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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.


 

Will Jesus (Isa) Come Back as a Prophet?

Answered by Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I have heard that when Jesus (Peace be upon him) comes to this world he will come as a prophet. But I am confused because we know that Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) is the Final Prophet and Messenger. Could you clarify?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

Dear muslim asking about the coming of Isa (Peace be upon him) in the end of times,

We firmly believe that Isa (Peace be upon him) will come back to earth. b. Kathir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “There are a lot of authentic narrations that show that Jesus (Peace be upon him) will come back to earth before the last day. He will rule as a righteous leader.” (4/132)

Ibn Hajar May Allah be pleased with him also says that there are many authentic narrations about the coming of Jezus (Peace be upon him). (al-Fath: 6/358)

This is also what al-Ubbi said (Sharh Saheeh Muslim: 1/256)

Ibnu ‘Atiyya (May Allah be pleased with him) said in his tafseer: “En de scholars of this community agreed upon the fact that ‘Isa will come back to earth.” (2/473)

Abu Hayyan (May Allah be pleased with him) said that there is a consensus amongst the scholars of Islam that he will come back.” (Nuzul al Maseeh, P.63)

This is also what Imam as-Safarini said in his well known poem Lawami’ al-Anwar (2/94-95), and he added: “And none but those who go against the sharee’a differ about this matter.”

al-Katani said: “This has been affirmed by the Book, the Sunna and the consensus of the scholars.” (Nadhm al-Mutawatir: P.147)

The reason why I mention this is because a lot of neo-‘scholars’ seem to deny the coming of ‘Isa (Peace be upon him).

As for your question about him (Peace be upon him) coming back as a prophet then my answer is:

The noble prophet ‘Isa, son of Maryam, will not descend as a prophet but as a follower of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) . Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) was the last of Messengers and Prophets. The fact that he will change some rulings of Islam does not mean that he is a prophet. He does that with the permission of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) , as he mentioned that ‘Isa will do this and did not go against it.

Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: “And the time that ‘Isa will come back to you is near. He will come as a righteous, honest, leader.” (al-Bukhari and Muslim)

al-Hafidh al-‘Iraqi said about this hadeeth: “He will come back as a righteous leader that rules with the Sharee’a, and he will not come with a new message or sharee’a that abrogates the former one. And he will not come as a prophet.” (Tarh at-tathreeb: 8/117)

In the narration of Muslim is stated that ‘Isa (Peace be upon him) will choose to pray behind the imam of the muslims that day. Ibnul Jawzi, b. at-Teen, al-Hafidh b. Hajar and others say that this is a clear proof that he will not come as a prophet, and that there is no doubt about that.

Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) was the last of prophets, and we who adhere to ahl as-sunna have to believe this. ‘Isa (Peace be upon him) will come as a follower of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) and will rule by the rules of Islam and will pray behind the Imam of the muslims (the Mehdi according to some narrations).

I ask Allah swt to protect us against the fitan of the end of times, amin.

Wassalam
[Shaykh] Sulayman Van Ael

Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael
received ijazah from various luminaries in the ten Qur’anic readings, in Ihya Ulum al-Din, in the major books of hadith, in different texts in Guelph classical Islamic sciences–including grammar, tafsir, fiqh, and usul.

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Muslim Convert: Could I still believe in Jesus as a Muslim?

Paris and her fiance planned on strengthening their faith as Christians but they became disillusioned by the churches they visited and reading the Bible created more questions than it answered. This search eventually led to both of them embracing Islam, with Paris converting first. Watch on to see how God guided her and helped her overcome her concerns.


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When Jesus Comes Again to This World Will He Come as a Follower of Prophet Muhammad?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: When Jesus (Peace be upon him) comes again to this World will he come as a Prophet or will he come as a follower of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?

Answer: In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate

When the Prophet Isa (Peace be upon him) returns to this world he will be a Prophet and implement the law of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Prophet Isa will judge and live according to the shariah of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘There is no prophet between me and him [Jesus Christ]. He shall descend, so recognize him when you see him. He is a man of medium height, [his complexion] is between reddish and white, he will be [dressed] in two yellowish garments. His head looks as if it is dripping water even though it is not wet. He will fight people in the way of Islam, will break the cross, kill the swine, and abolish the annual tax [Jizyah]. Allah will put an end to all religions except Islam during his time. He will slay the Antichrist and he will stay on Earth for forty years. Then, he will die and the Muslims will perform the funeral prayer over him.’ [Abu Dawud and Musnad of Ahmad]

It is clear from this hadith and other similar ahadith that Sayiddna Isa will establish Islam as the only accepted religion and govern by Islamic law.

