Revelations or beginnings of the Qur’an
The cave Hira in the mountain Jabal al-Nour where, according to Muslim beliefs, Muhammad received his first revelation. Muhammad received the first fraction of the Koran from the angel Gabriel, and experienced first great pain, and feared that he was going to die.
At some point Muhammad adopted the practice of meditating alone for several weeks every year in a cave on Mount Hira near Mecca. During a state of inner reflection, Muhammad reported hearing a loud, commanding voice cry, “Iqra!”. The voice said the word a second time. Believing that he was alone in the cave, Muhammad became frightened. The Prophet replied, “I do not know how to read.” (The Prophet added), “The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and again asked me to read, and I replied, “I do not know how to read,” whereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and asked me again to read, but again I replied, “I do not know how to read (or, what shall I read?).” Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me and then released me and said, “Read: In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). Has created man from a clot. Read and Your Lord is Most Generous…up to….. ..that which he knew not.” (96.15)
Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,- He Who taught (the use of) the pen,- Taught man that which he knew not.(Qur’an 96:1-5)
According to some traditions, upon receiving his first revelations Muhammad was deeply distressed and contemplated throwing himself off the top of a mountain but the spirit moved closer and told him that he has been chosen as a messenger of God. Muhammad returned home and was consoled and reassured by his wife, Khadijah and her Christian cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal. Shia tradition maintains that Muhammad was neither surprised nor frightened at the appearance of Gabriel but rather welcomed him as if he had been expecting him. The initial revelation was followed by a pause of three years during which Muhammad gave himself up further to prayers and spiritual practices. When the revelations resumed he was reassured and commanded to begin preaching: Your lord has not forsaken you nor does he hate [you] (Qur’an 93:1-11).
Troubling as this contradiction is, even more troubling, is who Muhammad thought the spirit appearing to him in the cave really was. Few people are aware of Muhammad’s suicide attempts, caused by him being frantic with fear at his encounters with the spirit in the cave who claimed to be the angel Gabriel., but Muhammad, thinking that this spirit was in fact the devil, intended to kill himself by throwing himself off a mountain cliff, and it was only the intervention of “the angel Gabriel” which dissuaded him. These events are recorded in the Qur’an, the Sahi Hadith of Bukhari, and in Ibn Ishaq’s “Sirat Rasulallah,”
This wasn’t the only time Muhammad had troubling encounters with satan or evil spirits, the episode of the “satanic verses” also being well documented within Islams’s most authoritative documents, and it is inescapable that the accounts contained in them have extremely disturbing implications for the true source of the Qur’an.
Satanic verses? Look here:
The challenge of Surah 2:23 to “produce a Surah like it” has been met, and met by the devil in answer to Surah 17:88 and that Muhammad spoke satan’s words, that neither he nor anyone listening to them being recited, could distinguish from other words of Allah is well documented in the Islamic sources, all four of Muhammad’s early biographers recording the details in their Sirat literature, there are references in the Sahi Hadith to it, and there are specific references to it in the Qur’an.
The context of these “satanic verses” is that while Muhammad was in Mecca, his followers were few, and his movement grew painfully slowly. According to early and treasured biographical and historical accounts of Muhammad, authored by competent Muslim scholars (such as the writings of at-Tabari and Ibn Sa’d), Muhammad longed for better relations and reconciliation with his community. Thereafter, the accounts continue, Allah revealed Surah 53 to Muhammad up to and including verses. 19, 20. These two verses reading:
“Have ye thought upon al-Lat and al-Uzza And Manat, the third, the other?”
Then, originally, the verses (known today as the satanic verses) followed:
“These are the exalted cranes (intermediaries) Whose intercession is to be hoped for.”
The cranes whose intercession was recognized were, of course, the three deities. The same accounts tell us that after this revelation was completed, Muhammad, his followers and the pagan Arabs all prostrated. Tensions eased, reconciliation was at hand, and all were delighted.
But Muhammad soon retracted the reconciliation—how soon is not clear. For the account continues that Jibril (Gabriel), the angel of revelation, informed Muhammad that Satan had used Muhammad’s desire for reconciliation with the pagan leaders to insert into the revelation of Allah the verses about the interceding cranes, otherwise called “the satanic verses”. The verses which follow, not the satanic verses, serve as the proper sequence to 53:19,20 (above):
Are yours the males and His the females? That indeed were an unfair division!
In other words: When you Arabs have sons (whom you prefer to daughters!), how unfair of you to say that Allah has daughters! The idea of a plurality of gods or goddesses or sons or daughters of Allah is ridiculous. Allah alone is God. The three goddesses are false.
Of course, the ramifications are large and very troubling. How many other of the words in the Qur’an were revealed to Muhammad by satan? Muhammad had strange spiritual encounters. Was it really the angel Gabriel choking Muhammad in the cave, and appearing to him to persuade him not to commit suicide? The word of the living God recorded in the Bible saying,
“And no wonder! satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14
Who was the spirit that appeared to Muhammad in the cave?
Was Muhammad right in his initial belief that it was the devil?
The devil being good at lying, the Lord Jesus Christ saying of him,
“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
This is what the all-holy living God says about “angels” preaching “another gospel” than the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
Is Islam’s denial of the Lord Jesus Christ’s identity, satan’s stronghold on more than a billion people? Are Muslims following one of the false prophets that the Lord Jesus Christ foretold would appear and deceive many?
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are My followers.And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.”
“But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.“
1 Timothy 4:1-2
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Jesus said that false prophets would arise, and that they would deceive many. There are currently more than a billion Muslims in the world, and Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions. This means that Muhammad according to Christian doctrine is the greatest false prophet of all time, and the most obvious fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy.
The Apostle Paul said that satan masquerades as an angel of light, and if Muhammad had been aware of this, he would have perhaps trusted his first instinct, when a spirit claiming to be the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared to him, Muhammad’s first impression of his “revelations” being that he was under demonic attack. This is a clear fulfillment of the Apostle Paul’s words, Paul also saying that people would give heed to “seducing spirits” and “doctrines of devils,” with Muhammad’s “satanic verses” providing a striking example of this, and with Muhammad claiming that satan had put those words on his lips, the question has to be asked, how many other words did satan put on his lips, that neither Muhammad nor anyone else could distinguish from Allah’s words, and which are still in the Qur’an?
Revelations of Muhammad were accompanied by mysterious seizures, and the reports are unlikely to have been forged by later Muslims. Muhammad was confident that he could distinguish his own thoughts from these messages.
Do you remember it???
Allah’s Apostle returned with the Inspiration, his neck muscles twitching with terror till he entered upon Khadija and said, “Cover me! Cover me!” They covered him till his fear was over and then he said, “O Khadija, what is wrong with me?” Then he told her everything that had happened and said, ‘I fear that something may happen to me.” Khadija said, ‘Never! But have the glad tidings, for by Allah, Allah will never disgrace you as you keep good reactions with your Kith and kin, speak the truth, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guest generously and assist the deserving, calamity-afflicted ones.” Khadija then accompanied him to (her cousin) Waraqa bin Naufal bin Asad bin ‘Abdul ‘Uzza bin Qusai. Waraqa was the son of her paternal uncle, i.e., her father’s brother, who during the Pre-Islamic Period became a Christian and used to write the Arabic writing and used to write of the Gospels in Arabic as much as Allah wished him to write. He was an old man and had lost his eyesight. Khadija said to him, “O my cousin! Listen to the story of your nephew.” Waraqa asked, “O my nephew! What have you seen?” The Prophet described whatever he had seen.
