Islam Vs Christianity

Basic Beliefs: Christianity versus Islam

Belief in What Christians Believe (in general) What Islam Teaches?
God God is three gods merged into one God. This one God is called a Trinity. However, to say that God is three is a blasphemy of the highest order. All three parts of the Trinity are “coequal” “co-eternal” and “the same substance.” For this reason, this doctrine is described as “a mystery.”  God is one God in the most basic, simple, and elementary meaning of the word. He has no children, no parents nor any equal. In Islam God is known by the name “Allah” and more names  as “the Merciful,” “the Gracious,” “the All-Powerful,” , the Creator, the sustainer,  Allah is name Almighty God in Arabic a sister language of Aramic i.e. Language of Jesus (peace be upon him). Allah is used for 2 thousands years as name of God by the christians living in Syria, Jordan and Plastine. Allah is used for God in arabic bible.
Jesus The second member of the Triune God, the Son of the first part of the Triune God, and at the same time “fully” God in every respect.      

 WE BELIEVE, THAT JESUS (peace be upon him) WAS ONE OF THE MIGHTIEST PROPHETS OF GOD, THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH AS WELL AS THE WORD OF GOD, THAT HE WAS BORN MIRACULOUSLY- WITHOUT ANY MALE INTERVENTION (which many modern-day Christians do not believe today) , THAT HE GAVE LIFE TO THE DEAD BY GOD’S PERMISSION, AND THAT HE HEALED THOSE BORN BLIND AND THE LEPERS BY GOD’S PERMISSION.”

Islam respects all religions. Nevertheless, Muslims consider the view of Christendom to be a misguided one. The Noble Qur’an highlights the important aspects of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) mother, his birth, his mission and his ascension to heaven.

 

