One thing Muslims would not tell you

The Jesus Muslims believe in, the one mentioned in the Qur’an and the Hadith, is not Jesus Christ. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in Jesus Christ. They do not believe in Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross while the “Jesus of Islam” never suffered or died because as a prophet of Allah, he could not suffer or die a horrible death. That is the teaching of Islam.

However, one thing that you should know, and Muslims do not tell anyone, Prophet Muhammad died a horrible death. He was a prophet of Allah, and you think he was spared from anguish, right? Not quite. He suffered for more than three years and died. A Jewish woman poisoned him; he suffered from complications for more than three years and died a terrible death. Now there is a prophet of Allah who the Hadith shows died a horrible death.

Muslims should quit denying that Jesus Christ died and resurrected because Jesus Christ is not the “Jesus of Islam” who, in spite of all the excellent attributes he had more than Prophet Muhammad, played a second fiddle to Muhammad. What a joke! Only Muhammad would claim to be getting revelations from God to refute something like the death of Jesus Christ, which happened 600 years before Muhammad was even born, and then set the conditions for how a prophet of his god should live and die (honorably) and then die in a miserable way. That is Islam for you.

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  • Matthew Wells

    I think the true Jesus revealed himself to Muhammad here,

    “Abdullah reported: We were along with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) that we happened to pass by children amongst whom there was Ibn Sayyad. The children made their way but Ibn Sayyad kept sitting there (and it seemed) as if Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) did not like it (his sitting with the children) and said to him: May your nose be besmeared with dust, don’t you bear testimony to the fact that I am the Messenger of Allah? Thereupon he said: No, but you should bear testimony that I am the messenger of Allah. Thereupon ‘Umar b. Khattab said: Allah’s Messenger, permit me that I should kill him. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: If he is that person who is in your mind (Dajjal ), you will not be able to kill him.

    Abdullah reported: We were walking with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) that Ibn Sayyad happened to pass by him. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: I have concealed for you (something to test you, so tell me that). He said: It is Dukh. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: Be off. You cannot get farther than your rank, whereupon ‘Umar said: Allah’s Messenger, permit me to strike his neck. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Leave him; if he is that one (Dajjal) whom you apprehend, you will not be able to kill him.” Muslim 41.17.6990-6991

    This dukh (smoke) is also mentioned in the Bible.

    “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” Rev 9:2

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  • Zayd Benaboud

    Ameen ya Ababakr. May Allah Guides him, me and you to the right path. I think Hussein had a bad childhood experience among his Muslim people and decided to leave Islam before even understanding what it is about. He made such a catastrophic decision while he only was 14. Anyways, let’s pray for him. After all, what Would Allah Do with his punishment if he decides to take it objectively and start looking for the truth? Didn’t Allah Say in his Book : “What can Allah gain by your punishment, if ye are grateful and ye believe? Nay, it is Allah that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things.” (An-Nissa’a)

  • Abubakar Bin Dahman

    Zeyd Benaboud

    May Allah (SAW) reward you and bless you and your family and grant you jannat Al-firdaus for your Jihad on answering this apostate. And i pray to Allah to guide this Hussein if his fight against Islam is as a result of ignorance and misunderstanding, but if his fight against Islam is as a result of arrogance even after knowing the truth, then i pray to Allah to curse him and throw him to the lowest levels of the Hell fire, ameen ya rabb.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    1- You said : “We call Mary the Mother of God because she bore Jesus. He is the Son of God. Is there anything wrong with Mary being the Mother of the Son of God? And is that equal to Mary being God the Mother?”

    Mary is the Mother of the Son of God? Is she the wife of God? Isn’t she a Godess then? I’m more confused now. I’m actually happier that the Qur’an condemned all forms of blasphemy including these confusing statements. Thanks GOD we beleive : “He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything.” (Qur’an 6:101).

    2- You said : “Had Christians in Najran not asked that Muslim man, Muhammad would not have explained the discrepancy.”.

    In Islam, thanks GOD, everything has been explained to us. We are not asked to love GOD stupidely. The Qur’an talkes to “those who reason”. You surely know that Hussein. Every single thing that happened to Muhammad (and by the way to any of us) was the Will of GOD. Every event was an adecuate occasion for new laws to be instructed and for existing doubts to be clarified.

    You said : “In the case of Jesus we call him “son of David” because he had no earthly father and he was a descendant of David.”

    Why wouldn’t you simply call him “son of GOD” if he really was? It sounds even more credible ;-)

    3- I clearly quoted for you the literal translation of the verse as It was revealed by GOD in Arabic (which by the was is still a live language that millions of people still use). The translation quoted clearly refrains from advocating any specific theory since Allah Himself has not mentioned any of the prevalent theories on the subject (including the one you got from the Tafasir you mentioned) in this verse or anywhere else in the Qur’an.

    4- I will copy for an answer from the Qur’an : “We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur’an: before this, thou too was among those who knew it not.” (12:3)

    Salaaaaam (peace),

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Dear Hussein,

    I would first like to ask you : Where did I state that Assayyida Aisha started narating the Ahadith at the age of 16? Please copy and paste my own words.

    Hussein, please know that most of the Prophet’s marriages were for legislative reasons and to abolish certain corrupt traditions. Such was his marriage to Zaynab, divorcee of the freed slave Zayd. Before Islam, the Arabs did not allow divorcees to remarry. Zayd was adopted by the Prophet (sws) and called his son as was the custom among the Arabs before Islam. But Islam abrogated this custom and disapproved of its practice. Prophet Muhammad (sws) was the first man to express this disapproval in a practical way. So he married the divorcee of his “adopted” son to show that adoption does not really make the adopted child a real son of the adopting father and also to show that marriage is lawful for divorcees. Incidentally, this very Zaynab was Muhammad’s cousin, and had been offered to him in marriage before she married Zayd. He refused her then, but after she was divorced he accepted her for the two legislative purposes: the lawful marriage of divorcees and the real status of adopted children, which is stated by GOD Himself in one of the verses you quoted : “in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have dissolved with the necessary (formality) (their marriage) with them.”

