove that at least some early Muslims believed that Paul was someone who was sent by Jesus Christ (Alayhisalam) or God?

  • It sounds like the quotes are about the three messengers mentioned in surat Yasin يس. – Medi1Saif Jun 27 '20 at 7:06
  • @Medi1Saif- Yes, these quotes are about the three messengers that were discussed in the Quran. I am not sure if it is discussed in Surah Yasin or any other chapter. The problem here is that Christians claim that Paul is mentioned by the early Salaf. These claims are spurious. The problem here is that Saed bin Jubayr, Ibn Abi Hatim, etc are reliable narrators and belong to the early period of Salaf. I do NOT know about rest of the narrators in these narrations, so I am not sure if these narrations are authentic. However, the one narrated by Ibn Jurayj is found in Abridged version of Ibn kathir. – Ren Jun 27 '20 at 8:46
  • Most reports are traced back to the Tabi'in and Tabi'in Tabi'in. There's no direct link from the Prophet SAW himself to confirm that these were disciples of Isa AS. Ibn Kathir had already addressed this issue in his tafsir. – Afiq Jun 27 '20 at 8:53
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    If someone narrates a report does not mean that they considered it reliable, as their intent is to compile all known traditions regardless of authenticity. Also if someone narrates something in the field of stories, it does not mean that they got it from the Prophet rather than the People of the Scripture. – UmH Jun 27 '20 at 8:56

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