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Muhammad as Spirit of Truth: A Christian Testimony Against Islamophobia By Ian Mevorach

When Hitler came to power in Germany, a vocal minority of Christian leaders—the Confessing Church movement—opposed Nazism. Among the leaders of this movement, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the most notable. He died in prison after participating in a failed conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. In his prison writings, he disavowed Christian anti-Semitism and embraced the fact that Jesus Christ was a Jew. In doing so he broke with the historic anti-Semitism of Lutheranism and of Christianity in general which can be traced back to the early centuries of Christianity. For example, leaders like Archbishop of Constantinople John Chrysostom (mid-late 4th century), who is regarded as a saint, preached with hatred and vitriol against his Jewish neighbors, blaming them for killing Christ. His sermons incited mob violence against Jews. This kind of scapegoating of Jews is so entrenched in Christianity it can even be clearly seen in the Gospels themselves. In the Gospel of John Jews are called “children of the devil” and in the Gospel of Matthew Jewish bystanders at Jesus’ execution say, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matt 27:25, NRSV). Since the Shoah (Holocaust), mainstream Christians, including Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians have fundamentally revised our views on Jews and Judaism; we’ve acknowledged Christianity’s historic anti-Semitism and no longer blame Jews for killing Christ or attempt to convert Jews to Christianity. Today, Christian leaders of conscience are called to take a vocal stand against Islamophobia. We are called to root Islamophobia out of our religion before it leads to another genocidal catastrophe. Read more of this post

Did Jesus Predict Muhammad? A Biblical Portal Between Christianity and Islam

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The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship? As contemporary theologian Hans Kung has argued for decades, there will be no peace between our nations without peace between our religions. Now is the time to transform the way Christians and Muslims see and relate to each other.

In an earlier blog on the Huffington Post about the problem of Christian Islamophobia, I argue that Christians have the opportunity to transform the way we see Islam and Muslims by accepting Muhammad as “Spirit of Truth.”

Historically, most Christian theologians—including John of Damascus, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Nicholas of Cusa, and Martin Luther—have seen Muhammad not as a “Spirit of Truth” but as a “Spirit of Error,” a false prophet or heretic. There are many Christians today who respect the Islamic tradition and would never make such an offensive statement about Muhammad. Read more of this post

A L L A H The Creator and Lord of the Universe

Allah is the name of the true One God in the Arabic language. In the Hebrew language His name is Eloh, Elohim for respect. It is well known that when a word is borrowed from one language to another it’s spelling and pronunciation is often altered. It is, therefore, reasonable to say that Eloh and Allah are names of the same Deity of Abraham believed by the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Islam is the most rigorously monotheistic religion among the three dedicated to the worship of Allah, never seen by a human eye.

Who is Allah? The translation of verses form the Qur’an are given to answer this question. References of the verses are given in brackets, the number before the colon represents the Surah (chapter) and the following number represents the verse number.

Allah, the One Only:

1. “Proclaim: Allah is One. Allah is Eternal. He neither begets nor was begotten.” (112:1-4)

2. “Nothing is like unto Him.” (42:11)

3. “If there were therein Gods besides Allah, then verily both (the heavens and the earth) would

have collapsed into disorder and chaos. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the Throne,

transcendent beyond all they ascribe unto Him.” (21:22)

4. “Sight can never reach Him; His sight reaches all things.” (6:103)

5. “And proclaim: Praise be to Allah, Who has not taken unto Himself a son, and Who has no

partner in the Sovereignty, nor has He (need for) any protecting friend through dependence. Read more of this post

“SATAN” IS MUSLIM’S FIRST ENEMY

When you involve in RELIGION DEBATE FORUM, you will find one IGNORANT Non Muslim’s favorite word.

“Islam is SATAN”, “Your Prophet inspired by SATAN”, “It’s SATAN inspired your Prophet in the cave. Not Gabriel.” Or, “SATAN taking shape as Gabriel”.

When you find this case, just collect all the verses about SATAN in Al-Qur’an and explain that Allah taught Muslims to make SATAN as their GREAT ENEMY.


SATAN WILL MAKE YOU FORGET THE REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH (GOD).
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SATAN HAS OVERCOME THEM AND MADE THEM FORGET THE REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH . Those are the party of Satan.

ALLAH URGE MUSLIMS TO FIGHT SATAN AND IT’S ALLIES.
HQ 4:76 SAHIH INTERNATIONAL
Taghut. SO FIGHT AGAINST THE ALLIES OF SATAN Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak.

ALLAH URGE MUSLIMS NOT TO WORSHIP SATAN AND SATAN DISOBEDIENT TO ALLAH
HQ 19:44 SAHIH INTERNATIONAL
O my father, DO NOT WORSHIP SATAN. Indeed Satan has ever been, to the Most Merciful, disobedient.  Read more of this post

THE DESCRIPTIVE TITLES OF JESUS IN THE QURAN (PART 2 OF 2): “THE MESSIAH” AND “A MIRACLE”

 (3)     “Word” from God

Jesus is referred to as a “Word” from God in three passages in the Quran.  No other prophet has been described with such a title.

“…O Mary!  Behold, God gives you good news of a word from Him, who shall become known as the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary…” (Quran 3:45)

“…The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of God, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary…” (Quran 4:171)

“…God gives you good news of (a son whose name is) John, (who comes) to confirm a word from God…” (Quran 3:39)

Christians believe that in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus is identified as “the Word” (logos in Greek) incarnated, or made flesh.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” Read more of this post

THE DESCRIPTIVE TITLES OF JESUS IN THE QURAN (PART 1 OF 2): “THE MESSIAH” AND “A MIRACLE”

Islam, besides Christianity, is the only major world religion that recognizes Jesus.  A Muslim’s belief is incomplete without Jesus.  Prophet Muhammad said:

“If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, and that Jesus is God’s servant and His Messenger and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit from Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, God will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he has done even if those deeds were few.”[1]

In other words, without sound belief in Jesus, one can never earn God’s Paradise.  As with other prophets of God, Muslims add to his name, alai his-salam, which means, ‘Peace be upon him.’[2] Even though Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,”[3]  in the Gospel, Christians rarely use any honorific term but ‘Christ’, and this as part of his name.  Though this may be due to the idea that the Christian does not pray for him, but to him, it shows that Muslims have a great deal of respect for him despite not sharing such a viewpoint. Read more of this post

Story of Prophet Isa/Jesus (pbuh) Ibn Kathir

In many verses of the Glorious Qur’an Allah the Exalted denied the claim of the Christians that He has a son. A delegation from Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among their sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur’an that Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his mother like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without a father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother.

Allah the Almighty said: Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above the Alamin (mankind and jinns)(of their times). Offspring, one of theo other, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.

Remember when the wife of Imran said: “O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All Knowing.”

Then when she delivered her (child Mary), she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” Read more of this post

Why does the Qur’an Call Jesus (pbuh) “Al-Maseeh”

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Moiz Amjad

Question:

I wish to seek your help regarding the usage of “Al-Maseeh” in reference to the Qur’an.

This is an excerpt of my argument with a Christian regarding the usage of “Al-Maseeh“. He was asking these questions:

What did Jesus do, according to the Qur’an, that made him the Messiah? He preached, that’s all?  What differentiates the Messiah from any other prophet? Again, the Qur’an’s assertion that Jesus is the Messiah is much more nonsensical than any Christian claim.

My argument and response to this was:

Every prophet of God is an anointed one of God, a Messiah, but the title Al-Maseeh or Messiah, or its translation “Christ” is exclusively reserved for Jesus, the son of Mary, in both Islam and in Christianity.  This is not unusual in religion. There are certain other honorific titles which may be applied to more than one prophet, yet being made exclusive to one by usage: like “Rasulullah“, meaning “Messenger of God”, which title is applied to both Moses (19:51) and Jesus (61:6) in the Holy Quran. Yet “Rasullullah” has become synonymous only with Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, among Muslims (if you have studied Islam, that is). Every prophet is indeed a “Friend of God”, but its Arabic equivalent “Khaleellullah” is exclusively associated with Prophet Abraham (pbuh). This does not mean that the others are not God’s friends. “Kaleemullah“, meaning “One who spoke with Allah” is never used for anyone other than Moses, yet we believe that God spoke with many of His messengers, including Jesus and Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon all His prophets. Associating certain titles with certain personages only, does not make them exclusive or unique in any way. We honour all in varying terms. Read more of this post

About ARAMAIC the language of Jesus

From: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/what-language-did-jesus-speak-why-does-it-matter/

Long Article by Marc.D.Roberts. To improve my knowledge.

Context – What is Aramaic?

If you’ve been hanging around churches for as long as I have, you’ve probably heard the word “Aramaic.” It was used often during the time when Mel Gibson released The Passion of the Christ, since most of the movie script was in Aramaic. But that didn’t exactly make “Aramaic” a household word. Before we try to figure out which language(s) Jesus spoke, it would be good to have some basic notion of Aramaic, since it is a leading candidate for the starring role in this drama.

Aramaic is a Semitic language, related to Hebrew, Arabic, and similar languages. According to an expert linguist whom I consulted, Hebrew and Aramaic are related much as French and Spanish or Cantonese and Mandarin. During the time of the Assyrian Empire (8th century BC), Aramaic became used throughout the Ancient Near East as the language of diplomacy. In the time of the Persian Empire (6th-4th century BC), Aramaic was the predominant language of the region. Since Judea was part of the Persian Empire, Jews for whom Hebrew was a primary language began to speak Aramaic, especially those of the upper classes. By the time of Jesus, Aramaic was the most common language in Judea, though Hebrew may have been dominant in certain areas, such as Jerusalem or the Qumran community by the Dead Sea. Greek usage was also widespread in those regions during the first century A.D. Read more of this post

The Real Name of Jesus = EASHOA = ISHO

Many Christians asking Muslims. “Why you call him ‘ISA. Jesus is the correct name.”

I will tell you the naming of Jesus in Islam is closest to the naming of Jesus’ first language.

Jesus first language is ARAMAIC. The name “JESUS” is unknown in time of Jesus and his disciples because they called him “EASHOA” or “ISHO”

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Isho or Eesho, the Aramaic/Syriac name of Jesus

Arabic عيسى ‘Isa

Al-Qur’an (in Islam) call him:

الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى

“Al-Masih ‘Isa” or “‘Isa Al-Masih”

In Aramaic:

Eashoa’ M’sheekha

ISHO MASIKH

eshoa masikh

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The Name of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ in the Ancient Aramaic language is:

Eashoa’ M’sheekha

[name of Jesus in Aramaic]

In the Ancient Aramaic His name is written as shown above. Click on the name to hear the audio.

Eashoa’ means, “the Life-Giver.” Msheekha means, “the Anointed One.” Eashoa’ Msheekha: The Anointed Life-Giver.

Many visitors to this website e-mail me about the use of the name Jesus Christ. They say why do you use the English designations when the true name of Jesus is “Eashoa” and Christ is “The Anointed One.” Some of the people e-mailing me prefer the spelling “Yeshua.” And there are some other variations, but none of these are accurate transliterations. I prefer my own transliteration: Eashoa’.

I take this occasion to explain the usages, now that even God is in danger of being removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. First of all, the name of Jesus is not different from His name in the original language. In the Ancient Aramaic, the name is spelled “yeh-sheen-waw-ein.” In English the “yeh” becomes “J,” the “sheen” becomes “s,” the “waw” becomes a “u,” and the “ein,” becomes an “s.” Now, this might not sound like the same name, but since three of the four letters in the name don’t have English language equivalents, the English pronunciation had to be modified. Eashoa’ and Jesus are the very same name, albeit the transliterations are of two very different languages, with four thousand years of divergent evolution.

The name of Christ comes from the Greek word for “anointed.” The Greek word “Khristos” comes from the word for “oil.” The English language is based on the Latin, which in turn is based on the Greek. The word “Msheekhah” is the original word for “The Anointed.” Another good choice for “Christ” is the Messiah — again from “Msheekhah.” The same word in all the languages, designating Jesus as the Messiah prophesied by the Old Testament.

There are many misconceptions regarding the language of the Bible. In my opinion they’re all aimed at misleading people from the Truth, which is the Faith in Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.