History & Comparative Religion:
Recently I got myself a pocket sized Holy Quran to have the flexibility of carrying it around with me where ever I go without much hassle. Its a cute little book with original Arabic script and English translation side be side with commentaries and references from the sayings of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
Initially I began to read the book from a critical point of view, as I read many other english translations and didn't like them all. Before having this translation I was fond of (I still am) Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation, not only because its writing style also because of its well researched detailed commentaries from verifiable sources. But this translation appears to be very bold and straightforward. Where as Mr. Ali's approach is more polite and backed by conventional knowledge and wisdom.
And on the other hand, "The Noble Quran in the English Language", printed by Darussalam Publishers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, leaves no scope for excuses and brought out the core of the Islamic message from the Quran. And the subject matter of my this writing has been copied as is from that book. I didn't add or delete anything. But I did leave out the arabic scripts as I couldn't copy them in this word processor (just kidding!). Any way, I thought it is something very important for my Christian friends to know. Thank you.
"Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them) in the Bible and the Quran: Biblical evidence of Jesus being a servant of God and having no share of divinity."
By Dr. M.T. Al-Hilali, Ph.D. Professor of Islamic Faith and Teachings, Islamic University, Al-Madina. (Rendered into English by Adam M. Makda).
All praise be to the One to whom all Dignity, Honor and Glory are due; the Unique with perfect attributes, Who begets not, nor is He begotten. He has no equal but He is the Almighty, Omnipottent. He sent His Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity towards monotheism; to worship Him alone, the only One worthy of worship, and to warn them of the eternal dire consequences of polytheism; associating partners with One Allah and the worship of creatures.
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon all the Prophets and Messengers, especially on Muhammad, the last of the Prophets, and on all who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Recompense.
Christianity: Men without Religion; Islam: Religion without men:
A muslim never lacks proofs about the purity and truthfulness of his religion, but what he lacks are those truthful brothers who stand for Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) testifying the truth. Indeed, in this age, Islam is a religion without men (custodians and propagators) whereas Christianity is men without a religion; yet, by their endeavour, adventurous spirit, patience and monetary contributions they are able to falsify truth and make falsehood appear true. In this materialistic age most of humanity have become slaves to wealth, fashions, and mansions. There is none worthy of worship but Allah and in Him (alone) di I put my trust, and towards Him am I destined.
Jesus and the Devil in the Bible:
In the New Testament of the Bible, in the 4th chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew, the 6th and 7th verses clearly indicate that Jesus is an obedient mortal and God is the Master and Lord according to his saying in the seventh verse:
"It is written again,Thou shalt not tempt the Lord, thy God."
In this chapter we read that the Devil actually carried the Messiah, and took him from place to place. How can the Devil carry God ? Glory be to Allah; He is above such blasphemy!
Then the Devil orders him to prostrate before him and worship him, even tempting him with worldly possessions. How can the Devil even dare such an audacity with God ? When the Devil wanted Jesus to comply with his orders, he (Jesus) replied by saying that it was written (in the previous Books):
"Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God; And Him only shalt thou serve." Matthew 4:10.
Children of God:
Jesus never called himself "Son of God" as far as I know- but he used to call himself the "Son of Man" (ref. Mark 2:10) although he heard himself being called by that name he did not object- as assumed in the Bible- and did not consider the title exclusively for him.
According to the Biblical term in the Old and New Testaments, every God fearing righteous person is called "Son of God". In Matthew 5:9 we read:
"Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God."
In Matthew 5:45-
"That ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven..."
God the Father:
In Matthew 5:48-
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
In Matthew 6:1-
"... otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 7:21- "Not every one that sayeth unto me (Jesus), Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven."
N.B. The word "Lord" here was translated as Rabb in the Arabic version of the Bible so that people may be convinced that Jesus is God! But if one studies the rest of the verse, one will note that the verse bears testimony to the subservience (to God's will) of the Messiah (Jesus). Therefore the correct translation should be:
"Not every one that sayeth to me, O my master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in the heaven."
It is obvious from the above readings from the Bible that the term "Father" is uesed for God in numerous places in the Bible. It is never used exclusively for the Messiah (Jesus).
