Nigeria: Muslim Clerics Speak On Return of Jesus?

By Aderonke Adeyeri, 31 January 2014

Shiek Abdul Fatai Muhammed Buhari Inakoju is a Director, Religion and Operation, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board. He speaks on the coming again of Jesus.

Islam as a religion believes in the second coming of Jesus Christ. I believe in Jesus Christ as the messenger of Allah and as the son of Mary. (may the blessings of God be upon him).

The teachings of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w) explains that Jesus Christ is coming this time to propagate the word of God and importantly to do things he was unable to do during his life time on earth due to the direction and assignment given to him by his Master, Allah.

But his second coming will give him the chance to marry and give birth to children. The second coming of Jesus Christ signifies the end of time and there will be a great fight between him and Dajjai (anti Christ) and Christ will overcome.

Jesus will be buried in Medina

Alhaji Lateef Laguda is the Chairman, Ansar-ud-een Society of Nigeria, Festac Branch. He bares his mind on the issue of Jesus return.

“Christianity and Islam both hold to the firm conviction that Jesus Christ, who lived in the land of Israel nearly twenty centuries ago, was raised alive to heaven and will return to earth in the fulness of time.”

“It is universally accepted in the world of Islam that Jesus Christ will eventually return to earth. Jesus will descend in the Middle East where he will destroy the Dajjal (Antichrist), that he will lead the whole world to embrace Islam, that he will marry and have children, and that he will die after forty years and be buried in Medina alongside the tombs of Muhammad, Abu Bakr and Umar.

The Qur’anic text invariably referred to in support of the doctrine that Jesus will return to earth towards the end of human history.”

“And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): Therefore have no doubt about the (Hour) but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way. Surah 43.61″

“There are obviously key differences between Christian and Muslim beliefs regarding the return of Jesus from heaven but the fact is universally agreed on. Christians do not accept that he will come to live again as an ordinary human being on earth, least of all that he will die and be buried. Nevertheless, Jesus is coming the second time to make the ungodly believe in Allah.”


For Ahmadiyya Muslim’s understanding on this issue, click here.

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  1. We see that in Qur’an 3:55;
    إِذْ قَالَ اللَّهُ يَا عِيسَى إِنِّي مُتَوَفِّيكَ وَرَافِعُكَ إِلَيَّ وَمُطَهِّرُكَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَجَاعِلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوكَ فَوْقَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ
    “When Allah said: .O Isa , I am to take you in full and to raise you towards Myself and to purify you of those who disbelieve, and to place those who follow you above those who disbelieve up to the Day of Doom. Then to Me is your return, whereupon I shall judge between you in that over which you have differed.” [3:55]
    The above verse is mentioning the physical ascension and purification of the messiah. No deviant Jews were close to the spiritual level to the Messiah.
    Just as مُطَهِّرُكَ (cleanse you) and اتَّبَعُوكَ (follow you) refer to the whole person, body as well as soul, رَافِعُكَ (raise you) also refers to both body and soul. There is no basis to maintain the difference between reference of pronouns of مُطَهِّرُكَ ,اتَّبَعُوكَ and رَافِعُكَ. And as body is a corporeal thing so in the light of actual meaning of the word it most certainly denotes its displacement. This also leads us to the True Islamic belief that even مُتَوَفِّيكَ (take you) refers to the whole person, body as well as soul and not merely the soul.
    Regarding the word Raf’a when used in salah then obviously that is completely different sitaution. There is no link between the verses [3:55 and 4:158] with salah since salah is ibadah (spiritual act), but the verses [4:157-158] on the contrary mentions about the Jews who were trying to do a physical act of killing; thus Isa (as) was raised up alive since its impossible for the messiah to be cursed or spiritually low.
    If the use of the word rafa’a in Qur’an 4:158 referred solely to the “raising of the soul,” this would not cancel out Jesus’ (pbuh) killing and the wisdom revealed in the verse would not apply. For example, if the Jews had killed Jesus (pbuh), his soul would, in any case, have been spiritually raised to God. Indeed, we know that the souls of all prophets and believers ascend to God after they die. There is no difference in this regard between Jesus (pbuh) and all other people. Therefore, there is a special feature in this verse: the raising of Jesus (pbuh), while still alive, in both body and soul. At the same time, when we look at the end of this verse, we see that it manifests God’s glory and wisdom.
    Contrary to what some people maintain, the ascension is not a spiritual one or one of degree. God reveals that He foiled the trap set for Jesus (pbuh). Thus, given the fact that Jesus (pbuh) did not die, the information revealed in the verse shows that Jesus (pbuh) was raised to God with body and soul, and not merely spiritually. The plotters were confounded by Jesus’ (pbuh) ascension to God. (God knows best.) The scholar Zahid al-Kawthari expounds on this by giving the following example:
    One verse regarding Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) states: “… God will protect you from people…” (Qur’an, 5:67). There can be no doubt that the verse means something other than: “He raises your station before people.” Our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) was attacked physically, and so God placed him under His physical protection. This also applies to Jesus (pbuh), who was physically attacked as well. Therefore, it is impossible for the ascension referred to in the verse [4:158] to have been merely a spiritual one. [Al-Kawthari, Nazra ‘Abira, 94]
    Ibn Taymiyya also drew attention to this subject:
    “Had God willed to refer to death, Jesus (pbuh) would have died like all other believers. God takes the souls of all believers and raises them to the skies. It would thus appear that there was nothing out of the ordinary in this. In other words, there would be no significance in God’s referring to Jesus (pbuh) in this way since Isa (as) would be raised in rank regardless of how he dies.” [Ibn Taymiyya, Majmu‘ Fatawa, (The Collected Fatwas), 322-23]
    Meaning of ‘Cleanse you’:
    “And when Allah said: O Isa, I am going to take you and cause you to ascend unto Me and purify you of those who disbelieve…” [3:55]
    The above verse is extremely clear and lucid that it reveals Allah’s statement of physically raising and purifying the messiah Isa (as).
    ‘Cleanse you’ in verse [3:55] refers to Eisa’ (A.S.) departure from the evil company of the Jews. The very fact the verse reads ‘cleanse you of those who disbelieve’ shows it was physical separation and not spiritual for disbelievers could have never been close to the Mighty Prophet Isa (A.S.) in spiritual sense. This cannot be a reference to his being relieved from the false accusations of Jews and Christians because context has nothing to do with it. It refers to the evil plot of the Jews (verse 54) and Allah’s plan to save him from their dirty trick. Same is evident in light of the scholarly opinions see e.g. Tafsir Kabir of Al-Raazi and Tafsir Kashshaf of Zamakhshari. Al-Raazi has been recognized as Mujaddid of the 4th century.
    The root of mutahhiruka is tahara, meaning “being clean.” Islamic scholars regard this word as one proof that Jesus (pbuh) was raised alive to God. According to them, the interpretation of the verse is: “I am taking you, raising you to Me, and removing you from this environment polluted by unbelievers and sinners.”
    Thus, God purified Jesus (pbuh) from the unbelievers, the unbelievers’ plot to kill him was foiled and they failed to achieve their goal. (God knows best.)
    Moreover, this verse also shows that Jesus (pbuh) was purified by his physical separation from an environment containing unbelievers. (God knows best.) Thus, the assertion that Jesus (pbuh) died and that only his soul was raised to God is proven false. A spirit-only ascent would mean that he was not purified.
    In order for Jesus (pbuh) to have been purified in the manner revealed in the verse, he would have to have departed from his surrounding environment in both body and soul. Furthermore, a spirit-only purification cannot apply to a prophet with superior moral values, one who is honored in God’s presence and has deep faith, such as Jesus (pbuh).
    As a devout believer and a messenger of God, Jesus’ (pbuh) soul is immaculate. However, his environment was not immaculate, due to the unbelievers’ irreligious behavior and corrupt moral values.
    Therefore, purifying Jesus (pbuh) means his physical removal from their presence. Thus, God physically purified and protected him by physically raising Jesus (pbuh) to Himself.
    According to Zamakhsharī,“When God informed Jesus that He would raise him to heaven alive and purify him [ch 3 vs 55] from the followers of the Jews, he said to his companions: ‘Who would like to have my likeness cast on him, to be killed and crucified,and to enter paradise?’ One of them said, ‘I would’. [Jesus’] likeness was cast on him and he was killed and martyred.” [Zamakhsharī, Al-Kashfʿan haqā’iq ghawāmid al-tanzīl, ed. Muhammad Husayn Ahmad (Cairo: Matbaat al-Istiqāma, 1365/1946), 1:586–7, on ch 4 vs 153–9]
    Similarly in Qur’an 4:157-158;
    وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ مَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا () بَلْ رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمً
    “And for their saying, .We have certainly killed the Masih Eisa the son of Maryam, the Messenger of Allah., 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 Allah lifted him towards Himself. Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [4: 157-158]
    Here again just as وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ (and they killed him not), وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ (nor crucify him) and وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا (and for a surety they killed him not) refers to the body of Eisa (A.S.); رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ (Allah lifted him) also refers to the body of Eisa (A.S.) and not just his soul. Again there is no reason to drop body from رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ (Allah lifted him).
    Another important proof of this event is the Arabic word bal, which appears in Qur’an, 4:158, and has the literal translation of “on the contrary.” The features of its meaning and use in Arabic linguistics indicate a very important fact: According to the rules of Arabic linguistics, the sentence that comes after it must have a meaning that is completely opposite to the preceding statement. That being the case, it is likely that the verses referring to Jesus (pbuh) “… They did not kill him,” (Qur’an, 4:157) “on the contrary [bal] God raised him up to Himself…” (Qur’an, 4:158) refer to the state of being alive, rather than the state of being dead. (God knows best.) Sheikh al-Islam Mustafa Sabri offered the following interpretation:
    If the term bal, which appears in Qur’an 4:158 and which I have translated as “on the contrary,” comes after a sentence expressing a negativity, then, according to the rules of Arabic linguistics, the sentence following it must mean the exact opposite of the one preceding it. The opposite of death is life. This is a requirement of the rules of linguistics. If we say that “the ascension here is a spiritual one” and “Jesus (pbuh) died in the normal sense,” then we are violating that rule. In that case, the ascension following the expression “on the contrary” would not represent the opposite to the verbs of “killing” and “crucifying” in the negative sentence preceding it. That is because it may be possible for a person to be killed and for his or her soul to rise to the skies. Otherwise, this term would be meaningless, and there are no meaningless terms in the Qur’an … According to those who support the thesis that the ascension is only one of the soul, the meaning of the verse is this: “They did not kill him and did not crucify him … on the contrary, God raised his station.” There is no particular oratory here, let alone succinctness.
    The mutual compatibility between the verse’s previous and later sections necessarily reveals a fact. For example, if an Arab says: “I am not hungry; on the contrary, I am lying on my side,” this is not a correct sentence. In the same way, there is a discrepancy between the components in the sentence: “Khalid did not die; on the contrary, he is a good man.” What would be correct is to say: “Khalid did not die; on the contrary, he is alive.” To say: “The chairman was not killed; he is a man with a superior station in God’s presence” also leads to a break in meaning in the sentence, for his having a high station in God’s sight is no obstacle to his being killed. The term bal expresses a negation between the preceding and the following words. In other words, bal cancels out a previous statement.

