Stories Of The Prophets

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  • Stories Of The Prophets


    Prophet Isa


    Declares He Has No Son


    In many verses of the Glorious Qur'an Allah the Exalted
    denied the claim of the Christians that He has a son.

    A delegation from
    Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about
    their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the
    Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among
    their sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur'an
    that Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his
    mother like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without
    a father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother. Almighty
    Allah had chosen Isa to be one of his messengers to humanity.

    The Birth of Mary -

    Allah the Almighty said:

    "Allah chose Adam, Noah, the
    family of Abraham and the family of Imran above the Alamin (mankind and
    jinns)(of their times). Offspring, one of theo other, and Allah is
    All-Hearer, All-Knower.

    Remember when the wife of Imran said: "O my Lord! I
    have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated
    for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of
    worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the
    All Knowing."

    Then when she delivered her (child Mary), she said:
    "O my Lord! I have delivered a female child," and Allah knew better
    what she delivered, - "and the male is not like the female, and I have
    named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her
    offspring from Satan, the outcast."

    Mary's Sustenance - Quranic

    So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly
    acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the
    care of Zechariah. Every time he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or
    a private room), he found her supplied with sustenance.

    As Allah recounted in the Glorious Quran:

    She said: "From Allah. Verily, Allah provides
    sustenance to whom He wills, without limit." (Ch 3:37 Quran)

    Mary's Family History

    Allah declared that He had elected Adam (pbuh) and the
    elite of his offspring who obey Allah. Then He specified the family of
    Abraham (pbuh), which includes the sons of Ishmael (pbuh), and the
    family of Imran, the father of Mary.

    Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq stated that he was Imran Ibn
    Bashim, Ibn Amun, Ibn Misha, Ibn Hosqia, Ibn Ahriq, Ibn Mutham, Ibn
    Azazia, Ibn Amisa, Ibn Yamish, Ibn Ahrihu, Ibn Yazem, Ibn Yahfashat,
    Ibn Eisha, Ibn Iyam, Ibn Rahba am, Ibn David (Dawud).

    Mary's Birth - Longer

    Prophet Zakariyah's (pbuh) wife's sister had a daughter
    named Hannah. She was married to Imran, a leader of the Israelites. For
    many years, the couple remained childless. Whenever Hannah saw another
    woman with a child, her longing for a baby increased. Although years
    had passed, she never lost hope. She believed that one day Allah would
    bless her with a child, on whom she would shower all her motherly love.

    She turned to the Lord of the heavens and the earth and
    pleaded with Him for a child. She would offer the child in the service
    of Allah's house, in the temple of Jerusalem. Allah granted her
    request. When she learned that she was pregnant, she was the happiest
    woman alive, and thanked Allah for His gift. Her overjoyed husband
    Imran also thanked Allah for His mercy.

    However, while she was pregnant her husband passed
    away. Hannah wept bitterly. Alas, Imran did not live to see their child
    for whom they had so longed. She gave birth to a girl, and again turned
    to Allah in prayer:

    "O my Lord, I have delivered a female child,"
    and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I
    seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the
    outcast." (Ch 3:36 Quran)

    Zechariah Becomes
    Mary's Guardian

    Hannah had a big problem in reference to her promise to
    Allah, for females were not accepted into the temple, and she was very
    worried. Her sister's husband Zakariyah, comforted her, saying that
    Allah knew best what she had delivered and appreciated fully what she
    had offered in His service. She wrapped the baby in a shawl and handed
    it over to the temple elders. As the baby was a girl, the question of
    her guardianship posed a problem for the elders. This was a child of
    their late and beloved leader, and everyone was eager to take care of
    her. Zakariyah said to the elders: "I am the husband of her maternal
    aunt and her nearest relation in the temple; therefore, I will be more
    mindful of her than all of you."

    As it was their custom to draw lots to solve
    disagreements, they followed this course. Each one was given a reed to
    throw into the river. They had agreed that whoever's reed remained
    afloat would be granted guardianship of the girl. All the reeds sank to
    the bottom except Zakariyah's. With this sign, they all surrendered to
    the will of Allah and made him the guardian.

    Mary's High Status

    To ensure that no one had access to Mary, Zakariyah
    built a separate room for her in the temple. As she grew up, she spent
    her time in devotion to Allah. Zakariyah visited her daily to see to
    her needs, and so it continued for many years. One day, he was
    surprised to find fresh fruit, which was out of season in her room. As
    he was the only person who could enter her room, he asked her how the
    fruit got there. She replied that these provisions were from Allah, as
    He gives to whom He wills. Zakariyah understood by this that Allah had
    raised Mary's status above that of other women.

    Thereafter, Zakariyah spent more time with her,
    teaching and guiding her. Mary grew to be a devotee of Allah,
    glorifying Him day and night.

    Mary's High Status -
    Prophet Muhammad

    Ali Ibn Abi Talib narrated that the Prophet Muhammad
    (pbuh) said: "The best of the world's women is Mary (in her lifetime),
    and the best of the world's women is Khadija (in her lifetime)." (Sahih

    Abu Musa Al-Ashari also narrated that the Prophet
    Muhammad (pbuh) said: "May among men attained perfection but among
    women none attained perfection except Mary the daughter of Imran, and
    Asiya the wife of Pharaoh, and the superiority of Aisha to other women
    is like the superiority of Tharid (an Arabic dish) to other meals."

    Mary Receives News of Jesus

    While Mary was praying in her temple, an angel in the
    form of a man appeared before her. Filled with terror, she tried to
    flee, praying:

    "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent
    (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."

    The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your
    Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."

    She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has
    touched me, nor am I unchaste?"

    He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: "That is
    easy for me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind
    and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by
    Allah).'" (Ch 19:18-21 Quran)

    The Birth of Jesus

    The angel's visit caused Mary great anxiety, which
    increased as the months went by. How could she face giving birth to a
    child without having a husband? Later, she felt life kicking inside
    her. With a heavy heart, she left the temple and went to Nazareth, the
    city in which she had been born where she settled in a simple farm
    house to avoid the public.

    But fear and anxiety did not leave her. She was from a
    noble and pious family. Her father had not been an evil man nor was her
    mother an impure woman. How could she prevent tongues from wagging
    about her honor?

    After some months, she could not bear the mental strain
    any longer. Burdened with a heavy womb, she left Nazareth, not knowing
    where to go to be away from this depressing atmosphere.

    She had not gone far, when she was overtaken by the
    pains of childbirth. She saw down against a dry palm tree, and here she
    gave birth to a son. Looking at her beautiful baby, she was hurt that
    she had brought him into the world without a father. She exclaimed: "I
    wish I had died before this happened and had vanished into nothingness!"

    Suddenly, she heard a voice nearby: "Grieve not, your
    Lord has placed a rivulet below, and shake the trunk of this tree, from
    which ripe dates will fall. So eat and drink and regain the strength
    you have lost; and be of good cheer, for what you see is the power of
    Allah, Who made the dry palm tree regain life, in order to provide food
    for you." For a while she was comforted by Allah's miracle, for it was
    a sure sign of her innocence and purity.

    Mary Returns to the
    City with Jesus

    Mary decided to return to the city. However, her fears
    also returned. What was she going to tell the people? As if sharinhis
    mother's worry, the baby began to speak: "If you meet any person say:
    'I have vowed to fast for The Beneficent and may not speak to any human
    today.'" With this miracle, Mary felt at ease.

    As she had expected, her arrival in the city with a
    newborn baby in her arms aroused the curiosity of the people. They
    scolded her: "This is a terrible sin that you have committed." She put
    her finger to her lips and pointed to the child. They asked: "How can
    we speak to a newborn baby?" To their total amazement, the child began
    to speak clearly: "I am Allah's servant. Allah has given me the Book,
    and has made me a prophet, and has blessed me wherever I may be, and
    has enjoined on me prayers and alms-giving as long as I live. Allah has
    made me dutiful towards she who had borne me. He has not made me
    arrogant nor unblessed. Peace unto me the day I was born, the day I
    die, and the day I shall be raised alive."

    Most of the people realized that the baby was unique,
    for it Allah wills something, He merely says "Be" and it happens. Of
    course, there were some who regarded the baby's speech as a strange
    trick, but at least Mary could now stay in Nazareth without being

    Mary Receives News of
    Jesus - Quranic

    Allah the Exalted revealed:

    "And mention in the Book
    (the Qur'an, O Muhammad, the story of) Mary, when she withdrew in
    seclusion from her family to a place facing east. She placed a screen
    (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh (angel
    Gabriel), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all

    She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most
    Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."

    The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your
    Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."

    She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has
    touched me, nor am I unchaste?"

    He said: "So (it will be), your Lord
    said: "That is easy for Me (Allah): and (We wish) to appoint him as a
    sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter
    (already) decreed, (by Allah).'" (Ch. 19: 16-21)

    The Birth of Jesus - Quranic

    So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a
    far place (Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem).
    And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She
    said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and
    out of sight!"