    You said : “Now tell me, the Saudi government gave this Muslim scholar the task of preparing an encyclopedia on Prophet Muhammad’s life. He only mentioned poison once in his biography on Muhammad.”.

    I thaught you had said that it’s something Muslims would NEVER tell anyone. I really think Hussein that you should really start thinking not only critically but also objectively.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Dear Hussein,
    Thank you for commenting my answers to Steve.
    1. You said, “Would you please explain why the Qur’an mentions Mary as part of the Christian “trinity” in this verse? Al-Maida, 5:116″

    Although Steve, you and most of Christians today explain the trinity as you do, there are and there have been lots of Catholics throughout history who were Mary worshippers. The Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches INSIST Mary “IS” “Mother of GOD”. Have a look at the official rosary of the Catholic Church:
    “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!”. Just because worshiping Mary is not part of the trinity you are familiar with does not mean the Quran cannot condemn it. The Quran makes sure it condemns all forms of blasphemy. Thus, the purpose of Verse 116 is to answer ALL the Christians THROUGHOUT the entire history of Christianity.

    2. You said : “If the Mary mentioned in Islam is Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, would you please explain how the all-knowing Allah had a mix-up and said at least three times in the Qur’an that the same Mary was a sister of Moses and Aaron and even shared the same father, Imran?”

    This issue was already brought to prophet Muhammad (sws) and he clearly responded to it. Mughira b. Shu’ba reported: “When I came to Najran, they (the Christians of Najran) asked me: You read “O sister of Harun (Aaron)” (i. e. Mary) in the Qur’an, whereas Moses was born much before Jesus. When I came back to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) I asked him about that, whereupon he said: The (people of the old age) used to give names (to their persons) after the names of Apostles and pious persons who had gone before them. (Sahih Muslim, Book 025, Number 5326)”

    The People of Isreal used to call people by either their last names, or by adding words such as you “Son of…” or “Brother of….” or “Sister of….” When they called people “O Son of….” they didn’t mean for that person to be the actual biological son of the person whom they used his name. The other person could be a simply in the family tree or a last name. When Jesus was called “Jesus the son of David” for instance, the Jews didn’t mean to call Jesus the actual biological son of David. Similarily, when they called Mary “O sister of Aaron”, they meant to call her sister of Aaron in faith. Not the actual biological sister of Aaron. At the end, it was her people who called her “sister of Aaron”. Allah the All knowing Was only telling us the story.

    3. You said : “One Tafsir states, “And yet they did not slay him nor did they crucify him, but he, the one slain and crucified, who was an associate of theirs [the Jews], was given the resemblance, of Jesus. In other words, God cast his [Jesus’s] likeness to him and so they thought it was him [Jesus].”

    The translation you quoted is not correct Hussein. The wordings of the original Arabic text do not speak of any “substitution of Jesus with another man”. Here is the transliteration of the actual Arabic text and its literal translation as translated by other Muslim and non Muslim translators. I hope that this will give the readers an opportunity to understand the “Words of GOD”.

    The Arabic text reads: “wa ma qatalu hu wa ma salabu hu wa lakin shubbiha lahum”.
    wa means: And, also, but, whilst.
    lakin means; But, still, nevertheless.
    shubbiha means; To be made like; A likeness or similitude.
    (This could refer to: A likeness or similitude (of Jesus), or
    A likeness or similitude (of Killing), or
    A likeness or similitude (of Crucifixion), or
    A likeness or similitude (of Killing & Crucifixion)
    lahum means; Was made for them.

    Below are the other English translations by Muslims and non Muslim scholars for comparison:
    1. Translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali:
    “But they killed him not, nor crucified him,
    only a likeness of that was shown to them.”
    2. Translation by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall:
    “…They slew him not nor crucified
    but it appeared so unto them;”
    3. Translation by Arthur J. Arberry:
    “…yet they did not slay him, neither crucified him,
    only a likeness of that was shown to them.”

    In the above English translations the translators have refrained from advocating any specific theory since Allah has not mentioned any of the prevalent theories on the subject in this verse or anywhere else in the Qur’an.

    4. You said : “There is no consensus among Muslim scholars regarding the fate of the Jesus of Islam. Most of them share your view while a minority of them believes that he died a natural death, which the Qur’an also alleges. You can read it here. Why this uncertainty in Allah’s “prefect” religion!”

    The Qur’an is not a book of history. You can not expect to find ALL names, places and dates. It’s a book of light and guidance. May GOD Guides Steve, you and me to the right path. Ameen.

    • Hussein

      Dear Zayd,
      1. No Christian church, Catholic or Orthodox, takes Mary as a god. There are ancient Christian creeds, which were written a few hundred years before the advent of Islam that addressed the position of Mary in the church. So, when the Qur’an accuses Christians of worshipping Mary, it is utterly false. Catholics and Orthodox honor Mary, but that is not worshipping her as a god. One of the creeds, the Creed of Chalcedon, addresses the issue of the Trinity states “begotten [Jesus] before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood.” [Emphasis and bracket mine.] We call Mary the Mother of God because she bore Jesus. He is the Son of God. Is there anything wrong with Mary being the Mother of the Son of God? And is that equal to Mary being God the Mother? By no means! Muhammad thought so and wanted us to believe him.

      2. Zayd, when I asked you the question, “If the Mary mentioned in Islam is Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, would you please explain how the all-knowing Allah had a mix-up and said at least three times in the Qur’an that the same Mary was a sister of Moses and Aaron and even shared the same father, Imran?”, I wanted your explanation because I already had read the Hadith you have provided and it was not enough. By the way, do you see that it was not Prophet Muhammad who realized the mistake but someone else pointed it out to him? And had Christians in Najran not asked that Muslim man, Muhammad would not have explained the discrepancy. The Hadith you have provided doesn’t explain anything because Muslims did not go to Najran, the Christian town at that time, until Prophet Muhammad sent a representative there around 631 A.D. Mary the Mother Jesus was a sister of Aaron and Moses in Islam for the first 19 years of Islam. Thanks to the Christians, who corrected Allah and Muhammad. Your explanation equating Mary the sister of Aaron and Moses in Islam with how Christians call Jesus “son of David” does not make any sense because in the case of Jesus we call him “son of David” because he had no earthly father and he was a descendant of David. Is Mary called the sister of Aaron and Moses in Islam because she also had no earthly father in Islam? Just wondering.

      3. You said, “The translation you quoted is not correct Hussein. The wordings of the original Arabic text do not speak of any “substitution of Jesus with another man.” Zayd, first of all, even your “transliteration” and “literal translation” “by other Muslim and non-Muslim translators” prove my point that it was a substitution. “Likeness,” “similitude,” “appeared so unto them,” etcetera. Someone was crucified and it is up to the readers. Please go back and reread. I have Tafsir al-Jalalayn and Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs on my side. Majority of Muslims reference these two Tafsir. Click on links and read them for yourself.

      4. You said, “The Qur’an is not a book of history.” Then how come it has stories about Jesus and his mother Mary, among others, man people who preceded Islam, and the story of the Great Flood? How come in one Surah it has all Noah’s family saved from the Flood, while another Surah has one of Noah’s sons drown? Thank you for your comments. I am looking forward to more… God bless you.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Dear Sam,
    Thank you for your questions. It’s my pleasure to try to give answers.

    1) Hypothetically speaking, if I have you decapitated for not sharing my beliefs and views, thereafter taking possession of your property, violate your wife (in fact, I may just have sexual intercourse with her within 24 hours of your decapitation, if she happens to be a beautiful 17 year old Jew) and bring up your children to hate and ridicule you as well as your beliefs and to think that your death was perfectly justified as it was ordered by some person known as the Merciful a.k.a the Compassionate (like some sort of sick joke), is that perfectly alright with you? Kindly explain if your answer is in the negative.

    My answer : The death of someone who doesn’t share others’ beliefs and views is nowhere justified by “Who is known as the Merciful and the Compassionate”, and thus your first question makes no sense.

    This is by the way what “Who is known as the Merciful and the Compassionate” Says with regard to this :

    “There is no compulsion in religion”. (Al-Baqarah)

    “Allah forbids you not, With regard to those who Fight you not for (your) Faith Nor drive you out Of your homes, From dealing kindly and justly With them: For Allah loveth Those who are just.” (60:8)

    2) Muslims always say that “ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD”. As Christianity is currently the ‘largest religion in the world, this would mean that at least some point in time Christianity was the fastest growing religion in the world. Does this mean that Christianity is still the one true religion OR was it only the one true religion during the centuries when it was the fastest growing?

    Since in the early and mid 20th century, atheism was the fastest growing “belief” in the world, does that mean that there was no God during those decades?

    If pork consumption becomes the fastest growing dietary trend in the world, does that mean that God is trying to tell mankind that pork is God’s choice of meat?

    My answer is : No. For me, Islam is the one true religion, not before it’s the fastest growing religion in the world, but because the One “Who is known as the Merciful and the Compassionate” Says : “Truly, the (recognized) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam”. (Qur’an 3:19)

    3) Do you think that apostates from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism who embrace Islam should be killed by their former fellow co religionists?

    My answer is : No.

    If your answer is in the negative, please explain in not more than 50 words why converts to Islam should be treated differently from apostates of Islam.

    Converts to Islam should not be treted diferently from apostates of Islam. God Says in the Qur’an : “It is the truth from your Lord; so let whoever wishes believe and whoever wishes do not believe” (Al-Kahf, 29)

    4) Since an enormous mosque has been built in Rome, the heart of Catholicism, would you advise/encourage the Pope to have a cathedral of a similar size be constructed in Mecca to cement and nurture ties between Catholicism and Islam, the world’s most peaceful and tolerant religion?

    My answer is : No.

    Would your answer be any different, if the purpose of having the Cathedral built in Mecca is not to nurture ties, but to propagate Christianity in the same manner and extent as what Muslims are doing in the West?

    Christians have always enjoyed practicing their faith in Muslim countries. Makkah and Madinah have a special status in Islam, like the Vatican for Catholics. Is there any single mosque in the Vatican town?

    5) If there were books and other materials published/distributed or made available in your country which advocates violence against Muslims and is blasphemous to Islam, do you agree that it should be banned?

    My answer is : YES.

    If you happened to be a peace-loving and tolerant Muslim, would your answer be any different, if these books and materials advocates violence and war against Jews, Christians and Pagans ONLY and is only blasphemous to these religions (e.g. attacking the very fundamentals of Christianity such Jesus was not the Son of God and he never died on the cross)?

    My answer is still : YES. But please know that discussing whether Jesus was or was not the son of God doesn’t mean advocating violence against Christians. The same for questioning whether Allah is or is not the Creator of the Universe. It’s not attacking Muslims.

    6) Do you agree that on 9/11 it was “ISLAM WHICH WAS HIJACKED” as most American Muslims claim? [Personally I think it was Humanity which has been hijacked by Islam, not that my opinion counts]

    My answer is : No.

    If your answer is in the affirmative, I would presume that Allah would naturally sent these HIJACKERS OF ISLAM to Hell. Right?

    Question : How do you think Allah should deal with the hundreds of thousands who cheered, celebrated, danced on the streets, shoot in the air after they saw ISLAM BEING HIJACKED on 9/11?

    My answer is : Allah Is The Judge, not me ;-)

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Dear Steve,
    Please know that ALL what you heard about what Islam teaches regarding Christ and Christianity is completely false, and here is the proof:

    1) You think that Islam teaches that the Christian “Trinity” is comprised of Gof the Father, Jesus and Mary. This is not true because Islam never tried to explain the trinity to Muslims. How can it try to do something which the inventors of the trinity themselves could never do to their own people? I have never met anyone who has understood the trinity. All that a christian can offer is a false analogy. It’s not even in the Bible. Islam simply rejects it. Within Islam, such a concept of plurality within God is a denial of monotheism. The Qur’an repeatedly and firmly asserts God’s absolute oneness, thus ruling out the possibility of another being sharing his sovereignty or nature.

    Here is some of what the Qur’an says about the trinity :

    “and say not, “Three”. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; 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.” (4:171)

    “Certainly they disbelieve who say: “Surely Allah is the third (Person) of the three”; and there is no god but One God,…. The Messiah, son of Maryam is but an apostle; apostles before him have indeed passed away; and his mother was a truthful woman, they both used to eat food. See how We make the signs clear to them, then behold how they are turned away.” (5:73 – 75)

    So, while Christianity may have a problem defining the essence of God, such is not the case in Islam. In fact, the message of Islam, is so simple, that even a bedouin nomad could understand. Is that not what you’d expect from the truth?

    2) You think that Islam teaches that Mary was not a virgin when Jesus was born, but rather that the angel Gabriel had intercourse with her. This is also not true. The Qur’an discusses Mary’s miraculous pregnancy as follows:

    “Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.” (Quran 19:16-17). After seeing the angel, she said: “I seek refuge from thee to (God) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear God.” (Quran 19:18). The angel Gabriel responded: “Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a pure son.” (Quran 19:19). Her next response is expected. She asked: “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?” (Quran 19:20). The Angel Gabriel said: “So (it will be): thy Lord saith, ‘That is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us.’ It is a matter (so) decreed.” (Quran 19:21). Mary then becomes pregnant.

    You may even be surprised Steve to what extent Muslims love Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Quran, NO single woman is given more attention than Mary. She’s the ONLY woman specifically named in the Quran. Of the Quran’s 114 chapters, she is among the eight people who have a chapter named after them. The nineteenth chapter of the Quran is named after her, Mariam which means Mary in Arabic. The third chapter in the Quran is named after her father, Imran. Chapters Mariam and Imran are among the most beautiful chapters in the Quran. Here is a link for “Mariam” : http://islam.thetruecall.com/modules.php?name=Quran&func=srel&selChapter=19&at%5B%5D=999&at%5B%5D=3&at%5B%5D=1

    3) You think that Islam teaches that Judas Iscariot was crucified on the cross in the place of Jesus. This is again not true. The Qur’an does not even speak of any “substitution of Jesus with another person”. This is what the Qur’an says about it :

    “And concerning their saying, ‘We killed the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s Messenger.’ They killed him not, nor crucified, but it appeared so to them. Indeed those who disagree concerning it are in doubt about it. They have no (true) knowledge about it except that they follow conjecture. Surely, they did not kill him. But Allah did take him up unto Himself. Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” (4:157-158).

    4) You think that Islam teaches that Jesus was part of a deception concerning his death and resurrection. It is also not true because we simply beleive that Jesus was not killed. I quoted the correspondant verse on the previous comment.

    Steve, I hope I clarified your doubts about Islam and its teachings and would like to ask you ONE question : You said that your strong conviction of Jesus’ death and suffering comes from his apostles’ testimonials. My question is : Why would you look for the truth in the testimonials of human beeings instead of the word of GOD, the Qur’an? Just a question.

    • Hussein

      Dear Zayd,
      Thank you for your comments.
      1. You said, “You think that Islam teaches that the Christian “Trinity” is comprised of Gof [sic] the Father, Jesus and Mary. This is not true because Islam never tried to explain the trinity to Muslims.” Zayd, the issue at hand is not whether Islam attempts to explain the concept of the “trinity” to Muslims but Islam’s claim that Christians worship three gods, which include Mary. Would you please explain why the Qur’an mentions Mary as part of the Christian “trinity” in this verse? Al-Maida, 5:116, “And when Allah saith: O Jesus, son of Mary! Didst thou say unto mankind: Take me and my mother for two gods beside Allah? he saith: Be glorified! It was not mine to utter that to which I had no right. If I used to say it, then Thou knewest it. Thou knowest what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Thy Mind. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Knower of Things Hidden?” It is evident from this verse that according to Allah “Christians” worshipped Mary as part of the “trinity” even when that was and is never the case in Christianity. Prophet Muhammad simply misunderstood the Trinity and got this “revelation.”
      2. If the Mary mentioned in Islam is Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, would you please explain how the all-knowing Allah had a mix-up and said at least three times in the Qur’an that the same Mary was a sister of Moses and Aaron and even shared the same father, Imran? By the way, you speak highly of Mr. Imran:) Mark you; this duo lived more than a thousand years before Mary the mother of Jesus was even born!
      3. You say, “The Qur’an does not even speak of any “substitution of Jesus with another person.” Zayd, you are in the minority of Muslims. You quote the same verses, An-Nisa, 4:157-158, in the Qur’an that all Tafsir interpret that there was a “substitution” for Jesus at crucifixion. One Tafsir states, “And yet they did not slay him nor did they crucify him, but he, the one slain and crucified, who was an associate of theirs [the Jews], was given the resemblance, of Jesus. In other words, God cast his [Jesus’s] likeness to him and so they thought it was him [Jesus].”
      4. Zayd, you said, “You think that Islam teaches that Jesus was part of a deception concerning his death and resurrection. It is also not true because we simply beleive [sic] that Jesus was not killed. I quoted the correspondant [sic] verse on the previous comment.” By the way, there is no consensus among Muslim scholars regarding the fate of the Jesus of Islam. Most of them share your view while a minority of them believes that he died a natural death, which the Qur’an also alleges. You can read it here. Why this uncertainty in Allah’s “prefect” religion!

  • Steve Luke

    Hussein,

    Thank you for your article on Jesus as he is taught in Islam. It was very interesting to me, a Christian. I have heard in the past that Islam teaches the following errors regarding Christ and Christianity:

    1) The Christian “Trinity” is comprised of Gof the Father, Jesus and Mary. This is inconsistent with the Christian teaching of the Trinity as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    2) That Mary was not a virgin when Jesus was born, but rather that the angel Gabriel had intercourse with her.
    3) That Judas Iscariot was crucified on the cross in the place of Jesus.
    4) Jesus was part of a deception concerning his death and resurrection.

    The most compelling proof I can think of that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, then was raised from the dead is the witness of his followers, the apostles. These men and the women with them knew Jesus as they travelled with him during his ministry. They witnessed his death and they saw him resurrected from the dead. If Judas were on the cross, they would have known it. If Christ had not risen, they would have known it as well. Yet they staked their lives and most lost their lives preaching that Jesus had suffered on a cross, died and was buried then rose from the dead.

    Some have died for things that are not true, but no one would knowingly lay down for something they can prove is a lie. Their faith is a solemn testimony that my faith and yours is not in vain.

    To God be the glory,
    Steve

    • Hussein

      Thank you for your comment, Steve. Here is what the Qur’an states about Allah and the possibility that he could have had a “son”Suratul Al-Naam, 6.101
      YUSUFALI: To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: How can He have a son when He hath no consort? He created all things, and He hath full knowledge of all things.
      PICKTHAL: The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How can He have a child, when there is for Him no consort, when He created all things and is Aware of all things?
      SHAKIR: Wonderful Originator of the heavens and the earth! How could He have a son when He has no consort, and He (Himself) created everything, and He is the Knower of all things.

      This verse is very clear that the Qur’an teaches that Allah could not have had a “son” because he could not have had a “wife.” This is probably why some Muslims are still confused about the Trinity, even when the relationship between the Father and Son is spiritual. Thank you again for your comment.

  • Zayd Benaboud

    Hussein,
    Concerning As-sayyida Aisha (to whom you tried you compare yourself :-) , althought her marriage ceremony (known as nikah) with the Holy Prophet Muhammad took place when she was six years of age, she only joined him as his wife three years later at the age of nine. Here is the Hadith from Al-Bukhari:
    “It is reported from Aisha that she said: The Prophet entered into marriage with me when I was a girl of six … and at the time [of joining his household] I was a girl of nine years of age.”.
    No need to go expaining here how MOST of Arabia’s women marry at a very early age. As a very close example, I can tell you that my grand mother herself married at the age of 12. But what you seem do not know is that As-sayyeda Aisha didn’t start narrating Ahadith at the age of 6, so no way of comparing your very different stories. Graduating from a Madrassa at the age of 13 doesn’t mean that you are a scholar in Islamic Studies. At that age, the best of the students would have learned the Qur’an without even understanding its meaning. As for the adhan, you know that a small child can do it. Anyways, that’s not the topic now.
    All the verses and Ahadith that you quoted in your answer are completely true and authentic. They are about how easy Islam is, how easy should Muslims take it and how GOD promised to his prophet protection and help during his mission, but not a single one of them talkes about “how a prophet MUST die honorably”, although I don’t consider beeing poisoned is miserable. For the readers’ information, the most basic quality of Prophet Muhammad (sws) which differentiates him from other religious figures, founders of faith and leaders is, along with the fact that he is someone who received revelation from Allah, that he is human like us. He was not someone who possessed extraordinary wealth or strength. He is not a mythological figure who is equipped with supernatural strength and abilities or a semi-god like creature. In the words of Aisha (to whom you enjoy comparing yourself), he was someone who “would mend his own cloths, milk sheep and do all of his own work.” He was a congenial husband, a merciful father and loyal friend. He would consult with people when necessary and ask them for ideas; he would joke around, host his guests, and help the weak and those who had the right over something. He would share his problems with friends. He was also someone who supplicated to Allah frequently and asked his close friends to do the same for him. He (sws) warned the person who came to him after the conquest of Mecca and was trembling out of anxiety (toward Prophet Muhammad), saying: “Come to your senses; I am not a king. I am merely the son of a woman who ate dried meat.”. In summary, as GOD Himself described him in the Qur’an : “Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many Were the messengers that passed away before him.” (3:144).
    Regarding the death of Jesus (peace be upon him), I didn’t ask you to prove that GOD saved him from the pain and agony of death on the cross. This is one of the undoubtful basic facts for Muslims. “And concerning their saying, ‘We killed the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s Messenger.’ They killed him not, nor crucified, but it appeared so to them. Indeed those who disagree concerning it are in doubt about it. They have no (true) knowledge about it except that they follow conjecture. Surely, they did not kill him. But Allah did take him up unto Himself. Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” (4:157-158). What I asked you to prove was the reason that you think GOD Saved him for it. You said that Islam teaches that Jesus never suffered or died “BECAUSE as a prophet of Allah, he could not suffer or die a horrible death.”. Is there a single verse or Hadith that says this?
    In summary:
    1- You didn’t quote any verse or Hadith that says that Islam teaches that Jesus never suffered or died “BECAUSE as a prophet of Allah, he could not suffer or die a horrible death.”.
    2- You didn’t quote any title of a single credible biography of Prophet Muhammd (sws) that doesn’t describe his painful death?
    3- You didn’t quote any verse or Hadith that describes the conditions that “Muhammad” set for how a prophet of his god should live and die (honorably).
    All you said Hussein was based on what you guessed about the intentions of the Jews woman who poisoned prophet Muhammad (sws).

    • Hussein

      Zayd,

      There is no need to continue arguing about Aisha. Why should I bother? I brought her case up because you were questioning whether I was a Muslim at the age 14 before I converted. You claim that she started narrating aHadith at the age of 16, while it is evident from many aHadith that she was playing with her dolls at the age of nine when Muhammad and her consummated their marriage. Would that count as a narration?

      You said, “the most basic quality of Prophet Muhammad (sws) which differentiates him from other religious figures, founders of faith and leaders is, along with the fact that he is someone who received revelation from Allah, that he is human like us… He was a congenial husband, a merciful father and loyal friend.” You must be reading a different Qur’an. The one I read shows in Suratul Al-Ahzab, 33:36-37 that the Qur’an is just Prophet Muhammad’s own words, used conveniently to benefit himself. Here is the evidence.

      Verses 36 and 37 of Al-Ahzab with Tafsir:
      -And it is not [fitting] for any believing man or believing woman, when God and His Messenger have decided on a matter, to have (read takūna or yakūna) a choice in their matter, in contravention of the decision of God and His Messenger. This [verse] was revealed regarding ‘Abd Allāh b. Jahsh and his sister Zaynab, whose hand the Prophet had asked for in marriage, but meaning on behalf of Zayd b. Hāritha. They were loathe to this [proposal] when they found out [that it was on the latter’s behalf], for they had thought that the Prophet (s) wanted to marry her himself. But afterwards they consented because of the [following part of the] verse: And whoever disobeys God and His Messenger has certainly strayed into manifest error. Thus the Prophet (s) gave her in marriage to Zayd. Then on one occasion he [the Prophet] caught sight of her and felt love for her, whereafter [when he realised that] Zayd lost his affection for her and so said to the Prophet (s), ‘I want to part with her’. But the Prophet said to him, ‘Retain your wife for yourself’, as God, exalted be He, says.

      -And when (idh is dependent because of [an implied preceding] udhkur, ‘mention [when]’) you said to him to whom God had shown favour, by [guiding him to] Islam, and to whom you [too] had shown favour: by manumitting him — this was Zayd b. Hāritha, who had been a prisoner of war before [the coming of] Islam (in the period of al-jāhiliyya). The Messenger of God (s) purchased him before his call to prophethood, and then manumitted him and adopted him as his son — ‘Retain your wife for yourself and fear God’, before divorcing her. But you had hidden in your heart what God was to disclose, [what] He was to manifest of your love for her and of [the fact] that should Zayd part with her you would marry her, and you feared people, would say, ‘He has married his son’s wife!’, though God is worthier that you should fear Him, in all things, so take her in marriage and do not be concerned with what people say. Zayd subsequently divorced her and her [obligatory] waiting period was completed. God, exalted be He, says: So when Zayd had fulfilled whatever need he had of her, We joined her in marriage to you — the Prophet consummated his marriage with her without [the customary] permission [from her legal guardian] and gratified the Muslims with [a feast of] bread and meat — so that there may not be any restriction for the believers in respect of the wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have fulfilled whatever wish they have of them. And God’s commandment, that which He has decreed, is bound to be realised.

      Zayd, apparently, Allah is not fair. Check this: Muhammad went to Zaid’s house and then lusted after Zainab. He got a revelation for Zaid to divorce and for him to marry her; and after he married Zainab, the Hadith clearly shows that he did not like it when men came to his house and hung out. Scared that Zainab would be seduced by these men, Muhammad came up with a rule and conveniently supported it with a revelation later that no one should go to his house without his permission. Zaid perhaps wished he had such a revelation.

      You claim that Prophet Muhammad was an ordinary man but I have to disagree. And I am not alone. How fair is it the he received a “revelation” that Zaid should divorce his wife so that he could marry her when Allah’s prophet already had at least five wives?

      Thank you so much for your comments, Zayd. The readers of these comments will see for themselves whether I have answered your questions or not. Prophet Muhammad was a sacred cow and he got away with so much in the name of a prophet. A Muslim scholar, Saifur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, has this to say on Prophet Muhammad’s death, “Pain grew so much severe that the trace of poison he had at Khaibar came to light. It was so sore that he said to ‘Aisha: “I still feel the painful effect of that food I tasted at Khaibar. I feel as if death is approaching.””

      His website states, “A Research Institute was established in 1408 Hijrah at the Islamic University of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah as “The Center for the Services of the Prophet’s Biography.” I was selected to work there and was entrusted the duty of preparing an encyclopedia on the subject of the life history of the Noble Prophet (sallallahu’alayhi wasalaam)…”

      Now tell me, the Saudi government gave this Muslim scholar the task of preparing an encyclopedia on Prophet Muhammad’s life. He only mentioned poison once in his biography on Muhammad. He did not even aver that a Jewish woman had given the poisoned lamb to Muhammad. Is he a credible Muslim scholar? Does he meet your demand for a “credible” biographer of Prophet Muhammad? Why didn’t he mention the poisoning and the condition the woman gave of a prophet? You are brilliant man; you need to start thinking critically, Zayd.

