Archive for the ‘Messiah/Christ’ Category

Does Islam prophesy an Anti-Christ?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

What do you know and what do you believe about this person whom some people claimed that Prophet Muhammad prophesied as Mahdi and this event called Dajjal Fitnah. I’m not sure but I think these are unfounded claims as far as the Qur’an is concerned. I don’t know but some people relate these things to what is happening in Syria.

There are several authentic hadeeths, reported in Al-Bukhaari and Muslim’s compilations and narrated by Al-Khudri, Ibn Umar and others, which mention Al-Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal (the luring messiah). In these hadeeths, the Prophet (PBUH) forewarns Muslims of the coming of the Anti-Christ, a man who will possess great powers, even power to resurrect people from the dead, and succeed in luring most people away from true faith to follow him instead. He will claim to be God. The Prophet (PBUH) said that the Dajjaal Fitna (test of faith) is the greatest and that every prophet had forewarned his people against it.

While the Quran does not mention Ad-Dajjaal, there is no reason to doubt the story. It would be a different matter if the Quran has contradicted the story. One authentic hadeeth I know of is reported by Al-Bukhaari and narrated by `Aa’isha, may God have been pleased with her, in which she relates that the Prophet (PBUH) used to say in his supplication during prayer, “O God, I seek refuge in You from the trying times of the Luring Messiah.”

Several authentic hadeeths also mention the coming of the Anti-Christ as one of several grand signs of the approach of the Hour (the Day of Judgment). Most of the signs mentioned in those hadeeths are also mentioned in the Quran, such as the second coming of Jesus Christ, the release of Gog and Magog, and the animal which will preach to people. Thus, there is no cause to deny the story about the Anti-Christ while the other, equally spectacular stories are confirmed by the Quran.

There is no evidence that the war in Syria has anything to do with the Anti-Christ.

As for Al-Mahdi (the guided one), the hadeeths about him are far less authentic. Neither Al-Bukhaari nor Muslim have reported any hadeeth about him, to the best of my knowledge. Whether he will exist has no bearing on your or my faith, since we already have all we need to be true believers: the holy Quran and the authentic Sunna.

Beliefs Muslims and Christians share about Jesus

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Egyptian Coptic Christian writer Louis Grace wrote recently, “I learned to love Jesus Christ because of the Quran!”

Did that statement surprise you? Though I was delighted to read it, it did not surprise me. Mr. Grace grew up in a Muslim country that has a 1400 year history of cordial relations between Muslims and Christians. Even though many attempts throughout the centuries tried to sew seeds of division between the two, none has succeeded.

The Quran mentions Jesus, son of Mary, peace be upon both, numerous times and always with high praise and affection. In case you didn’t know, here are what Muslims and Christians have in common in regard to Jesus (PBUH):

  • Jesus was born miraculously to the virgin Mary.
  • Jesus was “the word of God”.
  • Jesus was a true prophet and a messenger of God.
  • Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) promised to the Children of Israel.
  • Jesus received from God a holy scripture, the Gospel.
  • Jesus performed many miracles, including raising people from the dead.
  • Jesus will come back.

Did any of that surprise you? It’s all in the Quran for all to read and learn. With all this in common between Muslims and Christians, what can be between them short of a cordial relationship?

When Jesus comes back

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Assalam u Alaikum, I was just wondering what will happen to people other than the people of the book on the day of judgment? Because I read that when Isa ibn Mariam (as) (Jesus) comes back, all the People of the Book will believe in him and become Muslims. But what about people who are not from the People of the book like Hindus or Buddhists or Sikhs etc.? What about them? Will they convert and believe in Isa (as) or not? Will they follow Ad-Dajjal (Antichrist)? Thanks and may Allah (swt) bless you!

The short answer to your question is this verse,

“Verily, those who have believed (the Muslims), those who came back apologizing (the Jews), the Sabeans, the Christians, the Magi and those have associated [others with God in worship] – God will decisively judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. Verily, God is upon everything a Witness.” (22:17)

It is a matter of Al-Ghayb (the Beyond). This verse makes it clear that such judgment is up to God only. We cannot nor should attempt to make a judgment about the destiny of any people of any belief.

As for your point about Jesus, peace be upon him; God tells us in the Quran, “And there is from the People of the Book [none] but who will surely believe in him (Jesus) before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be upon them a witness.” (4:159)

The preceding three verses state very emphatically and unambiguously that Mary (PBUH) was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus (PBUH), that nobody killed Jesus and that, in fact, he never died at all – God raised him up to Him. When Jesus comes back, the People of the Book – the Jews and the Christians – will have to believe the truth about him as taught in the Quran, because Jesus will be there teaching the same teachings until he dies. Whether they continue to believe after his death is unknown. They may differ about him yet again like they did the first time!

The Antichrist, by definition, will come before Christ Jesus does. This is confirmed in the Hadeeth. Jesus will easily defeat him.

We don’t know whether people other than Christians and Jews will choose to follow Jesus when he comes back and accept Islam. Nor do we know what will be the judgment of non-Muslims on Judgment Day. But we know this for sure: “God does not do a spec’s weight of injustice” (4:40) So, rest assured that God will dispense His judgment fairly and gracefully as only He can. After Salmaan Al-Faarisi, may God have been pleased with him, accepted Islam (he had been a Christian), he asked the Prophet (PBUH), with great concern, what will be the destiny of his parents and other relatives who were righteous people but had no chance to know about Islam until they died. God revealed this verse to answer that question,

“Verily, those who have believed (the Muslims), those who came back apologizing (the Jews), the Christians and the Sabeans – those who believed in God and the Final Day and did a righteous [deed], for them will be their reward with their Lord and there shall be no fear upon them, nor shall they grieve!” (2:62)

God is fair; He would not punish a people until after He sends them a messenger (17:15). Thus, those who die without having any knowledge of Islam will be judged on their reply to their prophets and messengers. And if they had none, on their faith in God and Judgment Day and their actions in life, something which only God truly knows.

Questions from my Christian brother-in-law

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

My brother in law is Christian. I am Muslim. We were talking religion and a number of questions were asked. Can you shed light on them? Thanks.

1. Where did Jesus get his blood from? Meaning his DNA? A woman who bears a child needs a certain chromosome to produce a child, and that other chromosome is found In a male.

How did Adam and Eve get their chromosomes? God is able to create without limitation. He is the maker of the laws of genetics and can overrule them at will.

2. Does the Quran teach to hate the Hebrew people or shall I say Israel?”

Neither. The Quran tells us that of the people of Moses are a large community that guide with the truth and with it they judge (7:159). It also tells us that God’s choice of the Hebrews to receive His Message was deliberate (44:32). That privilege was not because of their race or lineage, as they have come to believe, but was because of their potential for executing His commands. To the extent they complied with His Message, He blessed them (32:24). When they rebelled, violated their Covenant, edited the Torah and started killing the prophets and rejected Jesus (PBUH), He cursed them (4:155).

Muslims do not hate the Jews and never did. Muslims and Jews lived peacefully for 1300 years.

3. Adam & the Angels were once called the Son or Sons of Yahweh.

Not in Islam. Everybody is a creature and worshiper of God. God has no sons, literally nor figuratively.

4. Yahweh is Spirit

No. God is above and beyond spirit. He is the creator of spirit. The Quran tells us that “like His simile is nothing” (42:11)

5. The serpent in the garden was Satan (meaning he had to inhabit a body to do his bidding)

Not in Islam. There is no mention of a serpent in the story of Adam and Eve in the Quran.

6. Yahweh sent his Word in the form of Flesh which was and is Yeshua.

Jesus is the word of God, because he was created with one word: Be. He is not a flesh representation of God; he is a creature of God like everybody else.

7. Messiah was to be born in bethlehem: OT Micah 5:2 NT Matthew 2:1-6 & Luke 2:1-20

Messiah was to be born of a virgin: OT Isaiah 7:14….. Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38

Jesus is indeed the Messiah promised to the Jews. Messiah simply means an anointed one. He was so nicknamed because he had very oily hair that looked like it was always dripping. It is a sign for the Jews to recognize him when he came.

8. Messiah was to be a prophet like Moses: OT Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, 19 ….

These verses do not talk about the Messiah; they talk about the final Prophet, whom Jesus foretold. You may remember a scene form the movie “The Passion of Christ” where Jesus tells the disciples about the comforter (Paraclete) who will come after him whose name in Aramaic is HMD? Only one man fits the description: Muhammad, peace be upon him. For more details, refer to a booklet by ISNA called “What the Bible says about Muhammad (PBUH)”.

Questions about the Gospel

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
I am a Christian who is earnestly seeking to learn more about Islam.

I have a couple questions about what the Quran says about the Gospel. They are:

1. Why does the Quran refer to the Gospel or Injil as if it is one book, when at the time of Muhammad there existed the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the Christian Bible and many more apocryphal texts and so-called Gospels besides?

If there was one Gospel, what happened to it? Is there any historical record of such a thing (besides the Diatessaron?)

Welcome. Please ask all the questions you have in mind.

The Gospel was revealed to Jesus, peace be upon him, on Mount Olives. There is no evidence that he wrote it down. After the departure of Jesus, several disciples wrote down their recollection of what Jesus said and did. That’s not the same thing as the Gospel. That’s why you hear the gospels called, “The Gospel according to John,” etc.

The Church decided which books to include and which to exclude from the New Testament. They excluded books such as the gospels of Barnabas, James, Peter, the children, and many more. The Church instead included letters written by Paul, whom the disciples distrusted and who never met Jesus or ever hear him talk.

2. I am stumbling over there ever existing one Injil and that it was Christ’s mission to give the people of the world a book of God’s teachings.

Why are you stumbling over that? Jesus said that what he said was not of his own but of “the one who sent him“. So, he was the messenger of God. A messenger has a message to deliver, doesn’t he?

BTW, the mission of Jesus was never for the world. He said it was for “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” only. The Quran confirms it in 3:49 among other verses.

3. What does Islam say of the prophecies of the Jewish scriptures and Christ’s fulfillment of them? Do y’all believe that they are fabrications?

Jesus, peace be upon him, did fulfill the prophecies of the Torah. He was the Messiah promised the Jews and the Quran confirms it in 3:45, among other verses.

4. But to get to what you were saying, the Christians, the early ones at least did not believe that Christ came to bring them any book from God, but that he came to show them the way of salvation through his teachings and example. The early Christians relied heavily on the Jewish scriptures, especially in terms of prayer.

That’s not what the Quran says. The disciples clearly believed in and followed the Gospel which Jesus taught. The purpose of the Gospel was to restore the original Torah which the Jewish rabbis and scribes edited to suit their needs. If the Torah had not been altered, there would not have been a need for the Gospel or for Jesus! The disciples and their followers struggled for 300 years to make sure those teachings remain pure. They were fed to lions and thrown into pits of fire but they did not relent. May God reward them handsomely for their sacrifice. Their sacrifice, sadly, was not enough as the Council of Nicaea decided in 325 A.D. to adopt the Pauline version of Christianity. The original teachings of Jesus were lost until God sent Muhammad, peace be upon him, to restore them.

5. It seems to me that every time that Allah of Islam sends a messenger He gives him some book. Am I mistaken? If so, why? Is this the way He chooses to reveal himself?

Allah of Islam is the same God whom Jesus called, in his native Aramaic, Alaha. He is the same God whom Moses, peace be upon him, called in his native Hebrew, Eloah.

The reason God sent down the Gospel is because the Jews tampered with the Torah. The reason God sent down the Quran is because the Christians tampered with the Gospel. God has vowed in the Quran that He will preserve the Quran Himself. He sure did! For the past 1400 years since the Quran was revealed, not one letter, consonant, vowel, diacritic, punctuation or even intonation has changed. How is that for preservation?

