Like everyone else, I was warned about the blood and violence, and braced for it. But the bit about the English subscripts must have slipped my mind. One unexpected thing I got out of watching "The Passion of the Christ" is its affirmation that Jesus never uttered the word "God." Instead, he called upon the Creator using a name that is very close to what I and other Muslims often evoke, namely, the word "Allah." (The Aramaic word for God is transliterated as "alaha.")
In a broad sense, "The Passion," as well as the controversy that stalks it, is an extension of the very long struggle for narrative control over the life and mission of Jesus. We, the American public, are given the impression that the discussion about the movie and its main character is a discourse between folks on both sides of a curious hyphen in the Judeo-Christian ambit, with Rabbis and Jewish intelligentsia expressing their fears that the movie will inspire anti-Semitism and with Christians denying that.
The irony here is that Muslims are perfectly poised to offer a view that no one seems to be talking about. What "The Passion" depicted in chilling imagery is but one narrative among several about Christ. In fact, Gibson portrayed one "canonized" narrative of Christ (only 12 hours of it) that received approval some centuries after the Messiah had lived and one that does not enjoy consensus even in Christian quarters and scholarship. When asked, a Muslim will tell you that Christ was not sent to die, but, like the prophets before him and Prophet Muhammad after him, he was sent to live and teach. In short, a Muslim would say there is no Christ killer and, therefore, no need to associate anyone with that indictment and no need to cause anyone to fear it. What happened to Jesus at the end of his life was not about violence, but about honor in the face of vehement rejection. God raised His prophet to Himself, thus sparing Jesus of the execution Gibson so graphically detailed and imprinted in the public mind through the very powerful medium of art and culture. This is a view that was also shared among some early Christian sects, like the Basilideans, who believed that Christ himself was never crucified.
To vilify Jesus and deny that he is one of God's prophets and messengers is a cardinal sin in Islam, enough to disqualify one from the faith. To deify Jesus, however, is considered an affront to the primordial foundation of the religion project: the oneness of God and His sole divinity. The Muslim "middle" view here is not a self-conscious act of officiating a religious debate between Jews and Christians. Our understanding and beliefs regarding Christ are essentially identical to the beliefs we have about Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Muhammad: all prophets, all humans, sent by God to teach humanity certain things that should keep us guided and clear in our very brief lives. If we are ever to be confused about something, let it not be about God and His divinity, and humankind and our humanity, especially as it pertains to our salvation quest. In Islamic theology, the human being is born pure, brought into this world in a state of grace. The concept of Original Sin is essentially homeless in our tradition. We inherit eye color and receding hairlines from our parents, not their wrongdoing. Forgiveness, pardoning, and mercy are of God's essence, and He generously bestows them for the cool price of belief and sincerity.
In an important way, "The Passion" is an accidental expose about the religious sensitivities of our times, about a wounded spirituality that seems to require sensationalism to keep the faithful going. This is a point that men and women of religion may all agree upon and observe in their respective flocks. Mel Gibson unwittingly may have done a service in raising issues indigenous to the human spirit that the postmodern world seems to shun, issues about God, prophets, salvation, mercy, and hope. It's a vital conversation with divides and alliances, passions and perils, but a conversation that nonetheless can stand to hear the "middle" view that Islam naturally offers. Something of this view, in unavoidably brief fashion, now follows:
Muslims love and revere Jesus, and believe in him as a Prophet and Messenger of God, a great teacher and guide for people. But Muslims do not believe that Jesus was God or the Son of God. Nor do Muslims believe that he was slain on the cross, as some early sects of Christians had once believed. Jesus was sent to the Children of Israel to revive faith and a spiritual connection with God. All the miracles that Jesus performed were indeed true: raising the dead, healing the blind and the leper, and more. These miracles, however, occurred through the auspices of God's power and will, as it was with the splitting of the sea for Moses, Solomon understanding the utterances of animals, and many other suspensions of the natural order. God is the Creator, and when He determines something, He but says to it "Be" and it is! (as the Quran states). Muslims venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus. She indeed gave birth to Jesus though she was a virgin. She was a spiritual woman who was chosen among her people to the office of special contemplation and prayer. But Muslims do not hold her to be the "mother of God" and similar attributes. She too was fully human and was a beloved and important person in a remarkable series of miracles in a special time in human history.