  • Nada

    WOW! Great article and responses Hussein! I love it!!

  • Zayd Benaboud

    I’m sorry Hussein, but your article is completely unbased.
    1- In the first paragraph, you said that Islam teaches that Jesus never suffered or died “because as a prophet of Allah, he could not suffer or die a horrible death.”. Are you able to quote a single verse from the Qur’an or a single Hadith from prophet Muhammad that means this?
    2- in the second paragraph, you said that “the “one thing” that Muslims do not tell anyone is that Prophet Muhammad died a horrible death.”. Are you able to quote the title of a single credible biography of Prophet Muhammd (sws) that doesn’t describe his painful death? Wasn’t he (sws) who said while diying “Death is full of agonies.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî, 2/640]?
    3- In the third paragraph, you said that “Muhammad set the conditions for how a prophet of his god should live and die (honorably) and then die in a miserable way.”. Are you able to quote a single Hadith that says this?

    • Hussein

      Thank you Zayd for expurgating the insults from your comments. You cannot change the fact that I am a former Muslim. It sounds very absurd that a six-year-old Aisha was mature enough and even understood Islam well enough to even marry Prophet Muhammad while a 14-year-old Hussein was too young to have been a Muslim. I graduated from Madrassa at the age of 13 years old and used to be a muadhin in my hometown. If you want to find out for yourself, please make a trip to Garsen, Kenya, and inquire about my background. How could the young Aisha report Hadith at that young age if age mattered in Islam? Mark you; I was 8 years older than her. She even narrated 2210 aHadith. You and your fellow Muslims believe her accounts and do not even doubt that she was a devout Muslim at that tender age of six. However, when it comes to me, you still question whether I was a Muslim. What an oxymoron!

      To answer your questions, first of all, people need to know that the message throughout the Qur’an shows that Islam is an “easy” religion and it was not brought so that Muslims would be burdened or suffer. Here are the verses. “Allah intends for you ease, and does not want to make things difficult for you” Al-Baqara, 2:185 and “Allah does not want to place you in difficulty” A-Maida, 5:6. The Hadith adds, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way.” Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 38.

      These were ordinary Muslims and they were told to take it easy unless you want to argue otherwise. Since Allah and Prophet Muhammad asked Muslims to have it this easy, how about Allah’s prophet? Aisha, the six-year-old bride, said, “Whenever he [Muhammad] had to choose between two things he adopted the easier one…” Sahih Muslim Book 30, Number 5752. Do you see that ordinary Muslims were not the only ones who took the easier road?

      Allah handled Prophet Muhammad with kid gloves where a mere hate of Muhammad elicited Allah’s promise of Hell (Al-Kauther, 108:3). It did not stop there. Allah said he would deal with anyone who mocked Muhammad, Al-Hijr, 15:95. Muhammad even took it a step further by ordering those who insulted him to be killed. Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4436 & Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 271. These aHadith and Qur’an verses prove that Prophet Muhammad set conditions for how a prophet of Allah should live and be treated. He definitely took an easier road until the Jewish woman poisoned him.

      Thank you for quoting the Hadith regarding how Prophet Muhammad said, “Death is full of agonies.” By the way, aHadith I linked to in the article show that the Jews woman was testing Prophet Muhammad to see if he were a genuine prophet and poison would not have affected him. Muslim scholars have written about his death but they do not show that the intention of the woman clearly was “if you are a prophet then the poison would not harm you.” Is it fair to say since he died of eating this poisoned sheep he was a false prophet?

      Regarding the death of Jesus, Ghulam Ahmad Pervaiz, in a commentary on Suratul Al-Imran, 3:55, said, “Thus, that nation became divided into two parties, one supporting the truth and the other opposing it. The opponents started using secret means and plans in order to lay their hands on Jesus. Countering this, God produced hidden ways and means of saving him, and it is evident that the means devised by God are superior in every respect. Their final plan was to have Jesus arrested and crucified, so that he would, according to them, die in disgrace and humiliation. But God said to Jesus: Be not perturbed, this conspiracy of theirs can never succeed…”

      Why did this have to happen? It is because Allah would not let his prophet suffer because people were inflicting the pain on him against Allah’s plan. By the way, the Jesus mentioned in the Qur’an and the Hadith cannot be Jesus Christ because the latter suffered the anguish of our sins so that you and I do not have to suffer. Thank you again for your comment.

  • Sam Hindu

    1) Hypothetically speaking, if I have you decapitated for not sharing my beliefs and views, thereafter taking possession of your property, violate your wife (in fact, I may just have sexual intercourse with her within 24 hours of your decapitation, if she happens to be a beautiful 17 year old Jew) and bring up your children to hate and ridicule you as well as your beliefs and to think that your death was perfectly justified as it was ordered by some person known as the Merciful a.k.a the Compassionate (like some sort of sick joke), is that perfectly alright with you? Kindly explain if your answer is in the negative.

    Would your answer be different, if you only thought that your beliefs are right whereas I KNOW that only I am right?

    2) Muslims always say that “ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD”. As Christianity is currently the ‘largest religion in the world, this would mean that at least some point in time Christianity was the fastest growing religion in the world. Does this mean that Christianity is still the one true religion OR was it only the one true religion during the centuries when it was the fastest growing?

    Since in the early and mid 20th century, atheism was the fastest growing “belief” in the world, does that mean that there was no God during those decades?

