‘Īsā Alayhis salaam The Prophet of Allāh

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam is one of the eminent Prophets of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala and was a human just as other Prophets Alayhis salaam. He was born miraculously, without the agency of a human father. Almighty Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala revealed a book of guidance to him known as the Injeel (the New Testament) which is not in its original form now and has undergone many changes and alterations.

Maryam Alayhis salaam  

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was born to Maryam Alayhis salaam who was the daughter of Imran and Hannah. They were both very pious and righteous. Hannah desired to have a son and had vowed to Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala to dedicate her child to the service of  His religion. Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala accepted her prayer but she was blessed with a daughter.

From childhood, Maryam Alayhis salaam was bestowed with many blessings. Zakariyya Alayhis salaam, who was entrusted with her care would witness these blessings. Whenever he would visit her place of worship, he found food with her. She would have fruits which were out of season. Upon asking, Maryam Alayhis salaam replied, “It is from Allāh”. 

Birth of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam

Maryam Alayhis salaam worshipped Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala and studied the Tawrat all day long in her place of sanctuary.  Once, Maryam Alayhis salaam went to the eastern part of  Bayt-ul-Maqdis for a bath. Suddenly, Jibra’eel Alayhis salaam appeared before her in human form and said “I am an angel sent by Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala to give you glad-tidings of a son.” She was amazed and could not understand how this miraculous birth would take place. But Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala had chosen her for a great miracle. The Qur’an mentions:

She said: “O my lord, how shall I have a son while no human has ever touched me?” He said: “That is how Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala crates what He wills. When he decides a matter, He simply says to it ‘Be!’ and it comes to be.”

Therefore, Muslims believe that ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was born without the agency of a father. This miracle was only possible through the power of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala.  Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala had created Ādam Alayhis salaam without the means of a father and mother. He then created Hawwa Alayhis salaam from the rib of Ādam Alayhis salaam. So just as Ādam Alayhis salaam and Hawwa Alayhis salaam were created without a father and mother, ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was a human created without a father; all of them were the servants of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala.

The Miracle of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam

Maryam’s Alayhis salaam chastity was questioned by her people as they did not believe in ‘Īsā’s Alayhis salaam miraculous birth. She was instructed by Jibra’eel Alayhis salaam to stay silent and should anyone meet her then say “I have kept a fast for AllāhSubhanahu-wa-Taala and will not speak to any human. If you want to know anything, ask this child.” It is mentioned in the Qur’an that ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam miraculously spoke from the cradle and said “Verily I am the servant of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala. He has given the Book, and made me a prophet.”

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam- The Prophet of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala

After ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam reached manhood, he started to announce and proclaim the message of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala openly to his people. Pious men became his followers and were known as the Hawāriyyīn (disciples). They became devout followers of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam, respected and honoured him and stood by him in all the trials of his call. The contemporary Jewish leaders could not tolerate this. They feared they would lose grip on the people. So, at the request of the Jewish hierarchy, the Roman Governor of  Damascus, Pilate ordered the arrest of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam.

 

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam Raised Up into the Heavens

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was informed by Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala of this evil plot. Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala saved him just as He saved other Prophets Alayhis salaam when they were in danger. When the soldiers sent one of their men into the place where ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was residing, By the miracle of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala the soldier’s face was changed to resemble ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam and Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala raised ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam up into the second heaven. This soldier was arrested and then crucified. Many people thought that the crucified man was ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam. But the truth is ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam was not the one who was crucified. Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala mentions in the Qur’an:

“And for their saying, ‘We have certainly killed the Masīh ‘Īsā, the son of Maryam Alayhis salaam , the Messenger of Allāh’, while in fact they did neither kill him, nor crucify him, but they were deluded by resemblance. Those who disputed in this matter are certainly in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it, but they follow whims. It is absolutely certain that they did not kill him, but Allāh lifted him towards Himself. Allāh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

‘Īsā Alayhis salaam has not yet died a physical death. He was raised physically into the second Heaven. He is alive and will remain so for a long time. He will be sent down to this earth before Qiyamah to fight the forces of Dajjal. He will live for some time and then pass away and be buried alongside RasulullahSallalahua.w. in Madinah Munawwarah.

Descent of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam

Prophet Muhammad Sallalahua.w. mentioned that one of the major signs before the Day of Judgement will be the descent of ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam from the Heavens into this world to fight the forces of Dajjāl.

It is mentioned that ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam will come back to Earth resting his arms on the shoulders of two angels and descend on the white eastern minaret of the Jāmi‘ Masjid of Damascus in Syria. Upon his descent, it will appear as if drops (of water) are flowing from his head though it would not be wet. ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam will then take command of Imām Mahdi’s forces and kill Dajjal by the gate of Ludd.

There will be no prophet or messenger after our beloved Prophet Sallalahua.w.. ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam will return to this earth, but this second time he will come as a follower of our Prophet Sallalahua.w..

These are the beliefs of Muslims regarding ‘Īsā Alayhis salaam. To entertain any beliefs which are contrary to the sacred personality of the Prophets and Messengers of Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala is an act of disbelief. Allāh’s Subhanahu-wa-Taala Messengers and Prophets Alayhis salaam are to be believed in, as they have been mentioned in the Qur’an and Ahadeeth.

May Allāh Subhanahu-wa-Taala bless us always with His Guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

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