"At that time Jesus answered and said,"I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of the heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and has revealed them unto babes.""
Jesus the worshipper:
"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray..."
I say : If he (Jesus) is God or a part of God then why did he pray ? In fact, prayer is always from a submitting, needy and dependent one for the Mercy of Almighty Allah as mentioned in the Qur'an (V.35:15):-
"O mankind! it is you who stand in need of Allah but Allah is Rich (free of all wants and needs), Worthy of all praise"
And in (V.19:93) of Qur'an:-
"There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Benefifient (Allah) as a slave."
A Biblical Story:
"And, behold, a woman of Cannan came out of the same coasts and cried unto him saying, "Have mercy on me, O Loed, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying; "Send her away, for she crieth after us." But he answered and said, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, "Lord help me." But he answered and said, "It is not meet to take the children's bread and to cast it to dogs."
And she said, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from the masters' table."
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, "O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt". And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."
In this story about a woman from Cannan there are noteworthy points:
1. Lack of mercy and love charged against Jesus (if the incident is reported correctly).
2. Degraded discrimination in regard to the uplifting of his tribe and not for the others.
3. Tribal pride of descendance and prejudice against others and calling them dogs.
4. An ignorant polythiest woman debated with him and won him over.
Jesus: A Prophet of Allah:
"And behold, one came and said unto him, "Good master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life ? (There is) none good but one, (i.e.)God, but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.""
In the above verses we note this acknowledgement of his submissiveness (to Allah's will).
"And when the chief priests and pharisees had heard his parable, they percieved that he spoke of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude because they took him for a Prophet."
Here it is proved that all those who believed in Jesus during his lifetime did not believe in him being God or Son of God or one in the doctrine of Trinity; but they believed in him as being a Prophet only. This is indeed one of the strongest points of evidence against those who believe in the Divinity of Jesus (Incarnation of God) if only they pondered.
Jesus: A servant of Allah:
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your master, even Jesus, ans all ye are brethern."
Here it is clearly proved that Jesus was servant of Allah, and that there is only One Master and He is Allah. In the Arabic version of the Bible this verse has been translated so that Jesus is meant to be the master whereas the English rendering is nearer the origial sense.
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in the heaven."
From this you will note that fatherhood and sonship is meant to be the relationship between the Lord and His servants: it is meant in a general sense and not specifically for Jesus.
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
This is the definite proof that the Final hour is unknown to any but Allah, thus Jesus's knowledge is imperfect like all other men; Allah alone is All-knowing, Omniscient.
"And he (Jesus) went a little farther, and fell on his face and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.""
We note here that the person speaking is unaware of Allah's will and realizes the fact that he is a servant of Allah. He (Allah) alone can cause the change.
The Compilation of the Bible:
"And they took councel and bought with them the potter's field to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called the Field of Blood, unto this day."
From these verses we understand that the Bible (the New Twstament) was not written during Jesus's lifetime but long after the occurrence of the events described, having been retained in the memory of the people.
"And about the 9th hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? (My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me ?)
This is according to their (Christians') assumption that Jesus cried in a loud voice saying the above words while he was being crucified. This is a great insult as such words could only come from unbelievers in Allah. Further, it is incredible that such words should come out from a Prophet of Allah because Allah never breaks His Promise and His Prophets never complained against His promise.
Jesus: Preacher of Monotheism (Tauhid):
In John 17:3-
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent."
In Mark 12:28-30-
"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and percieving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all ?" And Jesus answered him:"The first of all the commandments is; hear O Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.""
In Mark 12:32-
"And the scribe said unto him,"Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is One God; and there is none other but He.""
In Mark 12:34-
"...he (Jesus) said unto him, "Thou art not far from the kingdom of God...""
In these verses, Jesus (peace be upon him) himself had testified that Allah is the One God, there is none other than Him, and that whoever believes in His Oneness, he is near the Kingdom of Allah.
Therefore whoever associates partners with Allah or believes in the Trinity is far away from the Kingdom of Allah, and whoever is far away from the Kingdom of Allah he is the enemy of Allah.
