I would like to first and foremost apologize for the late response as I had been doing school work and forgot to send this message to you last night. Secondly thank you for (indirectly) giving me your email. Anyway, my name is Jake and I am a very close friend of Sheazi (whom I consider to be my brother and received this email address from) I had a question regarding a few verses from the Quran. In chapter 5 verses 72-75 I seem to interpret the scripture as to say anyone who is a non muslim will be sent to hell. Is this true? Also because I am a Christian, does this make a difference? Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Thanks!
Eid Mubarak and all the best,
Hey, great to finally get the chance to speak to you! The amazing thing about 5:72-73 in the Qur’an is these verses clearly mention that Christians will find Heaven, while those who deny Christ will find Hell. But then we need to ask ourselves, what does it mean when we say the terms “Christian” and “Muslim?” We need to clarify these terms before we can move forward. Islam is not a new religion. The translation of the word “Islam” can be taken as “humble and peaceful submission” to the will of God Almighty. Meaning, worshipping God, and God alone. Jesus himself is quoted in the Bible as saying: “’The important one,’ answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” – [Mark 12:29]
This message is the same for all of God’s Prophets, from Adam, the very first, to Muhammad, the last. They all came to spread the idea of worshipping God, and God alone. This is what the term “Christian” means, one who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.
We should ask ourselves if the Christians of today are truly following the teachings of Christ. Are they instead following the laws dictated by the Church?
Let us observe several facts. First, the concept of a Trinity was never mentioned by Jesus himself. Instead, Jesus said the following:
“The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – [Mark 12:28-30 and Matthew 22:37]
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me.” – [John 5:30]
“God is not a man nor the son of one.” – [Numbers 23:19] (Which is comparable to the verse in the Quran: “He begets not, nor was he begotten.”
Jesus was a man accredited by God with miracles” – [Acts 2:22]
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” – [Matthew 15:24]
There are more verses of note, but the for the purpose of discussion, these should suffice. They should clearly display that Jesus was not God in person. Rather he was a man, a Prophet of God, sent to the people of Israel to remind them to worship one God, the master of Creation. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) which is found clearly in both the Bible and the Qur’an. Those who follow Jesus in the worship of the one true God, they are the Christians. Those who submit to this God, they are following “Islam.”
So then, what are the Christians following today? The writings of Paul, Matthew, Peter, and a few others. People who wrote their text after Jesus left the Earth. The concept of God being Three and One never existed during the time of Jesus. So it begs the question: Why do Christians worship Christ when Jesus himself never taught them to do so? In no clear passage of the Bible will you find Jesus calling himself God or telling his followers to worship him. When the bible mentions “the Father,” this refers to the Lord and Owner of everything. The Source of everything. Much like the phrase, “we are all the children of God.” When it says Jesus is the begotten son of God, this should be taken as the same metaphoric meaning. Because Jesus said God is one and worship God alone, we cannot assume he was speaking about himself.
If every human is the child of God, what makes us different than Jesus? The view of the Church is that because Jesus was born without a father, he is the begotten son of God. We should remember that Adam was created from dust, without both father and mother. By this definition, the miracle of Adam’s creation is superior to that of Jesus. So then why is Adam not considered God? In Islam, this concept is made simple for us. God Says:
“The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him, ‘BE!’ and he was.” – [Quran 3:59]
“She said, ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me.?’ Even so, Allah created what He wills, when He has decreed a matter, He but says to it, ‘BE!’ and it is!” – [Quran 3:47]
This means the Christians of today are instead following the Church. There are many things the Bible warns against, yet Christians are not abiding by. Fornication and the consumption of pork are both mentioned as sins in the Bible. Yet they have worked their way into normal Christian teachings. Muslims hold true to these notions, as the rules are the same. We follow the rulings of Christ, as they are the same for all the books of God’s revelation. When the Church is asked to explain the Trinity, their official response is, “Don’t let knowledge ruin your faith.” However, the Bible says, “Seek and you shall find.”
Many Christians blindly follow the teaching of the Church with limited knowledge of what they should actually be doing. As for the verses 72-75 mentioned in Chapter 5 of the Qur’an, they affirm the teachings of Christ. That he is the son of the Virgin Mary. The one who God created miraculously. Just as He created Adam without a father and mother, He created Jesus without a father. When God wants something to be, all He has to do is say, “Be,” and it is. Above of, in these verses (chapter 7 verses 72-75) God reminds us with a beautiful reminder for us to reflect upon. Above of all of this, amongst these verses (chapter 7 verses 72-75) God reminds us with a beautiful reminder for us to reflect upon. He says Jesus and his mother would eat food. Can you imagine if God was hungry? Does God really need to eat? Would God himself get circumcised? Or use the bathroom?
The Bible is full of contradictions. The fact is that nobody would actively write during the time that Jesus walked the Earth. Much of his Message was lost. What remains in the Bible are selected pieces meant to convey a particular message. And even still, the truth shows through in many passages. Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
The word “Comforter” here comes from the Greek word “Periclytos.” The proper translation of this word is “The one who praises” or “The praised one.” Both of these meanings add up to the names “Ahmed” or “Muhammad.” The translation has been warped, but Jesus in fact predicted the Prophet Muhammad by his own name! The word “Periclytos” could also be seen as an “advocate.” The advocate for the one religion. The Mercy of God sent upon all His creatures. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Some Christians will say the Comforter mentioned in this verse refers to the Holy Spirit. They fail to realize that the Comforter can only come if Jesus were to depart. The Bible says the Holy Spirit is always present. The word “spirit” also comes in many places in the bible which without a slightest doubt, it does not imply towards the holy ghost but it implies towards a human being. Such as the mentioning of a false prophet being a false spirit. Hence, this proves that the prophecy of “the spirit of truth” refers to a man. One who would be born after the time of Jesus. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me.” – [John 16:12-14]
A man came out of the desert who had no skill of reading. The townsfolk all referred to this man as, “The Faithful One.” He taught us how to worship God and God alone. The book that was revealed upon him also praises Jesus Christ. In fact, Chapter 19 of the Holy Qur’an not only praises Jesus, but also his mother Mary, and his grandmother, Mary’s mother. There is another chapter in the Qur’an, Chapter 5, dedicated entirely to the Last Supper. The man who taught us these words, his name is Muhammad.
After there all of this, there should be no doubt that God is one God. He is alone and without partners or children. He does not need our help, yet we need His. He created us for the sole purpose of His worship, so that we may choose to Submit to His Will. He sent Prophets and Messengers to remind us of this task. The one who submits to God, he is a “Muslim.” Jesus, Moses, Adam and all the other prophets of God including the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were Muslims. If you want to be a true christian then you will have to follow his teachings entirely. Amongst his teachings was the following of a prophet that will come as a mercy to mankind. Thus, to be a christian one will have to follow teachings of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). And the one who worships God, free of partners, through the teachings of His messengers and prophets, he will enter Paradise. Of that, there is no doubt.
Thank you for reading this message. May God Almighty keep us both on a path that is pleasing to Him.