Every biology and miracle, the explainable and the inexplicable, whether it is the creation of Adam from clay or the conception of any given child of two parents, goes back to God. It is all the same to Him. All of it easy. All of it His. In Islamic parlance, Jesus (peace be upon him) is known by the venerable titles of "Word" and "Spirit," since the Quran tells us that God cast the "word" or "spirit" upon Mary, the Mother of Jesus. "Indeed, the angels said: 'O Mary! God gives you glad tidings of a word from Him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in this world and the Hereafter, and he shall be among those brought near [to God]. He will speak to humankind in the cradle and in manhood, and he is of the righteous" (Quran, 3:45).
Also, the Quran states: "The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was but a Messenger of God, and His word which He conveyed to Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him" (Quran, 4:171). "And indeed God gave Moses the Book [Torah], and after him We sent Messengers in succession. We gave Jesus son of Mary clear proofs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit [Angel Gabriel]" (Quran, 2:87).
The thought life of a Muslim with regard to all the prophets is best summed by the following verse of the Quran: "Say [O believers]: 'We believe in God and [the Book] sent down to us, and what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes; and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to [all] the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him do we surrender ourselves'" (Quran 2:136).
Ibrahim N. Abusharif is a Chicago-area writer and editor of Starlatch Press. He can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected]
Mathew Chapter 15:
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
Mark Ch 16:
15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
Which one is correct? Was Jesus sent only for the tribes of Israel or for the whole world? Which one will we accept or reject? Who will decide that? Can we call these verses inerrant words of God?
Based on the criteria set by Mark Ch 16, can Jane and Malcolm demonstrate some of the paranormal characteristics mentioned in those verses? Can they speak in any foreign languages without learning it? Can they drink poison? Can they heal people with any diseases just by a mere touch? Hmmm
Obedient Abraham made sacrifices of spotless animals to receive forgivness of his family's sin. He was even willing to sacrifice his own son in obedience to God.
Jesus is God's perfect sacrifice for our sin.
Yahya, otherwise known as John the Baptist, is mentioned in the Qu'ran as so:
[19.7] O Zakariya! surely We give you good news of a boy whose name shall be Yahya: We have not made before anyone his equal.
[19.12] O Yahya! take hold of the Book with strength, and We granted him wisdom while yet a child
Why is this important when we are discussing the Passion of Jesus?
Yahya led the way for Jesus the Messiah:
The Family of Imran
[3.45] When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the '. Messiah, Isa (Jesus) son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah).
What did Yahya say about Jesus?
New Testament of the Bible
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
Jesus did die on that cross but he rose again because death could not hold Him.
If you have doubts about this, ask Allah (pbuh) yourself. With a pure heart ask Him if Jesus didn't die for you. I will assume that most Muslims talk to Allah(pbuh)all of the time and I believe that He will talk to your heart about this since Jesus said:
10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Yahya, otherwise known as, John the Baptist was spoken of in the Qu'ran:
1. [19.7] O Zakariya! surely We give you good news of a boy whose name shall be Yahya: We have not made before anyone his equal.
2. [19.12] O Yahya! take hold of the Book with strength, and We granted him wisdom while yet a child
The teachings of John were recorded in the New Testament of the Bible:
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "LOOK, THE LAMB OF GOD, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."
[3.45] When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the '. Messiah, Isa (Jesus) son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah).
With a pure heart, ask Allah (phuh) for yourself and see what he says about Jesus dying for your personal sins.
