Q: Please advise:
1. What is our belief about the ‘Twelve Disciples’ mentioned in Christianity? Their names are given as follows: Peter, Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot.
2. What is our belief about ‘Paul the Apostle’?
1. Christianity has gone through a lot of distortions and changes. There is mention of disciples in the Qur’aan, but their account is not given. Hence, we believe that Esa (alaihis salaam) had disciples and this belief is sufficient.
2. Paul was not an apostle, but he came to distort Christianity.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.