The Holy Spirit The third member of the Triune God, but also “fully” God in every respect.  He is the angel Gabriel. The angel Gabriel is highly esteemed as the “Trustworthy Spirit” . He who was sent to Abraham , Moses, Jesus and Mohammad for conveying message of Almighty Creator.
Mary the mother of Jesus A chaste and pious human woman who gave birth to Jesus Christ,  the Son of God, and at the same time “fully” God Almighty in every respect.  A chaste and pious human woman who was chosen, purified, and preferred over all of the women of creation to be the one to give birth to Gods elect messenger Jesus through the command of God without any father whatsoever. 
The Word Part of God which was “with” God but also “fully” God and then became Jesus the Son of God.  God’s command/decree “Be!” which resulted in Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary without the need for a human father. 
Previous prophets All accepted, respected, and believed.  Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmaeel, Mosses, Aron, David, Zacharia, John the baptist,Jesus and Last Prophet Mohammad  All accepted as prophet , respected, and believed.
The Bible Accepted as 100% the faultless word of God  Muslims believe in the books of the previous prophets including the “Torah” which was sent to Moses, the “Zaboor” (Psalms) which were given to David, the “Injeel” (Gospel) which was given to Jesus, and the Qur’an which was given to Muhammad However, Muslims are told that the previous scriptures were tampered with by mankind and the Bible should only be accepted in as far as it is confirmed by the Qur’an. It is to be treated with respect, however any statements which clearly oppose those of the Qur’an are to be rejected as the work of mankind. 
Muhammad They deny Prophet-hood of Muhammad Just like Jew deny Jesus The last messenger of God to all of humanity. He was known as “The Truthful, the Trustworthy” before he received his first revelation. He was sent by God as a mercy to all creation. He was a human being but performed a number of miracles during his lifetime by the will of God. He was the prophet Whose prediction was told by  Jesus (peace be upon him) as comforter/Paraclete
The Qur’an Donot consider Book by God just like Jews denied Gosple  The last book of Almighty God sent to mankind. It was given the distinction of being personally guarded by God from human tampering. It is on a literary level never before seen by mankind. No Arab to this day has ever been able to meet it’s challenge to “write a work similar to it.” It shall remain safe from the tampering of mankind till the day of Judgment as a guidance for all Humanity. It confirms that Gospel, Torah , Plasm as book of Almighty God
Message of Jesus That he was sent by God (who was at the same time “fully” Jesus) in order to die on the cross and save all mankind from the sin of Adam. Without this sacrifice all of humanity was destined to perish in the sin of Adam. After the crucifixion all that is required of humanity is faith without any works.  That Jesus is Christ and  was sent by God as amighty  messenger and Prophet to the Jews in order to return them to the pure and true religion of Moses,   He taught them to have faith as well as Good deeds. Neither one can stand alone. He taught same religion which was reavealed to Noah,  Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Zacharia, John the baptist and last prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings upon all of them): The religion of total submission to Almighty God. Worship one God and adopts good deeds. Every one will be judged by Almighty God for one’s deeds on the day of Judgement
Jesus’ giving life to the dead, healing the blind and the lepers  All accepted. He performed them because he was the Son of God and also at the same time “fully” God and the “incarnation” of God.  All accepted. They were performed through the will of God just as Moses, Noah, and all other prophets did so in ancient times through the will of God. HE WAS BORN MIRACULOUSLY- WITHOUT ANY MALE INTERVENTION (which many modern-day Christians do not believe today) , THAT HE GAVE LIFE TO THE DEAD BY GOD’S PERMISSION, AND THAT HE HEALED THOSE BORN BLIND AND THE LEPERS BY GOD’S PERMISSION.
The crucifixion Jesus was given over to the Jews. He was spat on, cut, humiliated, kicked, striped, and finally hung up on the cross and killed very slowly and painfully.  Jesus was not forsaken to the Jews to be abused and killed, however, it was “made to appear so to them.” God saved Jesus by raising him up unto Himself. 
The second coming of Jesus. Accepted. Originally expected to happen during the lifetime of the first disciples, many predictions have been made later and he is still expected at any moment. He is currently anticipated to arrive around the turn of the century (2000 C.E.)  Accepted. Jesus did not die but was raised up into heaven by God. He shall return to earth just before the Day of Judgment in order to kill the “False Messiah” and to establish peace and justice on earth. He will kill the pigs, break the cross, and call all humanity to Islam. 
The original sin All of humanity has inherited the sin of Adam. Only the death of the sinless offspring of God could erase this sin. No one is born clean, no matter if his life is only for a single day. Only baptism and faith in the death of Jesus can save one from this destiny.  There is no such thing. Humanity is created by God destined for heaven unless they chose to disobey Him and refuse His mercy. God can very trivially and effortlessly forgive the sins of all of Humanity no matter if they were to fill the lofty regions of the sky. Such a matter would be trivial and inconsequential for Him since He has already done much more than that such as creating everything we can ever see, hear or imagine. He loves to bestow His mercy and forgiveness on His creation and rewards the most trivial acts with the most tremendous rewards. In order to achieve God’s reward one must have faith as well as works 
The atonement The sin of Adam was so great that God could not forgive it by simply willing it, rather it was necessary to erase it with the blood of a sinless innocent god named Jesus who was also “fully” God.  Adam “atoned” for his sin by saying “My Lord I have sinned and if you do not forgive me and have mercy upon me then I shall indeed have lost.” So God forgave him. Similarly, all human beings have the door to forgiveness left open to them by God until the day they die. There are no intermediaries between mankind and God. If they sincerely repent to God, ask His forgiveness, and forsake their evil deeds before their hour comes then He shall forgive them and there is nothing more pleasing to Him than to forgive the sins of one who comes to Him in sincere repentance. 
The path to salvation If you have faith in the atonement of Jesus for the sin of Adam which you have inherited then you shall be saved. You only need faith. No work is necessary.  If you have faith in God, believe in His messengers, and obey His commands then He shall multiply every single good deed that you do many, many times and erase your evil deeds, until on the Day of Judgment His mercy shall cause your good deeds to far outweigh your evil deeds and grant you passage into an ecstasy and Paradise so great that we can not even imagine it, to abide there eternally. In the Hereafter there is only reward and no work. 

Dr Jerald Dirks PhD(Harvard), MS (Harvard Divinity School )  speaks about : Similarity between Early Christianity and Islamic Concepts of Jesus & God Almighty

 

 In this book it will be demonstrated (by God’s will), through the words of the Bible and some of history’s most eminent conservative Biblical scholars and references only, how most of the founding beliefs of Christianity today were indeed inserted by mankind into the message of Jesus long after his departure. Jesus (pbuh) himself never had anything whatsoever to do with them. These beliefs include:

  • The “Trinity.”
  • The claim that Jesus (pbuh) is the Son of God in the later “orthodox” sense.
  • The “original sin” of Adam which mankind is alleged to have inherited.
  • The “atonement,” or death of Jesus (pbuh) on the cross in order to erase this sin of Adam.
  • The “incarnation” of God in the form of a human being, namely, Jesus (pbuh).

