Shaykh Ka’b al-Ahbar's (r.a.) Description of Jesus (a.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Ka’b al-Ahbar (r.a.), whose full name is Abu Ishaq Ka’b ibn Mati’ al-Humyari al-Ahbar, was a prominent rabbi from Yemen who converted to Islam.  He was of the clan of Dzu Ra’in or Dzu al-Kila.  He is counted among the tabi’in and narrated many Isra’iliyyat narrations.

Shaykh Ka’b al-Ahbar (r.a.) said, “Jesus, son of Mary, was a ruddy man, inclined to white; he did not have long hair, and he never anointed his head.  Jesus used to walk barefoot, and he took no house, or adornment, or goods, or clothes, or provision except his day’s food.  Wherever the sun set, he arranged his feet in prayer until the morning came.  He was curing the blind and the leper from birth, and raising the dead by Allah’s Permission and was telling his people what they were eating in their houses and what they were storing up for the morrow, and he was walking on the surface of the water in the sea.  His head was disheveled and his face was small; he was an ascetic in the world, longing for the next world and eager for the worship of Allah.  He was a pilgrim in the earth until the Jews sought him and desired to kill him.  Then Allah Raised him up to Heaven; and Allah Knows best.”


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