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: Prophet Muhammad combats “Racial Discrimination”,
Prophet Muhammad and Arabian Heterogenic Society
Although Prophet Muhammad lived in a heterogenic society of many Arab tribes, his teachings precluded all possibilities of ethnicity or racial divisions among the Muslim community. He could unify the Muslim nation under one cause “The testimony of Tawhid “Monotheism” i.e. there is no God but Allah Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and to lead a righteous religious life.
He set a general rule on his last days to ensure peaceful life for humanity away from ethnicity or racial conflicts or discrimination saying,
“There should not be a merit for an Arab over non-Arab nor a white man over a black man except through Taqwa “being the most fearing for God i.e. righteous”.
He also says,
“Don’t nurse grudge and don’t bid him out for raising the price and don’t nurse aversion or enmity and don’t enter into a transaction when the others have entered into that transaction and be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour.”
The way Prophet Muhammad dealt with such a heterogenic society was fantastic and balanced. While, he did not command them to forget about their lineage categorically saying,
“A person who attributes his fatherhood to anyone other than his real father, knowing that he is not his father, commits an act of disbelief. And he who makes a claim of anything which in fact does not belong to him, is none of us. He should make his abode in the Hell”, he used to focus on good and righteous deeds regardless of the nobility of lineage or high rank of its doer or ethnicity considerations, even with the nearest to him among his relatives:
When (this verse) was revealed to him:” Warn your nearest kinsmen:
“The Messenger of Allah said: O people of Quraish, buy yourselves from Allah, I cannot avail you at all against Allah; O sons of Abd al-Muttalib. I cannot avail you at all against Allah; 0 Abbas b. ‘Abd al- Muttalib, I cannot avail you at all against Allah; O Safiya (aunt of the Messenger of Allah), I cannot avail you at all against Allah; 0 Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, ask me whatever you like, but I cannot avail you at all against Allah”.
It is a fact which is recurred in the Qur’an too much,
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do”.
Non-Muslim Views Testifying to the Propriety of the Islamic Law to Combat Racial Discrimination
These Islamic just teachings which are far away from ethnicity or racial discrimination are attested to by some non-Muslims who fairly studied the life of Prophet Muhammad. Dr. Craig Considine, a non-Muslim Catholic scholar, highlights how the Prophet fought against the idea of judging individuals and groups based solely on their skin color and ancestry. He says,
“Prophet Muhammad’s anti-racist views are seen in his friendship with Bilal ibn Rabah, a black slave who rose to a leading position within the Muslim community of 7th century Arabia. One story relates how Muhammad defended Bilal after Abu Dharr Al-Ghifari, one of the Prophet’s companions, called Bilal “the son of a black woman.” Annoyed with this emphasis of identifying people by skin color, Muhammad criticized Abu Dharr by stating: “You are the man who still has the traits of ignorance in him”.The Prophet’s reference to Abu Dharr’s ignorance refers to the “pre-Islamic” state of jahiliyyah, an Arabic term meaning “the state of ignorance of Divine guidance.” This period of Arab history before Muhammad’s arrival was marked by “barbarism” and “lawlessness,” as described in the Quran. The Prophet’s anti-racist mentality helped lead Arabs out of this darkness and into the light by guiding them onto the path of justice and equality”.
Prophet Muhammad used to set any quarrels or fights as a result of ethnicity issues or historical ethnicity wars. He could remind his companions how could Islam confer upon them the blessing of unify and companionship. Jabir b. Abdullah reported:
We were along with Allah’s Messenger in an expedition that a person from among the emigrants struck at the back of a person from the Ansir. The Ansairi man said: O Ansar! And the Muhajir man said: O Emigrants! Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said: What are these proclamations of the Days of Ignorance? They said: Allah’s Messenger, a person from the emigrants struck at the back of an Ansari, whereupon he said: It is something disgusting. ‘Abdullah b. Ubayy heard it and said: They have indeed done it. By Allah, when we would return to Medina the respectable amongst them (the Ansar) would turn away the mean (the emigrants). Thereupon ‘Umar said: Permit me so that I should strike the neck of this hypocrite. But he (the Holy Prophet) said: Leave him, the people may not say that Muhammad kills his companions.
The Prophet melted their tribal and personal differences till they became brothers: a foreigner man might be called ” My brother” and a foreigner woman might be called: “My sister”.
“`Abdur-Rahman bin `Auf came (from Mecca to Medina) and the Prophet (Pbuh) made a bond of brotherhood between him and Sa`d bin Ar-Rabi` Al-Ansari. Al-Ansari had two wives, so he suggested that `Abdur- Rahman take half, his wives and property. `Abdur-Rahman replied, “May Allah bless you with your wives and property. Kindly show me the market.” So `Abdur-Rahman went to the market and gained (in bargains) some dried yoghurt and some butter. After a few days the Prophet (Pbuh) saw `Abdur-Rahman with some yellow stains on his clothes and asked him, “What is that, O `Abdur-Rahman?” He replied, “I had married an Ansari woman.” The Prophet (Pbuh) asked, “How much Mahr did you give her?” He replied, “The weight of one (date) stone of gold.” The Prophet (Pbuh) said, “Offer a banquet, even with one sheep.”
Prophet Muhammad Used to Disregard Social Caste Distinctions and Minimize Their Bad Influences on His Community
Al-Ma’rur b. Suwaid said:
“We went to Abu Dharr (Ghifari) in Rabadha and he had a mantle over him, and his slave had one like it. We said: Abu Dharr, had you joined them together, it would have been a complete garment. Thereupon he said: There was an altercation between me and one of the persons among my brothers. His mother was a non-Arab. I reproached him for his mother. He complained against me to Allah’s Apostle. As I met Allah’s Apostle he said: Abu Dharr, you are a person who still has (in him the remnants) of the days (of Ignorance). Thereupon I said: Allah’s Messenger, he who abuses (other) persons, they abuse (in return) his father and mother. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Abu Dharr, you are a person who still has (the remnants) of Ignorance in him They (your servants and slaves) are your brothers. Allah has put them in your care, so feed them with what you eat, clothe them with what you wear. and do not burden them beyond their capacities; but if you burden them (with an unbearable burden), then help them (by sharing their extra burden).”
Prophet Muhammad Used to Insure the Application of the Just Islamic Laws Regardless of Racial Consideration:
“The Quraish were troubled by the affair of a woman from the tribe of Makhzum who stole. So they said: ‘Who will speak about her to the Messenger of Allah?’ They said: ‘Who can do it other than Usamah bin Zaid, the one dear to the Messenger of Allah?’ So Usamah spoke with him, the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Do you intercede about a penalty from Allah’s penalties?’ Then he stood up and addressed the people saying: ‘Those before you were only destroyed because they used to leave a noble person if he stole. And if a weak person stole they would establish the penalty upon him. And by Allah! If Fatimah bint Muhammad stole, then I would cut off her hand.”
Individual and personal responsibility regardless of one’s family or lineage was also ensured by the Prophet. He started warning his own family against aversion from the right path of Islam and put it clearly, “Everyone should do his best to do good and abandon evil”:
When (this verse) was revealed to him: “Warn your nearest kinsmen.”
The Messenger of Allah said: O people of Quraish, buy yourselves from Allah, I cannot avail you at all against Allah; O sons of Abd al-Muttalib. I cannot avail you at all against Allah; 0 Abbas b. ‘Abd al- Muttalib, I cannot avail you at all against Allah; O Safiya (aunt of the Messenger of Allah), I cannot avail you at all against Allah; 0 Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, ask me whatever you like, but I cannot avail you at all against Allah.
