Muslims for Jesus

Last night my grandmother asked me very pointedly what I and the Muslims believe about Jesus, peace be upon him.

Well, Grandma, I can only speak for those I know.

We believe Jesus wore a gown and a beard, and our men also wear gowns and beards.

We believe his mother, Mary, covered her hair and body, and our women also cover their hair and bodies.

We believe that in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, the word for God is Elaha, and our word for God, Allah, is similar.

We believed that Jesus followed the law and the prophets, and we also obey the law and the prophets.

We believe that Jesus did not drink alcohol, and we do not drink alcohol.

We believe that Jesus did not eat pork, and we do not eat pork.

We believe that Jesus did not celebrate his birthday, and we do not celebrate his birthday.

We believe that Jesus did not single out Sunday for worship, and we also do not single out this day.

We believe that Jesus did not worship himself, and we also abstain from worshipping him.

We believe that Jesus only worshipped Allah, and we also worship Allah alone.

In the end, no, we don’t worship Jesus; we obey him. You can’t do both…

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Bismillah

Once 60 christians from Najran came to visit the Prophet (Muhammad) (sa) in Medina. Amongst them was a scholar of Christianity, Harith the son of ‘Alqama. They entered the Prophet’s masjid around ‘Asr time, wearing beautiful clothes (the clothes of their scholars), such that the companions of the Prophet (sa) said, “We never saw guests dressed like this before!” They observed their ritual prayers facing the east, and the Prophet ordered that they be allowed to finish. After that, they sat with the Prophet (sa) and the following discussion took place:

The Prophet (sa): “Have you come to accept Islam?”

Guests from Najran: “No! We accepted it before you.”

The Prophet (sa): “No, your belief that God has a son, worship of the cross and eating pork has kept you from it.”

Guests from Najran: “If Jesus is not the son of God, then who is his father?”

The Prophet (sa): “Don’t you know that a son resembles his father?”

Guests from Najran: “Yes.”

The Prophet (sa): “Don’t you know that our Lord is the living, the One who never dies and that Jesus will die?”

Guests from Najran: “Yes.”

The Prophet (sa): “Don’t you know that our Lord is the creator of the heavens and the earth, having full power over everything; protecting and providing?”

Guests from Najra: “Yes.”

“The Prophet (sa): “Does Jesus have any dominion over these things?”

Guests from Najran: “No.”

The Prophet (sa): “Our Lord created Jesus and shaped him in the womb has He liked, and our Lord does not eat, drink or relieve Himself.”

Guest from Najran: “Indeed.”

The Prophet (sa): “Don’t you know that Mary carried Jesus just as normal woman carries her child, then she gave birth to him like any woman gives birth?”

Guest from Najran: “Yes.”

The Prophet (sa): “Then he was weaned like any other child, he ate, drank and relieved himself?”

Guest from Najran: “Indeed.”

The Prophet (sa): “Then how can it be as you have assumed (that he is the Son of God)?

They were quiet for some time and then God revealed the first 80 verses of the third chapter from the Qur’an, ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran).

Related by al-Wahidi in his “Reasons for Revelations.”

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The Bible repeats the notion of Hijab many different places, here are a few:

[Genesis 24:64-65] ‘And Rebecca lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man yonder, coming to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my Master”. So she took her veil and covered herself’.

[Isaiah 3:18-19] “In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,the earrings and bracelets and veils…”

[Isaiah 47:2] Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.

[Ezekiel 13:18] and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?

According to Rabbi Dr. Menachem M. Brayer, “…it was customary that Jewish women went out in public covering their heads. Some even covered the whole face, leaving only one eye free. He further stated that, “During the Tannaitic period, the Jewish women’s failure to cover her head was considered an affront to her modesty. When her head was uncovered she might be fined four hundred zuzim for this offence.”

Banning the Veil/Hijab is indeed an ungodly act that only Muslims are standing up against today…

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One comment on “Muslims for Jesus

  1. “They took their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allaah- and also the Messiah, son of Mary- but they were not commanded anything besides worshipping one God. There is no god besides Him. Glorified is He above what they associate [with him]”. (Qur-aan 9.31)

    Once while Allaah’s Messenger was reciting the above verse, ‘Adi son of Haatim said,

    “O Allaah’s Prophet! They do not worship them [i.e. their rabbis and monks].”

    Allaah’s Messenger said, “They certainly do. They legalized the unlawful, and criminalized the lawful, and they followed them. By doing so they really worshipped them.”

    [Narrated by Ahmad, at-Tirmithe and Ibn Jariir. (Tafsiir at-Tabaree, Volume 10, Page 114)]

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