Waraqa said, “This is the same Namus (i.e., Gabriel, the Angel who keeps the secrets) whom Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out.” Allah’s Apostle asked, “Will they turn me out?” Waraqa replied in the affirmative and said: “Never did a man come with something similar to what you have brought but was treated with hostility. If I should remain alive till the day when you will be turned out then I would support you strongly.” But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration was also paused for a while and the Prophet became so sad as we have heard that he intended several times to throw himself from the tops of high mountains and every time he went up the top of a mountain in order to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear before him and say, “O Muhammad! You are indeed Allah’s Apostle in truth” whereupon his heart would become quiet and he would calm down and would return home. And whenever the period of the coming of the inspiration used to become long, he would do as before, but when he used to reach the top of a mountain, Gabriel would appear before him and say to him what he had said before. (Ibn ‘Abbas said regarding the meaning of: ‘He it is that Cleaves the daybreak (from the darkness)’ (6.96) that Al-Asbah. means the light of the sun during the day and the light of the moon at night).
Islamic doctrine says that jinn are spirit beings. They cannot be seen by human eyes, but they can see humans. Some jinn are good, whereas others are evil. This means they are not exactly like demons. But they do harass people and take on animal shapes, such as snakes and scorpions.
Muhammad in his Quran says that some of the jinn listened to his recitation of his holy book. Some submitted, that is, became Muslims, whereas others refused.
The jinn are speaking in this passage:
. . . “As soon as we heard the message of guidance [the Quran], we believed in it. Now whoever believes in his Lord will have neither fear of loss nor of injustice.” And that: “Some of us are Muslims (submissive to Allah) and some deviators from the Truth. Those who have adopted Islam (the way of submission) have found the way to salvation, and those who have deviated from the Truth will become fuel for Hell.” (Sura 72:13-15, trans. Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi, The Meaning of the Qur’an, vol. 6, p. 91)
Throughout his three-year ministry, Jesus exercised spiritual authority over the kingdom of darkness, wherever he went. After the great test (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13) Luke records the first public encounter with a demon:
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. (Luke 4:33-35)
Jesus cast the demons out without rituals to get knots off of one’s heads and without loud pleading. Instead, he speaks a stern command: “Come out of him!” This reveals spiritual authority and decisiveness.
So how did the people react? Did they recognize his spiritual authority? Luke says:
All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. (Luke 4:36-37)
It is imperative to understand that Jesus did not fear the kingdom of darkness. In fact, demons had to submit to him when he came on the scene, as this passage in Luke demonstrates. He was not put under a hypnotic spell by a magician under the control of Satan, even though his enemies falsely accused him of casting out demons by the power of Satan (Luke 11:14-26 and Matt. 12:24-28). Jesus replied with the famous words that any kingdom (or house) divided against itself cannot stand. If he casts out demons by Satan’s power, then Satan’s kingdom is divided. Thus, he is not exercising fearless authority through Satan.
This godly spiritual authority is exercised against Satan time and again in Jesus’ ministry, eventually culminating in Christ’s bodily Resurrection, after which Jesus says: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18).
This is far different from Muhammad’s life since he himself admits that he came under the spell of a magician for “a long period.”
By the way brothers, Jesus grants his authority to all of his followers, even today.
We just read Christ’s words in Matthew 28:18, which say that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. He gives his followers authority, as well. But before his Resurrection, he did this for seventy-two unnamed disciples when he sent them out to preach in the towns and villages before he got there (Luke 10:1-24). When they came back, they reported to Jesus their experiences:
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name” (Luke 10:17).
It is important to understand that they did not drive out demons in their own name, but in the name of Jesus. This phrase “in the name of” means “by the authority and power of” the person who commissions or sends—in this case Jesus sent and commissioned the seventy-two. This verse has never been abrogated or cancelled. So today Christians have power over Satan, but not by themselves. They have it only in Christ’s name or authority or power, as they serve him. Sadly, though, too many Christians do not avail themselves of this gift, or they overuse it. Either path—underuse or overuse—goes to the two extremes mentioned in the introduction to this article.
Thus, Jesus gives to all of his disciples firm and decisive authority over dark powers, in his name. He tells them to take refuge in him. He did not tell them to eat fruit to avoid magic or to avoid braying donkeys that supposedly can spot demons.
This is far different from Muhammad’s counsel.
Muhammad was superstitious,and this is not a part of Prophethood. He was really looking for God but angels gave him wrong revelations.
