Lecturer: Prof Abdulrahman Oloyede
Topic: Crucifixion of Jesus: setting the records right.
Venue: University of Ibadan Central Mosque
Date: Friday, Rajab 17, 1438.
Allaah is one; we have no inkling of doubt about that. Indeed, Prophet Muhammad is a messenger of Allaah. So do Abraham. So do Moses. So do Joseph. So do Jesus. They are neither sons of God nor God; they are but servants of the Owner of the Dominion of the heavens and the earths. He never dies let alone of resurrecting; His existence is ad infinitum. May His all-encompassing largesse continue to dwell with us and everyone whose life is lived in accordance to the dictates of Islam.
One of the glorious referral used by Allaah in describing His only ordained Creed, Islam, is perfection. And Wiktionary refers to perfection as “being complete, so that nothing requisite is lacking”. Today, being a day erroneously labelled a day to mark the death and resurrection of Jesus, son of Mary, the standpoint of Islam on this was what the Imam discussed. With this in mind, the Imam delved into unveiling the clarity about this claim, under the crystalline lens of Islam.
In establishing a foundational build-up to debunk this heresy, the Imam quoted the Qur’anic verse where Allaah draw a clear-cut clarity on the death, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Qur’an 4, Suratun-Nisa, Verse 157 clears the air,
وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ مَا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا
“And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Maryam, the Apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.”
In addition, the Imam corroborated this by quoting the position of members of Jehovah’s Witness on crucifixion. He explained that this same belief, strongly shared by Jehovah’s Witness, was sourced from the November 1, 2009 edition of their Watchtower periodic release.
Moving on, in completing the explanation as to how Allaah saved Jesus from the attempted murder of the Jews, the Qur’an further stresses in Suratun-Nisa, Verse 158:
بَل رَّفَعَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمًا
“Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allaah is Mighty, Wise.”
Logically, the Imam resounded, no sovereign King would ever forsake someone dare to him; not to talk of God, the Owner of Sovereignty of the heavens and the earths. He admonished further by stressing the fact that Allaah never abandons His people. He saved Jonah. He saved Abraham from the fire of Namruus. He saved Joseph from the well. He liberated Moses and his followers from the brutal hands of Pharaoh, and paved a way out of no way at the bank Red Sea Even we, whose level of sin is gradually surpassing the sand of the Sahara, He constantly saves us from evil plots. If Allaah had, and still do, this, Jesus was never an exception, the Imam concluded to the affirmation of the congregation.
The message of the Creator, on the lips of the messenger, is clear. While driving home his point on turning blind stare at the clarity offered by the Qur’an, Professor Oloyede voiced the words of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). The Prophet’s words are translated thus,
“I swears by He in whose hand my soul is, whoever hears my message, be it Jew or Christian or Buddhist, and does not believe in it will not enter jannah”
Imam finally enjoined we brethren to put our trust in Allaah, believe in Him and worship as due. Everything is Allaah’s and not any other’s, he emphasized. By this, it is from He who owns everything can anything be sought, can anything be done or undone, can everything be perfected. May He gift us His blessings and mercies.