    Then (the babe "Jesus" or Gabriel) cried unto her
    from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided you a water
    stream under you; and shake the trunk of palm tree towards you, it will
    let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and
    if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the
    Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this
    day.'" (Ch. 19: 22-26)

    Mary and Jesus Return to the City - Quranic

    "Then she brought him (the baby) to her people,
    carrying him. They said: "O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing
    Fariyya (an unheard mighty thing). O sister (the like) of Aaron (not
    the brother of Moses, but he was another pious man at the time of
    Mary)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor was
    your mother an unchaste woman."

    Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk
    to one who is a child in the cradle?"

    He (Jesus) said: "Verily! I am a slave of Allah. He
    has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; and He has made me
    blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined me prayer, and Zakat, as
    long as I live, and dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant,
    unblest. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I
    die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"
    (Ch. 19:27 - 33)

    Allah's Message About
    Jesus - Quranic

    Such is Jesus, son of Mary. (It is) a statement of
    truth, about which they doubt (or dispute). It befits not (the Majesty
    of) Allah that He should beget a son (this refers to the slander of
    Christians against Allah, by saying that Jesus is the son of Allah).
    Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him).
    When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, "Be!" - and it is.

    Jesus said: "And verily Allah is my Lord and your
    Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Allah's
    Religion of Islamic Monotheism which He did ordain for all of His

    Then the sects differed (the Christians about
    Jesus), so woe unto the disbeliveers (those who gave false witness
    saying that Jesus is the son of Allah) from the meeting of a great Day
    (the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire).

    How clearly will they (polytheists and disbeliveers
    in the Oneness of Allah) see and hear, the Day when they will appear
    before Us! But the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) today are in
    plain error. And warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of grief and
    regrets, when the case has been decided, while now they are in a state
    of carelessness and they believe not. (Ch 19:34-39 Quran)

    Some Stories About Mary's Pregnancy

    It was said that Joseph the Carpenter was greatly
    surprised when he knew the story, so he asked Mary: "Can a tree come to
    grow without a seed?" She said: "Yes, the one which Allah created for
    the first time." He asked her again: "Is it possible to bear a child
    without a male partner?" She said: "Yes, Allah, created Adam without
    male or female!"

    It was also said that, while pregnant, Mary went one
    day to her aunt, who reported that she felt as if she was pregnant.
    Mary in turn, said that she, too, was feeling as if she was pregnant.
    Then her aunt said: "I can see what is in my womb prostrating to what
    is in your womb."

    Jesus Upsets the Jews

    The Jewish priests felt this child Jesus was dangerous,
    for they felt that the people would turn their worship to Allah the
    Almighty Alone, displacing the existing Jewish tenets. Consequently,
    they would lose their authority over the people. Therefore, they kept
    the miracle of Jesus's speech in infancy as a secret and accused Mary
    of a great misdeed.

    Jesus's Ability to

    As Jesus (pbuh) grew, the signs of prophethood began to
    increase. He could tell his friends what kind of supper waited for them
    at home and what they had hidden and where. When he was twelve years
    old, he accompanied his mother to Jerusalem. There he wandered into the
    temple and joined a crowd listening to the lecture of the Rabbis
    (Jewish priests). The audience were all adults, but he was not afraid
    to sit with them. After listening intently, he asked questions and
    expressed his opinion. The learned rabbis were disturbed by the boy's
    boldness and puzzled by the questions he asked, for they were unable to
    answer him. They tried to silence him, but he ignored their attempts
    and continued to express his views. Jesus became so involved in this
    exchange that he forgot he as expected back home.

    In the meantime, his mother went home, thinking that he
    might have gone back with relatives or friends. When she arrived, she
    discovered that he was not there, so she returned to the city to look
    for him. At last she found him in the temple, sitting among the
    learned, conversing with them. He appeared to be quite at east, as if
    he had been doing this all his life. Mary got angry with him for
    causing her worry. He tried to assure her that all the arguing and
    debating with the learned had made him forgot the time.

    Jesus Does Not Observe
    the Sabbath

    Jesus grew up to manhood. It was Sabbath, a day of
    complete rest: no fire could be lit or extinguished nor could females
    plait their hair. Moses (pbuh) had commanded that Saturday be dedicated
    to the worship of Allah. However, the wisdom behind the Sabbath and its
    spirit had gone, and only the letter remained in the Jews' hearts.
    Also, they thought that Sabbath was kept in heaven, and that the People
    of Israel had been chosen by Allah only to observe the Sabbath.

