My Dear Richard David,
All who seek to reach to their Creator Allah (The One God) are Pharisees. A Pharisee is not a race of people like Jews or Canaanites etc. Just as Christ is not a name but a title to one who is anointed. A Pharisee is a title or a label to a movement. Often people who are miss educated about the facts of the meaning(s) of words at school(s) or at the place where they may be educated or by the people who educated them or by reading books which may not be authentic and may be second hand hearsay interpretation(s). If any one wishes to obtain a copy of a book titled the "Dead-Sea Scrolls and the Gospel of Barnabas and the New Testament" they can obtain it from most book stores or on line at < www.nait.net >
The point that is being made is that a true Pharisee seeks God through knowledge and not through conjecture or guesswork or happenstance or chance or some sort of magical expectation(s) etc. This makes most of us who seek to know our creator - in a better way - a Pharisee of a sort. Now it depends on one's action(s), which determines how good or bad of a Pharisee one becomes. Just as One can be a good anointed or appointed person or One can be or become the opposite according to the result of their deeds or miss-deeds thus the term anointed and anti- anointed (Christening or anti-Christening) this term simply mean appointed to do a certain good deed or good task or appointed against which is that office which is responsible to derail the task of the appointed good doer.) A true Pharisee is self appointed to seek the true God and to question and narrow down, with knowledge, all posers to the point where there can be no doubt about the truth because to a true Pharisee 'there can be only one real truth'.
The connection of a Muslim to a Pharisee is that all who surrender to Allah (The One creator besides whom there is no other creator or originator) have to have gone through a period of questioning what appears to be truth in reality to that which is untrue in reality; once this period is ended by reaching the conclusion that there is no other creator but 'The One' creator one is truly a believer then one surrenders to the will and the command(s) of the entity which he just believed in and expects to become a better person for a future reward that the believer believes is promised to him or her.
I hope this and the information in the book that is suggested will help explain things more.
As ever humble