In the Quran, does Muhammad allow Muslims decisively and firmly to resist or cast out demons in his name?Where does it say in the Quran that Muhammad cast demons out of people in his own name and authority during his entire ministry in Mecca or Medina?
Both traditional Islam and Christianity assert that satan is a real spirit being, and that he has a kingdom of evil spirit beings called demons (Islam adds the jinn). The two religions differ, however, in how they deal with this kingdom, in at least eight ways.
First, Muhammad was suicidal before his ministry went public. He climbed up on high crags to throw himself off. In contrast, Jesus stood on a high point, led ultimately by the Holy Spirit. Satan challenged Christ’s nature and status as the Son of God. Jesus was not in despair, entertaining suicidal thoughts. On the contrary, he rebuked Satan decisively and immediately.
The Quran says in 22:52 that Satan cast some evil words into the desires of all prophets while reciting their message. Reliable evidence suggests that he did this to Muhammad in his Satanic verses (Sura 53:19-20). But every prophet? Muhammad simply fabricated this accusation against them to cover up his embarrassment, implying that he was not the only one who went astray.
In contrast, the Gospels demonstrate beyond doubt that never once did Jesus speak out of the will of Satan, though his enemies falsely accused him of this. After all, Jesus does not fit into Sura 22:52 because he is more than a prophet. He is the eternal Son of God. He cast out demons; they did not cast evil into him.
Second, in the temptation passages in Matthew and Luke, Satan challenges Jesus Christ’s status as the Son of God. Muhammad in his Quranic “revelations” from the spirit world (but not from the true Holy Spirit) also challenges this status. Is this a mere coincidence?
Third, Muhammad could not take authority over evil jinn. He did not rebuke them, and they did not shriek at his presence, begging him not to throw them into hell. On the other hand, Jesus took authority over all evil spirits, when they came anywhere near him.
Fourth, Muhammad took refuge in Allah from evil witches and their spells (Sura 113:4). Hiding under Allah is fine for a human messenger, but this still shows some insecurity. In contrast, throughout Jesus’ ministry the eternal Son of God walked confidently, taking authority over the kingdom of darkness. His followers take refuge in him and in his name, and they can rebuke demons decisively and firmly.
Fifth, Muhammad says he was put under a spell by a Jewish magician (or a hypocrite allied with Jews) for “a long period.” In contrast, at no time was Jesus ever put under a spell. For those who know the New Testament even casually, the idea is absurd. Suffering from magical spells or hypnotism under a magician’s control is not at all part of Prophethood.
The logic is simple, following modus tollens or denying the “then” clause.
- If A, then B. If anyone is a true prophet, then he does not come under spells or hypnotism or believe superstitions.
- Not B. But Muhammad did come under spells and hypnotism and believe superstitions.
- Therefore, not A. Therefore Muhammad was not a true prophet.
Sixth, Muhammad supposedly wrestled with Satan physically, wanting to tie him up to a pillar in the mosque. But he did not tie him up because the prophet remembered Solomon’s words about a large kingdom. Though this account is confusing, it seems to suggest that Solomon had authority over jinn, but Muhammad did not. This means that Solomon of the Bible is more spiritually powerful than Muhammad of the Quran. Whatever the case, it is disappointing that Muhammad did not tie Satan to the pillar, so that we could have evidence of his spiritual power to win the wrestling match. Then maybe Satan would stop bothering us.
On the other hand, Jesus never physically wrestled with Satan. He did not have to. He rebuked him with mere words in his Spirit-led and Spirit-ordained temptation scene in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. This shows divine authority and control.
Seventh, as a human messenger, Muhammad never offered his fellow Muslims the authority to rebuke demons. In fact, where does it say in the Quran that he spent his entire ministry casting out demons from helpless and hapless victims? Instead, reliable traditions say that he was bothered by dark powers, and he said to his fellow Muslims to avoid braying donkeys. Where does it say in the Quran that he gave this spiritual authority to his followers in the same way Christ gave it to his own?
In contrast, Jesus everywhere in the Gospels rebuked demons, and he gave this authority to his followers in his name.
