Christ in Islam

by Sheikh Ahmed Deedat – the famous scholar of Comparative Religion

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 Christian:

“…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.” (The Holy Quran 5:82)

Jesus – His Status

Were the Muslims on the panel trying to placate the viewers out policy, deceit or diplomacy? Nothing of the kind! They were only articulating what God Almighty had commanded them to say in the Holy Quran. As Muslims, they had no choice. They had said in so many words: “We Muslims 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 or she does not believe in Jesus!”

Pleasant Surprise

Over 90% of the people who witnessed this debate must have been pleasantly, but skeptically, 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 favor 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 Muhammed (may the peace and the blessings of God be upon all His righteous servants, Moses, Jesus, Muhammed…etc.); that I scratch your back and you scratch my back – which would be a sham or hypocrisy.

Hate Cultivated

We cannot blame the Christians for their skepticism. They have been so learned for centuries. They were trained to think the worst of the man Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam, 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 (Muhammed) are disgraceful to ourselves only.” We Muslims are partly responsible for this. 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 Muslims are barely 2% of the total population. We are a voteless minority – numerically, we count for nothing; politically, we count for nothing; and economically, one white man, as Oppenheimer, could buy out the whole lot of us, lock, stock and barrel. 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: “Seek ye the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).

Chapter Two : Jesus in the Quran

Christians Unaware

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 Eesa, alaihi assalam (“Jesus, peace be upon him”)

The Christian does not know that in the Holy Quran Jesus is mentioned twenty five times. For example:

“We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear signs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit” (The 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…” (3:45)

“…Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of god…” (4:171)

“…And in their foot steps we sent Jesus the son of Mary…” (5:46) “And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous.” (6:85)

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One thought on “Christ in Islam

  1. Asalaamoalaikum,
    This is a beautiful presentation regarding Jesus AS and christianity.
    Allah SWT mentions in the Quran many of the Prophets He (SWT) sent to mankind to guide them to the right path so that humans can return to Jannah (Paradise) after demonstrating good behaviour.
    These Prophets and the people they were sent to are mentioned in the Quran as examples to teach the current generation of humankind how to obey and worship Allah and not to enjoin partners with Him, as some of the other people of the past did.
    Mary (AS) is one of the five most revered women mentioned with great respect in the Quran. The birth of Jesus is described in detail in the Quran
    ( I apologise for inserting a link from my blog but it prevents repetition plus it has the actual recitation in the beautiful voice of Sheikh AlAfasy and english meaning: http://asqfish.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/the-story-of-christmas/

    When this passage was recited by the muslims seeking sanctuary in Ethiopia from the opression and Dhulm of the pagans in Arabia, Nagashi who was a christian king of Ethiopia at that time was so affected that he not only gave sanctuary to the muslims but later took Islam to heart.
    However the Christians of today have changed the Bible and it has been rewritten by human hands, and this is something they freely admit. Please correct me if I have misunderstood this fact.

    Here is what the Quran says about what Jesus (AS) will be asked about the people to whom he brought the word of Allah,as well as Jesus (AS) respectful response to Allah (SWT):

    ALLAH WILL QUESTION JESUS (AS) ABOUT EMAAN (Surah Al Maidah)

    005.116 translation by YUSUFALI:

    And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah’?” 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, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.

    005.117 
: “Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, ‘worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord’; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou was the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things”.
    In conclusion:
    Thus Jesus(AS) can “save” only those christians who truly follow the message he (Jesus AS) brought from Allah (SWT).
    This is how I understand it, for further review please read Maulana Maudoodi’s tafheem ul Quran (English translation) or listen to Amina Elahe with the tafseer of Farhat Hashmi on alhudapk.com.
    Jazaaik Allah hu Khairan, please keep me in your prayers.

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