    They made a hundred things unlawful on Saturday even
    self-defense or calling a doctor to save a patient who was in bad
    condition. This is how their life was branded by such hypocrisy.
    Although the Pharisees were guardians of the law, they were ready to
    sell it when their interests were involved so as to obtain personal
    gains. There was, for example, a rule which prohibited a journey of
    more than one thousand yards on the Sabbath day. What do we expect of
    the Pharisees in this case? The day before, they transferred their food
    and drink from their homes two thousand yards away and erected a
    temporary house so that from tthey could travel a further thousand
    yards on the Sabbath day.

    Jesus was on his way to the temple. Although it was the
    Sabbath, he reached out his hand to pick two pieces of fruit to feed a
    hungry child. This was considered to be a violation of the Sabbath law.
    He made a fire for the old women to keep themselves warm from the
    freezing air. Another violation. He went to the temple and looked
    around. There were twenty thousand Jewish priests registered there who
    earned their living from the temple. The rooms of he temple were full
    of them.

    Jesus Receives His

    Jesus observed that the visitors were much fewer than
    the priests. Yet the temple was full of sheep and doves which were sold
    to the people to be offered as sacrifices. Every step in the temple
    cost the visitor money. They worshipped nothing but money. In the
    temple, the Pharisees and Sadducees acted as if it were a market place,
    and these two groups always disagreed on everything. Jesus followed the
    scene with his eyes and observed that the poor people who could not
    afford the price of the sheep or dove were swept away like flies by the
    Pharisees and Saducees. Jesus was astonished. Why did the priests burn
    a lot of offerings inside the temple, while thousands of poor people
    were hungry outside it?

    On this blessed night, the two noble prophets John
    (pbuh) and Zakariyah (pbuh) died, killed by the ruling authority. On
    the same night, the revelation descended upon Jesus (pbuh). Allah the
    Exalted commanded him to begin his call to the children of Israel. To
    Jesus, the life of ease was closed, and the page of worship and
    struggled was opened.

    Jesus's Message

    Like an opposing force, the message of Jesus came to
    denounce the practices of the Pharisees and to reinforce the Law of
    Moses. In the face of a materialistic age of luxury and worship of
    gold, Jesus called his people to a nobler life by word and deed. This
    exemplary life was the only way out of the wretchedness and diseases of
    his age. Jesus's call, from the beginning, was marked by its complete
    uprightness and piety. It appealed to the soul, the inner being, and
    not be a closed system of rules laid down by society.

    Jesus continued inviting the people to Almighty Allah.
    His call was based on the principle that there is no mediation between
    the Creator and His creatures. However, Jesus was in conflict with the
    Jews' superficial interpretation of the Torah. He said that he did not
    come to abrogate the Torah, but to complete it by going to the spirit
    of its substance to arrive at its essence.

    He made the Jews understand that the Ten Commandments
    have more value than they imagined. For instance, the fifth commandment
    does not only prohibit physical killing, but all forms of killing;
    physical, psychological, or spiritual. And the sixth commandment does
    not prohibit adultery only in the sense of unlawful physical contact
    between a man and a woman, but also prohibits all forms of unlawful
    relations or acts that might lead to adultery. The eye commits adultery
    when it looks at anything with passion.

    Jesus Denounces

    Jesus was therefore in confrontation with the
    materialistic people. He told them to desist from hypocrisy, show and
    false praise. There was no need to hoard wealth in this life. They
    should not preoccupy themselves with the goods of this passing world;
    rather they must preoccupy themselves with the affairs of the coming
    world because it would be everlasting.

    Jesus told them that caring for this world is a sin,
    not fit for pious worshippers. The disbeliveers care for it because
    they do not know a better way. As for the believers, they know that
    their sustenance is with Allah, so they trust in Him and scorn this

    Jesus continued to invite people to worship the Only
    Lord, Who is without partner, just as he invited them to purify the
    heart and soul.

    Jewish Priests Try to
    Embarrass Jesus

    His teaching annoyed the priests, for every word of
    Jesus was a threat to them and their position, exposing their misdeeds.

    The Roman occupiers had, at first, no intention of
    being involved in this religious discord of the Jews because it was an
    internal affair, and they saw that this dispute would distract the Jews
    from the question of the occupation.

    However, the priests started to plot against Jesus.
    They wanted to embarrass him and to prove that he had come to destroy
    the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law provides that an adulteress be stoned to
    death. They brought him a Jewish adulteress and asked Jesus: "Does not
    the law stipulate the stoning of the adulteress?" Jesus answered:
    "Yes." They said: "This woman is an adulteress." Jesus looked at the
    woman and then at the priests. He knew that they were more sinful than
    she. They agreed that she should be killed according to Mosaic Law, and
    they understood that if he was going to apply Mosaic Law, he would be
    destroying his own rules of forgiveness and mercy.

    Jesus understood their plan. He smiled and assented:
    "Whoever among you is sinless can stone her." His voice rose in the
    middle of the Temple, making a new law on adultery, for the sinless to
    judge sin. There was none eligible; no mortal can judge sin, only Allah
    the Most Merciful.

    As Jesus left the temple, the woman followed him. She
    took out a bottle of perfume from her garments, knelt before his feet
    and washed them with perfume and tears, and then dried his feet with
    her hair. Jesus turned to the woman and told her to stand up, adding:
    "O Lord, forgive her sins." He let the priests understand that those
    who call people to Almighty Allah are not executioners. His call was
    based on mercy for the people, the aim of all divine calls.

    Jesus' Brings the Dead
    to Life

    Jesus continued to pray to Allah for mercy on his
    people and to teach his people to have mercy on one another and to
    believe in Allah.

    Jesus continued his mission, aided by divine miracles.
    Some Qur'anic commentators said that Jesus brought four people back
    from the dead: a friend of his named Al-Azam, an old woman's son, and a
    woman's only daughter. These three had died during his lifetime. When
    the Jews saw this they said: "You only resurrect those who have died
    recently; perhaps they only fainted." They asked him to bring back to
    life Sam the Ibn Noah.

    When he asked them to show him his grave, the people
    accompanied him there. Jesus invoked Allah the Exalted to bring him
    back to life and behold, Sam the Ibn Noah came out from the grave
    gray-haired. Jesus asked: "how did you get gray hair, when there was no
    aging in your time?" He answered: "O Spirit of Allah, I thought that
    the Day of Resurrection had come; from the fear of that day my hair
    turned gray."

    The Miracles of Jesus - Quranic

    Allah the Almighty said:

    "Remember when Allah will
    say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My
    Favor to you and to your mother when I supported you with Ruh-ul-Qudus
    (Gabriel) so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in
    maturity; and when I taught you writing, Al Hikmah (the power of
    understanding), the Torah and the Gospel; and when you made out of the
    clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My Permission, and you
    breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed
    those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought
    forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of
    Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) since you came unto
    them with clear proofs, and the disbeliveers among them said: 'This is
    nothing but evident magic.'"

    And when I (Allah) put in their hearts of the
    disciples (of Jesus) to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: "We
    believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims." (Ch 5:110-111 Quran)

    Jesus' Abilities and the Disciples - Quranic

    Almighty Allah also revealed:

    "And He Allah will
    teach him (Jesus) the Book and Al Hikmah (the Sunna, the faultless
    speech of the Prophets, wisdom, etc.), (and) the Torah and the Gospel.

    And will make him (Jesus) a Messenger to the
    Children of Israel (saying): "I have come to you with a sign from your
    Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a
    bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's Leave; and
    I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to
    life by Allah's leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you
    store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you
    believe. And I have come confirming that which was before me of the
    Torah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and
    I have come to you with proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey
    me. Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This
    is the Straight Path."

    Then when Jesus came to know of their disbelief, he
    said: "Who will be my helpers in Allah's Cause?" The disciples said:
    "We are the helpers of Allah; we believe in Allah, and bear witness
    that we are Muslims (we submit to Allah)."

    Our Lord! We believe in what You have sent down, and
    we follow the Messenger (Jesus); so write us down among those who bear
    witness (to the truth, La ilaha ill Allah - none has the right to be
    worshipped but Allah).

    And they (disbeliveers) plotted (to kill Jesus), and
    Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners. (Ch 3:48-54

    Allah Sends the Disciples a Feast

    Jesus continued calling people to Almighty Allah and
    laying down for them what might be called "the law of the Spirit." Once
    when standing on a mountain surrounded by his disciples, Jesus saw that
    those who believed in him were from among the poor, the wretched, an
    the downtrodden, and their number was small. Some of the miracles which
    Jesus performed had been requested by his disciples, such as their wish
    for a "holy table" to be sent down from heaven.

    Allah the Exalted said:

    "Remember when the disciples
    said: "O Jesus, son of Mary! Can your Lord send down to us a table
    spread (with food) from heaven?" Jesus said: "Fear Allah, if you are
    indeed believers." They said: "We wish to eat thereof and to be
    stronger in Faith and to know that you have indeed told us the truth
    and that we ourselves be its witnesses."

