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Questions Asked by Non-Muslims

Ustadh Farid Dingle advises on how to logically reply to the questions asked of a Muslim by non-Muslim believers of other faiths.

 

Question:

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I am a young Muslim who born and raised in Bangladesh and now living in the USA for the past 7 years. As you know living in the USA around with non-Muslims is a very challenging and I have been asked couple of questions recently by one non-Muslim neighbor who likes to know about Islam but he has asked me couple of questions.

The questions are (1) Why among all the prophets Jesus was the only prophet who did not have any father and my neighbor is claimed that it is mentioned in the bible but not in the Qur’an.Can you please tell me why, how and where it is found in our holy Qur’an. and the second question is (2) Why was Jesus the only prophet who was taken to the haven? Why was Prophet Muhammed, blessings and peace be upon him, was not sent to the heaven?

 

Answer:

Wa alaykum assaalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Dear questioner,

First of all, when we are debating with someone, we have to agree on a certain logical framework. If Jesus (upon whom be peace) did not have a father and was taken to heaven, does that make him God or the Son of God? The answer is no. If you both agree on that, the rest is fairly easy.

Secondly, Allah clearly tells us in the Quran that Jesus (upon whom be peace) did not have a father. The whole story of Lady Mary is found very clearly in chapters 3 and 19, Al Imran and Mary respectively.

Allah also tell us that that does not make him divine, anymore than Adam, who had neither father nor mother, was divine: ‘Truly, the likeness of Jesus, in God’s sight, is as Adam’s likeness; He created him of dust, then said He unto him, ‘Be,’ and he was.’ [3:59].

Lastly, why was Jesus sent to Heaven and no other prophet? I don’t know. Does it change anything? No. Does that make him divine? No. Why is it that Allah made planet Earth the only inhabited planet in the universe? I don’t know. Does that make planet Earth divine? No. There are many things simple people like me, and smart people alike do not know. But their ignorance of many things often has very little theological significance.

Try sharing this with your Christian friend Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF .

I pray this helps.

Farid

 

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


 

Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra

Question: Christians believe that Jesus said he was God. Muslims believe he did not. I, as a Muslim, always receive questions asking: “How do you love Jesus if you think he’s a liar?” In response, I say that he never said he was God and that he actually said there was another prophet (Mohammed PBUH) coming. Are there historical facts I can present to back this up? Christians say: “Well, disciples died saying that Jesus was God. Why would they lie?”

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful,

As salamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

The truth about Jesus (peace be upon him) must be plausible and consistent with reason and revelation.

Your Christian friends make the grave assumption that Jesus declared himself to be God.  The Qur’an refutes this claim explicitly [5:116], but you can also look at their own Gospels which claim to quote Jesus.

An honest examination shows that Jesus never explicitly and unequivocally said he was God.  It was the authors of the New Testament, none of whom met Jesus, that claimed he was God and propagated this.  There is no evidence that the actual apostles of Jesus claimed this, or that they authored the Bible.

Rather, Jesus is shown to be constantly worshiping, and calling others to worship, God alone.

Be polite and respectful, but appeal to their logic: how can they ascribe this claim to Jesus, or even think it true, if it so starkly contradicts the First Commandment to not take any gods besides God, nor to make an idol of anything in heaven and earth?  Also, it’s logically absurd for God to become His creation.

Thus, only Islam’s claim is plausible, and consistent with early revelation: Jesus was a prophet, not God.

Take a course to study Islamic monotheism, and share the links below, but never descend into dispute.

Finally, remember that it is Allah alone who guides the sincere to the way of truth.

wasalam,

Abdullah Anik Misra

Below are some resources regarding a comparative look at Christianity and Islam:

Choosing Faith

A Letter to Christians in the Ukraine

Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani