Bani Israel & Us.
Bani Israel is famous for its hypocritical behaviour, back stabbing & cowardliness during the time of battle – but to think we are actually related to them is preposterous! But at some point down the line, it might have a little truth to it after all.
Firstly we have to take in consideration that Hazrat Ibrahim was the first Israelite. The Quran says, 3.67: “Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah.” He was Muslim but it was he who brought forward the first tribe which would continue into many more. According to the Genesis 17:5, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”
Hazrat Ibrahim became the father of 9 great nations, 8 of which were through his sons. The first was was the nation of Ismael.
In the Genesis 25:12-16, it says, “Now these [are] the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: And these [are] the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: These [are] the sons of Ishmael, and these [are] their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.”
The second nation is the Roman nation of Esau (Edom) who was the other son of Isaac.
The third being the Hebrew nation of Jacob (The 12 Tribes of Israel).
The other 6 nations are the sons of Keturah, the wife he took after Sarah died, that he sent to the east (India, etc.). Genesis 25:1-2, “Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name [was] Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.” Genesis 25:5-6, “And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.”
The 3rd nation is also known as ‘the Children of Israel’ from which the Pathans/Ansari descend. They were thus named ‘Israel’ rather than being named Bani Yaqub as the tradition follows.
It is then recorded by Shaikh Sadik Ali who wrote in his works published in 1901,
Ansaris were originally Jews or Bani Israel. Their great ancestor, Shamul, was a physician and councillor in the service of King Toba, who was a king in Yemen. Toba, during the time of his reign, marched into Arabia and arrived in Yasrab, which was then the name of the town of Medina. He had four hundred physicians and councillors with him, of whom Shamul was the chief and they all told the king that they intended to settle down there as the last of the prophets would immigrate to that place and live there and they wished to be reckoned amongst his followers. Toba wrote a letter by his own hand, declaring that he embraced Islam in anticipation, and delivered it to Shamul, with instructions that the letter was to be treated as a legacy to be delivered in succession until it was handed over to the prophet by some one of his descendants. The letter was delivered to the prophet one thousand and fifty three years after by the writer’s great ancestor, Khalid bin Zed, commonly known as Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari. After Shamul, our ancestors were divided into two sub-divisions, called – 1. Al Khazraj and 2. Al Os.
It must have been this particular reverted group who had travelled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia who called themselves ‘Ansars’ or ‘The Helpers’ who helped Prophet Muhammad when he migrated. Then as time past, they travelled to the east, under the command of many generals who set out to conquer different countries. The ancestral link from Medina was brought to India by the descendants of Abu Ayub Ansari who were members of Mohammed Bin Qasim’s army when he invaded Sindh. Some of those early Ansaris settled in Paat, district Dadu, Sindh and were considered a highly educated family in the province producing prominent figures on the national level.
Thus, we can be tracked as being the reverted descendants of Bani Israel.