In Matthew 24:36-
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of the heaven, but my father only."
I say: A similar text was quoted from S.Matthew which is exactly as proclaimed by the Qur'an in that none knows when the Hour will come except Allah. This establishes the fact that Jesus was subservient to Allah and that he had no share in Divinity: that he was an incarnation of God, was an innovation by the people of Cannan.
In John 20:16-
"Jesus said unto her,"Mary", She turned herself, and sayeth unto him,"Rabboni", which is to say, Master, Jesus saith unto her, "Touch me not: For I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethern, and say unto them, I ascended unto my Father and your father; and to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she has seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her."
In the above narrative Jesus clearly testified that Allah is his God and their God, making no differnece between him and them in the worship of the One Allah. Whoever believed that Jesus is God has indeed blasphemed against Allah and betrayed the Messiah (Jesus) and all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah.
Biblical Prophecy on the Advent of Muhammad(peace be upon him):
"If you love me, keep my commandments. Any I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you forever."
Muslim theologians have said that "another Comforter: is Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah; and him to "abide forever" means the perpetuity of his laws and way of life (Sharia) and the Book (Qur'an) which was revealed to him.
John 15: 26-27-
"But when the Comforter has come, who I will send unto you from the Father, even the spirit of truth, which preceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."
"But now I go my way to Him that sent me and none of you asketh me "Whither goest thou ?" But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and approve righteousness and judgement."
"I have yet many things to say unto you, but cannot bear them now. How be it when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and he shall show it unto you."
"A little while and ye shall not see me : and again a little while, ye shall see me, because I go to the Father."
Muslim theologians have stated that the person who is described by Jesus to come after him- in the above verses- does not comply with any other person but Muhammad (peace be upon him) the Messenger of Allah. The "person" whom Jesus prophesied will come after him is called in the Bible "Parqaleeta". This word deleted by later interpreters and translators and changed at times to "Spitit of Truth", and at other times, to "Comforter" and sometimes to "Holy Spirit". The original word is Greek and its meaning is "one whom people praise exceedingly." The sense of the word is applicable to the word "Muhammad" (in Arabic).
Finality on Proofs on the Fabrication of the Story of the Cross:
1. The Bible testifies to the fact that Jesus was known among the Jews; he used to preach and deliver sermons in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. It was therefore, unnecessary to hire a Jew for thirty pieces of silver to direct them to him as related in S.Matthew.
2. It is related that one of the twelve diciples named Judas Iscariot was hired to direct the Jews to Jesus. They then sentenced him after which Judas was greatly ashamed and dissociated himself from their act and then commited suicide. All this took place within twenty four hours. The contradictions are obvious.
3. The clearest proof which alone is sufficient to describe this story is when the Jews passed the sentence of death against Jesus and intended to get the approval of the governor, Pontious Pilate.
"And Jesus stood before the governor: the governor asked him, saying."Art thou the king of the Jews!" And Jesus said unto him,"Thou sayeth": And when he was accused of (by) the chief priests and elders. He answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him,"Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee ?" And he answered him never (to) a word..."
the Christians will interpret the above verse to mean that Jesus wanted to die on the Cross for the redemption of mankind and for the forgiveness of their sins: if so, then why did he ask to turn away that cup from him (i.e., death)? Why did he cry out while on the Cross (as they assume): "O Lord, why hast thou forsaken me ?" How could he have remained silent when the truth was being challenged ? He was known for his soul inspiring sermons challenging the learned Jewish Rabbis. No sane person can believe in this. If the story of the Cross is disproved then the very foundation on which Christianity is based, will be demolished.
Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified by the Jews as revealed in the Holy Qur'an by Allah in a crystal clear manner:V.4:157-8-
"And because of their saying (in boast):"We killed Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely, they killed him not (i.e.,Jesus,son of Mary). But Allah raised him (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens)...And Allah is Ever All Powerful, All Wise."
The Jews themselves, together with the entire Christian world, believe that he was crucified. As proofs against their views and to prove the truth of the Muslim verdict through the Bible, I prepared the following set of questions based on the Book of S.Matthew in the New Testament of Bible. (Chapters 26 and 27).
1. Did those who captured Jesus (according to their assumption) know him in person ? Or did they not know him ?
S.Matthew testifies that they did not know him.
2. Was it during the day or night that he was captured ?
S.Matthew says- it was during night.
3. Who was the one who directed them to him ?
S.Matthew says: He was one of his twelve disciples called Judas Iscariot.
4. Did he direct them free of charge or for a fixed reward which they specified, for him ?
S.Matthew says: He directed them to him for a fixed reward of thirty pieces of silver.
5. What was the condition of Jesus during that night ?
S.Matthew says: He was fearful and prostrated in prayer saying: "O God, if it is possible for You to let this cup pass from me, then let it pass." It is incredible that such words could come from a believer in God, let alone a Prophet of God, because all believers believe that God has power over all things.
6. What was the conditions of his eleven diciples ?
S.Matthew says: Sleep overcame them that night together with their teacher (according to their assumption) out of fear.
7. Was Jesus contented with their condition ?
S.Matthew says (verses 40-46): He was not satisfied. He used to come to them to wake them up saying:"Watch and pray. that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak." Then he would come again to find them asleep and he would again wake them up and say the same thing. This weakness could not have been spoken of righteous pupils even if they were pupils of an ordinary pious teacher, let alone the diciples of Jesus, son of Mary.
8. Did they help him when those ruffians captured him ?
S.Matthew says: They forsook him and fled.
9. Did Jesus have confidence in his diciples that night ?
S.Matthew says: Jesus informed them that they will all forsake him. Then Jesus said unto them:"Verily I say unto thee that this night before the cock crows, thou shall deny me- thrice." Peter said unto him,"Although I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee." Likewise also said all the diciples. And so it happened.
10. How did those ruffians capture him ?
S.Matthew says: They came to him with swords and staves after they were directed to him by a Jew, then they captured him as described in verse 57.
"And they that had laid hold on Jesus, led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the elders were assembled."
There they passed the sentence of death on him. The ruffians then took him away, spat on his face and struck him with their hands after which they stripped him of his clothes ans clad him in scarlet robes, then placed a crown of thorns on his head and took him abou, teasing and mocking him. They said to him:"You are the king of Israel according to your claim." They severely degraded him.
11. Who finally decided to pass the death sentence against him ?
S.Matthew says: He was Pontious Pilate, a Greek Roman, who was at that time the governor of Palastine.
12. When the ruffians brought that man brfore the governor and informed him that the priest of the Jews passed the sentence of death by crucifixion according to their law (Torah), did he believe in them without investigation ?
S.Matthew says: He did not believe them but asked that man:"Is it true what they have said ?" He remained silent. The question was repeated and he continued to remain silent. He remained silent in view of the truth; it was essential for him even if was not a Prophet to clarify the truth and deny the false accusation of the Jews. The governor's wife went to the governor and she said to him:"Have thou nothing to do with that just man ? For I have suffered many things thia day in a dream because of him."
The Bible states that Jesus delivered lengthy speeches to the Jews rebuking and warning them which amounted to defaming them. Then why was he silent that day ? The governor's intention for asking him was to stand for the truth.
13. How was he crucified according to their assumption ?
S.Matthew says: They crucified him between two thieves both of whom abused him by saying to him,"If you are truthful then save yourself."
14. This was a great calamity. What did he say while on the cross (according to their assumption) ?
S.Matthew says (22:46):
Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, "Eli, Eli,lama sabachthani ?" (that is to say) My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken me ?"
This is a blatant declaration of disbelief according to all theological authorities. Whosoever relates it to a Phrophet is a disbeliever according to the revealed religions.
Almighty Allah, in the Qur'an warns, the Jews and the Christians against their blasphemy; that Jesus is an incarnation of God (Allah) or the son of God (Allah) or in rejecting him totally; and that they must believe in him as a Messenger of Allah only:
"And there is none of the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him (Jesus, son of Mary, as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being), before his (Jesus or a Jew's or a Christian's) death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) will be a witness against them." (V.4:159).
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