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title: Non-Muslim Catholic Applauds Islamic Approach to Combat Epidemics,
COVID-19 is the most pandemic-causing-panic nowadays worldwide. There have been few attempts to find religions approaches to face them. Strangely enough, Dr. Craig Considine, a non-Muslim Catholic and a scholar, professor, global speaker, and media contributor based at the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He is the author of The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View (Blue Dome Press, 2020), and Islam in America: Exploring the Issues (ABC-CLIO 2019), and many other collections. He presents the Islamic approach to combat epidemics and Prophet Muhammad’s advice on facing illness.
He showed that the religion of Islam could present the most logical religious-tackle to combat epidemics. He claims that Prophet Muhammad’s approach to combat them could be beneficial to combat COVID-19 pandemic as his teachings contained reference to good hygiene and quarantining, or the practice of isolating from others in the hope of preventing the spread of contagious diseases, which are the most effective tools to contain +COVID-19.
Perfect Approach to Combat Epidemics
Dr. Considine says about Prophet Muhammad’s noble teachings which can put a perfect theory to combat epidemics: “While he is by no means a “traditional” expert on matters of deadly diseases, Muhammad nonetheless had sound advice to prevent and combat a development like COVID-19. Muhammad said: “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague outbreaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”
He, Muahammad, according to Dr. Considine, also says: “Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are healthy.” Muhammad also strongly encouraged human beings to adhere to hygienic practices that would keep people safe from infection”.
The anti-epidemic teachings of Prophet Muhammad stems it perfectness from being a revelation from God and focusing on the both the practical and spiritual aspects. They include preventive measures which were unprecedented by any religion before or even after Islam.
Hygienic Procedures Set by Prophet Muhammad
Dr. Craig Considine sets some examples for Muslim Procedures to combat epidemics which exceeded all other well-known religions even Christianity, saying, ” Do you know who else suggested good hygiene and quarantining during a pandemic? Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, over 1,300 years ago. Consider the following hadiths, or sayings of Prophet Muhammad:
“Cleanliness is part of faith.”
“Wash your hands after you wake up; you do not know where your hands have moved while you sleep.”
“The blessings of food lie in washing hands before and after eating.”
There are many hygienic procedures that were also mentioned by the Prophet other than this:
“It was narrated from Jabir that the Messenger of Allah forbade urinating into standing water”.
The Prophet also says,
“None of you should urinate into still water and then perform Ghusl (general washing for body” with it.”
The Islamic approach to illnesses is fabulous as well. Prophet Muhammad teachings tackled pain and urged medical treatment . Dr. Craig Considine says:
“And what if someone does fall ill? What kind of advice would Muhammad provide to his fellow human beings who are suffering from pain? He would encourage people to always seek medical treatment and medication: “Make use of medical treatment,” he said, “for God has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease—old age.”
Balancing Faith with Reason
The most important aspect of Islamic Sharia (law) that its teaching are in balance with reason. Prophet Muhammad used to make analogy between similar things so that people may extend rulings to newly matters regarding which there are no certain religious stand.
Prophet Muhammad used to focus on considering worldly means along with religious means. When he used to order to perform prayer, he also used to consider the hardship a patient may encounter wen performing prayer. He, the Prophet, used used to say,
“If you are unable to pray while standing, you may pray while setting….”. Umar, a companion of the Prophet, used to say, “When a sick man is unable to prostrate he should refer with his head only”.
Prophet Muhammad used also to consider the psychological state of the patient and order his companions to ease his/her hardship:
Aisha used to recommend at-Talbina (a sertain beneficial and easy food) for the sick and for such a person who grieved over a dead person. She used to say,
“I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, ‘at-Talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.'”
Dr. Considine notices the following story, of Prophet Muhammad which proves his religion to utilize both religion and reason while practicing maters and his principles which do not find a conflict between reason and religion:
One day, Prophet Muhammad noticed a Bedouin man leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in God.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in God.”
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title: Why Islam?,
Calls to the Islamic religion, in the shadow of media distortion in western countries, always face fierce attacks; Islam is usually presented in the western world through its opponents, or even those who are unaware of the fundamentals of Islam, or confuse what Islam has in its originals and the practice of some deviating Muslims.
Worse still, the followers of this religion fail to display its real features through a deep understanding of its pillars, origins, and legislation.
This article is an attempt to present the correct image of the Islamic religion, and its merits which are able to elevate humanity to the righteous and blessed life in the real world and the hereafter.
Answers to this question, under the title of this article “Why Islam”, are listed in the following sub-headings:
Islam Is the Religion That Corresponds to Human Instinct
Islam is the religion that corresponds to the human instinct that God created people on, God Almighty said:
“So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah..”(30:30)
Ibn Katheer, a Muslim well-known scholar, may God have mercy on him, said: “He is the Most High, has created people to be naturally knowing their creator and unifying him, and that there is no god but him.”
The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said:
“Every child is born with a true faith (i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone) but his parents convert him to Judaism or to Christianity or to Magainism, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated?”
Once, the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said in a sermon:
“Your God (Allah) says, “I have created My servants as one having a natural inclination to the worship of Allah but it is Satan who turns them away from the right religion and he makes unlawful what has been declared lawful for them and he commands them to ascribe partnership with Re, although he has no justification for that.”
While commenting on God’s saying, (And I created my slaves while they are Hunafa), Al-Nawawi, says:
“The word Hunafa means here: monotheists who are Muslims, being purified from sins, or naturally eligible to receive guidance. Or it refers to the covenant which God has taken on the offspring of Adam in the spiritual world, and they testified against their own selves. The verse reads: “And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.”(7:172)”
As regards to Fitrah (created sound souls), Ibn al-Qayyim, may God have mercy on him, says,
“An infant naturally chooses to suck milk himself. If it is enabled to his mother’s breast, breastfeeding is inevitably found if there were no obstacles, because it is naturally born to be suckled. Similarly, it is Inevitably naturally is eligible to know God if there is no opposition.”
This includes the feeling of many who converted to the religion of Islam that this religion has been the one their souls yearned to,. and they felt that they were lost until he found it!
Perfectness of Islamic Legislation
Islam has established five fundamentals that are worthy of consideration by any nation that aspires to a decent life through a perfect legislation. They include preserving one’s:
Some Muslim scholars added “the preservation of mind”.
They are the best evidence that the religion of Islam came to preserve humanity and elevate the humans’ lives.
The preservation of the mind, according to Islam, materializes in the prohibition of everything that badly influences the mind and prevents it from carrying out its tasks in life like alcohol or unjustified anger. God Almighty says:
“O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful..” (5:90)
Under maintaining lineage and honor, Islam prohibits man to intentionally look at some women who are not permitted to look at them except for necessity for not being sexually incited by them; therefore, it also forbids adultery.
It legalizes ample punishment for some social crimes like adultery through whipping single man or woman or stoning the married man or woman who commits adultery.
It, furthermore, legislates other social laws to organize the man-woman relationship as regards to marriage and divorce.
Regarding the “Preservation of property and wealth”, Allah (God) Almighty says:
“And do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly or send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that [they might aid] you [to] consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful]..”(2:188)
Islam prohibits fraud, and theft; it puts the fitting punishment for theft: the hand of the thief is to be cut-off under certain conditions.
“Delivering the sermon during the Farewell Pilgrimage on the day of Sacrifice at Mina, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) mentioned some of these principles saying, “Verily your blood, your property and your honour are as sacred and inviolable as the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this town of yours. Verily! I have conveyed this message to you.”
A special part under Islamic law was dedicated for transactions that are singled out by the jurists to be discussed in detail; it carries within it principles and general rules that the world still needs, especially in light of contemporary global financial crises.
Islam, moreover, lays down general rules that bring benefits, defer harms, and strives for the interests of people. Whenever, humanity deviates from the straight path and noble principles Islam, with its noble principles, restores it back to them.
The Comprehensiveness of the Islamic Religion
Islam, unlike other religions that have focused on specific aspects, as Christianity focused on the spiritual, and Judaism focused on the historical aspects, has a comprehensive legislation; It tackles ethics and both spiritual as well as practical legislation that relate to human life, and are urgently needed in regulating their relationship with each other.
In its legislation for the family and the whole society, Islam takes into account in its legislation the societal fabric. It urges kindness to parents, and children and raising them righteously. It moreover, recommends kindness to the wife and the cohabitation relation. The spousal-relationship is considered to be a heavy covenant where Islam orders the man and woman to behave kindly with each other. Allah Almighty says:
“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought..”(30:21)
We find in the Islamic marriage-and-divorce legislation what we could not find in other religions, that non-Muslim Christians viewed these laws as “proper laws” and asked to be judged according to them in non-Muslim countries!
Islamic Balanced Concept of Punishment
Islam neither disregard crimes by enacting easy punishment for them, nor does it give the punishment a greater amount than the crime deserves.
It gives the suitable and fitting punishment for every crime. It enacts killing the murderer, cutting the hand of the thief, stoning the adulterer who had a marital experience, and flogging for the non-married.
The claim of the cruelty of the punishment in Islam is not tenable. Islam considers the bad influence of the crime on society. For instance, Islam puts a serious punishment on fornication and adultery for the bad influence of those practices on the family fabric due to genealogy mixture. An imbalance in the family, and dissolution of the gentle relationship between the spouses, and the subsequent bad impact on the psychological and material stability of the offspring, all are factors that were considered by Islam in enacting penalties for adultery. An Arab wisdom reads:
“He used to be firm and serious so that they may refrain from doing wrong practices… Sometimes it is needed that a serious man be firm with those whom he loves to rectify their matters!”
Once a man objected to the Islamic punishment to cut the thief’s hand saying,
“How could Islam claims: a hand to be cut for a quarter of one dinar in theft crime while, if it is damaged it will be compensated for 500 hundred dinars according ?!”
A Muslim jurist replies to the claim saying,
“Honesty gives much value to the hand of man and makes it precious (so it is saved from cutting punishment), while treachery degrades it (so it is cut in this case). This is the wisdom behind the Creator’s legislation (God)!”
Sheikh Attia Salem says,
“People should not be more merciful to the criminal than the one wronged by his crime! The thief’s bad influence on innocent people’s lives as regards to devouring their wealth and work is greater than the punishment of cutting his hand!”.
Islam does not thirst for punishment or blood. One of the principles of punishment in the Islamic judiciary: “Defer or (preclude) punishment as much as possible through considering equivocal evidence.” The judge has to postpone or drop out the presumed punishment according to the existence of the slightest suspicion that the prisoner may be innocent.
According to Islam, a person is not to be forced to confess against himself. And if s/he happen to hesitate in doing so, his or her confession may be revoked and there should not be a punishment executed.
The balanced approach of punishment is more evident in enacting punishments that are fitting or suitable to crimes and do not exceed their limits. Punishment by hanging is not to be considered generally by Islam, for it is sometimes viewed to be cruel and Islam forbids to take it as a punishment in general, except for special identical crimes, e.g. whoever hangs is to be hanged, whoever kills is to be killed by the machine with which he committed the crime, and whoever cuts a limb for other, his limb is to be cut-off or amputated equally.
The disciplined concept of Islamic legislation has also included the judiciary system. Sheikh Attia Salem says: “The judiciary system in Islam, is the highest example since the advent of Islam, as it tackles all aspects of the juristic system… In the book of Omar, may God be pleased with him to Abu Musa, there are basic rules of the of judiciary in Islam, none of which has yet been found in modern judiciary systems!”
Islamic Religion Is a Mercy to All of Humanity
The Islamic religion came as a mercy to all mankind. It was mercy to man, animals, and even to inanimate things, based on God’s description of the Prophet of Islam as a “mercy to the worlds”. Allah says:
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds..” (21: 107)
The Messenger of God -may God bless him and grant him peace – while sending armies used to say:
“Make your raids in the name of Allah in the way of Allah. Fight whoever denies Allah. Do not steal from the booty, and do not act treacherously. Do not mutilate and do not kill children.’ Say the same to your armies and raiding parties, Allah willing. Peace be upon you.” Narrated by Ahmed.
The Islamic religion also forbade corruption on earth even in wars, and obligated its followers to follow the rules of peace that should be followed with innocent non-combatants:
“It has been reported that when the Messenger of Allah) (pbuh) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him to fear Allah and to be good to the Muslims who were with him. He would say:
Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah: Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah, do not embezzle the spoils; do not break your pledge; and do not mutilate (the dead) bodies; do not kill the children. When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. “Narrated by Muslim.
As regarding the preservation of the environment , the Prophet of Islam says:
“Be on your guard against three things which provoke cursing: easing in the watering places and on the thoroughfares, and in the shade (of the tree). As for the animal rights, it forbids killing them in vain”. (Sunnan Abi Dawud)
Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
“We were with the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) in a journey when he drew apart (to relieve nature). In his absence, we saw a red bird which had two young ones with it. We caught them and the red mother bird came, beating the earth with its wings. In the meantime the Prophet (pbuh) returned and said, “Who has put this bird to distress on account of its young? Return them to her.” He (pbuh) also noticed a mound of ants which we had burnt up. He asked, “Who has set fire to this?” We replied: “We have done so.” He (pbuh) said, “None can chastise with fire except the God of the fire.”
-Attia bin Muhammad Salem, the merits of Sharia and the disadvantages of modern man-made laws, the Islamic University of Medina, 1973 AD.
-Al-Dorar Al-Saniya Site.
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title: They Converted to Islam Due to Hijab!,
Statistics tells that four out of five who converts to Islam nowadays are women. This fact is the most striking response to those who claim that Islam is hostile to women, or digests their rights and insults their dignity.
The mercy and fairness of Islam and its honor for women are among the most magnificent beauties of this religion. It takes into account the nature of woman and meets the call of her instinct, her legitimate desires, and fulfills her urgent and future interests.
It, moreover, guarantees her success in her mission as a wife and mother, and gives her the opportunity to advance her community and her nation.
Everyday the sun of truth shines into the hearts of women whom God has guided to Islam. When contemplating on how those hearts are guided and lit up by the light of faith, one realizes the importance of the call of Islam to those hearts which are thirst for truth and how many lost people await the rescue-ship of Islam, and are eager to stretch hands to be taken away from sinking.
Named after her conversion to Islam, Fatima Yusef, Fatimah tells us her story with Islam saying: “Before Islam, I did not taste a good flavor for my life! I had never heard anything about Islam before, and I did not know anything about its followers, until I read a book on the rights of Muslim women”.
“Many of our sufferings were discovered by us under the laws that enslave women and monopolize them, unlike the decent life that Islam provides to women. Islam maintains the woman and obliges man to take care of her, have good coexistence, spend on her, and be held accountable for failure to give her rights due to her”.
A woman Converts to Islam due to Hijab
Fatima wondered, “I said to myself, why should not I have these rights in return for limited duties that do not exceed my energy, do not strain me, and do not kill my femininity and my dignity?! Why are many non-Muslim women humiliating their bodies sexually on adds or Magazines? “Why should not be a Muslim to be respected? After I repeated my visit to the mosque, I got to know more about Islam and was convinced of it a lot until the day came when I spoke the word of truth amid the tears of joy “, she decided to be Muslim.
Another woman states that she found her real freedom when she converted to Islam and wore Hijab. She says,
Prof. Muhammad Akoya Converts to Islam Due to Hijab
The first reason for his conversion to Islam was the Hijab (veil of) an American Muslim student, who were proud of her religion, and proud of her veil; the most exciting about this man that two professors and four students became Muslim along with him after he had presented Islam to them. M Akoya became one advocates of Islam. Prof. Akoya tells his story of conversion to Islam saying:
“Four years ago, a great storm struck our university when an American Muslim American student came to study, and she was veiled; among her lecturers was a fanatic lecturer who hated Islam and confronted anyone who supported Islam . He used to provoke arguments whenever he found an opportunity to undermine Islam. He waged a fierce war against her, and when she met the matter quietly, his anger increased, so he began to fight it through another path, where he decreased her degrees, suggesting difficult tasks for her to research. When the poor woman was unable to find a way out, she made a complaint to the university director to look into the matter. The administration’s decision was to hold a meeting between the two parties, the professor and the student, to hear their views and decide on the complaint.
When the appointment came. Most of the faculty members attended, and were very excited to attend the first meeting of its kind at the university.
The session started where the student stated that the teacher hated her religion and wronged her scientific rights she mentioned several examples in this regard. She asked to listen to the opinion of some of the students, who among them were those who, although not following her religion, sympathized with her and testified to her.
The Professor tried to defend himself. She defended Islam and gave a lot of information about it and her conversation attracted the audience, who asked her some inquiries which she answered perfectly.,The professor got out of the hall. He was annoyed by the audience’s interest and interaction. At the end, the student distributed two papers on us under the title “What does Islam mean to me?”, showing The motif that led her to embrace this great religion, and then showed the importance and impact of the Hijab (veil). She explained her overwhelming feelings towards Hijab
Her position was great, and she promised to defend it forever, even if it resulted in her delay in study course. The members of the teaching-staff were impressed by the student confidence while preserving her principle; the issue remained the subject of debate within the corridors of the university.”
“As for me”, Akoya proceeded, “a conflict began to erupt in my heart as to the religion of Islam. What I have , recently, known about Islam attracted me too much. After several months I announced my Islam, and two professors followed me in the same year, then four students converted to Islam as well. Thus, within a short period of time, we became a group that has advocacy-efforts in introducing and advocating Islam. Now there have been a great number of people in the process of serious thinking over Islam, and soon, God’s willing, will spread the news of their Islam within the corridors of the university”!
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title: Comparison between the Approaches of Christianity and Islam in Combating Diseases,
The Bible is full of texts that convey Christ’s treatment of patients of all kinds of diseases. No wonder, God has supported his prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, with many miracles, including the healing of the blind, the leper, and the revival of the dead with his permission -glory be to him– A fact approved by the Holy Qur’an as well. According to the Bible:
“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel”. (Matthew 15: 30-31).
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 35: 9)
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.” (Matthew 4: 23 – 24) (Fore more see: (Luke 7: 11-17, 4:37) and (Acts 5: 16).
However, a quick look at the Bible shows the lack of an integrated methodology in dealing with diseases and epidemics, like the COVID 19 Corona-virus, compared to what was stated in the religion of Islam.
Wrong Christian Concepts in the Perception of Diseases and Epidemics
Christian Claim of the Ability of Prophets, Apostles or Disciples to Heal Diseases Themselves Apart from God:
Christians claim that Jesus had the ability to heal diseases by himself apart from God, inferring some of biblical texts to this effect:
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”” (1 Peter 2: 21-24).
The Qur’an rectifies the belief, stating -on the authority of Jesus – that Jesus did so only with God’s willing and permission, and that he had neither benefit nor harm to himself:
“And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.” (49: 3)
As usual, we find in the Bible some remnants of truth that strike and destabilize the traces of falsehood. In Christ’s statement to the woman who was bleeding, Jesus said:
“Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 9:22).
So, Jesus makes one’s belief and devotion a way of healing.
There are many biblical texts which state – specifically in the Old Testament – that God (Allah) is the ultimate healer:
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases”. (Psalms 103-3)
Strangely enough, the Bible often combines a something and its opposite, and many contradicting ideas; in one context, we can see Christ demonstrating the ability of his companions to heal the sick:
“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.'”Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give”. (Matthew, 10:7-8)
However, in another context, he waives such responsibility away from them by saying:
“Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17: 19-20)
Combating Illnesses and Epidemics in Christianity and Islam
The texts of the Bible are scattered and did not present a comprehensive approach in dealing with diseases and epidemics; they focused on the punitive aspect more than other aspects. However, Islamic religion, on the other side, dealt with diseases as a type of affliction that require spiritual and material preparation. Here are some of the criteria that Islam has established to deal with diseases:
Islam established the principle of quarantine, while the Bible lacked any reference to it. The Prophet of Islam, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, says:
“If you hear that it (plague) has broken out in a land, do not go to it; but if it breaks out in a land where you are present, do not go out escaping from it.”( Sahih al-Bukhari 5730)
He, also, says:
“Plague is a calamity which was inflicted on those who were before you, or upon Bani Isra’il. So when it has broken out in a land, don’t run out of it, and when it has spread in a land, then don’t enter it.”
Prohibition of the Belief in the Effect of the Disease Itself without the Power of God
Dealing with infection, the Sunnah (way) of Prophet Muhammad – peace and blessings be upon him – has shown that a person should not believe that the infection is transmitted by itself, but, rather, with God’s willing.
This is what the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, explained in the narration of Abu Hurairah, where he said:
“There is no infection (i.e.transmitted by itself), no safar, no hama (there should not be belief in the influence of such matters and months themselves). A desert Arab said: Allah’s Messenger, how is it that when the camel is in the sand it is like a deer-then a camel afflicted with scab mixes with it and it is affected by sub? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Who infected the first one?”
Cause of the Disease
The Old Testament explicitly touches upon some of the causes of diseases, but the New Testament hints only at them.
In the Old Testament we find:
“And if you fail to learn the lesson and continue your hostility toward me, then I myself will be hostile toward you. I will personally strike you with calamity seven times over for your sins..” (Leviticus 26:23 and 24).
We also find a positive and negative relation between diseases and disobedience:
“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,” (Exodus 23:25).
“If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers….The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.” (Deuteronomy 7: 11-15).
Christ alludes to some of the causes of illness, including the fact that the affliction is only a manifestation of God’s ability.
“Neither he sinned, nor his parents, but that God’s works may appear in him” (John 3: 9).
He also hinted that it could be a punishment and a penance for sins:
“For then, because Christ suffered for us in the flesh, you also armed with this intention. For those who suffer in the flesh stop sin.” (1 Peter, 4: 1)
The Qur’an also hints that many nations punishments and tribulations were due to their disobedience to God’s commands. Addressing the children of Israel, God Almighty says:
“And We tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience].”(7:168)
“So we sent the flood upon them …”(7:133)
Also, Islam recommends its followers to follow certain etiquette in dealing with the disease, including:
Not to Insult Diseases
Once The Prophet Muhammad-peace be upon him- visited Umm Sa’ib (or Umm Musaiyyab) and asked her, “What ails you O Umm Sa’ib (or Umm Musaiyyab)? You are shivering.” She replied: “It is a fever, may Allah not bless it!” He said to her, “Do not revile fever, for it cleanses out the sins of the sons of Adam in the same way that a furnace removes the dirt of iron.”(Sahih Muslim, Book 18, Hadith 216))
Satisfaction with the Divine Destiny and Decree, Having Patience And Considering Calamities as Atonement for Evil and a Way for Getting More Reward from God
The Sunnah of the Prophet indicated that the duty of a Muslim towards the calamities of diseases is having patience and the lack of alarm, and that one should be satisfied with God’s divine decree and destiny and should not hesitate to take the measures for healing; one should also look optimistic by looking at the bright side that diseases are atonement for evil and can bring good reward.
The Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, says,
“Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”.” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim].
On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may God be pleased with him, he also said,
“A Muslim, male or female, continues to remain under trial in respect of his life, property and offspring until he faces Allah, the Exalted, with no sin record”.
Utilizing Means and Taking Measures to Combat Disease
Islam urges its followers to adopt the means for recovery, while the Bible has no reference to this. Prophet Muhammad -peace be upon him- says:
“There is a remedy for every malady, and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious.
“Some Bedouins asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) shall we treat (our ill)?’ He said: ‘Yes, O worshipers of Allah! Use remedies. For indeed Allah did not make a disease but He made a cure for it’ – or – ‘a remedy. Except for one disease.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w)! What is it?’ He said: ‘Old age.'” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2038).
Other measures include :
Seeking God’s forgiveness and doing good to others
Comparison between the Islamic perception of calamities, including illness, and the Christian perception of it, shows the comprehensiveness of the Islamic approach as to how it handled the issue with unparalleled comprehensiveness in terms of: dealing with the disease, treating it while preserving the constants, including contentment of divine destiny, and preserving the doctrine of monotheism through lack of belief in the effect of disease or infection itself on people.
Also, it shows how the Islamic approach presents ways to confront afflictions in a manner consistent with both Sharia (divine law) and reason; Islam has followed the rules of quarantine and the necessary legislation for public cleanliness, washing and urging medication.
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title: Christian Concept of Prophecy,
Definition of Prophecy
Viewing the concept of prophecy in the Bible, one can perceive the deficiency in the methodology with which Christians dealt with it. We see Christian scholars have fallen into a great contradiction in the understanding of this concept.
As a result Prophet Jesus’s prophecy was abused though it was the greatest characteristic that was given to him by his Lord Almighty. Research in this topic leads us to the inevitable result of a Christian manipulation with this accurate concept.
A. B. Abu Al-Khair, a priest of the ancient Church of Virgin Mary, Mostorod, Cairo, defines prophecy linguistically, saying:
“The word ‘prophet’ in Hebrew and the Old Testament is” Nabi “as Arabic language; scholars and commentators are divided on its interpretation as follows:
1- The word “prophet” is derived from the words “Nun” and “Beth”. The literal meaning of the word is “to explode in”, or “flow into”. This means “the flow of the spirit into the Prophet.”
2- The word is derived from Assyrian or Akkadian verb “Nabu” meaning “to call” or “to summon.”
3- The word is derived from the Arabic verb “Naba’”which means “to announce” or “tell” , while in Hebrew it means “coming up with a prophesy”.
– There is a relation between the word “Nabi (i.e. prophet)” and the verb “bo” (i.e. to enter), as a reference that a prophet is the person who “enters into a relationship with God.”
5- There is a correlation between the words “Naba’-news” and “the word “Jehovah”, so the prophet is “the one who talks about God’s revelation”.
He also goes on to explain this term saying: “Then the Prophet is the one to whom God reveals secrets to announce to humanity. Jeremiah, the Prophet, affirms that, along with the Spirit, prophets stand in the presence of God, or in His heavenly assembly; they hear his words and divine advice that he wants to announce…According to the Old Testament, the word “Prophet” indicates that “the Prophet” is “the one on through whose mouth God speaks.”
The word “prophet” has been repeated more than 430 times in the Bible, about 290 times in the Old Testament and 140 times in the New Testament as an indication of the importance of the concept of prophecy in the Bible and being considered one of its definite doctrines.
Was Christ a Prophet?
A. B. Abu Al-Khair answers this question by saying: “Jesus is the image of God ”or “the image of the invisible God; the image of God should be considered a God”. “Christ took many titles, including the title of “the Prophet”, because he came in the body. He took the image of the humans, and performed countless divine works concealing his divinity and did not refer to it except in few times, although most of his works and sayings confirm the truth of his essence being the incarnate deity. Therefore people thought him to be a prophet, “ the multitudes said, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth”.
He, elsewhere, says: “Nevertheless, Christ practiced the work of the Prophet and the function of prophecy, and he performed many of the acts of the prophets, but with divine authority stemming from his being the incarnate deity and the word of God coming from heaven; so he did not say like what the prophets used to say: “Thus he (God) says, or The Lord said so and so “, rather he used his divine sayings, repeating the phrase “Truthfully I say to you” 62 times”.
Strangely enough Abu Al-Khair, combines several contradictions in the person of Christ; once he claimed Christ to be God. Other times, he claimed him to be “the son of man”, and that he was a “Prophet”! Since it was difficult for him to combine all these three components in the sole person of Jesus, he utilized incarnation theme to convince us of this belief, so he claimed that Christ the God was incarnated in the person of the Son of man who was the prophet at the same time!
However, we may ask if the prophet was the one who foretells about God, the Lord, How could Christ the god foretells about himself without a means to do so?! Either Jesus was a prophet or was a god, otherwise we would fall into confusion, because how could the Lord tell about himself and call himself a prophet?!
In fact, according to the correct belief, which Islam the religion of pure instinct upholds, was only a prophet sent from his Lord. Some Biblical texts still utter this fact, including the words of Christ:
“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”” (Mark 6: 4, Matthew 13: 57, Luke 4:24).
“In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day–for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!” (Luke 13:33).
If Christians claim that the prophecy here only refers to foretelling about future matters, the concept of prophecy would be compromised, because the Prophet is the one who informs about God, and there is no doubt that God’s sayings are related to both past and future and the unseen.
Thus, one feels the confusion Christians made to the concept of prophecy. It seems that A. B. Abu Al-Kair is not certain whether Jesus was a prophet or not, so he claims that Christ did the actions of the prophets, and people claimed him to be a prophet. He says:
“Nevertheless, Christ practiced the work of the Prophet, the function of prophecy, and he performed many of the actions of prophets did, but with divine authority stemmed from his being the incarnate deity and the word of God coming from heaven. so he did not say like what the prophets used to say: “Thus he (God) says, or The Lord said so and so “, but rather he used his divine sayings, repeating the phrase “Truthfully I say to you “62 times”.
Thus, Christian confused notion of prophecy contradicts what was stated in the Old Testament as regards to the prophecy of the coming of Jesus, as God says – according to the Bible -to Moses:
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18: 15).
Would Christian understand this text to mean that God would has established a god who was at the same time a prophet! Lord?! What about Jesus being a hypostasis among the three hypostases, so the question arises: who sent whom?!
Could Non-Prophets Be Prophets?
Many Christian thinkers claim that prophecy is not confined to Jesus and other former prophets, but may extend to the apostles of Jesus and the Evangelists. They inferred such doctrine from the texts extending prophecy to them like:
“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.” (Acts 15:32)
“Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.” (Acts 13:1).
A. B. Abu Al-Khair says,
“The prophets of Christianity were leaders in the early church; their leadership was spiritual, educational and pastoral within the framework of the Christian community primarily. Saul, Paul the Apostle , Barnaba, Silas and Judah were among the prophets of Christianity.”
Christians claimed that prophecy means “preaching, or foretelling news about the future, or inspiration”, which should not be confined to prophets. They cite the following text to support their claim:
“For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted..” (1 Corinthians 14:31).
“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:3)
Strangely enough, Christians confine this concept to their saints and priests forever while preventing the prophecy of non-Christians who can undertake the same matters.
In the Gospels, we find what indicates that they (gospels) were merely a human effort and cannot denote the infallibility of its authors, or the prophecy of one of them. They were not sure of what they wrote, and inserted ridiculous phrases which indicated human intervention with the word of God. In the introduction to his Gospel, Luke says:
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught”. (Luke 1: 1-4).
Paul could not be one of the apostles, as well, because he was a liar and changed of the religion of Christ.
Biblical texts are full of many human phrases that have nothing to do with the divine revelation in which the human voice interjects with Divine voice! It is assumed that the Prophet carrying the prophecy transmits the words of God as it is; the Old Testament is better than the New Testament in this regard but not generally, which indicates human behavior and its writers are free of prophecy!
Among these phrases: the letters between the New Testament writers and their disciples, which indicate human intervention in the divine text. For example John says:
“The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. ” (3 John, 1-8).
Likewise, there are matters attributed to some of the disciples which are not worthy of the position of the prophets and messengers like Peter’s betrayal of Christ (Luke 22:34) and Christ’s condemnation of this act (Luke 9:12).
So the disciples of Jesus were not messengers or prophets in the idiomatic sense, but rather they were messengers of Christ himself communicating his vocation, and not the messengers of God receiving revelation from him. If they were prophets, why should Christ foretell about a a comforter to be with his nation forever after his death?!
-M. Al-Saqqar, Is the New Testament the Word of God
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title: Is Jesus Like Jonah?,
Jesus’s name was given to Mary as her coming son. It was only after his baptism at the hands of John the Baptist that he – Jesus – claimed to be the Christ.
“When eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)
Christ is not a name. It is, rather, a title. It is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning “anointed.” The Greek word for “anointed” is “Christos”, from which we get the word Christ.
Priests and kings were “anointed” when being consecrated to their office. The Bible confers this title even on a heathen king Cyrus.
“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut. ” (Isaiah 45:1)
The Jews wanted a proof that he was the Christ:
“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.’” (Matthew 12:38)
“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. “(Matthew 12:39-40)
God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn the Ninevites.
“But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.” (Jonah 3:8)
But Jonah was hesitant to go as a Warner unto the Ninevites, so he went to Joppa instead of Nineveh, and takes a boat to run away from the Lord’s command.
While he was in the boat, there was a terrible storm. According to the superstition of the sailors at that time, the storm was an indication to the existence of a person who ran away from his Master’s command.
Then the sailors said to each other:
“.,come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity. They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. ” (Jonah 1:7)
Jonah voluntary said:
” ‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea,’ he replied, ‘and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.’” (Jonah 1:12)
Jonah & Jesus Fates
- Jonah voluntary offered himself to be thrown into the sea.
- Jesus cried while being taken to the Cross.
When Jonah was thrown in the sea, great fish swallowed him, while he was still alive.
“Jonah prayed unto the Lord his god out of the fish’s belly.” (Jonah 2:1)
For three days and three nights Prophet Jonah was alive till the fish throw him out to the seashore.
Jesus’s Prophesy Untenable
Jesus prophesied about himself saying:
“As Jonah was, so shall the son of man be.” (Matthew, 12:40)
If Jonah was alive for three days and three nights, then Jesus also had to have been alive in the tomb according to this prophecy! But in Christianity is based on the death of Jesus for humanity.
Jonah alive, Jesus dead! Very unlike Jonah! Jesus said “like Jonah” not unlike Jonah. if this is true then according to his own test Jesus is not the true messiah of the Jews.
According to the Bible the Jews were in a hurry to eliminate Jesus. Hence the midnight trial, and then sending him to Pilate in the morning; from Pilate to Herod and then back again to Pilate.
They were afraid of the public’s feelings as Jesus was their hero. Therefore, as much as they were in a hurry to hang him on the cross, they were in equal hurry to bring him down from the cross before sunset on Friday because of the Sabbath.
The Sabbath starts at about 6 p.m. on Friday. According to the Bible the victim of crucifixion was an “accursed of God” and was not to be permitted to remain hanging on the Sabbath day.
“you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. ” (Deuteronomy 21:23)
The body was taken from the cross, and was given the Jewish burial-bath.
“He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.” (John 19:39)
Then the body was placed into the grave before night-fall.
Jesus is supposed to be in the grave on the night of Friday. till Sunday morning when he supposed to be out.
Jesus was unlike Jonah, who was alive in the belly of the fish, which is the exact opposite of what was claimed that happened to Jesus, who was dead for the same period of time as Jonah was alive.
In addition, the time factor, three days and three nights. As according to the Bible that it was “before sunrise” on Sunday morning (the first day of the week), that Mary Magdalene went to the grave of Jesus and found it empty. Sunday morning subtracting 3 days and 3 nights, Jesus had to die on Wednesday not Friday to fulfill this prophecy. So, we can easily reject this prophecy and consider it as an addition to the Bible.
About the Author:
Faten Sabri (1973-) is a modern Jordanian Muslim thinker. She is well known for her frequent interaction with various cultures, religions and she speaks different languages. She studied comparative religions which made her able to discuss the controversial issues about Islam with the truth seekers and free thinkers.She wrote books about the message of Islam, the original concept of God and Jesus Christ in Islam and she has monthly articles in an international magazines. These books and articles were translated and distributed in more than 9 languages.
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title: The Quran Miraculous Tackling of Christian Celibacy or Monasticism,
There has been much debate on the subject of celibacy for Christian clergy or monks in Christian circles at present. There are two groups of Christian leaders in the West on the topic; one of them sees allowing married clerics to work as a monk in the churches while another group opposes the idea considering the step as a violation to the inherited old tradition in the church system.
In this context, if we refer to the Glorious Qur’an, we find that the topic is mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an in a miraculous way. In my opinion, the statement of the Glorious Qur’an on the subject is a continuous miracle up-till now, and the truth of the Qur’an’s stamen is still evident.
The Glorious Qur’an says:
“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 them2 their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient”. (57:27)
What is Monasticism?
Monasticism is the religious practice of living apart from the world, usually secluded in a community of like-minded people, to avoid sin and grow closer to God.(1)
Celibacy, or turning away from marriage is one of the most important elements of monasticism as most of the worldly affairs branch out from the family and offspring.
Qur’anic Miraculous-Aspects of Tackling Celibacy or Monasticism
The Glorious Qur’an has informed in this context about two important things: One of them is that celibacy never was an obligatory duty ordained by Allah the Almighty; rather it was an innovation by the Christian monks to achieve nearness to God. The second is that some Christian devotees could not adhere to the monasticism, and failed to abide by this strict way of life. This statement by the Glorious Qur’an is a clear miracle in revealing the truth about the past of the Christian celibacy and a miracle in revealing what was hidden in the future of the celibacy. The Holy Qur’an has talked about that in clear words. The point of miracle is: how the unlettered Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was able to know accurately about the past and the future of Christian celibacy? In that era, an unlettered Prophet Ummi Nabi tells about what happened in the past on the celibacy system in Christianity? How is the way to tell about that, and if it were not a revelation from God the Almighty, this would not be possible.
Now, we will talk about the Christian celibacy in the past and the issue of celibacy in Christian circles in the present era, so that the feature of miracle will become evident and clear.
When did Christian Celibacy begin?
Christian monasticism got its start in Egypt and North Africa about 270 AD, with the desert fathers, hermits who went into the wilderness and gave up food and water to avoid temptation. One of the earliest recorded solitary monks was Abba Antony (251-356).
Dr. Hanin Abdul-Masih verifies in the introduction to his book on the Christian celibacy saying: “The biggest and most dangerous heresy that the Orthodox Church has known is the heresy of monasticism that Christianity did not know before the fourth century and which came out from the Coptic Orthodox Church and moved to the rest of the Orthodox Churches, but also the Catholic Church was not safe from monasticism and its destructive principles and its misleading teachings except the evangelical Protestant Church, which adhered to the teachings of the Gospel and took the Gospel as a light and lamp for its way.”(2)
This quote clearly denotes that monasticism is not an original part of the Christianity; rather, it is a heresy that has been invented in the fourth century CE. This quote verifies the statement of the Glorious Qur’an on the celibacy. However, some Christian writers regard monasticism as an inseparable part and essence of the Christian clergy system.
This is the first aspect of the miracle of the Noble Qur’an in telling about the past of the Christian celibacy in that time, noting that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never read or write and he was unlettered from his birth, however, his illiteracy was based merely on divine wisdom and therefore it has been regarded a sort of perfection for him when compared with others.
This aspect is more evident, recent and more convincing, because it has become now a sensitive issue and hot topic. In fact, the churches are in dire need of traditional celibate priests while such priests are less in numbers and many churches have become without priest.
In this context, there are two important points in revealing the miracle of the Glorious Qur’an regarding its statement on the Christian celibacy:
The first is that imposing strict celibacy on monks, nuns and priests led in the modern era to great calamities in the churches and terrible sexual scandals amongst the church leaders. This article does not have much space to mention the sexual scandals in the churches; just it is enough to search on the internet and what is published daily in newspapers is adequate.
The other point is the ongoing debates on the subject of celibacy amongst the church leaders and urgent appeals to allow married monks to work in the churches, to keep them away from sexual scandals, as well as to provide the necessary number of monks and meet the needs of the churches in many countries.
A lot of news has been published and many press analyzes have appeared on various websites on the Internet, and we will present some of them here.
One of the news says:
“The Pope thinks that there is a room to consider some exceptions for clergy-marriage in the Latin rites “when there is a pastoral necessity” in remote locations due to lack of priests, such as in the Pacific islands.”
The news adds:
“Pope Francis who is right now considering allowing an exception to priestly celibacy by the ordination of proven married men, so-called viri probati, in the Amazon region in response to severe priest shortages.” (3)
While the proposal to allow the ordination of married men garnered a clear majority of synod participants, the issue of married clergy was a focal point of debate during the weeks of the synod.(4)
Catholic leaders approve proposal that would allow some married men in the Amazon to be ordained as priests.
The proposal, which must be approved by Pope Francis, would be a historic change to the church’s centuries-old tradition of unmarried priests. It passed by a vote of 128-41 and applies only to some churches in the Amazon region that are experiencing a shortage of priests. The region includes parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. (5)
Some commentators have commented on the issue and in my opinion the comment is realistic, as he said:
“I don’t care about priests being married. The church shouldn’t allow homosexuals and child molesters into the priesthood. I think Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greatly influenced Pope Francis’ decision. Better to have married priests than child molester priests. What is the pope thinking?”
Is Celibacy Coinciding with Sexual-Instinct for Human Beings?
There is no doubt that celibacy for the monks was a heresy in the Christian religion, as human being has been created on some innate instincts, including; eating, drinking, urinating and defecating, also the most important of them is sexual instinct, keeping in mind that a true religion revealed from God does not suppress the instinct of sex, rather, it orders it to be used in the legitimate manner and within the framework of common taste, in accordance with the social norms and general modesty.
Whatever it may be, the Christian celibacy at first is an invented practice and heresy and the statement of the Holy Qur’an is one-hundred percent true about the past of the celibacy. The miracle of the Noble Qur’an did not end on the past, but its miracle still continues and does not stop, even in the current era, as we will see in coming lines. And this is the second aspect of the Qur’anic miracle.
Marriage: A Practice of Prophets and Messengers
In addition, marriage has remained the Sunnah or practices of the Prophets and Messengers since the Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) up to our master the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as Allah the Almighty has said:
“We sent messengers before you, and We assigned for them wives and offspring. No messenger could bring a sign except with the permission of God. For every era is a scripture”. (13:38)
Why Did Not Christ (Isa or Jesus) Marry?
As for the abstinence of the Prophet Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) from the marriage, perhaps, it was for another reason that Allah the Almighty might have commanded him by revelation, in addition, celibacy is not a requirement for the Prophethood, as most of the prophets and messengers had wives and children as Allah the Almighty has informed in the Glorious Qur’an. (6)
In addition, it has been said that when the Prophet Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) will come down from sky near the end of the world he will marry a woman from the tribe of Banu Juzam (an Arab tribe in Yemen). (7)
First: The Holy Qur’an has talked about the Christian monasticism.
Second: Monasticism is renouncing the worldly affairs to seek nearness to God, and one of the most important parts of it is celibacy.
Third: Monasticism has never been the core of the Christian religion.
Fourth: Monasticism is a human innovation or heresy invented by man.
Fifth: The monks have failed to abide by the celibacy.
Sixth: Monks are still failing to abide by the celibacy even today.
Seventh: The statement of Holy Qur’an is true in describing it with heresy, and it is a proof for miracle.
Eighth: The miracle of the Noble Qur’an remained constant and ongoing.
Ninth: The Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) was Ummi (unlettered), and there was no source for his knowledge except Allah the Almighty.
Tenth: The truthfulness of the Holy Qur’an’s statement about the past and present is evidence for the genuineness of the Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
Eleventh: Monasticism led to corruption and sexual scandals as it is known today. And the Glorious Qur’an has pointed to that. You can read the following statement of Qur’an:
“So We gave the ones who believed among them their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient.” (57:27)
(1) http://bit.ly/32gHJUT, Last accessed on 2/22/2020.
(2) Bid’ah Ar-Rahbanah, by Dr. Hanin Abdul-Masih, edition June 2009, p.11
(3) http://bit.ly/2V5KVBa, Last accessed on 2/22/2020.
(4) http://bit.ly/37K8AcY, Last accessed on 2/22/2020.
(5) https://cnn.it/2ucNxlG, Last accessed on 2/22/2020.
(6) See: Tafsir al-Tahrir wa’l-Tanwir by Muhammad al-Tahir ibn Ashur under his commentary on (57:27).
(7) See: al-Suyuti, al-Itqan, 2/370.
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title: Is there A Christian Jihad?,
Concept of Jihad in Modern Time
The concept of Jihad (combat) occupies one of the most critical contemporary concepts, as much confusion permeated in the light of the facts of modern time and twisted Western interpretations of it.
In the face of this deliberate misrepresentation of this concept, many religious thinkers are either shying entirely from it or directing it in a way not consistent with its reality.
Christians claim that Jihad in Christianity is restricted to “spiritual jihad only”, and that Christians do not have to respond to any aggression! A Christian writer says: “There is no kind of Jihad in Christianity other than Jihad against sin and against the lusts, hatred, envy, killing and persecution; It is the Jihad that brings people to a life of adherence to God, love, purity, serenity, and complete inner peace with God and people.” They support such sayings by some biblical citations, including:
The words of Christ: (Luke 24:13)
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
And: (John 18: 35-36),
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”.
1 Timothy (6:12):
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses..”
1 Timothy (4: 7):
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..”
1 Peter (3: 14):
“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
However, we found the ecclesiastical interpretation of Christian Jihad has been translated into the Crusades against the homes of Muslims in the form of a vicious Material “Holy War” “not a spiritual one”!
They were categorically against the noble teachings and ethics encouraged by the Muslim Jihad. The Christian holy war was not as alleged a spiritual jihad, for Christians launched aggression against innocent Muslims homes and holy shrines, and even against innocent Christians themselves in Jerusalem.
The Christian Jihad was carrying the holy banners of the popes and the fathers, and the war was in the name of the Lord.
When faced with such astonishing facts, many Christian thinkers began to disavow their European fellow citizens and say that they are Christians who deviated from the right teachings of Christ. So, they interpreted this Christian Jihad according to their whims.
However, needless to say, in different rites, many Christians worldwide, consider the ecclesiastical consensus to be legal, sacred and should not be violated, even if it was not said by Jesus! Would they disregard the ecclesiastical or Church war represented in the crusades, even if they war which were considered blessed by both the Church and God?!
In Christianity we find signs of “A Christian material Jihad” where Jesus commands his followers to carry the sword, saying:
“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.”(Luke 22: 35-38).
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword., For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—”(Matthew 34-35:10)
“So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.” But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king. He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it….. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.”(Luke 19:13 -27).
But the distortion-drama in the Bible did not receive those text in their real intent, so we see opposite and contradicting texts in one context!
Jesus orders his followers to carry their swords in the face of the Romans, then he discourage them from injuring them with their swords!
“When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.”(Luke 22: 49-51).
The truth that is absent from many Christian minds is that the Fathers included in the Bible the thing and its opposite. When they wanted to wage a holy war, they advanced texts to justify them, and in times of weakness, they construed the same texts to mean “spiritual jihad”!
Jihad, although not found in the Bible by its explicit term in the meaning of fighting enemies, is pragmatically present in biblical commands to struggle against “pagans and the enemies of the Lord”.
This is further supported by and was translated in the wars of David and other Bible prophets, and Jesus’ silence regarding them; Jesus was following the laws of Moses and the Torah before him was commanded not to nullify them: “I was not sent to break the law”.
The Qur’an cites Jesus’ approval of Moses’ scripture and its legislation saying says:
“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.”(5:46)
“And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me.” (3:50)
Jesus, being not acting upon Jihad, does not mean that he aimed to nullify it , because he did not intend to lead a state in the full sense of the word, but he intended to reform the children of Israel after they deviated from the teachings of the Torah.
Therefore, he came with spiritual teachings, preaching them, and reminding them of that law that they deviated from, including the struggle against both souls and enemies.
This is evidenced by the fact that the Holy Bible’s, especial New-Testament, writers did not delete the wars and the practical struggles in the Old Testament (See Psalm 46). (1 Samuel 17) (Isaiah 6) (And see II Chronicles) (II Kings – Chapter 3) (1 Samuel Chapter 4) (Psalms XVIII).
What motivated Christians to disregard this divine legislation represented in Jihad, is the distortion that this concept, and other concepts, has acquired in Christianity.
Jesus’ message, in its real image, foretold the appearance of a new peaceful message approving his message, that was the message of Islam that was a mercy for humanity:
“And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”(61:6).
Jihad in Islam
As for Jihad in Islam, it is only a means to support the weak; Material Jihad is only accomplished through fighting the soul, the devil, and the passions first.
The countries that the Muslims conquered felt the tolerance the of the followers of this religion with them. It became clear to them that they opened these countries only to deliver the message of heaven to them; their rights were guaranteed and ensured safety, and lived among Muslims in peace. They enjoyed rights they did not obtain under the Roman state that adopted their religion. the Qur’an establishes the rules of peace and war saying:
“Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors” (2: 190).
“And if they incline to peace, then incline to it [also] and rely upon Allah. Indeed, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing.” (61: 8)
Jihad in Islam has many conditions and has observed human rights. Prophet Muhammad says:
“Whenever he appointed a man to lead a military detachment, the Messenger of Allah would advise him especially to fear Allah and treat the Muslims with him well. He said: ‘Fight in the Name of Allah and in the cause of Allah. Fight those how disbelieve in Allah. Fight but do not be treacherous, do not steal from the spoils of war, do not mutilate and do not kill children”. (Sunan b. Majah Book 24, Hadith 2967)
And he says:
“Beware, if anyone wrongs a contracting man, or diminishes his right, or forces him to work beyond his capacity, or takes from him anything without his consent, I shall plead for him on the Day of Judgment..”( Sunan Abi Dawud 3052)
Abu Bakr, may God be pleased with him, the first caliph after the Messenger of God -may God bless him and grant him peace- followed the same way when he sent Osama’s army, saying:
“O people, stand up and I command you ten commandments so keep them: Do not betray, , do not treachery, do not represent Do not kill a child or an old man or a woman. and do not cut a palm-tree or burn it. Do not cut down a fruitful tree, and do not slaughter a sheep, a cow, or a camel except for a meal; you will pass by people (i.e. monks and priests) who have emptied themselves in the tents (or temples), so leave them.”
-Holy Qur’an (Tanzil.com)
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title: Shocking Historical Facts about the “Last Supper”!,
The term “Last Supper”, “Holy Communion”, “The Lord’s Supper”” or “Passover Meal” are commonly used in Christianity and are turned into ecclesiastical rituals common in most churches of the world.
The Lord’s Supper or the Last Supper – in Christianity – refers to the dinner of Jesus peace be upon him – with his disciples and sharing with them bread and wine – before the crucifixion – as alleged.
Many Christian sources point out that this event carries symbolic elements through which Jesus tried to send a certain message to his followers. The wine is claimed to be his blood that will be shed for mankind and bread is his body that would be crucified and broken for humanity and its survival.
Such event has become a basic ritual of the Church: the Divine Liturgy and the Eucharist. A day was dedicated to celebrate it and was called “Maundy Thursday,” or in some churches as “Secret Supper” for establishing the secret of priesthood and the Eucharist. According to the Christian faith “Whoever ate such bread and drank this wine inevitably dissolve to be the flesh of Christ and the wine to be his blood”.
The institution of the Eucharist is recorded in the three Synoptic Gospels and in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. The Bible gives the following account of the incident:
In (1 Corinthians 23: 11-26):
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes”.
In the Gospel of John: (51: 6):
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
“Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:27-29).
However, a quick contemplative look at such evangelical additional accounts of the Last Supper shows them as mere “imaginative dramatic events and plots” added by the storyteller’s imagination. Such events allude to the killing and crucifixion of Jesus who, inevitably, was raised to the heavens and was not killed or crucified, let alone the conflicting narrations of the incident in the Gospels.
There is no mention of the term “Last Supper” in the Qur’an when it tells about the story of Jesus (peace be upon him). The Qur’an, however, refers to another incident in which Jesus’ disciples asked him to drop for them a table from heaven as a sign for them of his truthfulness:
“[And remember] when the disciples said, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven? [Jesus] said,” Fear Allah, if you should be believers.” They said, “We wish to eat from it and let our hearts be reassured and know that you have been truthful to us and be among its witnesses.” Said Jesus, the son of Mary, “O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You. And provide for us, and You are the best of providers.” Allah said, “Indeed, I will sent it down to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you – then indeed will I punish him with a punishment by which I have not punished anyone among the worlds.”.(2:112-115)
Al-Tabari, a well-known Interpreter of the Qur’an, expounds these verses saying: “They asked him a sign for answering their call so that they may be sure of Allah’s ability over all things and their hearts be assured, and witness it and testify that God have descended it as a proof of His right to be worshiped as the sole Lord and Jesus as a real Prophet. Jesus replied:“ Fear God if you are believers”.
They asked the sign to be “Eid” (An annual or weekly rite). Al-Tabari says, “They asked it to be a feast on which they and successive generations may worship and pray for him”.
Qur’an exegetes differed as to what the “table” contained, but they all agree that it never contained wine as the gospels claim for it was prohibited according to the Old-Testament and the New-Testament. Al-Tabari notes: “It is possible that it was fish and bread, and it is possible that it was paradise-fruit, and any other thing else. Whatever, the case there is no harm not to know it”.
The Qur’anic account of the event states that the disciples of Jesus were the ones who asked the table from Jesus, peace be upon him, not Jesus who invited them to it as the Gospels claim. Moreover, the account of the event by Paul attributes a blasphemous talk to Jesus when he said: “The more you eat this bread and drink this cup, you tell of the death of the Lord (God) until he comes back.” How could Jesus claim to be, according to the Bible, a god who would die!
On the contrary, in the Qur’anic account of the story of the table we touch the awe Jesus had while addressing his Lord to descend it. Jesus humbly admits himself to be a worshiper to his Lord and a slave who needs support. He condemns the disciples (presumed to be Apostles by Christians) for irrespective ask of the sign of the table from the Lord as a proof of His truthfulness. Allah (God) Almighty reminds us of such majestic dialogue between Jesus and his Lords in the following words,
“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. 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. If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Allah will say, “This is the Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness.” For them are gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them, and they with Him. That is the great attainment. To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is within them. And He is over all things competent”. (5:120)
- Shalabi, A., Christianity.
- Wikipedia Site
- Al-Tabri, Jami Al-Bayan (Tafsir Al-Tabari)
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