Muhammad and his Christian Uncle

You have probably not heard of Waraqa bin Nawful. Not a whole lot is known about him, but he is actually a very important person because he was probably very influential in forming Muhammad's understanding of religious topics. He was the uncle of Khadija, Muhammad's first wife, and according to the ahadiith he knew Hebrew and was able to read and translate the Bible from that language.

Anyway, I am not an authority, but it is an important topic. This link goes to a conversation which represents the two views fairly well. If you Google him you will find that some people spell his name "Waraqa bin Naufal".

(Incidentally some think he was a Nestorian, which is related to my previous post on the Trinity. The Nestorian heresy was rejected at the Council of Ephesus in 431.)


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