Will the Prophet Isa follow one of the four legal schools (madhabs)?

Sayyidna Isa (peace be upon him) will be an absolute Mujtahid (able to independently derive rulings from the Quran and Sunnah). Therefore, he will rule according to his own ijtihad, not the ijtihad of any of the Imams of the four schools. This has been stated by the majority of the scholars, including Imam al Subki and Imam Ibn Hajr al Haitami and others [al Ishaa’ah li Isharaat al Saa’ah, Barzanji].

As to whether Sayyidna Isa will descend with the memorisation and knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah, there is no explicit text that mentions this. Ibn Hajr stated, and which is corroborated in other books related to the end of times, that:

‘The Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) is far above following another mujtahid Imam, rather he is better placed to make ijtihad. Furthermore, his [Isa’] knowledge of our shariah is either through the knowledge of the Qur’an alone, since nothing is amiss in the Qur’an except that we require other information [further sources and proofs] because of our own shortcomings [in encompassing the Qur’an], and certainly, all the ruling legislated by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) were derived from the Qur’an.

For this reason, Shafi’i stated (may Allah be pleased with him), ‘Everything that the Prophet legislated is from what he (peace and blessings be upon him) understood from the Qur’an, so it is not implausible to conclude that Isa (peace be upon him) would do likewise, or through receiving transmission of the Sunnah [directly] from the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), for indeed, he met the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in his [Prophet Muhammad’s] lifetime, and so in this regard he [Isa] is considered among the companions [Sahaaba].

It is related by Ibn Adi from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), ‘We were sitting with the Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him), when we felt a chill and saw a hand. We asked, ‘O’ Messenger of God, what is this cold and this hand that we saw? He (peace and blessings be upon him) asked, ‘Did you really see him? We answered, ‘Yes.’ The Prophet explained, ‘That was Isa, Son of Mary, he came to give me greetings.’ [al Fatawaa al Hadathiyyah, Ibn Hajr].

The above quoted hadith from Anas, while weak, does correspond with other similar weak hadiths. Despite the weakness of such traditions, the meaning is sound, and as Ibn Hajr states, ‘That which the scholars have recorded, in fact, have unanimously agreed upon, is that he [Isa] will judge according to the Shariah of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) will remain a prophet and upon his message

Ibn Hajr further clarifies, ‘And Isa is a noble prophet who will remain upon his prophethood and his [original] message, not like some, who are not qualified to do so, state, that he is one of this community. The fact that he will be among the community, and rule by their [Muhammad’s community’s] shariah, does not negate the fact that he is still upon his prophethood and his [original] message.

This last point that Ibn Hajr makes is supported by the fact that on the Day of Judgement, Sayyidna Isa (peace be upon him) will be resurrected as an independent Prophet with his own community of followers (e.g. the true and faithful Christians), and not among the community of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), the Muslims.

In conclusion, the Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) will not be a follower of Muhammad in the sense that he will be considered among the Muhammadan community, however, he will be a ‘follower’ of Muhammad in that he will live and judge according to the shariah revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) during his final term on Earth.

Lastly, though well known, but worth mentioning, the second coming of Jesus Christ on earth does not in any way contravene the fact that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), is the Seal of the prophets and the Final Messenger.

And Allah is Most Knowing.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Away from the Islamic sciences, Jamir is a qualified homeopath and runs a private clinic in Amman.

Jesus: a SoulFood special with Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

jesus This year the birth of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ coincides with Christmas. That’s why we wanted to record a special episode of SoulFood. We will be focusing on the story of Lady Mary (peace be upon her) and the miraculous birth of Jesus ﷺ in the Quran.
Also in this episode, you will learn about the Family of ‘Imran, the Lady Mary ﷺ, the Birth of Jesus ﷺ, his Life and Miracles, and the relationship between Prophets Jesus and Muhammad (upon them both be peace).

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, of SoulFood is a teacher at SeekersHub. He teaches the following courses:
The Prophetic Call: Imam Haddad’s Counsel on Calling to Allah Explained
Becoming a Man: A Comprehensive Guide to the Coming of Age in Islam
Being Muslim: A Clear Introduction to Islam
Further listening:
Lessons from the Life of Prophet Jesus, by Habib Ali Al-Jifri
These courses, like all our courses, is completely free.
Registration available during term registration periods only.

