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The return of Jesus Christ

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Dear Burhan,

Thank you very much for your answer. It is very clear to me - I have always agreed with this view point.


Trinity is a Human concept. I have yet to find Trinity spelled out in either the Old or New Testaments. Early Christians used Trinity - Mind (The Father), Body (Christ - the Son) and Soul (the Holy Spirit) - to explain that our Minds, Bodies and Souls must be pure so that we can enter Paradise. It was used as a symbol to explain to the illeterate masses a concept that they could relate to. It was never intended as the literal truth.

 

Jesus re-affirmed all the Commandements revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai.
There is a wonderful story in the New Testament that illustrates this point: Jesus wrote the 10 commandments in the sand  as a crowd were about to stone a woman accused of adultury. The crowd asked Jesus if stoning the woman was the right course of action. Jesus replied: "Let he among you with no sin cast the first stone".


By the way, this was the only documented instance in the New Testament where Jesus wrote. The point Jesus made was that the commandments were not to be followed just literally but as a way of life which involved Mind-Body and Soul...

 

In another instance he said that if we would completely follow the first 2 commandments, we would see ourselves following all of them...
The first Commandment affirms that there is only ONE God. (Where's the Trinity?)
The second Commandment affirms that "we must never bow to idols or images"
There is a story where a Rich man asks "Rabbi, what must I do to enter Paradise?". Jesus replies: "Go and sell all you belongings, distribute your wealth to the poor and come follow me". The man goes away in disaray. Jesus says: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Paradise". The point being (the 2nd Commandment) that Man cannot server two masters God and Money.


Personaly, I am convinced that the Cathololic church introduced many falsehoods into Christianity as a means to reach and retain Power over many Kingdoms and their illiterate masses. The proof is in their actions - just count the crimes they have commited in the name of God over the centuries.


By the way, according to the ancient History books, the expression "Lord" is a Roman concept. During the time of Christ, Rome was the ultimate power and Roman Emperor "Ceasar" was called Lord, because according to Roman Law he was God's representative on Earth...


Thank you once again for your reply.

Question to you: Will Jesus return at the end of Time according to the Quran Al Kareem?

I do miss our discussions...


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The return of Jesus Christ

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Dear Brother,

 

I have want to make a few comments on your notes, before I answer your main question in detailso please bear with me; because the similarities in the words of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) and the Message brought by Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) are strikingly similar! And our belief is, why should it not be: Both of them (peace be upon them both) were indeed sent by the Merciful Lord as His Messengers to mankind.

 

Your Comment: Jesus re-affirmed all the Commandements revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Dear Brother, please read below the verses of the Holy Quran confirming what you have just stated and beyond! Jesus came to re-affirm what was intact of the Law of Moses, which the believers of Moses had changed over time after the death of Moses; and in the same sequence, Allah sent Mohamed to confirm the Scripture (Gospel) that was Revealed in Truth to Jesus, which the believers of Jesus had changed over time after his being raised to the Heavens.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 47-48:

44 Indeed, We sent down the Torah (to Moses) wherein was Guidance and Light: thereby all the Prophets who had (indeed) submitted their will (to Allah), by its (Torahs) standard judged the cases of the Jews. Likewise the Rabbis and the Doctors of the Law (based their judgements on it), for they were made the guardians of the Book of Allah, and witnesses to it. So, (O Jews), do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not sell My Revelations for paltry worldly gains! Those who do not judge by the Law which Allah has sent down, are indeed the disbelievers.

45 We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath Revealed, they are (no better than the) wrong-doers.

46 And in their footsteps, We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was Guidance, and Light, and Confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a Guidance and an Admonition to those who fear Allah.

47 Let the people of the Gospel Judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel.

48 To thee (O Mohamed) We sent the Scripture in Truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety; so judge between them by what Allah hath Revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you, have We prescribed a Law, and an Open Way. If Allah had so willed He would have made you a single people but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute.

 

The Jews were cursed in the Gospel by Allah after they refused to accept Jesus as a Prophet from God; and similarly the Christians (and the Jews) were condemned in the Quran because they refused to accept Mohamed as a Prophet from the same One God!

 

In effect, the Christians did to Mohamed exactly what the Jews did to Jesus Christ; they dis-believed in the appointment of successive Prophethood by God!

 

Your Statement: In another instance he said that if we would completely follow the first 2 commandments, we would see ourselves following all of them... The first Commandment affirms that there is only ONE God. (Where's the Trinity?) The second Commandment affirms that "we must never bow to idols or images"

The same exact theme was brought and taught by Prophet Mohamed (saws); and it was made the testification of Faith for all muslims: Laa ilaaha illallaah (There is no god, but Allah!)

 

And the same spirit of the term that Jesus (and all the other Prophets of God) declared was also taught by Mohamed (saws): that if you believe, follow, obey, and worship the One True God Alone, and dont commit shirk (associating other gods with God) you will attain Salvation.

 

Allah says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa Verse 48:Shirk (associating other deities with Allah) is the only sin that Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this. For whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie, and commits the most heinous sin

 

Your Statement: Jesus says: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Paradise"

Just compare the words of Jesus Christ with what Allah says in the Glorious Quran; and honestly tell me: are these both not the Radiance from the same Light?

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 40: To those who reject Our Revelations, and treat them with Arrogance, no opening will there be of the Gates of Heaven, nor will they enter Paradise, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle (meaning it would be impossible)! Such is Our reward for those in sin.


 

Just see for yourself what the Merciful Lord says in the Quran about those who truly believe in Jesus Christ (a.s.), and their relationship with the muslims! And compare the difference of how Allah treats the true Christians when they heard and believed in what was revealed to Prophet Mohamed (saws)!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 82-86:

82 Strongest among men in enmity to the believers, wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say: "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning, and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.

83 And when they listen to the Revelation received by the Messenger (Mohamed) thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth: they pray: "Our Lord! We believe; write us down among the witnesses.

84 "What cause can we have not to believe in Allah, and the Truth which has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?"

85 And for this their prayer hath Allah rewarded them with Paradise with rivers flowing underneath, their eternal home. Such is the recompense of those who do good.

86 But those who reject Faith, and belie our Revelations, they shall be companions of the Hell-Fire.

 

Allah has described three of the good qualities of the true Christians who subsequently believed in Prophet Mohamed (saws):

Amongst them are men of learning,

Amongst them are men who have renounced the world,

Amongst them are men who are not arrogant.

 

Honestly brother, if I may say soI see two of these three qualities evident in you (renouncing the world is a bit far fetched at this point of time!)

 

And please note what Prophet Mohamed (saws) said about Prophet Jesus (a.s.):

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.652 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The Prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one."

 

Your Statement: Personaly, I am convinced that the Cathololic church introduced many falsehoods into Christianity as a means to reach and retain Power over many Kingdoms and their illiterate masses. The proof is in their actions - just count the crimes they have commited in the name of God over the centuries.
Brother, if you are convinced about the falsehoods; maybe its time you searched for the Truth: for the Truth will indeed set you free!

 

Now to your main question:

 

Question to you: Will Jesus return at the end of Time according to the Quran Al Kareem?

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 157-158:

157 That they (The Jews) said (in boast) "We killed Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah"; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow. For of a surety they killed him not.

158 Nay! Allah raised him (Jesus Christ) up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power Wise.

 

When Jesus came to his disciples (who thought he was dead and had returned as a ghost), he gave them the due greetings of Shaloam, and begins calming them, and says the following to prove that he is not ghost, but a normal human being.

Bible Luke 24:39-40

Behold my hands and my feet,

That it is I myself,

Handle me and see,

For a Spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see me have.

. And he showed them his hands and his feet.

 

The disciples were overjoyed and wondered what could have happened. They had thought that he was dead, but here was their master, in flesh and bones! To assure them further, Jesus asks:

Bible Luke 24: 41-43

Have you here any meat,

And they gave him a piece of broiled fish and of a honeycomb,

And he took it, and did eat before them.

 

The Bible proves the point made in the Quran, that Jesus was alive and never killed as thought by the Jews and Jesuss disciples.

 

Brother, the truth is that the Quran is silent on the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth, although there are several pointers; but Prophet Mohamed (saws) has stated clearly in several narrations that the end of time will not come until Jesus Christ returns back to earth and establishes the Kingdom of God on earth; and that is the belief of every true Muslim.

 

The below aayah is one of the clear pointers where first Allah declares that the Jews did not crucify Jesus, nor did they kill him; but the matter was made dubious to them. And then He declares in verse 159 that there will be none among the People of the Book (the Jews and the Christians) who must believe in Jesus Christ before his death; clearly confirming that Jesus Christ will come to earth, establish the Kingdom of God, and die his natural death on earth! This is precisely what has been related in several hadiths or authentic narrations of Prophet Mohamed (saws), which I am quoting to you below.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 158-159:

157 That they (The Jews) said (in boast) "We killed Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah"; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow. For of a surety they killed him not.

158 Nay! Allah raised him (Jesus Christ) up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power Wise.

159 And there is none of the People of the Book, but must believe in him (Jesus) before his death; and on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness against them.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.657 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "By Him (Allah) in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you, and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the Cross, and kill the pigs, and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from non-Muslims). Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it." Abu Huraira added "If you wish, you can recite (this verse of the Holy Book): 'And there is none Of the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (i.e Jesus as an Apostle of Allah and a human being) Before his death. And on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness Against them." (4.159)

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6931 Narrated by Hudhayfah ibn Usayd Ghifari

The Messenger of Allah (saws) came to us all of a sudden as we were (busy in a discussion). He (saws) said: What do you discuss about? (The Companions) said: We are discussing about the Last Hour. Thereupon he (saws) said: It will not come until you see ten signs before and (in this connection), he (saws) made a mention of the smoke, Dajjal (The anti-Christ), the beast, the rising of the sun from the west, the descent of Jesus son of Mary (Allah be pleased with him), The Gog and Magog, and landslides in three places, one in the east, one in the west, and one in Arabia at the end of which a fire would burn forth from the Yemen, and would drive people to the place of their assembly.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.658 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "How will you be when the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you, and he will judge people by the Law of the Qur'an, and not by the law of Gospel

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4310 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said: There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (peace be upon him). He will descent (to the earth). When you see him, recognise him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish Jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Antichrist, and will live on the earth for forty years, and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6924 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The Last Hour will not come until the Romans land at al-A'maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people on Earth at that time will come from Medina (to oppose them). When they arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans will say: Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from among us. Let us fight them. The Muslims will say: Nay, by Allah, we shall never turn aside from you and from our brethren so that you may fight them. They will then fight, and a third (part) of the army, whom Allah will never forgive, will run away. A third (part of the army), which will be constituted of excellent martyrs in Allah's eyes, would be killed. The third who will never be put on trial will win, and they will be the conquerors of Constantinople. As they are busy in distributing the spoils of war (amongst themselves) after hanging their swords by the olive trees, Satan will cry: The Dajjal (anti-Christ) has taken your place among your families. They will then come out, but it will be of no avail. When they reach Syria, he will come out while they are still preparing themselves for battle, drawing up the ranks. Certainly, the time of prayer will come and then, Jesus (peace be upon him), son of Mary, will descend and will lead them in prayer. When the enemy of Allah see him, it will (disappear) just as salt dissolves in water, and if he (Jesus) were not to confront them at all, even then it would dissolve completely. Allah would kill them by his (Jesuss) hand, and he would show them their blood on his lance (the lance of Jesus Christ).

Sahih Muslim Hadith 7023 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The Dajjal (anti-Christ) will appear in my Ummah and he will stay (in the world) for forty--I cannot say whether he meant forty days, forty months or forty years. Allah will then send Jesus, son of Mary, who will resemble Urwah ibn Mas'ud. He (Jesus Christ) will chase him and kill him.

 

It has also been reported in authentic narrations of the Prophet (saws) that he said that his brother and Prophet, Jesus Christ son of Mary, will die and be buried next to his grave in Medina.

 

Dear brother, I am sorry that this answer has become long, but I wanted to give you the full picture with quotations from the Quran and from the hadiths of Prophet Mohamed (saws) that would address your question to the full.

 

Brother, there are numerous similarities between Christianity and Islam, and the differences in belief are only a few.if we can address these differences, I am confident that the Truth will stand out clear from the heresay.

 

The Major Similarities:

Both religions believe in the One Supreme and Omnipotent God.

Both religions believe in all the previous Messengers of God.

Both religions believe in all the Revealed Scriptures of God.

Both religions believe in the concept of Angels: Gabriel, Michael, Angel of Death, etc.

Both religions believe in the concept of the Hereafter; Unending reward for the righteous, and everlasting punishment for the doers of evil.

 

The differences between Christianity and Islam are only a handful, but they so border the concept of shirk, which makes them an insurmountable barrier!

The Christians believe in Trinity; Islam believes in the One True God Alone. (we have already addressed this issue.)

The Christians believe in The Messiah, Christ Jesus (a.s.) as the son of God; Islam believes that he (a.s.) was one of the mightiest Prophets of the Lord.

The Christians believe in the concept of the eternal sin; Islam believes that every child is born on nature; that is innocent. His deeds, which he does of his own free will, decides whether he is righteous or evil.

The Christians believe that Jesus Christ (a.s.) was sent and crucified to redeem the sins of man; Islam believes that the deeds of a person, done with his own free will, will determine the result of his life in the Hereafter.

The Christians believe that only belief in Christ Jesus (a.s.) as their Lord can bring them salvation; Islam propagates that only those people who sincerely believe (1) in the One God, (2) in all His Messengers, (3) in all His Angels, (4) in all His Revealed Books, (5) in the concept of Hereafter, and (6) in the Divine Decree of God; and do righteous good deeds according to the Guidance Revealed by God, can attain salvation.

 

Brother, I am confident that we can address these five differences in detail, with the help of the Divine Guidance available to us, and with logic and reasoning; we will, Insha Allah, have the Truth stand clear of the falsehood.

 

If you need any clarifications whatsoever, or have any questions in the matter of religion; I would be honored to address them for you.

 

I wish to conclude with the Divine Advice of God addressed to the Jews and the Christians in the Holy Quran:

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verse 64: Say: "O People of the Book (Jews and Christians)! Come to common terms as between us (Muslims) and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say: "Bear witness that we (at least) are those who have surrendered our will to Allah (i.e. we are Muslims)."

 

Your brother and sincere well wisher,

 

 

Burhan


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