& JESUS CHRIST
IN THE QUR'AN
NEAREST IN LOVE TO MUSLIMS ARE
THE QUR'AN (KORAN) REVEALS:
Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers
you will find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the
Believers you will find those who say: "We
are Christians"; because amongst these are
men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they
are not arrogant.
Qur'an 5 : 82
Say: "O People of the Book! You have no ground
to stand upon unless you stand fast by the Torah, the Gospel, and all the
revelations that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation
that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them, their
obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But
sorrow thou not over (these) people without
faith. Qur'an 5 : 68
Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who
follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, and the Christians,
believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work
righteousness, - on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Qur'an 5 : 69
Note: In verse 2 : 62, the above text
with the following addition;
"and shall have their reward with their Lord"
And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless
he be a Jew
or a Christian". Those are their (vain) desires.
"Produce your proof if you are truthful."
Nay, - whoever submits his whole self to Allah
and is a doer of good -, he will get his reward with his Lord; on such
shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. Qur'an 2 : 111-112
O People of the Book! There hath come to you
Our Messenger, revealing to you much that you used to hide in the Book,
and passing over much. There hath come to you from Allah a (new) Light
and a perspicuous Book, - wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good
pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness,
by His Will, unto the Light, - guideth them to a path that is straight.
Qur'an 5 : 15-16
THE EPITHETS AND NAMES OF JESUS
IN THE QUR'AN
Whenever I have divulged the fact that the Qur'an testifies the chastity
of the Virgin Mary and the Allah had chosen her above
the women of all nations (Q. 3:42); as well as it reveals that the
birth of Jesus was by Allah's act of Breathing His
Spirit into the body of honourable Virgin Mary (Q. 66:12),
most of the Christians have been taken by surprise. Continuing the dialogue
little further I disclose, the Qur'an exemplifies:
"The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam." (Q. 3:59).
If Allah could create Adam from the dust - without both the parents
- it is not difficult for Him to create Jesus, with one parent.
The righteous Messiah - Jesus, holds an exalted place within Islam.
Here are some of the honourable epithets mentioned in the Qur'an:
"Word of Allah" (kalimatu-Llah).
Allah had granted His Favour upon Jesus, and, he was made
"Spirit from God" (ruhun
"The Righteous" (as-saalihiin).
"Messenger of God" (rasul).
"The son of Mary" (ibne Marium).
"an example to the Children of Israel".
Qur'an 43 : 59.
Before his birth, the angels had foretold Mary that her son, whose
name will be Messiah Jesus, shall be held in high honour in this world,
and, in the Hereafter, he will be among the nearest
to Allah. Q. 3 : 45.
In the Qur'an the name of Virgin Mary appears 34 times; the name
of her righteous son - Jesus, 25 times; the name Muhammad 3 times and the
name Ahmad only once.
THE MIRACLES AND SIGNS
THAT GOD PERFORMED THROUGH JESUS
Before raising Lazarus from his tomb, where he had been four days,
Jesus raised his eyes to the heaven and while thanking the God he pleaded
that he had promised the sister of the deceased; she would see the glory
of God, if is she believed. Furthermore, he also wanted the people standing
around him to believe that the Heavenly God, who hears him, had sent him.
(John 11 : 39-42). Prophet Elijah also prayed to God, before bringing back
to life the son of a widow. 1 Kings 17:21-22.
In the Book of Acts it is recorded that; Jesus the Nazarene was a
man attested to the Men of Israel by God with miracles, wonders and signs
God performed through him, in their midst. Acts 2:22.
The Qur'an while acknowledging the various miracles performed by
Jesus adds one more to the list. It is a miracles which is not recorded
by the apostles.
Then will Allah say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour
to thee and to thy mother. Behold, I strengthened thee with the Holy Spirit,
so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in old age. Behold!
I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel*. And
Behold! thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My
leave. And thou breathest into it, and it becometh a bird by My leave.
And thou healest those born blind, and the lepers by My leave. And behold!
thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the
Children of Israel from (violence to) thee, when thou didst show them the
clear signs. And the unbelievers among them said; 'This is nothing but
evident magic." Qur'an 5: 110
* Jesus acknowledged that he spoke
what God taught him.
read John 8:28
JESUS TAUGHT TO HIS FOLLOWERS...
(Jesus said) "I have come to you to attest the Torah which was before
to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to you; I have
come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me. It
is Allah who is my Lord and your Lord;**
Then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight." When Jesus found unbelief
on their part he said:
"Who will be my helpers to (the work of)
Allah?" Said the Disciples, "We are Allah's helpers. We believe in Allah,
do thou bear witness that we are Muslims. Our Lord! we believe in what
Thou hast revealed and we follow the Messenger; then write us down among
those who bear witness." And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned. And
Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah.