  2. Whenever anyone dies people usually do not like to use the word ‘death’ or ‘died’ but say ‘he was raised to heaven’ or ‘he returned to Allah’. Pervez thinks we should all go in our physical bodies, I assume.

  3. @ rafiq

    you couldnt refute anything i put.

    the same scholars who wrote the Quran and hadith agreed that Isa (as) was raised up alive.

    its strange that u accept they were right in everything in Aqeedah and belief. but u imply that they somehow messed up when it came to the return of the messiah!

  4. Parvez, you conveniently assume what does not exist. When the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, passed away, the companions, in their grief, were not ready to accept that he has passed away. At that time Hazrat Abu Bakr recited the following verse of the Quran, from Sura Ale-Imran:

    And Muhammad is only a Messenger. Indeed, all Messengers have passed away before him. If then he die or be slain, will you turn back on your heels? And he who turns back on his heels shall not harm Allah at all. And Allah will certainly reward the grateful. (Al Quran 3:145)

    And everyone was convinced that the Prophet Muhammad has passed away, just like all other prophets have. Jesus, may peace be on him, was no exception, as far as the companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad were concerned.

  5. Dear Parvez,

    I want to tell you something, the word ‘rafa’ is used in different places in the Holy Quran to mean spiritual honor and exaltation. See some of the examples: (94:4) And We have exalted for you your mention (…WA rafa’ NA…). Prophet Ibrahim(pbuh) has been exalted by Allah, see 6:83. Also about 19:57, Prophet Idris(pbuh) has been exalted by Allah. 19:57 And We raised him to an elevated state. (WA rafa’naa hu…).

    Since the use of the word ‘rafa’ (according to you) raised Jesus(pbuh) alive, the use of the same word in case of other prophets must do the same thing, isn’t it? Regarding Idris(pbuh) Allah says in Surah Maryam
    19:57: ‘And We raised him to an elevated state’. The use of ‘rafa’ here should prompt you to declare that Allah raised Idris(pbuh) in alive condition in the Heaven. If we apply the same logic, in case of Jesus(pbuh), use of the word ‘rafa’ kept him alive for 2000 years; therefore the same use of the word ‘rafa’ in case of Idris(pbuh) must keep him alive for 2000 years or so. So what about Idris(pbuh)? Has Idris(pbuh) come down already or when is he going to descend or is he going to stay there?

