CHRIST IN ISLAM
Chapter 1 : Christian Muslim Responses
DEBATE ON TV
At the end of the debate - "Christianity and Islam" - which appeared on
the SABC-TV program "cross (+) questions" on Sunday 5th June 1983, the
chairman, Mr. Bill Chalmers commented:
"I think it can be said from this discussion that there is ,at present,
somewhat more accommodation on the Islamic side for the founder of Christianity
than there is on the Christian side for the founder of Islam. what the
significance of that is, we leave it to you, the viewer, to determine,
but I do think you will agree that it is a good thing that we are talking
together." "bill" as he is popularly addressed, without any formalities,
on all his programs, by all his panelists, is extremely charming and stupendous
in his humility. he is a picture of what the holy quran portrays of a good
"...and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find
those who say, "we are Christians": because among these are men devoted
to learning and men who have renounced the world. and they are not arrogant."
holy quran 5:58
JESUS - HIS STATUS
were the Muslims on the panel, trying to placate the viewers out of policy,
deceit or diplomacy ? nothing of the kind! they were only arti-culating
what god almighty had commanded them to say in the holy quran. as Muslim
they had no choice. they had said in so many words - "we Mus-lims believe,
that Jesus was one of the mightiest messengers of god, that he was the
Christ, that he was born miraculously - without any male intervention (which
many modern-day Christians do not believe today), that he gave life to
the dead by god's permission, and that he healed those born blind and the
lepers by god's permission. in fact no Muslim is a Muslim if he does not
believe in Jesus!"
over 90% of the people who witnessed this debate must have been pleasantly,
but sceptically, surprised. they might have not believed their ears. they
must have surmised that the Muslims were playing to the gallery-that they
were trying to curry favour with their fellow Christian countrymen; that
if the Muslims would say a few good words about Jesus, then in reciprocation
the Christians might say a few good words about muhummed (may the peace
and the blessings of god be upon all his righteous servants-like Moses,
Jesus, muhummed ); that I scratch your back and you scratch my back - which
would be a sham or hypocrisy.
we cannot blame the Christians for their scepticism. they have been so
programmed for centuries. they were trained to think the worst of the man
muhummed (PBUH) and his religion. how aptly did Thomas Carlyle say about
his Christian brethren over a hundred and fifty years ago - "the lies which
well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (muhummed) are disgraceful
to ourselves only." we Muslims are partly responsible for this staggering
ignorance of the 1,200,000,000 Christians of the world. we have not done
anything substantial to remove the cobwebs.
OCEAN OF CHRISTIANITY
south Africa is an ocean of Christianity. if Libya boasts the highest percentage
of Muslims on the continent of Africa, then the republic of south Africa
would also be entitled to boast the highest percentage of Christians. in
this ocean of Christianity - the R. S. A. - the Muslim is barely 2% of
the total population. we are a voteless minority-numerically we count for
nothing; politically, we count for nothing, and economica-lly, one white
man, as Oppenheimer, could buy out the whole lot of us, lock, stock and
so, if we had feigned to appease, we might be excused. but no! we must
proclaim our master's will; we must declare the truth, whether we liked
it or not. in the words of Jesus (PBUH): "seek ye the truth, and the truth
shall set you free" - (John 9:32).
Chapter 2: JESUS IN THE QURAN
the Christian does not know that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim
displays, always, towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead
of his faith- the holy quran. he does not know that the Muslim does not
take the holy name of Jesus, in his own language, without saying hazrat
Eesa (meaning revered Jesus) or Eesa alai-hiss-salaam i.e. ( Jesus peace
be upon him).
every time the Muslim mentions the name Jesus (PBUH) without these words
of respect, he would be considered disrespectful, uncouth or barbaric.
the Christian does not know that in the holy quran Jesus (PBUH) is men-tioned
by name five times (5x) more than the number of times the prophet of Islam
is mentioned in the book of god. to be exact - twenty five time as against
five. for example:
"..we gave Jesus the son of Mary clear signs and strengthened him
with the holy spirit" holy quran 2:87
"..o Mary! god giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him: his
name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary.." holy quran 3:45
"..Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of
god.." holy quran 4:171
"..and in their (the previous prophets') footsteps we sent Jesus
the son of Mary.." holy quran 5:49
"and Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of
the righteous:" holy quran 6:85
JESUS - HIS TITLES
though Jesus is mentioned by name in twenty-five places in the holy quran
he is also addressed with respect as:"ibne Maryam" - son of Mary;as Masih
(Heb) messiah - translated as Christ; "abd-ullah" servant of Allah; "rasul
-ullah" - messenger of Allah.
he is spoken of as "the word of god", as "the spirit of god", as a "sign
of god", and numerous other epithets of honour spread over fifteen different
chapters. the holy quran honours this mighty messenger of god, and the
Muslims have not fallen short over the past fourteen hundred years in doing
the same. there is not a single disparaging remark in the entire quran
to which even the most jaundiced among the Christians can take exception.
"EESA" LATINIZED TO JESUS
the holy quran refers to Jesus as "Eesa", and this name is used more times
than any other title, because this was his "Christian" name. actually,
his proper name was "Eesa" (Arabic), or "Esau". (Hebrew); classical "Yeheshua",
which the Christian nations of the west latinized as Jesus. neither the
"j" nor the second "s" in the name Jesus is to be found in the original
tongue - they are not found in the Semitic languages.
the word is very simply - "e s a u" - a very common Jewish name, used
more than sixty times in the very first booklet alone of the bible, in
the part called "genesis". there was at least one "Jesus" sitting on the"bench"
at the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin. Josephus the Jewish historian
mentions some twenty five Jesus' in his "book of antiquities". the new
testament speaks of "bar-Jesus"- a magician and a sorcerer, a false prophet
(act 13:6); and also "Jesus-Justus" - a Christian missionary, a contemporary
of Paul (Colossians 4:11). these are distinct from Jesus the son of Mary.
transforming "Esau" to (j)esu(s) - Jesus - makes it unique. this unique
(?) name has gone out of currency among the Jews and the Christians from
the 2nd century after Christ. among the Jews, because it came to be the
proper name of their god(?) - their god incarnate. the Muslim will not
hesitate to name his son - "Eesa" - because it is an honoured name, the
name of a righteous servant of the lord.
at the end of the most popular translation of the holy quran in English,
i.e. by A. Yusuf Ali , there is a very comprehensive index. while browsing
through (3), we will discover, on page 1837, i.e.
Jesus, a righteous prophet, vi.85;
birth, iii. 45:47; xix. 22-33;
apostle to Israel, iii. 49-51;
disciples, iii. 52-53; v.114-118
taken up, iii. 55-58; iv.157-159;
like Adam, iii.59;
not crucified, iv.157;
no more than apostle, iv.171; v.78;
xliii 59, 63-64;
not god, v.19,75;
sent with gospel, v.49;
not son of god, ix.30;
message and miracles, v.113; xix.30-33;
prays for table of viands, v.117;
taught no false worship, v.119-121;
disciples declare themselves Muslims, v.114;
mission limited, n.1861 to xiii.38;
followers have compassion and mercy, lvii.27:
disciples as god's helpers, lxi.14;
as a sign, xxiii. 50; xliii.61;
prophesied Ahmed, lxi.6.
Chapter 3 : MOTHER AND SON
the second above mentioned topic - "his birth" - are described in two places
- sura 3 and sura 19. reading from the beginning of his birth, on page
134 of the translation under reference, we come across the story of Mary,
and the esteemed position which she occupies in the house of Islam before
the actual annunciation of the birth of Jesus is given:
behold! the angels said: "o Mary! god hath chosen thee and purified
thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations."
holy quran 3:42
"chosen thee above the women of all nations." such an honour is not
be found given to Mary even in the Christian bible! the verse continue:
"o Mary! worship thy lord devoutly: prostrate thyself, and bow
down (in prayer) with those who bow down." holy quran 3:43
divine revelation what is the source of this beautiful and sublime recitation
original Arabic, moves men to ecstacy and tears? verse 44 below explains
this is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which we reveal
unto thee (o apostle!) by inspiration: thou wast not with them when they
cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care
of Mary: nor wast thou with them when they disputed (the point). holy quran
the story is that the maternal grandmother of Jesus, Hannah, had hitherto
been barren. she poured out her heart to god: if only god will grant her
child, she would surely dedicate such a child for the service of god in
god granted her prayer and Mary was born. she was disappointed. she was
yearning for a son, but instead she delivered a daughter; and in no way
is the female like the male, for what she had in mind. what was she to
do? she had made a vow to god. she waited for Mary to be big enough to
fend for herself.
when the time came, Hannah took her darling daughter to the temple,
to hand over for temple services. every priest was clamouring to be the
god father of this lovely child. they cast lots with arrows for her - like
the tossing of the coin - head or tail ? eventually she fell to the lot
of Zakariya, but not without a dispute.
THE SOURCE OF HIS MESSAGE
this was the story. but where did muhummed (PBUH) get this knowledge from?
he was an ummi (unlettered). he did not know how to read or write. he is
made by god almighty to answer this very question in the verse above, by
saying that it was all "by divine inspiration". "no!", says the controversialist.
"this is muhummed's own concoction. he copied his reve-lations from the
Jews and Christians. He plagiarized it. he forged it."
knowing full-well, and believing as we do, that the whole quran is the
veritable word of god, we will nevertheless agree, for the sake of argu-ment,
with the enemies of muhummed (PBUH) for a moment, that he wrote it we can
now expect some cooperation from the unbeliever.
ask him, "have you any qualms in agreeing that muhummed (PBUH) was an
Arab?" only an opinionated fool will hesitate to agree. in that case there
is no sense in pursuing any discussion. cut short the talk. close the book!
with the man of reason, we proceed. "that this Arab, in the first ins-tance,
was addressing other Arabs. he was not talking to Indian Muslims, Chinese
Muslims, or Nigerian Muslims. he was addressing his own people - the Arabs.
whether they agreed with him or not, he told them in the most sublime form
- words that were seared into the hearts and minds of his listeners that
Mary the mother of Jesus - a jewess - was chosen above the women of all
nations. not his own mother, nor his wife nor his daughter, nor any other
Arab woman, but a jewess! can one explain this? because to everyone his
own mother or wife, or daughter would come before any other women. why
would the prophet of Islam honour a woman from his opposition! and a jewess
at that! belonging to a race which had been looking down upon his people
for three thousand years? just as they still look down upon their Arab
SARAH AND HAGAR
the Jews get their cock-eyed racism from their holy bible, where they are
told that their father, Abraham, had two wives - Sarah and Hagar. they
say that they are the children of Abraham through Sarah his legitimate
wife; that their Arab brethren have descended through Hagar, a "bond-woman",
and that as such, the Arabs are an inferior breed. (in fact, Hagar was
not a bond-woman but an Egyptian princess )
will anyone please explain the anomaly as to why muhummed (PBUH) (if
he is the author) chose this jewess for such high honour? the answer is
simple - he had no choice - he had no right to speak of his own desire.
"it is no less than an inspiration sent down to him." (h.q.53:4)
there is a chapter in the holy Quran, named sura Maryam "chapter Mary"
(xix) named in honour of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ (PBUH); again,
such an honour is not to be found given to Mary in the Christian bible.
out of the 66 books of the Protestants and 73 of the roman Catholics, not
one is named after Mary or her son. you will find books named after Matthew,
Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and two score more obscure names, but not
a single one is that of Jesus or Mary!
if muhummed (PBUH) was the author of the holy quran, then he would not
have failed to include in it with Maryam, the mother of Jesus, his own
mother - Amina, his dear wife - Khadija, or his beloved daughter-Fatima.
but no!no! this can never be. the quran is not his handiwork!
Chapter 4 : THE GOOD NEWS
behold! the angels said:
"o Mary! god giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him: his name
will be Christ Jesus the son of Mary held in honour in this world and the
hereafter and (of the company of) those nearest to god; holy Quran 3:45
"nearest to god," not physically nor geographically, but spiritually. compare
this with - "and (Jesus) sat on the right hand of god."(mark - 16:19).
the bulk of Christendom has misunderstood this verse as well as many others
in the bible. they imagine the father (god) sitting on a throne - a glorified
chair - and his "son", Jesus, sitting on his right hand side. can you conjure
up the picture? if you do, you have strayed from the true knowledge of
god. he is no old father Christmas. he is a spiritual being, beyond the
imagination of the mind of man. he exists. he is real, but he is not like
anything we can think of, or imagine. in eastern languages "right hand"
meant a place of honour, which the holy quran more fittingly describes
as - "in the company of those nearest to god."
the above verse confirms that Jesus is the Christ, and that he is the
word which god bestowed upon Mary. again, the Christian reads into these
words, a meaning which they do not carry. they equate the word "Christ"
with the idea of a god incarnate; and the word from god to be god!.
CHRIST NOT A NAME
the word Christ is derived from the Hebrew word messiah, Arabic-masih.
root word m-a-s-a-h-a, meaning to rub, to massage, to anoint. priests an
kings were anointed when being consecrated to their offices. but in its
translated, Grecian form "Christ", it seems unique:befitting Jesus only.
the Christian has a knack of transmuting baser metals into shining gold.
what he is wont to do is to translate names into his own language like
"Cephas" to Peter, "messiah" to Christ. how does he do that? very easily
messiah in Hebrew means anointed. the Greek word for anointed is "chris-tos".
just lop off the 'os' from Christos and you are left with Christ. now change
the little 'c' to a capital 'c', and "hey, presto!" he has created a unique
(?) name! Christos means anointed, and anointed means appointed in its
religious connotation. Jesus (PBUH) was appointed (anointed) at his baptism
by John the baptist, as god's messenger.every prophet of god is so anointed
or appointed. the holy bible is replete with the "anointed" ones. in the
original Hebrew - made a "messiah". let us keep to the English translation
- "anointed." not only were prophets and pri-ests and kings anointed (Christos-ed),
but horns, and cherubs and lamp-posts also.
I am the god of beth-el, where you anointed a pillar.....
if the priest that is anointed do sin....
and Moses.anointed the tabernacle and all things that was therein...
...the lord shall....exalt the horn of his anointed
1 Samuel 2:10
thus saith the lord to his anointed to cyrus....
thou art the anointed cherub....
there are a hundred more such references in the holy bible. every time
you come across the word anointed in your English bible, you can take it
that that word would be Christos in the Greek translations, and if you
take the same liberty with the word that the Christians have done, you
will have - Christ cherub, Christ cyrus, Christ priest and Christ pillar,
SOME TITLES EXCLUSIVE
although, every prophet of god is an anointed one of god - a messiah, the
title "masih" or "messiah" or its translation "Christ" is exclusively reserved
for Jesus, the son of Mary, in both Islam and in Christianity. this is
not unusual in religion. there are certain other honorific title which
may be applied to more than one prophet, yet being made exclusive to one
by usage: like "rasul-lullah", meaning messenger of god, which title is
applied to both Moses (19:51) and Jesus (61:6) in the holy quran. yet "rasul-lullah"
has become synonymous only with the prophet of Islam among Muslims.
every prophet is indeed a friend of god, but its Arabic equivalent "kha-lil-lullah"
is exclusively associated with father Abraham. this does not mean that
the others are not god's friends. "kalimul-lah" (one who spoke with god)
is never used for anyone other than Moses, yet we believe that god spoke
with all his messengers, including Jesus and muhummed (may the peace and
blessings of god be upon all his servants). associating certain titles
with certain personages only, does not make them exclusive or unique in
any way. we honour all in varying terms.
whilst the good news was being announced (verse 45 above) Mary was told
that her unborn child will be called Jesus, that he would be the Christ,
a "word" from god, and that.....
"he shall speak to the people in childhood* and in maturity. and
he shall be (of the company) of the righteous." holy quran 3:46
this prophecy found fulfillment within a very short time. we find this
in sura Maryam below:
at length she brought him (the babe) to her people, carrying him
(in her arms). they said:"O Mary! truly an-amazing thing hast thou brought!
O sister of Aaron thy father was not a man of evil nor thy mother a woman
unchaste!" Holy quran 19:27-28
there is no Joseph the carpenter here. the circumstances being peculiar,
Mary the mother of Jesus had retired herself to some remote place in the
east (h.q.19:16). after the birth of the child she returns.
"the amazement of the people knew no bounds. in any case they were prepared
to think the worst of her, as she had disappeared from her kin for some
time. but now she comes, shamelessly parading a babe in her arms! how she
had disgraced the house of Aaron, the fountain of priesthood!
"sister of Aaron: Mary is reminded of her high lineage and the unexcep-tionable
morals of her father and mother. how, they said, she had fallen and disgraced
the name of her progenitors!
"what could Mary do? how could she explain? would they, in their censorious
mood accept her explanation? all she could do was to point to the child,
who, she knew, was no ordinary child. and the child came to her rescue.
by a miracle he spoke, defended his mother, and preached -to an unbelieving
A. Yusuf Ali, comments in his notes 2480-2482 on page 773 of his translation.
but she pointed to the babe. they said: "how can we talk to one
who is a child in the cradle?" Holy quran 19:23 and by a miracle he spoke:
he said: "i am indeed a servant of god: he hath given me revelation
and made me a prophet; "and he hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and
he hath enjoined on me prayer and charity as long as I live "(he) hath
made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; "so peace
is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall
be raised up to life (again)!" holy quran 19:24-33
HIS FIRST MIRACLE(S)
thus Jesus (PBUH) defended his mother from the grave calumny and innuen-does
of her enemies. this is the very first miracle attributed to Jesus in the
holy quran - that, he spoke as an infant from his mother's arms. contrast
this with his first miracle in the Christian bible which occure when he
was over thirty years of age:
and the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother
of Jesus was there: and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the
marriage. and when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him,
they have no wine.
Jesus saith unto her, woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour
is not yet come. his mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith
unto you, do it. and there were set there six waterpots of stone, after
the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins
Jesus saith unto them, fill the waterpots with water. and they filled
them up to the brim. and he saith unto them, draw out now, and bear unto
the governor of the feast. and they bare it. when the ruler of the feast
had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but
the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called
the bridegroom, and saith unto him, every man at the beginning both set
forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse:but
thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:1-10
Since this miracle, wine has flowed like water in Christendom. many
a fool reasons that what was good for his master is good enough for him.
Jesus was no "kill-joy" they say. didn't he make good potent wine, that
even those "well drunk", those whose senses had been dulled could make
out the difference? - "that the best was kept for the last." this was no
pure grape juice. it was the same w-i-n-e that, according to the Christi
an bible, enabled the daughters of lot to seduce their father (genesis-19:32-33).
it was the same w-i-n-e which the Christian is advised to eschew in Ephesians
5:18 - "and be not drunk with wine...."
It is that innocent (?) 1% potency that eventually leads millions down
into the gutter. America has 10 million drunkards in the midst of 70 million
"born-again" Christians! the Americans call their drunkards - "problem
drinkers". in South Africa, they are called "alcoholics" - drunkard is
too strong a word for people to stomach.
But the prime minister of Zambia, Dr.Kenneth Kaunda, does not hesitate
to call a spade a spade. he says, "i am not prepared to lead nation of
drunkards" - referring to his own people who drink intoxicants.
Whether the water "blushed" or not "seeing" Jesus, we cannot blame him
or his disciples for the drinking habits of his contemporaries. for he
had truly opined, "i have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot
bear them now" (John 16:12). mankind had not reached the stage of recei-ving
the whole truth of Islam. did he not also say - "you cannot put new wine
into old bottles"? (Matthew 9:17)
"MOTHER" OR "WOMAN"?
"according" to St. John, in the fourth verse above, describing the marri-age
feast at Cana, we are told that Jesus (PBUH) behaved insolently to-wards
his mother. he calls her "woman," and to rub more salt into the wound he
is made to say - "what have I to do with thee?" what connection is there
between you and me, or what have I got to do with you? could he have forgotten
that this very "woman" had carried him for nine months, and perhaps suckled
him for 2 years, and had borne endless insults and inju-ries on account
of him? is she not his mother ? is there no word in his language for "mother"?
strange as it may seem, that while the missionaries boast about their
master's humility, meekness and long-suffering - they call him the "prince
of peace" and they sing hat - "he was led to the slaughter like a lamb,
and like a sheep who before his shearer is dumb, he opened not his mouth
yet they proudly record in the same breath, that he was every ready with
invectives for the elders of his race, and was always itching for a show
down i.e. if their records are true:-
Muhammad (PBUH) the messenger of god, is made to absolve Jesus (PBUH) from
the false charges and calumnies of his enemies.
"and he (god almighty) hath made me (Jesus) kind to my mother,
and not overbearing or miserable" holy quran 19:32
on receiving the good news of the birth of a righteous son (end of h.q.
3:46 ), Mary responds:
"o my lord! how shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?"
the angel says in reply:
he said" "even so: god createth what he willeth: when he hath decreed
a plan, he but saith to it, 'be,' and it is! "and god will teach him the
book and wisdom, the law and the gospel, holy quran 3:47-48
Chapter 5 : QURANIC AND BIBLICAL VERSIONS
MEETING THE REVEREND
one day, I was visiting the "bible house" in Johannesburg, south Africa.
whilst browsing through the stacks of bibles and religious books, I picked
up an Indonesian bible and had just taken in hand a Greek/English new testament
- a large, expensive volume. I had not realized that I was being observed
by the supervisor of the bible house. casually, he walked up to me. perhaps
my bread and my Muslim headgear were an attrac-tion and a challenge? he
inquired about my interest in that costly volu-me. I explained that as
a student of comparative religion, I had need for such a book. he invited
me to have tea with him in his office. it was very kind of him and I accepted.
over the cup of tea, I explained to him the Muslim belief in Jesus.
I explained to him the very high position that Jesus (PBUH) occupied in
the house of Islam. he seemed sceptical about what I said. I was amazed
at his seeming ignorance, because only retired reverend gentlemen can become
supervisors of bible houses in south Africa. I began reciting from verse
42 of sura 3 -first in Arabic then in English
behold! the angels said: "o Mary! Allah hath chosen thee...
I wanted the reverend to listen, not only to the meaning of the quran,
but also to the music of its cadences when the original Arabic was recited.
Rev. Dunkers (for that was his name) sat back and listened with rapt attention
to Allah's kalaam (god's word). when I reached the end of verse 49, the
reverend commented that the quranic message was like that of his own bible.
he said, he saw no difference between what he believed as a Christian,
and what I had read to him. I said: "that was true". if he had come across
these verses in the English language alone without their Arabic equivalent,
side by side, he would not have been able to guess in a hundred years that
he was reading the holy quran. if he were a Protestant he would have thought
that he was reading the roman catholic version, if he had not seen one,
or the Jehovah's witness version or the Greek orthodox version, or the
hundred and one other versions that he might not have seen; but he would
never have guessed that he was reading the holy quran the Christian would
be reading here, in the quran, everything he wanted to hear about Jesus,
but in a most noble, elevated and sublime language. he could not help being
moved by it.
in these eight terse verses from 42 to 49 we are told:
(a) that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virtuous woman, and honored
above the women of all nations.
(b) that all that was being said was god's own revelation to Muhammad
(c) that Jesus was a "word" from god.
(d) that he was the Christ that the Jews were waiting for.
(e) that god will empower this Jesus to perform miracles even in infancy
(f) that Jesus was born miraculously, without any male intervention.
(g) that god will vouchsafe him revelation.
(h) that he will give life to the dead by god's permission, and that
he will heal those born blind and the lepers by god's permission, etc.etc.
CHALK AND CHEESE
the most fervent Christian cannot take exception to a single statement
or word here. but the difference between the biblical and the quranic narratives
is that between "chalk and cheese"!
"to me they are identical, what is the difference?" the reverend asked.
I know that in their essentials both the stories agree in their details,
but when we scrutinize them closely we will discover that the difference
between them is staggering.
now compare the miraculous conception as announced in verse 47 of the
holy quran with what the holy bible says:
"now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this wise: when as his mother
Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, (as husband and
wife) she was found with child of the holy ghost."
The eminent Billy Graham from the united states of America dramatized this
verse in front of 40 000 people in king park, Durban - with his in-dex
finger sticking out and swinging his outstretched arm from right to left,
he said, "and the holy ghost came and impregnated Mary!" on the other hand
st. Luke tells us the very same thing but less crudely. He says that when
the annunciation was made, Mary was perturbed. her natural reaction was
"...how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" - meaning sexually.
the quranic narrative is:
"o my lord! how shall I have a son when no man hath
touched me?" -meaning sexually. holy quran 3:47
in essence there is no difference between these two statements "seeing
I know not a man" and "when no man hath touched me". both the quotations
have an identical meaning. it is simply a choice of different words mea-ning
the same thing. but the respective replies to Mary's plea in the two books
(the quran and the bible) are revealing.
THE BIBLICAL VERSION
says the bible: and the angel answered and said unto her,
"the holy ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest
shall overshadow thee" Luke 1:35
can't you see that you are going the atheist, the sceptic, the agnostic
stick to beat you with? they may well ask- "how did the holy ghost come
upon Mary?" "how did the highest over shadow her? we know that literally
it does not mean that: that it was an immaculate conception, but the language
used here, is distasteful-gutter language-you agree!? now contrast this
with the language of the quran: the quranic version
he said:(the angel says in reply) "even so: Allah createth what
he willeth: when he hath decreed a plan, he but saith to it, 'be', and
it is!" holy quran 3:47
this is the Muslim concept of the birth of Jesus. for god to create a Jesus,
without a human father, he merely has to will it. if he wants to create
a million Jesus' without fathers or mothers, he merely has to will them
into existence. he does not have to take seeds and transfer them, like
men or animals - by contact or artificial insemination. He wills everything
into being by his word of command "be" and "it is".
there is nothing new in what I am telling you, I reminded the reverend.
I is in the very first book of your holy bible - genesis 1:3 "and god said
..." what did he say? he said - "be" and "it was!" he did not have to articulate
the words. this is our way of understanding the word 'be'-that he willed
everything into being.
CHOICE FOR HIS DAUGHTER
"between these two versions of the birth of Jesus (PBUH) - the quranic
version and the biblical version - which would you prefer to give your
daughter?" I asked the supervisor of the bible house. he bowed his head
down in humility and admitted - "the quranic version."
how can "a forgery" or "an imitation" (as it is alleged of the quran)
be better than the genuine, the original (as it is claimed for the bible)?
it can never be, unless this revelation to muhummed (PBUH) is what it,
itself, claims to be viz. the pure and holy word of god! there are a hundred
different tests that the unprejudiced seeker after truth can apply to the
holy quran and it will qualify with flying colours to being a massage from
does the miraculous birth of Jesus make him a god or a "begotten" son of
god? no! says the holy quran:
the similitude of Jesus before god is that of Adam; he created
him from dust, then said to him: 'be':and he was. holy quran 3:59
"after a description of the high position which Jesus occupies as a prophet,
in the preceding verses) we have a repudiation of the dogma that he was
god, or the son of god, or anything more than man. if it is said that he
was born without a human father, Adam was also so born. indeed Adam was
born without either a human father or mother. as far as our physical bodies
are concerned they are mere dust. in god's sight Jesus was as dust just
as Adam was or humanity is. the greatness of Jesus arose from the divine
command "be". for after that he was - more than dust - a great spiritual
leader and teacher." A. Yusuf Ali's note 398 to verse 59 above.
the logic of it is that, if being born without a male parent entitles
Jesus to being equated with god, then, Adam would have a greater right
to such honour, and this no Christian would readily concede. thus, the
Muslim is made to repudiate the Christian blasphemy.
further, if the Christian splits hairs by arguing that Adam was "created
from the dust of the ground, whereas Jesus was immaculately "begotten"in
the womb of Mary, then let us remind him that, even according to his own
false standards. there is yet another person greater than Jesus, in his
own bible. who is this superman?
"for this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high god...."
"without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning
of days, nor end of life..." Hebrews 7:1&3
here is a candidate for divinity itself, for only god almighty could
possess these qualities. Adam had a beginning (in the garden), Jesus had
a beginning (in the stable); Adam had an end and, claim the Christians,
so had Jesus "and he gave up the ghost". but where is Melchisedec? perhaps
he is hibernating somewhere like Rip Van Winkel.
and what is this "Hebrews"? it is the name of one of the books of the
holy bible, authored by the gallant St. Paul, the self appointed thirteenth
apostle of Christ. Jesus had twelve apostles, but one of them (Judas) had
the devil in him. so the vacancy had to be filled, because of the "twelve"
thrones in heaven which had to be occupied by his disciples to judge the
children of Israel (Luke 22:30).
Saul was a renegade Jew, and the Christians changed his name to "Paul",
probably because "Saul" sounds Jewish. this Paul made such a fine mess
of the teachings of Jesus (PBUH) that he earned for himself the second-most
-coveted position of "the most influential men of history" in the monumental
work of Michael H. Hart. "the 100" or "the top hundred" or the "greatest
hundred in history". Paul outclasses even Jesus because, according to Michael
hart, Paul was the real founder of present-day Christianity. the honour
of creating Christianity had to be shared between Paul and Jesus, and Paul
won because he wrote more books of the bible than any other single author,
whereas Jesus did not write a single word.
Paul needed no inspiration to write his hyperboles here and in the rest
of his epistles. did not Hitler's minister of propaganda - Goebbles - say
"the bigger the lie the more likely it is to be believed"? but the amazing
thing about this exaggeration is that no Christian seems to have read it.
every learned man to whom I have shown this verse to, seemed to be seeing
it for the first time. they appear dumbfounded, as described by the fitting
words of Jesus:-
"...seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do
they understand." Matthew 13:13
the holy quran also contains a verse which fittingly describes this well
cultivated sickness - deaf, dumb and blind, they will not return
(to the path). holy quran 2:18
THE SONS OF GOD
The Muslim takes strong exception to the Christian dogma that "Jesus is
the only begotten son, begotten not made". this is what the Christian is
made to repeat from childhood in his catechism. I have asked learned -
Christians, again and again as to what they are really trying to emphasize,
when they say "begotten not made".
they know that according to their own God-given (?!) records, god has
sons by the tons:
"....Adam, which was the son of god." Luke 3:38
can't you see that in the language of the Jew, every righteous person,
every ton, dick and harry who followed the will and plan of god, was a
son of god. it was a metaphorical descriptive term, commonly used among
the Jews. the Christian agrees with this reasoning, but goes on to say
- "but Jesus was not like that". Adam was made by god. every living thing
was made by god; he is the Lord, Cherisher and Sustainer of all. metaphorically
speaking therefore god is the father of all. but Jesus was the "begotten"
son of god, not a created son of god?
"that the sons of god saw the daughters of men that they were fair...
"and when the sons of god came in unto the daughters of men, and they
bare children to them...." genesis 6:2&4
"...Israel is my son, even my firstborn:" exodus 4:22
"...for I (god) and a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn."
"...the lord hath said unto me, (David) thou art my son: this day have
i begotten thee." psalms 2:7
"for as many as are led by the spirit of god, they are the sons of god."
BEGOTTEN MEANS "SIRED"
in my forty years of practical experience in talking to learned Christi-ans,
not a single one has opened his mouth to hazard an explanation of the phrase
- "begotten not made". it had to be an American who dared to explain. he
said, "it means, sired by god." "what?" I exploded. "sired-by god?" - "no,
no,"he said, "i am only trying to explain the meaning, I do not believe
that god really sired a son."
the sensible Christian says that the words do not literally mean what
they say. then why do you say it? why are you creating unnecessary con-flict
between the 1,200,000,000 Christians and a thousand million Muslim of the
world in making senseless statements?
REASON FOR OBJECTION
the Muslim takes exception to the word "begotten", because begetting is
an animal act, belonging to the lower animal functions of sex. how can
we attribute such a lowly capacity to god? metaphorically we are all the
children of god - the good and the bad - and Jesus (PBUH) would be clo-ser
to being the son of god than any one of us, because he would be more faithful
to god than any one of us, because he would be more faithful to god than
any one of us can ever be. from that point of view he is preeminently the
son of god.
although this pernicious word "begotten" has now unceremoniously been
thrown out of the "most accurate" version of the bible - the R. S. V. its
ghost still lingers on in the Christian mind, both black and white. through
its insidious brainwashing the white man is made to feel superior to his
black Christian brother of the same church and denomination. and in turn,
the black man is given a permanent inferiority complex through this dogma.
the human mind can't help reasoning that since the "begotten son" of an
African will look like an African, and that of a china man as a Chinese,
and that of an Indian like an Indian: so the begotten son of god aught
naturally to look like god. billions of beautiful pictures and replicas
of this "only begotten son"(?) of god are put in peoples hands. he looks
like a European with blonde hair, blue eyes and handsome features - like
the one I saw in the "king of kings" or "the day of triumph" or "Jesus
o Nazareth" remember Jeffrey Hunter? the "SAVIOUR" of the Christian is
more like a German than a Jew with his polly nose. so naturally, if the
son I a white man, the father would also be a white man (god?). hence the
dar-ker skinned races of the earth subconsciously have the feeling of infe-riority
ingrained in their souls as god's step-children. no amount to face-creams,
skin-lighteners and hair-straighteners will erase the infe-riority.
GOD IS SPIRIT
god is neither black nor white. he is a spiritual being, beyond the ima-gination
of the mind of man. break the mental shackles of a Caucasian - (white)
man-god, and you have broken the shackles of a permanent inferiority. but
intellectual bondages are harder to shatter: the slave himself fights to
Chapter 6 : ANSWER TO CHRISTIAN DILEMMAS
"Christ in Islam" is really Christ in the quran: and the holy quran
has something definite to say about every abberation of Christianity. the
quran absolves Jesus (PBUH) from all the false charges of his enemies as
well as the misplaced infatuation of his followers. his enemies allege
that he blasphemed against god by claiming divinity. his misguided followers
claim that he did avow divinity, but that was not blasphemy (Kufr) because
he was god. what does the quran say?
addressing both the Jews and the Christians, Allah says:-
o people of the book! commit no excesses in your religion: nor
say of god aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more
than) an apostle of god, and his word, which he bestowed on Mary, and a
spirit proceeding from him: so believe in god and his messengers... Holy
GOING TO EXTREMES
"o people of the book:" is a very respectful title with which the Jews
and the Christians are addressed in the holy quran. in other words, Allah
is saying - "o learned people!" "o people with a scripture!" according
to their own boast, the Jews and the Christians prided themselves over
the Arabs, who had no scripture before the quran. as a learned people,
Allah pulls up both the contending religionists for going to either ex-tremes
as regards the personality of Christ.
the Jews made certain insinuations about the legitimacy of Jesus(PBUH)
and charged him of blasphemy by twisting his words. the Christians read
other meanings into his words; wrench words out of their context to make
the modern-day Christian - the hot-gospeller - the bible thumper - uses
harsher words and cruder approaches to win over a convert to his blasphemies.
(a) "either Jesus is god or a liar"
these are his words - words culled from Christian literature. since no
man of charity, Muslim or otherwise, can condemn Christ so harshly as the
Christian challenges him to do, perforce he must keep non-committal. he
thinks he must make a choice between one or the other of these silly extremes.
it does not occur to him that there is an alternative to this Christian
(b) "either Jesus is god or a lunatic"
(c) "either Jesus is god or an imposter"
is it not possible that Jesus is simply what he claimed to be- a prophet
like so many other prophets that passed away before him? even that he is
one of the greatest of them - a mighty miracle worker, a great spiritual
teacher and guide - the messiah! why only god or lunatic? is "lunacy" the
opposite of "divinity" in Christianity? what is the antonym of god? will
some clever Christian answer?
the quran lays bare the true position of Christ in a single verse ,it
(1) that he was the son of a woman, Mary, and therefore a man;
(2) but an apostle, a man with a mission from god, and therefore he
is entitled to honour;
(3) a word bestowed on Mary, for he was created by god's word "be"(kun),
and he was; see holy quran 3:59.
(4) a spirit proceeding from god, but not god: his life and mission
were more limited than in the case of some other apostles, though we must
pay equal honour to him as a man of god. the doctrines of trinity, equality
with god, and sonship, are repudiated as blasphemies. god is independent
of all needs and has no need of a son to manage his affairs. the gospel
of John (whoever wrote it) has put a great deal of Alexandrain Gnostic
mysticism round the doctrine of the word (Greek, Logos), but it is simply
explained here, and our Sufis work on this explanation." A. Yusuf Ali's
comment on verse 171 above.
reproduced below are verses 119 to 121 from Sura Maida (ch.5) depicting
the scene of judgement day, when Allah will question Jesus (PBUH) regarding
the misdirected zeal of his supposed followers in worshipping him and his
mother: and his response and behold! god will say:
"o Jesus the son of Mary! didst thou say unto men, worship me and
my mother as gods in derogation of god'?" he will say: "glory to thee!
never could I say what I had no right (to say). had I said such a thing,
thou wouldst indeed have known it. thou knowest what is in my heart, though
i know not what is in time. for thou knowest in full all that is hidden.
"never said I to them aught except what thou didst command me to
say, to wit, 'worship god, my lord and your lord'; and I was a witness
over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when thou didst take me up thou
wast the watcher over them, and thou art a witness to all things.
"if thou dost punish them, they are thy servants: if thou dost forgive
them, thou art the exalted in power, the wise." Holy quran 5:119-121
CLAIMED NO DIVINITY
if this is the statement of truth from the all-knowing, that"never did
I say to them anything other than what I was commanded to say,that is wor-ship
god, who is my lord and your lord", then how do the Christians jus-tify
there is not a single unequivocal statement throughout the bible, in
all its 66 volumes of the Protestant versions, or in the 73 volumes of
the roman catholic versions, where Jesus claims to be god or where he says
- 'worship me.' nowhere does he say that he and god almighty are one and
the same person.
the last phrase above - "one and the same person" tickles many a "hot-gospeller"
and "bible-thumper," not excluding the doctor of divinity and the professor
of theology. even the new converts to Christianity have memorized these
verses. they are programmed like zombies to rattle off verses, out of context,
upon which they can hang their faith. the words "are one" activates the
mind by association of memories. "yes", say the Trinitarians - the worshippers
of three gods in one god, and one god in three gods - "Jesus did claim
to be god!" where?
REVEREND AT THE TABLE
i had taken rev. Morris D. D. and his wife, to lunch at the "golden pea-cock".
while at the table, during the course of our mutual sharing of knowledge,
the opportunity arose to ask, "where?" and without a murmur he quoted,
"i and my father are one" - to imply that god and Jesus were one and the
same person. that Jesus here claims to be god. the verse quoted was well
known to me, but it was being quoted out of context. it did not carry the
meaning that the doctor was imaging, so I asked him, "what is the context?"
CHOKED ON "CONTEXT"
the reverend stopped eating and began staring at me. I said, "why? don't
you know the context?" - "you see, what you have quoted is the text, I
want to know the context, the text that goes with it, before or after."
here was an Englishman (Canadian), a paid-servant of the Presbyterian church,
a doctor of divinity, and it appeared that I was trying to teach him English.
of course he knew what "contest" meant. but like the rest o his compatriots,
he had not studied the sense in which Jesus(PBUH) had uttered the words.
in my forty years of experience, this test had been thrown at me hundred
of times, but not a single learned Christian had ever attempted to hazard
a guess as to its real meaning. they always start fumbling for their bibles.
The doctor did not have one with him. when they do start going for their
bibles, I stop them in their stride. "surely, you know what you are quoting?"
"surely, you know your bible?" after reading this, I hope some "born-again"
Christians will rectify this deficiency. but I doubt that m Muslim readers
will ever come across one in their lifetime who could give them the context.
WHAT IS THE CONTEXT?
it is unfair on the part of the reverend, having failed to provide the
context, then to ask me, "do you know the context?" "of course," I said.
"then, what is it?" asked my learned friend. I said, "that which you have
quoted is the text of John chapter 10, verse 30. to get at the context,
we have to begin from verse 23 which reads:
23 and Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
John, or whoever he was, who wrote his story, does not tell us the reason
for Jesus tempting the devil by walking alone in the lion's den. for we
do not expect the Jews to miss a golden opportunity to get even with Jesus.
perhaps, he was emboldened by the manner in which he had literally whipped
the Jews single-handed in the temple, and upset the tables of the money-changers
at the beginning of his ministry (John 2:15).
24 then came the Jews round about him. and said unto him, how long dost
thou make us to doubt? if thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
they surrounded him. brandishing their fingers in his face, they began
accusing him and provoking him; saying that he had not put forth his cl-aim
plainly enough, clearly enough. that he was talking ambiguously. the were
trying to work themselves into a frenzy to assault him. in fact,their real
complaint was that they did not like his method of preaching-his invectives,
the manner in which he condemned them for their formalism, their ceremonialism,
their going for the letter of the law and forgetting the spirit. but Jesus
could not afford to provoke them any further-there were too many and they
were itching for a fight.discretion is the better part of valour. in a
conciliatory spirit, befitting the occasion -
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you believed not:the
works that I do in my father's name, they bear witness of me.
that is to say , the miracles bear witness of my prophethood and of
me being the messiah .
26 but ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said
Jesus rebuts the false charge of his enemies that he was ambiguous in
his claims to being the messiah that they were waiting for. he says that
he did tell them clearly enough, yet they would not listen to him, but
27 my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 my father which gave them me, is greater than all, and no
man is able to pluck them out of my father's hand.
how can anyone be so blind as not to see the exactness of the ending
ofthe last two verses. but spiritual blinkers are more impervious than
physical defects. he is telling the Jews and recording for posterity, the
real unity or relationship between the father and the son. the most crucial
30 I and my father are one.
one in what? in their omniscience? in their nature? in their omnipotence
no! one in purpose! that once a believer has accepted faith, the messenger
sees to it that he remains in faith, and god almighty also sees to it that
he remains in faith. this is the purpose of the "father" and the "son"
and the "holy ghost" and of every man and every woman of faith. let the
same John explain his Gnostic mystic verbiage.
that they all may be one: as thou. father, art in me, and in thee, that
they also may be one in us...
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
perfect in one....
if Jesus is "one" with god, and if that "oneness" makes him god, then
the traitor Judas, and the doubting Thomas, and the satanic peter, plus
the other nine who deserted him when he was most in need are god(s),because
the same oneness which he claimed with god in John 10:30, now he claims
for all "who forsook him and fled"(mark 14:50) - all "ye of little faith"
(Matthew 8:26) - all "o faithless and perverse generation"(Luke 9:41) where
and when will the Christian blasphemy end? the expression "I and my father
are one," was very innocent, meaning nothing more than a common purpose
with god. but the Jews were looking for trouble and any excuse will not
do, therefore, -
31 the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, many good works have I shewed you from
my father for which of those works do you stone me?
33 the Jews answered him, saying, for a good work we stone thee
not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself
In verse 24 above the Jews falsely alleged that Jesus was talking ambiguously.
when that charge was ably refuted, they then accused him of blasphemy (Kufr)
which is like treason in the spiritual realm. so they say that Jesus is
claiming to be god - "I and my father are one". the Christians agree with
the Jews in this that Jesus (PBUH) did make such a claim; but, differ,
in that it was not blasphemy because the Christians say that he was god
and was entitled to own up to his divinity.
The Christians and the Jews are both agreed that the utterance is serious.
to one as an excuse for good "redemption", and to the other as an excuse
for good "riddance". between the two, let the poor Jesus die. But Jesus
refuses to co-operate in this dirty game, so -
34 Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, I said,
ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of god came, and
the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the father hath sanctified, and sent into
the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the son of god?
WHY "YOUR LAW"?
He is bit sarcastic in verse 34, but in any event, why does he say:
"your law"? is it not also his law? didn't he say: think not that I
am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am come not to destroy, but
to fulfill (the law). for verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth
pass away, one lot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till
all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)
"YE ARE GODS"
"ye are gods:" he is obviously quoting from the 82nd. psalm (verse 6) "i
have said, ye are gods: and all of you are, the children of the most high."
Jesus, continues, "if he (i.e. god almighty) called them gods, unto
whom the word of god came (meaning that the prophets of god were called
'GODS' and the scripture cannot be broken (in other words- you can't contradict
me!)." - Jesus knows his scripture; he speaks with authority; and he reasons
with his enemies that "if good men, holy men, prophets of god are being
addressed as "gods" in our books of authority, with which you find no fault
- then why do you take exception to me? - when the only claim I make for
myself is far inferior in our language, viz. "a son of god" as against
others being called "gods" by god himself. even if (Jesus) described myself
as "god" in our language, according to Hebrew usage, you could find no
fault with me." this is the plain reading of Christian scripture. I am
giving no interpretations of my own or some esoteric meaning to words!
Chapter 7 : "IN THE BEGINNING"
"where does Jesus say - "I am god," or "I am equal to god," or worship
me" I asked the D. D. from Canada, again.
reverend Morris took a deep breath and took another try. he quoted the
most oft-repeated verse of the Christian bible. - John 1:1.
"in the beginning was the word, and the word was with god and the word
was god." please note, these are not the words of Jesus. they are the words
of John (or whoever wrote them). acknowledged by every erudite Christian
scholar of the bible as being the words of another Jew, Philo of alexan-dria,
who had written them even before John and Jesus were born and Philo claimed
no divine inspiration for them. no matter what mystical meaning that Philo
had woven around these words (which our John has plagiarized) we will accept
them for what they are worth.
GREEK NOT HEBREW
since the manuscripts of the 27 books of the new testament are in Greek,
a Christian sect has produced its own version and has even changed the
name of this selection of 27 books to "Christian Greek scriptures"! I asked
the reverend whether he knew Greek? "yes," he said, he had studied Greek
for 5 years before qualification . I asked him what was the Greek word
for "god" the first time it occurs in the quotation - "and the word was
with god"? he kept staring, but didn't answer. so I said, the word was
HOTHEOS, which literally means "the god". since the European (including
the north American) has evolved a system of using capital letter to start
a proper noun and small letters for common nouns, we would ac-cept his
giving a capital "g" for god; in other words HOTHEOS is rendered "the god"
which in turn is rendered - god.
"now tell me, what is the Greek word for god in the second occurrence
in your quotation - "and the word was god"? the reverend still kept silent.
not that he did not know Greek, or that he had lied - but, he knew more
than that, the game was up. I said the word was TONTHEOS, which means "a
god". according to your own system of translating you aught to have spelt
this word God a second time with a small "g" i.e. god, and not God with
a ca-pital "G"; in other words TONTHEOS is rendered "a god". both of these,
"god" or "a god" are correct.
i told the reverend "but in 2 Corinthians 4:4 you have dishonestly reversed
your system by using a small "g" when spelling GOD - "(and the devil is)
the god of this world." the Greek word for "the god" is HOTHEOS the same
as in John 1:1. "why have you not been consistent in your transla-tion?"
"if Paul was inspired (?) to write hotheos - the God for the Devil, why
begrudge him that capital 'G'?"
and in the old testament, the lord said unto Moses,"see, I have made
thee a god to pharoah"(exodus 7:1). "why do you use a small "g" for "god"
when referring to Moses instead of a capital "g" as you do for a mere word
- 'word' - "and the word was god."?
"why do you do this? why do you play fast and loose with the word of
- god ?" I asked the reverend. he said, "i didn't do it." I said, "i know,
but I am talking about the vested interests of Christianity, who are hell
bent to deify Christ, by using capital letters here and small letters there,
to deceive the unwary masses who think that every letter, every comma and
full stop and the capital and small letters were dictated by god."
Chapter 8 : WHAT IS LEFT
It can hardly be expected in a small publication of this nature that one
can deal with all the references about Jesus(PBUH) interspersed through-out
the fifteen different chapters of the holy quran. what we can do is to
give a quick glance to the index page reproduced from the quran on page
7 of this book.
here we find three significant topics, not dealt with yet in our discussion:
(1) not crucified, iv. 157
Regarding the first topic, "not crucified", I wrote a full booklet titled
"Was the Christ Crucified ?" that deals exclusively with that subject as
regards the third topic mentioned above, prophesied Ahmed", you can refer
to my booklet titled " what the bible says about Muhammad"
(2) message and miracles, v. 113;xix. 30-33;
(3) prophesied Ahmed 1xi.6
THE WAY TO SALVATION
we are now left with topic no.2 - "message and miracles". the message of
Jesus (PBUH) was as simple and straight forward as that of all his predecessors
as well as that of his successor Muhammad (PBUH) namely "believe in god
and keep his commandments". for the god who inspired his messengers, is
an unvarying god and he is consistent: he is not the "author of confusion"
(1 Corinthian 14:33).
a law abiding Jew comes to Jesus seeking eternal life or salvation.
in the words of Matthew:
and behold, one came and said unto him, good master, what good thing
shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
and he said unto him, why callest thou me good? there is none good but
one, that is god: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Matthew 19:16-17 you will agree, that if you or I were that Jew, we would
infer from these words that, according to Jesus (PBUH), salvation was guaranteed
provided we kept the commandments without the shedding of any innocent
blood. unless, of course Jesus (PBUH) was speaking with tongue in cheek;
knowing full well that his own "forthcoming redemptive sacrifice", his
"vicarious atonement"(?!) for the sins of mankind, was not many days hence.
why would Jesus give him the "impossible" solution of keeping the law
(as the Christian alleges) when an easier way was in the offing? or did
he not know what was going to happen - that he was to be crucified? was
there not a contract between father and "son", before the worlds began,
for his redeeming blood to be shed(?!) had he lost his memory? no! there
was no such fairy tale agreement as far as Jesus was concerned. he knew
that there is only one way to god, and that is, as Jesus (PBUH) said, -
keep the commandments!
MIRACLES - WHAT THEY PROVE
regarding his miracles: the holy quran does not go into any detail about
blind Bartimus or about Lazarus or any other miracle, except that he (Jesus)
defended his mother as an infant in his mother's arms (ch. 4). the Muslim
has no hesitation about accepting the most wondrous of his miracles - even
that of reviving the dead. but that does not make Jesus a "god" or the
begotten "son of god" as understood by the Christian.
miracles do not prove even prophethood, or whether a man is true or
Jesus himself said:
for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.
if false prophets and false Christ can perform miraculous feats, then
these wonders or miracles do not prove even the genuineness or other-wise,
of a prophet.
John the Baptist, according to Jesus, was the greatest of the Israelite
prophets. greater than Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah and all, not excluding
himself: in his own words:-
verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath
not risen a greater than John the Baptist.. Matthew 11:11
(1) not excluding Jesus (PBUH):because, was he not born of a woman-Mary?
(2) the Baptist, greater than all, yet he performed not a single miracle!
miracles are no standards of judging truth and falsehood.
but in his childishness, the Christian insists that Jesus is god because
he gave life back to the dead. will reviving the dead make others god too?
this perplexes him, because he has mentally blocked himself fromthe miracles
of others who outshine Jesus in his own bible. for example, according to
his false standard:-
(a) Moses is greater than Jesus because he put life back into a dead
stick and transmuted it from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom by
making it into a serpent (exodus 7:10)
Need I illustrate to you a catalogue of miracles? but the sickness persists
- "it was god working miracles through his prophets but Jesus performed
them of his own power." where did Jesus (PBUH) get all his power from?
ask Jesus, and he will tell us:-
(b) Elisha is greater than Jesus because the rotten bones of Elisha
brought a man back to life merely by coming into contact with the corpse
(2 kings 13:21).
POWER NOT HIS OWN
....all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew
....i cast our devils by the spirit of god, then the kingdom of
come unto you. Matthew 12:28
i can of mine own self do nothing.... John 5:30
...i with the finger of god cast our devils.... Luke 11:20
the "power" as he says is not his. "it is given unto me". given by whom?
by god, of course! every action, every word he attributes to god.
but since so much is made of Jesus mightiest miracle of reviving Lazarus
from the dead, we will analyze the episode as recorded in John's gospel.
it is astonishing that none of the other gospel writers mention Lazarus
in any context. however, the story is that Lazarus was very stick, his
sisters Mary and Martha had made frantic calls for Jesus to come and cure
his sickness but he arrived too late, actually four days after his demise.
Mary wails to Jesus that had he arrived in time, perhaps her brother would
not have died; meaning that if he could heal other peoples' sick-ness,
why would he not have healed her brother, a dear friend of his. Jesus says
that "even now if ye have faith, ye shall see the glory of god." the condition
was that they should have faith. didn't he say that faith could move mountains?
he asks to be taken to the tomb. on the way, "he groaned in the spirit".
he was not mumbling; he was pouring out his heart and praying to god. but
while he sobbed so bitterly his words were not audible enough for people
around him to understand. hence the words "he groaned". on reaching the
grave, Jesus "groaned" again; perhaps, even more earnestly and god heard
his groaning (his prayer), and Jesus received the assurance that god will
fulfill his request. now,Jesus could rest assured and command that the
stone which was barring the tomb, be removed so that Lazarus could come
back from the dead. without that assurance from god, Jesus (PBUH) would
have made a fool of himself.
Mary thinks of the stink because her brother had been dead for four days
but Jesus was confident and the stone was removed. then he looked up to-wards
heaven and said:
"father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
what is all this, play-acting? why all the drama? because he know that
these superstitious and credulous people will misunderstand the source
of the miracle. they might take him for "god". giving life to the dead
is the prerogative of god alone. to make doubly sure, that his people do
not misunderstand, he speaks out loudly that the "groaning" was actually
his crying to god almighty for help. the prayer was incoherent as far as
the bystanders could discern, but the father in heaven had accepted his
prayer, viz. "thou hast heard me".
"and I knew that thou hearest me always: but
because of the people which stand by I said it, that
they may believe that thou hast sent me."
furthermore, he says, - "thou hearest me always"; in other words every
miracle wrought by him was an answer by god almighty to his prayer. the
Jews of his day understood the position well, and they "glorified god",
as Matthew tells us of another occasion when the Jews exclaimed "for giving
such power unto men" (matt. 9:8).
in fact, Jesus gives his reason for speaking loudly. he says, "that
they may believe that thou has sent me." one who is sent is a messenger,
and if he be sent by god, then he is a messenger of god i.e. rasul-ullah
- see chapter 6 of this booklet where Jesus is referred to as "rasul-ullah"
(messenger of Allah).
alas, this attempt by Jesus to prevent any misunderstanding, as to who
really performed the miracle, and that he was in fact only a messenger
of god, failed. Christians will not even accept the unambiguous disavo-wal
of Jesus, nor the testimony of peter, the "rock" upon which Jesus was supposed
to build his church. peter truly testified:
ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved
of god among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which god-did by him
in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know. acts 2:22
CASE NOT HOPELESS
this very same message is repeated by god almighty in the holy quran, following
the annunciation. in verse 49 of chapter 3, Allah makes it clear that every
sign or wonder that Jesus performed was.