    Jesus, son of Mary, said: "O Allah, our Lord! Send
    us from heaven a table spread (with food) that there may be for us -
    for the first and the last of us - a festival and a sign from You; and
    provide us sustenance, for You are the best of sustainers." Allah said:
    "I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you after that
    disbelieves, then I will punish him with a torment such as I have not
    inflicted on anyone among all the Alamin (mankind and jinn).

    (remember) when Allâh will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O 'Iesa
    (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: 'Worship me and my
    mother as two gods besides Allâh?' " He will say: "Glory be to
    You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I
    said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what
    is in my inner­self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You,
    only You, are the All­Knower of all that is hidden and unseen."

    5:112-116 Quran)

    It was related that Jesus commanded his disciples to
    fast for thirty days; at the end of it, they asked Jesus to bring food
    from heaven to break their fast. Jesus prayed to Allah after his
    disciples had doubted Allah's power. The great table cam down between
    two clouds, one above and one below, while the people watched. Jesus
    said: "O Lord, make it a mercy and not a cause of distress." So it fell
    between Jesus's hands, covered with a napkin.

    Jesus suddenly prostrated and his disciples with him.
    They sensed a fragrance, which they had never smelled before. Jesus
    said: "The one who is the most devout and most righteous may uncover
    the table, that we might eat of it to thank Allah for it." They said:
    "O Spirit of Allah, you are the most deserving."

    Jesus stood up, then performed ablution and prayed
    before uncovering the table, and behold, there was a roasted fish. The
    disciples said: "O Spirit of Allah, is this the food of this world or
    of Paradise?" Jesus said to his disciples: "Did not Allah forbid you to
    ask questions? It is the divine power of Allah the Almighty Who said:
    'Be,' and it was. It is a sign from Almighty Allah warning of great
    punishment for unbelieving mortals of the world. This is the kernel of
    the matter."

    It is said that thousands of people partook of it, and
    yet they never exhausted it. A further miracle was that the blind and
    lepers were cured.

    Those Worshipping
    Jesus and Allah's Questions to Jesus

    The Day of the Table became one of the holy days for
    the disciples and followers of Jesus. Later on, the disciples and
    followers forgot the real essence of the miracles, and so they
    worshipped Jesus as a god.

    Almighty Allah asserted:

    "And remember when Allah
    will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you
    say unto men: 'Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?'" He
    will say: "Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no
    right to say. Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it.
    You know what is in my inner self though I do not know what is in
    Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All Knower of all that is hidden
    and unseen. Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allah) did
    command me to say: 'Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord', And I was a
    witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up,
    You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things.
    (This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole
    world). If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive
    them, Verily You, only You are the All Mighty, the All Wise."

    Allah will say: "This is a Day on which the truthful
    will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers
    flow (in Paradise) - they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased
    with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise). To
    Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is
    therein, and He is Able to do all things." (Ch 5:116-120 Quran)

    The Jews Plot to Kill

    Jesus went on his mission until vice knew that its
    throne was threatening to fall. So the forces of evil accused him of
    magic, infringement of the Mosaic Law, allegiance with the devil; and
    when they saw that the poor people followed him, they began to scheme
    against him.

    The Sanhedrin, the highest judicial and ecclesiastical
    council of the Jews, began to meet to plot against Jesus. The plan took
    a new turn. When the Jews failed to stop Jesus' s call, they decided to
    kill him. The chief priests held secret meetings to agree on the best
    way of getting rid of Jesus. While they were in such a meeting, one of
    the twelve apostles of Jesus, Judas Iscariot, went to them and asked:
    "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" Judas bargained with
    them until they agreed to give him thirty pieces of silver known as
    shekels. The plot was laid for the capture and murder of Jesus.

    It was said that the high priest of the Jews tore his
    garment at the meeting, claiming that Jesus had denied Judaism. The
    tearing of clothes at that time was a sign of disgust.

    The Torture of Jesus

    The priests had no authority to pass the death sentence
    at that time, so they convinced the Roman governor that Jesus was
    plotting against the security of the Roman Empire and urged him to take
    immediate action against him. The governor ordered thaJesus be arrested.

    According to the Book of Matthew, Jesus was arrested
    and the council of the high priests passed the death sentence upon him.
    Then, they began insulting him, spitting on his face and kicking him.

