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Bible About Muhammad Essay, Research Paper

Chapter One : Christian Muslim Responses Debate on TV At the end of the debate -

"Christianity and Islam" – which appeared on the SABC-TV program

"Cross Questions" on Sunday 5th June 1983, the Chairman, Mr. Bill

Chalmers commented: "I think it can be said from this discussion that there

is, at present, somewhat more accommodation on the Islamic side for the founder

of Christianity than there is on the Christian side for the founder of Islam.

What the significance of that is, we leave it to you, the viewer, to determine,

but I do think you will agree that it is a good thing that we are talking

together." "Bill" as he is popularly addressed, without any

formalities, on all his programs, by all his panelists, is extremely charming

and stupendous in his humility. He is a picture of what the Holy Quran portrays

of a good Christian: "…And nearest among them in love to the believers

wilt thou find those who say: ‘We are Christians’: because among these are men

devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world. And they are not

arrogant." (The Holy Quran 5:82) Jesus – His Status Were the Muslims on the

panel trying to placate the viewers out policy, deceit or diplomacy? Nothing of

the kind! They were only articulating what God Almighty had commanded them to

say in the Holy Quran. As Muslims, they had no choice. They had said in so many

words: "We Muslims believe, that Jesus was one of the mightiest messengers

of God that he was the Christ, that he was born miraculously without any male

intervention (which many modern-day Christians do not believe today), that he

gave life to the dead by God’s permission and that he healed those born blind

and the lepers by god’s permission. In fact, no Muslim is a Muslim if he or she

does not believe in Jesus!" Pleasant Surprise Over 90% of the people who

witnessed this debate must have been pleasantly, but skeptically, surprised.

They might have not believed their ears. They must have surmised that the

Muslims were playing to the gallery – that they were trying to curry favor with

their fellow Christian countrymen; that if the Muslims would say a few good

words about Jesus, then in reciprocation the Christians might say a few good

words about Muhammed (may the peace and the blessings of God be upon all His

righteous servants, Moses, Jesus, Muhammed…etc.); that I scratch your back and

you scratch my back – which would be a sham or hypocrisy. Hate Cultivated We

cannot blame the Christians for their skepticism. They have been so learned for

centuries. They were trained to think the worst of the man Muhammed, salla Allah

u alihi wa sallam, and his religion. How aptly did Thomas Carlyle say about his

Christian brethren over a hundred and fifty years ago: "The lies which

well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammed) are disgraceful to

ourselves only." We Muslims are partly responsible for this. We have not

done anything substantial to remove the cobwebs. Ocean of Christianity South

Africa is an ocean of Christianity. If Libya boasts the highest percentage of

Muslims on the continent of Africa, then the Republic of South Africa would also

be entitled to boast the highest percentage of Christians. In this ocean of

Christianity the R.S.A. – the Muslims are barely 2% of the total population. We

are a voteless minority – numerically, we count for nothing; politically, we

count for nothing; and economically, one white man, as Oppenheimer, could buy

out the whole lot of us, lock, stock and barrel. So if we had feigned to

appease, we might be excused. But no! We must proclaim our Master’s Will; we

must declare the Truth, whether we liked it or not. In the words of Jesus:

"Seek ye the truth, and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32).

Chapter Two : Jesus in the Quran Christians Unaware The Christian does not know

that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim displays, always, towards Jesus

and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of his faith – the Holy Quran.

He does not know that the Muslim does not take the holy name of Jesus, in his

own language, without saying Eesa, alaihi assalam ("Jesus, peace be upon

him") The Christian does not know that in the Holy Quran Jesus is mentioned

twenty five times. For example: "We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear

signs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit" (The Holy Quran 2:87)

"O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be

Christ Jesus, the son of Mary…" (3:45) "…Christ Jesus the son of

Mary was (no more than) an apostle of god…" (4:171) "…And in their

foot steps we sent Jesus the son of Mary…" (5:46) "And Zakariya and

John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the righteous." (6:85) Jesus

