I mean, do they honestly expect this to convert people? All they really seem to do is beat people over the head with their holy book and make several bald assertions, such as "Allah ... sent down the holy Quran during the time of the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who received and recorded it.".
Oh yes, and my favorite "assertion": "You know that Islam is the true religion, that The Holy Quran is the last book sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), and that Muhammad (PBUH) is the true and last prophet sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). But you still persist in your denial." No, I'm sorry, I don't know any such thing.
What I do know is that Islam and Christianity tend to follow the same basic format (monotheistic, with a prophet). Speaking very generally, they are very similar religions (at least when you compare them to something like Buddhism or Hinduism) ... and yet they sit here squabbling amongst themselves like children. ("I'm the truth!" "No, I'M the truth!" "No you're not!" "Yes I am!" "No you're not!" "Yes I am!")
Why on Earth do people persist in picking up their various books and claiming them to be divinely-inspired? Do they have any empirical evidence whatsoever to back up their claims? I certainly haven't seen any. Besides which, even if we could demonstrate a book's origin with a reasonable degree of certainty, can we demonstrate that the claims it makes are true? That seems like a nearly-impossible task to me.
"Don't read that, Johnny, you don't know where it's been..." :p
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(This brochure has been prepared to briefly describe the Islamic belief in Allah and the status of Jesus (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him (PBUH)) as well as to invite Christians to the path of righteousness and redemption.)
THE ALMIGHTY AND THE MAJESTIC ALLAH (MAY HE BE GLORIFIED AND EXALTED), STATES IN HIS HOLY QURAN:
SAY: HE, ALLAH, IS ONE. (AL-IKHLAS: 1)
CHRISTIANS, BY SAYING: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT
ARE SUBMITTING TO A POLYTHEIST BELIEF.
IS THIS NOT A CLEAR DEVIATION?
ALLAH (MAY HE BE GLORIFIED AND EXALTED), IN HIS SURA AL-IKHLAS MOST CERTAINLY DECLARES THAT:
HE BEGETS NOT, NOR WAS HE BEGOTTEN. (AL-IKHLAS: 3)
CHRISTIANS ARE BELIEVING THAT JESUS MESSIAH IS THE SON OF GOD
IS THIS NOT A CLEAR IGNORANCE?
WHEREAS, AS INFORMED IN THE HOLY QURAN
JESUS (PBUH) HAS SAID:
I AM A SERVANT OF ALLAH, HE HAS GIVEN ME THE SCRIPTURE AND MADE ME A PROPHET. (MARYAM: 30)
WHEREAS, CHRISTIANS IDOLIZE JESUS (PBUH).
WHAT A HUGE DEVIATION THIS IS.
IN AYAH 4-5 OF SURA AL-KAHF ALLAH (MAY HE BE GLORIFIED AND EXALTED) STATES:
AND TO WARN THOSE WHO SAY, ALLAH HAS BEGOTTEN A SON.
NO KNOWLEDGE HAVE THEY OF SUCH A THING, NOR HAD THEIR FATHERS. MIGHTY IS THE WORD THAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS. THEY UTTER NOTHING BUT A LIE. (AL-KAHF: 4-5)
CHRISTIANS ARE IMPUTING THAT ALLAH (MAY HE BE GLORIFIED AND EXALTED), HAS BEGOT A SON.
WHAT GREAT HEEDLESSNESS THIS IS?
ALLAH (MAY HE BE GLORIFIED AND EXALTED), COMMANDS IN HIS AYAT:
MUHAMMAD IS NOT THE FATHER OF ANY MAN AMONG YOU, BUT HE IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH AND THE LAST (END) OF THE PROPHETS. (AL-AHZAB: 40)
EVEN THOUGH ITS REVEALED IN THE BIBLE, CHRISTIANS SAY:
WE DO NOT RECOGNISE ANY PROPHET AFTER JESUS.
THEY DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE IN THEIR OWN BOOK.
WHAT KIND OF RELIGIOUS CREED IS THIS?
To believe in all prophets as well as Jesus (PBUH), is one of the principle beliefs in the religion of Islam. We believe in all the prophets and holy books that Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has sent us.
They all believe in Allah and His angels and His books and His apostles; We do not differentiate between any of His apostles (Al-Baqara: 285)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) instructs us to believe in Jesus (PBUH) and the unaltered holy bible that was sent to him and all the other prophets that Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has sent us. According to the Islam, Jesus (PBUH) is one of the great prophets of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). He was born fatherless from the Virgin Mary. Jesus (PBUH) was created just as Adam (PBUH) was created without a father. As a matter of fact, todays medical science, eases the understanding of this situation. Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is bereft of human qualities and having a child.
The Jews, who didnt want to understand and accept these facts, slandered Jesus (PBUH) about his fatherless birth and accused him of being a child out of wedlock, whereas some Christians called him God, while others called him son of God and another group named him one of the three. Whereas, the truth is as stated in the Holy Quran:
Verily, the likeness of 'Iesa (Jesus) before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: "Be!" - and he was. (Al-e-Imran: 59)
Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) divine declaration about Mary is:
And Mary the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His books, and was one of the devout (servants). (At-Tahrim: 12)
Christians, by saying God is three: the father, the son, and the holy spirit; three individual as one, have deviated to a trinity understanding. Which one of this is Almighty Allah? Isnt this a fallacious mentality? Can it be true?
Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one Allah; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector. (An-Nisa: 171)
You know that Islam is the true religion, that The Holy Quran is the last book sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), and that Muhammad (PBUH) is the true and last prophet sent to us by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). But you still persist in your denial.
O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know? (Al-e-Imran: 71)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is calling unto you.
Oh reader, dont consciously hide what is true and what is real. Dont shut your eyes to the right path. Dont persist in this blasphemy and denial.
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is calling to you in his Holy Quran in Sura An-Nisa:
So believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: 'Three (trinity)!' (An-Nisa: 171)
Believe in that Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is only one, He is exempt of human qualities.
Its great cruelty and denial to impute having a son to Allah (may he be glorified and exalted):
And they say: "The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son. Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, that they ascribe a son to the Most Beneficent Allah. But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Beneficent Allah that He should beget a son. (Maryam: 88-92)
Can you not understand the difference between creating and breeding? Can you not think that to give birth and to be born, before anything is linked to a creation? Are your eyes so blind?
Whereas, according to The Holy Quran, Jesus (PBUH) had said:
Verily, Allah! He is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). This is the (only) Straight Path. (Az-Zukhruf: 64)
Jesus (PBUH) is addressing you as a servant of Allah, whereas you are putting him in the place of Allah, accepting him as God. In response to your slander how could Jesus (PBUH) be your advocate? How will you face Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) when brought to His presence? Can something created be God? Can you not see how much you have deviated?
But the Messiah said: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord". Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zalimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers. (Al-Maeda: 72)
Jesus (PBUH) is addressing you, should you continue to hold partners in worship to Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), Hell will eternally be your abode. Will you still not wake up?
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), puts forth in the Holy Quran another declaration by Jesus (PBUH):
Verily! I am a servant of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; (Maryam: 30)
While, the Christians are wrongly accepting Jesus (PBUH) as God. Jesus (PBUH), is saying; I am not Allah, but his servant. I am not Allah, but his prophet and messenger. Christians have gone astray by making a creation, their creator, Allah. They are slandering their holy prophet, and deviating from his path. Can a human be a God? What big denial is this?
To those who impute almightiness to Jesus (PBUH), Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) commands in his Ayah:
Surely, they have disbelieved who say: "Allah is the Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary)." (Al-Maeda: 72)
Surely, disbelievers are those who said: "Allah is the third of the three (in a Trinity). (Al-Maeda: 73)
The word three as well as the word third in saying that Allah is the third of the three (in a Trinity) indicates a two-way blasphemy. Since there is no God other than one, presuming three Gods is denial that Allah exists. This creates an inconsistency such as saying Allah (God) is three.
But there is no God (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One (God - Allah). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them. (Al-Maeda: 73)
Those, who persist in using these words and continue in their misguided belief of the trinity, Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) openly labels blasphemous. And they will receive a severe punishment.
The Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger (Al-Maeda: 75)
He is not a God, but merely a prophet, an edict who has been sent by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) with His proof and decree. As Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has purposely given miracles to some of the prophets, He has also given Jesus (PBUH) clear miracles in order to prove his authenticity. Just as Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) brought the dead back to life through his intermediary Jesus (PBUH), with no doubt, he also used Moses (PBUH) as an intermediary, giving life to his staff and turning it into a snake. This miracle is more astounding than the first.
If Jesus (PBUH) was created without a father, no doubt, Adam (PBUH) was created without a father or a mother. This is even more surprising. All these are from the divine level of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). Moses (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) are only intermediaries who manifest Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) power of creation.
Neither was Jesus (PBUH) the only prophet to exist:
Many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a Siddiqah [i.e. she believed in the words of Allah and His Books (see Verse 66:12)]. They both used to eat food (as any other human being, while Allah does not eat) (Al-Maeda: 75)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) states that Jesus (PBUH) and Mary used to eat. Hence, Jesus (PBUH) used to eat, drink and walk just as any other human. Can such a person be a God? Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is such that He has no beginning nor ending.
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) rejects the fabricated statements and extreme views that Christians have of Jesus (PBUH). Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) describes in the Holy Quran, how Christians have deviated so much with their excessive elevation of Jesus that they ignore God and worship Jesus (PBUH) instead: O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth (An-Nisa: 171)
Refer to Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) with only His high attributes and His beautiful names. Dont associate him with a partner, a child (son) or similar things, which do not suit His attributes.
The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah. (An-Nisa: 171)
Jesus (PBUH) is only one of the greatest prophets of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) and not His son, as you claim.
And His Word, ("Be!" - and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary). (An-Nisa: 171)
He is an order manifested by His Glory. It is through His word Be! that he became.
And a spirit (Rûh) created by Him. (An-Nisa: 171)
He is a spirit that came into being through creation. Due to the fact that he miraculously became through the manifestation of the word Kü n (Be) from Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), he (Jesus) was honoured with the title Kelimetullah (the word of Allah). This honours the spirit by enhancing it to a divine attribution of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted). Through him (Jesus), Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has given life to many dead hearts.
In that case;
So believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: "Three (trinity)!" Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), Glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is AllSufficient as a Disposer of affairs. (An-Nisa: 171)
Jesus (PBUH) felt necessary to remind those who associated non human attributes to him, that he was but a servant of God:
"Verily! I am a servant of Allah." (Maryam: 30)
He never said to his people: acquire me as your Lord, on the contrary ha said:
"And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Maryam: 36)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) informs us of the consequence believing in the trinity, which demolishes the basis of monotheist belief. Those who acquire a God alongside Allah, will be made to face Jesus (PBUH) in the divine presence of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) and who so ever slandered Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) and his prophets will receive the punishment they deserve.
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) in addressing the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), says:
Say: "If the Most Beneficent had a son, then I am the first of Allah's worshippers.
Glorified be the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne! Exalted be He from all that they ascribe (to Him).
So leave them (alone) to speak nonsense and play until they meet the Day of theirs, which they have been promised. (Az-Zukhruf: 81-83)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) says to those who assign to some of His servants a share with Him:
Yet they assign to some of His servants a share with Him (in his godhead). Verily, man is indeed a manifest ingrate! (Az-Zukhruf: 15)
To associate him with having a child (son) is a blasphemy and blasphemy is ingrate avowed.
The Holy Quran frequently explains that Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is exempt from having a child (son):
And they (Jews, Christians and pagans) say: Allah has begotten a son (children or offspring). Glory be to Him (Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth, and all surrender with obedience (in worship) to Him. (Al-Baqarah: 116)
To impute Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) with having a child (son) suggests that he also looks human. Whereas since nothing looks like Him it is unrealistic to assume that He could have a child (son). He is the only creator, and has neither beginning nor end.
They say: Allah has taken a son (to Himself)! Glory be to Him: He is the Self-sufficient: His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth; you have no authority for this; do you say against Allah what you do not know? (Yunus: 68)
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) is far from the claims these people put forward, they impute to a dry opinion, since He has not declared or made any statement that may suggest that He has a child.
Say: "Verily, those who invent a lie against Allah will never be successful" (Yunus: 69)
They will receive what they fear and be deprived of what they are hoping for. Hell will be there abode and not heaven.
Look, how they invent a lie against Allah, and enough is that as a manifest sin. (An-Nisa: 50)
Even if this be their only sin, the slander they put forth is a sin that will shadows them all.
He Who has begotten no son (children or offspring) and for Whom there is no partner in the dominion. He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements. (Al-Furqan: 2)
The destiny of everything exists under His power. Everything remains within a boundary that no servant can see beyond. However, His power has neither boundary nor end. Hence, nothing has the power to go beyond the limits of creation to become his associate.
And the Jews say: 'Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah. (At-Tawba: 30)
This deviation opened a door for Christians to claim Messiah is the Son of God.
And the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. (At-Tawba: 30)
Though in the beginning, it was only a group of Christians who claimed this, soon after, almost all of them began to accept and claim the same. Moreover, people who disagreed were accused of blasphemy.
These are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before. (At-Tawba: 30)
Though they are people of the book, they are like polytheists and are considered thus.
Allah's Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth! (At-Tawba: 30)
Due to their slanders, they remain exposed to Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) divine wrath.
Christians claim that sacrificing their minds and ego to believing in the trinity, is a necessary principle of faith that will save them and purify them of the initial sin, whereas this is nothing other than taking lightly the belief in God. This is clearly disrespectful.
The trinity belief was not present at the beginning of Christianity. It is a fabricated belief, which has resulted from fraudulent alteration of the bible.
The first gospels written after Jesus (PBUH), was the gospels of Mark. In this Jesus (PBUH) is referred to as; You are the Christ (8/29), in Luke; The Christ of God (9/20). While a clause in the gospels of Matthew states; You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (16/16). However, Matthew and Luke adopted many of their quotations from the gospels of Mark. The trinity belief is present in the letters of John and Paul. Paul is the father of concepts that impute Godliness to Jesuss and the one who introduced the present day belief of the trinity.
Today's Bible, which is considered a holy book by Christians halfly made up of the letters of Paul who was a Jewish convert.
Paul, the Jewish convert was a Roman Rabbi who had been a great oppressor of Christians before his conversion. The letters he wrote the church upon becoming a Christian, make up half of the 27 books of the bible. Son of God and the Crucifix were the basis of Paul's doctrines. (US News and Report, 20th April 1992 p.70)
As a priest, who has converted to Islam states; Paul's evil minded letters teach about slander, backbiting, jealousy, betrayal and spying. These letters are especially full of inconsistencies and contradictions.
Saint Paul, whom introduced trinity to Christianity, is a Jew from Tarsus whose real name is Saul.
Before he came out by saying Jesus came down to me and taught me the trinity, Saint Paul, used to teach the Kabbalah in Jerusalem (Kudus) (The Concise Atlas of the Bible p.124)
As churches outstretched to Anatolia (Anadolu), Jesus Christ (PBUH) began to be known as The Son of God, this was the prime subject of Paulss letters. (A.g.e, p.70)
In order to warn Christians and tell them that they have been mislead, Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) commands in His Ayat;
Say: "How do you worship besides Allah something which has no power either to harm or to benefit you? (Al-Maeda: 76)
All of them, in respect of their nature are creatures of Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted). They havent the potential to give neither benefit nor harm.
But it is Allah Who is the AllHearer, AllKnower." (Al-Maeda: 76)
Just as He can hear His servants worship him and pray to him, He also knows what is kept hidden within the hearts. Consequently, He will give everyone what they deserve.
Say: "O people of the Scripture! Exceed not the limits in your religion other than the truth. (Al-Maeda: 77)
O Christians! Do not ignore that the Messiah (Jesus) is the prophet of God by raising him to a divine level.
O Jews! Dont dare to deflate the value of Jesus by denying he is a prophet.
Do not follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by, and who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the Right Path." (Al-Maeda: 77)
Here, the deviated and the deviators are mentioned to describe the dignitaries, from the Jews and Christians, who have marked an epoch in a deviant path and its followers. In their religion they have not set truth as their target, and hence have gone as far as wrongly and blindly imitating their past.
Evil indeed is that which their ownselves have sent forward before them. (Al-Maedah: 80)
It is certain that on the day of judgement, they will see the severe consequences of their beliefs and deviation.
The religion of Islam, began with the first human and the first prophet Adam (PBUH), and with the flow of time and the coming of each prophet, it developed more and more towards perfection. The Islam sent to Moses (PBUH) was more improved and perfected compared to the Islam sent to Noah (PBUH). While, the Islam sent to Jesus (PBUH) was more comprehensive and developed compared to Islam sent to Moses (PBUH). When sent to Muhammad (PBUH), it reached its final modality and was perfected.
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) commands in His Ayah;
This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Al-Maeda: 3)
After Islam, there will come no other religion or prophet till the day of judgement.
Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. (Al-Imran: 19)
It possesses the feature to overcome human beings, qualitative and quantitative needs through the ages.
To follow older religions while Islam is present is like searching for stars during the day.
The Distorted Bible Contains Many References on the Prophethood of Jesus (PBUH):
After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world. (John: 6:14)
They were all filled with awe and praised God. A great prophet has appeared among us, they said. (Luke: 7:16)
And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour. (Matthew: 13:57)
All the verses and similar ones mentioned in the Bible, clearly show that Jesus (PBUH) is a prophet, a messenger sent by God. But on the other hand, this notion is contradicted in verses: Luke: 9:35, Matthew: 3:17, Mark: 1:11, John: 1:18, where it is stated that Jesus (PBUH) is the Son of God. These two opposing ideologies should not be present in a Holy book, or its religion. This clearly shows that the Bible has been distorted. Some verses mention Jesus as prophet but on the other hand some others mention him as "Son of God".
The Holy Quran, clearly explains the status of Jesus (PBUH):
And when I inspired the disciples: Believe in Me and in My messenger, they said: We believe. Bear witness that we have surrendered (unto Thee) 'we are muslims.' (Al-Maeda: 111)
The Messiah does by no means disdain that he should be a servant of Allah, nor do the angels who are near to Him, and whoever disdains His service and is proud, He will gather them all together to Himself. (An-Nisa: 172)
He was naught but a servant on whom We bestowed favour, and We made him an example for the children of Israel. (Az-Zukhruf: 59)
Jesus (PBUH) is a mortal, a prophet chosen by God to guide people unto the path of righteousness. As for his task as a prophet, is to invite people to believe in only one Allah and worship him alone.
The Holy Quran and the Present Day Bible:
Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) sent down the holy Quran during the time of the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who received and recorded it. Later it was copied and distributed by Muslims. Today, worldwide there are millions of publications of the Quran, however one cannot find the slightest difference even a single letter, among any of these. Even those who slander it, claiming its omission, have failed to show a second version. Thus, there is no such doubt that the Quran maybe altered. A study done by the Germans during the second world war, compared thousands of copies and manuscripts of the Quran written over centuries and found not a single difference in content. Their findings reported that there was no difference between the first copies written hundreds years ago and those today.
Whereas, the present day bible has derived through the pen of four different people. Furthermore, it is commonly mentioned that there are various hidden manuscripts and copies of the bible. Added to it are various declarations, stories, letters that belong neither to Allah nor his prophet Jesus (PBUH). For this reason the contradictions and discrepancies within the bible are countless.
The book The Pact Behind The Faith by ordained Methodist Minister C. Leslie Mitton Jesus (published in 1974 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company Grand Rapids, Michigan USA,) describes in page 10 that many consider Jesus (PBUH) with respect regarding him an extraordinary person without taking serious the claim that he is the Son of God. Even the bible is no longer considered a divine book whose every word is accurate, but rather it is considered, a collection of writings by ordinary people who were just as prone to fall into error and ignorance as anyone else. In answering the question what do we know for sure about Jesus? it is no longer possible to give the churches official teaching or quote verses from the bible because these only raise further questions arising. How can we be sure that the church or the holy bible is correct? To what extent can the bibles reference to Jesus (PBUH) be considered authentic or to what extent has it been influenced, altered or even created by the imagination
Prof. Dr. Maurice Bucaille writes of the confessions of the French Catholic Priest Roguet:
Many bible readers feel embarrassed, in fact they blush when they think about the meaning behind many of the confessions in the bible. This also happens when they compare different revelations of the same event from various versions of the bible. Priest Roguet also mentions this observation in his book An Introduction to the Bible. A weekly Catholic publication, experienced in answering the question of distressed bible readers is a measure of how uneasy Christians are of what they read in the holy bible. People who send these queries come from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. Priest Rouget describes that they are often requested to explain texts that are difficult to understand, comprehend and often contradictory or those referred to as scandalous texts. This is a recent establishment. Priest Rougets book was published in 1973. Not long ago most Christians were only accommodated to the bible being read and interpreted in sermons and it was never tradition to read the whole of t
The Bible has been altered. Hence, it is unavoidable for any reasoning Christian to fall into doubt or uncertainty about the fraudulent alteration of the bible. For these reasons many Christian theologists, have had to explain that there was no book sent to Jesus (PBUH) and rather the bible was written by Jesus partisans. While according to Islam, it is believed that Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) has sent to mankind four holy books. These are the Psalms of David, the Torah, the Bible and the Quran.
Oh Christians! Is it possible to believe a book whose divinity has been distorted? Is it possible to defend that a religion built on such a book can be from God? On what evidence do you still reject the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? While it is he, who has elevated Jesus (PBUH) and introduced him in the most excellent manner to all believers.
Revelations of the Last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Bible:
Over the years, the holy bible given to Jesus (PBUH) by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has been adulterated by the words of men, yet in spite of its current tarnished state, it still retains some signs, which tell of the coming of the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement. (John 16:7-8)
I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:12-13)
If you love me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counsellor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. (John 14:15-17)
But the Counsellor, the Holly Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)
When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (John 15:26)
These are the words of Jesus (PBUH) according to the Bible recognised, accepted, and believed in by Christians the world over, today. They attest to two very vital points: that Jesus (PBUH) gave his disciples the news of the coming of a greater prophet than himself; and that he told them that they must adhere to him. It also describes his worth and great virtues. While Jesus (PBUH) spoke of Muhammad (PBUH) in this way, Rasulullah (the messenger of Allah) spoke of Jesus (PBUH) as follows:
Amongst the people, there is non, who is closer to Jesus son of Mary, in this world and the next, than I. All the Prophets are brothers; they are like children of the same father, born of different mothers. All of their religions are one. (Buhkari, Tajrid-i Sarih: 1403)
The above statements does not only show how both Prophets support and testify about one another, but it also shows how they compliment each other, and demonstrates their elevated statuses by Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) side.
The term used to refer to the Spirit of Truth of whose coming Jesus (PBUH) spoke is Paraklate in Greek or Paraklatos in the Latin. According to Christian traditions, Paraklate means one who praises, or the saviour; which is easily a reference to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who saved mankind from sin/corruption. Further more, the direct translation of the word Paraklate, into Arabic, is Ahmad. Hence, this refers to our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Kingdom of Heaven being close at hand, as spoken of in Mathew and Luke, is also a reference to Muhammad (PBUH):
He told them another parable: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32)
As the parable describes, the religion which the last messenger brought, was initially weak, his followers very few, but afterwards Islam grew strong and spread throughout the world.
In the eyes of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) Jesus (PBUH) is a truly elevated Prophet. It is because Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) wishes it so, that they are loved so much by men. Basically, the endless love and devotion we have towards all of the Prophets of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), in spite of lack of knowledge or understanding of their greatness, is purely due to the will of the almighty, and beyond any human capability or capacity we have, for he is a prophet.
O children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me in the Torah, and giving good tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. (As-Saff: 6)
One can discern from the Quranic verse above, that the increase of devotion, love and association between Jesus (PBUH) and Muhammad (PBUH) leads to the essence of brotherhood between them. Furthermore, with the will of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), Muhammad (PBUH) boldly reveals the mystery and the truth surrounding Jesus (PBUH).
He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. (John 16:14)
What he meant by this is; Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has bestowed many great virtues and qualities upon me, which I cannot explain to you now. But he will reveal to you my reality, and explain all that Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) has given me.
This is why, when the awaited prophet came, many great Judeo-Christian scholars of the time embraced the new religion brought by him.
Those whom We have given the Book recognize this as they recognize their sons; (as for) those who have lost their souls, they will not believe. (Al-Anaam: 20)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave the news of the return of Jesus (PBUH).
I swear by Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), in whose power my life rests; It will not be long before Jesus (PBUH) son of Mary, will return as a fair judge, to destroy the cross, kill the pig, and remove tax then, there will be such a great increase in wealth, that it will be impossible to find anyone who will accept charity. (Bukhari, Tajrid-i sarih: 1018)
It will not be long before Jesus (PBUH) son of Mary, will return as a fair judge, to destroy the cross, kill the pig and remove tax; young she camels will be left untended, and non will be interested in them; all enmity and hatred between men will be in the past. Jesus (PBUH) will invite people to partake in the wealth, but there will be non who desires it. (Muslim: 155)
Jesus (PBUH) was the last of the Prophets sent to the children of Israel. He renewed the religion, which had been practiced throughout the ages until his time, spoke openly, about Ahmad who would come after him, even referring to him by name, while his teachings and ideologies were also inclined towards the last prophet.
In his time, Jesus (PBUH) supported the Torah, which bore revelations of his coming, before him, as well as revelations about that of the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In doing so, he proved with his own existence; and the good tidings he brought, in regards to the coming of Ahmad (PBUH) being close at hand; that the revelations in the Torah were true, and very near to being fully realised.
This was one of the prophet-hood duties of Jesus (PBUH): To be a pioneer for him whose name Ahmad, not only means he who praises Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) the most, but also, he who is praised and honoured most amongst all of Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) creations.
Yet in spite of the words of the messiah, many of the sons of Israel denied Muhammad (PBUH) just as they had denied Jesus (PBUH), while even many Christians hid the truth, by altering their scriptures.
Many Christian priests and scholars awaited the appearance of the final prophet, as did the sons of Israel, who expected him to come to them, and from amongst their own people. Yet when the awaited messenger, the promise of whose celebrated coming, was written in their Holly books and scriptures, came from amongst the descendants of Ishmael (PBUH), there was much trickery and accusations from those who didnt want to accept him, as well as a great deal of hostility.
But when the Messenger came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!" (As-Saff: 6)
The Jews and Christians who refused to submit to Allahs (may he be glorified and exalted) word and will, were driven by their own desires in wanting the final messenger to come from their own midst. Yet in spite of the fact that he was unmistakably the messenger of Allah (may he be glorified and exalted), they refused to accept this, and went about denying him.
O those who refuse to believe, imagine that you are in the presence of your Lord. If you are honest with yourselves, you cannot believe that the promised messenger has still not arrived.
Allah (may he be glorified and exalted) sent you a messenger who brought the truth. You have heard this, and you know it. Can you still refuse to accept? Can you still snub divine will, and submit to the desires of your baser self? Can you not see that in what you do, you are preparing your doom with your own hands?
Why did Bush not allow Yusuf Islam to enter the USA?
They know that Islam is the last religion and the holy Quran is the last book sent by Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) and that Muhammad is the last prophet sent by Allah (the most gracious the most merciful).
O followers of the Book! Why do you confound the truth with the falsehood and knowingly hide the truth? (Al-E-Imran: 71)
However, since they have not found righteousness they continue to persist in there corruption.
And to whomsoever Allah does not give light, he has no light. (Al-Noor: 40)
What is there punishment?
They will see torment like no one else has seen. Since, they deny divine commands, try to hide the truth, and choose mistaken beliefs over what is right.
Seize him, then drag him down into the middle of the hell; Then pour upon his head the torment of the boiling water. Taste thou! Wast thou forsooth the mighty, the honourable. Truly this is what ye used to doubt! (Ad-Dukhan: 47-50)
And it will be said to them: Werent you renowned amongst your people? But you were/remained ungrateful towards your creature Allah (the most gracious the most merciful).
Does not man see that We have created him from a drop of seed (detestable water)? Then lo! he (stands forth) as an open adversary! (Ya-seen: 77)
Though, it was He who created you from a sperm and surrounded you with His blessings, still what is it that deceives you against all His benevolence? Thus, suffer the torment you deserve! Suffer it eternally
This goes to ruler. Every disbelieving ruler, will taste this torment.The USA Feared Yusuf Islam
(Turkish Newspaper; Y. Þafak, 23. September 2004)
Not allowing Yusuf Islam to enter the US, was an act driven by malicious crusade mentalities with an ulterior motive to openly antagonise Islam. However, this situation will result in against them. While he was going to meet a few people there now the subject matter has spread worldwide.
Yusuf Islam had no gun, nor plane, yet why did the US fear him? They feared him because above all he has faith.
O you who believe! Guard your own souls: If you are on the right way, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. To Allah is your return, of all (of you), and then He will inform you of what you did. (Al-Maeda: 105)
They know well that their book has been altered. Thus this is what Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) informs us:
They change the words from their places and forget a good part of the message that was sent them (Al-Maeda: 105)
They have seen the bible altered and destroyed, yet why do they still hide this truth? Because they want to cover the truths.
While Yusuf Islam was also once a Christian, and a man of fame but once he was honoured with faith he turned his back to everything else. He accepted Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) His Book and His Prophet and was saved.
Is one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam, so that he has received Enlightenment from Allah, (no better than one hard-hearted)? Woe to those whose hearts are hardened against celebrating the praises of Allah! They are manifestly wandering in error! (Az-Zumar: 22)
These are the ones who are saved, those are the ones who are held.
Does this not teach you a lesson? Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) informs us in His verses:
Surely the (true) religion with Allah is Islam. (Al-E-Imran: 19)
They fear him because they fear the spreading of the light of faith.
For instance: An armed robber enters a house. When the child of the household shouts: Dad! the robber strays. Why? Because he is not supposed to be there, he is not a member of that household.
Thus, because they remain deprived of the true religion, they take precautions against the spreading of the divine religion. Nevertheless, their fears will come true.
Surah Al-Isra verse 58 refers to them:
There is not a town but We will destroy it before the day of resurrection or punish it with a severe punishment; this is written in the Book (of Divine ordinance).
We invite you to believe that there is no God but Allah (the most gracious the most merciful) who is exempt from mortal attributes and He begets not, nor was He begotten; and to believe in all His messengers, that Muhammad (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) are His servants and prophets; and to believe that the Psalms, Torah, Bible and Quran are all true books sent to the messengers of Allah (the most gracious the most merciful).
This is the truth, this is true redemption.
And peace to all who follow guidance! (Ta-ha: 47)
Peace on His servants whom He has chosen! (Al-Naml: 59)