    It was the Roman custom for the condemned to be flogged
    before they were executed. So Pilate, the Roman governor, ordered that
    Jesus be flogged. The Mosaic Law stipulates forty lashes, but the Roman
    had no limit, and they were brutal lashes. After that, Jesus was handed
    to the soldiers for crucifixion. They took off his clothes, and kept
    them. They put a crown of thorns on his head to mock him. According to
    custom he carried his cross on his back to increase his suffering.

    Jesus's Crucifixion -
    Bible Version

    Finally, they reached a place called Golgotha, meaning
    the Place of Skulls, outside the walls of Jerusalem. Instead of giving
    him a cup of wine diluted with scent to help lessen the pain on the
    cross, the soldiers gave Jesus a cup of vinegar diluted with gall. Then
    they crucified him and, as a further mockery, two thieves with him. So
    it is written in the Bible.

    Jesus's Crucifixion -

    But the faith of Islam came with views quite different
    from that of the extend gospels with regards to both the end of Jesus
    and his nature.

    The Glorious Qur'an affirms that Allah the Exalted did
    not permit the people of Israel to kill Jesus or crucify him. What
    happened was that Allah saved him from his enemies and raised him to
    heaven. They never killed Jesus, they killed someone else.

    Allah the Almighty declared:

    " And because of their
    saying (in boast), "We killed Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger
    of Allah," but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the
    resemblance of Jesus was put over another man (and they killed that
    man) and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no
    certain knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they
    killed him not (Jesus, son of Mary): But Allah raised him (Jesus) up
    (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And
    Allah is Ever All Powerful, All Wise.

    And there is none of the people of the Scripture
    (Jews & Christians), but must believe in him (Jesus, son of Mary,
    as only a Messenger of Allah, and a human being0, before his (Jesus or
    a Jew's or a Christian's ) death (at the time of the appearance of the
    angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) will be a
    witness against them. ( Ch 4:157-159 Quran)

    Almighty Allah also revealed:

    "And remember when
    Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear
    you (of the forged statement that Jesus is Allah's son) of those who
    disbelieve, and I will make those who follow you (Monotheists, who
    worship none but Allah ) superior to those who disbelieve (in the
    Oneness of Allah, or disbelieve in some of His Messengers, e.g.
    Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, etc., or in His Holy Books, e.g. the Torah, the
    Gospel, the Qur'an) till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return
    to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to
    dispute." (Ch 3:55 Quran).

    Refutation of the
    Christians Claim

    Allah Disclaims Begetting Anyone - Surah 19, Almighty
    Allah refuted the claims of the Jews and the
    Christians in many verses of the Glorious Qur'an.

    And they say: "The Most Beneficent (Allah) has
    begotten a son (or offspring or children) (as the Jews say: Ezra is the
    son of Allah, and the Christians say that He has begotten a son
    (Christ), and the pagan Arabs say that he has begotten daughters
    (angels, etc.))."

    Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil
    thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split
    asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, that they ascribe a son (or
    offspring or children) to the Most Beneficent (Allah).

    But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of ) the
    Most Beneficent (Allah) that He should beget a son (or offspring or
    children). There is non in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the
    Most Beneficent (Allah) as a slave. Verily, He knows each one of them,
    and has counted them a full counting. And everyone of them will come to
    Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector
    or defender). (Ch 19:88-95 Quran)

    Allah the Exalted also declared:

    "Yet, they join the
    jinns as partners in worship with Allah, though He has created them
    (the jinns), and they attribute falsely without knowledge sons and
    daughters to Him. Be He Glorified! And Exalted above (all) that they
    attribute to Him. 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.

    Such is Allah, your Lord!
    La ilaha illa Huwa (none has
    the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So
    worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs,
    Guardian etc.) over all tings.

    No vision can grasp Him,
    but His Grasp is over all
    vision. He is the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all
    things. (Ch 6:100-103 Quran)

    Almighty Allah commanded: 

    "O people of the Scripture
    (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in you religion, nor
    say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was
    (no more than ) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, ("Be" - and he was)
    which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him; so believe
    in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: "Three (trinity)!" Cease! (It is
    ) better for you. For Allah is the only One Ilah (God), Glory be to Him
    (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in
    the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All Sufficient
    as a Disposer of affairs.

    The Messiah will
    never be proud to reject to be a slave
    to Allah, nor the angels who are near (to Allah). And whosoever rejects
    His worship and is proud, then He will gather them all together unto
    Himself. So, as for those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah -
    Islamic Monotheism) and did deeds of righteousness, He will give their
    (due) rewards, and more out of His Bounty. But as for those who refuse
    His worship and were proud, He will punish them with a painful torment.
    And they will not find for themselves besides Allah any protector or
    (Ch 4:171-173 Quran)

    Allah Disclaims Ezra as a Son

    Almighty Allah also declared:

    And the Jews say: Ezra is
    the son of Allah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah.
    That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the
    disbeliveers of old. Allah's Curse be on them, how they are deluded
    away from the truth!

