ISLAM’S QUINTESSENTIAL ANTI-CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY IN THE KORAN AND HADITH*

 

*Per Dr. Mark Durie’s: “Isa,The Muslim Jesus”

My Preface: Muslims repeat 17-times per day Koran 1:7 which insists they should follow the straight path, i.e., Islam, not the path of those who incurred Allah’s wrath, the Jews, or those who have gone astray, the Christians. Thirteen centuries of glosses on this verse by the most authoritative Sunni and Shiite Koranic commentators have established this Muslim understanding. Here is why the Christians, to put it mildly, in the Koranic context, are deemed “astray”:

 ‘Isa, the Muslim “Jesus”, did not die on a cross

–Christians (and Jews) have corrupted their scriptures. (Âl ‘Imran 3:78)

–Although Christians believe ‘Isa died on a cross, and Jews claim they killed him, in reality he was not killed or crucified, and those who said he was crucified lied (An-Nisa’ 4:157).

–‘Isa did not die, but ascended to Allah. (An-Nisa’ 4:158)

–On the day of Resurrection ‘Isa himself will be a witness against Jews and Christians for believing in his death. (An-Nisa’ 4:159)

Koranic criticism of other core Christian beliefs

–Christians are commanded by Islam not to believe that ‘Isa is the son of God: ‘It is far removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son’. (An-Nisa’ 4:171; Al-Furqan 25:2)

–‘Isa was simply a created human being, and a slave of Allah. (An-Nisa’ 4:172; Âl ‘Imran 3:59)

–Christians are claimed by the Qur’an to believe in a family of gods — Father God, mother Mary and ‘Isa the son — but ‘Isa rejected this teaching. (Al-Ma’idah 5:116)

–The doctrine of the Trinity is disbelief and a painful doom awaits those who believe it. (Al-Ma’idah 5:73)

Christians should accept Islam, and all true Christians will

–Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but a Muslim (Al-Imran, 3:67)

–Christians (and Jews) could not be freed from their ignorance until Muhammad came bringing the Qur’an as clear evidence (Al-Bayyinah 98:14).

–Muhammad was Allah’s gift to Christians to correct misunderstandings. They should accept Muhammad as Allah’s Messenger, and the Qur’an as his final revelation. (Al-Ma’idah 5:15; Al-Hadid 57:28; An-Nisa’ 4:47)

–Some Christians (and Jews) are faithful and believe truly, i.e., in Islam. (Âl ‘Imran 3:113114)

–Any such true believers will submit to Allah by accepting Muhammad as the prophet of Islam, i.e. they will become Muslims. (Âl ‘Imran 3:198199)

Christians who accept Islam or refuse it—the latter are to be fought and subdued, and not befriended

–Some Jews and Christians are true believers, accepting Islam: most are transgressors. (Âl ‘Imran 3:110)

–Many monks and rabbis are greedy for wealth and prevent people from coming to Allah. (At-Taubah 9:34, 9:35)

–Christians and Jews who disbelieve in Muhammad will go to hell. (Al-Bayyinah 98:6)

–Muslims must fight against Christians and Jews who refuse Islam until they surrender, pay the Koranic poll-tax and are humiliated. (At-Taubah 9:29)

–Muslims should not take Christians or Jews for friends. (Al-Ma’idah 5:51)

Hadith: Isa is the pious Muslim destroyer of Christianity, according to Islam’s prophet Muhammad

Hadith: Isa is the pious Muslim destroyer of Christianity, according to Islam’s prophet Muhammad

Sunan Abu Dawud Book 37, Hadith 4310; 4324 , includes this statement by Muhammad himself:

“He [Isa] will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Dajjal [Islam’s Antichrist figure, often identified as a Jew, but always with Jewish minions] and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.”

 

 

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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