The purpose of this brief article is to show that Paul, the self-acclaimed “apostle” whom the Christians follow, have no place in Islam at all. Muslims believe that between the time periods of the Prophet Jesus(P) and the Prophet Muhammad(P), no Messenger of God had came between them, whether to the Gentiles or the Jews. This is based on an agreed hadith recorded by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, as follows:
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Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “I am the nearest of all the people to the son of Mary, and all the prophets are paternal brothers, and there has been no prophet between me and him (i.e. Jesus).”
We know of only one man who claimed to be a messenger of God in this intervening period. That man was calledPaul, formerly known as Saul, of Tarsus.
According to the Christians Paul was an “apostle of Jesus”. Jesus(P) had allegedly appeared to him in a “vision” as God and chose him as his “apostle”. Hence, Paul is also a “messenger” of God because Jesus(P) is believed to be God. It is said that Paul was sent “to the the Gentiles” to preach to them the Gospel, i.e. he “has been entrusted with the task of preaching” with a message (Galatians 2:7-10).
Since Paul claimed that he was sent by Jesus(P) to the nations with a particular message, it therefore follows that he is a “messenger”, and hence he uses the title “apostle” for himself. Quotes from the New Testament where the title “apostle” is applied to him are as follows: