(3) Biblical Prophecies on the Advent of Muhammad (pbuh), the Prophet of Islam
The Biblical prophecies on the advent of the Prophet Muhammad are evidence of the truth of Islam for people who believe in the Bible.
In Deuteronomy 18, Moses stated that God told him: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).1
From these verses we conclude that the prophet in this prophecy must have the following three characteristics:
1) That he will be like Moses.
2) That he will come from the brothers of the Israelites, i.e. the Ishmaelites.
3) That God will put His words in to the mouth of this prophet and that he will declare what God commands him.
Let us examine these three characteristics in more depth:
1) A prophet like Moses:
There were hardly any two prophets who were so much alike as Moses and Muhammad . Both were given a comprehensive law and code of life. Both encountered their enemies and were victorious in miraculous ways. Both were accepted as prophets and statesmen. Both migrated following conspiracies to assassinate them. Analogies between Moses and Jesus overlook not only the above similarities but other crucial ones as well. These include the natural birth, the family life, and death of Moses and Muhammad but not of Jesus. Moreover Jesus was regarded by his followers as the Son of God and not exclusively as a prophet of God, as Moses and Muhammad were and as Muslims believe Jesus was. So, this prophecy refers to the Prophet Muhammad and not to Jesus, because Muhammad is more like Moses than Jesus.
Also, one notices from the Gospel of John that the Jews were waiting for the fulfillment of three distinct prophecies. The first was the coming of Christ. The second was the coming of Elijah. The third was the coming of the Prophet. This is obvious from the three questions that were posed to John the Baptist: “Now this was John’s testimony, when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” (John 1:19-21). If we look in a Bible with cross-references, we will find in the marginal notes where the words “the Prophet” occur in John 1:21, that these words refer to the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18:18.2 We conclude from this that Jesus Christ is not the prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18.
2) From the brothers of the Israelites:
Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 21). Ishmael became the grandfather of the Arab nation, and Isaac became the grandfather of the Jewish nation. The prophet spoken of was not to come from among the Jews themselves, but from among their brothers, i.e. the Ishmaelites. Muhammad , a descendant of Ishmael, is indeed this prophet.
Also, Isaiah 42:1-13 speaks of the servant of God, His “chosen one” and “messenger” who will bring down a law. “He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:4). Verse 11, connects that awaited one with the descendants of Kedar. Who is Kedar? According to Genesis 25:13, Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, the ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad .
3) God will put His words in the mouth of this prophet:
The words of God (the Holy Quran) were truly put into Muhammad’s mouth. God sent the Angel Gabriel to teach Muhammad the exact words of God (the Holy Quran) and asked him to dictate them to the people as he heard them. The words are therefore not his own. They did not come from his own thoughts, but were put into his mouth by the Angel Gabriel. During the life time of Muhammad , and under his supervision, these words were then memorized and written by his companions.
Also, this prophecy in Deuteronomy mentioned that this prophet will speak the words of God in the name of God. If we looked to the Holy Quran, we will find that all its chapters, except Chapter 9, are preceded or begin with the phrase, “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”
Another indication (other than the prophecy in Deuteronomy) is that Isaiah ties the messenger connected with Kedar with a new song (a scripture in a new language) to be sung to the Lord (Isaiah 42:10-11). This is mentioned more clearly in the prophecy of Isaiah: “and another tongue, will he speak to this people” (Isaiah 28:11 KJV). Another related point, is that the Quran was revealed in sections over a span of twenty-three years. It is interesting to compare this with Isaiah 28 which speaks of the same thing, “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there.” (Isaiah 28:10).
Note that God has said in the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18, “If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.” (Deuteronomy, 18:19). This means that whoever believes in the Bible must believe in what this prophet says, and this prophet is the Prophet Muhammad .
(1) All of the verses on this page have been taken from The NIV Study Bible, New International Version, except where noted as being KJV which means King James Version.
(2) See the marginal notes in The NIV Study Bible, New International Version on verse 1:21, p. 1594.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE GRACIOUS, THE MERCIFUL!
THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE HELPER (COMFORTER), THE SPIRIT (OF TRUTH)
Without any intention to give unreasonable attention to Guidance, I think we still have to keep our fingers crossed for it. We must be hopeful that Allah will surely guide us if we accept Guidance. We therefore urge non-Muslims to come to terms with us about the personhood and Messengership of the Helper, The Prophet (pbuh).