    They (Jews and Christians)
    took their rabbis and their
    monks to be their lords besides Allah, (by obeying them in things which
    they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without
    being ordered by Allah) and (they also took as their lord) Messiah, son
    of Mary , while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded (in the Torah
    and the Gospel) to worship none but One Ilah (God- Allah) La ilaha illa
    Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Praise and glory be
    to Him, (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with
    Him). (Ch 9:30-32 Quran)

    Allah Disclaims Begetting Anyone

    Allah the Almighty also revealed:

    "Now ask them (O
    Muhammad): "Are there (only) daughters for your Lord and sons for
    them?" Or did We create the angels females while they were witnesses?

    Verily, it is of their
    falsehood that they (Quraish
    pagans) say: "Allah has begotten off-spring or children (angels are the
    daughters of Allah)" And, verily, they are liars!

    Has He (then) chosen
    daughters rather than sons? What
    is the matter with you? How do you decide? Will you not then remember?
    Or is there for you a plain authority? Then bring your Book if you are

    And they have invented a
    kinship between Him and the
    jinns, but the jinn know well that they have indeed to appear (before
    Him) (i.e. they will be brought for accounts).

    Glorified be Allah!
    (He is free) from what they
    attribute unto Him! Except the slaves of Allah, whom He chooses (for
    His Mercy i.e. true believers of Islamic Monotheism who do not
    attribute false things unto Allah).
    (Ch 37:149-160 Quran)

    And Almighty Allah declared:

    "Surely, in disbelief are
    they who say that Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say (O Muhammad):
    "Who then has the least power against Allah, if He were destroy the
    Messiah, son of Mary, his mother, and all those who are on the earth
    together?" And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the
    earth, and all that is between them. He creates what He wills. And
    Allah is Able to do all things.

    And (both) the Jews and
    Christians say; "We are the
    children of Allah and His loved ones." Say: "Why then does He punish
    you for your sins?" Nay, you are but human beings, of those He has
    created, He forgive whom He wills and He punishes whom He wills. And to
    Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is
    between them, and to Him is the return of all.

    O people of the
    Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Now
    has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad) making (things) clear unto
    you, after a break in (the series of ) Messengers, lest you say: "there
    came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner." But now has
    come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a warner. And Allah is Able
    to do all things.
    (Ch 5:17-19 Quran)

    Allah the Exalted warned: Surely they have disbelieved
    who say: "Allah is the Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary." But the Messiah
    (Jesus) said: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your
    Lord." Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then
    Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode.
    And for the Zalimun (polytheists, and wrong-doers) there are no helpers.

    Surely, disbeliveers are those who said: "Allah is the
    third of the three (in a Trinity)." But there is no Ilah (god) (none
    who has the right to be worshipped) but One Ilah (God- Allah). And if
    they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will
    befall the disbeliveers among them.

    Will they not repent to Allah and ask His Forgiveness?
    For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a
    Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His
    mother (Mary) was a Siddiqah (she believed in the Words of Allah, and
    His Books. They both used to eat food, as any other human being, while
    Allah does not eat). Look how We made the Ayat (proofs, evidences,
    verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to them, yet look how
    they are deluded away from the truth. (Ch 5:72-75 Quran)

    And Almighty Allah ordered: And say: "All the praises
    and thanks be to Allah, Who has not begotten a son (nor an offspring),
    and Who has no partner in His Dominion, nor He is low to have a Wali
    (helper, protector, or supporter). And magnify Him with all the
    magnificence, (Allahu-Akbar, Allah is the Most Great)."

    The pagans once asked the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): "To
    whom is your Lord related, His original ancestors and His various
    branches of descendants?" It is also reported that the Jews said: "We
    worship Ezra, the Son of Allah," and the Christians said: "Jesus is the
    Son of Allah," and the Magians said: "We worship the sun and the moon,"
    an the Pagans said: "We worship idols."

    In response to all of them Allah revealed some of His
    attributes: Unity, Uniqueness, and other substantives:


    Say: (O Muhammad): "He is Allah, the One. Allah
    As-Samad (The Self- Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He
    neither eats nor drinks). He begets not, nor was He begotten; and there
    is none co-equal or comparable unto Him." (Ch 112:1-4 Quran)



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