CHAPTER 6 : ANSWER TO CHRISTIAN
"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 emenies 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
|Holy Quran 4:171
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 extremes 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 him God.
The modern-day Christian - the hot-gospeller - the Bible thumper -
uses harsher words and cruder approaches to win over a convert to his blasphemies.
- "EITHER JESUS IS GOD OR A LIAR"
- "EITHER JESUS IS GOD OR A LUNATIC"
- "EITHER JESUS IS GOD OR AN IMPOSTER"
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 conundrum.
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
The Quran lays bare the true position of Christ in a single verse, it says:
- That he was the son of a woman, Mary, and therefore a man;
- But an apostle, a man with a mission from God, and therefore he is entitled to honour;
- A Word bestowed on Mary, for he was created by God's word "Be"(kun), and he
was; (see Holy Quran 3:59)
- 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
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
WORSHIP GOD, WHO IS MY LORD AND YOUR LORD", then how do the Christians justify
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 exluding the Doctor
of Divinity and the Professor of Theology. Even the new converts to Christianity have
memorised 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
REVEREND AT THE TABLE
I had taken Rev. Morris D.D. and his wife, to lunch at the
"Golden Peacock". 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?"
CHOCKED 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
"context" meant. But like the rest of 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 my 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 claim plainly enough, clearly enough. That he was talking ambiguously. They 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 occassion -
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 unto you. 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 enternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man
PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER"S 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 of the 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 verse -
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, thet 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" (Mathew 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 a God.
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 "reddance". 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
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? Did't he say:
THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW OR THE PROPHETS: I AM COME NOT TO DESTROY,
BUT TO FULFIL (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.
"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!
Christ in Islam by Ahmed Deedat