The Qur'an tells of 'Isa's return to earth|
Posted on Saturday, October 29 @ 00:00:48 EDT by admin
From what has been related so far, it is clear that Jesus (as) did not die but was raised to the presence of Allah. However, there is one more point that is underlined by the Qur'an: Jesus (as) will come back to earth.
The Qur'an explicitly declares the return of Jesus (as) to earth. Many verses contain explicit statement regarding this matter. The proofs revealed in the Qur'an take this form:
One verse says that the disbelievers who set a trap to kill
'Isa (as) did not succeed;
(And We cursed them) for their saying, 'We killed the
Messiah, 'Isa son of Maryam, Messenger of Allah.' They did not kill him and they
did not crucify him but it was made to seem so to them. Those who argue about
him are in doubt about it. They have no real knowledge of it, just conjecture.
But they certainly did not kill him. (Surat an-Nisa': 157)
• Another verse says that 'Isa (as) did not die, but was taken
from the human sphere into the presence of Allah.
Allah raised him up to Himself. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.
(Surat an-Nisa': 158)
• In the 55th verse of Surah Al 'Imran, we learn that
Allah will place the people who follow 'Isa (as) above those who disbelieve
until the Day of Rising. It is an historical fact that, 2000 years ago, 'Isa
(as)'s disciples had no political power. Christians who lived between that
period and our own have believed a number of false doctrines, the chief of which
is the doctrine of the Trinity. Therefore, as is evident, they will not be able
to be referred to as followers of 'Isa (as), because, as it says in several
places in the Qur'an, those who believe in the Trinity have slipped into denial.
In such a case, in the time before the Hour, the true followers of 'Isa (as)
will overcome the deniers and become the manifestation of the divine promise
contained in Surah Al 'Imran. Surely, this blessed group will be made known when
'Isa (as) returns again to earth.
• Again, the Qur'an states that all the People of the Book will
believe in 'Isa (as) before he dies.
There is not one of the People of the Book who will not
believe in him ('Isa) before he dies; and on the Day of Rising he will be a
witness against them. (Surat an-Nisa': 159)
We learn clearly from this verse that there are still three
unfilled promises concerning 'Isa (as). First, like every other human being, the
Prophet 'Isa (as) will die. Second, all the People of the Book will see him in
bodily form and will obey him while he is alive. There is no doubt that these
two predictions will be fulfilled when 'Isa (as) comes again before the Last
Day. The third prediction about 'Isa (as)'s bearing witness against the People
of the Book will be fulfilled on the Last Day.
• Further evidence of the second coming of 'Isa (as) can be found
in the use of the word wakahlan in Surah Ma’ida, 110 and Surah Al 'Imran 46. In
these verses, we are revealed these commands:
Remember when Allah said, ''Isa, son of Maryam, remember My
blessing to you and to your mother when I reinforced you with the Purest Spirit
so that you could speak to people in the cradle and when you were fully grown (wakahlan)
...' (Surat al-Ma'ida: 110)
He will speak to people in the cradle, and also when fully
grown (wakahlan), and will be one of the righteous. (Surah Al 'Imran: 46)
This word occurs only in these two verses and only in reference
to 'Isa (as). The word is used to describe 'Isa (as)'s more mature age. The word
refers to the age between 30 and 50, that is, to the end of youth and the
beginning of old age. Islamic scholars are agreed in translating this word to
refer to a period after the age of 35.
Islamic scholars rely on a tradition related by Ibn Abbas to the
effect that 'Isa (as) was raised to the presence of Allah when he was young,
that is, at the beginning of his 30's, and that when he comes to earth again, he
will have 40 years left to live. 'Isa (as) will progress into his old age after
he has returned to earth, so this verse may be said to be a proof of 'Isa (as)'s
second coming to earth.
The Prophet (saas) told of 'Isa's second coming
There are a few hadiths from the Prophet (saas) that
refer to the second coming of 'Isa (as). The Islamic scholar Shawkani stated
that there are 29 hadiths about 'Isa (as)'s return, and that the information
contained in these hadiths could not have been falsified. (Ibn Majah)
By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Maryam, 'Isa,
will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler. (Bukhari)
The Hour will not be established until the son of
Maryam (i.e. 'Isa) descends amongst as a just ruler. (Bukhari)