- His Titles Though Jesus is mentioned by name in twenty-five places in the Holy

Quran, he is also addressed with respect as: Ibn Maryam, meaning "The son

of Mary"; and as the Maseeh (in Hebrew it is the Messiah), which is

translated as "Christ". He is also known as Abdullah, "The

servant of Allah"; and as Rasul u Allah, the messenger of Allah. He is

spoken of as "The Word of God", as "The Spirit of God", as a

"Sign of God", and numerous other epithets of honor spread over

fifteen different chapters. The Holy Quran honors this mighty messenger of God,

and the Muslims have not fallen short over the past fourteen hundred years in

doing the same. There is not a single disparaging remark in the entire Quran to

which even the most jaundiced among the Christians can take exception. Eesa

Latinised to "Jesus" The Holy Quran refers to Jesus as Eesa, and this

name is used more times than any other title, because this was his

"Christian" name. Actually, his proper name was Eesa (Arabic), or Esau

(Hebrew); classical Yeheshua, which the Christian nations of the West latinised

as Jesus. Neither the "J" nor the second "s" in the name

Jesus is to be found in the original tongue – they are not found in the Semitic

languages. The word is very simply "E S A U" a very common Jewish

name, used more than sixty times in the very first booklet alone of the Bible,

in the part called "Genesis". There was at least one "Jesus"

sitting on the "bench" at the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin.

Josephus the Jewish historian mentions some twenty five Jesus’ in his "Book

of Antiquities". The New Testament speaks of "Bar-Jesus" a

magician and a sorcerer, a false prophet (Acts 13:6); and also

"Jesus-Justus" a Christian missionary, a contemporary of Paul

(Colossians 4:11). These are distinct from Jesus the son of Mary. Transforming

"Esau" to (J)esu(s) – Jesus – makes it unique. This unique (?) name

has gone out of currency among the Jews and the Christians from the 2nd century

after Christ. Among the Jews, because it came to be a name of ill – repute, the

name of one who blasphemed in Jewry; and among the Christians because it came to

be the proper name of their God. The Muslim will not hesitate to name his son

Eesa because it is an honored name, the name of a righteous servant of the Lord.

Chapter Three : Mother And Son Mary Honored The birth of Jesus Christ is

described in two places of the Quran – chapter 3 and chapter 19. Reading from

the beginning of his birth, we come across the story of Mary, and the esteemed

position which she occupies in the House of Islam, before the actual

annunciation of the birth of Jesus is given: "’Behold’! the angels said: ‘O

Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee, and chosen thee above the women of

all nations" (3:42) "Chosen thee above the women of all nations."

Such an honor is not to be found given to Mary even in the Christian Bible! The

verse continues: "O Mary! Worship thy Lord devoutly: prostrate thyself, and

bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down." (3:43) Divine Revelation

What is the source of this beautiful and sublime recitation which, in its

original Arabic, moves men to ecstasy and tears? verse 44 below explains:

"This is part of the tidings, of the things unseen, which We reveal unto

thee (O Muhammad!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots

with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: nor

wast thou with them when they disputed (the point)." (3:44) Mary’s Birth

The story is that the maternal grandmother of Jesus, Hannah, had hitherto been

barren. She poured out her heart to God: If only God will grant her a child, she

would surely dedicate such a child for the service of God in the temple. God

granted her prayer and Mary was born. Hannah was disappointed. She was yearning

for a son, but instead she delivered a daughter; and in no way is the female

like the male, for what she had in mind. What was she to do? She had made a vow

to God. She waited for Mary to be big enough to fend for herself. When the time

came, Hannah took her darling daughter to the temple, to hand over for temple

services. Every priest wanted to be the god-father of this child. They cast lots

with arrows for her – like the tossing of the coin – head or tail? eventually

she fell to the lot of Zakariya, but not without a dispute. The Source of His

Message This was the story. But where did Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa

sallam, get this knowledge from? He was an Ummi, Arabic for

"unlettered". He did not low how to read or write. He is made by God

Almighty to answer this very question in the verse above, by saying that it was

all by divine inspiration. "No!", says the controversialist.

