CHAPTER 8 : WHAT IS LEFT
It can hardly be expected in a small publication of this nature that
one can deal with all the references about Jesus(pbuh) interspersed through- out the
fifteen different chapters of the Holy Quran. What we can do is to give a quick glance to
the index page reproduced from the Quran on page 7 of this book.
Here we find three significant topics, not dealt with yet in our
- not crucified, iv. 157
- Message and miracles, v. 113;xix. 30-33;
- Prophesied Ahmed 1xi.6
Regarding the first topic, "not crucified", I wrote a full booklet titled
"CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCIFICTION ?" that deals exclusively with that subject As
regards the third topic mentioned above, prophesied Ahmed", you can refer to my
booklet titled "WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT MUHUMMED"
We are now left with Topic No.2 - "Message and miracles". The message of Jesus
(pbuh) was as simple and straight forward as that of all his predecessors as well as that
of his successor Muhummed(pbuh) namely "BELIEVE IN GOD AND KEEP HIS
COMMANDMENTS". For the God who inspired His Messengers, is an unvarying God and He is
consistent: He is not the "author of confusion" (1 Corinthian 14:33).
A law abiding Jew comes to Jesus seeking eternal life or salvation. In the words of
Mathew: And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do,
that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is
none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
You will agree, that if you or I were that Jew, we would infer from these words that,
according to Jesus (pbuh), salvation was guaranteed provided we kept the commandments
without the shedding of any innocent blood. Unless, of course Jesus (pbuh) was speaking
with tongue in cheek; knowing full well that his own "forthcoming redemptive
sacrifice", his "vicarious atonement"(?!) for the sins of mankind, was not
many days hence.
Why would Jesus give him the "impossible" solution of
keeping the law (as the Christian alleges) when an easier way was in the offing? or did he
not know what was going to happen - that he was to be crucified? Was there not a contract
between Father and "son", before the worlds began, for his redeeming blood to be
shed(?!) Had he lost his memory? No! There was no such fairytale agreement as far as Jesus
was concerned. He knew that there is only one way to God, and that is, as Jesus (pbuh)
said, - KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!
MIRACLES - WHAT THEY PROVE
Regarding his miracles:the Holy Quran does not go into any detail
about blind Bartimus or about Lazarus or any other miracle, except that he (Jesus)
defended his mother as an infant in his mother's arms (Ch. 4). The Muslim has no
hesitation about accepting the most wondrous of his miracles - even that of reviving the
dead. But that does not make Jesus a "God" or the begotten "son of
God" as understood by the Christian. Miracles do not prove even prophethood, or
whether a man is true or false. Jesus himself said:
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
If false prophets and false Christ can peform miraculous feats, then these wonders or
miracles do not prove even the genuineness or otherwise, of a prophet.
John the Baptist, according to Jesus, was the greatest of the
Israelite prophets. Greater than Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah and all, not excluding
himself: in his own words:-
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater
than John the Bapist.....
- Not excluding Jesus (pbuh):because, was he not born of a woman- Mary?
- The Baptist, greater than ALL, yet he performed not a single miracle!
Miracles are no standards of judging truth and falsehood. But in his childishness, the
Christian insists that Jesus is God because he gave life back to the dead. Will reviving
the dead make others God too? This perplexes him, because he has mentally blocked himself
from the miracles of others who outshine Jesus in his own Bible. For example, according to
his false standard:-
- Moses is greater than Jesus because he put life back into a dead stick and transmuted it
from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom by making it into a serpent (Exodus 7:10)
- Elisha is greater than Jesus because the rotten bones of Elisha brought a man back to
life merely by coming into contact with the corpse (2 Kings 13:21).
Need I illustrate to you a catalogue of miracles? But the sickness persists - "it
was God working miracles through His prophets but Jesus performed them of his own
power." Where did Jesus (pbuh) get all his power from? Ask Jesus, and he will tell
POWER NOT HIS OWN
....All power is GIVEN unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
....I cast our devils BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
I can of mine OWN SELF do nothing....(John 5:30)
...I with the FINGER OF GOD cast our devils....(Luke 11:20)
The "Power" as he says is not his. "it is given unto
me". Given by whom? By God, of course! Every action, every word he attributes to God.
But since so much is made of Jesus nightiest miracle of reviving
Lazarus from the dead, we will analyse the episode as recorded in John's Gospel. It is
astonishing that none of the other Gospel writers mention Lazarus in any context. However,
the story is that Lazarus was very sick, his sisters Mary and Martha had made frantic
calls for Jesus to come and cure his sickness but he arrived too late, actually four days
after his demise.
Mary wails to Jesus that had he arrived in time, perhaps her brother
would not have died; meaning that if he could heal other peoples' sickness, why would he
not have healed her brother, a dear friend of his. Jesus says that "even now if ye
have faith, ye shall see the glory of God." The condition was that they should have
faith. Didn't he say that faith could move mountains? He asks to be taken to the tomb. On
the way, "he groaned in the spirit". He was not mumbling; he was pouring out his
heart and praying to God. But while he sobbed so bitterly his words were not audible
enough for people around him to understand. Hence the words "he groaned". On
reaching the grave, Jesus "groaned" again; perhaps, even more earnestly and God
heard his groaning (his prayer), and Jesus received the assurance that God will fulfil his
request. Now, Jesus could rest assured and command that the stone which was barring the
tomb, be removed so that Lazarus could come back from the dead. Without that assurance
from God, Jesus (pbuh) would have made a fool of himself.
Mary thinks of the stink because her brother had been dead for four
days But Jesus was confident and the stone was removed. Then he looked up towards heaven
"Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
"And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I
said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."
What is all this, play-acting? Why all the drama? Because he knows that these
superstitious and credulous people will misunderstand the source of the miracle. They
might take him for "God". Giving life to the dead is the prerogative of God
alone. To make doubly sure, that his people do not misunderstand, he speaks out loudly
that the "groaning" was actually his crying to God Almighty for help. The prayer
was incoherent as far as the bystanders could discern, but the Father in heaven had
accepted his prayer, viz. "thou hast heard me".
Furthermore, he says, - "thou hearest me always"; in other
words every miracle wrought by him was an answer by God Almighty to his prayer. The Jews
of his day understood the position well, and they "glorified God", as Matthew
tells us of another occasion when the Jews exclaimed "for giving such power unto
men" (Matt. 9:8).
In fact, Jesus gives his reason for speaking loudly. He says,
"that they may believe that thou has sent me." One who is sent is a messenger,
and if he be sent by God, then he is a Messenger of God i.e. Rasul-ullah - see Chapter 6
of this booklet where Jesus is referred to as "Rasul-ullah" (Messenger of
Alas, this attempt by Jesus to prevent any misunderstanding, as to
who really performed the miracle, and that he was in fact only a messenger of God, failed.
Christians will not even accept the unambiguous disavowal of Jesus, nor the testimony of
Peter, the "Rock" upon which Jesus was supposed to build his Church. Peter truly
Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, A MAN approved of God among you
by miracles and wonders and signs, which GOD-DID by him in the midst of you, as ye
yourselves also know.
CASE NOT HOPELESS
This very same message is repeated by God Almighty in the Holy
Quran, following the annunciation. In verse 49 of chapter 3, Allah makes it clear that
every sign or wonder that Jesus performed was. "BY ALLAH'S LEAVE," by God's
permission. Jesus says so, Peter says so and God says so; but the stubborn
controversialist will not listen: prejudice, superstition and credulity die hard. Our duty
is simply to deliver the Message, loud and clear, the rest we leave to God. The case is
not altogether hopeless for Allah tells us in His Holy Book:
AND AMONG THEM * ARE SOME WHO HAVE FAITH, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE PERVERTED TRANSGRESSORS.
|Holy Quran 3:10
*Among them: meaning the Jews and the Christians there are two types of people; the one
group described as people of faith to whom this book is addressed, and the other as
rebellious transgressors. We must also find ways and means of getting at them. Our
literature is eminently suited to cater for all. Read them and pass them around so it may
be of use to some who have faith .
As a conclusion I suggest to :
Open the Holy Quran ( I recommend having one if you still don't have
it) and read the verses discussed in this book. Then we can truly conclude:
SUCH (WAS) JESUS THE SON OF MARY : (IT IS) A STATEMENT OF TRUTH, ABOUT WHICH THEY
(VAINLY) DISPUTE. IT IS NOT BEFITTING TO (THE MAJESTY OF) GOD THAT HE SHOULD BEGET A SON.
GLORY BE TO HIM ! WHEN HE DETERMINES A MATTER, HE ONLY SAYS TO IT, "BE", AND IT
IS. VERILY GOD IS MY LORD AND YOUR LORD : HIM THEREFORE SERVE YE : THIS IS A WAY THAT IS
|Holy Quran 19:34-36
Christ in Islam by Ahmed Deedat