Lessons from the Life of Prophet Jesus, by Habib Ali Al-Jifri

“Between me and him, there is no other prophet” – saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them both

Habib Ali al-Jifri spoke as part of the Muhammed: Master of Change campaign organised by the Radical Middle Way in the United Kingdom. Habib Ali visiting nine cities in 10 days, including St. Philip’s Centre, a Church in the city of Leicester that is well renowned for its extensive interfaith work and which is located next to a mosque names after Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him. The lecture was on the lessons to be learnt from the life of the Prophet Jesus, peace and blessings be upon him, on being a good neighbor and fostering co-existence.

Translation by Sidi Wael Zubi.

Is It Permissible to Add the Mention of Jesus to the Testimony of Faith When Becoming a Muslim?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Through the years I heard believers take the shahada by saying: “Ashhadu an la ilaha il Allah wa ashhadu Ana Isa rasul Allah wa ashhadu Ana Mohamadan rasul Allah”. (I testify that there is no god but God and that Jesus is His messenger and that Muhammad is His messenger” Especially when the imam was convinced that the convert was Christian before. Is this correct?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

The two primary components of the shahada are (1) the declaration of the oneness of God, and (2) the declaration that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger. This declaration, as it stands, is valid and complete.

As long as these two components are in place, there is no harm in adding to it if there is compelling reason to do so. Some have encouraged additions to allow for the person embracing Islam to renounce the belief system they had previously held. This is a position attributed to Abu Yusuf with respect to those embracing Islam from different religions [Kuwait Encyclopedia of Islamic Law].

It is possible that such additions find basis in the Prophet’s saying (peace be upon him), “Whoever says ‘I testify that there is no god but God; He is one, and has no partners; and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger; and that Jesus is a servant of God and a son of His female servant; and His word delivered to Mary; and spirit from Him; and that Paradise is true, and that the Fire is true,’ shall enter Paradise from any of its eight gates he so pleases” [Muslim].

God knows best.

Shuaib Ally

Where Can I Find Reliable Informations On Jesus?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum,

Can you please advise which websites/articles/books I should refer to to learn about Isa (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him)?

I have been trying to learn about what we believe about his life and death, but keep on ending up on sites that I’m not sure I can trust.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The following should be helpful, insha’Allah: Answers tagged Jesus

Please also see: Crucifixion of Christ – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and: Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF and: What Is the Islamic Understanding of Maryam, the Mother of Prophet ‘Isa, Being Married?

And if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Where Is Jesus?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalaamu alaikum,
Is Jesus in Heaven waiting to be sent back to Earth to defeat the Anti-Christ, or is he somewhere else?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, the Noble Prophet Jesus (Allah bless him and give him peace) was raised to heaven. [Sabuni, al-Nubuwwa wa al-Anbiya’; Sumayt, Bahjat al-Talibin fi Muhimmat Usul al-Din]
It is mass transmitted (mutawatir), and a point of belief, as recorded in the Tahawiyya and elsewhere, that he will descend from Heaven at the end of times. This, as Shaykh Gibril Haddad points out, can only be so if he was raised up in the first place.
Therefore, it is obligatory to believe that Allah saved him and then raised him, with body and spirit, to the heavens. As such, he is alive, not crucified nor dead. Allah Most High says, “They certainly did not kill him– God raised him up to Himself…” [4.157-158]
Habib `Ali writes, “Just as the Antichrist orders the righteous man to be killed he will hear a voice crying out: “The Spirit from God, Jesus, has descended!” When the Antichrist hears the name of our liege-lord ‘Isa he will shake and tremble with fear. He will rush to Palestine. There, the army of our liege-lord Jesus and our liege-lord al-Mahdi will meet the army of the Antichrist at the gate of Ludd. When the Antichrist looks and sees our liege-lord Jesus, upon him peace, surrounded with a halo of light, the Antichrist will melt – as mentioned in the hadith – just as salt melts in water. Our liege-lord Jesus will approach him and so will our liege-lord al-Mahdi. They will strike him down with their swords.”
Please also see: Crucifixion of Christ – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and: Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Crucifixion of Christ – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah


By Sidi Aashif Sacha
Click here for original link
This khutba was given by Dr Umar in Georgetown, Guyana.
Given that it was ‘Good Friday’ he delivered a powerful sermon detailing the Islamic perspective on the Crucifixion of Christ.
[Islamic Perspective on the Crucifixion of Christ]

