Passion of the Christ – Part 1

 

by Yassir Abd At-Tawaab

All praise is due to Allah, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah.

Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) went through a lot of pain, like the previous Messengers of strong will. Whoever bears the burden of a nation, his responsibilities and tasks grow with it, along these lines his passion becomes deeper and severer. In accordance with the strong will of people their firm will be.

What these icons experience of ignorance, stubbornness and belittling are the reason of the ordeals they pass through. The first hardship that a Prophet experience is the persistence on their calling people to the way of Allah coupled accompanied with the inattentiveness of people followed by their foolishness in refusing, ignoring and disbelieving. Still, their sufferings continue and diverse according to the nature of people and variety of events.

Truth with the Prophets is clear and serene, and the fate of infidels and liars doesn’t escape their mind. As if they would look to the people of faith, dwelling in the pleasures of paradise and what it beholds of good for them, feeling grief for the people of disbelief while being tormented in hellfire, calling for help regretting and biting their nails saying: {On the Day when their faces will be turned over in the Fire, they will say: “Oh, would that we had obeyed Allâh and obeyed the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم).”} [Surat Al-Ahzab 33:66].

{يَوْمَ تُقَلَّبُ وُجُوهُهُمْ فِي النَّارِ يَقُولُونَ يَا لَيْتَنَا أَطَعْنَا اللَّـهَ وَأَطَعْنَا الرَّسُولَا} الأحزاب: 66

Transliteration: Yawma tuqallabu wujoohuhum fee alnnari yaqooloona ya laytana ataAAnaAllaha waataAAna alrrasoola

At this grievous moment the prophets’ hearts aches with sorrow and regret over the inattentiveness of people to this destiny, and over the burden of reckoning, magnitude of questioning and the burden of responsibility bore by people in the day of Judgement. The Qur`an did describe this state of grief by the Prophets, Allah Almighty said about Muhammad, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him: {Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur’ân)} [Surat Al-Kahf 18:6].

{فَلَعَلَّكَ بَاخِعٌ نَّفْسَكَ عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِمْ إِن لَّمْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَـٰذَا الْحَدِيثِ أَسَفًا} سورة الكهف: 6

Transliteration: FalaAAallaka bakhiAAun nafsaka AAalaatharihim in lam yuminoo bihathaalhadeethi asafan

He also said: {It may be that you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) are going to kill yourself with grief, that they do not become believers [in your Risalah (Messengership) i.e. in your Message of Islâmic Monotheism].} [Surat Ash-Shu’ara`26:3].

{لَعَلَّكَ بَاخِعٌ نَّفْسَكَ أَلَّا يَكُونُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ} سورة الشعراء: 3

Transliteration: LaAAallaka bakhiAAun nafsaka allayakoonoo mumineena

Same story with Musa (peace be upon him), where he reached an extent of suffering from the stubbornness of his opponents from Bani Isra`eel and even from his followers he said :{He [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: “O my Lord! I have power only over myself and my brother, so separate us from the people who are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious and disobedient to Allâh)!”} [Surat Al-Ma`ida 5:25].

{قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي لَا أَمْلِكُ إِلَّا نَفْسِي وَأَخِي ۖ فَافْرُقْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ الْقَوْمِ الْفَاسِقِينَ} سورة المائدة: 25

Transliteration: Qala rabbi innee la amliku illa nafsee waakhee faofruq baynana wabayna alqawmi alfasiqeena

He pointed out the rebellious ones among his people that submitted with him. Therefore Prophet Muhammad, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, used to follow his lead in his patience over his followers. Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “When the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, divided the booty of (the battle of) Hunain, a man from the Ansar said “He didn’t seek by this the countenance of Allah (i.e. not fair while dividing)”, then I came and informed the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, whereupon his face changed and said “Mercy of Allah be upon Musa, he was harmed more than that and he was patient.”“ [Reported by Al-Bukhari].

«لما قسم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قسمة حنين، قال رجل من الأنصار: ما أراد بها وجه الله، فأتيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأخبرته، فتغير وجهه ثم قال: رحمة الله على موسى، لقد أوذي بأكثر من هذا فصبر» رواه البخاري

Even Jesus (peace be upon him) suffered denial and harm from his people, Allah Almighty said: {Then when ‘Isâ (Jesus) came to know of their disbelief, he said: “Who will be my helpers in Allâh’s Cause?” Al-Hawâriyyûn (the disciples) said: “We are the helpers of Allâh; we believe in Allâh, and bear witness that we are Muslims (i.e. we submit to Allâh).”} [Surat Al-’Imran 3:52].

{فَلَمَّا أَحَسَّ عِيسَىٰ مِنْهُمُ الْكُفْرَ قَالَ مَنْ أَنصَارِي إِلَى اللَّـهِ ۖ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ اللَّـهِ آمَنَّا بِاللَّـهِ وَاشْهَدْ بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ} سورة آل عمران: 52

Transliteration: Falamma ahassa AAeesa minhumu alkufra qala man ansaree ila Allahi qala alhawariyyoona nahnu ansaru Allahiamanna biAllahi waishhad biannamuslimoona

Moreover he wasn’t safe from suffering, even from his followers who asked him things showing the extent of their rigidity (Peace be upon him). Allah Almighty said: {(Remember) when Al-Hawâriyyûn (the disciples) said: “O ‘Isâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Can your Lord send down to us a table spread (with food) from heaven?” ‘Isâ (Jesus) said: “Fear Allâh, if you are indeed believers.”} [Surat Al-Ma`idah 4:112].

{إِذْ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ هَلْ يَسْتَطِيعُ رَبُّكَ أَن يُنَزِّلَ عَلَيْنَا مَائِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاءِۖ قَالَ اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ} سورة المائدة: 112

Transliteration: Ith qala alhawariyyoona ya AAeesa ibna maryama hal yastateeAAu rabbuka an yunazzila AAalayna maidatan mina alssamai qala ittaqoo Allaha in kuntum mumineena

Glory be to Allah!!! They say, {Can your Lord….}[Surat Al-Ma`idah 5:112],

{هَلْ يَسْتَطِيعُ رَبُّكَ} المائدة: 112

Transliteration: hal yastateeAAu rabbuka

As if they didn’t believe yet in Allah and His Might, moreover disrespecting the Prophet by ascribing the lord to him, they didn’t say “Our Lord” rather they said “Your Lord” as if they don’t belong to Him. Allah demonstrates with the aforementioned the qualities of the companions of Muhammad, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, whom have been patient standing firm and fought in the way of Allah, for His Sake.

 

Here I will elaborate in respect to the pain that Jesus (peace be upon him) suffered, because many like to know about the passion of the Christ through watching a movie or reading a story that will fascinate some as it revives hatred towards the Jews thus attracting the compassion of people while they miss out other meanings emitted through this movie that contradicts our creed.

 

I would say:

1- Jesus (peace be upon him) suffered from many attempts of murder by the Jews, killers of the Prophets and people of good in ancient times and in our time, Allah Almighty said: { And (remember) when you said, “O Mûsâ (Moses)! We cannot endure one kind of food. So invoke your Lord for us to bring forth for us of what the earth grows, its herbs, its cucumbers, its Fûm (wheat or garlic), its lentils and its onions.” He said, “Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower? Go you down to any town and you shall find what you want!” And they were covered with humiliation and misery, and they drew on themselves the Wrath of Allâh. That was because they used to disbelieve the Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations etc.) of Allâh and killed the Prophets wrongfully. That was because they disobeyed and used to transgress the bounds (in their disobedience to Allâh, i.e. commit crimes and sins).} [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:61]