    Also what about the 3:185 verse of the Holy Quran, (Every soul will taste death), isn’t it looks a bit contradictory if you agree about physical ascension of Jesus (pbuh)? Doesn’t a doubt comes in mind that nauzubillah the Holy Quran’s one verse doesn’t match with other? Or One verse doesn’t support other verses? Where Allah says in the 2:2 verse of the Holy Quran that ‘This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah’ .

    The 3:55 and 4:157-158 demands a lots of discussions, please read, try and understand the meaning of the verses of the Holy Quran. There is also some metaphorical meaning of some verses where you can not take direct meaning.

    Thanks You.

  6. parvez is again cooking some stories. He says many scholars said “Jesus was raised up alive”. But the question to parvez is “Did the prophet Muhammad ever say that Jesus a.s. was raised up alive? That Jesus is still alive?” There is no such thing.
    The Prophet s.a.w.s. said that Jesus son of Mary will arrive amongst you as a just judge. He will break the cross and kill the swine.
    parvez is not turning to this most authentic Hadith. In this Hadith, all things are symbolic, not literal. That is, the word YOU does not mean the Sahabah. The breaking of cross does not mean actual breaking. The killing of swines does not mean hunting the swines. All these things are metaphorical, not literal. Similarly, the name Isa ibne Maryam is also symbolic.

    parvez is running around weak traditions. He has a bundle full of weak traditions and wants to spread those weak traditions here in forum.

    The Prophet s.a.w.s. had said, “Even if Jesus and Moses become alive today, they will have to follow in my footsteps.” That means Jesus a.s. is not alive now.
    But parvez does not care for such important good news from the Holy prophet s.a.w.s.
    He is trying to push forward wrong news, completely wrong news. I have noted it for a long time. He is supporting the church teachings instead of the prophet Muhammad teachings.
    The Quran has categorically mentioned the passing away of the prophet Jesus a.s. by the use of the word “Mutawaffee”. This word is being used in Urdu, for all persons who have passed away, like “Sikandar e Azam Mutawaffee 320 B.C.”
    The Quran has used the same word, in different derived forms to mean “taking only the soul and leaving the body”. We use the same word in Salaat janazah (funeral prayers) twice and it always means passing away in natural peaceful manner.
    parvez is denying the teachings of the Quran too. There is no limit to which parvez will go to extend his illogical agenda.
    Maudoodi sahib was a great supporter of the living Isa theory. But in the end, he could not bear the force of true teachings. He wrote in his commentary “We do not know whether Isa died here on this earth or he was raised up alive. Quran did not make it clear.”
    Thereby Maudoodi sahib blamed Allah for not making the point about life or death of Jesus clear. What a bad blame!

  7. i’ve already refuted all that.

    it seems that the ahmadis r struggling to actually answer the main points of mirza sahib claiming mystic ideologies, thus for a tangent they will keep their flocks obsessed with dajjal and the lunar eclipse sign

  8. The news about Dajjal is true. parvez is denying all the true traditions. As well parvez is presenting all the false traditions. Dajjal is a well known subject. Even the Christians believe in the Antichrist (dajjal).

    Same for the eclipse of the Moon and the Sun in the same month of Ramadhan on special dates, is being denied by parvez.
    Eclipses happen every year. But the dates mentioned in the Hadith are special dates, that is 13th for the Lunar eclipse and 28th for the Solar eclipse in same Lunar month, of Ramadhan. Such eclipse is rare. Any one can check it to be rare.
    That sign of eclipses was given (informed) by the prophet s.a.w.s. for his (true) Imam Mahdi a.s. The Lunar eclipse occurred on 21st march 1894 and the Solar eclipse occurred on 06 April 1894. Any one can check the corresponding lunar dates.

    That was the sign in sky that a promised man of God was being denied and persecuted in the land. It was a cheap and easy (comfortable) sign of Appearance of the Imam Mahdi a.s.
    When the people did not learn any lesson from such a comfortable sign in the sky then another very harsh and hard sign was given to mankind, from the earth, in the shape of plague (The terrible disease called taa’oon). Many disbelievers perished in that disease and many converted to Ahmadiyyat and saved themselves.
    There is no use denying the signs (Ayaat) of Allah. As Jesus a.s. was a sign (Ayatullah) for mankind (chapter 19) similarly the promised Messiah a.s. was also Ayatullah.

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