Archive for the ‘Jesus’ 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.

Answers to quizzes 5-10

Monday, December 31st, 2012

See if your answers to quizzes 5-10 match these:

5. Noah said it to his son who did not accept his message and thought that climbing a mountain will save him from the Great Flood. It is from verse 11:42.

6. Shu`ayb’s (Jethro’s) daughter said it to her father, suggesting to him that he hire Moses as his assistant. It’s from verse 28:26.

7. Abraham said it to God out of curiosity and fascination only. It is from verse 2:260.

8. Moses said it to God. God told him that he couldn’t possibly see him and then showed him why. It is from verse 7:143.

9. A host from Solomon’s court said it to the Queen of Sheba who was visiting him in Jerusalem. It is from verse 27:42.

10. Jesus says it to God on the Day of Judgment. It is from verse 5:117.

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.

How was prayer done before it was mandated?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

How many times did the Prophet Muhammad(SAW) pray before he got the order to pray 5 times a day? How many times did the prophets before Muhammad (SAW) pray?

We don’t know. What we do know is that the Prophet (PBUH) prayed a good portion of the night every night, as God commanded him in the beginning of his mission,

“O you bundled up! Stand up [in prayer] during the night minus a little” (73:1-2)

Many of his fellows did the same, as God tells us in the same Chapter, verse 73:20. So, it is reasonable to assume that the format of the prayer was known to them before the mandate.

I am not aware of any evidence that the format of the prayer was different before the mandate, or that the number of prayers Muslims offered was fixed, or that they prayed at specific times. The command to pray and give alms was unspecific until both were mandated later.

As for previous prophets, we do not know how many times a day they prayed. Interestingly enough, you can read in the New Testament that Jesus (PBUH) used to stand up in prayer almost the whole night. I have also been referred to a YouTube video showing how the proper Jewish prayer is to be performed. Guess what, it is almost identical to the Muslim prayer. I’m not the least bit surprised.

Were Mary and Jesus sinless?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Hello, can you explain what this hadeeth means please? A lot of anti-Islam websites say that this hadeeth means that Jesus and his mom were sinless. “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The Satan touches every son of Adam on the day when his mother gives birth to him WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MARY AND HER SON.” Aren’t all the prophets in Islam sinless? If they are can you explain it please? Didn’t some of them commit sins? I hope I didn’t cause any offense. Thanks!

That hadeeth is rated authentic, but what does it have to do with sinlessness? Being touched by Satan does not cause a person to sin! Being spared from Satan’s touch does not exempt a person from sin. Man does not sin because of Satan’s touch; man sins because he or she chooses to sin. If sin is caused by Satan’s touch, then man can claim immunity on the Day of Judgment saying, “The devil made me do it!”

If committing sin was not a completely free choice of man, then what is the purpose of the free will?

The hadeeth simply gives a religious explanation to why newborn babies’ first utterance is a cry.

The Quran tells us that not only do all human beings have the potential to sin, but also that they all have sinned. Consider,

“And if God were to censure people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left upon the earth any creature, but He defers them for a specified term. And when their term has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].” (16:61)

The hadeeth you quoted simply asserts another special honor that God gave to Mary and her son, peace be upon them. It does not follow that they never sinned as a result.

All prophets and messengers of God were 100% human. They were honored by God, not because they never sinned, but because they were the most righteous in conduct, purest in faith and most able to carry God’s message to people.

Arabized words

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Why does the Quran use Isa for the name Jesus (as)? Why dosen’t it use Yeshua? Because in google translate, when you translate the english name Jesus to Arabic, it says Yeshua…but when you write Jesus son of Mary and translate that to Arabic, THEN it says Isa ibn Maryam. Why does the pronoucation of the name Jesus(as) change? Thanks!

His name was not Yeshua either. Jesus, peace be upon him, spoke Aramaic. His name, therefore, is what the word is in Aramaic, that is `Eesho`.

So, why is he referred to in the Quran as `Eesa? Because that is how the Christian Arabs referred to him. Ancient people did not keep foreign people’s names as they are pronounced in the foreign language. Instead, they transliterated the names, and sometimes even translated them, to their language.

Coptic Egyptian Christians refer to Jesus as Yasoo`. The Japanese refer to him as Yesu.

The translation of names is particularly interesting. Take for instance the disciple Peter. The name Peter is an English rendition of the Greek Petros, which means “a rock.” Why is that? Because Peter’s actual name was Sakhr, which in Semitic languages means a rock.

BTW, Google Translate is very good, but it has errors, and Google actually lets you suggest improvements to the translation it produces.

