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The Miracle of Jesus Christ

The Miracle of Jesus Christ

By: Haseen Chishti


According to Holy Quran “Jesus Christ was not crucified and killed but was raised up to heaven. The traditions say that he will reappear again to reclaim the lost humanity from the evil path.” Further the Quran says “Surely we have killed Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the apostle of Allah and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him but it was made dubious to them” (4:157Q) “I will take you and raise you up to me and clear you of those who disbelieve” (3:54Q). These above mentioned Quranic verses do not deny that Jesus was nailed on the cross, but they negate his having expired on the cross.


According to the Quranic chapter ‘Surat-ul-Imran’, those days there was an able reverence named Imran. His wife Hena was the daughter of Faqooz. She had a sister named Esheba (Elizabeth). Elizabeth was the wife of Hazrat Zakaria and mother of Hazrat Yahya. Hena did not have any child so she made a sacred wish that if God gives her a child then she will devote it for the service of Hekal (temple). Among Jews tradition the service of Hekal was a sacred religious custom. Her wish was accepted and she got a beautiful daughter whom she named Marium. But a girl can’t do the service of Hekal only boys can do. So it was decided that Hazrat Zakaria will do the upbringing of the child. He constructed a chamber in Masjid Uqsa where Marium was brought up in the beginning.


Whenever Hazrat Zakaria went to see the baby child he felt some fragrance and saw unseasoned fruits in her room. On his asking she smiled and replied that “Allah” sends these fruits”- means they used to come from heaven. Holy Quran and Angel are the evidence that angels used to talk to her. When Marium became grown up then she migrated to city Nasra (Nazareth) of Galeel. There she betrothed with Yusuf Bukhar (Joseph) but she had still not gone to his house or had any biological relation yet .One day an angel revealed in her room. She at once got scared but he said “O Marium!! Don’t be scared you are ‘expecting’ (means pregnant) and it will be a son; name Yasoo®” Marium got stunned. “How can it be possible when I have never been in relation with any man……….?” “The Holy Gabriel will reveal upon you and the divine power of Allah will protect him.” The Angel replied and disappeared.


The place where Christ was born the Shepherds used to live who had a dream that “tonight” Hazrat Isah Masih will be born in Bait-ul-Hem. According to the custom of the ancestor Hazrat Moosa the child got castrated ceremony on 8th day of his birth. Some astrologers told to the king Herodes that the child will become the king of Jews so he ordered that Hazrat Isah should be killed.


Marium’s husband Yusuf Bukhar (Joseph) was ordered in his dream he should take Hazrat Marium and Hazrat Isah to Misr (Egypt) so he followed the order. When the king Herodes didn’t find the child then he ordered that all the young children should be killed


Jesus neither married whole of his life nor established a house. He used to go from one city to the other city and from one village to another village to pass the message of Allah and preach good deeds. He passed continuously three years of his life in Europe for preaching. During this period Allah descended prophet hood to him and he was commissioned for the guidance of Hazrat Israel who had forgotten the teachings of ‘Torat’ (Bible). The misguidance had started as people had forgotten the beliefs of Moosa. Whenever Jesus used to deliver his sermons the Jews used to make opposition against his sermons.


Then Jesus showed many miracles to the infidels e.g. he used to make a dead body alive. But infidels called him the rebellion of the government. In the end these infidels hung him on the cross. But Allah raised / lifted him up.


During his life only 120 people embraced his beliefs. He had started his preaching at the age of 30 years and continued for three years and was crucified at the age of 33 years. The Ingeel (Bible) was revealed upon him. Like innumerable prophets Jesus Christ also went through a hardship and those who didn’t believe he showed them miracles and through his miracles he saved the life of innumerable people. Even today’s age he gives his blessings to people.

This is the girl named Mreena Kom whom the Christ gave Miracle. She is from Nagaram near Eagle School mobile number 9862091615. He showed her a skeleton which is transparent and all the nerves and arteries can be seen. The Christ told some points to touch them to a paralyzed person. For the first time she treated a paralyzed old lady for forty days who has come back to the normal life and works in the paddy field. Innumerable paralyzed people she has treated whom I have not seen. So her life history I will write after the whole detailed enquiries. At present I am giving these two photos of a child.


This child’s name is Ricky Kom son of Mangte Akhup teacher in T.E. Memorial High School Sadang, Churachanpur district reading in class V. I myself took the interview of this child because he wanted that people should know about this miracle. He came to my house with Mareena Kom. He studies in Kids High School Deulahlane Imphal. This child had a sudden paralyzed attack on 5.11.2008 while sleeping. When h e got up he saw his face disfigured. Family at once took him to J.N. Hospital but no benefit. Somebody told to them about Mareena who treated him only for 5 days. Now he can speak and eat food with normal movements as before. This is his picture after the treatment.


She is treating some known people of Imphal city. After collecting material I am going to write her life history along with the cases she treated. She is very poor somebody offered her Rs.10,000/- after her treatment but she did not accept.


The writer is the Director of Falcon British Academy, Rahmania Building, Thangal Bazar, Imphal.




Can Muslims say 'Merry Christmas'? Debate Indonesians

Mahmudi Asyari and Muizzudin, Dec 24, 2008


Indonesian Muslims still have very different opinions about wishing someone "Merry Christmas". Some of them believe it is OK to do so, while some others see it differently.

The former group base their opinion on the spirit of religious tolerance and the latter group consider it harmful for the religion and relate their opinion with the forbidden action of mixing one religion with another. This group seems to be dominant in Indonesia.


In defending their opinion, they use a hadith as mentioned in Bukhari: "It related from Aishah that a group of Jews came to God's Messenger and said, 'as-sam alayk (death be on you). I understood it and said to them, as-sam wa al-lanah (on you be death and curse).


