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  Jesus in Islam (Isa)

Afghanland.com - Islam is closer to Christianity than Judaism thus Christian-Islamic is more accurate than Judeo-Christian

Vital Biblical teaching about Jesus (a.s.) is repeated in the Qur'an. The virgin-birth, sinless, ascension and second coming of Jesus (a.s.) are all mentioned in the book and are basic Islamic doctrines There are other teachings which, together with a series of very meaningful titles given to Jesus (a.s.), make the final image of the man far superior to the dogma that he was nothing more than a prophet. Even a cursory analysis of the whole perspective of Jesus (a.s.) in the Qur'an must lead to the conclusion that he was far greater than a man and that he was unique among men.

The Christian-Muslim Belief in Resurrection and Judgment Day

The Christians are called the people of the book, who follow the same God as Muslims. Jesus (a.s.) is a beloved leader of Islam and Muslims respect him. Muslims love him more than Jews and Christians and believe in the Bible.

Like Christians, Muslims believe that the present life is only a trial preparation for the next realm of existence.  This life is a test for each individual for the life after death.  A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and the dead will be resurrected for judgment by God.  This day will be the beginning of a life that will never end.  This day is the Day of Judgment.  On that day, all people will be rewarded by God according to their beliefs and deeds.

According to Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad On day of resurrection people will rise after a long time which in compared to your life living on earth; your life will be a moment in time. Similar to the creation of life, that came from an ameba and was developed into a human being.

The bodies which will be raised from death will not be similar; God will change your body. Change will not be to body but a complete change in every direction. Every person will rise in young and in perfect form.

The Virgin-Birth of Jesus (a.s.) Christ

One of the most important points of agreement between Islam and Christianity concerns the conception of Jesus (a.s.). Both the Qur'an and the Bible teach that he was conceived of a woman only, his mother Mary, before she had known any man. The virgin-birth of Jesus (a.s.), taught so plainly in the Bible, is no less clearly taught in the Qur'an. In his Gospel Matthew (1.18-25) states that he was conceived in Mary of the Holy Spirit in fulfilment of a prophecy in Isaiah 7.14 ("a virgin shall conceive and bear a son"), while Luke also records the unusual conception, stating unambiguously that Mary was a virgin whom no man had touched when Jesus (a.s.) was conceived in her by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1.26-35). In the Qur'an likewise we find much the same teaching. In one passage we read:

Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus (a.s.), the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God; He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous". She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: "Even so: God createth what He willeth: when He hath decreed a Plan, He but saith to it, 'Be', and it is!" Surah 3.45-47.

Another passage also records the visitation of an angel to Mary and the response which she gave him when he announced to her the conception of Jesus (a.s.):

Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said: "I seek refuge from thee to (God) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou cost fear God". He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son". She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'That is easy for Me : and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us': it is a matter (so) decreed". Surah 19.17-21.

In both the Christian and Muslim worlds there have been attempts to explain away the plain teachings of the Bible and the Qur'an regarding the virginal-conception of Jesus (a.s.) - invariably on rationalistic grounds only - but the overwhelming majority in both religions to this day acknowledge the phenomenon. A well-read Turkish Muslim writer once said:

There has never been a Moslem sect which doubted the fatherless birth of Jesus (a.s.). All sects, persons, doctors, commentators, orthodox and heretic, have been unanimous in accepting the miraculous birth of Jesus (a.s.). (Effendi in "The Problem of the Birth of Jesus (a.s.)", The Muslim World, Vol. 15, p. 230).

Jesus (a.s.) In Islam

He suffered as a human being for our beliefs. He was not cursed by God and is unbearable to Muslims to believe that he was cursed for 3 days by God and died on the Cross.

They slew him not, nor did they crucify him but it was made dubious to them.
(Holy Qur'an, Surah Nisaa, Verse 157)

He was saved by God when Jesus (a.s.) cried “Ilahi Ilahi” (a word derived from Allah) save me and he was saved from a humiliated death. He is rather a perfect model for human beings and at that time was within our reach to follow as a perfect human being. There are miracles he performed that were ordained to him by God which was his proof that he is a prophet of God and to summon us to “submit” to God. The word Submit in Arabic is Islam.

According to Mufti Afzal Hoosein Elias: As such, Muslims believe that Jesus (a.s.) was raised to heaven. According to Hadith, he is on the second heaven. Prophet Mohammad(s) mentioned, "During the Meraj (Ascension), I met Jesus (a.s.) on the second heaven. I found him of medium stature, reddish white. His body was so clean and clear, that it appeared as though he had just performed cleansing of the entire body and come." In another Hadith, Prophet Mohammad (s) mentioned to the Jews that, " Jesus (a.s.) is not dead, he will most surely return to you before the Day of Judgment"

Jesus (a.s.)’ Descent:   The Physical Features of Jesus (a.s.)

He will be of average height and red and white in color. His hair spread to the shoulders, straight, neat and shining as after a bath. On bending his head, it will seem as if pearls are falling. He will have an amour on his body. He will be wearing two pieces of cloth light yellow in color.

 His Descent

He will descend on a group that will be righteous at the time and comprising of 800 men and 400 women. The people will be preparing for war at the time against the anti-Christ. It will be time for Congregational dawn prayers, and Imam Mahdi will be the leader. From the darkness of the dawn, a sound will suddenly be heard that "one who listens to your pleas has come" -- the righteous people will look everywhere and their eyes will fall on Jesus (a.s.). Briefly, at the time of Congregational dawn, Jesus (a.s.) will descend. When descending, Jesus (a.s.)'s hands will be on the shoulders of two angels (according to another source (Kab Abrar), a cloud will carry him). On their insistence Jesus (a.s.) will introduce himself. He will inquire about their enthusiasm and thoughts on Jihad against Dajjal. Jesus (a.s.) will descend on the eastern side near the Minaret in Damascus (or in Jerusalem by Imam Mahdi). At the time Imam Mahdi will have proceeded forward to lead the Congregational dawn Prayer. The Iqamat of the Prayer would have been said (already recited) and Imam Mahdi will call Jesus (a.s.) to lead the prayer, but Jesus (a.s.) will instead tell Imam Mahdi to lead the prayer since the Iqamat of that Prayer has already been said for him. Thus Imam Mahdi will lead the prayer, and Jesus (a.s.) will follow him. After bowing (Ruku), he will make this statement: "Allah has killed Dajjal and the Muslims have appeared."

 The Killing of Dajjal (anti-Christ) and the Victory of the Muslims

 After the completion of Congregational dawn Prayer, Jesus (a.s.) will open the door behind him where Dajjal accompanied by 70,000 Jews will be. He will indicate with his hand to move away between him (Jesus (a.s.)) and Dajjal. Dajjal will then see Jesus (a.s.). At that time every Infidel (kafir) on whom the breath of Jesus (a.s.) will reach will die. His breath will reach up to the distance of his eyesight. The Muslims will then come down from the mountains and break loose on the army of Dajjal. There will be war, Dajjal will retreat, and Jesus (a.s.) will pursue Dajjal. Jesus (a.s.) will have two flexible swords and one shield with him and with these he will kill Dajjal at the Gate of Hudd. He will show the Muslims the blood of Dajjal which will get on his shield. Eventually the Jews will be selected and killed. The swine will be killed and the cross broken. People will revert to Islam. Wars will end, and people will return to their respective nations. One group of Muslims will remain in his service and companionship.

 Jesus (a.s.) will go to Congregational dawn Rawha and perform Haj or Umrah (or both) from there. He will also go to the grave of Prophet Mohammad (s)and present his greetings Prophet Mohammad (s) will reply. People will live comfortable lives. The wall of Yajooj and Majooj (Gog and Magog) will then break.

The Blessings of Jesus (a.s.)

1 Jesus (a.s.) will descend and stay on earth.
2 His descent will be in the last era of the Ummat.
3 He will be a just ruler and a fair judge.
4 His ummat will be the Khalifa (deputies) of Prophet Mohammad (s)
5 He will act himself and instruct others on the Qur'an and Hadith (Shariat/Tradition of Islam).
6 He will lead people in Prayer.
7 He will stay on earth for a period of 40 years after descending. The will be the best era of the Ummat after the first era of Islam.
8 Allah will protect his companions from Hell.
9 Those who will save the Islam by associating themselves with Jesus (a.s.) will be amongst the most loved by Allah.
10 During this period all other religions besides Islam will perish, hence there will be no non-believers in the world.
11 Jihad will be stopped.
12 No Khiraaj will be taken.
13 Nor protection tax money from the infidels (non-believers)
14 Wealth and property will be in surplus to such an extent that there will be no one to accept the wealth of the other (everyone will be independent).
15 Receiving Zakaat (Alms-giving, Charity to poor) and Sadaqa will be discarded (as there will be no poor to receive them!).
16 The people will love the prostration to God more than the world and what it consists of.
17 All types of religious and worldly blessings will descend on earth (many halaal (lawful) things will be created).
18 There will be peace, harmony and tranquility during the time of Jesus (a.s.)' stay in the world.
19 There will be no animosity for a period of seven years, even between two persons.
20 All hearts will be free from miserliness, envy, hatred, malice and jealousy.
21 For a period of forty years no one will fall ill or die.
22 Venom will be taken out of all venomous animals.
23 Snakes and scorpions will not harm anyone to the extent that if a child put his hand in its mouth, he will not be harmed.
24 Will animals will not harm anyone.
25 If a man will pass a lion, he will not be troubled or harmed, or even if any girl will open its mouth to test if it will do anything.
26 The camels will graze among lions, cheetahs with cattle and the jackals with goats.
27 The fertility of the land will increase to such an extent that even if a seed is planted in a hard rock, it will sprout.
28 A pomegranate will be so huge that a jamaat will be able to eat it and the people will use its peel as shade.
29 There will be so much blessing in milk that a camel will suffice for a huge mass, a cow for a tribe and a goat for a family.
30 In short, life will be most pleasant after the descent of Jesus (a.s.)

His Marriage, Death and Deputies

After his descension on earth, Jesus (a.s.)will marry. He will have children, and he will remain on earth 19 years after marriage. He will pass away and Muslims will perform his Funeral Prayer and bury him next to Prophet Mohammad (s). (Tirmidhi)

from: Hadhrat Esa (Alaihis Salaam): The Truth Revealed
and Major Signs of Qiyamat
by Mufti Afzal Hoosein Elias (May Allah reward him for his work in producing these kitaabs, aameen.)
from the original (with references): "Aalalaat-e-Qiyyamat aur Nuzul-e-Eesa."     

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