{وَإِذْ قُلْتُمْ يَا مُوسَىٰ لَن نَّصْبِرَ عَلَىٰ طَعَامٍ وَاحِدٍ فَادْعُ لَنَا رَبَّكَ يُخْرِجْ لَنَا مِمَّا تُنبِتُ الْأَرْضُ مِن بَقْلِهَا وَقِثَّائِهَا وَفُومِهَا وَعَدَسِهَا وَبَصَلِهَا ۖ قَالَ أَتَسْتَبْدِلُونَ الَّذِي هُوَ أَدْنَىٰ بِالَّذِي هُوَ خَيْرٌ ۚ اهْبِطُوا مِصْرًا فَإِنَّ لَكُم مَّا سَأَلْتُمْ ۗ وَضُرِبَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ الذِّلَّةُ وَالْمَسْكَنَةُ وَبَاءُوا بِغَضَبٍ مِّنَ اللَّـهِ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا يَكْفُرُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّـهِ وَيَقْتُلُونَ النَّبِيِّينَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ بِمَا عَصَوا وَّكَانُوا يَعْتَدُونَ} سورة البقرة: 61

Transliteration: Waith qultum ya moosa lan nasbira AAala taAAamin wahidin faodAAu lanarabbaka yukhrij lana mimma tunbitu alardu min baqliha waqiththaihawafoomiha waAAadasiha wabasalihaqala atastabdiloona allathee huwa adnabiallathee huwa khayrun ihbitoo misran fainna lakum ma saaltum waduribat AAalayhimu alththillatu waalmaskanatu wabaoo bighadabin mina Allahi thalika biannahum kanoo yakfuroona biayati Allahi wayaqtuloona alnnabiyyeena bighayri alhaqqi thalika bima AAasaw wakanoo yaAAtadoona

They have killed many Prophets among them are Zachariah and Yahia (peace be upon them), and they plotted against Jesus so they will carry the burden of this attempt although it wasn’t successful as Allah didn’t permit it. The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. They also plotted against our prophet, Muhammad prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, more than once, but Allah wouldn’t have made them succeed with one of the prophets of strong will. Allah Almighty said: {And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allah,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of ‘Iesa (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 [i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)]} [Surat An-Nisa`4:157]

{وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّـهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَـٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ ۚ مَا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ ۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا} النساء: 157

Transliteration: Waqawlihim inna qatalna almaseeha AAeesa ibna maryama rasoola Allahi wama qataloohu wama salaboohu walakin shubbiha lahum wainna allatheena ikhtalafoo feehi lafee shakkin minhu ma lahum bihi min AAilmin illaittibaAAa alththanni wama qataloohu yaqeenan

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, “Just before Allah raised `Isa (Jesus) to the heavens, `Isa went to his companions, who were twelve inside the house. When he arrived, his hair was dripping water and he said, `There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after he had believed in me.’ He then asked, `Who volunteers that his image appear as mine, and be killed in my place. He will be with me (in Paradise)’ One of the youngest ones among them volunteered and `Isa asked him to sit down. `Isa again asked for a volunteer, and the young man kept volunteering and `Isa asking him to sit down. Then the young man volunteered again and `Isa said, `You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of `Isa was cast over that man while `Isa ascended to heaven from a hole in the house. When the Jews came looking for `Isa, they found that young man and crucified him. Some of `Isa’s followers disbelieved in him twelve times after they had believed in him. They then divided into three groups. One group, Al-Ya`qubiyyah (Jacobites), said, `Allah remained with us as long as He willed and then ascended to heaven.’ Another group, An-Nasturiyyah (Nestorians), said, `The son of Allah was with us as long as he willed and Allah took him to heaven.’ Another group, Muslims, said, `The servant and Messenger of Allah remained with us as long as Allah willed, and Allah then took him to Him.’ The two disbelieving groups cooperated against the Muslim group and they killed them. Ever since that happened, Islam was then veiled until Allah sent Muhammad .” This statement has an authentic chain of narration leading to Ibn `Abbas, and An-Nasa’i narrated it through Abu Kurayb who reported it from Abu Mu`awiyah. Many among the Salaf stated that `Isa asked if someone would volunteer for his appearance to be cast over him, and that he will be killed instead of `Isa, for which he would be his companion in Paradise.

