QUESTION: Please I would like to know: Is Eesaa bin Maryam (AS), the one called Jesus by the Christians, still alive or dead? Did Maryam, his mother, have any child after him? And will he be returned to earth after now? (From a Liberian living in Nigeria)
RESPONSE: Alhamdulillah-The praise is for Allaah and may HIS peace and blessing be upon the Prophet. Eesaa bin Maryam (AS) is one of the honoured Prophets and Messengers sent I by Allah to the Ban iIsraa'eel (the children of Israel) and he is still alive up till now. Allaah raised him to the heavens as a mercy and honour from Him, the Most Powerful and Exalted.
As for the tale that he had died or was crucified by the Jews, it is a lie. Allaah says:
"And because of their saying in boast, "We killed Messiah 'Eesa son of Maryam, the Messenger of Allaah, but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of 'Eesa was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who 'differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge and they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not. But Allaah raised him [Eesa] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allaah is ever All-Powerful, All Wise." (An- Nisaa:157-158).
It follows from the above that, whoever believes that Eesaa (AS) has died and has been buried is not a Muslim, even if he prays and fast. This is because he has disbelieved in the speech AlIaah the AII- Knowing, the All-Wise while He says:
"And who is more truthful than Allaah in speech?" (An-Nisaa : 122)
Surely no, One! Without doubt, Eesaa (AS) was conceived in a miraculous manner without a male as a great sign to all of mankind. Allaah says:
"The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord to announce to you the gift of a righteous son. She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" He said: "so (it will be), your Lord said: That is easy for me (Allaah): And we wish to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from us (Allaah), and it is a matter already decreed, (by Allah).' " (Maryam : 19-21).
Were there other children from Maryam after him? We have no information about this from the divine texts (the Qur'an and Sunnah). Obviously, it is not beneficial knowledge. Were this knowledge beneficial to our existence in this life and in the next, the texts would have informed us of them. Certainly, Eesaa (AS) will descend from the heavens to this world both in body and soul towards the end of time as a sign of the coming of the Day of Judgement. He will rule with justice according to the laws of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), he will kill the Dajjal, he will break the cross, which the Christians worship instead of Allaah and kill the pigs that they consume and he would also abolish the jizyah tax imposed upon Jews and Christians living in a Muslim state. He would not accept anything except Islaam.
Narrated Abu Huraira: "Allaah's Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) said, "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the son of Maryam (Jesus) will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the cross and kill the pig and abolish the Jizya. Then there will be abundance of money and nobody will accept charitable gifts." (Bukhari)
when all these events take place, it will become obligatory for all who had hitherto falsely claimed divinity for him to believe in him in truth. Allaah says:
"And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him (as a Messenger and human being). And on the Day of Resurrection, he will be a witness against them." (An- Nisaa:159)
Prophet Eesaa (AS) and his mother are creatures of Allaah like the rest of His creation; they could not do anything except by His permission. He never asked anyone to take him and his mother for worship as gods besides Allaah and on the Day of Resurrection he (AS) will be a witness on them before Allaah. Allaah says:
"0 'Eesa son of Maryam! Did you say unto men: 'Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allaah?' "He will say: "Glory be to You It was not for me to say what I had no right to say. Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it...Never did I say to them anything except what You (Allaah) did command me to say: 'Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things. "If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise." (AI- Maaidah :115-118)
This is a great admonition for all those who engage in their worship to desist before the Day when nothing will avail them against the wrath of Allaah. And Allaah is the greatest source of help!.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited