In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Who was Jesus (Peace be upon him)

 

 

His Origins

Jesus lived about 2,000 years ago in ancient

Palestine when the Roman Empire was at its

zenith. He was not conceived in the usual way, but

was implanted in the womb of a young woman

named Mary. God simply commanded, “Be” and

he was. In this sense, he was “a word” of God and

a special sign for humanity. In fact, he was the last

in a long line of religious guides sent to the Jews.

 

Mary, The Blessed

Mary was a righteous woman. Her mother dedicated

her to God’s service even before she was born. As

a child, she lived a life marked by health and

righteousness, which others pointed to in

admiration. She was raised by the wise Zechariah,

who instilled in her, a beautiful sense of faith in

God. When she had become a young woman, Mary

sought to purify herself further before her Lord.

Knowing that the hustle of life in the towns was

distracting, she withdrew from her people to a

sanctuary in the East. There she could meditate

in seclusion and peace. Suddenly, on a day that

seemed no different from the rest, an angel of God

visited her, disguised in the likeness of a human.

Afraid of so strange a sight, Mary prayed for

protection, but the strange being reassured her and

declared that he was a messenger from the Lord

to announce the glad-tidings of a faultless son. Mary,

astounded, asked how this was possible seeing

that no man had ever touched her. But the angel

replied, “Your Lord says, it is easy for Me …”. But

when she felt the little child within her, she fled her

sanctuary out of fear of what her family would do or

say when they heard the news. Mary, however, was

not to face hardship. When in her despair she cried

out to God for oblivion, a voice soothed her and

she found shade and a cool spring. Under a datepalm

in the warmth of late summer, she made her

dwelling and there bore the child unlike any other

in human history.

Shortly thereafter, Mary returned to her community

carrying the child who was to be called Messiah,

Jesus, and son of Mary. When her people saw her

with the baby in her arms they couldn’t believe

their eyes, let alone accept her word. They refused

to believe when she told of an angel who came

and told her she was chosen above all other women

to carry this burden. They accused her of infidelity

and implied that she had ruined the family name.

Mary, being overwhelmed, simply motioned towards

the child meekly.

 

The Miracles

Now the child was the product of a miracle and

consequently, miraculous things began to happen.

In defense of his mother and of the truth, the infant

Jesus spoke saying, “I am a servant of God. He

has given me Scripture and has made me a

Prophet. He has blessed me wherever I may be

and has made prayer and charity my duty as long

as I live.” This put the detractors to rest.

Throughout his youth, Jesus remained dutiful to

his mother and developed quickly in intelligence,

wisdom, and piety. He dumfounded the learned and

was greatly admired by those around him who

appreciated his talents. He claimed to be a sign

of God and a Messenger to the Israelites.

His people had strayed from the spirit of truth and

placed their trust in legalism, thereby burying their

sense of mercy beneath dusty scrolls and rituals.

Finally, when he came of age, Jesus began to travel

and preach throughout the land of Palestine about

a return to the truth of the old revelations and a

rejection of all that man had added. In his task he

was supported by the spirit of truth, the

angel Gabriel.

 

The Gospel, His Message

He taught that love and mercy overcome hate and

anger and that only a true and sincere faith in the

Creator and obedience to His will can bring a person

salvation in this life as well as in the next. To

reinforce his message, which was called “Injeel

(Good News), God granted him the performance of

miracles. He healed the sick, uplifted the distressed

and revived the dead. All these things he did with

the permission of God, never taking credit for them

himself.

He led a simple and pious life. Soon he attracted

an inner-circle of devoted followers who listened to

his teachings with fervor and humility. These

disciples, among them Peter, Barnabas, and John

helped him carry the message of Divine Love to the

people. They helped him in his mission.

 

A Test of Wills

But no righteous man of God is without trial and

tribulation. As the message of Jesus began to gain

wider acceptance, a small clique of hypocrites and

evil men began to plot against him. They were the

priests and leaders of the Jews whose position and

wealth depended upon their place as the sole

interpreters of religion to the masses. They pursued

him and his followers and eventually captured him.

Though they abused him, he never renounced his

faith in the one God. So in their anger they plotted

to crucify him on a Roman cross. But Jesus slipped

from their grip at the last moment, and all the while

they thought they had succeeded. They were sure

they had killed him but God answered Jesus’ prayer

and saved him from their schemes. Confusion

overtook the mob and they might have killed the

man who betrayed Jesus instead. In any case, Jesus

escaped from their grasp. Then God removed Jesus

from this world into another dimension, to a place

with Him, not to return until a later time.

With their teacher gone, the devoted followers of

Jesus tried to maintain the purity and simplicity of

his teachings. But they were soon besieged and

overtaken by a flood of Roman and Greek influences,

which eventually so buried and distorted the

message of Jesus that only a little of its truth now

remains. Strange doctrines of Jesus being a mangod,

of God dying, of saint worship and of God being

made up of different parts came into vogue and were

accepted by many of those who took the name

“Christians” centuries after Jesus.

 

Conclusion

The only records that have come down to us

concerning Jesus are some sketchy biographical

material, poorly researched and compiled, which can

in no way be representative of the full and accurate

Message of Jesus, the Son of Mary. The time of the

final and incorruptible Message was not yet at hand.

It would be left to the last prophet of God, Muhammad

(peace be upon him), to clarify the truth from man’s

additions and deletions.

Jesus taught the same eternal message that was

taught by all the Messengers of God, from Adam,

on through Noah, Abraham, Moses and ending with

the mission of God’s last Guidepost to humanity,

Muhammad (peace be on them all), whose coming

was foretold by Jesus himself.

Every nation and every people, from the Aztecs to

the Greeks, have received a Prophet or a Messenger

from God. Jesus was the last of a series of

Messengers sent to the Israelites, but they

consistently strayed from the path of surrender to

God. Each of the many Messengers spoke a different

language and followed varied customs. Yet the core

faith taught by each was the same: surrender your

imperfect and fickle will to the perfect will of the Power

that is greater than you. You will then find the peace

and freedom that only the Creator of all things can

provide. Then you must do what is right and good to

your fellow creatures. This way of life is called Islam

(surrender to God and find peace).

 

 

By Yahiya Emerick