The Prophet Jesus
In the Name of Allah,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
112:1 Say: “He is Allah, the only One,
112:2 “Allah, the Everlasting.
112:3 “He did not beget and is not begotten,
112:4 “And none is His equal.”
2:116 And they say: “Allah has begotten a son.” Glory be to Him. His is everything in the heavens and the earth; all are obedient to Him.
2:117 Creator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: “Be,” and there it is.
5:72 Those who say that Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary, are unbelievers. The Messiah said: “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Surely, he who associates other gods with Allah, Allah forbids him access to Paradise and his dwelling is Hell. The evildoers have no supporters!”
10:68 They say: “Allah has taken a child.” Glory be to Him! He is the self-sufficient; His is everything in the heavens and on the earth. You have no authority for this. Do you attribute to Allah what you do not know?
10:69 Say: “Those who invent lies about Allah will not prosper.”
10:70 [It is only] a little enjoyment in this life; then unto Us is their return; then We will make them taste the terrible punishment, on account of their disbelief.
The entire concept of the Koran is based on a simple premise: God was fed up with sending instructions on how we should live and how He should be worshipped via prophets who miscommunicate His message or were misunderstood by a less than receptive audience. God’s patience had run out. He would send one last messenger, his greatest spokesman, with his final instructions for mankind: the Koran. Anyone who did not heed the advice of this ultimate messenger was doomed. There was only one problem with this latest divine plan for getting humanity to behave: Jesus. If God had already come delivered his message on Earth in the person of Jesus, sending another messenger with a final message made no sense. The Christian claim that Jesus was the Son of God had to be discredited.
The Prophet Jesus
There was also a positive side to Jesus’ status. His reputation could be used to enhance the reputation of an aspiring prophet like Muhammad. Jesus of Nazareth, before the advent of Islam and during the time of Muhammad was a much-revered figure, even among the pagan tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. In many verses, Allah praised the Prophet Jesus as a worthy precursor to His greatest prophet. Muslims believe that the “Comforter” promised in the Gospel of St. John, 16:7 is the Prophet Muhammad, not Jesus.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for me that I go away; for if I go not away; the Comforter will not come onto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus; Jesus would announce the coming of the Prophet Muhammad. Whoever says otherwise is a wrongdoer that only wishes to extinguish Allah’s Lights.
61:6 And when Jesus, son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel, I am Allah’s Messenger to you, confirming what came before me of the Torah, and announcing the news of a Messenger who will come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” Then when he (Ahmad i.e. Mohammad) brought them the clear proofs, they said: “This is manifest sorcery.”
61:7 And who is a greater wrongdoer than he who imputes falsehoods to Allah, when he is summoned to submission (to Allah)? Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.
61:8 They wish to extinguish Allah’s Lights with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His Light, even though the unbelievers might be averse.
Jesus would even get his disciples to pledge their allegiance to Allah after explaining his mission to them.
3:50 “I have come to confirm what came before me of the Torah and make lawful to you some of the things that were forbidden to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord; so fear Allah and obey me.”
3:51 “Allah is indeed your Lord and my Lord; so worship Him. This is the straight path!”
3:52 When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he said: “Who are my supporters in Allah’s Way?” the disciples said: “We are Allah’s supporters; we believe in Allah, so bear witness that we submit.”
3:53 “Lord, we believe in what You have revealed, and we have followed the Messenger; write us down with those who bear witness.”
Jesus is an example for the believers:
61:13 And another thing you (Muhammad) love: support from Allah and an imminent victory. So announce the good news to the believers.
61:14 O believers, be supporters of Allah, as Jesus son of Mary, said to his disciples: "Who are my supporters unto Allah?" The disciples replied: "We are Allah's supporters"; and so a group of the Children of Israel believed, while another group disbelieved. Then, We supported those who believed against their foe; and so they were triumphant.
This negative/positive side of Jesus may explain the schizophrenic nature to many of the revelations concerning his person. Unlike when He is praising Jesus the Prophet, whenever Jesus Son of God is mentioned you can almost feel Allah’s rage.
18:4 And to warn those who say: “Allah has taken a son.”
18:5 They have no knowledge thereof, nor do their fathers. What a dreadful word that comes out of their mouths! They only utter a lie.
18:6 You may destroy yourself with grief, sorrowing after them (following after them in their wake), if they do not believe in this revelation.
An even more vehement denunciation can be found at the end of Surah 19, the surah ostensibly dedicated to Mary that documents most of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. In these revelations, Allah is shocked and all His creation appalled by the claim that Jesus was not His servant like everyone else; like everyone else, Jesus will appear before Him by himself, on Judgement Day.
19:88 And they say: “The Compassionate has taken Himself a son.”
19:89 You have, indeed, made a shocking assertion,
19:90 From which the heavens are almost rent asunder, the earth is split and the mountain fall to pieces.
19:91 For they ascribe a son to the Compassionate.
19:92 Whereas, it is not fitting that the Compassionate should have a son.
19:93 Everyone in the heavens and on earth will surely come to the Compassionate as a servant.
To God, everyone is a number.
19:94 He keeps count of them and has numbered them.
19:95 And every one of them will come to Him on the Day of Resurrection alone.
If Allah Had Wanted a Son
If Allah had wanted children, He would first have taken a wife, which He didn’t.
6:101 [He is] the Creator of the heavens and the earth; how could He have a child when He has no consort, and has created everything and has knowledge of everything?
6:102 That is Allah, your Lord; there is no god but He, Creator of all things. Worship Him then; He is the Guardian of all things.
If Allah had wanted a son, He would simply have picked one out of the multitude of male children He created.
39:4 Had Allah wanted to take to Himself a child, He would have chosen from what He has created whomever He pleases. Glory be to Him; He is Allah, the One, the Conqueror.
As for the angels, He has not taken a son from among them either; they are only privileged servants who know their place.
21:26 They say: “The Compassionate has taken to Himself a son.” Glory be to Him; they (the angels) are [merely] honoured servants.
21:27 They never speak until He has spoken; they only act on His Command.
21:28 He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they do not intercede except for him whom He approves; and they tremble for fear of Him.
If an angel, or any being for that matter, makes false claims about being a god, Hell will be their reward.
21:29 And whoever of them says: “I am a god besides Him” – that one We shall reward with Hell. That is how We reward the wrongdoers.
A Mere Servant
4:171 O People of the Book, do not exceed the bounds of your religion nor say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only Allah’s Messenger and His Word, which he imparted to Mary, and is a spirit from Him! So believe in Allah and His Messengers and do not say “three” [gods]. Refrain; it is better for you. Allah is truly One God. How – Glory be to Him – could He have a son? To him belongs what is in the Heavens and on earth. Allah suffices as a Guardian!
4:172 The Messiah does not disdain to be a servant of Allah, nor do the angels nearest to Him. And those who disdain to worship Him, and are arrogant, He shall gather all unto himself!
43:57 And when the son of Mary was held up as an example, behold, your people turned away from him.
43:58 They said: "Are our deities better or he (the Christians regard the son of Mary as the son of God and worship him? What is then wrong with our gods?” islamicstudies.info)?” They only cited it to you disputatiously. Indeed, they are a contentious people.
43:59 He was merely a servant whom We favoured and set up as an example to the Children of Israel.
43:60 Had We wished, We would have made of you angels to be successors on earth.
43:61 And it is surely the knowledge of the Hour (Judgement Day); so do not doubt it and follow Me. This is a Straight Path.
43:62 And let not Satan bar you. He is, indeed, a manifest enemy of yours.
43:63 When Jesus brought the clear proofs, he said: “I have come to you with the Wisdom and to make clear to you (the Jews) part of that whereon you are differing. So fear Allah and obey me.
43:64 "Allah is, indeed, my Lord and your Lord; so worship Him. This is a Straight Path.”
43:65 Then the factions among them fell apart. Woe undo the wrongdoers, from the punishment of a painful Day.
43:66 Are they only waiting for the Hour to come upon them suddenly, while they are unaware.
"Then the factions among them fell apart", Revelation 43:65.
That is, one group of the people denied him and in their antagonism went to the extent of accusing him of illegitimate birth and got him crucified as they thought; the other group believed in him but owing to exaggerated reverence made him son of God, and then the question of man's being God became such a riddle for it that every effort to resolve it caused it to be divided into countless sects.
The Last Supper
The last supper, which Allah Himself catered, may have begun with a Freudian slip, with Jesus erroneously referring to himself as God (Fakhry’s explanation notwithstanding).
5:111 And when I revealed to the disciples (ordering them through Jesus): “Believe in Me and My Messenger”, they replied: “We believe, and You bear witness that we submit.”
5:112 When the disciples said: “Jesus, son of Mary, is your Lord able to bring down for us a table [spread with food] from heaven?”; he said: “Fear Allah, if you are true believers."
5:113 They said: “We would like to eat from it so that our hearts may be reassured and know that you have told us the truth and be witnesses thereof.”
5:114 Jesus, son of Mary, then said: “O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table spread with food from heaven that it may be a festival for the first and last of us and a sign from You; and provide for us, for You are the Best Provider.”
If Allah performs a miracle for someone who later renounces their faith, that person will be in for some serious pain in the afterlife, and perhaps this one.
5:115 Allah said: “I will send it down to you, so that whoever of you disbelieves thereafter I will inflict on him a punishment I do not inflict on any other being.”
The Crucifixion Myth
Allah is adamant that Jesus was not crucified, nor did he physically die.
4:157 And their saying: “We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary and the Messenger of Allah.” They neither killed nor crucified him; but it was made to appear so unto them. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. Their knowledge does not go beyond conjecture, and they did not kill him for certain;
4:158 Rather Allah raised him unto Him. Allah is Mighty and Wise.
Jesus will also be there on Judgement Day to bear witness against those who did not believe he was a Messenger of God.
4:159 None of the People of the Book will believe in him (Jesus) before his death, and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them.
The verses about how Jesus might have been brought back to life is in Surah 2, The Cow, the longest surah; it is a rambling narrative where the Jews figure prominently, as they do throughout the Koran. The revelation in question appears at the end of a discussion involving Moses about the type of cow most appropriate to offer as a sacrifice.
2:67 And when Moses said to his people: “Allah commands you to sacrifice a cow”, they replied: “Do you make a mockery of us?” He said: “God forbid that I be one of the ignorant (that is, one of the mocking people).”
2:68 They said: “Call on your Lord to explain what [cow] it is.” He replied: “He (Allah) says: ‘Let it be neither too old nor too young, but in between.’ Therefore, do what you are commanded to do.”
2:69 They said: “Call on your Lord to tell us what its colour should be.” He replied: “He (Allah) says: ‘Let it be a yellow cow which has a striking colour and which pleases the beholders.’”
2:70 They said: “Call on your Lord to tell us what it (the cow) is; for to us all cows seem to be alike. Thus if Allah wills, we will be rightly guided.”
2:71 He said: “He says (Allah): ‘It is a cow which is neither harnessed to plough the land nor to water the field, but rather sound with no blemish.’ ” Then they said: “Now you speak the truth.” Thereupon they slaughtered it after they had been reluctant to do so.
Most commentators on the Koran agree that the following verse is about the Jews arguing among themselves as to whether it was the Messiah who is alleged to have died on the cross.
2:72 And when you slew a man and fell out among yourselves regarding him, Allah brought forth to light what you had concealed.
How Jesus’ followers would have brought him back from the dead,
2:73 We said: “Strike him with a part of it (the cow).” Thus Allah brings the dead to life, and shows you His Signs so that you may understand.
From strange to perhaps even stranger is Allah revealing that His raising the dead did not impress his audience, and that their hearts became as hard as stone, if not harder, followed by an exposé on what are some of the most unusual qualities of rocks, and what, or more accurately, who causes rockslides.
2:74 Then your hearts became as hard as stone or harder; for there are stones from which rivers flow, and others which splinter and water comes out of them, and others which tumble down for fear of Allah. Allah is surely not unaware of what you do.
The Holy Spirit
What are we to make of Allah saying He strengthened Jesus with the Holy Spirit not once, but on at least three occasions? Whose Spirit could it be, unless God is referring to Himself? (Highly unlikely considering His rants against those who would claim He is one of three.) Could it be that He overheard someone talking about the Christian celebration of the Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples and misunderstood who was, or were the recipients? The first reference to the Holy Spirit is found in a diatribe against the Jews for refusing to accept Muhammad as His legitimate spokesman.
2:87 We have indeed given Moses the Book, and after him We sent one Messenger after another. We also gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear signs (miracles) and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit. Do you, then, whenever a Messenger brings you what you do not desire, become puffed up with pride accusing some [of them] of lying and killing others?
2:88 They said: “Our hearts are sealed.” Nay, Allah has cursed them on account of their unbelief; for they have very little faith.
2:89 And when a book (the Qur’an) came to them from Allah confirming that which they had (the Torah), and though they used hitherto to pray for assistance against those who disbelieved; yet when there came to them what they already knew (that Muhammad would be sent as the Messenger of Allah) they disbelieved in it. So may Allah’s curse be on the unbelievers!
The second reference is found in a revelation in which God substantially elevates Muhammad above all His other spokespersons.
2:253 [Of] those Messengers, We have made some excel the others; to some of them Allah spoke (Moses and Muhammad) and He exalted some (Muhammad) many degrees [above the others]. We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear signs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit. Had Allah so willed, those who succeeded them would not have fought one another after they had received the clear signs. But they disagreed [among themselves]; some of them believed and some did not. Had Allah pleased they would not have fought each other, but Allah does what He wills.
The third reference to the Holy Spirit is in a revelation in which Allah claims that on Judgement Day, He will take credit for the miracles perform by Jesus. In the same breath, He reveals that it was the Holy Spirit that made it possible for Jesus to speak and be understood as soon as he was born, which is eerily reminiscent of what the Holy Spirit actually did for the apostles: allowing them to be understood by those who spoke a different language.
5:110 When Allah will say: “O Jesus, son of Mary, remember My Grace upon you and upon your mother, how I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit, so that you could speak to people in the cradle and as an old man; how I taught you the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel; and how, by My Leave, you created out of clay the likeness of a bird, and breathed into it, and then, by My leave, it turned into a bird. And you could heal the blind and the leper by My Leave and you could raise the dead by My Leave. And [remember] how I restrained the Children of Israel from harming you, when you brought them the clear signs (the miracles); whereupon the unbelievers among them said: “That indeed is nothing but manifest sorcery.”
The True Story
3:54 And they (the Jews) contrived and Allah contrived; Allah is the Best of the contrivers.
3:55 When Allah said: “O Jesus, I will cause you to die, will lift you up to Me, purify you from those who have disbelieved and place those who followed you above those who have disbelieved, till the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me is your return, so that I may judge between you regarding what you were disputing.”
Again "what you were disputing" is said to refer to the Jews who argued among themselves as to whether it was the Messiah who died on the cross.
3:56 “But as for those who disbelieved, I will sternly punish them in this world and the Hereafter, and they shall have no supporters.”
3:57 And as for those who have believed and done the good deeds, He will pay them their rewards in full. Allah does not love the evildoers.
3:58 This is what we recite (reveal) to you (Muhammad) of the Revelations and Wise Reminder (the Qur’an).
3:59 Jesus in Allah’s sight is like Adam; He created him from dust, then He said to him: “Be”, and there he was.
3:60 [This is] the truth from your Lord; so do not be one of the doubters.
A revelation that begins on a conciliatory tone only to end with a curse upon the lying Christians.
3:61 To those who dispute with it (the truth regarding Jesus) after the knowledge which has come to you, say [to them]: “Come now; let us call our sons and your sons, our wives and your wives, ourselves and yourselves. Then let us pray to Allah and so call down Allah’s curse upon the liars.”/p>
3:62 This indeed is the true story, and there is no God but Allah, and Allah is truly the Mighty, the Wise!
33:63 And if they turn their backs, then Allah certainly knows the mischief-makers.
If Jesus was Allah’s son, Muhammad would be the first to worship Him.
43:81 Say (O Muhammad): “If the All-Compassionate has a child, I would be the first worshipper.”
43:82 Exalted be the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne, above what they (Christians) describe.
43:83 So leave them to romp and frolic till they encounter their Day (Judgement Day) which they have been promised.
43:84 It is He Who in heaven is God, and on earth is God; and He is the All-Wise, the All-Knowing.
443:85 Blessed is He Who has the dominion of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and Who has the knowledge of the Hour, and unto Him you shall be returned.
Jesus will have the power of intercession on behalf of believers who don’t quite have enough good behavior points to get into Paradise , since he spoke the truth about his human origin.
43:86 Those upon whom they call, apart from Him, do not have the power of intercession, except he who bears witness to the Truth knowingly.
Are Christians perverts?
43:87 If you ask them: “Who creates them?”, They will say: “Allah.” Why, then, are they perverted? After Muhammad tells God that these people are not believers, God tells him to “turn away from them”, they will get what is coming to them.
Muhammad petitioned God to label Christian unbelievers.
43:88 And his (Muhammad’s) petition is: “Lord, these are surely a people who do not believe.”
43:89 So turn away from them, and say: ‘Peace.’ For they will certainly come to know.
That can’t be good.