Are Jews of Arab or Muslim descent?
No. Jews and Arabs are different peoples, although both are
Muslims are followers of Islam, which is a religion; Muslims can
be of any race, ethnicity, descent, etc.
God and Allah are different names for the same deity. Jews
originating from the Middle East are of the same semitic bloodline
as Arabs. Jews too can be of different races as witness the
Ethiopian Jews who migrated to modern Israel.
There are similarities betwen the two religions also. For
example, the Halaal procedure of preparing and slaughtering animals
is very like the Kosher method that is used by Jews. Also, neither
Jews or Arabs eat pork as it is considered `unfit`.
Also, note that while "Jew" can refer to either the ethnic group
or the religious affiliation (or both), "Muslim" is ONLY a
religious affiliation, and NOT a racial or ethnic group. So, it is
incorrect to say someone is of "Muslim descent" - that is, there is
no "Muslim" race, so no one can be of "Muslim descent".
Muslim faith teaches that everyone is born Muslim and that those
who do not recognize affiliation and practice the faith have
No, but they are not unrelated.
Tradition states that both Jews and Arabs are the descendants of
Abraham; the Jews through Isaac and Arabs through Ishmael (see
Genesis ch.21 and 25).
While it is true that converts have joined Judaism, DNA analysis
has shown that Jewish communities the world over are all related.