Jesus(pbuh): Dead or Alive?


 
Natural Death of Jesus(pbuh)

Muslims all over the world uphold the Christian faith that Jesus(pbuh) is alive.  The whole foundation of the Christian faith is rested on this concept and most Muslims overtly support their viewpoint.  Somehow the Christian concept has infiltrated in Muslim faith long ago and now it seems it is part and parcel of Islamic concept.

Muslims take the help of two sites from the  Holy Quran to obtain support for their viewpoint. The verses are 3:54 from Surah Al-e Imran  and 4:157-158 from Surah An-Nisa’. We will give you correct translation of the verses, word for word,  so that you can get the point.  It is a sad that many Muslims  blame the correct translation to be false and cite incorrect translations as authentic.  We will show you several examples of correct and incorrect translations so that  any sensible person can find out the true picture.
 
Analysis of the verse 3:54 from Surah Ale Imran
In the verse  3:54 Allah says:
 

3:54 Behold! Allah Said: “O Isa! I shall cause you to die  and I shall exalt you towards me and I shall  clear you of those who reject Faith, and I am going to make  those who follow you above those who reject Faith – until the day of Awakening. Then towards Me is your return, so that I shall decide among you as to in which you used to differ.

They key words here are :  Ya Isa, inni mutawaffika wa rafi’uka  ilaiya
Meaning:  “O Isa! I shall cause you to die and I shall exalt you towards me…..”

 Interpretation of the word wafat’:

The key word here is “wafat” . The most correct meaning of “wafat” is death, or take away soul.  If soul is taken away from a person, it is nothing but death.  The problem arises with regards to  this verse, when Muslims refuse to interpret the meaning of “wafat” as death.  Irony is that  all scholars  who translated the Holy Quran do agree “wafat” means death.   Each and every scholar translated the word “wafat” as  death in at least 20 different instances in their translations.  However,  in this particular verse, they interpreted the meaning as ‘take away’ and insinuate physical ascension.   These translators  did not hesitate to twist the actual meaning of the word of Allah to support  Christian faith and to some extent weak Hadith narrated by Wahab bin Munnabba,  Kab Akbar and one isolated Hadith by Abu Hurairaa.

While the Quran is the word of Allah, Hadith is word of a person. Hadith is not the words of Allah.   A person can err, Allah can not err.  That is why we often refer to some Hadith as  Sahih Hadith – i.e. True Hadith. Because some Hadith may not be true.  We don’t say the same thing about the Quran that some of its verses are Sahih verse and some are doubtful!  This fact itself indicates that a few Hadith are not absolutely correct.  Hadith is the sayings of prophet Muhammad(pbuh), but the prophet himself did not write down the Hadith.  Several generation after the death of the prophet,  Hadith was compiled by scholars.  In this process hundreds of Hadith were rejected as they appeared to be false. In the end when the scholars agreed that a particular Hadith is correct, it was compiled into a book.

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