Eighth and finally, satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of this world, but Jesus rebuked him decisively and definitively, realizing that this is the greatest temptation for a religious founder. Thus, choosing the path of non-violence and peace, Jesus and his disciples turned the world upside down by preaching alone. They did not wage jihad against anyone who refused to submit!!!!! Constantine and the Medieval Crusaders are not foundational to Christianity. Only Jesus and the New Testament authors are!!!
On the other hand, Muhammad and his followers did wage military jihad on people who did not submit. A reliable hadith collector and editor, Muslim(d. 875), reports Muhammad’s words: “Verily, the Satan [sic] has lost all hopes that the worshippers would ever worship (him) in the peninsula of Arabia” . . . (no. 6752). It is worth noting that Muhammad subdued most of the Arabian Peninsula by military violence and bloodshed, forcing polytheists to convert or die and collecting taxes far and wide. (His primary companions Abu Bakr and Umar finished the Arabian conquests after his death in AD 632.) Muhammad was rich and powerful in the worldly sense, beyond his wildest dreams. Then the Muslim armies stormed out of the Peninsula, conquering to the north, east, and west.
Obeying Quranic “revelations” and the violent path of Muhammad, they did establish earthly kingdoms by means of armies, making blood flow in the streets and money flow back to Arabia.
Which path is the one that leads to spiritual security from
the wiles and strategies of Satan?
Which path leads to genuine spiritual authority over dark powers?
Which path leads to inner peace, away from Satanic mental harassments and fears and messages from his world?
Jesus delivers. Muhammad feared, so his religion creates fear.
“(The angel) said, ‘I am only a messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.'” (Hilali-Khan
Other translators saying,
“holy” (Yusuf Ali)
“righteous” (Sher Ali)
“most pure” (Arberry)
The Qur’anic Arabic word “Zakkiya” implying that Jesus was totally without sin!!!!
Is Jesus God or Not if Qur’an says that He is HOLY?
The Quran presents criteria to distinguish the true God from false gods.
Is He then Who creates like him who does not create? Do you not then mind?… And those whom they call on besides Allah have not created anything while they are themselves created; Dead (are they), not living, and they know not when they shall be raised. S. 16:17, 20-21 Shakir
And they have taken besides Him gods, who do not create anything while they are themselves created, and they control not for themselves any harm or profit, and they control not death nor life, nor raising (the dead) to life. S. 25:3 Shakir
These preceding passages state that:
- The objects which others call upon besides God (i.e., whether other gods, angels, and/or individuals) have not created anything.
- These objects cannot bring death, cause life, or resurrect.
- These objects of worship are dead.
Which implies that:
- God is the Creator.
- God is the Source of Life.
- God is ever-Living.
It is no secret that the Holy Bible states that the Lord Jesus created the cosmos and was called upon in worship by the first Christians:
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” John 1:3, 10
“In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he answered. The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.’ ‘Lord,’ Ananias answered, ‘I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.‘ But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.’ Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here–has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit’… All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?'” Acts 9:10-17, 21
“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-their Lord and ours:” 1 Corinthians 1:2
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For BY HIM all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created BY HIM and FOR HIM. He is before all things, and IN HIM all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:15-18
“but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven… And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him’… But about the Son he says… ‘In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.'” Hebrews 1:2-3, 6, 8a, 10-12
According to the same Holy Bible, the Lord Jesus is alive forever and ever, having conquered death and ushering in glorious immortality:
“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:8-10
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.'” Revelation 1:17-18
“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.” Revelation 2:8
By conquering death, Christ demonstrated that he is truly the source of life for all:
“In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4
“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it... I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear THE VOICE OF THE SON OF GOD and those who hear will live... Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear HIS VOICE and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:21, 25, 28-29
“Jesus said to her, ‘I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she told him, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.'” John 11:25-27
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:3-4
The Lord Jesus fits the criteria given in the Quran which demonstrates true Deity (i.e., the Creator, the Source of Life, and ever-Living). Christians are therefore justified in worshiping him as their sovereign Lord!!!