It will further be demonstrated that the true message of Jesus (pbuh) was:

  • That God is One. He is indivisible. He has no equal.
  • God has no children nor parents. There is no other god in existence other than God Himself.
  • Jesus (pbuh) was a human being. He was not God, but only an elect messenger of God.
  • God does not hold anyone responsible for the sin of anyone else, nor does He forgive the sins of one man by sacrificing another.
  • God does not give preference to a certain race, color, nation, lineage or anything else above any other. Only a person’s individual actions and worship will distinguish them in the eyes of God.
  • God’s justice refuses that any human being bear the sin of any other.
  • God is a merciful god who bestows His forgiveness without a price or asking for any compensation.
  • Entering into heaven requires both faith and work. Neither one can stand alone.

Muslims are taught that throughout the ages, God sent messengers to all tribes and nations all over the earth beginning with Adam (pbuh), the first prophet of God as well as the father of humanity. Every time a messenger of God would pass away, his people would begin to fall back on their evil deeds until a few generations later they would have managed to have completely corrupted His original message to them. When God’s message was in danger of being completely obliterated by these people, He would chose from among them a new messenger to receive the original, uncorrupted message and convey it to them. Some of them would listen. Others would not. However, the message would always be available for those who wanted it. In this manner, God made sure that all of mankind would always have access to His true religion, no matter where or when they lived. It would then be up to them to seek out this knowledge.

Muslims are further taught that each messenger was sent only to his own people. His message was then fine-tuned to suit them. Thus, the basic message would be the same for all messengers: “God is one!, Worship Him alone!” However, the details of each people’s worship would be molded to suit their lifestyle, state of knowledge, and so forth. This was also true for Jesus (pbuh). Jesus was sent specifically to the Jews, and only to the Jews. It shall be demonstrated how one of the most fundamental reasons which led up to the loss of his message was that those who came after him attempted to preach it to those for whom it was never intended, namely, the Gentiles. The Gentiles eventually managed to introduce into the message of Jesus many aspects of their own beliefs which ultimately led up to the loss of the message of Jesus.

This book demonstrates how the diversion of the religion of Jesus (pbuh) from it’s original teachings progressed in the following stages:

  • Jesus (pbuh) came to show the Jews how their religion had been changed from that preached to them by Moses and their previous prophets (pbut).
  • Jesus (pbuh) called the Jews back to the true religion of God sent down upon their previous messengers. Jesus himself observed every single aspect of the religion of Moses (pbuh) steadfastly and uncompromisingly. He fasted as Moses (pbuh) fasted, he worshipped as Moses (pbuh) worshipped, he refrained from tasting a single pig, he believed in circumcision and himself was circumcised, he observed the Sabbath, never having violated it. He did this up until the crucifixion. It was only after the crucifixion, according to the Bible, that he allegedly returned in “visions” to Paul in order to nullify the law he had spent his whole life upholding. The Bible actually bears witness that during his lifetime, Jesus commanded his followers to follow the religion of Moses (pbuh) and threatened severe retribution from God for all of his followers who would forsake a single aspect of this religion until the end of time (see below).
  • Jesus (pbuh) departed from this earth and his apostles continued to follow his teachings religiously. They too followed the religion of Moses (pbuh) as Jesus (pbuh) had done before them and commanded them to do. For the first three decades after the departure of Jesus (pbuh), the followers of Jesus would merely be Jews who affirmed that Jesus (pbuh) was their promised Messiah. For the first three decades after the departure of Jesus (pbuh), his followers would continue to worship in the synagogues and Temple of the Jews and observe all of the aspects of the religion of Moses (pbuh) without exception.
  • Shortly after the departure of Jesus (pbuh), a Jew named Saul of Tarsus persecutes Jesus’ followers every way he knows how. By his own admission, he does his utmost to utterly waste the Church and to wipe the religion of Jesus from the face of the earth and the minds of men. He has never met Jesus (pbuh) in person.
  • Suddenly Saul claims to be receiving “visions” from Jesus (pbuh). The apostle Barnabas takes him under his wing, and through Barnabas he is accepted by the rest of the apostles. Barnabas then travels with him extensively until his reputation as a persecutor and killer of Christians is replaced with one of a true convert.
  • Now Saul parts ways with the apostle of Jesus (pbuh), Barnabas, and decides to preach to the Gentiles. He claims that the apostles of Jesus (pbuh) are lazy, misguided, hypocrites. He claims that it was necessary for him to constantly guide the apostles out of their ignorance into the truth of God which he was receiving in his “visions.” He openly claims that he learned nothing from the apostles, and every single word he preached was from direct divine inspiration. The neighboring gentiles hated the Jews with such a passion that he found it all but impossible to convince them to accept the Judaism that Jesus (pbuh) practiced his whole life and taught his apostles to carry on after him until the end of time.
  • Saul readily admits in the Bible in many places that he was willing to do anything without exception in order to convert the gentiles. He claims that everything has been made lawful for him. For this reason, Saul begins to compromise with the pagan gentiles and simplify the religion of Jesus for them in order to make it more appealing to them that they might convert.
  • Saul continues to compromise with the gentiles and mold the religion of Jesus (pbuh) closer and closer to their established beliefs in order to gain their conversion. In the end, all that he requires of them is “faith” without work. The pagan gentiles he is preaching to worship many “sons of almighty Jupiter or Zeus” and other such gods. Among them are such as Attis, Adonis, Dionysus, etc. They believe that these pagan gods had died for their sins and been resurrected. Saul now explains to them that Jesus (pbuh) was not merely a normal human prophet but a “Son of God” and that this “Son of God” died in atonement for the sins of all mankind. The Gentiles immediately see the parallels and the great degree of similarity with that which they already believe. All they have to do is change a few labels. In this manner, Saul manages to convince the Greeks (and other gentiles) to accept the “religion of Jesus.” This is because, unlike the Jews, the religion of the Greeks already accepts “Trinities,” and “father gods” and “son gods,” and the death of gods, and the resurrection of gods, and the incarnation of gods, and divine savior gods, and the eating of the flesh of gods, and the drinking of the blood of gods…etc. All of these concepts are old news to them. He becomes a great leader among them and is named “Saint Paul.”
  • “Saint Paul” now writes extensively and gains more and more converts.
  • Once his converts begin to exceed the number of converts to the more strict and demanding religion of the apostles of Jesus (pbuh), they begin to kill the followers of the apostles, persecute them, and burn their Gospels.
  • The followers of “Saint Paul” are challenged to prove their claims of “son of God,” “original sin,” ..etc. through the scriptures and prove that Jesus (pbuh) or God had anything to do with them. They cannot. There are too many verses which declare that there is only ONE God in existence and that He does not hold mankind responsible for the sin of any man. Examples of these verses are available to this day (e.g. Isaiah 43:10-11, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Deuteronomy 24:16…etc.). Thus, it becomes necessary for them to recognize that God is a “Trinity” similar to the ancient “Trinities” of the Greeks and Romans so that they can have three Gods but claim that they only worship one. The ancient “Trinities” of Greek philosophy are redefined with new labels and applied to God Almighty in order to define this new doctrine of “three gods in one.” Once again, the “Trinity” could not be proven through the Bible, so the Church began to receive divine inspiration from God commanding them to clarify their Bible so that the “Trinity” could be seen clearly (see for example section 1.2.2.5). These “clarifications” would only be discovered by the scholars of Christianity centuries later. They would later provide irrefutable proof of how, when, and by whom these “clarifications” were inserted into the Bible. In the twentieth century, Thirty two conservative biblical scholars of the highest eminence backed by fifty cooperating denominations would justly throw out 1 John 5:7 as a fabricated insertion of the church. Many other fabrications would be discovered by them.
  • For the first four centuries CE Christianity is split into innumerable sects of countless divergent beliefs. Countless gospels of varying degrees of authenticity begin to spring up. These sects bitterly fight among one another with each one claiming that they alone possess the “true” religion of Jesus and the “true” Gospel. All of these sect vie for the backing of the Roman pagans in order to gain the upper hand over the other sects and silence them once and for all.