This event proves the truthfulness of the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him. If he was really a charlatan it would have been easy for him – as he had a lot of conflicts with the Jews – to support the idea of crucifixion, nothing would have harmed him if this claim of killing stuck to the Jews, moreover it would have made the Christians, the new enemies of the Jews, join the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him. Monotheism wouldn’t have been affected by such a claim. However, the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, is informed through revelation from his lord and proving facts along with Allah’s Almighty knowledge with this corrupt creed that the devil deludes the cross worshippers through by his whispers and doubtful matters.

 

2- Among the many passions of the Christ is the exaggerated and belittling attitude of some. Among these groups whom insulted and accused him of lying, and going to the extent of claiming his deity, thus detaching him from his human nature. Our creed concerning Jesus (peace be upon him) that he is a Prophet like the preceding Prophets, Allah Almighty bestowed upon him with his miracles, so if they say that he’s “without a father” we would say that Adam (peace be upon him) was with no father nor mother, and he was the first human thus making him the most eligible for this claim of deity from amongst all humans.

What is even more shocking their claim that he came for people’s salvation and wipes the sin of Adam, then they easily absolve the Jews from the blood of Jesus, because he (Jesus) was fulfilling the Lord’s will, Glory be to Allah!!

Wasn’t Adam also fulfilling it when he descended from the heaven to Earth?

Didn’t Allah forgive him and distance Satan?

Moreover if Allah really forgave Adam, was there any need for a savior?

Doesn’t Allah accept the repentance of His Slaves???

A remarkable note, didn’t the previous Prophets know of his (Jesus) coming, then why didn’t they inform their people and only taught them Monotheism. Was it not enough for people before Jesus to Worship one God? So if this was sufficient for Noah, Ibrahim, Musa and their people then it is also sufficient to whoever succeeded them, unless they needed another savior to expiate this sin after Christ had done the same thing with Adam’s sin. Hence, he must come in salvation of people from the Prophets’ sins and be crucified with his cry of help and weep like he did the first time.

Ibn Al-Qayim (may Allah have mercy on him) says: “Christians made Jesus the one humiliated and crucified by Jews who taunted and mocked him, making him a crown of thorns instead of a glorious King’s crown, pulling him with a rope to the wooden cross, clapping and dancing in Joy. Wasn’t this disdain more appropriate in the worship of Allah and attributing to him the worst of humility, degrading and defeat? They also rejected haughtily the idea of their patriarchs having a wife or a child, rather they attributed a son to Allah, Lord of the Realms, they also despised the worship of Allah with no associates and not obeying His Messenger rather they were pleased and sufficient with the worship of the cross, the statues sculptured by hand on the walls. Obeying whoever forbids and permits them from what he wants and legislating to them religious rules of whatever he wishes….

What more could cause pain to Jesus (peace be upon him) than this nonsense?!

The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, narrated from his Lord in an Authentic Hadith: “Allah the Most Superior said, “The son of Adam slights Me, and he should not slight Me, and he disbelieves in Me, and he ought not to do so. As for his slighting Me, it is that he says that I have a son; and his disbelief in Me is his statement that I shall not recreate him as I have created (him) before.”“ [Reported by Al-Bukhari].

«قال الله تعالى: يشتمني ابن آدم ، وما ينبغي له أن يشتمني، ويكذبني، وما ينبغي له. أما شتمه فقوله: إن لي ولدا، وأما تكذيبه فقوله: ليس يعيدني كما بدأني» رواه البخاري

What does this sect know what will the Lord of the realms do with them on the day they meet him, the day where faces either illuminates or darken and Jesus is asked in front of this gathering witnessing, while listening to him: {And (remember) when Allâh will say (on the Day of Resurrection): O ‘Isâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allâh?’} He will say negating them and denying their false attribute: {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). (116) Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allâh) did command me to say: ‘Worship Allâh, 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).} [Surat Al-Ma`idah 5:116-117].

