The Gospel of Jesus

 

By Sami Zaatari

 

 

 

 

In one of this rebuttals to MENJ (http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Menj/sura_1.htm) missionary Sam Shamoun raised some points concerning the ?Gospel of Jesus' mentioned in the Quran, Shamoun writes:

 

Additionally, the Quran commands belief in the Gospel of Jesus which was available during Muhammad's time:

And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which is between his hands of the Torah (musaddiqan lima bayna yadayhi mina alttawrati), and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein IS GUIDANCE and LIGHT (feehi hudan wa noorun), confirming that which is between his hands of the Torah (musaddiqan lima bayna yadayhi mina alttawrati) - a guidance (wa hudan) and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). So let the People of the Gospel judge according to what God has sent down therein. Whoever does not judge according to what God has sent down -- they are the rebellious. S. 5:46-47

RESPONSE

 

This verse is referring to the time of Jesus, that when Jesus was sent as a prophet was given the Gospel, as Ibn Kathir explains:

 

Allah said,

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(and We sent...) meaning, We sent

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(in their footsteps) meaning the Prophets of the Children of Israel,

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(`Isa, son of Maryam, confirming the Tawrah that had come before him,) meaning, he believed in it and ruled by it.

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(and We gave him the Injil, in which was guidance and light) a guidance that directs to the truth and a light that removes the doubts and solves disputes,

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(and confirmation of the Tawrah that had come before it,) meaning, he adhered to the Tawrah, except for the few instances that clarified the truth where the Children of Israel differed. Allah states in another Ayah that `Isa said to the Children of Israel,

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(. ..and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you.) So the scholars say that the Injil abrogated some of the rulings of the Tawrah. Allah's statement,

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(a guidance and an admonition for those who have Taqwa.) means, We made the Injil guidance and an admonition that prohibits committing sins and errors, for those who have Taqwa of Allah and fear His warning and torment. Allah said next,

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So Sam Shamoun is simply distorting the verse, the verse is talking in the context of Jesus' time, not the time of the prophet Muhammad, the Gospel mentioned here is no longer available, however so it was available during the time of Jesus and during his ministry.

 

In fact what makes this more interesting is that the 4 Gospels which came after Jesus also talk about this Gospel! :

 

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

 

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

 

And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. (Luke 9:6)

 

So as we can see during the time of Jesus there was an existent Gospel which he was using and preaching to the people, obviously this isn't the 4 present day Gospels we have today since the text says GOSPEL singular not GOSPELS plural, and as we all know the Gospel of Mark Matthew Luke and John came AFTER Jesus, they were not present during the time of Jesus.

 

So we must now ask Shamoun and all Christians, where is this Gospel? Where is this Gospel that Jesus preached, could you please provide it for us? These very verses from the Bible prove the Quran's accuracy in mentioning a specific Gospel which was given to Jesus.  

 

Moving on Shamoun also goes on to say:

 

the Quran teaches that Allah promised that Jesus' true followers would have the upper hand and actually prevail until the day of resurrection:

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ. S. 3:55 Pickthall

Notice that the above texts do not say that Jesus' followers would be vanquished or that his message would be distorted and that it would take Muhammad to restore it. They expressly state that Allah insured Jesus that his followers would be uppermost from the time of his ascension until the resurrection.

In light of the above how can Christians be the ones who went astray if Allah swore that they would prevail till the day of resurrection?

RESPONSE

Shamoun continues to distort and give false meanings to passages he quotes from the Quran, for instance he claims that Surah 3:55 is referring to Christians, but is that the case or is this Shamoun's own distorted meaning? Well let us see, the Quran in Surah 61:6 has a quote of Jesus which says:

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YUSUFALI: And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!"

So note Jesus made a prophecy about prophet Muhammad, hence Christians cannot be the true followers of Jesus because they do not accept Muhammad as a prophet, so therefore how can Christians be the true followers when they reject this statement by Jesus?! Shamoun simply twists the verse around and quotes it out of its Quranic context.

The true believers of Jesus who shall prevail are the Muslims, not the Christians, the Muslims are the true believers of Jesus, the Christians reject the prophethood of Muhammad hence they reject Jesus since Jesus made the prophecy of the coming of Muhammad.

Now Shamoun might argue saying well Jesus never prophesized about Muhammad, but that is a red-herring and irrelevant, why? Because we are arguing about what the Quran says,  Shamoun claims THAT THE QURAN calls Christians the true believers, yet when we read in the context of the Quran as a whole we see it is referring to the Muslims, not the Christians, and Surah 61:6 backs that up since Christians reject that verse hence according to the Quran Surah 3:55 is not referring to Christians when it talks about Jesus' true followers.

So therefore in conclusion I would like to give some advice to Shamoun, please Sam go learn the Quran because it is obvious you don't know anything about what the Quran says or teaches, either you are very ignorant, or you are blatantly twisting what the Quran says, I shall let the reader decide as to which one you are.

And Allah Knows Best!

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