The Truth about Surviving The Cross
When looking at other religious perspectives, it is quite clear to see that the stories vary massively to the point where people ask me what Ahmadis Muslims believe just to see whether ours is as different. So here is a blogpost looking at the crucifixion of Jesus (as) from the Ahmadiyya perspective using the Quranic verses and ahadith. Usually when our perspective is shared with people, they agree and say it sounds the most realistic.
The verses in Chapter Al-Nisa [4:157-158] for example describe that Jesus did not die on the Cross and that God had “raised” Jesus unto himself [4:157] And their saying, ‘We did kill the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah;’ whereas they slew him not, nor crucified him, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified; and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no definite knowledge thereof, but only follow a conjecture; and they did not convert this conjecture into a certainty; [4:158] it says: ‘On the contrary, Allah raised him to Himself. And Allah is Mighty, Wise.’ As the Quran speaks of God being omnipresent in the Earth and in the Hearts of mankind, God’s existence should not be misconstrued as being confined to the Heavens alone. Thus we as Ahmadis interpret the Arabic word for “raised” in these verses to mean “exalted”. In other words, Jesus’ spiritual rank and status was elevated to become closer to God.
Many will try to argue this point so to make it more clear, the Quran further states [3:56] ‘Behold! Allah Said: “O Jesus! I shall cause you to die and I shall exalt you’. In order to fulfill the prophecy, first death will happen, second, he will be raised. Allah did not say He will raise Isa in any manner before his death. This argument is based on the key word. The meaning of متوفيك is death, or takes away soul. If soul is taken away from a person, it is nothing but death. The problem arises when with regards to this verse; Muslims refuse to interpret the meaning of متوفيك as death. Irony is that all scholars who translated the Holy Quran do agree متوفيك means death. They translated the word متوفيك as death in 23 different instances in the Quran. However, in this particular verse, they interpreted the meaning as ‘take away’ and insinuate physical ascension. Fact remains that the above verse states death must happen first before ascension. If not, the verse is contradictory and false.
Here are some examples of Hadith regarding the death of Jesus. ‘If Jesus and Moses had been alive, they would have had no choice but to follow me.’[Kathir vol II, p 245 and al yawaqit wal Jawahir, part 2, page 24] and the second hadith comes from [Kanz al Ummal, part 6, p.120]:
— Jesus son of Mary lived for 120 years, and I see myself as only entering upon the beginning of the sixties.
If Jesus(as) is alive in the Heaven, his age today is about 2000 years! How can he live that long defying rules and laws set forth by Allah? Are we not making words of Allah contradict when we say in case of Jesus(as) Allah changed his law and made him live that long? Can a person live that long? Let us see what Allah has to say about it.
[16:70] And Allah creates you, then He causes you to die; and among you is he who is brought back to the worst of the age, so that he knows nothing after knowledge. Allah is truly all Knowing, Powerful.
[22:5] … And among you there is he who dies, and among you is one who is turned back to the worst stage of life until he does not know anything after having known…
[36:68] and whomsoever We cause to live long, We reverse him in constitution
These verses tell us that whoever lives too long, Allah returns them as crippled and not knowing anything after knowledge. This is more like a cycle of life. Birth — Infancy — Childhood — Adulthood — Old age. At very old age, a person reverts to a state much like infancy, depending on assistance for almost every daily routine: eating, bath, walking, toilet etc. As if Allah reverts the person in constitution [36:68] and makes him another infant. Like an infant, at this time he does not remember things and has no knowledge of events around him.
We cannot imagine Jesus (as) being in this situation. It also simply doesn’t make sense that God would make exceptions for Jesus (as).
The reason I made this was not to insult anyone’s personal opinions but rather to express my own; if you choose to listen and take on board what I have written, awesome. If you choose to read and consider you have an argument, please drop it down in the comments below and I will get back to you Insha’Allah.