{وَإِذْ قَالَ اللَّـهُ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ أَأَنتَ قُلْتَ لِلنَّاسِ اتَّخِذُونِي وَأُمِّيَ إِلَـٰهَيْنِ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِۖ }، فيقول المسيح مكذبا لهم ومتبرئا منهم: {سُبْحَانَكَ مَا يَكُونُ لِي أَنْ أَقُولَ مَا لَيْسَ لِي بِحَقٍّ ۚ إِن كُنتُ قُلْتُهُ فَقَدْ عَلِمْتَهُ ۚ تَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِي وَلَا أَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِكَ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ ﴿١١٦﴾ مَا قُلْتُ لَهُمْ إِلَّا مَا أَمَرْتَنِي بِهِ أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّـهَ رَبِّي وَرَبَّكُمْ ۚ وَكُنتُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَهِيدًا مَّا دُمْتُ فِيهِمْ ۖ فَلَمَّا تَوَفَّيْتَنِي كُنتَ أَنتَ الرَّقِيبَ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ وَأَنتَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ} سورة المائدة: 116-117

Transliteration: Waith qala Allahu ya AAeesaibna maryama aanta qulta lilnnasi ittakhithoonee waommiya ilahayni min dooni Allahi qala subhanaka mayakoonu lee an aqoola ma laysa lee bihaqqin in kuntu qultuhu faqad AAalimtahu taAAlamu ma fee nafsee walaaAAlamu ma fee nafsika innaka anta AAallamu alghuyoobi (116) Ma qultu lahum illa ma amartanee bihi ani oAAbudoo Allaha rabbee warabbakum wakuntu AAalayhim shaheedan ma dumtu feehim falammatawaffaytanee kunta anta alrraqeeba AAalayhim waanta AAala kulli shayin shaheedun


3- Distorting of the Gospel, the book of Allah, till the contradiction and difference became apparent in between its different copies attracting sarcasm from the elders and youngsters. How would it be sane to include the crucifixion of Jesus in the bible that has been revealed to him, and a detailed reference of what happened to him incident after the other, day by day and then he was resurrected from his grave after three days and other more claims from the words of the Christians. The most that we could make out of these claims as to whom it refers is it being the words of the one of the twelve apostles being added in the bible then naming it all as one bible. Also their four bibles are contradictory to one another. Their lies doesn’t stop here, they claim that the Torah in their possession, the Jews and the Jews of Samaria are one. Christian unanimously agree that they are four dates with four men who were the authors of these so called bibles in different times, while not knowing any other bible other than those four.

A bible that had been composed by a student of Jesus after nine years of his rise to the heavens published in Hebrew the Jews’ land in Ash-Sham (Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon). Another bible composed By Marcus the disciple of Shimon after 23 years from the rise of Jesus in Greek language, in Antakya in the Roman Empire. Some say that it was written by Shimon and then his name was erased and replaced with name of his disciple from the start. Another bible composed by Luke, the Antakyan physician disciple of Shimon after the publishing of Marcus. Lastly, a bible composed by John one of the disciples of Jesus after his rise by 60+ years in Greek language.

Every copy of these four books is called a gospel by the Christians. The difference, adding and deducting in them is apparent to any reader, so the false claim of any liar that all the copies of the torah and bible in the east or west are similar is one of the biggest falsehoods. Allah, Glorified He be, scolded and censured them by the tongue of His Messenger (prayers and peace be upon him) for their distortion and hiding of verses in His Book. Allah Almighty said: {O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): “Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know?”} [Surat Al-`Imran 3:71]

{يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تَلْبِسُونَ الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ} سورة آل عمران: 71

Transliteration: Ya ahla alkitabi lima talbisoona alhaqqa bialbatili wataktumoona alhaqqa waantum taAAlamoona

 

 

Author: Islamic Treasure

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