Is the descent of Isa (as) mentioned in the Qur’an?

Question

Peace,

In chapter 4, verse 159 of the Quran, it is said that the people of the book would believe Jesus before his death and that Jesus would be a witness against them on the day of Judgement. But Ghamidi sahib maintains that Jesus is already dead. We all know that all people of the book do not believe in Jesus i.e., the Jews. So, if Jesus has died and will not come back, as claimed by Ghamidi sahib, then how come Allah says that all people of the book will believe him before death. I think this proves that Jesus is not dead and may, therefore, come back to defeat antichrist befoe Qayama.

Please, I also want to know whether the answers I get from the Query service al-Mawrid are vetted by him or not. Also, I want that the answer to this question should come from him rather than his disciples. At least it should be vetted from him.


Answer

Peace.

The aayah in question is as follows:

وَإِن مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ إِلاَّ لَيُؤْمِنَنَّ بِهِ قَبْلَ مَوْتِهِ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَهِيدًا

Mr Ghamidi translated this Aayah, according to the context, as follows:

[This is a list of their crimes; so if they are now demanding that a book other than the Qur'ān be directly revealed to them, just ignore them. O Prophet!] There is none among these People of the Book but will believe in [this Qur'ān] before his death; and on the Day of Judgement it will bear witness against them.(159)

Please note that Muslim exegetes have interpreted this Aayah in many different ways as they differed on who the pronouns refer to. Ibn Jarir Tabari himself has mentioned three possible interpretations of the verse; firstly, all the People of the Book will believe in Jesus (as) before his death; secondly, all the People of the Book will believe in Jesus (as) before their death and thirdly, all the People of the Book will believe in Muhammad (sws) before their death. There is also another possible interpretation according to which everyone from among the People of the Book, before the Prophet Muhammad's death, will believe in the Qur'an. Ibn 'Abdu'l Barr in his book Al-Tamhid has said that Imam Tabari opined that the verse is specific for the People of the Book of the times of Jesus (sws) and not for the People of the Book of all times. Therefore, this verse cannot be presented as definitive proof of the fact that Jesus will descend on earth before the Last Day.

For a detailed explanation of this Aayah and other Aayaat before and after, by Ghamidi sb, please refer to this video of his

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0RLyCE1EE0

The answers provided through the Query Service are based on the works and videos of Ghamidi sb. He does not answer queries himself.

Regards,

About the Author

Mushafiq Sultan


Mushafiq Sultan, born in Kashmir (Indian Administered) in 1988, has been studying world religions from his school days. In 2009 Mushafiq came across the works of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and since then has been highly influenced by his thought. He has an exceptional interest in world religions, their philosophies and their mutual relations. He formally joined Al-Mawrid in 2016 as Assistant Fellow (Honorary). Presently, he is in charge of Al-Mawrid’s query service. In 2016, he published his first book ‘Muhammad (sws) in the Bible- An Exposition on Isaiah 42’. He has written articles on Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. He has also translated several articles of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi into Hindi.