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GENERAL TOPICS | BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: I have a tough question
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:50:20 AM »
Salam

To me, I do not necessarily see any problem is Allah using allegorical language when speaking to His Prophets and people. It adds a certain beauty to revelation and if later people mis-interpret them, then that's their problem!

As regarding Matthew 3:17, please see

http://muslimcommentaryofbible.wordpress.com/contents-of-a-muslims-commentary-of-the-bible/20-the-baptism-of-jesus/

If anything is unclear, please let me know.

Jazak Allah

Syed

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GENERAL TOPICS | BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / A few comments on Christmas
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:58:17 AM »
Salam

"The supposed date of the birth of Jesus being the 25th December has long been suspected to be inaccurate; which is true, since it was at a much later date when Christians began to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and no reference of such a festival is made in the Bible. Numerous theories have been put forward of how and why the 25th December was chosen. The 25th December was the birth of the Roman Pagan god Mithras: the Roman Catholic writer, Mario Righetti, writes that it was to facilitate and aid the bringing in of the pagan masses to the Roman Church, as the latter found it convenient to merge the pagan festivals and link it to the birth of Christ (Manual of Liturgical History, 1955, Vol. 2, p.67).

Furthermore, since there is no reference of Jesus birth in the Bible, early in the churchs establishment, numerous dates were proposed to have been the date of his birth. At around 200 CE, Clement of Alexandria complained that certain Egyptian theologians over curiously assigned, not the year alone, but the day of Christs birth, placing it on 25 Pachon (20 May) in the twenty-eighth year of Augustus (Stromata I.21) In Cyprus, at the end of the fourth century, Epiphanius asserts that Christ was born on 6 January (Hear li 16, 24 in P.G., XLI, 919, 931). Around the same time, Chrysostom preached an important sermon in 386 CE, in which he tried to unite Antioch in celebrating Christs birth on 25 December, part of the community having already kept it on that day for at least ten years.

Thus a certain evolutionary theme can be seen, where the dates of Jesus birth varied a great deal. The Holy Quran is more specific than the gospel accounts in stating that the birth of Jesus was most likely to be in the summer: And the pains of child-birth drove her (Mary) to a trunk of a palm tree. She said; "Would that I had died before this and been forgotten and out of sight!" Then cried out to her from below her; "Do not grieve, your Lord has placed under you a stream. And shake towards yourself the trunk of the palm tree, it will let fall upon you fresh ripe dates. (19: 23-25). The fact that ripe dates do not grow in the middle of winter, but rather during the summer months points to the birth date being in the summer months. This is probably historically more accurate, as later in Luke shepherds were camping outside in the country while watching their sheep, which would have been less likely to have happened in winter when it would get very cold outside."

http://muslimcommentaryofbible.wordpress.com/contents-of-a-muslims-commentary-of-the-bible/10-the-birth-of-jesus/


Syed

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John 14
6.   Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.

This seems to point to a new saying, unrelated to the previous discussions, as the reply of Jesus does not answer Thomas’ question in the previous verse. The answer of Jesus points to the method of attaining salvation, the way leading to God, which Jesus’ closest companions would have known by now. The statement about Jesus being the way and none able to get to God without him has often resulted in many Christian interpreters arguing that Jesus is the only way to God, and that all other passages, past and future are closed. Some Christians have even gone so far as to state that those who have never heard of Jesus will still be damned to hell for eternity.

This obviously is not the case. If this interpretation is to be followed, then it would imply that all those who were born before Jesus are also damned. However, Christian interpreters argue that if anyone were to believe in the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament, they would be saved from damnation. There are numerous problems with this interpretation as well. Firstly, the vast majority of the non-Jewish world are now condemned, since they never had the opportunity to read these prophecies in the Old Testament; but the vast majority of Jews are also condemned, since there is no mention of Jesus or any future saviour for that matter in the Torah, implying that all the Jews Moses saved were damned. There is no mention of Jesus or any Messiah in the Deuteronomistic history, or Chronicles, again implying that all those born before the time of King David are also damned. See under Mark 1:1 for the first time a Saviour is spoken of; it is shown that the concept of a Saviour King, or Messiah was relatively recent in Jewish history (just a few hundred years prior to the coming of Jesus) and thus these people may have been saved if the interpretation of the Christians is to be followed. All in all, it is without doubt unjust and not befitting the All-Loving God believed by both Christians and Muslims.

The meaning of Jesus’ statement is that Jesus is the way to God at that time, the way to God before Jesus was through the prophets, and during Jesus’ time, it is no doubt through him. However, whenever a new prophet is sent, then the door to salvation is through him, as such the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) through whom Islam was brought about into the world, his teachings and way of life now override that of Jesus.

Syed Ahmad
http://muslimcommentaryofbible.wordpress.com

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GENERAL TOPICS | BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Muslim Commendatory of the Bible
« on: November 28, 2013, 02:55:10 PM »
Wasalam

Inshallah, the aim is to have most if not all the book on the web-site.

However, if there are any passages which are of particular interest to anyone here, please ask and I will gladly post the contents of the book which cover those verses. The book is only of the gospels though, but Inshallah I pray that it will prove useful to all parties.

Jazak Allah

Syed

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GENERAL TOPICS | BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS / Muslim Commendatory of the Bible
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:16:28 AM »
Salam All

Brother Osama has kindly permitted to promote some work that I've been undertaking for the previous few years: The first Muslim Commentary of the Bible web-site. This is the first time a verse by verse commentary of the Bible has been produced in English (as far as I am aware) in a Muslim perspective.

The link to the web-site where sample content of the work is available is:

http://muslimcommentaryofbible.wordpress.com

I am not a very 'techie' person, so apologies for it's appearance, but I pray that the content will make up for it. It is being updated on a daily basis.

The work provides a compelling and interesting perception to all readers with any interest in the Bible, religiously or historically. The commentary if based as much as possible on the earliest and most reliable sources, and the result of this research deals in depth with certain key-points, some of which are:

The authors of the four Gospels.
When the Gospels were written.
Has the Bible been changed? If so, when and where?
Did Jesus preach only to the Jews?
Did Jesus die on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind?
Is Muhammad prophesised in the Bible?
The similarities between the message of Jesus and the message of Muhammad.


Written in a unique style, a Muslim Commentary of the Bible will give the reader a better chance to understand what really happened to Jesus 2000 years ago, and what he most likely said and said and did not say.

Regards

Syed

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