"This is Muhammed’s own concoction. He copied his revelations from the Jews

and Christians. He plagiarized it. He forged it." Knowing full-well, and

believing as we do, that the whole Quran is the veritable Word of God, we will

nevertheless agree, for the sake of argument, with the enemies of Muhammed,

salla Allah u alihi wa sallam, for a moment, that he wrote it. We can now expect

some cooperation from the unbelievers. Ask him: "Have you any qualms in

agreeing that Muhammed was an Arab?" Only an ignorant will hesitate to

agree. In that case there is no sense in pursuing any discussion. Cut short the

talk. Close the book! With the man of reason, we proceed. "That this Arab,

in the first instance, was addressing other Arabs. He was not talking to Indian

Muslims, Chinese Muslims, or Nigerian Muslims. He was addressing his own people,

the Arabs. Whether they agreed with him or not, he told them in the most sublime

form, words that were seared into the hearts and minds of his listeners that

Mary the mother of Jesus, a Jewess, was chosen above the women of all nations.

Not his own mother, nor his wife nor his daughter, nor any other Arab woman, but

a Jewess! Can one explain this? Because to everyone his own mother or wife, or

daughters would come before other women. Why would the prophet of Islam honor a

woman from his opposition! and a Jewess at that! belonging to a race which had

been looking down upon his people for three thousand years? Just as they still

look down upon their Arab brethren today." Sarah and Hagar The Jews learn,

from the Bible, that their father, Abraham, had two wives Sarah and Hagar. They

say that they are the children of Abraham through Sarah his legitimate wife;

that their Arab brethren have descended through Hagar, a "bondwoman",

and that as such, the Arabs are an inferior breed. Will anyone please explain

the anomaly as to why Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam, if he is the

author, chose this Jewess for such high honor? The answer is simple, he had no

choice he had no right to speak of his own desire. "It is no less than an

inspiration sent down to him." (53:4) The Chapter of Maryam There is a

Chapter in the Holy Quran, named Surat u Maryam "Chapter Mary", named

in honor of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, peace and blessings of Allah be

upon him; again, such an honor is not to be found given to Mary in the Christian

Bible. Out of the 66 books of the Protestants and 73 of the Roman Catholics, not

one is named after Mary or her son. You will find books named after Matthew,

Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and two score more obscure names, but not a single

one is that of Mary! If Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam, was the author

of the Holy Quran, then he would not have failed to include in it with Mary, the

mother of Jesus, his own mother Aamina, his dear wife Khadija, or his beloved

daughter Fatima. But No! No! This can never be. The Quran is not his handiwork!.

Chapter Four : The Good News " ‘Behold!’ the angels said: ‘O Mary! Allah

giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him: his name will be Jesus, the son of

Mary; held in honor in this world and the hereafter; and (of the company of)

those nearest to Allah." (3:45) "Nearest to God," not physically

nor geographically, but spiritually. Compare this with "And (Jesus) sat on

the right hand of God." (Mark 16:19). The bulk of Christendom has

misunderstood this verse as well as many others in the Bible. They imagine the

Father (God) sitting on a throne, a glorified chair, and His Son, Jesus, sitting

on His right hand side. Can you conjure up the picture? If you do, you have

strayed from the true knowledge of God. He is no old Father Christmas. He is

beyond the imagination of the mind of man. He exists. He is real, but He is not

like anything we can think of, or imagine. In eastern languages "right

hand" meant a place of honor, which the Holy Quran more fittingly describes

as "In the company of those nearest to Allah." The above verse

confirms that Jesus is the Christ. and that he is the Word which God bestowed

upon Mary. Again, the Christian reads into these words, a meaning which they do

not carry. They equate the word "Christ" with the idea of a

god-incarnate; and the "Word" of God to be God. "Christ" Not

a Name The word "Christ" is derived from the Hebrew word Messiah,

Arabic Maseeh. Root word masaha, meaning "to rub", "to

massage", "to anoint". Priests and kings were anointed when being

consecrated to their offices. But in its translated Grecian form,



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