  • In the fourth century CE., the followers of the “Trinity” manage to enlist the aid of the pagan Roman empire. They wield the power of this pagan nation to “cleanse” the earth of the “heretical” and “blasphemous” followers of the apostles. They later launch campaigns of “inquiry” to “convert” them.
  • “Trinitarian” beliefs are touted as the only truly correct religion of Jesus (pbuh). The writings of Paul are collected and today they form the majority of the books of the new testament. The books of the apostles are burned. They are all labeled “apocryphal” lies. The list of “truly inspired” books of the Bible that we have in our hands today was not officially sanctioned until the year 367C.E. The “Bibles” in the hands of the first three hundred years of Christians was very drastically different than the ones in our hands today. Within the span of a three centuries the Trinitarians manage to “recognize” that all of the books that were considered inspired and divine during the very first centuries CE were indeed all lies and apocrypha. Only those books that were considered apocryphal during these very first centuries CE are now recognized to be canonical, authentic, and divine. Those who are found concealing the original books of the apostles are now burned to death with their books. Paul’s followers obtain copies of the Gospels of the apostles. They copy them but with drastic modifications to the doctrine found therein. They claim that the apostles wrote them. These books are attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The additions to these books will continue for many more centuries. Only centuries later will Christian scholars begin to see the evidence that the claimed authors did not write these books.
  • Since the general populace of Christendom is perceived by the Church to be too backward and heathenistic to understand such sacred scriptures, therefore it becomes necessary for the Church to horde the Bible for their own personal use. Anyone who wishes to learn what the Bible says must come to the Church and ask them. The Church then through a combination of divine inspiration and verses of the Bible will tell them what they need to know.
  • Six hundred years after Christ, Muhammad (pbuh) is born. He follows the religion of Abraham (pbuh) which was handed down to him and all Arabs from the father of the Arabs, Ishmael, the eldest son of prophet Abraham (pbut). Upon reaching the age of 40, God sends the angel Gabriel to Muhammad to teach him His final message, the message of Islam. He tells him that the “people of the book” have changed the religion of Jesus (pbuh) and have altered it from a religion of submission to one God to a religion where multiple gods are being worshipped. He is told that he will be the final messenger, and that his message is to be directed to all of mankind including the Jews and Christians.
  • The Jews and Christians claim that Muhammad (pbuh) is a liar, a lunatic, deceived by the Devil, and a false prophet. They claim that he has just copied the Bible in order to write his Qur’an. Just as many Jews refused to accept Jesus (pbuh) as a true messenger of God, so too do many Jews and Christians refuse to believe Muhammad (pbuh).
  • Muhammad (pbuh) passes away. The Trinitarians continue with their burning at the stake any Christian who opposes the “Trinity” or openly speaks about the discrepancies in the Bible. They launch campaigns of “inquiry” to cleanse the earth of all remnants of believers in one (monotheistic) God. They slaughter the Jews at every opportunity. The sentences of death by these inquisitions become so unbounded in their nature that whole nations are sentenced to death. A single holy decree of the Trinitarian church in 1568 would later condemn three million men women and children of the Netherlands to the scaffold as heretics. In the end, over twelve million people were put to death through the authority of the “Inquisitions.”
  • The Church loses its power to the scientists and is pushed into a dark corner. Without the threat of death hanging over their heads, many Christian scholars begin to publish countless books exhibiting detailed examples of contradicting verses and evidence of modification and tampering with the text of the Bible. The ancient manuscripts of the Christian society are studied in detail and slowly, the previous picture begins to come together. Countless excuses are made by the Church and those who’s livelihood and power depend on these established beliefs. They now begin to give practically every single verse of the Bible “abstract” meanings. They tell their flock to have blind faith. They convince their flock that they can not understand the Bible without the interpretation and holy inspiration of the Church. They tell their flock that Jesus (pbuh) never means what he says and that every reference he makes to following the religion of Moses (pbuh) is not meant to be taken “literally” but was meant by Jesus (pbuh) to have “hidden” meanings totally in opposition to the obvious meanings. Only they can tell you what these hidden meanings of Jesus (pbuh) were.
  • Copies of the original Gospels of the apostles of Jesus (pbuh) begin to surface. They are found, of all places, hidden away in the capital of Christianity, the Vatican itself. These Gospels (Such as the “Gospel of Barnabas”) confirm the teachings of the Qur’an. Copies of these Gospels have a tendency to disappear mysteriously. They are labels false Gospels and lies written by Muslims. Suddenly, in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls are discovered. For close to forty five years, they are hoarded in Israel and hidden from the masses. When they are finally forced out into the open, an amazing discovery is made. They too confirm the Qur’an! They foretell the coming of not one but TWO Messiahs. They claim that these two Messiahs will be announced by an eschatological prophet. The dual prophesy is very clear and prevalent throughout the scrolls. The scrolls claim that the first Messiah will be betrayed by one of his followers but will not be forsaken by God to die, rather, the one who betrayed him shall be taken in his place. The scrolls specifically state that no nail shall touch the Messiah. There is so much in the Dead Sea Scrolls that parallels the teachings of the Qur’an, however, once again it is all explained away with abstract meanings. We are told that the fact that the Jews who lived 100 years before Jesus (the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls) were expecting TWO Messiahs does not mean that they were expecting two different Messiahs, but rather, they must have been expecting a single Messiah with two different personalities. Thus, we are told, Jesus (pbuh) is BOTH Messiahs. On the other hand, the Jews explain that both prophesies refer to past or future occurrences and neither one could possibly refer to Jesus (pbuh) or Muhammad (pbuh).