"by Allah's leave," by god's permission. Jesus says so, peter says so
and god says so; but the stubborn controversialist will not listen: prejudice,
superstition and credulity die hard. our duty is simply to deliver the
message, loud and clear, the rest we leave to god. the case is not altogether
hopeless for Allah tells us in his holy book:
and among them * are some who have faith, but most of them are
perverted transgressors. Holy quran 3:10
*among them: meaning the Jews and the Christians there are two types of
people; the one group described as people of faith to whom this book is
addressed, and the other as rebellious transgressors. we must also find
ways and means of getting at them. our literature is eminently suited to
cater for all. read them and pass them around so it may be of use to some
who have faith .
as a conclusion I suggest to : open the holy quran ( I recommend having
one if you still don't have it) and read the verses discussed in this book.
then we can truly conclude:
such (was) Jesus the son of Mary : (it is) a statement of truth,
about which they (vainly) dispute.
it is not befitting to (the majesty of) god that he should beget
a son. glory be to him ! when he determines a matter, he only says to it,
"be", and it is.
verily god is my lord and your lord : him therefore serve ye : this
is a way that is straight. holy quran 19:34-36
IS JESUS REALLY GOD?
Without a doubt, you have often heard the claim that Jesus is God, the
second person in the "Holy Trinity." However, the very Bible which is used
as a basis for knowledge about Jesus and as the basis for doctrine within
Christianity clearly belies this claim. We urge you to consult your own
Bible and verify that the following conclusions are not drawn out of context:
1. GOD IS ALL KNOWING.....BUT JESUS WAS NOT
When speaking of the Day of Judgment, Jesus clearly gave evidence of a
limitation on his knowledge when he said, "But of that day and hour knoweth
no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the son, but the
Father." (Mark 13:32, and Matt. 24:36) But God knows all. His knowledge
is without any limitations. That Jesus, of his own admission, did not know
when the day of judgment would be, is clear proof that Jesus is not all-knowing,
and that Jesus is therefore not God.
2. GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL.....BUT JESUS WAS NOT
While Jesus performed many miracles, he himself admitted that the power
he had was not his own but was derived from God when he said, "Verily,
verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth
the Father do..." (John 5:19) Again he said, "I can of mine own self do
nothing: As I hear I judge, and my judgment is just because I seek not
mine own will but the will of the Father which has sent me." (John 5:30)
But God is not only All-Powerful, He is also the source of all power and
authority. That Jesus, of his own admission, could do nothing on his own
is clear proof that Jesus is not all-powerful, and that therefore Jesus
is not God.
3. GOD DOES NOT HAVE A GOD.....BUT JESUS DID HAVE A GOD
God is the ultimate judge and refuge for all, and He does not call upon
nor pray to any others. But Jesus acknowledged that there was One whom
he worshipped and to Whom he prayed when he said, "I ascend unto my Father
and your Father, and to my God and your God." (John 20:17) He is also reported
to have cried out while on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken
me?" (Matt. 27:46) If Jesus were God, then couldn't this be read, "Myself,
myself, why hast thou forsaken me?" Would that not be pure nonsense? When
Jesus prayed the Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:2-4), was he praying to himself?
When in the garden of Gethsemane he prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me: Nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt."
(Matt. 26:36-39) Was Jesus praying to himself? That Jesus, of his own admission
and by his own actions, acknowledged, worshipped, and prayed to another
being as God is clear proof that Jesus himself is not God.
4. ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE GOD IS AN INVISIBLE SPIRIT....
BUT JESUS WAS FLESH AND BLOOD
While thousands saw Jesus and heard his voice, Jesus himself said that
this could not be done with God when he said: "No man hath seen God at
any time." (John 1:18) "Ye have neither heard His voice at any time nor
seen His shape." (John 5:37) He also said in John 4:24: "God is a spirit
and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." That
Jesus would say that no one had seen or heard God at any time, while his
followers both saw and heard him, is clear proof that Jesus was not God.
5. NO ONE IS GREATER THAN GOD AND NO ONE CAN DIRECT HIM.... BUT
JESUS ACKNOWLEDGED SOMEONE GREATER THAN HIMSELF WHOSE
WILL WAS DISTINCT FROM HIS OWN
Perhaps the clearest indication we have that Jesus and God are not equal,
and therefore not one and the same, come again from the mouth of Jesus
himself who said in John 14:28: "My Father is greater than I." When someone
referred to him as good master in Luke 18:19, Jesus responded: "Why callest
thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God..." Furthermore,
Jesus drew clear distinctions between himself and God when he said, "I
proceeded forth and came from God, neither came I of myself but He sent
me." (John 8:42) Jesus gave clear evidence of his subordination to God,
rather than his equality with God, when he said in Luke 22:42, "not my
will but Thine be done" and in John 5:30, "I seek not mine own will but
the will of the Father which has sent me." That Jesus would admit that
he did not come into the world on his own initiative but was directed to
do so, that he would acknowledge another being as greater than himself,
and that he would negate his own will in deference to affirming the will
of another, give clear proof that Jesus is not the Supreme One and therefore
Jesus is not God.
WHAT IS THE WORD OF GOD ABOUT JESUS:
A. REGARDING THE SONSHIP OF JESUS:
"That is Jesus, son of Mary, in word of truth, concerning which they are
doubting. It is not for God to take a son unto Him. Glory be to Him! When
He decrees a thing, He but says to it 'Be', and it is." (Qur'an 19:34,
"And they say, 'the All-Merciful has taken unto Himself a son.'
You have indeed advanced something hideous. The heavens are well nigh rent
of it and the earth split asunder, and the mountains well nigh fall down
crashing for that they have attributed to the All-Merciful a son; and it
behooves not the All-Merciful to take a son. None is there in the heavens
and earth but he comes to the All-Merciful as a servant." (Qur'an 19:88-93)
"Truly the likeness of Jesus, in God's sight, is as Adam's likeness;
He created him of dust, then said He unto him, 'Be', and he was." (Qur'an
"People of the Book, go not beyond the bounds in your religion,
and say not as to God but the Truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was
only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and
a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, 'Three.'
Refrain; better is it for you. God is only One God. Glory be to Him - that
He should have a son! To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in
the earth; God suffices for a guardian." (Qur'an 4:171)
B. REGARDING JESUS BEING GOD:
"And when God said, 'O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say unto men, "Take
me and my mother as gods, apart from God?"' He said, 'To You be glory!
It is not mine to say what I have no right to. If I indeed said it, You
knew it, knowing what is within my soul, and I do not know what is within
Your soul; You know the things unseen. I only said to them what You did
command me: "Serve God, my Lord and your Lord." And I was a witness over
them, while I remained among them; but when You did take me to Yourself
the Watcher over them; You are the witness of everything.'" (Qur'an 5:116,
C. REGARDING CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS
"And for their unbelief, and their uttering against Mary a mighty calumny,
and for their saying, 'We slew the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger
of God'...yet they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness
of that was shown to them. Those who are at variance concerning him surely
are in doubt regarding him, they have no knowledge of him, except the following
of surmise; and they did not slay him of certainty...no indeed; God raised
him up to Him; God is Almighty, All-Wise. There is not one of the People
of the Book but will assuredly believe in him before his death, and on
the Resurrection Day, he will be a witness against them." (Qur'an 4:156-159)