St. John Damascene, a doctor of the Church, characterizes Islam as a Christian heresy.
“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites [read: Muslim Arabs] which to this day
prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the
Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham
of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and
"From that time to the present a false prophet named
Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced
upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed
with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated
himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety,
he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven.
He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he
gave it to them as an object of veneration.”
End of "they're just like Catholics, kinda, sorta." They are heretics at best.
Quoted at Athanasius
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