Jun 24, 2012

Misconceptions about Jesus in Islam.

It is this writer’s understanding that in the year 325 the Roman Emperor Constantine could not decide on who or what Jesus represented, and to be on the safe side said, Jesus was all three; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. This title stuck and has been believed ever since. As a Muslim writer I have always been curious about Jesus in the Quran, and after reading many books and literature, as well as the book, Jesus the Man, I came to the conclusion that the author of the book was right, and that it made a lot of sense, especially around the question of his crucifixion and the Trinity.

The two men in white

In the Bible it states that at the time of the crucifixion there were two angels in white waiting at the entrance of the tomb. In Jesus the Man it was written that Jesus had been part of a group called the Essenes, that they always wore white, and that they were there to tend to his wounds. In those days crucifixion was normal and the wounds could be packed with leaves and ointment and heal in time. After three days Jesus recovered and was seen by his disciples who exclaimed that he had risen. He had not been dead at all and did not rise from the dead; he was in fact very much alive, but wounded. If you stop here and just think back to that time, the two men in white, the Sabbath, the Jews having to return home, the three days of staying in the tomb; it makes a lot of sense.

Other misconceptions

The other misconception about Jesus is that he is referred to as God when in the Bible it makes more than a hundred references to Jesus as a man, and Jesus himself says that he is the son of man. Jesus is part of the golden trio: Moses the lawman, Jesus the mystic, and Muhamad the warrior. This last statement is not in the Quran but this writer’s own description of the three prophets. As Muslims we follow the teachings of Jesus, but do not believe in the three-in-one, the Trinity. We are all part of the Abrahamic faith, and Abraham was in fact the forefather of the People of the Book, which are the Christians, the Muslims and the Jews. We believe in the Oneness of God.