Some Muslim leaders say Lord Shiva was the first messenger of Islam
Is it true or just a rumor being spread amongst the people?
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First messenger of Islam is Adam, the first human being. God created Adam first and then from him Eve and from this pair we all emerged so we are all like members of a big family. Thus, Islam preaches universal brotherhood.
“O Mankind! We have created you from a single pair of male and female, and made you in to nations and tribes, that you may know one another (not that you may hate each other). Surely the most honourable of you in the sight of Allah is (he, who is) the most righteous of you….” [Quran 49:13]
One mufti mohammad of luknow I guess commented that Adam-Eve are actually Shiva-parvati. Not sure if he wanted to gain political benefit from that comment or wanted to bring peace between Hindu-Muslims but this comment is not correct.
As far as I know Shiva first appeared in Vedas as Rudra, one of the 33 devatas. Later he appears extensively in Hindu mythological books like in Shiva puranam etc.,
Thus equating Adam and Shiva is nothing but intellectual fraud. We should present scriptures as they are without such manipulations.