On a personal note: Thank you for your article. It was wonderfully positive.
Perhaps you can help me with something. I can not seem to find the term "trinity" defined anywhere in the Bible. Personally, I am wondering if this might perhaps be the reason why Qur'an 4:171 admonishes Christians to desist in promoting the "three person" concept. Also, why might angels appear to have been omitted from this arrangement? The Gospel certainly testifies to the existence of angels, does it not? Why might you suppose that the angels would have been excluded from such a divine association?
I apologize for all the questions. I am grateful for your efforts in encouraging others to seek the truth. May God reward you for good works and intentions (Ameen).
It is my belief that Muhammad is (also!) God's messenger.
Peace be unto you, Alice Maged.
So if error entered, it must have been before Mohammed's time. How then does Mohammed refer to the Gospels as authoritative and truthful (Sura 5:50, 10:94) ? For example: "Say: 'O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord.' " (5:68)
There is an inescapable logical conflict here: Mohammed cannot be commanding obedience to an already corrupt book, yet the Gospels could not have been corrupted after Mohammed's time (and historical evidence shows clearly that they indeed were not). This contradiction deserves serious and prayerful thought.
out of the way.
judas & jesus were both students of the essenes or
at the dead sea where they re.wrote the laws of noah
scribed by moses & reScribed over & over by students
who lived with the teachers, the hermit essenes.
after judas had jesus krusified on the day Passover Began, he then turned his sites to the destruction
of their teachers & fellow students...the buried
scrolls speak of the "good priest" vs "evil priest".
Those who do not follow "a Lord" albiet judas escariot who was the Kaballist or Jake the Fake;
but as the winning warrier...
Today, there is so much lead in the air from
the cars that expel lead & metal particles that
go into our brains & blood cells...and our time
is fractured hourly instead of hours per subject
allowing us comprehensive learning & thinking.
Thank You for learning how to develop thoughts
of old to new, AllAway$ ToTeTher.
....."Stay, Jesus, for we need to know who you are, for the quieting of our nation." Jesus answered: "I am Jesus, son of Mary, of the seed of David, a man that is mortal and fears God, and I seek that to God be given honour and glory."
The priest answered: "In the Book of Moses it is written that our God must send us the Messiah, who shall come to announce to us that which God wills, and shall bring to the world the mercy of God. Therefore I pray you tell us the truth, are you the Messiah of God whom we expect?"
Jesus answered: "It is true that God has so promised, but indeed I am not he, for he is made before me, and shall come after me." The priest answered: "By your words and signs at any rate we believe you to be a prophet and an holy one of God, wherefore I pray you in the name of all Judea and Israel that you for love of God should tell us in what wise the Messiah will come.
Jesus answered: "As God lives, in whose presence my soul stands, I am not the Messiah whom all the tribes of the earth expect, even as God promised to our father Abraham, saying: "In your seed will I bless all the tribes of the earth." But when God shall take me away from the world, Satan will raise again this accursed sedition, by making the impious believe that I am God and son of God, whence my words and my doctrine shall be contaminated, insomuch that scarcely shall there remain thirty faithful ones: whereupon God will have mercy upon the world, and will send his Messenger for whom he has made all things who shall come from the south with power, and shall destroy the idols with the idolaters who shall take away the dominion from Satan which he has over men. He shallbring with him the mercy of God for salvation of them that shall believe in him, and blessed is he who shall believe his words.
"Unworthy though I am to untie his hosen, I have received grace and mercy from God to see him." Then answered the priest,
Another very simple fact that contradicts the Christian belief of Jesus is the Judaic Law. Such claim at the time would have been considered blasphemous and he would not have had any hearing from the religious leaders and certainly he would not have lived one more day after such claim. The laws against such blasphemy were execution, and his followers would had to recant or they would have been all killed too. The fact that he was not killed for a long period and his followers were not killed indicates that such claim was not made. Also, Jesus said he came to confirm what came before him, with that statement he contradicts the belief of a trinity.