Do Muslims believe in the Messiah or don’t they?

Friday, December 14th, 2007

The following is from an article entitled “Bethlehem 2007 A.D” in the Dec 2007 issue of the National Geographic Magazine:

“For Jews, still awaiting their Messiah, Froman says it’s possible that he will arrive right here, in the eroded back-country of Bethlehem, the presence of God palpable in the desert’s sandpaper wind. For Christians anticipating their Messiah’s return, why shouldn’t he come back to the spot he was born? Muslims do not believe in a messiah – there is only Allah, only God – but Palestinian Muslims also revere this land as sacred, since Jesus is one of their prophets.”

I have seen the use of the word “Messiah” in translations of the Quran (e.g., 3:45) so I feel that the above statement is not true…. unless the Jews and Christians have a different interpretation of “Messiah” from the Muslims.

The issue is what people mean when they say “messiah.” The Jews mean the man who will make them kings again. The Christians mean a divine son of God who will take away humanity’s sins. Muslims mean what the word means, “the anointed one.” The word “messiah” simply means one whose hair is so oily it looks like it’s dripping. That’s how Jesus peace be upon him looked and how the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him saw him during the night journey (Israa’). God told the Jews in the Torah that the upcoming prophet who will restore their true faith is anointed, so they had a way to recognize him when he comes. When the old and new testaments were translated to Greek, the Greek word for anointed one was Khristos. That’s where the word Christ comes from.

There is nothing mythical or fantastic about the words messiah or Christ. It’s a distinctive mark, like when you describe someone and say that he has, say, a thick mustache.

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to give her baby Jesus, he told her (see 3:45) two very significant facts: That the baby’s title is Al-Maseeh (The Messiah), so that she knows that her son is the prophet promised to the Jews, and secondly that he will be called the son of Mary and the word of God, so that she will have no doubt that his conception is miraculous.

Can you be a Christian Muslim?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

A Catholic man converting to Islam wrote,

I was raised Catholic and I’m converting to Islam. I feel it is vital to say that I am embracing Islam. In doing this, I am making my Christian heritage stronger and so I believe I can call myself a Christian Muslim.

In doing this I will be closer to Allah, I will respect my family and follow my own path in life.

The values of faith, hope and charity, dedicated service to God, love and gratitude for Jesus and Mary, and peace and harmony, the values you probably cherish the most about Catholicism are all very emphasized and stressed in Islam. If these values are what you think of when you think of Christianity then you’ll find yourself at home with Islam.

Where the two religions differ is in key Christian dogma: That sin is inherited; that a savior is needed to forgive sin; that God has a son and is a trinity; that Jesus is divine; and that Jesus was crucified. Islam teaches that sin is not inherited, every newborn is born sinless with the pure original nature. Repentance, good deeds and seeking God’s forgiveness are the way to wipe out sin. God is one, unique, indivisible and uncontainable and there’s none like unto Him. He has no son nor was He begotten. Jesus was human in every way, a very honorable and distinctly noble man. He was miraculously conceived by his chaste, virgin mother Mary. He was a prophet and a messenger of God. He was given the holy scripture of the Gospel and he was the Christ promised to the Jews. Jesus was not crucified and he didn’t even die. God saved his life and dignity and lifted him up to heaven. Jesus will come back to rule the world and establish peace on earth for a while before the world comes to an end.

Just like Jesus said to the Jews that he did not come to abolish the law but to complete it, so did Islam come to confirm God’s message to humanity and correct deviations from it. It has always been the same message “Worship God, you have none worthy of worship but He” (Quran 7:59) which is the first commandment and the first words God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai “I am Eloah, your God. Worship none but Me.” To associate in the worship of God anything or anybody, be it a man, an image, a statue, a crucifix, a bite of bread, a sip of wine, you name it, is the one and only cardinal sin in Islam.