Monday, 23 January 2017
Quora Answer: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) Reject the Crucifixion
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was my answer on Quora: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) reject the Crucifixion?
Question: Why did Muhammad (s.a.w.) decide to reject the death, crucifixion, bodily resurrection, and divinity of Jesus (a.s.)? Could Muhammad (s.a.w.) still have argued that he was a prophet after Jesus (a.s.) if he had accepted the death, resurrection, and divinity of Jesus (a.s.)?
Answer: The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (s.a.w.), was the recipient of Revelation, the Qur’an, and the Qur’an is Explicit about the Crucifixion:
That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, the Messenger of God”; ― but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was Made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. ― (Surah an-Nisa’:157)
As such, every Muslim rejects it. The second part of the question is actually irrelevant since the Qur’an also Denies that Jesus (a.s.) is part of a Triune Godhead.
They do blaspheme who say, “God is Christ, the son of Mary.” But said Christ, “O children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord, and your Lord.” Whoever joins other gods with God ― God will Forbid him the Garden and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. They disbelieve who say, “God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Why turn they not to God and seek His Forgiveness? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah al-Ma’idah:72-74)
Hypothetically, perhaps it could be said argued that if these verses did not exist, and the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) accepted the Divinity, death and Resurrection of Jesus (a.s.), then there is nothing that actually precludes him being a prophet. But again, the Christian definition of “prophet” and the Muslim definition is not the same. A prophet in Christianity is basically a spokesman for God, and a caller to the faith. It may be self-proclaimed. A prophet in Islam is a recipient of Divine Revelation, no less.