There is growing evidence that the two terms “Holy Spirit” and “Helper” are antonymous. While the Holy Spirit is Angel Gabriel, the Helper is Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Nevertheless, the “Helper” and the “Spirit,” not the Holy Spirit nor the “Holy Ghost,” are Synonymous, according to the Bible.
Because the Bible supports that the Helper, The Prophet (pbuh), and the Spirit are one and the same, it goes without saying that The Prophet (pbuh) is a human Spirit (Spirit of Truth or a specially created soul of Allah’s well-chosen one) or a human Messenger; while Gabriel, the Holy Spirit, is an angel Spirit (immaterial spirit) or an Angel Messenger of the “Father,” the Creator.
It is worth noting that Allah sends both angles and humans as Messengers. The Holy Qur-an has confirmed: “Allah chooses Messengers from angels and from men…” Q. 22:75
Angel Gabriel is often referred to as Ruh-ul Quddus (the Holy Spirit) or Ruh-ul Amin (the Trust-worthy Spirit); and Muhammad (pbuh) is otherwise known as the Holy Prophet or Rassul-ul Amin (the Trust-worthy Messenger). Thus both are Holy and Trust-worthy Messengers of Allah.
This clearly points out that since the Holy Spirit is an angle, the Helper is a human being.
We need to state clearly that the relationship between human Messengers and the Holy Spirit more often than not centres around Message and Support. The Holy Qur-an has indeed given certainty to the foregoing reality:
“…And We gave Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), clear signs and supported him with Ruh-ul Qudus [Jibrael (Gabriel—AS) ]…” Q. 2:87
“Say (O Muhammad—pbuh): ‘Whoever is an enemy to Jibrael (Gabriel) (let him die in his fury), for indeed he has brought it (…Qur-an) down to your heart by Allah’s Permission, confirming what came before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and guidance and glad tidings for the believers.’ ” Q. 2:97
SOME BIBLICAL QUOTATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE PERSONHOOD AND MESSENGERSHIP OF THE HELPER (MUHAMMAD—PBUH)
Considering the nature of the controversy surrounding the personhood or otherwise of the Helper or Comforter, it has become necessary to add a further dimension to our discussion. So let’s now try to examine the following Biblical Quotations and then make some deductions from them.
THE FIRST BIBLICAL QUOTATION
It is stated in the Good News Bible: “The Helper will come—the Spirit, Who reveals the true about God and who comes from the Father…and he will speak about me.” John 15:26
For one thing, we can deduce that the Helper is the same as the Spirit, not the Holy Spirit nor the “Holy Ghost.” This clearly indicates that a human can be referred to as a Spirit—specially created soul, being sent by Allah. So obviously, the Helper is a human being. For instance, “…The Messiah Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, (“Be”!-and he was) which he bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a Spirit (Ruh) created by Him…” Q. 4:171
“So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him (Adam) the soul which I created for him, then fall (you) down prostrating yourselves to him.” Q. 15:29
Secondly, it can be deduced that the Helper, The Prophet (pbuh), revealed the Truth about the Creator, Allah. He actually brought to light the most basic facts about the Oneness of Allah and His Nature. For example, “Say (O Muhammad—pbuh): ‘He is Allah, (the) One. Allah–us-Samad (…) [Allah the Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, (He neither eats nor drinks)]. He begets not, nor was He begotten. And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.’ ” Q.112:1-4
“Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to b e worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him…His kursi extends over the Heavens and the Earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.” Q. 2:255
Further, no one can deny that the Helper, Muhammad (Pbuh), did speak about Jesus, the Messiah. For example, the Nineteenth Chapter of the Qur-an is referred to as the Chapter of Mary. This Chapter and several Verses in other Chapters of the Qur-an have revealed the story of Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ. They usually throw light on the birth, childhood, adulthood, miracles, Messengership, notional Crucifixion, death, and resurrection, as well as departure from this world of the Messiah, not forgetting his Second Coming. It is connected:
“Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: ‘O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Farriyy (a Mighty thing). O sister (i.e. the like) of Harun (Aaron)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor your mother was an unchaste woman.’ Then she pointed to him. They said: ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’ He [Isa (Jesus)] said: ‘Verily, I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the scripture and made me a Prophet. And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live. And dutiful to my mother and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salam (Peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive.’ Such is Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute).’ ” Q. 19:27-34
Indeed, the Messiah was born miraculously; he was lifted up extraordinarily; he shall come back and taste death for the first time, not for the second time because he didn’t die in the first instance; and then he will be resurrected for the first time, not for the second time because he didn’t die; therefore, he is still alive.
THE SECOND BIBLICAL QUOTATION
Let’s now make some deductions from the following Scriptural Statement in respect of the personhood of the Helper, Muhammad (pbuh): Jesus said, “I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear. When, however, the Spirit comes who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come.’’ John 16:12-13
From the foregoing Scriptural Words, it is unarguable that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the Helper and, for that reason, we completely disagree that he spoke of his own accord. He actually received the Revelation from the Holy Spirit and then conveyed it to mankind; he was inspired. Allah insists: “…Say (O Muhammad—pbuh): ‘It is not for me to change it on my own accord; I only follow that which is revealed unto me. Verily, I fear the torment of the Great Day (i.e. the Day of (Resurrection) if I were to disobey my Lord.’ ” Q. 10:15
“Say (O Muhammad—pbuh): ‘Whoever is an enemy to Jibrael (Gabriel) (let him die in his fury), for indeed he has brought it (the Qur-an) down to your heart by Allah’s Permission, confirming what came before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and guidance and glad tidings for the believers.’ ” Q. 2:97
Really, Jesus’ Helper or Successor heard and then spoke the Prophesied Message. And the phrase “will tell you of things to come” suggested that the Messiah’s Successor was a genius at the art of prophecy. The Successor—the Helper, Muhammad (pbuh), did indeed make a lot of prophecies including the Second Coming of the Messiah, the Anointed One.
THE THIRD BIBLICAL QUOTATION
It is evident from the following Biblical Verse that the Helper was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “But I am telling you the truth: it is better for you that I go away because if I do not go the Helper will not come to you…” John 16: 7
In fact, if Jesus Christ had not gone to his Lord, the Helper or Successor wouldn’t have been sent by Allah. So we could say in no uncertain terms that the Holy Spirit was not the one referred to here, since he was with Christ during those particular moments.
The most important thing to remember is that Allah never sent the Holy Spirit to (all) mankind, but He did send him to a human Messenger; he in turn proclaimed the Message to mankind. Therefore, the Comforter, Muhammad (pbuh), was sent to mankind to help accomplish the uncompleted task of the Messiah, hence the name—the Helper. He was however supported by the Holy Spirit, Angel Gabriel.
THE FOURTH BIBLICAL QUOTATION
The following scriptural Statements have further lent credence to the personhood and universal Messengership or Prophethood of the Helper, Muhammad (pbuh): “And when he comes, he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin and about what is right…They are wrong about sin, because they do not believe in me; they are wrong about what is right, because I am going to the father and you will not see me any more…” John 16:8-11
Once again, we need to draw some conclusions from the preceding facts. Firstly, it is obvious that the Helper, the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (pbuh), came and proved to mankind that they were wrong about sin because they did not believe in Jesus Christ as a spirit, human Messenger of Allah: “And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him [Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being]….And on the Day of Resurrection, he [Isa (Jesus) will be a witness against them.” Q. 4:159
The Bible has buttressed this point: Jesus answered: “….And you will die in your sins if you do not believe that ‘I Am Who I Am.’ ‘Who are you?’ They asked him. Jesus answered; ‘What I have told you from the very beginning. I have much to say about you, much to condemn you for. The one who sent me, however, is truthful, and I tell the world only what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that Jesus was talking to them about the Father. So he said to them, ‘…you will know that I do nothing on my own authority, but I say only what the Father has instructed me to say. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.’ ” John 8:23-29
From the above-mentioned, we can conclude by saying that the one who was sent was the bearer of the Message or the Servant or Messenger of the One Who sent him—and that is Allah, the Creator.
No doubt, such misrepresentation was the work of Trojan horses Jesus Christ was contemporary with.
Notwithstanding this, most, if not all, Christians worship Jesus Christ, a creature, instead of the “Father,” the Creator. They believe in and then invoke or pray to him. To demonstrate this, they often kneel down in front of his picture or statue, mention his name, and then make their request. It is confirmed:“…together with people everywhere who worship our Lord Jesus, their Lord and ours.” I Corinthians 1:2
What a misdirected act of invocation!
But John said something to the contrary: “Then I saw another angel flying high in the air…He said in a loud voice, ‘Honour God and praise his greatness!…Worship him who made heaven, earth, sea, and the springs of water!’ ” Revelation 15:6-7
Which Way? Is the Creator the Messiah or the “Father”? Here is the answer: “…Yet there is for us only one God, the Father, who is the Creator of all things…” 1 Corinthians 8:6
Such are indeed wrong about the greatest sin against Allah the Almighty; and that is False Worship, which renders all their deeds unacceptable, according to the Creator.
All those who have resorted to this act of Impiety hate Jesus Christ, but they pretend that they love Him. They hate what he loves (the Truth—Monotheism, moral honesty and decency) and love what he hates (falsehood—polytheism, moral dishonesty and indecency).
Truly, such individuals are not real followers of Christ because they condone impious miracles (Spiritual Healing, Coptic Exorcism, etc.), premarital and extramarital sex, prostitution, alcoholism, and pornography or indecent exposure, among other things. What a blatant deviation!
Secondly, the Helper came and proved to mankind that they were wrong about what is right because Jesus Christ was not crucified; his adversaries did not kill him; he did not die. Instead, his Lord lifted him up, so his contemporaries couldn’t see him again ever since He left them. Allah the Almighty has put nonconformists right on Jesus Christ’s notional crucifixion:
“And because of their saying (in boast), ‘We killed Messiah Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allah,’—but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Isa (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. Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)]. But Allah raised him [Isa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he—A.S. is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise.” Q. 4:157-158
“And they (disbelievers) plotted [to kill Isa (Jesus) A.S], and Allah plotted too. And Allah is the Best of those who plot. And (remember) when Allah said: ‘O Isa (Jesus)! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear you [of the forged statement that Isa (Jesus) is Allah’s son] of those who disbelieve…” Q. 3:54-55
It is further stated:
And (remember) when Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection): “O’ Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: ‘worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?’ He will say: ‘Glory is to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it…And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them…’ ” Q. 5:116-117
Quite frankly, and in order not to escape from reality, we need to ask ourselves this mind-boggling question: Did Enoch die before he was lifted up? Of course no! Prophet Idris (Enoch)—pbuh— didn’t taste death, so he was not resurrected. And since Enoch had not tasted death before he was lifted up, it stands to reason that the Son of man’s Ascension to Heaven was not preceded by death and resurrection; and indeed, lifting him up is not resurrection, let’s bear it in mind. It is proclaimed: “And mention in the Book (the Qur-an) Idris (Enoch). Verily, he was a man of truth, (and) a Prophet. And We raised him to a high station.” Q. 19:56-57
The Prophet’s Ascension to Heaven via the two Sacred Mosques has further lent credence to the foregoing argument; he didn’t die before he was lifted up: “Glorified (and Exalted) is He (Allah) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave (Muhammad—pbuh) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid al-Haram (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem)…in order that We might show him (Muhammad-pbuh) of Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, Signs, etc…” Q. 17:1
The most important consideration here is that someone was crucified, giving rise to the notional crucifixion of the Messiah, the Anointed One.
Indeed, the Messiah never told the disciples about his “death”; neither did he tell them about it in the strictest confidence. Such assertion was actually based on the crucifixion of another man—Yahuza or Barabbas.
We really have to remember and consider this, for Jesus Christ said, “…I have never said anything in secret.” John 18:19-21
Let’s not confuse sound reasoning with twisted reality; the following Biblical Statement which has been attributed to the Messiah could be equally uttered by any ordinary person found in such a circumstance of being crucified: “At three O’ clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?—‘My God, my God, why did you abandon me?’ ” Mark 15:34
In contrast, “…And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.’ ” John 8:23-29
We need to further counter our opponents’ claim that the son of Mary was arrested, tried, and therefore crucified by pointing out that his (Jesus’) resemblance was put on Yahuza, the commanding officer of the Roman soldiers who went to arrest him (Jesus) and he (Yahuza) was crucified. This indicates that Jesus Christ was miraculously lifted up during his alleged arrest, as it is strongly believed.
In all seriousness, considering the time of the “arrest” (night—darkness) and the enormity of the crowd (a large crowd—Judas, a group of Roman soldiers with their commanding officer, and the Temple guards, according to the Bible; as well as Allah’s own Plan (change of resemblance)—from Islamic standpoint, we can say in no uncertain terms that the crowd was eluded by the circumstances.
In a more serious level, the Messiah submitted to his Lord immediately before his alleged arrest, by prostrating himself in His Presence. He prayed to the “Father,” being prostrate on the ground. The Bible states, “He went a little farther on, threw himself face downwards on the ground, and prayed…’ ” Matthew 26:39
Even though Mark reported that Jesus Christ knelt down and prayed, it holds good that he did in fact prostrate because prostration is usually preceded by kneeling down.
It is worth pointing up that even if Jesus Christ was arrested and tried, as the Bible says, he was not crucified. The following Biblical Statements are connotations of his possible release or notional crucifixion: “So when the crowd gathered, Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to set free? Jesus Barabbas or Jesus called the Messiah.’ ” Matthew 27:17
“While Pilate was sitting in the judgment hall, his wife sent him a message: ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, because in a dream last night I suffered much on account of him.’ ” Matthew 27:19
But Pilate asked, “What crime has he committed.” Matthew 27:23
According to the Bible, when Jesus was arrested and taken to the High priest for trial, he said, “…But I tell all of you: from this time on you will see the Son of man sitting on the right of the Almighty…” Matthew 27:64
Reasoning from the foregoing Biblical account, one is not far from being right to say that the change of resemblance occurred during or immediately before the trial; “JM’s” resemblance was put on “JB,” and “JB’s” on “JM”—the Messiah was mistaken for Barabbas; while the former was released, the latter was crucified. Logically therefore, Jesus the Messiah was lifted up after he had been released, in my judgment based on the Biblical Account.
So in all probability, that was the moment of Divine Intervention (Miraculous Departure). And as long as that remains true, we can conclusively assert that the Messiah’s crucifixion has faded into the background.
Here, the self-same question is this: Did the crowd know the whereabouts of the supposedly released Jesus Barabbas “JB,” not Barnabass, after that incident?
Well, and certainly, we can’t allow the Messiah’s alleged resurrection to go unchallenged. In fact, he was not crucified; he did not die; and truly, he was not buried. Therefore, he was not resurrected from the dead. It is proclaimed: Again Jesus said to them, “I will go away; you will look for me, but you will die in you sins. You cannot go where I am going.” John 8:21
“…you are wrong about what is right, because I am going to the Father and you will not see me any more…” John 16:5-15
Interestingly, Mary Magdalene looked for Jesus and supposedly saw him. She and others who alleged to have seen Jesus were at the receiving end of such twisted truth; they really suffered because of such a fairy tale of looking for and then finding the Messiah.
Suffice it to say that because Mary Magdalene was exorcised of seven demons, her seeing two angels and Jesus Christ after his Miraculous Journey to Heaven was no more than hallucination or yet another Satan’s calculated deception, optical illusion. Moreover, for those who purported to have seen Jesus after Mary Magdalene had narrated her story, with all due respect, I must say, they hadn’t got a leg to stand on.
That was indeed the aftermath of the Messiah’s Mission on earth and therefore a serious distortion of the truth. We must really remember and consider it, mustn’t we?
Now, let’s measure the aforementioned citations (John 8:21 and John 16:5-15) against the following statement of Mark to see whether we are supporting a lost cause or not: “After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and told his companions. They were mourning and crying; and when they heard her say that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe her.” Mark 16:9-11
As a matter of fact, if the Messiah had really informed his companions about his resurrection, they wouldn’t have doubted Mary Magdalene when she reported that she saw the “resurrected body.” They didn’t believe her in that, did they? Need I say more?
At this point, I think we need to take a long, hard look at the following Biblical statements in respect of the whereabouts of the crucified man’s corpse: “Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went…and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” John 20:1-2
“…The chief priests met with the elders and made their plan; they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers and said, ‘You are to say that his disciples came during the night and stole his body while you were asleep…” Matthew 28:11-15
Let’s not dispute the Truth; even though the whereabouts of the crucified man’s corpse was unknown, the circumstances that led to its disappearance clearly pointed out that it was a product of twisted minds. That is, the stone being taken away from the entrance and the misrepresentation ”You are to say that his disciples came during the night and stole his body while you were asleep…” suggested that the guards were actually bribed so that the corpse of that man could be taken away, giving rise to the Messiah’s notional resurrection. That was a calculated deception.
We must reiterate that the Messiah’s departure from this world was not preceded by dearth. It is further proclaimed: Jesus said, “I shall be with you a little while longer… (When others left for home, Jesus set off for Mount of Olives and then returned to the Temple early the following morning; he was not arrested; John 8:1-2 and 20.)…and then I shall go away to him who sent me…(The “Father” lifted him up to Himself.)…You will look for me but will not find me, because you cannot go where I will be. (Interestingly, Mary Magdalene looked for Jesus and supposedly saw him—Matthew: 28:9-10).” John 7:32-34
It is obvious that Jesus Christ went away to the “Father,” and that the people actually looked for him. But what is beyond obvious is whether they saw him or not; whether “…you will not see me any more” or “you will see me again and again.”
Again, what is beyond obvious is whether the Messiah’s going to the “Father” meant dying before being lifted up or not.
If the above citation is synonymous with death, then Jesus’ generation also died; and indeed, they went where he had gone, thus rendering that statement false. Otherwise, they couldn’t go where he had gone; that is, the Right Side of the Almighty, thus proving the preceding statement true. And as long as that holds good, certainly, the Son of man’s going to his Lord was not preceded by death, was it?
I hope Jesus’ contemporaries were not lifted up by the “Father,” were they?
Indeed, lifting him up, not crucifying or killing or resurrecting him, is what is right. It is emphasised, “…they are wrong about what is right, because I am going to the father and you will not see me any more…” John 16:8-11
“…And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them…” Q. 5:116-117
Rationally, even if Jesus Christ were the victim of the Crucifixion, he would not like to see himself nailed on the Cross, almost naked, with blood besmeared on his body, and with a thorny crown on his head. In fact, the Messiah himself will break the Cross and kill the swine during his Second Coming, according to The Prophet (pbuh).
And so, if I were a Christian, I would hate the Cross rather than love or wear it, consigning it to oblivion.
Truly, a mere thought of the Messiah’s speculative crucifixion, burial, and resurrection conjures up visions of spirits. Such is a manifest deviation and a calculated deception, indeed.
I suppose this argument hasn’t thrown us off balance, has it?
All the evidence points the way to increased awareness about the Devil’s calculated deception. Of course, with the advent of the Helper, Muhammad (pbuh), and his Message of Monotheism, many have accepted the force of logic in the Book of Allah. In effect, they have been convinced by the reasonable arguments in the Holy Qur-an that Guidance is worth accepting.
It is reasonable to believe that The Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh), proved himself to be the eagerly awaited Helper or Comforter.
It is therefore imperative that non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians, come to terms with us about the Messengership and personhood of the prophesied Helper, Muhammad (pbuh). It is connected: “O you who believe [in Musah (Moses) (i.e. Jews) and Isa (Jesus) (i.e. Christians)]! Fear Allah, and believe in His Messenger (Muhammad—pbuh), He will give you a double portion of His Mercy, and He will give you a light by which you shall walk (straight). And He will forgive you. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Q. 57:28
The controversy surrounding the personhood and universal Messengership of the Helper warrants explicit reiteration, so let’s proceed with the promise of the Holy Spirit. It is stated: “…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the spirit who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and he is in you.” John 14:15-17
Logically, since the Messiah was Moses’ Helper and a human being like his predecessor, his Helper—“another Helper” would be another human being like him. As a matter of fact, the same spirit, the Holy Spirit or “Ruh-ul Quddus” (Angel Gabrael), was the Messiah’s Helper and The Prophet’s as well. (See Q. 2:87 and 2:97) So certainly, the same spirit (the Holy Spirit) that aided Jesus Christ could not in any way be sent as yet another Helper.
“The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and he is in you” ?
Of course, if the Holy Spirit would stay with Jesus’ disciples or contemporaries but could not be received, seen, or known by others, then how could the spirit who remained with, was known and seen by them be sent to them again? Or could the world that neither saw nor knew the Holy Spirit and was therefore unable to receive him now see, know, and then receive him? Need I say more?
Well, to put it in a nutshell, the uncertainty about the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as about the personhood and universal Messengership of the Helper or about the Helper and the Holy Spirit has faded into the background. This is no longer shrouded in mystery.
I think we have had enough of that, haven’t we? So let’s not escape from reality; mankind needs to return to the only and only True Faith of Islam—the Original, Monotheistic Faith of Abraham, Moses, Jesus (pbut) et al.—The more the merrier!
MLD, Sense of Islam