    If pork consumption becomes the fastest growing dietary trend in the world, does that mean that God is trying to tell mankind that pork is God’s choice of meat?

    3) Do you think that apostates from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism who embrace Islam should be killed by their former fellow co religionists?

    If your answer is in the negative, please explain in not more than 50 words why converts to Islam should be treated differently from apostates of Islam.

    4) Since an enormous mosque has been built in Rome, the heart of Catholicism, would you advise/encourage the Pope to have a cathedral of a similar size be constructed in Mecca to cement and nurture ties between Catholicism and Islam, the world’s most peaceful and tolerant religion?

    Would your answer be any different, if the purpose of having the Cathedral built in Mecca is not to nurture ties, but to propagate Christianity in the same manner and extent as what Muslims are doing in the West?

    5) If there were books and other materials published/distributed or made available in your country which advocates violence against Muslims and is blasphemous to Islam, do you agree that it should be banned?

    If you happened to be a peace-loving and tolerant Muslim, would your answer be any different, if these books and materials advocates violence and war against Jews, Christians and Pagans ONLY and is only blasphemous to these religions (e.g. attacking the very fundamentals of Christianity such Jesus was not the Son of God and he never died on the cross)?

    6) Do you agree that on 9/11 it was “ISLAM WHICH WAS HIJACKED” as most American Muslims claim? [Personally I think it was Humanity which has been hijacked by Islam, not that my opinion counts]

    If your answer is in the affirmative, I would presume that Allah would naturally sent these HIJACKERS OF ISLAM to Hell. Right?

    Question : How do you think Allah should deal with the hundreds of thousands who cheered, celebrated, danced on the streets, shoot in the air after they saw ISLAM BEING HIJACKED on 9/11?

    Please let me know your thoughts. Your views on the above matter are highly appreciated.

  • Sam Hindu
  • Zayd Benaboud

    I’m sorry Hussein, but your article is a nothing but a set of lies. You can’t keep going telling lies to people who don’t know, pretending to be a former Muslim.
    1- In the first paragraph, you said that Islam teaches that Jesus never suffered or died “because as a prophet of Allah, he could not suffer or die a horrible death.”. Are you able to quote a single verse from the Qur’an or a single Hadith from prophet Muhammad that means this?
    2- in the second paragraph, you said that “the “one thing” that Muslims do not tell anyone is that Prophet Muhammad died a horrible death.”. Are you able to quote the title of a single credible biography of Prophet Muhammd (sws) that doesn’t describe his painful death? Wasn’t he (sws) who said while diying “Death is full of agonies.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî, 2/640]?
    3- In the third paragraph, you said that “Muhammad set the conditions for how a prophet of his god should live and die (honorably) and then die in a miserable way.”. Are you able to quote a single Hadith that says this?

  • EdV

    Long Live n “God Bless”.

    May your kind thrive best in this trying times caused by the rising militancy in islam. I have read of stories about many difficulties suffered by muslims apostates and yours is just one of exceptional and encouraging . Keep up the good work while we just let you know we are just around praying for your safety.

  • firas

    no where does it say that prophets do not suffer. It says specifically in the quran that the jews have killed prophets of god in the past. The reason jesus peace be upon him was ascended to heaven is to spare his life and so he can come back to earth to kill the anti christ before the day of judgement.

    • Hussein

      Thank you for the comment! I know for a fact that God Almighty did not reveal the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, events that took place more than 500 years before the birth Muhammad, need a stronger evidence to refute, than to merely say centuries later that it never happened. It is only fair if you or other Muslims provide the world with names of prophets mentioned in the Qur’an (Only 25 are mentioned) or the Hadith who were killed. Your failure is a testament that Islam was a concoction of Muhammad.

  • Adam Davis

    I think it is wrong to say that Muslims do not believe in the Jesus at all simply because they do not believe the right things about Him. This is akin to what some Calvinists do oftentimes accusing Arminians and Open Theists of idolatry because they don’t agree with them on their views of God’s sovereignty, or what some Christians do in accusing Muslims of not believing in God because they call Him by a different name than we white English speaking Americans do. It’s not that we believe in two different Jesus’ or Gods, we just believe different things about Jesus and God. They do believe in Jesus in that they acknowledge His existence and prophecies and miracles, only they do not believe in His deity and follow Him as Lord and Savior.THAT’S the problem.

    • Hussein

      Thank you Adam for your comment. I have to disagree with you that Muslims “just believe different things about Jesus…” The Jesus of Islam is very different from Jesus Christ. First, the Qur’an states that the Jesus of Islam’s mother Mary was the sister of Moses and Aaron, people who lived more than a thousand years apart. Secondly, Prophet Muhammad gave descriptions of the Jesus of Islam’s physical attributes: height, complexion “with red face as if he had just come out of a bathroom”and resembled an Arab man (Sahih Muslim Book 41, Number 7023). Thirdly, I cannot attribute miracles in the Qur’an supposedly performed by the Jesus of Islam to Jesus Christ just because Prophet Muhammad attempted to give him some attributes “in the name of revelations” he had received from God. All the miracles he “performed” were with the permission of Allah. How can this Jesus have any similarity with Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ himself said in Matthew 24:24, almost 600 years before the birth of Prophet Muhammad, that “false Christs” would appear. The Jesus of Islam, who Muslims also call Isah Al-Masih, Jesus the Christ, is a false Christ.

  • Elizabeth A

    Wonderful point. Thank you for the posts, we will keep reading them. Very helpful in helping us prepare to go to Turkey as missionaries in the future.

    • Hussein

      You are welcome. I am glad to hear that you find my posts helpful. May God richly bless your ministry.