Now the Muslim will definitely object to our appeal to the Holy Bible on the grounds that it doesn’t accurately reflect the life and teachings of the historical Jesus, and as such it cannot be used to prove that Jesus and his original followers truly believed that Christ was God.
What we would like to do here is to show that even according to the testimony of the Quran, the Lord Jesus perfectly fulfills the criteria of being Deity.
….and he shall be a prophet to the people of Israel (saying), that I have come to you, with a sign from God, namely, that I will CREATE for you out of clay (annee AKHLUQU lakum mina ALTTEENI) as though it were the form of a bird, and I will blow thereon and it shall become a bird by God’s permission; and I will heal the blind from birth, and lepers; and I will bring the dead to life by God’s permission; and I will tell you what you eat and what ye store up in your houses. Verily, in that is a sign for you if ye be believers. S. 3:49 Palmer
When God shall say, O Jesus son of Mary, remember my favour towards thee, and towards thy mother; when I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, that thou shouldest speak unto men in the cradle, and when thou wast grown up; and when I taught thee the scripture, and wisdom, and the law, and the gospel; and when thou didst CREATE of clay (wa-ith TAKHLUQU mina ALTTEENI) as it were the figure of a bird, by my permission, and didst breathe thereon, and it became a bird by my permission; and thou didst heal one blind from his birth, and the leper, by my permission; and when thou didst bring forth the dead [from their graves], by my permission; and when I with-held the children of Israel from [killing] thee, when thou hadst come unto them with evident [miracles], and such of them as believed not, said, this is nothing but manifest sorcery. S. 5:110 Sale
These two passages demonstrate that Christ has the breath of life and can create in exactly the same way God creates:
HE it is Who created you from clay (Huwa allathee KHALAQAKUM min TEENIN) and then HE decreed a term. And there is another term fixed with HIM. Yet you doubt. S. 6:2 Y. Ali
Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man from clay (innee KHALIQUN basharan min TEENIN): When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.” S. 38:71-72 Y. Ali
Note the connection between God breathing his Spirit into man with Christ being strengthened with the Holy Spirit, breathing life into clay birds and resurrecting the dead. And also notice that Christ created a living bird from clay just as God created man from clay. These passages therefore teach that Christ had the same life-giving Spirit of God!
The Quran says by way of mocking the gods of the people:
“O mankind! A similitude has been coined, so listen to it (carefully): verily! Those on whom you call besides Allah cannot create (even) a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly snatched away a thing from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought.” S. 22:73
Even though Jesus didn’t create a fly, he did create a bird and breathed life into it just as Allah did to Adam!
In fact, according to one Salafi Muslim site the word for create (khalaqa) refers to creating something from nothing, an act which only God can perform:
Imam al-Bukhari reported in his Saheeh from Abu Sa`eed (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said: “There is no created being but Allah created it.” In Arabic, the word “khalaqa” means to make out of nothing, which is something that ONLY ALLAH CAN DO; it is impossible for anyone except Allah to do this. It also carries the meaning of decreeing or foreordaining.
See Fath al-Bari Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhari, 13/390. (439)
But this very same word is applied to Christ which means, at least according to the above position, that Jesus must be God! Note how this works out logically:
- God alone can create out of nothing (i.e. the literal meaning of khalaqa).
- Khalaqa is applied to Jesus.
- Therefore, Jesus must be God according to Islam.
The Quran also implies that Christ is alive in heaven:
And when Allah said: O Isa, I am going to terminate the period of your stay (on earth) and cause you to ascend unto Me and purify you of those who disbelieve and make those who follow you above those who disbelieve to the day of resurrection; then to Me shall be your return, so I will decide between you concerning that in which you differed. S. 3:55 Shakir
That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God”; – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise; – S. 4:157-158 Y. Ali
Orthodox Islam has generally understood these passages to mean that Christ was taken alive into heaven, into the very presence of God himself.
