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Friday, June 17, 2011

SeekersGuidance - Did Jesus Claim to Be God? - Answers

Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

Answered by Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra
Question: Christians believe that Jesus said he was God. Muslims believe he did not. I, as a Muslim, always receive questions asking: “How do you love Jesus if you think he’s a liar?” In response, I say that he never said he was God and that he actually said there was another prophet (Mohammed PBUH) coming. Are there historical facts I can present to back this up? Christians say: “Well, disciples died saying that Jesus was God. Why would they lie?”

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful,

As salamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.
The truth about Jesus (peace be upon him) must be plausible and consistent with reason and revelation.

Your Christian friends make the grave assumption that Jesus declared himself to be God.  The Qur’an refutes this claim explicitly [5:116], but you can also look at their own Gospels which claim to quote Jesus.

An honest examination shows that Jesus never explicitly and unequivocally said he was God.  It was the authors of the New Testament, none of whom met Jesus, that claimed he was God and propagated this.  There is no evidence that the actual apostles of Jesus claimed this, or that they authored the Bible.
Rather, Jesus is shown to be constantly worshiping, and calling others to worship, God alone.

Be polite and respectful, but appeal to their logic: how can they ascribe this claim to Jesus, or even think it true, if it so starkly contradicts the First Commandment to not take any gods besides God, nor to make an idol of anything in heaven and earth?  Also, it’s logically absurd for God to become His creation.
Thus, only Islam’s claim is plausible, and consistent with early revelation: Jesus was a prophet, not God.

Take a course to study Islamic monotheism, and share the links below, but never descend into dispute.

Finally, remember that it is Allah alone who guides the sincere to the way of truth.

Abdullah Anik Misra

Below are some resources regarding a comparative look at Christianity and Islam:
Choosing Faith
A Letter to Christians in the Ukraine
Habib Ali al-Jifri - Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother
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Monday, June 13, 2011

It is not correct to differentiate between the Salafis and Ahl al-Sunnah

Question: What is your view of those who differentiate between the Salafis and Ahl al-Sunnah, and who regard the Salafis as a more specific group than Ahl al-Sunnah, and they that the principles of this group are based on the opinions of the group’s shaykhs?  

Answer: This is not correct, because the Ahl al-Sunnah are those who follow the Sahaabah and the path of the Salaf (the early generations of Islam). These are not two distinct groups, and the Salafis are not a more specific group! 

According to the terminology that is well known, the Salaf are the Sahaabah and those who follow their path, and the Ahl al-Sunnah are those who follow the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). They are the ones concerning whom the hadeeth was reported: “Whoever follows the same path as me and my Companions” (The hadeeth about the saved group).

Stirring up disputes and conflict on the grounds of names alone is not permissible. Allaah has commanded the believers to be united and has forbidden them to be divided and warned them against that. 

The individual’s aim must be to seek the truth, and when he speaks he should say what is fair and just, and not hate individuals in such a way that his hatred makes him reject the truth that the person is saying, or look for faults in him. He should not come up with things that are ambiguous or far-fetched for that purpose. This is not the way of Ahl al-Sunnah, and the Muslim has to like for his brother what he likes for himself. He must be sincere towards him, and hold love and sincerity in his heart. 

Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah al-Ghunaymaan

Source: Fatwa 10714

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Know What You Are Forwarding

Do you read what you write before you forward it? Do you read and understand what others post? Or do you automatically think since it states good things about Islam so you pass it to friends and families. Just because it has good things about Islam doesn't mean it is accurate. I have seen this status on Facebook going around for awhile:

"Allah has seen you struggling with something. Allah says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in Allah send this on. For it says in the Quran deny me in front of everyone, I will deny you in front of Allah! 97% won't pass this. A blessing is coming to you in the form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially. If you love Allah and you are glad he woke you up today say Alhamdullah and send this to 10 people."

Do you know what is wrong with it? Read it again. It states "deny me in front of everyone, I will deny you in front of Allah!" who is "me" and "I"? "me" and "I" are referring to Allah so if you replace "me" and "I" with Allah it would state as "it says in the Quran deny Allah in front of everyone, Allah will deny you in front of Allah!" Does that even make sense? NO.

Another thing that is wrong with it is the "97%" because the writer and the one who is sharing it claims they have enough knowlegde to predict how many people won't pass it on, the unseen.

Allah is testing us in this life so from birth until death we will struggle. You can struggle with taking care for your children, wife, husband, parents, friends, doing your homework, paying your bills, getting up in the morning, struggling with adopting new good habits. etc etc etc.....the list can go on so please do not fall for these statuses or posts or emails. If you do not completely understand it don't pass the status on just ask someone else what it means.

"And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned." [Quran 17:36]
-Islam Sets Me Free

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