Muslims are told that when God created mankind, He gave them “The Choice.” They were told that they could either live their lives then die and fade out of the picture, like the animals do. Or they could elect to be held accountable for their actions. If they accepted the accountability, then the potential reward will be great. The potential retribution would be equally great.

With mankind’s acceptance of this accountability came their free will. God gave mankind a free will to chose to either worship Him or to disobey Him. Out of God’s infinite mercy, He then assisted mankind with many factors in order to guide them to His true path and the ultimate reward. Firstly, He sent the messengers. In this manner, no matter how much mankind tried to corrupt His religion, it would always be available to those who searched for it.

Secondly, He supplied mankind with minds. He gave them these minds in order to be able to distinguish between right and wrong using their intellect. If they see someone worshipping fire, and they see that the fire can not hear their prayers nor answer their calls, then no matter how much these fire-worshippers “spititualize” their worship and tell them of the great miracles the fire has worked for them and how it has answered their prayers, and how it “loves” them, their intellect will refuse to believe these concoctions.

Finally, God gave mankind an inborn sense called in Arabic “Fitrah” (instinct). This “Fitrah” is the small voice inside each one of us which tells us “this doesn’t feel right.” When we pick up a gun for the first time in order to kill someone, we have to fight mightily in order to overcome our “Fitrah” which tells us that killing is wrong. In a similar manner, all mankind is born automatically knowing that “God is one.” They must really fight themselves for a long time and be continually persuaded by those who are around them to believe otherwise. This is how they end up worshipping fire, stones, statues, multiple gods, and other things. It is forced upon them in spite of their “Fitrah” as they grow up.

This book goes back to the arguments of the original apostles. We will start with the “Trinity” and work our way backwards through history. We will see that there is absolutely no basis whatsoever for the “Trinity” in the Bible. Once the “Trinity” has been disproved we will see how the rest of these fabricated beliefs will unravel one by one till we return to the original teaching of Jesus (pbuh). All of this will be done in chapter one. After that, it will be demonstrated how Muhammad (pbuh) was indeed prophesied by both Jesus (pbuh) and the previous prophets, as claimed in the Qur’an over 1400 years ago. I pray that you will find this information illuminating. 

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  1. Between the doctrines of Islam and Christianity
    By Faraz Omar

    Islam and Christianity, the two great religions of the world, share the same divine roots. With more than two billion Muslims and Christians in a world of six billion people, let us have a look at what they share in common and where they differ.

    What Islam affirms

    Jesus was born miraculously to Mary.
    Mary was a chaste and extremely pious virgin. She was chosen above all women to give birth to God’s messenger.
    God revealed the Injeel (Gospel) to Jesus, just as He revealed Torah to Moses and Zaboor (Psalms) to David and the Qur’an to Muhammad (peace be upon them all).
    Jesus will return and rule the earth with justice establishing God’s laws.
    When Jesus returns, he will kill Dajjal (Antichrist, the False Messiah). God has given only Jesus the power to do that.
    Jesus, with the will and permission of God, cured the lepers, healed the blind, brought the dead back to life, and spoke when he was a child in cradle. However, these are miracles that God gave to Jesus, just as He gave to all His prophets some miracles.

