Jesus (or Hadhrat Eisa alayhis salaam): In Islaam
& his Second Coming
Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam In Islaam
Muslims do believe that Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam was sent down as
a Prophet of Allah (God), but he (Jesus) is not God or Lord, nor the son of God. Muslims
do not believe that Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam, also known as
Jesus by Christians and others, is dead or was ever crucified. We believe that he was
raised to heaven and is there, and will descend at the appointed
time, end all wars, and bring peace to the world. Like Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is also a Prophet and Messenger. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is the last Prophet, though, and there is none after him. Hence, Islaam is the last religion, complete, with the Holy Qur'aan as the unchanged and perfect word of God for over 1400 years, as God promised to preserve it till the last day for all of humankind, unlike sacred texts of other religions which have mulitple versions and are "revised" periodically. God, or Allah in Arabic, is Divine and Supreme Being and Creator.
What the Holy Qur'an says about Hadhrat Eisa
(Jesus) alayhis salaam:
They slew him not, nor did they crucify him but it was made dubious to them. (Holy Qur'an, Surah Nisaa, Verse 157)
Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam himself told of the coming of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). In the Bible, Jesus (alayhis salaam) says, If you love me, Keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you forever. (Bible, John 14-15/16)
But when the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the spirit of Truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me, and he also shall bear witness, because ye
have been with me from the beginning. (Bible, John 15-26/27)
I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. How be it when he, the spirit of Truth will come, he will guide you into all truth, for he shall speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that he shall speak, and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and he shall show it unto you. (Bible, John 16-12/14)
Ulamaa (learned scholars in Islaam) have said that the person who is described by Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam to come after him - in the above verse - does not comply with any other person but Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
In this case, the "comforter" he mentions is none other than Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and his laws and way of life (Shariah) and Book (Holy Qur'aan) are those that Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam asks his followers to abide by.
The "person" whom Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam prophecised will come after him, is called Pargaleeta in the Bible . This word was deleted by interpreters and translators and changed at times to "Spirit of Truth" and at other times, to "comforter" and sometimes "Holy Spirit." The original Greek and its meaning is "one whom people praise exceedingly." The sense of the word, then, is applicable to the word Muhammad in Arabic, since Muhammad means "the praised one."
Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam also says in the Bible,
... and a little while and you shall not see me; and again a little while, you shall see me because I go to the Father. (Bible, John 16:16)
... and the Holy Qur'an says,
And surely they slew him not. But Allah (God) raised him unto Himself. (Holy Qur'an, Surah Nisaa, Verse 157-158)
As such, Muslims believe that Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam was raised to heaven. According to Hadith, he is on the second heaven. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned, "During the Meraaj (Ascension), I met Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam on the second heaven. I found him of medium stature, reddish white. His body was so clean and clear, that it appeared as though he had just performed ghusal (ablution, cleansing of the entire body) and come." In another Hadith, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned to the Jews that, " Hadhrat Eisa (Jesus) alayhis salaam is not dead, he will most surely return to you before Qiyamat (the Day of Judgement)."
May Allah Guide all people to the Truth. Aameen.
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