The Muslim belief about Jesus (may peace be upon him) is the authentic belief of the earliest Christians. It is a teaching that was first there and was displaced, then replaced, then was largely forgotten.
The Quranic revelation corrected the beliefs of people who came before, and clarified what they were disagreeing about. This is the case regarding the apparent crucifixion of the Messiah Jesus (may peace be upon him). Part of a sermon given by Dr Umar Abd-Allah in Georgetown, Guyana.
[Early Opinions on the Crucifixion]
God, Exalted is He, tells us in the Quran: “That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God.’ – but they killed him not, nor crucified him. Only a likeness of that was shown to them. And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.” (Quran, 4:157)
Historically, the very first item of faith that Christians disagreed about was this issue. Was the man who was crucified, Jesus, or was it not Jesus?
St Jerome, a Church father who believed in the Crucifixion, wrote over 1700 years ago: “The blood of Christ had not dried on the earth of Judaea.” (ie. the earth of Jerusalem) The man who was crucified was still bleeding, and his blood was falling on the soil while he was on the cross. People said “It’s not him, but its one who looks like him”.
In earliest Christianity many Christians were docetic. The word is taken from the Greek word Docaeen, meaning Shubbiha (in Arabic): to appear. Docetics were those early Christians who believed that the man crucified was not Jesus but it was one who looked like him, who was made to appear like him.
In the Quranic Tafsir we have a number of accounts. One of them is that when the Jews condemned Jesus to be crucified and sent the Romans to get Jesus, when they came to him when he was with his disciples, God as a miracle put the face and the upper body of Jesus upon all of his disciples so that every one of them looked like him.
Then when the Romans came they didn’t know which one was Jesus, although they had all seen Jesus, but everyone looked like Jesus!
So they said, “Either Jesus turns himself over to us, or we will crucify you all.” According to this account, one of the disciples decided to be a shaheed, a martyr. He said “I am Jesus” and he had permission to say that.
Why?
Because in the belief of the People of the Book, the Messiah must be delivered; the Messiah cannot be crucified. They believed that if he is crucified he is not the Messiah.
That’s why in the Quran Allah, the Exalted, tells us of the Jews who would mock Jesus and say “We crucified the Messiah the son of Mary”
Because the Messiah cannot be crucified, the Messiah cannot be harmed. The Messiah must be delivered, the Messiah is a conqueror, the Messiah is a king, the Messiah is a ruler, the Messiah is a deliverer.
This is the belief of the People of the Book.
If you look in the Gospels, Satan comes to Jesus to tempt him, saying “Go up on the temple and throw yourself down.”
Why?
Because (the Satan effectively said, if you really are the Messiah then) no harm will come to you, because the angels will pick you up. Because it is written, the Messiah will not even stumble on a stone but the angels will take him.
[What the Apocrypha Books of the New Testament Say]
The Bible that we have today is made up of the Canonical Books.
The Canonical Books are the books that the Church accepted. It was a Church that was already Trinitarian and already believed in the Crucifixion. That church says ‘these’ books are acceptable and others are not.
The books that are not acceptable are known as Apocrypha – hidden books. In the apocrypha we have acts of the apostles that are not in the Bible. They are called “the Apocryphal Acts.” Among them was the docetic teaching – that the crucifixion of Christ was only that of appearance.
Jesus had around him disciples, and some were very close to him – Peter, James, John and Andrew. They were like the four great Sahabah who were around the Beloved Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him); Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (may God be pleased with them).
In the Apocryphal Acts of John it says “John was on the Mt of Olives, and he was crying because there was the crucifixion. Jesus came to him on the Mt of Olives and he comforted him and said to him “Don’t worry, I am Jesus, I am the Messiah, and the one crucified is another one.”
Our Islamic teaching matches this. It is the original teaching.
[The Islamic Rationale]
In Islam we have Usool ul Fiqh which is the basic principles of jurisprudence; how we understand Quran, how we understand Hadith and how we interpret them. One of the matters in Usool ul Fiqh that is absolutely essential is the distinction between proofs of the Quran and the Hadiths that are definitive (qat’i) – with just one opinion about the matter.
They are Usool ul Deen. They are the foundations of religion. – and (on the other hand) other proofs in the Quran and the Hadith that are open to interpretation (than’ni).
In these, for example, Imam Abu Hanifa has an opinion and Imam Malik has an opinion and they’re both correct. Imam Shafi’i has a third opinion which is also correct and Ahmad ibn Hanbal has a forth opinion which is also correct.
