Egyptologist Wissim al-Sisi claims that the Prophet Muhammad had Egyptian roots

(ORDO NEWS) — Egyptologist Wissim al-Sisi provoked a heated debate by claiming that the prophet Muhammad was of Egyptian, not Arabic origin.

A recent claim by an Egyptologist about the origins of the Prophet Mohammed has sparked controversy in Egypt.

In television appearances on August 22, Wassim al-Sisi, an Egyptologist, said: “Prophet Muhammad is the son of Abd Manaf, who comes from Egypt, which means that the Prophet has Egyptian roots, and the Egyptians are his descendants.”

“Our Lord chose al-Kinana [land of Egypt], then chose Banu Abd Manaf, then Quraysh [clan], and from Quraysh chose Bunu Hashim…

Lady Hagar [revered woman in Islam] is our daughter and our granddaughter”, he added, addressing the Egyptians.

Wassim al-Sisi’s statements provoked a strong reaction on social networks.

“Sisi’s claims are baseless. There is no mention of this in the Holy Quran or in the Sunnah of the Prophet,” said Ahmad Amer, an archaeologist and Egyptologist.

“If the Prophet had really come from Egypt, he would have returned to this land, as he did when he returned to Mecca al-Mukarrama. The Prophet never mentioned or hinted that he had Egyptian roots.”

Abdel Rahim Rihan, an Egyptian antiquities expert and member of the Committee on History and Antiquities of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture, said: “According to the hadith, the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad goes back to the Arabian Peninsula, without any doubt.”

“Al-Kinana, mentioned in the noble hadith, refers to the tribe of Banu Kinana, to which the Prophet belonged.

They were located in the Arabian Peninsula. Today, some representatives of this tribe live in Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine, and to a lesser extent in Tunisia , Morocco, Syria and Yemen,” Rihan explained.

He added: “The Quraysh clan was a branch of the Kinana tribe, independent of the rest of the Banu Kinana. The nickname al-Kinani refers to Banu Abd Manat bin Kinana and Banu Malkan bin Kinana.

As for al-Qurayshi, it means Banu an-Nadr bin Kinana. An-Nadr are the Quraish of bin Kinan. The Quraish clan belongs to the tribe of Kinan.”

However, Fatiya al-Hanafi, professor of law at Al-Azhar University, argues: “It is possible to trace the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad to Egypt, given the kinship with the Prophet Ismail.”

She said: “Hagar, who was an Egyptian, was the wife of the prophet Ibrahim and the mother of his son Ismail, the grandmother of the prophet.

The prophet Ibrahim and Hagar, as well as their son Ismail, moved from Egypt to Mecca, where they settled in an uncultivated valley near [what then became] Masjid al-Haram [Great Mosque of Mecca].”

Sisi caused even more controversy when he mentioned “a fresco depicting pharaohs falling on their chins in prostration, which is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an in Surah Al-Isra: “Believe it or don’t believe it.

Verily, those who were given knowledge before him, when it is recited to them, fall on their faces in prostration.”

“The Qur’an mentions that worshipers should lean on their chin in prostration, not their forehead,” Sisi said.

Rihan, however, said: “Sisi’s interpretation of this verse is strange and inaccurate. There is no connection between the pharaonic fresco and the Qur’anic verse.

During the Islamic conquests and during the time of the righteous caliphs, there was no mention of such claims.

Even the Qur’an does not mention the ancient Egyptian civilization, but the people of Aad, Thamud and the people of Lot are mentioned, as well as the Persians.

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