The Middle East Family Tree
Promoting understanding between the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
The “Middle East Family Tree” by Habeeb G. Habeeb is a comprehensive family tree charting individuals from creation to Noah’s time, Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael and how it splits into Israelites/Jews and Arabs/Gentiles. This chart will help promote understanding between the world’s three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam. It includes Biblical scripture references for each person in the tree. Use this resource to assist in learning both Biblical history of the Old Testament and the root of the conflict.
The back side of the chart is full of text about similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. Included topics are:
- Did Abraham attempt to sacrifice Ishmael or Isaac? What does the Koran say? (surprise answer)
- Was the promise made to Isaac or Ishmael? How Did Abraham feel about that?
- Should Muslims accept the family tree chart?
- Do Muslims believe in the Bible (and should they)?
- Are the Arabic and Hebrew languages similar?
- What are the building blocks of Islam?
- Why do Muslims profess that ‘there is no God but Allah’? Are they alone, or did they imitate Jews and Christians?
- What are the major differences between the Muslim and Christian professions of faith?
- Why do Muslims kneel when praying?
- Why do Muslims face Mecca when praying? Are they alone, or did they imitate a Biblical character?
The Middle East has been a cradle of the history of the three religions. All three share the same beginning heritage such as the creation, the flood, Noah, Abraham, and a belief in the one God who created the world.
Is it possible for rational people from all three religions to be engaged in peaceful dialogue and to coexist in peace? I think so. This project is an attempt to explain the Middle East family Tree and the Middle East's history from creation through Judaism, Christianity, and onto Islam.
I hope that moderate Muslims can dialogue with Christians and co-exist peacefully. We support freedom of religion and strongly oppose radicalism and terrorism, but we are hopeful that moderates in the world can find common ground and common values.
The ‘big picture’ is clear. God created the world. Since creation man has repeatedly violated God’s commands. God continues to call all people to live godly and holy lives in peace with all men. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (The Bible, Hebrews 12:14). God has a plan for all mankind. He “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”. (I Timothy 2:4)