    Points of difference

    Islam says Jesus was a Messenger of God, just like the many other messengers whom God sent to deliever His message. Messengers called people to worship only the One True God Almighty. The Qur’an mentions what Jesus said to his people:

    “Truly, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is a Straight Path.” (Qur’an, 3:51)

    According to the Bible, this was the first commandment given to Moses, and Jesus too testified to this.
    Christians believe in all prophets and messengers before Jesus, but when it comes to Jesus, they believe this time God sent His son. Allah says in the Qur’an:

    “It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glorified (and Exalted) is He (above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it: “Be!” – and it is.” (Qur’an, 19:35)

    “The Messiah (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother [Maryam (Mary)] was a Siddiqah (i.e. she believed in the Words of Allah and His Books). They both used to eat food (as any other human being, while Allah does not eat). Look how We make the Ayat (proofs, lessons) clear to them; yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth).” (Qur’an, 5:75)

    The fact that Jesus was born miraculously does not make him the divine ‘son of God.’ God says that creating someone without a father is easy for Him. He just says ‘Be’ and it comes in to existence. Allah says:

    “Verily, the likeness of (Jesus) before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: “Be!” – and he was. (This is) the truth from your Lord, so be not of those who doubt.” (Qur’an, 3:59-60)

    Jesus is the Word from God, which means, the command, “Be” that Allah said to create him. Islam also does not approve of the concept of trinity. According to this concept, the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with their distinctive and unique identities as separate beings are not three, but one God, or are “three persons in one single Godhead.”

    Encyclopedia Britannica states:
    “Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Hebrew Scriptures: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4) […] The doctrine developed gradually over several centuries and through many controversies.”

    Islam says God is One, in the most comprehensive and elementary meaning of the word one. God has no children, parents, and no partners being anywhere equal to His Majesty. He is Unique and there is nothing like unto Him. Islam asserts that the belief in trinity was not propounded by any of the prophets or messengers. The message was always consistent that God is One. However, it was in the later years that the belief of trinity came into Christianity – a position also held today by the Unitarians among the Christians. Allah mentions trinity – a word not mentioned in the New Testament – in the Qur’an:

    “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion, nor say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His Word which He directed to Mary and a spirit (Ruh) created by Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three” (trinity); Cease! – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” (Qur’an, 4:171)

    The Unitarians interestingly maintain that Jesus was a great man and a prophet of God.

    Regarding the death of Jesus, Islam says he was neither crucified nor killed on the cross, but God raised him up alive. Jesus was saved from the shame and torture his enemies wanted to inflict on him.

    “And because of their (Jews) saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not.
    “But Allah raised him (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All Powerful, All Wise.” (Qur’an, 4:157-158)

    According to Islam, since Jesus (peace be upon) did not die, and since every soul shall taste death, he will return to earth, complete his lifetime and die as every other messenger. When he returns, however, he will follow the law of Muhammad (peace be upon him) – the last and the most complete form of existing divine legislation.

    Lastly, Christians do not believe in Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last and final messenger of God to the entire humanity. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came with the Qur’an, the final revelation, clarifying the differences and disagreements and calling people to the same message that all prophets came with.
    His message struck a balance between Jews, who disbelieved and vilified Jesus, and Christians, who in their extreme love and respect exaggerated his status to that of God. His message called people back to the sole worship of God, and to believe in all the prophets and messengers without discrimination between them. The Last Messenger, who was prophesied in the previous scriptures, is the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him), about whom Jesus (peace be upon him) said:

    “O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah unto you confirming the Torah (which came) before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. But when he (Ahmad i.e. Muhammad, peace be upon him) came to them with clear proofs, they said: ‘This is plain magic’.” (Qur’an, 61:6) – SG