The latter is part of our religion because of the fact that we have to think. We have to exercise legal judgement. Not everything is black and white. There are many things in the law that are open to interpretation. Thus in Islam we always identify what is based on conjectural evidence (than’ni) and we accept differences of opinion. If we don’t, what kind of Muslims are we? We will become ignorant Muslims, rigid and fanatic.
When it comes to Belief (Aqeedah) – what I must believe and you must believe – then that has to be certain. That must be based on definitive evidence (qat’i). For example, the belief that God is one, Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is the last prophet, you must pray 5 times a day, you must fast Ramadan, and so on.
On the other hand, looking at a question like: When is the time of Asr? Is it when the shadow is at one length or two lengths? There are different ahadith on that, so we have different opinions, and that’s okay. Muslims have lived like that for the last 1400 years and we will continue to live like that.
This is the Mercy from Allah, Exalted is He.
[What the Quran Says]
When Allah, Glorified is He, talks about the Christians and the crucifixion He says ‘they don’t have knowledge’. What that means is the evidence they have of the crucifixion is not adequate.
Why?
Because no one saw the crucifixion, none of the disciples saw it. They could not be there, because if they were there they would be apprehended by the romans and either killed or crucified themselves. That’s why John was sitting up on the Mt of Olives.
The gospel story tells us that the one carrying the cross fell. Jesus (may peace be upon him) would never fall or stumble because the prophets and messengers were perfect human beings.
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is the best of creation. Who dares differ on that? Who comes after that? Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Noah and the Prophets and Messengers. Great people, beautiful people, handsome people.
Prophet Muhammad, if you looked at him you would be astonished. He was so beautiful, he was so powerful, his enemies were in awe of him. Those who loved him, melted in the love of him. Jesus was like this too. He was a perfect human being, a created human being, a prophet, a messenger, a messiah. Jesus would not have fallen under a cross.
Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), took the gates of Khaybar and he carried them on his back. He was not a prophet but he was a blessed Sahabi and one of the best of all human beings who ever lived. So do you think Jesus would stumble under a cross? Jesus could carry the gates of Khaybar. Jesus is strong, intelligent and beautiful.
That’s why the people said it was not Jesus. It looks like him on the upper body, but the lower body doesn’t look like him.
[What a Muslim Concludes]
Whenever there is doubt there is no Aqeedah. The belief you must believe in can never be based on doubtful issues. Our Deen must be based on definitive evidence.
Allah, the Exalted, says “He is God, the One who sent down the Book. Of it there are verses of unequivocal meaning (definitive)… and there are other verses that are open to interpretation…” (Quran 3:7)
The above verse was revealed about the Christians of the Nejran (Southern Arabia) who came to the Prophet and tried to use the Quran by saying the Quran believed in the Trinity because God says “We”. So Allah corrected this.
There are verses that are clear and are not open to interpretation. That’s what you follow if you want the truth. And there are other ones that are non definitive. Those verses you leave to God or people who are steeped in knowledge. This is a basic fundamental of Islam that is extremely important. Having a good opinion of your brothers and your sisters is an act of worship. We have to watch our hearts and be with each other, love each other and work with each other.
Our teaching is a teaching that is very ancient. It is the original teaching – it is the true teaching. We are the followers of Christ as the Messiah.
We believe that the Messiah Jesus was not crucified, but that it was only made to appear so. This is definitive in the Quran (4:157). How that appearance was carried out is a matter that was non definitive and we respect the varying opinions.
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SeekersGuidance related course:
The Bible Through a Muslim Lens with Ustadh Ali Ataie
The Interfaith Master – Ustadh Ali Ataie – Seekers Highlight
Relevant resources:
Walk on Water: The Wisdom of Jesus from Traditional Islamic Sources – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Habib Ali al-Jifri – Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother – Book in PDF
Reflections of MicroMolvi: My First Interfaith Dialogue
Answers:
Jesus’s Role as Messiah and Savior According to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism
Allah Breathing His Spirit Into Jesus? The Possible Meanings of this Verse & The Approach of Sunni Islam Towards Ambiguous Texts
Did Jesus Claim to Be God?
The Purpose of Our Lives and the Prophet Jesus
What Is the Islamic Understanding of Maryam, the Mother of Prophet ‘Isa, Being Married?
Are `Isa And Yahya (Allah be well please with them) Considered Cousins In Islam?
What is the Islamic View on the Gospel of Barnabas?