"Everytime someone asks a question asking Muslims to prove their faith it seems they are very insulted."
What on earth give you the immpression that I'm offended in any way? On the contrary I was (still 'm) happy about your comment(22238). I was only responding to your questions whic I belief u posed to all.
You equally lamented that
" In the same way that you do not believe the reverend, why should others believe the imam."
But then the Imam did not (and will never) create any dogma, like worship Muhammad Cos' he is God's son. Or pray to Muhammad for your salvation Cos' he's God incarnate. Or Ask in the name of Muhammad for he dies for your sins. All these are the real insults to the intellect.
On the other hand the Imam will tell you worship only God your Lord Cos He's the creator of all. Ask for your salvation from God Cos' He oversees all His creations. Do not associate any partners to God in worshipping Him Cos' He God is a "jealous God" and He is strict in retribution.
So I think, Chris any right thinking human being , knowing what God is, and what God's creations are, would rather belief the Imam, in this sense rather than the Reverend, don't you think so?
As for condemning the author's position on the Holy Spirit, are you not providing us with an example of "divisiveness" yourself? I myself have been tempted to roll my eyes at all of the footnotes accompanying passages similar to, "and He breathed into him something of His spirit," but for Allah's sake perhaps consider being a bit less confrontational about it. Some of the commentators (including some Qur'an believing Christians, alhamdulillah!) are peacefully discussing the article.
Jesus said himself that he was sent by Allah, and received all his power and authority from Allah. So I don't think we can say that Jesus is/was God.
On the other hand, both the Bible and the Quran make it pretty clear that he was not just a human like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Muhammad were.
That's why it's so hard for us to describe Jesus. If he's not God, and he's not human, what is he? I really think it's something beyond our understanding.
Lord Jesus was nailed to a cross, his human life expired, He was raised up to Allah, and was sent back to continue His Message.
Jesus is also referred to as a Son of God, rather than an 'it' of God. The Quran says that those that say that God has begotten a son are talking about matters which they know not. Just as the Muslims who say Allah did not begat a son, they are talking about matters which they know not.
What ever you glean from the Holy Quran should be read in conjunction with The Urantia Book, or as the Holy Quran refers to it, the Book of Enlightenment. Al-i-Imran 184.
The efforts of Islamicity to reconcile the Muslim differences to commonly held views of other religions is almost non-existant. So long as Muslims hold to relatively recent interpretation of their forfathers which is out of step with Scripture, there will remain an impediment to conciliation between Muslims and Muslims, and Muslims and Christians.
There is only one Truth, just different angles from which it is viewed.
I propose that the claim of the author that he represents all Muslims is out of date. Perhaps there was a time that all Muslims rejected the Crucifixtion of Jesus. These days, there are Muslims who have adopted the position held by the Bible, the Holy Quran, the Book of Mormon, God Calling, and The Urantia Book.
I believe this article is a good example of the divisiveness of some Muslim interpretation against a common thought.
From what I have heard about "the Passion", I am unlikely to view it due to the inaccuracies that have been revealed.
The Urantia Book is the only STANDARD by which you can determine acurately the details of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
You see the stand of a muslim and all right thinking persons of faith is that where Allah Has given a verdict, it is NOT for the human to give any opinion.
After saying that I go on to say, YES Jesus was born of a virgin, YES Jesus does not have any sins, YES Jesus was a spirit proceeding from Allah and let me add even that YES Jesus perform so many miracles(by the will of Allah).
But with all these God says, he(Jesus) was only a messenger sent to the lost house of Israel(in both the Bible and the Quran). Also Allah compares the creation of Jesus(without Father) as the same with the creation of Adam(without Father or Mother), in that He only says to them "BE " and they became(this is paraphrasing the statement. Jesus also througout the Bible kept telling the world that he was "the son of man"(a phrase meaning I'm a human being in the then Aramaic tradition). No WHERE in the Quran(which by the way is the criterion for judging the truth as concern previous revelations) has Allah says Jesus was anything other than one of the mightiest prophet and messenger of His. So why should a Bishop, a Reverend or group(s) of these or even the church, over a cup of coffee, wake up one day and tell me that Jesus was a God, or Son of God, etc. then you expect me to belief. No. The truth is that the word of God cannot be change by anybody.
"The horrors of the Passion presented by Mel Gibson are inflicted daily on the captive Palestinians. They are killed by the hundreds, tortured by the thousands and starved by the millions. People who support or ignore this persecution will never be able to wash their hands of their blood."
These are not my words but those of an Israeli and you can view the whole article here:
As Muslims we surely believe that Christ was not crucified but as the Quran states "it appeared to them". Yet this does not negate the fact that either Christ himself or someone else (a vision) was crucified. The point is that Christ himself did not go through the ordeal since Allah would never allow His apostles to be treated such like but to those who inflicted such terror, it would "appear" to them that they had actually crucified him. It is very much like the case of Abraham. In that he was burned but the fire turned "bardan was salaman" = the fire became cool and peaceful to Abraham. Again it does not negate that those who wanted to inflict such terror on Abraham indeed had evil intentions. So, the same goes for those who wanted to inflict the terror of crucifixion on Jesus even through Allah swt. saved him from such ordeal - contrast this with the Bible, when on the cross Jesus says "Eluhim, why have you foresaken me.". Such a statement does not tally with Christ's enormous faith in God. Here he decalres that his faith was based on doubt? Far from it.
The fact remains that those Jews who handed Christ to the Roamns have his blood on their hands but NO ONE should be allowed to hold any other Jew as responsible for Christ's ordeal. That would be ludicrous for the sins of the father must never visit the son and visa versa.
Still I wish that the Jews themselves would say so, instead ADL/AIPAC beating up on Mel Gibson. By doing so, they associate themselves with Christ's tormentors. May be there is something in that?
The trinity is not the making of Prophet Jesus but the product of modern priests.
I would suggest to the author to explain this vividly to save many people from misbelief or false idoctrination. This is his duty to the Almighty Allah.
Here are some excellent sites to check out:
I also tend to agree with the comments of Mr. Jamil Brownson who was rather "Neutral". He presents a very interesting point that can be the nucleus of, I hope, a very enlightening discussion.
I want to thank Mr. Abusharif for mentioning the "Basilideans". I am sure a lot of Muslims don't know that many Christians believe neither in the crucification of Jesus nor his divinity.
Another important point this article made clear is Muslims' stand on this subject is independent from that of Christians and Jews and should remain so. We must not get sucked into the "anti-semitism" whirlpool.
This article really made me think and alhumdullillah it was something that touched my heart.
So thank you once again.
'Allaha' was the Aramaic word for God. 'Ballah' was the Aramaic word for Baal. Do not use any semantic twist to make any point. Because the ancient temple at Meccah, was the house of Baal. This is an unfortunate fact.
The fall of Adam was planned by God and we believe that this caused mankind to enter into a lowered state. In this lowered state we can not go to God directly and so we must go to God through a mediator and this is Jesus role (1 Timothy 2:5)This verse clearly states that Jesus was a man and it is only through Jesus role as God's High Priest that Man can approach God.
Jesus' death on the cross was witnessed by many and was recorded in both Jewish and Roman texts. Jesus' sacrifice was necessary to eventually bring Man out of his fallen state. He was so much more than a prophet.
Brothers in Islam
I was highly delighted when I see this article, May Almighty Allah bless its contributor and entire Muslim Ummah in every corner of the world.
In fact, this article is one of the best articles I've ever read that go straight to the point on the stand of Muslims and Islam on the exalted and highly honoured position of the noble Prophet and Messenger of Allah, Jesus (Isah, Alayhis Salam),with strong backings and evidences from the Holy Qur'an.
I feel all other faithfuls of other religions who feel Jesus is theirs only should investigate and know the stand of Muslims on Jesus as well.
I believe when they do so, they will realise that Muslims have the highest degree of respect to Jesus (pbuh) than followers of any other religion in the world, be it Christians, jewish and whatever.
Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah.
Dear muslims;The word God has never been mentioned in Alqura'an Almajeed nor Alahadeeth! ALLAH (swt)introduced HIMSELF with ninety nine glorious names and all of them are easy to pronounce and use. I believe my ALLAH Subhanahu wata'ala DOES NOT need a translation to HIS NAME. We do not translate our own names when we introduce ourselves . . . or do we? Wa ASSALAMu alaikum.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME IF I DO NOT OBEY ALLAH IN THIS WORLD AND HEREAFTER.
Every one is perfectly aware that if i do not obey my boss i will be fired.
Soul searching and hearing voice of soul is makes it easy to know GOD(Allah).
Let's all try to live Heaven as we live together in this world. Which is the road to Heaven ?
Christianity and belief. It is absurd to categorically state that all
"x, y, or z" people believe this or that.
As Muslims we believe that only Allah can know what is the
belief of any individual.
As rational people, we should know that we cannot understand
the psychology or inner consciousness or cognition of another
human beiing. We may have feelings about a person's intent or
another aspect of their character, but cannot ever be certain
about their interior being, or state of mind. The same is true for
Jesus, Mel Gibson, or Muhammed (PBUH), however much effort is
invested in attempts to do so.
But perhaps this site and its commentary intends to make
Muslims feel good about a rather conservative perspective
toward Islam, while expressing that message to all, especially to
What we need is critical dialogue and discussion among Muslims
and non-Muslims alike, trying to cut through the externalities
that have become hard barriers. We need to seek the inner
truths and universal values that lead to inner peace and outer
harmony among all creation. But we also need to do so through
critical discourse that deconstructs those barrier-erecting
ideological aspects of "religion" that seek to divide.
attributed to Jesus of Nazareth, whether or not we believe him to
have been a Prophet (messenger) or something else, why not
deconstruct the historical context of all prophets, Muhammed
included. As Muslims we should be open to understanding the
factual as opposed to the mythical historical context of
Muhammed and all other Prophets, Jesus included. While we
respect Muhammed as the "seal" of a Judaeo-Semitic tradition of
Prophethood, he made no claim to anything more than that. If
we recognize the Qur'an as a set of divinely originated messages
recited to Muhammed, then there should be many perspectives
toward interpretation of those messages. The so-called "gates of
ijtihad", or consensual interpretation, can thus never be closed.
Each new generation seeking meaning in life and existence (the
Kitab al-Akhdar, or Greater Book of Creation" can use the
Qur'an as a guide toward "reading" this greater book--Allah's
creation itself. We do not need to be hypocritical and claim Jesus
fulfills our prophecies more than any Judeo-Christian ones while
protecting both Muhammed and Qur'an, and the body of varied
Ulemaic tradition from similar scrutiny and interpretation.
I enjoyed reading this article because it reminds you that Islam is the true religion like Allah (SW)say it in the Noble Qura'n...i mean how can say that "we are born sinners as a baby, and that someone like Jesus (SAW) died for mankind" can you imagine..it's a complete nonsence and idiotic...everyone is acountable for what they do...no one should hold or carry the burden for anyone...it says in the books...Qura'an, bible, Torah, and the Gosbels...and that's what every Nabi or Prophet conveyed...submitt everything i.e yourself to Allah The Creator, The Merciful, The most Beneficient...it's so simple do good and you will be rewarded do bad and you will be punished that's it that one needs to comprehend in this life...The problem with Christianity is not the religion but the western who change it and made to his own flavor...thus chiristinity doesn't agree w/t the western philisophy...every phrophet preached the same...that was "La Illah Ilal'laah" There is one God, but Allah...they preached the truth...how can you reject the truth...reject Isa (SAW)...they(Christians and Jews) have all the infromation they need in front them because Allah (SW) send it to them,but still rejected it...how could you be so hesitant of the truth...it doesn't make any sense
Wasaalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Baraakatu
MashaaAllah, a good article for da3wah and for sharing with non-Muslims to give them a summary of Islam's view on Jesus - peace be upon him.
As for Christopher's question...
1) Jesus - peace be upon him - was the only (known) prophet to be born of a virgin.
2) It is a general belief in Islam that ALL prophets were sinless (they do not disobey their Creator, and they do what they are told).
I hope that answers your question.
64. Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah. that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah.s Will).
65. Ye People of the Book! Why dispute ye about Abraham, when the Law and the Gospel Were not revealed Till after him? Have ye no understanding?
66. Ah! Ye are those who fell to disputing (Even) in matters of which ye had some knowledge! but why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? It is Allah Who knows, and ye who know not!
67. Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah.s (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah.
68. Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are those who follow him, as are also this Messenger and those who believe: And Allah is the Protector of those who have faith.
69. It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead you astray. But they shall lead astray (Not you), but themselves, and they do not perceive!
70. Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, of which ye are (Yourselves) witnesses?
71. Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth, while ye have knowledge?
72. A section of the People of the Book say: "Believe in the morning what is revealed to the believers, but reject it at the end of the day; perchance they may (themselves) Turn back;
42. Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.
43. "O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down."
44. This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We reveal unto thee (O Messenger.) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor wast thou with them when they disputed (the point).
45. Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.
46. "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous."
47. She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: "Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, 'Be,' and it is!
48. "And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel,
49. "And (appoint him) an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with this message): "'I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah.s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah.s leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe;
50. "'(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And 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.
51. "'It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.'"
Her comments went along the line of: "The trinity is the foundation of Christianity. Any other Christian teaching is wrong- so Pentacostals, Jehovahs, etc all have it wrong". Furthermore she said: " You're not supposed to understand the trinity. It's a mystery. You're not supposed to have understand. You're just supposed to believe and have faith".
Listening to that bit of news really sobered me up and made me realize how lucky I am to be a follower of this fantastic faith-Islam. Islam teaches us that knowledge and faith go hand in hand unlike Christianity which uses faith to feed faith.
Furthermore, I am so proud to know that Nabi Isa (alahis-salaam) [OR JESUS] is one of the most beloved prophets in our faith. And dear Christopher Ward, the virgin birth of Jesus as far as I know is an absolute phenomenon. All other prohets and messengers were born conceived and born naturally.
Zajak-Allah, parts of this timely knowledge I will be using to better present 'Introduction to Islam' in current/interesting contexts to a non-Muslim audiance that I am scheduled to do so in several days.
One thing that intrigues me is that Islam teaches (as I have heard) that Jesus was both born of a virgin and sinless. Is there a general belief by Muslims about wheter other Prophets had these attributes or were the special to Jesus? If so, is there a general belief as to why?
I think that the reason why the modern western world is trying to revive Christianiy is because so many are leaving the Church. Many are becoming devout Muslims. Some abandon religion altogether. I believe that many Christians are really sincere and truly believe in their religion. They are scared to learn about Islam because they are told so many bad things about it and they feel like they are blaspeming, by even taking a curious look at it.
But I also believe that the members of the Church that are of higher authority know Islam is the truth. Also that the American government sees Islam as a threat. What would happen if 200 million Americans willingly became Muslim?
What would happen if 200 million Americans WILLINGLY BECAME MUSLIM?
What would happen to the entertainment industry, alcolhol, interest, pork production?
America is number one because they are number one in sin.
There are powerful people out there who know what would happen to America. Islam is a threat. By practising true Islam you are no ones slave.
If you practise anything else you will have many masters.