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Friday, 25 December 2015 13:48

Christmas: Facts and realities

 Christmas: Facts and realities

Greetings to our Christian listeners on the occasion of the 25th of December which people in the West mark as the birthday of Prophet Jesus (AS). Since the Virgin-born Messiah is considered one of the five greatest prophets of Islam, we present you a special feature in this regard.

 

 “The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Prophet of Allah, and His Word that He cast toward Mary and a spirit from Him. So have faith in Allah and His Prophets, and do not say, ‘[God is] a trinity.’ Relinquish [such a creed]! That is better for you. Allah is but the One God. He is far too immaculate to have any son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth, and Allah suffices as Trustee.”

What you heard was ayah 171 of Surah Nisa of the holy Qur’an. The words of God are crystal clear. It is cardinal sin to attribute sons, daughters, or wives to God Almighty, Who is far too glorious to be in need of anything and does not possess the characteristics of His creatures. For this reason, this ayah tells Trinitarians not to indulge in a capital sin by saying God is one of trinity. In other words, Prophet Jesus (PuH) never claimed to be a son of God as Christians allege. Here is ayah 172 of the same surah, which says:

“The Messiah would never disdain being a servant of Allah, nor would the angels brought near [to Him]. And whoever disdains His worship and is arrogant, He will gather them all toward Him.”

Today we travel back two millennium years to probe whether Prophet Jesus (AS) was really born on December 25 as people have come to believe. We do not intend to spoil the holiday mood in the West, where Christmas is a time for indulging in all sorts of frivolities, and even depraved parties that are totally alien to the piety and asceticism of the Virgin-born Messiah. A glance at the Gospels in circulation among the Christians reveals only scanty information of the birth of the Messiah and that too unsatisfactory, while nothing is mentioned about December, let alone its 25th day, since the plain truth is that the Israelites amongst whom he was born followed the lunar calendar, and not the solar calendar of their hated Roman overlords.  It was only in 336 AD, more than three centuries after the end of the mission of Jesus (PuH) and imposition of the Pauline Creed on the Gentiles of Europe – not the monotheistic message of the Messiah who never claimed to be a godson – that the pagan Roman festival of the sun god on December 25 was declared as Christmas. Still Christmas, despite its borrowings from the various heathen communities of Europe that include mistletoe twigs, the decorated tree, Santa Claus and the “Christmas Ham”, did not gain currency until another millennium and several centuries. It should be noted that Jesus and the Israelites among whom he was born, considered pork religiously unclean. Whether the reveling masses like it or not, these are the undeniable facts that most devout Christians admit. This means we have to refer to the right sources for the correct information about any Prophet, rather than assuming that since the overwhelming majority subscribes to such view, one should blindly accept the errors of history.

Thus, it is the holy Qur’an, as the emissaries of God that provide us authentic information about Jesus and other prophets of the past, and not the Pauls or Judas Iscariots. Here are ayahs 59 and 60 of Surah Ma’edah which refer to God’s decision to create Jesus without the involvement of any male for a father:

“Indeed the case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam: He created him from dust then said to him, “Be”, and he was. This is the truth from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters."

Unlike the Israelites who slander her, Muslims hold Mary in the highest esteem as one of the virtuous ladies of all time. In the holy Qur’an there is a Surah titled Marium in her honour. In this Surah there are references to the Jesus miraculous birth. Here we present you ayahs 22 to 27 of this Surah, where God Almighty says:      "Thus she (Mary) conceived him and withdrew with him to a distant place. The birth pangs brought her to the trunk of a date palm. She said: I wish I had died before and become a forgotten thing beyond recall. Thereupon he (the angel) called from below her (saying) do not grieve! Your Lord has made a spring to flow at your feet. Shake the trunk of the palm tree, freshly picked dates will drop upon you. Eat, drink and be comforted. Then if you see any human, say, indeed I have vowed a fast to the All-Beneficent, so I will not speak to any human today. Then carrying him she brought him to her people..."

In the light of this ayah and the valuable hadith literature, it is said Jesus (PuH) was born in Iraq, which is a distant land from Palestine, and where we find in the al-Baratha Mosque near Baghdad a sanctified stone on which it is said Jesus was born. The place is surrounded by date palms, and there is a spring in it.

We also read in ayah 157 and 158 of Surah Nisa of the Holy Qur’an:

“And for their saying, ‘We killed the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Prophet of Allah’ —though they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but so it was made to appear to them. Indeed those who differ concerning him1 are surely in doubt about him: they do not have any knowledge of that beyond following conjectures, and certainly they did not kill him.”

“Rather Allah raised him up toward Himself, and Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

In view of the message of these ayahs, we point out the many doubts and conjectures among the early Christians sects about Jesus. The Christian Churches make it a cardinal point of their doctrine that his life was taken on the Cross, that he died and was buried, that on the third day he rose in the body with his wounds intact, and walked about and conversed, and ate with his disciples, and was afterwards taken up bodily to heaven. This is rejected by Islam. Even some of the early Christian sects did not believe that Jesus was killed on the cross. The Basilidans believed that someone else was substituted for him. The Gospel of St. Barnabas also says that someone was substituted on the Cross.  The Qur’anic teaching is that Jesus was not crucified nor killed by the Jews. Any disputations, doubts, and conjectures in this regard are vain matters; since as the holy Qur’an says, he was raised the heavens by Allah Almighty.

The most important point is that Jesus explicitly mentioned the coming of the Great Last prophet after the end of his mission, as is evident in the Gospel of St. John, a fact corroborate by the holy Qur’an, which give the tidings of the coming of the Last and Greatest Messenger after him. In Surah Saff ayah 6, God quotes Jesus as saying:

"O Children of Israel! Indeed I am the Prophet of Allah to you, to confirm what is before me of the Torah, and to give the tidings of the Prophet to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.”

Sadly, the Israelites distorted facts and to this day the accursed Zionists continue to dupe and deceive the Christian West. Unless the West opens up its eyes to facts and realities, the Zionists will continue to make use of ignorant elements amongst the Christians as well as the heretics amongst the Muslims to disturb the peace of the world through Takfiri terrorist outfits.

AS/SS

 

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