Holy Qur'an 3 : 50-54
* (read Matthew 5:17); ** (read
Note: The word Muslim means; the one who
submits to the will of Allah.
Never said I to them (the followers), ought except what Thou didst
command me to say, to wit. "Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord": and
I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst
take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a Witness to all
things. Qur'an 5 : 117
(read John 12:49 and 20:17)
Christ disdaineth not to serve and worship Allah, nor do the angels,
those nearest (to Allah): Qur'an 4:172
THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MINISTRY
Jesus Christ gave in advance many perceptible and manifest signs
to his disciples, concerning the final days of his ministry. Here are some
of these sayings of Jesus, that have been recorded by the apostles:
APOSTLE MARK (AFTER
I AM AWAKENED...)
Apostle Mark has recorded the following sign, which Jesus did fulfil:
Jesus and his disciples went out to the Mount of Olives.
And Jesus said to them:
"... after I am raised up, I will go
before you to Galilee." Mark 14 : 28.
The original Greek word used by Mark, which is translated as "raised"
in the text above is very crucial. It is an accurate portrayal of what
happened. I am reproducing below the translation
the above verse with the corresponding Greek - Strong's Dictionary numbers.
(LIT) Mk 14:28 ... after (3326-GSN) the (3588-GSN)
rising (1453-GSN) of me, (3165-GSN)
I will go ahead of (4254-GSN) you (5209-GSN) into (1519-GSN)
The word "rising" has number 1453 of Strong's Greek Dictionary.
Below is the Strong's dictionary meaning for 1453 and also for 1825
which is one of it's derivations:
Strong's Number: 1453-GSN
probably akin to the base of 0058 GSN (through the idea of collecting
one's faculties); to waken (transitively or intransitively),
i.e. rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease,
from death; or
figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence):
KJV--awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-)rise (again, up),
stand, take up.
Strong's Number: 1825-GSN
from 1537 GSN and 1453 GSN; to rouse fully,
i.e. (figuratively) to resuscitate (from death), release (from infliction):
When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome went looking
for the tomb of Jesus, they were told by young a man dressed in the white
"He has been raised (1453 GSN - lit. "awakened");
he is not here. Look there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his
disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you
will see him, just as he had told you. So they went out and fled from the
tomb, for the terror and amazement had seized them: and they said nothing
to anyone, for they were afraid." Mark 16:6-8.
APOSTLE MATTHEW (THE
"SIGN OF JONAH"...)
Notes: In the older manuscripts Mark's Gospel ends with verse
16:8. In some of the revised versions, the entire text after verse number
eight, is placed within the parentheses with a note that the passage within
the brackets is regarded as being doubtful.
Apostle Matthew has recorded another sign that Jesus gave to the
scribes and Pharisees, who said to him: "Teacher, we wish to see
a sign from you." Jesus answered them:
"An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign,
It is important to know the fact that the prophet Jonah was "saved"
by the God from the belly of a sea monster. Jonah kept on praying while
his life was ebbing away in the belly. "Then the Lord spoke to the fish,
and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land." Jonah 2:10.
but no sign will be given to it except the sign of
the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was
three days and three nights in the belly of a sea monster,
so for three days and three nights the Son of Man
will be in the heart of the earth..." Mt. 12 : 38-40
During his ordeal, the prophet's life did not
come to an end. The one who finally emerged out of the belly of
the sea monster was the same old Jonah, who had experienced the agony of
death. Jesus had foretold:
"For just as Jonah was... in the belly of a sea monster,
so... the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth..."
APOSTLE LUKE (FEEL
MY HAND AND MY FEET...)
While the eleven disciples and their companions were talking about
awakened (risen) Jesus,
Jesus appeared before them and said. "Peace be with you". They were
startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Jesus
said to them why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and at my feet: see that it is I myself. Touch me and
see, for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
Luke 24: 36-39
Thereafter, Jesus asked for something to eat and in their presence ate
a piece of broiled fish (and an honey comb). Luke 24 : 41-42. This
shows, the "awakened" Jesus was really hungry for
he had missed several of his meals.
APOSTLE JOHN (RAISE
"THE TEMPLE" IN 3 DAYS...)
In the city of Jerusalem, when Jesus had overturned the tables of
the money changers and driven out from the temple - making a whip of cords
- the cattle, sheep, doves, their traders and the moneychangers, the Jews
demanded a kind of explanation from Jesus, saying:
"What sign can you show us for doing this? Jesus answered them:
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then
said: "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and
will you raise it up in three days? But he was speaking of the temple
of his body. John 2 : 18-21
After Jesus was "awakened", the disciples
remembered the above baffling response of Jesus and understood the true
interpretation of the term, "this temple".
JESUS SPOKE OF THE PROPHECY (FOR
And he said to them: 'O foolish men
and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! "Was
it not necessary for the Christ to suffer
these things and to enter into His glory?"
Jesus did not say that the prophecy was
for "his death"
to be "raised
from the death".
Apostle Peter also confirms the "sufferings
of Christ" in 1 Peter 1:11.
SHAIKH AHMED DEEDAT: (JESUS
Shaikh Ahmed Deedat - a well respected Islamic scholar from South
Africa, who has delivered numerous lectures in dozens of countries on this
hypersensitive subject, wrote in chapter 18 entitled, 'NONE SO BLIND...'
of his publication 'Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction?'
the followings: (350,000 copies of this booklet were distributed between
1984 and 1990).
TAKE STOCK. THE TRUTH SHINES THROUGH
Let me give a quick summary of the points we
have discussed so far, concluding the Jesus was neither
killed nor was he crucified, as alleged by
the Christians and the Jews, but that he was ALIVE!
These thirty points and many more arguments are fully expounded in this
booklet 'Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction?'.
1. JESUS WAS RELUCTANT TO DIE! He had worked
out a strategy of defence to repel the Jews. Because he wanted to remain
2. HE BESEECHED GOD FOR HELP. With strong
crying and tears for God Almighty to keep him ALIVE!
3. GOD "HEARD" HIS PRAYERS. Which means
that God accepted his prayers to keep him ALIVE!
4. AN ANGEL OF GOD CAME TO STRENGTHEN HIM:
In the hope and belief that God will save him ALIVE!
5. PILATE FINDS JESUS NOT GUILTY!
Good reason to keep Jesus ALIVE!
6. PILATE'S WIFE SHOWN A DREAM IN WHICH
SHE WAS TOLD THAT -- "No harm should come to this just man." In other words
that he should be saved ALIVE!
7. SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE CROSS FOR ONLY
THREE HOURS. According to the system in vogue, no man could die
by crucifixion in so short a time which means that even if he was fastened
to the cross - he was ALIVE!
8. THE OTHER TWO - HIS "CROSS MATES" ON
THEIR RESPECTIVE CROSSES WERE ALIVE! So Jesus too, for the same period
of time must be ALIVE!
9. ENCYCLOPEDIA BIBLICA UNDER ARTICLE "CROSS"
-- COLUMN 960: Says that when the spear was thrust - Jesus was ALIVE!
10. "FORTHWITH" CAME THERE OUT BLOOD ANDWATER: "Forthwith"
means straightaway, immediately which was a sure sign that Jesus was ALIVE!
11. LEGS NOT BROKEN - AS A FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY.
"Legs" can be of any use only if Jesus was ALIVE!
12. THUNDERSTORM, EARTHQUAKE AND DARKENING OF
THE SUN ALL WITHIN 3 HOURS! To disperse the sadistic mob to enable his
"secret disciples" to help, keep him ALIVE!
13. JEWS DOUBTED HIS DEATH: They suspected that
he had escaped death on the cross - that he was ALIVE!
14. PILATE "MARVELS" TO HEAR THAT JESUS WAS DEAD.
He knew from experience that no man can die so soon by crucifixion. He
suspected that Jesus was ALIVE!
15. BIG ROOMY CHAMBER: Close at hand, and airy
for willing hands to come to the rescue. Providence was out to keep Jesus
16. STONE AND "WINDING SHEETS" HAD TO BE REMOVED:
Only necessary if Jesus was ALIVE!
17. REPORT ON WINDING SHEETS. German scientists
who carried out experiments on the "Shroud of Turin" said that the heart
of Jesus had not stopped functioning - that he was ALIVE!
18. EVER IN DISGUISE! Disguise not necessary
if Jesus was "resurrected". Only necessary if he was ALIVE!
19. FORBADE MARY MAGDALENE TO TOUCH HIM. "Touch
me not" for this reason that it would hurt; because he was ALIVE!
20 "NOT YET ASCENDED UNTO MY FATHER" In the language
of the Jews, in the idiom of the Jews, he was saying, "I am not dead yet",
in other words, "I am ALIVE!"
21. MARY MAGDALENE NOT AFRAID ON RECOGNISING
JESUS. Because she had seen signs of life before. She was looking for a
Jesus who was ALIVE!
22. DISCIPLES PETRIFIED ON SEEING JESUS IN THE
UPPER-ROOM. All their knowledge about the "crucifixion" was from hearsay,
therefore, they could not believe that Jesus was ALIVE!
23. ATE FOOD AGAIN AND AGAIN IN HIS POST "CRUCIFIXION"
APPEARANCES. Food only necessary if he was ALIVE!
24. NEVER SHOWED HIMSELF TO HIS ENEMIES. Because
he had escaped death by the "skin of his teeth". He was ALIVE!
25. TOOK ONLY SHORT TRIPS. Because he was not
resurrected, not spiritualised, but ALIVE!
26. TESTIMONY OF MEN AROUND THE TOMB. "Why
seek ye the living among the dead?" - (Luke 24:4-5): That he is not dead,
27. TESTIMONY OF ANGELS: "...angels who had said
that he was ALIVE! - Luke 24:23. Did not say, "resurrected" but the actual
word uttered by the angels was "ALIVE!"
28. MARY MAGDALENE TESTIFIES -- "... they heard
that he was ALIVE, and had been seen by her, they believed not." - (Mark
16:11): Mary did not vouch for a spook, or ghost or spirit of Jesus but
a live Jesus. What they could not believe was that the Master was ALIVE!
29. DR. PRIMROSE TESTIFIES: That the "water and
the blood", when Jesus was lanced on the side, was on account of an upset
in the nervous vessels because of the scourging by staves. Which was a
sure sign that Jesus was ALIVE!
30. JESUS HAD HIMSELF FORETOLD THAT HIS MIRACLE
WILL BE THE MIRACLE OF JONAH!. According to the 'Book of Jonah', Jonah
was ALIVE, when we expected him to be DEAD; similarly when we expected
him to be DEAD, he should be ALIVE!
MUSLIMS ARE EXHORTED TO PASS
ON THE TRUE MESSAGE REVEALED IN THE HOLY QUR'AN...
In February 1985, following the publication
of the above booklet 'Crucifixion of Cruci-fiction?' (First Print: 100,000
in March 1984), an Appeal was filed before the Publication's Appeal Board,
in Pretoria, South Africa. The appeal was made by the Directorate of Publication
to over turn the earlier decision taken by the Publication Committee that
booklet was not undesirable.
The Publication's Appeal Board, chaired by
Prof. Kobus van Rooyen, consisted of two Reverends and five other Christians.
The publisher - Islamic Propagation Centre (IPC) International, 124 Queen
Street, Durban, South Africa, was successful in convincing the Appeal Board
that the publication was neither blasphemous
nor offensive. The publication was judged
by the Board's chairman, Professor Kobus van Rooyen, as an apologia for
the Muslim faith. The Appeal Board which consisted of all Christians, co-opted
a religious leader from the Muslim Community of South Africa, Mr. A. A.
Jinnah, as an advisor. Attention was also given to the scholarly advice
sought on the subject from an eminent Afrikaner theologian, Professor Johan
By the Grace of Allah, the defenders (Muslims),
were able to convince the Appeal Board that they were propagating the Truth,
flowing from their religious convictions, that they were entitled to and
under duty to propagate the teachings of the Holy Qur'an, which scripture
And they (Jews) said (in boast),
thus, the booklet was not intended to ridicule
the Christian faith, but rather to pass on the True Message as the Muslims
are exhorted to do in the Holy Qur'an. ---Al-Hamdul'llah, (Praise be to
Allah), the defender's submission was upheld and the Directorate's Appeal
was set aside.
"We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary,
the Messenger of God":
But they killed him not, nor crucified him,
but it was made to appear to them so,
and those who differ therein are full of doubts
with no (certain) knowledge,
but they follow only conjecture.
For a surety they (Jews) killed him not.
Holy Qur'an 4:157
A THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTION
Data: 1. The term "resurrection".
It comes from the Greek word;
It literally means; a standing up again.
2. The verb "crucify".
The concise Oxford Dictionary renders the meaning:
"Put to death by fastening to a cross".
The Webster's Dictionary of the English Language:
"To put to death by fastening or nailing to a cross".
A thought provoking question:
Imagine a prosecuted individual is sentenced to die by hanging.
He is "hanged" from a rope by his executioners. For one reason or other
he survives the hanging, wakes up the next day and walks away unnoticed
by his prosecutors and executioners. He appears before his friends and
family members and eats with them. Thereafter, he walks away to a distant
place and was never to be seen by his prosecutors.
What would be correct to say; a or b?
a) He was "hanged" by his executioners.
b) It so appeared to them (the persecutors and executors),
that he was "hanged", but in reality he was "not