God's Messenger said, 'Be calm! O Aishah, for God loves that one should be kind and lenient in all matters.' I said. 'O God's Messenger! Haven't you heard what they have said?' God's Messenger said, '(Haven't you heard what I have said.) I said (to them), alaykum (upon you).'" According to them, responding to a greeting with non-Muslims is limited and so is wishing "Merry Christmas".


Based on a literature study, the writers believe that the ban of wishing "Merry Christmas" directly from the prophet is not found. This is due to the fact that historically there was relatively no clear contact between Muslims and Christians in Madinah as Muslims had with the Jews.


The Madina Charter, for example, indicates how intense the contact was with the Jews because they had economical and political power in Madinah. Conflict and cheating occurred between them which forced the Jews to leave Madina. This kind of contact didn't occur between Christians and Muslims in Madinah.


That is why there is no proof that the prophet said anything about wishing someone "Merry Christmas". The type of greeting between the Jews and Muslims at that time was the result of the political situation, which triggered a conflict. This is the reason why the prophet issued the hadith which the ulemas later interpreted as limiting and/or prohibiting Muslims to greet or reply using the word assalamu'alaikum or anything similar with non-Muslims.


Concerning using the Christmas greeting, there is no obvious Koranic verse or hadith regarding this matter. The Prophet Mohammad only had contact with a few Christians before he became a prophet and there was no further contact after he became one. Due to this fact, the reasoning of Muslims who ban wishing "Merry Christmas" is obviously questionable.


Whether an Indonesian Muslim is allowed or not to use this greeting is debatable following the level of the harmony that avails. Some years ago the Indonesian Ulema Council issued a fatwa banning the wishing of "Merry Christmas". Since there was no obvious proof from the prophet banning it, the Indonesian Ulema Council based their reasoning on the actual political situation. In this case, the political situation played a significant role.


Actually, what all Indonesian Muslims do now is to refer to the Holy Koran, Mary Chapter, verses 33-34. "Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive! Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt."


The two verses do not ban Muslims from wishing "Merry Christmas" as long as they mean to confess that Jesus is just a human and not God (Tafseer Ibn Katsir, Vol. III/127). M. Quraish Shihab even mentioned that the human aspect is significant in Islam. If there is no problem with the human aspect, there is no problem then for Muslims to extend congratulations to anyone who celebrates the birthday of someone who later became a Prophet and a Messenger.

Understanding the two verses, Indonesian Muslims should question why a hadith from Aishah became a basic reason for prohibiting Muslims from giving the Christmas greeting just because of the political situation in which they assumed that the so-called Christianization of Indonesia was at an alarming rate.


The Indonesian Ulema Council based the fatwa on what is in the Islamic jurisprudence named as sad al-dzariah (protecting Muslims from falling into something unexpected in Islam). In this case, the Council set the ruling for Muslims to stop them from falling into two unexpected things: Confessing Jesus as God, which is interpreted as an effort to mix a religion with another religion, and converting to Christianity.


Since every December Indonesian Muslims face this issue, it is better that all religious leaders have a mutual understanding and an open dialog and so contribute to a conducive atmosphere for harmony and tolerance among the followers of different religions. In the matter of wishing "Merry Christmas", Muslims should take all aspects comprehensively. Muslims can wish Christians "Merry Christmas" as if they were celebrating the birthday of another Prophet and Messenger whom Islam acknowledges.


Mahmudi Asyari is a Doctorate Degree Holder from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and Muizzudin is a lecturer of University of Indonesia.




Iranian President Ahmadinejad gives festive Christmas speech

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver Channel 4's alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day speech this year, it has announced. He will be shown telling British viewers "the general will of nations" is for a return to "human values". His speech, in Farsi with English subtitles, will be the channel's 16th alternative Christmas message. Unlike previous years, it will be broadcast at night and not at the same time as the Queen's speech. The message of seasonal goodwill is to be aired at 1915 GMT.


'Alternative view'

In his speech, Mr Ahmadinejad congratulates the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.  As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential. He says that problems in society are rooted in the rejection of the message of the prophets of God, including Jesus. And he criticises the "indifference of some governments and powers" towards the teachings of "the divine prophets". Channel 4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne said: "As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad's views are enormously influential. "As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view."


'Divisive denial'

But Stephen Smith, director of the Holocaust Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire, criticised Mr Ahmadinejad's "benign" message as "deception". "This message of so-called peace needs to be treated very carefully," he said. A speech Mr Ahmadinejad gave in December 2005, in which he referred to the Holocaust as "the myth of the Jews' massacre", angered Jewish groups.

Mr Smith criticised "the fact that somebody who openly denies the Holocaust is given legitimacy on prime time television, someone who uses Holocaust denial to be divisive".


 In spite of his ridiculous and often offensive views, it is an important way of reminding him that there are some countries where free speech is not repressed.  Mr Ahmadinejad has also been criticised for the treatment of gay people in Iran. Last year, when asked in a visit to New York's Columbia University about the execution of gay people in Iran, he replied: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country." Gay rights group Stonewall said Mr Ahmadinejad should "celebrate the fact that he can appear on television to give a message like this".

"In spite of his ridiculous and often offensive views, it is an important way of reminding him that there are some countries where free speech is not repressed," director Ben Summerskill said.

Channel 4's first alternative message was delivered by gay icon Quentin Crisp in 1993.

Others to have given the broadcast include French actress Brigitte Bardot, former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne and TV chef Jamie Oliver. Last year's message was given by Maj Andrew Stockton, a British soldier who lost an arm fighting in Afghanistan.