Jesus was a Muslim.  Yes you read that correctly, Jesus was a Muslim and one of the mightiest messengers of Allaah swt.  Jesus came from the same prophetic traditions as Adam, David, Moses, Solomon, and all of the Prophets whom all came with the same message of Tawhid or Pure Monotheism.  The worship of only the One God which is Allah swt.

Every Muslim believes in the virgin birth of Jesus from Marium (Mary).  You cannot be a Muslim if you do not believe this.  Muslims believe that Jesus was the Messiah, that he was the word of God, and that he will return and kill the anti-Christ.  However, Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God or the son of God.  This is considered blasphemous in Islam and constitutes Shirk which is an unforgivable sin.  Muslims do not believe in the crucifixion either, instead Muslims believe that Allah swt protected Jesus and brought him up to heaven while putting his likeness or resemblance on the cross.  This is interesting in light of the fact that the Gospel of Thomas said that Judas was the one found on the cross and that Judas was the twin or lookalike of Jesus.  In fact Thomas in Ancient Greek means Twin.

When Jesus prayed, he did not pray to himself, he prayed to Allah swt.  He also said that he did nothing on his own but only with the permission of the Lord in the Heavens.

Jesus was a shining example of how to live and in fact there is more information preserved about Jesus in the Islamic texts than in the Christian texts.  Jesus even prayed as the modern day Muslims.


title: Son of Man or Son of God?,
content:

Gospel’s writers, and the authors of Epistles as well, wrote much of what they wrote according to their own beliefs which they believed and were inserted into the Word of God.

A closer examination of the texts of the New Testament compels us to raise some questions: as to whether Christ was the Son of God or the Son of man due to the much repetition of the phrase “son of man ” a lot in the Gospels ?!

Strangely enough some of gospels authors hasten to put state this doctrine from the very start same as gospels of and Luke and Mark who started his gospel saying:""

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mark 1: 1)

Mark reaches such a serious conclusion from his own even before recounting the Lord’s own words! Why did he not let us judge that Jesus was the Son of God ourselves?! It seems that Mark and other writers were influenced by a certain doctrine that permeated their respective where the followers of Christ deviated from the right path and adopted corrupt and heretic doctrines including the belief that “Jesus was the son of God Almighty!!,

These also include:

“And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go. And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8: 18-20)

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” —then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. And he arose and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.”(Matthew 9:6-7)

It seems also that the words that made Christ the “son of God “is not one of the words of Jesus himself; if Christ was the son of God, why did the Gospels mention the two conflicting phrases for Christ being “the son of God” and” the son of man” at the same time ?!

Such conflict, which is impossible to reason, got the Gospels in many contradictions. Jesus allowed himself to be insulted by others and anyone insulted him may be forgiven as he insulted the Son of man!:

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12: 32).

A clear contradiction may be seen in the gospels view of Jesus Christ; many crowds and righteous people like John the Baptist and Elijah realized that Jesus was the Son of man, but a few strange texts deny them this fact which they adopted for long!

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.”(Matthew 16: 13-20)

Therefore, Mark felt embarrassed to call Jesus “the son of God”when Jesus foretold the news of his crucifixion and his sufferings:

“And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark, 8:31)

Proper reasonable thinking firmly denies that Jesus was the sons of God Almighty due to the blasphemous consequences such doctrine may result in attribution to shortcoming for God. According to such doctrine God has a wife, he grows, he dies and be inherited and incarnate. It also means the transfer of the creature’s qualities to the creator.

Therefore, we find the Quran, with its noble teachings, glorifies God and denies partners to him in any case:

“[He is] Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have a son when He does not have a companion and He created all things? And He is, of all things, Knowing”.(6:101

“He has not taken a wife or a son” (72: 3)

Allah Almighty has denied himself of polytheism, categorically:

“Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”.(112: 2

“And say, “Praise to Allah, who has not taken a son and has had no partner in [His] dominion and has no [need of a] protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with [great] glorification.”(17:111)


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title: Luther’s Religious Revolution against the Church,
content:

Church and Science

The Church fought against science and reason, and latter’s work in religious texts. It became a stumbling block in the  way of progress and development and the conflict occurred between both those inside and outside the church; the climax of such conflict culminated in the French Revolution, which raised the slogan “Hang the last king with the intestines of last priest”. The spark of objection to the church’s authority was in the thought of Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546 A.D), a German professor of theology, composer, priest, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther was ordained to priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.""

Church and Calls for Reform

Ecclesiastical Europe opposed all calls for reform and fought reformers and intellectuals who realized that some ecclesiastical teachings “were against reason and common sense”. Among them was Luther, who saw that the prohibition of monks’ and priests’ marriage was not found in Christianity in its earliest ages. He admitted the right of priests to marry and he already married a nun .

He argued that no one has the right to deprive anyone of admittance to the kingdom of God or possesses divine consent. Luther opposed to an excommunication or deprivation by the Pope to him and burned it in the center of Wintenberg in public and the civil authority had to implement the decision of deprivation of Luther’s legal and civil rights. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

In 1529, the emperor tried to enforce the denial of 1521, but Luther’s supporters protested. They were called the Protestants .Sometimes things went on peacefully and sometimes not. When Luther died, severe torment was inflicted upon his followers, then a reconciliation between the two groups was made.

Luther rejected that the Church reserves the right to understand the Gospel; he maintained that every educated Christian has the right to understand it. He worked to translate it to German to be read by every German. He, moreover, rejected the “teaching authority” of the Catholic Church, which enabled the Pope the final say regarding the interpretation of the Bible, considering that everyone has the right to interpret it.

He denied that Christ unites with body of those who eat the Lord’s Supper. He also denied the possibility that the bread turns to be the broken bones of Christ and wine to his blood, or their solutions to the body of Christ in Eater. According to him, the Lord’s Supper merely served as a reminder of Redemption. He, moreover, denied the Church’s right to atonement, which was the matchstick that ignited his revolution, and which the Church could not extinguish.

Luther considered that obtaining salvation or forgiveness of sins was a free gift or the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior, and, therefore, there should not be conditions by practicing certain acts for forgiveness.

In 1517, he published his famous ninety-five letter, most of which was related to the liberation of theology and authority. His refusal to retract his ninety-five points at the request of Pope Leon X in 1520 and the request of the Holy Roman Empire represented by Emperor Charles V led him to exile; his writings were considered an ecclesiastical heresy.

Islam Is a Previous Religious Reformative Call  Prior to Luther’s

Although Luther’s call got him nearer to secularism, it was the inevitable result that which every Christian practicing reason and putting false beliefs aside, may reach. Perhaps if Luther and his followers took a good look at the values ​​of the religion of Islam, the values ​​of the serpentine teachings that rectified Jesus’s distorted message after his death and added supreme legislation witnessed by some Christians, they could find what they yearned for.

Islam invites its followers to exercise reason and  teaches them that mind does not oppose sound scripture or religious text. A number of Muslim scholars, like  Ibn Taymiyah, authored in this field.

Islam condemned the people of the book (Jews and Christians) for heretical acts and rituals they invented in their religions and asked them to commit themselves to the real teachings of their respective prophets. The Qur’an says:

“Then We sent following their footsteps Our messengers and followed [them] with Jesus, the son of Mary, and gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy and monasticism, which they innovated; We did not prescribe it for them except [that they did so] seeking the approval of Allah. But they did not observe it with due observance. So We gave the ones who believed among them their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient.” (57:27). 

The Islamic religion is characterized by being in harmony to common sense and sound nature. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) discourages his followers from monasticism and even prohibits castration (i.e. cutting one’s sexual limbs) due to dedication or seclusion to worship. He showed that real asceticism does not mean torturing body or prohibiting what Allah made lawful. He says,

“There is no monasticism in Islam”.

Sad said: the Prophet- peace be upon him- discouraged Othman ibn (son of) Mazun  from Al-Tabattul (seclusion from people especially sexual lust or celibacy for worship). Had he legalized it to him, we would have done castration (i.e.  to cut our sexual limbs due to dedication to worship)”.

Al-Tabari said: “celibacy, which Othman bin Mazoon wanted meant prohibition of women and perfume. Allah (Glory be to him) says, ‘O you who have believed, do not prohibit the good things which Allah has made lawful to you and do not transgress. Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors”. (5:87

There is no “clergy or Religious men in Islam in the priestly or ecclesiastical Christian sense”. Therefore, we reject the Lutherian concept of giving everyone the right to interpret the divine text even if not having the slightest logical reasoning.

In Islam, sacred text or scripture has its rules and origins that proceed from the proper understanding of linguistic rules and deep and comprehensive knowledge of texts. Islam rejects rigidity, dependency and imitation by those knowledgeable and can derive judgments from the texts and practice analogy which is called in Arabic “Ijtihad”. Muslim Scholars condemned those who claimed the closure of its door.

Islam does not require scripture-exegetes or scholars to practice certain rites or have a certain uniform, or to  lead a life that is completely different from other people’s lives or to have full seclusion from people. during times of worship. Prophet Muhammad was the most devoted worshiper of Allah. He lead a normal life tackling his society’s problems with the Qur’an (Islamic Scripture) and was involving with all people. 

As to the relationship between the Creature and the Creator, no one has the right to admit one into the Kingdom of God or deprive him to be admitted to it or grant indulgences! by virtue of an order. Muslim scholars are only required to show sound divine teachings to people and have no authority over them. They laid strict measurements for Takfir (declaring others disbelievers and renegades), who should be declared disbeliever and who should punish them.

This Lutherian cry was a wake-up call for Europe which remained for long periods it in slumber and obliviousness while the sun of knowledge was rising there in the east in Mecca and people in the west were impeded to see such light by priests and monks through the distortion of divine messages and the denial of the message of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).

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References

Fat-h Al-bari Sharh  Sahih Al-Bukhari,

Al-Nawawi Sharh Sahih Muslim

Wikipedia Encyclopedia

A.Shalabi, Christianity.

Muhadarat fi Al-Nasraniiyyah (Lectures on Christianity).


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title: New Testament and Revelation,
content:

Long ago, the Synoptic Gospels were adopted by Christians and became part of the Bible, which should be believed in and not opposed. Christianity has built this principle on the following principles:

First: the inspiration of the apostles and the writers of the Gospels which makes the Gospels definitive.

Second: the infallibility or prophecy of their carriers.

Hence, on such grounds the Gospels became the “Word of God”!. However, the historical reality of the Gospels witnesses otherwise! There have been calls from within the Christian field itself to correct the course and have objective examination of what came in the Gospels; such calls were met with suppression from others. Here are some historical evidence to nullify such grounds and deem them invalid:""

Different manuscripts and copies of the New Testament:

There are approximately twenty-four thousand ancient manuscripts of the Word of God counted as “the New Testament”, the oldest dating back three hundred and fifty years A.D, while the original first manuscript of the Word of God does not exist! ”

The introduction to the Catholic New Testament in the approved Vatican version of the Gospels, which dates back to the fourth century A.D, tells that the author is “unknown”. Moreover, the copy has been damaged!”

There are other versions that were not written or dictated by their real authors and were not in their eras; they were rather written at least two centuries after their death, such as the Sinai and Alexandrian versions, the Ephraimian version, the version of Pisa, the basal version and the version of Ladianus.

The chain of narrators of these copies was lost and some Christian clerics admit such fact. In his debate with The Indian Muslim scholar Rahmatullah, Frang, a priest, acknowledged this when he said: “The reason for the loss of our chain of narrators is the occurrence of calamities and sedition against Christians for a period of three hundred and thirteen years.”

There are also difference between manuscripts among which include  distortions, whether through addition or deletion and misinterpretation of their meanings or erasing other versions of Gospels. One may wonder why were these particular Gospels among the thousands of evangelical versions of the Word of God approved?!

Dr. Assakar says, “Robert gave Tisanvangli press a scientific memo to be printed with the Bible, which were banned by him from printing. When asked why it was banned, he said,” This memo will make people lose faith in this book! “.   

“No one will ever claim that God is the author of all the parts of this book with all such distortions,” says Dr. Robert.

The human element

One may also touches the human source in the synoptic gospels, which makes us confused whether such gospels are the word of God or not. Luke uses human-made words such as “One may think or “about”. Therefore, the Church has removed such words from English versions of the Gospels.

Christianity seems to have adopted inspirations as a source of divine revelation and legislation rather than the linguistic sense of them. This indicates the fluctuation of the concept of revelation in Christianity and the disciplined Islamic concept for it on the contrary. Religious texts and rulings may not be based on inspirations because they lack disciplined criteria. Apostles were neither prophets nor messengers sent by God .

Ibn al-Atheer, an Arab linguist defines inspiration as  “What God instills in the soul  whether to act upon or not”.

Zakaria al-Ansari, a Muslim theologian, says: “Inspiration is a meaning put in the heart to reassure the chest of those chosen by God. It should not be considered as a proof of the legitimacy of a thing or not”.

Thoughts and inspirations may be from the inspiration that God instills in the heart or from the whispers of the devil , and may be by the soul itself.

Ibn Hajar says, “Inspiration may occur for certain people. It has no certain rule…However, whatever the case, they should not be considered as foundation for religious rulings.”

The infallibility of the Gospel writers or authors is criticized for many of the fatal mistakes they have made in what they said about Christ or even the Lord. They were heedless of many events. To name a few for, example, three gospels do not record the miracle of turning water into wine by Jesus while John mentions it only (2 / 1-11)!


References

Assakkar, Is the New Testament The Word Of God?

Rahmattullah Al-Hindi, Idhhar Al-Haq,

Fat-h al-Bari

 


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title: Could the Miracles of Jesus Be a Proof of His Divinity?,
content:

The Bible is filled with the miracles of Jesus Christ, from healing to the sick, exorcising evil spirits and many other miracles of all kinds. For example:

“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague..”(Mark 5: 29:21)

Christian position on the miracles of Jesus

The Holy Qur’an approves some of those miracles with some restrictions and kept silence at others.

(…And a messenger to the children of Israel that I have I come to a verse from your Lord, I Create your mud as a body bird Vonfaj in it shall be a bird, God willing, and will heal the blind and the leper, and I salute the dead, God willing, and I inform you what you eat and what Tdechron in your houses that That is a sign for you, if you are believers.) (49: 3)"" 

However, one feel the Christian exaggeration of Jesus’ miracles for taking them s as proof of the divinity of Jesus peace be upon him.

Perhaps the Christian equivocal ecclesiastical understanding of miracles was the result of the fluctuation of the concept of the miracle in Christian teachings.

Definition of a miracle

In his book Al-Tarifat, Al-Sharif Al-Jurjani, a Muslim ethologist, defines the miracle as: “An extraordinary thing, calling for good and happiness, coupled with the claim of prophecy, intended to show the sincerity of the one who claimed to be a messenger of God.” It appears from this definition that the miracle is driven by God at the hands of the prophet in order to believe in his message and not to demonstrate their divinity, otherwise this miracle will become a lie to the Lord or a proof of polytheism or the existence of partner to God. Therefore, he  mentioned the phrase “associated with the claim of prophecy” and not the claim of divinity.

Qur’an, while stating such miracles of Jesus, decides that he, peace peace be upon, did them only by the permission of his God Allah and to prove the divinity and oneness of his Lord. Allah (Almighty) says,

“[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, “This is not but obvious magic.” (110: 5) .

We find a similar confession in the Gospels by the words of Jesus himself, he says:

“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5: 30)

Jesus also confess his weakness and being in need of help from his Lord saying: “(Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,

“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”) (John, 11: 41-42)

After stating the major miracle by Jesus peace be upon him as to descending, a table from the sky to the Apostles, the Quran transmits the words of Jesus peace be upon him which negates his eligibility for divinity or being a partner of God or a son of God

(And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah?'” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen”.(5:116).

Jesus’ Miracles are not Unique

Jesus’ Miracles are not Unique because there were many miracles that were brought by other Prophets and were even greater. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came with miracles such as the miracles of Jesus (peace be upon him) of healing the patient. A soldier was injured in his eye which was poked out and fell down on the ground, Prophet Muhammad returned it to its place and healed it. Another miracle occurred to him is the flowing of water from his fingers on the Day of Hudayibia and more than one thousand people drank and washed themselves by it!.  

In Khaybar, when Ali’s eyes was hurt, the Prophet touched them and they were good. Some scholars state that Prophet Muhammad miracles mounted to more than one thousand. Al- Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him, a Muslim scholar, says «whatever a miracle was given by God to a prophet, Prophet Muhammad was given the same or even greater than it”. He was even told that Jesus was given the miracle of bringing the dead back to life, but he replied, “Prophet Muhammad was given a miracle that was even greater for the root of the palm-tree longed for him and wept.

There were prophets who were supported with miracles which surpassed that of Jesus peace be upon him as much. For instance Moses, peace be upon him, turned his stick into a great snake and the broke down the sea with it. Prophet eyes, Solomon peace be upon him, which had control over the jinn and made a great kingdom of different creatures reached. however, none of claimed their divinity or called them gods due to their miracles!


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title: Christ’s Public Testimony on the Day of Judgement,
content:

By Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Al khalidi

The following Divine dialogue, on the Judgment Day, with Isa  (Jesus, the Christ, peace be upon him) son of Mariam (Mary) is going to demonstrate the trinity doctrine and to point out the Christ’s attitude toward it.

It will also shed light on Allah’s anger on those who took Jesus as son of Allah and worshipped him and his mother. The testimony by Christ will reproach the Jews who laid the bases of trinity doctrine, the preachers who called for the trinity and all those who believed in the trinity. Ultimately, monotheists shall be admitted into the Garden Allah willing; while the polytheists shall be thrown into Hellfire.

Christ will condemn the trinity doctrine and declare himself innocent of believing in it

Allah (Exalted be He) will inquire the Christ (peace be upon him) on the day of Judgment if he ordered people to take him and his mother Mariam ( daughter of Imran) as two gods with Allah. Allah (Exalted be He) knows everything, however, He will make The Christ (peace be upon him), as (Al-Qarni: 2007) says, express his negation to that. So, the Christ will exalt Allah from such falsehood and will whitewash himself from such accusation; as he does not  have the right to say such atrocious saying. And he will say that Allah knows that he (the Christ) has not said that and if he said it, Allah would know it:""

“And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah´?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden”. (5:116)

The following verses show the atrocity of the false claim that Allah has begotten a son:

“They say: ‘(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!’ (88) Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!(89) At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin,(90) That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. (91) For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son. (92) Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to (Allah) Most Gracious as a servant”.(19: 88-93)

Christ (peace be upon him) commands the Israelites to worship Allah alone

The Christ (peace be upon him) will say that he has not told Bani Israel (the Israelites) anything more or less except what Allah (Exalted be He) commanded him to convey; and he has not told them anything  out of himself. He really called them to worship Allah alone and to be enslaved to Him (Exalted be He); for He is alone the Creator, Sustainer and Regulator of affairs and the Christ (peace be upon him) is a creature like them, so he has no right to claim deity or to add lordship to himself. He (peace be upon him) was a witness to their deeds as long as he had been among them and when Allah raised him up into heaven he had no knowledge about them and Allah is the All-Knowing of their deeds, of their sayings and the Viewer of their conditions, and He (Exalted be He) is the Witness of every person, the Aware of every secret and the Observer of  every affair.

“Never said I to them aught 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”. (5:117)

Christ (peace be upon him) will say if Allah will punish those people, He is their  Lord and they are his slaves, and they deserve the torture; as they worshipped others rather than Allah (Exalted be He) and His torture is just and free of oppression and if He (Exalted be He) forgives them, He is the All-Mighty the All- wise. Al-Jazaa’iri (1997 Vol. ii:22) sees that ”If you punish them” means “if you burn who dies on shirk in your fire, you are capable of that”; and that  “if you forgive them ” if you let  who dies on Tawhid (monotheism) enter your Garden, he deserves that”  Al-Jazai’ri adds that as Allah is the most Wise who puts everything in its convenient place; so he who takes a partner with Allah will not enter the Garden, while the one who does not take with Allah a partner and obeys Him will not be tortured.

“If Thou dost punish them, they are Thy servant: If Thou dost forgive them, Thou art the Exalted in power, the Wise.” (5: 118)

Paradise will be the reward of  monotheists

The Lord (Exalted be He) will reply Christ (peace be upon him) “This is a day on which the truthful will profit from their truth” They were truthful in their belief in Him; so they worshipped Him alone without taking a partner with Him. This belief will benefit them and they will enter the Gardens “with rivers flowing beneath,- their eternal Home”; they will never leave them, and Allah (Exalted be He) will be pleased with them and they with Him; as He will endow them with an eternal blessing, that is salvation from fire and will admit them to Paradise.

“Allah will say: “This is a day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their eternal Home: Allah well-pleased with them, and they with Allah: That is the great salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires)”. (5: 119)

The dialogue reveals that the Christ did not tell the Christians to take him and his mother as two gods; he will defend himself  on the Judgment Day and assure that he has told them to worship Allah alone. Allah (Exalted be He) shows His wrath as the Christ’s followers who are supposed to be monotheists have led astray and claimed that the Christ is a son of Allah.

Al-Baz (2007) points out that “Allah (Exalted be He) knows what the Christ had already said to his people; but it is the great  horrible enquiry on the great feared day which is not meant for The Christ himself as much as it is meant for others.” Al-Baz adds that the enquiry and its answer in such a way will increase the atrocity of the situation of  those who took such good righteous servant of Allah as god, and that is why the Christ (peace be upon him) will commence his answer to his Lord’s question with  glorifying Him (Exalted be He) and soon he will whitewash himself absolutely from such accusation, and he will witness Allah Himself (Exalted be He) on his innocence and sinlessness in modesty and humility declaring the inferiority of his nature as a slave and messenger compared to the absolute Might of the deity of Allah. Torturing the polytheists and blessing the monotheists are based on the principle of  Divine wisdom.

Thus, new Muslims can realize from this Divine dialogue how Jesus will whitewash himself in fear and surprise from what the Jews and Christians lied  on him in this World, how Allah will rebuke the Christians as polytheists on the plots of Judgment Day for taking the Christ and his mother as gods besides Allah, the immunity of the Christ (peace be upon him) from the Christians’ claim, highlighting the human nature of Prophet Isa and his mother, the irrationality of the trinity doctrine, fear of Allah’s reckoning on the Judgment Day, the virtue of the truth as it is beneficial both in this world and in the Hereafter, and that the Christ (peace be upon him) did not die; so he is still alive in heaven after his ascension and he will descend by the end of this World to kill the false Christ and to rule the world with the Holy Qu’ran.

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About the author:

Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Al-Khalidi is a researcher and translator, EL teacher and lecturer, an old member in the Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.


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title: Is Christmas Acceptable According to Jesus’ Teachings?,
content:

For many years, Christians used to celebrate Christmas as a main rite of the church. Many related rites were also added to the event. However, modern researches states that Christmas does stand the historical fact of the contradictions surrounding its legislation. There are many conflicting dates for the birth of Jesus.

According to Western Christianity and some Eastern churches it is on December 25; 

January 7, according to Most Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches;

January 6, according to Some Anabaptists, such as the Amish and Armenian Apostolic Church;

And January 19  according to Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Herbert W Armstrong starts his book, “The plain truth About Christmas” saying, “Where did the world get Christmas?… from the Bible, or paganism? Here are the astonishing facts which may shock you! Test yourself. How much do you know of the origin of the Christmas tree-of “Santa Claus”-of the mistletoe-of the holly wreath-of the custom of exchanging gifts?”""

He states that Christmas means “Mass of Christ or Christ Mass”. It is a roman Catholic Mass taken from the heathen celebration of December 25th  as the birthday of the Sun-God SOL.

He states the plain truth that “Christmas is not Christ’s birthday. It does not celebrate his birth. The celebration is not of Christian, but of Heathen origin”.

So the date in which Jesus was born is equivocal. Therefore the author reaches the conclusion that: “The date is entirely unknown, as all authorities acknowledge”. Jesus, moreover, did not call his followers to celebrate his birth. Christmas is a heinous innovation or heresy by the followers of Jesus. According to Armstrong,”There is not one word in all the bible about celebrating Christmas”. Jesus refused any act of exaggeration regarding his position. From the starting point of his life, he declares that he is the slave worshiper of Allah,

“([Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.)” (19:30

We feel the pagan hands in the event of the celebration of Jesus’ birth. After Jesus’ demise, Jesus’ teachings were distorted and many heretic rites were approved by Nicaea Council 325 A.D.

 Accordingly, many innovated heretic rites were related to such event like Christmas tree and Pope Santa Claus, a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December). Christmas-tree, according to Wikipedia, is “Usually an evergreen conifer, such as a spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas, originating in Northern Europe. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern Germany where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic countries during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem, respectively, from the Nativity”.

The Qur’an condemns Christians for such distortions and warns them against exaggeration in teachings,

“O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs” (4:171

It also warns them against following other people’s false beliefs,

“Say, “O People of the Scripture, do not exceed limits in your religion beyond the truth and do not follow the inclinations of a people who had gone astray before and misled many and have strayed from the soundness of the way.” (5:77) “

It, moreover, calls on them to act upon the real teachings of Jesus which order them to follow Prophet Muhammad and does consider Jesus as a god or the son of God,

“Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people”. (5:68)


References

-Herbert W Armstrong, The Plain Truth About Christmas

-Wikipedia


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title: Influence of Historical-Intellectual Heritages On Christianity,
content:

Throughout its history, Christianity has been influenced by various types of human thought, making it a fertile ground for many pagan and philosophical texts whose followers still cling and preach to. In this article, we see some of the aspects of this influence and how Christians have influenced the teachings of Prophet Jesus badly and have had a tendency contrary to what he -peace be upon- him followed.

Influence Of the Old Testament

Christianity was influenced by the Old Testament. It is no wonder for according to the Gospels, Jesus “came to complete the law not to abolish”. But, however, it is more astonishing that the Christian tradition inherited even Jewish distortions and false doctrines.

Pagan Influence

There are many axes for Christian-pagan influences came from several aspects, including Christian-non-Christian influence by the conversion of non-Christians to Christianity and bringing their inherited ideas to Christianity:

Aminus (d. 242 AD) introduced pagan ideas to Christianity after he  had embraced it and turned back to Roman paganism.""

When the philosophy of Plotinism and other philosophies was spread, Christianity, like all others, was influenced and influenced by it.

Jesus’ teachings were mixed with pagan idolatrous ideas that interpreted the universe and the concept of God according to pagan philosophies and Greek mythology. Those ideas permeated the Indian circles of Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religions. Buddha’s teachings were on the Scene five centuries before  Christ and modern studies shows some identical teachings for both of them as the Gospels present Jesus’ life.

The idea of ​​Trinitarianism was endorsed by the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, reflecting the modern Platonism that brought most of the ideas of Eastern philosophy. Plotinus (d. 270 AD) who travelled to Persia and India  had a prominent impact on Christian beliefs. Christianity became a complex of different beliefs and cultures. He stated that the world in its management and action is subject to three things:

  1. The first Old Originator.
  2. Mind.
  3. Spirit, which is a source from which all spirits are emitted.

All of such ideas laid the foundation for the Trinity as the originator was considered to be God and the mind to be the Son and the Spirit is the Holy Spirit.

The doctrine of the Trinitarianism was not known in the Apostolic Age (French Apostle).In the French Encyclopedia, we find, “The Old disciples of Jesus knew him very well and were devoted to him were too far from considering him as a hypostasis in a trinity to the Creator. Putus and other disciples could only consider him a s only a man who received revelation from his Lord.    

Dapliu Reid says, “Paul changed Christianity that he became its second founder. He rather became the founder of the ecclesiastical Christianity .Luni Nick observes that “Without Paul Christianity would have become a sect of Judaism and would not have been a universal religion”.

Christianity was influenced by the religion of the Mitras in Persia, about six centuries B.C. and which included narrations near to the story of the Last Supper.

Christianity was also influenced by Hindu ideas of Trinitarianism which upholds that God has three names: Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer Brahma, the Creator. The Indian ideas of hypostases and crucifixion for atonement for sin, asceticism and monasticism and getting rid of money to be admitted into the kingdom of heaven all had their great influence on the Christian doctrines distorting its real image.

Islamic Position on Such Impact

The Qur’an outlines the message that Jesus (peace be upon him) brought in its original dress and how he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called on people to monotheism and worship Allah only as a god. He rejected paganism, worship of other than Allah and all forms of exaggeration in his person, his mother or the Holy Spirit:

“So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” [Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.” That is Jesus, the son of Mary – the word of truth about which they are in dispute. It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is. [Jesus said], “And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.” (19:-29:37)

The features and characteristics of his message in the Koran agreed to the message of his predecessors of Messengers or Prophets:

“I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness” (5: 117).

Although Islam  realizes all such aspects of distortions on the Christian side, it maintains  a fair and just position where it considers the heavenly origin of Christianity and Shows false doctrines to its followers and deals peacefully with them. It forbids shedding their blood as long as they were peaceful to Muslims. Islam guaranteed them certain rights known as the rights of the people of “dhimmah” (i.e. who had a truce with the Mulsims). Prophet – peace be upon him- says -:

“Be kind to (Christian) Copts for they share us  a pledge of peace and maternal relationship”.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade his followers from rush to judge all that is mentioned in the Gospels as false and said:

“Do not trust the people of the book and do not distrust them i.e. Do not believe them in all of what they say and do not disbelieve them in all of what they say).

in Fat-h al-Bari, Ibn Hajar said: “The sayings by the people of the book (Jews and Christian) (which are not known to be false or right) are equivocal: They may be true or false. Therefore, the Prophet prohibited them to believe them, lest that they be believe in a lie, and also prohibited them to disbelieve in them, lest that they may be true (i.e. they should keep silent at them).

The Prophet (peace be upon him), moreover, prohibited his companions  to rely on the Christian and Jewish traditions in approving or disapproving religious teachings for the distortions they had and their deviation from the right path and real messages of the Prophets.

It is reported that, once, Omar ibn Al-Khattab came to the Prophet bearing a sheet of paper of the Jewish and Christian scriptures and read it before the Prophet who reprimanded Omar for the act for it may lead to suspecting the real message of Islam. He showed him that had Moses was alive, he would have believed in him (Prophet Muahammad).


References

-ManiAl-Juhani, Al-Mawsuah Al-Muassarah fi Al-Adiyan Wal Madhahib Wal Ahzahb Al-Muasirah,  Al-Nadwah Al-Alamiyyah publishinghouse.

-Shalabi, Christianity in Islam.


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title: Silent Years of Jesus!,
content:

Gospels always wink an eye at the early life of Jesus in his childhood. They only mention his relation through to Joseph the carpenter and his journey to Jerusalem as a ritual customary act for his people at the time. Mathew outlines the early life of Jesus in the following lines:

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” (Matthew, 1: 18-25)

He showed us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and the Magi of the East came carrying the prophecy of his birth as the king of the Jews. He goes on to mention Herod’s talk with the Magi:

“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. ” (Matthew 2: 1-13)

After Joseph heard of the death of King Herod, the angel appeared in a dream to him in Egypt, saying,”

“take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.. “(Matthew 2: 19-23). He went Galilee then lived with Jesus in Nazareth.

Mark mentioned nothing about the childhood of Christ and his birth he talked directly about his meeting with John the Baptist while preaching. John, as well, overlooked the childhood of Jesus!""

Surprisingly, some of Biblical thinkers acknowledge these facts, but they, however, present untenable justifications to the issue. Saud Suhail, an Arab priest, says,  “These are silent years! Gospels and the New Testament do not mention anything about them. What the Gospels mentioned about the early life of Jesus is very little: His birth (Luke 2: 1-7), being  circumcised and named when he was eight days old, (Luke 2:21), presenting him to the Lord in the Temple when he was 40 days old (Luke 2: 22-24), the escape of the family, Joseph and Mary and the child to Egypt for fear of the oppression of Herod (Matthew 2: 13-15), bringing Jesus to Jerusalem on Passover when he was 12 years old (Luke 2: 39-53). Then the Gospels are silent and do not mention anything about his life for 18 consecutive years until he became 30 years old. From the age of 12 till 30 are silent years in gospels. One may wonder that Jesus’s ministry longed for only three years in before being killed when he was 33 years old then rose to the heaven, bringing salvation and redemption to the sinful world. Thus, what Christ was Jesus doing in those silent years?! ”

Suhail claimed that the Christian history stopped for a moment to answer this question, but through “Apocrypha texts, which include Christological and theological fallacies, which are incompatible with the correct image and concept of Jesus Christ, as presented by the Bible and New Testament which are canonical. These Apocrypha-texts, according to him, claim that  Jesus went to India and called for Buddhism and include myths and fictional supernatural practices by Jesus in his childhood.

He insists that Jesus’ childhood was normal and was not miraculous; he justifies its silence in the following false interpretations: “This verse (Luke 2:52) gives us the idea that Christ was growing like other people in wisdom, rank and grace. The second observation, about the practice of Christ during the silent years, indicates that Jesus worked in carpentry as Joseph did, as Mark says, “Isn’t this the carpenter the son of Mary…” (Mark 6: 3). Finally, there is, however, a spiritual lesson we may draw from such silent years that one should not show-off and seek power or authority, for the great Savior Jesus Christ spent most of his life in humility, tranquility and peace, away from the love of show-off. He lived most of his life in silence in preparation to a fruitful spiritual ministry in the Kingdom of God, which has changed and continues to change millions of people throughout history! ”

However, is not the researcher’s right to know the fallacies by such Apocrypha-texts in order to weigh them and put them in their proper place? Is the mention of supernatural practices of Christ in his childhood enough to disregard these texts?! Could not such supernatural practices be as a prophecy foretelling the content of his message?!

The Qur’an as the seal of the heavenly scriptures presents such phase of Christ’s early life in detail. We hear the tongue of Christ in the cradle telling the truth which shocks many Christians today. As a baby Jesus declares his bondage to God Almighty as his servant or worshiper and not being a son to Him God nor to Joseph the Carpenter:

“So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.’ ” Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.” So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” [Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.” That is Jesus, the son of Mary – the word of truth about which they are in dispute. It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is. [Jesus said], “And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.” (19:22-36)

These verses (ayas) declare the chastity and modesty of Mary. She was away from adultery and carried Jesus without a husband. The Qur’an also presents the sound doctrine carried by Jesus and for which he called. It shows the Jews and Christians the truth of God and rectify some of their false doctrines,

“O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.” (5: 15-16 )

It is strange enough that Luke mentions two contradicting phrases in his Gospel when he transmitted Mary’s reply to the angel when he gave her the glad tiding that she would conceive a baby:

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” (Luke 29: 1-35). She replied, “How will this be, since I do not know a man?”

Luke allegedly attributes Jesus to God as his son and mixes the words of the angel with his own infidel words:

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,” (Luke, 1: 32)

As for the Qur’an, falsehood cannot not reach it; It invalidates the Christian claim and slander that Christ is the Son of God or the son of man. He is the noble Word of Allah (God) as created by his word “be and he was”

“[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah]. He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.”. (3:45-46


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title: The Holy Spirit Between Christianity And Islam,
content:

Christian Concept of the Holy Spirit

For centuries, Christianity had an exaggerated look at the noble position of the Holy Spirit, angel  Gabriel (May Allah’s Peace be upon him). We, even, see many Christians who do not know who was the Holy Spirit!

The names of the Holy Spirit abound in the Bible. Its attributes, even, shared some of the divine attributes of God! In his book (The Holy Spirit and our relationship with It), Dr. Sameh Morris, a priest, claims that the Holy Spirit is:

  1. A hypostasis which is equal to the Father and the Son because Jesus said,

    “Go and make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew, 19:28).

    Christians infer that the phrase “in the name” refers to a trinity (three in one).They moreover support such claim by what Paul mentioned in 2Corinthians (14:13),

    “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”.

    They claimed that the association of the name of the Holy Spirit with God in one context means being equal to Him!""

  2. A creator! And Creates! They cite the words of Job:

    “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4).

  3. And Psalms(104:30):

    “When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground”.

  4. A One who gives Life. Christians support such a heinous doctrine by Paul’s words:

    “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you..” (Romans 8: 11).

    And the words of Christ to Nicodemus:

    “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 6:3).

  5. sanctifies life (1 Corinthians 6: 11).
  6. Everywhere! (Psalm 139: 7-10).
  7. Knows everything! (1 Corinthians 9: 9-11).
  8. Makes Miracles! (Psalm 72:18).

Islamic Concept of the Holy Spirit

Such exaggerated view of the Holy Spirit, Gabriel peace be upon him, is different from the moderate Islamic view of It. In Islam, Gabriel is only  an angel who was sent by God Almighty Allah to inspire Prophets with revelation and support them. He should not be elevated to any divine position or rank where he be a partner to Almighty Allah.

Gabriel, being a spirit by name, does not mean that such a characteristic is specific to him, for all other creatures are  spirits of God in the meaning that they all are created by him Almighty.

God specializes Gabriel with such name “spirit” to elevate his rank among creations and show his honor and virtue, and distinguish him from other spirits. It should not be understood that Gabriel is a spirit of God in the meaning that he is a part of Him or partner to Him.

In Islam, Gabriel is called “Ruh Al-Qudus” (i.e. Purified Spirit) and Al-Ruh Al-Amin (i.e. Truthful and Honest Spirit). He is not “holy” as Christians claim.

The reason that Gabriel was called “Ruh (spirit), as al-Jayyani, puts it, “Because souls are revived by him as the bodies are given life by spirit”.

Al-Razi, claims that he was called so because he was made of a spirit. Others said that he was called so because he brought the religion with which souls revive and live. Others claimed that he was only created as a soul without body.

He was called “Al-Amin” because he was very honest in delivering revelation to prophets and powerful in the execution of the commands of God.

In the Qur’an Gabriel is given many names and attributes which do not deem him as god or elevate him to divine positions that which he does not deserve. He was described as the “One So Powerful and One of sound Shape” (53:6). 

Gabriel is the best of angels who so honest and powerful in delivering revelation to Prophets without shortcoming. He was also described as

“A noble messenger [Who is] possessed of power in the accompany of the Owner of the Throne (God, Allah), Secure [in position], Obeyed there [in the heavens] and Trustworthy”.(81:21/Also see 81:24)

Allah tells about his mission as a messenger delivering revelation to Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him),

“And indeed, the Qur’an is the revelation of the Lord of the worlds. The Trustworthy Spirit has brought it down”(26:194)

He called “trustworthy” because he was of good manners and was the best of angels and being entrusted with revelation to  prophets and others

He was so strong that he turned down the city of the People of Lot who denied the message of Prophet Lot. He is near to God seizing a highly position among other angels

Once the Prophet saw Gabriel as having six-hundred wings. In his journey to Jerusalem, while accompanied by Gabriel, the Prophet said that “Gabriel made a great hole in a great stone and grasped the great animal Al-Buraq (which carried them up to the sky) with only one finger!

In Islam, Gabriel is called “Ruh Al-Qudus” (i.e. Purified Spirit) because he was created from purity or he was perfect in purity.

He was, moreover, called “spirit” because body cannot live without spirit for he carried the revelation which was the spirit for all people.

One may perceive the Christian confusion as regards to the concept of creation. The hands of the “Holy Spirit” does not create; it should not exceed the mere direct execution of God’s command of creation. The Creator is only Allah Almighty who says,

“Had there been within the heavens and earth gods besides Allah, they both would have been ruined. So exalted is Allah, Lord of the Throne, above what they describe.” (21:22)

It has been said that such “ruin” in creation may lead to a conflict and contradiction where two gods have two conflicting commands of either giving life or not.

Allah addressed Jesus to remind him of the blessings he conferred upon him saying,

“O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, “This is not but obvious magic.” (5: 110). 

The repetition of the phrase “with My permission” alludes to the fact that Allah is the only creator and Jesus did not create and his acts were mere execution of Allah’s commands.

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References

Ibn Uthaymeen, Sharh Thalathat Al-Usul.

Ibn Hajar, Fatah al-Bari.

Sameh Morris, Holy Spirit And Our Relationship to It


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title: Clergy Councils and Christian Faith,
content:

Jesus’ Disciples After His Demise

The disciples of Christ dispersed after his death in the lands, preaching his teachings. They were either wronged by Emperors or kings or were dealt justly and their teachings were welcomed. There were popes, patriarchs, bishops, monks and priests who took over religious posts in many Christian regions. Sometimes, they were influenced by different leaders’ respective religious backgrounds which were always influenced by pagan trends and rarely influenced  by the teachings of Arius who was influenced by Jesus’ monotheist and moderate teachings and rejected the divine nature of Jesus. Accordingly, fathers, bishops, and patriarchs were divided as to the real Christian doctrine and conflicts raised.""

Therefore, calls for holding mass councils were also raised. Leaders forced religious clerics to find solutions to the problem to unify Christians upon one definite doctrine that should be upheld by ll Christians worldwide.

Clergy-Councils emerged by the order of the princes to establish a clear-cut doctrine for Christian societies where some of laws were approved and others were rejected. The councils, according to Shaykh Abu Zahrah, were claimed to be approved by the apostles although they were made about 22 years after the demise of Christ in Jerusalem.  And some councils rejected some of the Torah and the old-testament teachings.  

The councils that constituted the Christian doctrine mounted to ten. In his book Hidayat Al-HayaraIbn Al-Qayim, mentioned them saying,

First Council of Antioch 324 A.D

He said Saeed ibn Bitriq: Thirteen bishops met in the city of Antioch, and pondered over Paul’s doctrine. They cursed him and cursed those following him.

Other Caesars appeared in whose times, Christians were persecuted. At the time of King Constantine I, a great debate was made between a patriarch and saint Arius. The king and the attendees approved the sayings of the patriarch and suggested that Arius be banished and stemmed him with disbelief but the patriarch suggested that the king should summon patriarchs and bishops and hold a council to show reality of Arius and his doctrine to be denounced publicly.

Second Council of Nicaea 325 A.D:

One year and two months later, King Constantine I sent to all countries to summon bishops and patriarchs and two thousand and forty-eight bishops gathered in Nicaea. They were of different religious views. There were those hold Mary and Jesus to be gods and called Mariamaniya.

Others claimed that Christ’s position from the Father is likened to a torch taken from fire; the two flames are dependable after being separated and the fire’s flames will not decrease by such process.

They differed greatly that the king gathered the three hundred and eighteen bishops in a great council. He sat at the middle, and gave them his ring, his sword, and his stick and said, “You have the authority today on my Kingdom. Do whatever you want to do to save the Christian nation and strengthen it in religion and other affairs. They blessed the king, and gave him his sword, and said to him, “Support the religion of Christianity, and defend it”. They gave him forty books including Christian laws for bishops and laws for kings to rule with.""

They agreed that the Christian Easter be on Sunday, after the Passover of the Jews, so that they may not gather on one day with the Jews, and denied bishops-marriage. The Council was made seventeen years of the reign of King Constantine I. They left the council while being dignified by the king who ordered that:

-The idols be destroyed and idols-worshipers be killed.

-There should not be in his government except the Christians. And leaders should be from them.

-The Friday after the Easter-Friday, should be off and peaceful.

Arius Council:

Then Constantine perished, and Constantine II, his oldest son mounted the throne. In his time, Arius companions and those following him gathered and met with him. They praised the doctrine of Arius before him and pointed out that the three hundred and eighteen bishops of Nicaea were mistaken and misled when they uphold that the Son agrees with the Father in essence.

The advised him to discourage people from such doctrine because it was a fault, and the king determined to rectify the matter. However, Bishop of Jerusalem, discouraged him from following Arius’ companions, and claimed that they were misled and infidels for the three hundred and eighteen bishops cursed all of them. The king accepted the bishop’s saying.

Third Council of Constantinople 381 A.D:

It was fifty-eight years after the first council of Nicaea that another council was held. Ministers, leaders and commanders assembled before the king and said: People are consent with Arius and Maqedonius deviant sayings. So, write to all bishops and patriarchs to assemble and clarify for people real Christianity.

The king wrote to different regions to summon bishops. They were one-hundred and fifty bishops who gathered to think over Arius’ doctrine. They denounced Arius’s saying that  the Holy Spirit is created and not god.

The Patriarch of Alexandria said, “The Holy Spirit is not other than God’s spirit without which God cannot live. If we are to say that God’s spirit is created, His life would be created and if his life was created, He would not have been alive which is a blasphemous doctrine”.

They cursed those adopting such doctrine and many other doctrines and pointed out that the Holy Spirit is a creator and not created, a one-essence god who stems his nature from the Father and the Son.

They increased in the faith laid by the three hundred and eighteen bishops, who only believed in the Holy Spirit, the following doctrine: “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, who gives life. Who is from the Father and the Son. He should be glorified and worshiped”.

They showed that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three Hypostases, faces and three properties. According to them, they are one in three i.e. trinity, and the body of Christ has a spirit which is reasonable and human.

The council was finished and they cursed many of their bishops and companions.

Fourth Council:

One and fifty years later, another council was held. It was the fourth council which was to think over Nestorius’ sayings. He claimed that Mary was not the mother of God but gods are only two the Father and the human who was from Mary an shared the name of the son of God but not really His son. Nestorius was cursed and banished at last.

Fifth Council:

Council of Ephesus II 449 A.D and the emergence of the doctrine of Jacobites.

Sixth Council:

Complex of Khalqdoun, 451 A.D

Seventh Council:

In the days of king Instas and the emergence of the doctrine of the Malkites and the renouncement of the doctrine of Jacobites.

The Eighth Council:

The Council of Constantinople which approved the four councils after the Khalqdounian Councils.

Ninth Council: At the time of the Muslim Caliph, Muawiya ibn Abi Sufyan.

Tenth Council: When the king died, the sixth Council members met once again.

Commenting on these different councils Imam Ibn Qayyim said, “Christians had the tenth Council in which the Sixth-Council members gathered. They were objected, so the king summoned one hundred and thirty bishops who approved the Sixth-Council agreement and the five councils before it.  They cursed those disagreeing with them. Although those councils perished and those Christian misled-scholars died, their deviant teachings passed to the following generations who depended on them. Those councils, moreover, had about four-thousand Christian scholars of bishops, patriarchs and priests who disagreed and stemmed each other with disbelief”.

One may wonder at the Christians’ status-quo and ask: Is there a rational Christian who may ponder over such deviant situation by Christians who were divided into many sects which accuse each other of infidelity.""

The human hands played the word of God with the approval of Christian clergies who assembled to approve heresy. Let the mercy of Allah (God) be upon the nation of Islam, which did not disagree on its scripture, Lord and Prophet, It was saved by Allah from being misled. Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “My nation will not agree on heresy”. Its scriptures were also saved by the science of accurate narration through authentic narrators (Isnad) of prophetic hadiths (sayings).


References:

Abu Zahra, Lectures on Christianity (looking at the stages by which the Christians beliefs passed whether through books, holy councils and sects), Dar al-Fikr al-Arabi – Cairo, 3rd ed, 1381 e – 1966.

Ibn Al-Qayiyim, Hidayat al-Hayari to reply to the Jews and Christians: Muhammad Ahmad al-Haj, ed. Publisher: Dar al-Qalam.1416 – 1996.


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