Moreover, specific Islamic narrations teach that Jesus will be an intercessor for his people:
… “Surely! Allah wrongs not even of the weight of an atom (or a smallest ant) but if there is any good (done) He doubles it.” (4.40) The Prophet added, “Then THE PROPHETS and Angels and the believers will intercede, and (last of all) the Almighty (Allah) will say, ‘Now remains My Intercession. He will then hold a handful of the Fire from which He will take out some people whose bodies have been burnt, and they will be thrown into a river at the entrance of Paradise, called the water of life. …” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 532s)
Ibn Kathir wrote in reference to Sura 3:45 that:
meaning, he will be a leader and honored by Allah in this life, because of the Law that Allah will reveal to him, sending down the Scripture to him, along with the other bounties that Allah will grant him with. `Isa will be honored in the Hereafter and will intercede with Allah, by His leave, on behalf of some people, just as is the case with his brethren the mighty Messengers of Allah, peace be upon them all.
The next text supports the interpretation that Jesus may intercede:
And We did not send before you any apostle but We revealed to him that there is no god but Me, therefore serve Me. And they say: The Beneficent God has taken to Himself a son. Glory be to Him. Nay! they are honored servants. They do not precede Him in speech and (only) according to His commandment do they act. He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they do not intercede except for him whom He approves and for fear of Him they tremble. And whoever of them should say: Surely I am a god besides Him, such a one do We recompense with hell; thus do, We recompense the unjust. S. 21:25-29 Shakir
This reference says that at least some of those honored servants who were wrongly worshiped as gods or considered children of God will indeed intercede. And since according to the Quran Jesus is an honored servant who was wrongly worshiped as God and as the Son of God this therefore means that he may well be one of those interceding.
But this directly conflicts with the following text:
And those whom they invoke besides God HAVE NO POWER OF INTERCESSION– only he who bears witness to the Truth, and they know (him). If thou ask them, who created them, they will certainly say, God: How then are they deluded away (from the Truth)? (God has knowledge) of the (Prophet’s) cry, “O my Lord! Truly these are people who will not believe!” S. 43:86-88
No intercessor will they have from those whom they made equal with Allah (partners i.e. their socalled associate gods), and they will (themselves) reject and deny their partners. S. 30:13 Hilali-Khan
The above references claim that those invoked by the unbelievers have no power to intercede. Jesus happens to be one of those very beings that so-called unbelieving Christians invoked and continue to invoke in their prayers. Thus, either Jesus can intercede which means that the Quran is wrong; or he cannot intercede which means that the Islamic tradition is wrong.
In light of the aforementioned citations, we are left with the conclusion that:
- Jesus creates in the same way God creates.
- Jesus gives life in the same way God gives life.
- Jesus is alive in heaven.
Therefore, the Quran clearly shows that the Lord Jesus fits the description of God, fulfilling the very criteria which demonstrates that Christ is indeed very God of very God.
Yet, it is at this precise point that we have a contradiction within the Quran itself. There is no denying that the Quran rejects the Deity of Jesus (cf. 4:171; 5:17, 70-75; 9:30). But, as we just saw, the Quran attributes titles, qualities and functions to Christ which shows that he is indeed God. Other titles given to Christ which affirm his essential Deity include the Word of God and a Spirit from God (cf. 3:39, 45; 4:171).
A Muslim may say that Jesus was given the ability to create and give life by God, just as the passages themselves state. He didn’t have this ability within himself. This response doesn’t solve the contradiction, but only pushes it a step further.
Why would God grant Jesus the abilities and characteristics of Deity? Why is God permitting Jesus to perfectly fit the description and fulfill the criteria which places one within the category of God?
Second, the expression “by God’s permission” doesn’t necessarily mean that Christ was given abilities he did not already have. The statements can be understood in light of the biblical teaching that Christ did nothing on his own initiative, but did everything in perfect union with his Father’s will. (John 5:16-30)
In other words, the Quranic expression simply implies that Christ only exercised his divine prerogatives in accordance with the decree of God, never acting on his own behest or initiative. It need not deny that Christ always had these divine attributes and characteristics. This becomes all the more likely when we recall that the Quran describes Christ as God’s Word and a Spirit proceeding from God, titles which point to Christ’s divinity and pre-existence.