Do Muslims have a covenant with God?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Jews believe that they have a covenant with God. Do Muslims believe they have a covenant with God? What does Islam say about God’s covenant?

God’s covenant with people has been the same since He created Adam. It is that we believe in Him alone, do not associate anything or anybody with Him in worship, uphold His laws, follow His Messengers, and honor His scriptures. That is Al-Amaana (the Trust) which God speaks about in this key verse,

“We offered the Trust to the heavens, the earth, and the mountains. They declined to carry it and were apprehensive of it. But man carried it; he is ever unjust and ignorant.” (33:72)

We volunteered for the job, but we haven’t done it too well!

The first obligation of the covenant is made clear in this verse:

“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)

The belief in the One God is in our DNA!

Whenever God sent a Messenger to a people, He had them testify that they would uphold the Covenant. That is why many scriptures are called Testaments. There are many verses in the Quran which speak about that, for instance:

“And [recall] when God took the covenant of the prophets, [saying,] “Surely whatever I give you of the Book and wisdom and then comes to you a messenger confirming what is with you, that you [will] indeed believe in him and support him.” [God] said, “Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?” They said, “We have acknowledged.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.” (3:81)

Thus, the Covenant was taken by all prophets and part of it was that all future prophets must be followed.

“And [recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], “Do not worship except God; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give alms.” Then you turned away, except a few of you, with refusal.” (2:83)

The covenant included God’s moral teachings as well as theological fundamentals. The Children of Israel were one of the earliest people who did not uphold the Covenant.

“And [mention, O Muhammad], when God took a covenant from those who were given the Book, [saying], “You must make it clear to the people and not conceal it.” But they banished it behind their backs and exchanged it for a small price. Then how wretched is what they purchased!” (3:187)

The covenant included spreading the word of God to all, but people have hidden it, or worse, altered it.

What do people get when they stick to their end of the Covenant? God explains clearly in this verse,

“And God had already taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and We delegated from among them twelve leaders. And God said, “I am with you. If you establish prayer and give alms and believe in My messengers and support them and loan God a goodly loan, I will surely remove from you your misdeeds and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow. But whoever of you disbelieves after that has certainly strayed from the level road” (5:12)

We get the company of God! We get expiation of our sins. We get the ultimate reward in the Hereafter. May God enable us to uphold His Covenant and not deviate from the level road.

In case you’re wondering whether Christians were exempted from the Covenant, I invite you to read Mathew 5:17-20, in which Jesus (PBUH) is reported to have said that any talk about him abolishing the law is nonsense, that the law stands as long as the heavens and the earth stand, and that those who do not uphold the law will not enter the Kingdom of God. The law of God has been, and always will be the same, and it applies to all people without exceptions. Upholding it is the covenant we made with God.

God reminds Muslims in the holy Quran of their covenant with God. He says,
“And remember the favor of God upon you and His covenant with which He bound you when you said, ‘We hear and we obey’; and watch out for God. Indeed, God is much Knowing of that within the bosoms.” (5:7)

A Christian acting like a Muslim

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I have a Christian friend who prays five times a day the way we Muslims pray and uses words like Inshallah (God willing) and Mashallah (admiring God’s creation). She is asking me if she is allowed to do that. She has not declared her conversion, so I don’t know how to answer her.

This lady is taking her time. Let her. Islam must enter the heart and the mind before it is real in a person’s life. Islam has entered this lady’s heart. Mind is next insha-Allah.

Search YouTube for videos of people just like her, one is called “I was a Christian AND Muslim for seven years” and another is called “I was Muslim all my life and did not know it!”

Found the first video at
http://www.youtube.com/v/LfyQ_Ar361U and
http://www.youtube.com/v/s3U0PUY7FXM but they are private.

You may be able to contact the author and ask her to give you access to watch the video.
The other one, if I remember correctly, was by a young Palestinian man who was Christian who believed in God, Jesus and the Gospel but not in original sin, crucifixion or the trinity.

Are there miracles and healings in Islam?

Monday, December 6th, 2010

My whole family is Christian and they believe in doing miracles in the name of Jesus (PBUH). What do we Muslims believe about people being healed and miracles in present day?

Muslim scholars are in agreement that miracles have ceased with the death of the Prophet, peace be upon him. That said, healing is not a miracle. A miracle is supernatural, such as resurrecting the dead and parting the sea. Healing can be done by the Quran, since God says, “And We send down of the Quran what is a healing and a mercy to the believers, and it does not add to the wrongdoers but loss.” (17:82)