  2. Spectacular Istanbul,where history meets modernity
    Text and photos by Fouzia Khan

    I reached Ataturk Airport in Istanbul early in the morning full of excitement. While I was planning this trip my friends had told me that Turkey was a beautiful country and I was eager to see for myself. I had booked a hotel over the Internet, ensuring that it was in the heart of Istanbul and therefore close to many of the historical sights.
    Istanbul can lay the claim to being the only city sitting on two continents – Asia and Europe – and the city itself displays a link between different cultures, past and present. Constantinople – as it was known before – was officially chosen as the historic capital of the massive Byzantine Empire hundreds of years ago though the city was established in the seventh century BC. It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire headed by Sultan Mohammed II (Mehmed Fateh) in 1453. Much later, the city of Ankara was designated the capital of a young Turkish republic.
    The Sultan Ahmed I district in the heart of old Istanbul is home to Istanbul’s most famous landmarks including the Hagia Sophia, the famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, a city square where many of the Byzantine-era chariot races and gladiator fights occurred, the Egyptian spice bazaar, Grand Bazaar, the Archeological Museum and Gullhana park all were within 10 to 15 minutes’ walking distances.
    Istanbul is covered by ancient walkways and dotted by historic alleys and buildings, making the experience of walking between sights an enjoyable experience in itself. However, I began my tour from the city square with a tour bus which first took us to the Hagia Sophia – a masterpiece of architecture and history – originally a Church and then converted into a Mosque by the Ottomans and now famous as a national museum.
    Built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the early sixth century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the most famous aspect of the Hagia Sophia is the spectacular dome which dominates the skyline of old Istanbul, making it visible from miles away.
    The dome is equally spectacular from the inside and visitors often feel that their eyes are drawn up towards it as soon as they enter the building. It is also famed for its mosaics, glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and other poignant paintings.
    From there the bus took us by the famous Gullhana Park which is a part of the Topkapi Palace. Its rose garden offers a wonderful variety of plants and flowers for nature lovers and the park also has cultural significance for having hosted a great many activities and events of the Ottoman Empire. It also boasts of a special museum of the history of science and technology in Islam.
    We also came across the historic railway station of Istanbul, which was completed in 1870 and was the last stop of the famed Orient Express from Paris. The train rings bells in fans of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” mystery and the train service – discontinued in 1967 – was perceived as the gateway between Europe and the East.
    Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge is the only bridge that connects two continents and was opened in 1973 on the 50th anniversary of the republic of Turkey. In essence, it connect the European half of Istanbul with the Asian half. The Bosphorus itself links the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
    The tour bus also took us by the historic spice bazaar in Old Istanbul, which was established in 1660 and is one of Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions scented by the fragrance of the exotic East. The narrow alleys of the bazaar offer a variety of dried fruits, spices, nuts housewares, herbal medicines and fish. A few blocks to the West of the bazaar, one can also find the Rustum Pasha Mosque – another historical attraction. The mosque was built in 1564 as another masterpiece of Islamic architecture and it is famous for its mosaics. Twisting interior flights of steps in the corners of the mosque give access to a spacious courtyard. The mosque has a double porch with domed bays, from which projects a deep and low roof supported by a row of columns.
    The famous Galata bridge, which connects Old Istanbul with central Istanbul over the Golden Horn has been built five times in history. The first in the sixth century, second in 1453 after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, third in 1863 and fourth in 1870 when it was built by a French company. This 480-meter-long bridge was completed in 1875 and used until 1992 when it was damaged by fire and rebuilt to form the modern bridge it is today.
    The bridge allows visitors access to Galata Tower, another landmark of the city, which was built in 1348. Originally named the Tower of Christ, it was the highest point within the city walls of the Genoese colony Galata.
    Most of the city walls have vanished but the Tower remains and has been converted into a nightclub. The panoramic views from its balcony are breathtaking but not recommended for anyone scared of heights. The balcony is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (7 P.M. during summer) daily for a minimal fee.
    Taksim Square sits at the heart of central Istanbul and offers visitors the chance to shop and stroll. The Independence Monument (Istiklal Aniti) in the circle at the southern end of the square commemorates the Turkish Republic’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief and as statesman.
    Along the Golden Horn, the bus took us back to the old city, where the shrine of Abu Ayub Al-Ansari was situated in the courtyard of the Sultan Abu Ayub Ansari mosque. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottomans following their conquest of Constantinople in 1453. After the conquest of Constantinople a türbe (tomb) was constructed above Abu Ayub’s purported grave and a mosque built in his honour. From that point on the area – now known as the locality of Eyüp – became a “sacred locality” and many Ottoman officials requested burial in proximity of Abu Ayub.
    The last stop of our tour bus was at the famous Blue Mosque where the grave of Sultan Mohammed II is located.
    The Blue Mosque takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior, built by Sultan Ahmed I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects. It is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The mosque also has a huge grand courtyard where at the outer boundaries of the courtyard a special place for ablution is situated.
    Going a bit further, there is a cable car service that will take you up to the highest point in Istanbul where beautiful views of the city and Golden Horn can be enjoyed, providing the perfect ending to a tour of this historic city. – SG

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