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(The author of this article is the Editor in Chief of Al-Balaagh, a bi-monthly published from Lenasia, South Africa. He is a widely known Muslim writer, author of several books, and a journalist. In August 2001 he received an Award of Honor for his 50 years of extraordinary service in the cause of Islam. He has written more than 30,000 letters in 50 years at the rate of 3 to 5 letters a night – to various people around the world, answering their queries, or thanking them for something).
THE DEATH OF JESUS
“Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is no more than a Messenger and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allâh; and Allâh will give reward to those who are grateful.” Surah: Al-Imran : Ayah: 144 / (3:144).
This Quranic verse TOTALLY demolishes the contention and belief of those who maintain that Jesus is alive in the heavens and is coming back towards the end of the world. Those who insist in their belief are actually DENYING the truth as Allah (SWT) has stated in the Quran. And if you DENY what Allah says, then you have committed KUFR, and have, ipso facto, GONE OUT OF THE PALE OF ISLAM! According to the above verse, Jesus is most certainly DEAD, and even more certainly NOT coming back!
JESUS HAD WIFE AND CHILDREN
“And certainly We sent BEFORE thee (0 Muhammad), Messengers, and appointed for them WIVES AND CHILDREN,” (13:38)
Allah (S WT) tells Rasoolullah (S) that He had sent prophets to mankind BEFORE him (Rasoolullah), and that EVERY prophet had a wife and children. This includes Jesus, too, as he was a Messenger Before Muhammad (S). If Jesus was not married, and had no children, and thus was the exception, then Allah would have clearly and unambiguously said so in the Noble Qur’an that ILLA EESA – EXCEPTEesa.
But the Almighty made no such exception in the case of Jesus. Those who believe that Jesus will come back to earth in the latter days and get married and have children, are stating NON-EXISTENT things that are NOT in the Qur’an. And in so doing, they are committing a great SIN! This SIN is called “TAHREEF’, that is, ADDING to, or INTERPOLATING … exactly as the Christians had done with their Bible – so much so that God’s Word in the Bible became hardly distinguishable from Man’s word!
JESUS HAD A FATHER
“And Zakariyya and John, and JESUS and Elias – all in the ranks of the righteous. And Ismail and Elisha, and Jonas and Lot: and to all We gave favour above the nations. To them AND THEIR FATHERS and their PROGENY (children) and brethren: We chose them, and We guided them to a Straight Way.” (6:85-87)
If Jesus did not have a father and was born miraculously without the agency of a father – as the mullahs and others who do NOT WANT to understand the truth in the Qur’an believe – then Allah (SWT) would NOThave included Jesus’s name among all the prophets as having FATHERS and CHILDREN. Remember that ZURRIYAAT (children, progeny) is also mentioned by Allah in Chapter 13, Verse 38 quoted above, thus CONFIRMING the fact that Jesus no doubt had a father, and also married, like all other human beings, and had children. But this most human fact about Jesus, as stated by Allah in the Quran and accepted by all those who love and revere the Quran which is Allah’s unsullied, untampered, uninterpolated Word, is DISPUTED AND DEBATED FOR CENTURIES BY THE MULLAHS, THE HADITH-WRITERS and FUQAHA, and no doubt, will be hotly debated until kingdom come! This is because the so-called theologians, and the euphemistically called “ulama” have actually “seen” that Bibi Maryam conceived Jesus without the agency of a father, and they have also actually SEEN Eesa (AS) sitting in the heavens on the right-hand side of God Almighty- that is why they are so doggedly insistent on this issue.
The above aayat emphasizes and CONFIRMS without the slightest doubt that Hazrat Eesa (AS) most certainly had a father, and that he himself had his own children – like any other human being. Allah had no reason whatsoever to make an exception of Jesus when He says clearly in the Quran that He does NOT change His Laws of physics, chemistry and biology!
NO MORTAL (INSAAN) HAS BEEN GIVEN EVERLASTING LIFE ON EARTH
“And we did NOT grant everlasting life to any mortal (human being) BEFORE you(O Muhammad) – If you die, will they live forever?” (21:34)
Wherever the word “QABLIKA” is used by Allah (SWT), it is used when addressing the Nabi (S)…. that BEFORE you (0 Prophet). Thus QABLIKA means BEFORE the coming of Rasoolullah as a Prophet. ALL the prophets BEFORE our Nabi (S), all the peoples and nations BEEORE the advent of Prophet Muhammad (S) had DIED. Jesus was a Nabi BEFORE Rasoolullah (S). Therefore, in the Words of Allah (SWT), he also died. Only the mullahs have kept Jesus alive – for reasons best known to them only! This aayat must be read in conjunction with (3:143) which says: “And Muhammad (S) is but a Messenger. Indeed ALL the prophets BEFORE him have died.”
Can Allah (S WT) make matters any more clear? However, the Hadith writers, Fuqaha and mullahs, are never happy until they complicate and confuse matters to such an extent that they make even Allah “say things” with their “Taaweel” (interpretation) that Allah never intended -and never said!
AND NOW THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF THOSE WHO INSIST THAT JESUS HAD NO FATHER
“How could He (God) have a son when He has NO consort (wife)” (6:102)
Allah (SWT) has established a FIXED BIOLOGICAL LAW that NO child – human or animal – can be born without the union of a father AND a mother. And Allah (SWT) does NOT (repeat NOT) change His laws capriciously -as the Qur’an emphasizes in many places.
Now: Allah is ALL-POWERFUL. He is QAADIR-E-MUTLAQ, i.e. He is a TOTAL, ABSOLUTE, UNDISPUTED, POTENT MASTER Who can do anything that He wishes. He can create a child out of the air, just like that, if He so desires. But He does NOT break the laws that He has established.
Thus the Quran makes it undoubtedly clear that even an ALL-POWERFUL Creator of the entire Universe cannot produce a child unless He had a wife. So! When the DIVINE BEING Himself cannot procreate a child WITHOUT A WOMAN then how can a woman (Bibi Maryam) produce a child (Jesus) WITHOUT A MAN? We suppose that only a mullah can answer the question and refute what Allah says that NO human being can have a child without the association of a male AND female!
Furthermore: It is absolutely IMPERATIVE and NECESSARY that a miracle MUST BE, HAS TO BE, WITNESSED WITH THE EYES in order to be believable! If a so-called miracle is related to us by people who have NOT seen it, then this would be called hearsay. RATIONAL beings just do not place credence on what they hear. They verify it with their eyes. Therefore the old proverb, “Seeing is believing, hearing is deceiving”, holds good for all time! Thus: WHO, in Heaven’s name, “saw” that Bibi Maryam conceived a child … WITHOUT A FATHER? The mullahs?
Jesus Christ has now come for the SECOND time in this column! In our previous article (Jesus Christ: Dead or Alive) we had written about the Prophet of Allah – a normal human being-who lived, married, had children, and died a natural death. All this we PROVED from Allah’s Word, the Holy Qur’an.
However, the Ummat of Rasoolullah (S), still in the stranglehold of the mullah, just would NOT accept what Allah says. They give preference to the mullah, over and above Allah!
Thus Al-Balaagh received questions from local, national and international readers of Al-Balaagh, plus the Internet surfers who had read our article on the Internet, disputing what they had read. The common question had to do with the following verse:
“The likeness of Jesus with Allah is truly
As the likeness of Adam. He created him
From dust, then said to him, Be, and he was.” (3: 58)
This verse is used by the believers in the “Virgin Birth” of Christ to assert that “this conclusively proves” that just as Adam had no father, likewise Jesus had no father! This, however, is a fallacy. The verse refers to the fact that “Adam”-which stands for mankind generally, and all men-is created from dust. That is the similitude of Jesus and Adam. The similitude does not extend to Jesus being born without a father… because Adam was born without father AND mother, whereas Jesus had a mother.
The other aspect relating to the similarity of Adam and Jesus is the following Command of Allah: “Kun Fayakoon- Be, and it is. “This command is used in 3:47 for Jesus’s birth, and conveys the SAME meaning as that mentioned about Adam’s creation. This is a further aspect where Jesus is likened to Adam, that is, in their creation with the Will (Law) of Allah. BOTH were created by His Command of ” Kun Fayakoon”… That is why “the likeness of Jesus with Allah is truly as the likeness of Adam” (3:58)
AQAAID / BELIEFS
The theologians insist that to believe in Christ’s virgin birth, his ascension to the heavens and his second coming to earth, etc. are all part and parcel of a Muslim’s faith/beliefs, and if he does not believe in all of these, then he is “out of pale of Islam”. Since our madrasah days this has been drummed into our heads by the mullahs. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth!
A Muslim, in order to be a Muslim, has to believe in the following FIVE Ajzaa (parts, constituents, ingredients):- “Righteous is the one who believes in (i) ALLAH; (ii) the LAST DAY; (iii) the ANGELS; (iv) the BOOKS; (v) the PROPHETS. “ (2: 177).
“And whoever disbelieves in: (i) ALLAH; (ii) His ANGELS; (iii) His BOOKS; (iv) His PROPHETS; (v) the LAST DAY, he indeed strays far away.” (4: 136)
Thus, the inescapable, indispensable ingredients of a Muslim’s Aqaaid (Beliefs) – without which he does not remain a Muslim – are (1) Allah; (2) Angels; (3) Books; (4) Prophets, and (5) Last Day.
Pray, WHERE ON EARTH does belief in Jesus’s virgin birth, his ascension and secondcoming feature and fit into this System of Aqaaid (beliefs) which Allah Himself has enumerated in the Holy Qur’an? Let us THINK, for Allah has given us the brains to THINK – and DON’T allow any mullah to think for your, because according to the mullah’s teachings and “learning”, a Muslim is NOT ALLOWWED TO THINK AT ALL: he must just accept BLINDLY what his village mullah tells him to believe. This is called “Taqleed”, or BLIND FOLLOWING. In fact in the theology of the mullah, the mullah himself is actually FORBIDDEN to think; he must NOT use his God-given faculty of thinking and REASONING! And yet the Qur’an is full of exhortations like “think”, “ponder”, “reason”, “cogitate”. Which means that the mullah does NOT care, nor has any regard, for Allah’s Commands in the Qur’an! To him man-made Hadith is more than sufficient and far MORE important than the Holy Qur’an !!
The virgin birth of Christ, his ascension into the Heavens where he is sitting on the Right Hand side of God, his second coming to earth (called “parousia” in Christian theology),etc., are, all of them CHRISTIAN(repeat CHRISTIAN!) beliefs and have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam and Muslims! These are all fanciful FAIRY TALES that were introduced into our Hadith literature by the enemies of our DEEN (the Christians and Jews), and via the Hadith they crept stealthily into our System of Beliefs! The Qur’an, happily and blessedly, is totally free from these Christian accretions! Allama Iqbal (RA) refers to this when he said:
“Reality (Truth) got lost in NONSENSE!”
“This Ummat lost its way in narrations.”
And where did the Christians get hold of all these beliefs? From Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Mithraic MYTHOLOGIES!! Those who are given to the pursuit of knowledge, can easily refer to these mythologies of thousands of years ago and come to the right conclusions, thus eliminating the confusion created in their minds by the mullah fraternity and the entire Hadith literature! Allah’s Pure, Unadulterated Qur’an stands out as the sentinel of Truth, and demolishes all these Hadith -Fairy-Tales!
One very interesting point intrigues us: if Jesus (peace be on him) is with God in the heavens, then this means that we have established a locality (a place of residence) for Allah (SWT)- the Fourth Heaven. And since, according to the Qur’an, Allah is as near to us as our jugular vein, so this means that Jesus, too, is “as near to us as our jugular vein”, seeing that he is with God, according to the mullahs and the Christians! The inference here is that wherever God is Jesus is with Him !! Can we now see how inane, insane and absolutely preposterous is this Christian belief that has crept in amongst Muslims via the Hadith?!
REJECTING THE HADITH
The mullahs have made the acceptance and revering of Hadith as an integral part of our Deen and Eemaan, and the sine qua non of our being Muslims. This is not in the least true. The late Maulawi Husain Ahmad Madani, a leading light of the Deoband Daarul Uloom and a Shaikhul Hadith there, had this to say about the Hadith:-
“The Holy Qur’an has been copied successfully from Rasoolullah (S). In other words, its copyists in every age were plentiful, so that there remains NO possibility at all of any error or untruth (in the Qur’an). That is why the rejecter of the Qur’an is a Kaafir. But as far as the Ahadith are concerned – whether Qudsi or Ghair Qudsi- their copyists are not many. That is why it is possible for MISTAKES and LIES to have crept into Ahadith. Ahadith, furthermore, are NOT conclusively proved to be true, and thus anyone who rejects them is NOT a Kaafir.” (MAKTOOB No. 38, Shaikhul Islam, Maulawi Husain Ahmad Madani; Vol. 1, p. 100. Pub. Istiqlal Press, Lahore).
The great Sheikh Mahmood Shaltut, Rector of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, said the following in his world-renowned Fatwa:-
“Any person who denies his (Jesus’s) bodily ascent and his continuance in physical existence in the heavens and his descent in the latter ages, does not deny a fact that can be established by clear, conclusive arguments. Thus he is not outside the faith of Islam, and it is absolutely WRONG to consider him an apostate. He is perfectly a Muslim. If he dies, he dies the death of a believer and like believers his funeral prayer must be said and he must be buried in the Muslim cemetery. His faith is decidedly faultless in the eyes of God. And God knows the conditions of His servants.” (Al-Risaalah, Cairo, Vol. 10, No.462, p.515).
We have to make up our mind whether we believe what Allah says in the Qur’an or whether man-made Hadith (written 250 years AFTER our Nabi’s demise) should be given preference and priority over and above Allah’s Word.
- Allah says: All Prophets BEFORE Muhammad (S) have died.(3: 143)
We say: NO, Jesus is still alive-never mind what the Qur’an says.
- Allah says: Jesus hadWIFE AND CHILDREN. (13: 38)
We say: Jesus is still going to come back to earth, and only thereafter will he get married and have children.
- Allah says: Jesus had a father. And he had children. (6:85-87)
We say: No, Jesus did NOT have a father, nor any children.
- Allah says:He did NOT grant everlasting life to any mortal. (21: 34)
We say: Yes, He did give Jesus eternal life, that why he is sitting on the Right Hand side of God. Allah is Eternal, so Jesus who is sitting with Allah, is also Eternal!!
- Allah says: that even though He (Who is the Absolute Master of the Cosmos and entire Universe Who can do anything)cannot have a son unless He has a consort. (6: 102)
We say: that Bibi Maryam CAN, and DID have a son without a consort!
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At every step, therefore, we DEFY Allah and DENY His verses, in spite of the fact that He has set everything out so clearly, lucidly and logically in the Qur’an, which we stubbornly refuse to believe and understand. Thus in a sort of Divine “frustration”, Allah exclaims:
“But what IS the matter with these people that they make NO EFFORT (whatsoever) to understand ANYTHING? (4: 78).
Indeed! To exercise the mind, to THINK, is a great effort! Rather continue to believe in whatever our Molly Saps have taught us. It is easier! Why should we look for light and enlightenment of the Qur’an when we are quite, quite happy to be groping in the darkness of Hadith?
“That darkness was good/preferable, because our feet were (firmly) “on Course”;
Light (enlightenment) has brought me very far away from (my) destination!”
We can easily forgive a child that is afraid of the Dark. The real tragedy, however, is when men are afraid of the LIGHT!
Courtesy: Al-Balaagh, Vol. 28, No.4, NOV/DEC. 2003, Lenasia, South Africa.