Islam - 101

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JESUS is alive with god (Koran 3,55;4,158,159) 

Muhammad is dead and buried in Medina AWAITING JUDGMENT

'The Prophet said, '''By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me''' (Hadith vol. 5, no. 266).


Islam's prophet, Muhammad, believed Jesus was the Messiah, Allah's anointed messenger.  Allah's people (Muslims) are told to listen to Allah's messengers (Koran,
4.171; 5. 111*)..

Allah took Jesus to heaven where he awaits until the day of judgment when he will return to earth  (3,55). Muslim traditions teach that Muhammad died  not knowing  if he would be judged worthy to enter Paradise - where God has already placed Jesus.  Muhammad is Dead and buried in Saudi Arabia. Jesus is alive both with God in heaven (paradise) and in Spirit with his followers on Earth.  (Koran 3,55;4,158,159)

This is the great difference between Jesus and Muhammad according to the Quran/Koran.  Jesus is alive in Heaven with God and Muhammad is dead and buried. IN MEDINA, SAUDI ARABIA, STILL AWAITING GOD'S JUDGMENT.  


Muhammad's revelations about Jesus contained in the Koran should be read by his followers, all Muslims, as the Koran requires.  The Qur'an/Koran proves Jesus is the Messiah and Muhammad did not replace him as final prophet.

MuhammadIslam's Prophet, believed Jesus was sent by Allah to be the Messiah, miraculously born of the Virgin Mary, who brought the Gospel, who died, was raised from the dead, then ascended into heaven to be with Allah.  Jesus would become an everlasting blessing to all mankind!

The Koran tells how Allah anointed Jesus, through a virgin birth to be the Messiah - Savior of the world, nearly five hundred and fifty years before Muhammad was born.

Muslims believe the Koran was written by God and is God's message to all people. If Jesus is what the Koran teaches he is/was, it is impossible for Muhammad to have replaced Jesus. There can be only one Messiah.

Jesus did the Messiah's work (opening heaven) 550 years before Islam's Prophet was born.  

As God's messenger, Jesus explained, simplified, and demonstrated God's will and message, although the Jews did not believe in him.  Jesus' "Good News" - the Gospel - is about God's love and forgiveness for all mankind.  Muhammad's revelations,  recorded in the Koran/Qur'an teach that:

1. Jesus was sent by Allah, who supported him with the Holy Spirit to tell the world Allah's will  (2: 87; 5: 110-117*).


2.  Allah gave to the world Jesus, exalted him above all others, and supported him with the Holy Spirit as proof of his sovereignty  (2: 253*).


3.  Allah caused the miracle birth of John the Baptist to the aged Zechariah and his barren wife so John could be the messenger to announce Jesus as the Messiah (3: 33-41*).


4.  Allah appointed Mary to be the virgin mother of Jesus, the Messiah (3: 42-45; 19: 12-22; 21: 90*).


5.  Jesus would be righteous [sinless] all his life (3: 46; 6: 86; 19: 19*).


6.  Jesus would be raised from the dead (19: 33,34*).


7.  Jesus, Messiah and son of Mary, crucified, appeared dead and was taken up my Allah himself (4: 157,158; 3: 55*).  He did not "appear to be alive" because he was dead.  Crucifixion was the Roman method of execution similar to hanging.  No one survived being crucified.  See # 6. above.


8.  Jesus was a messenger of Allah, who is to be believed (4: 171*).


9.  Allah taught Jesus his religion and commanded Jesus to establish it (42: 13; 43: 63*).


10. Allah caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow [the prophets], gave him the Gospel, and placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him (57: 27*).

11.  Allah strengthened the group of Jews who believed Jesus and his message, so they overcame those who disbelieved (61: 14*).


12.  The true message of Jesus and the prophets was perverted by religious leaders who were condemned by Allah (9: 31*).


13.  Long before the Prophet MuhammadAllah revealed the Torah and the Gospel for mankind's guidance (3:  3, 4, 48, 65*).


14.  Allah taught Jesus the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel.  Allah would do miracles through Jesus and make him a messenger to Israel  (3: 48, 49*).


15.  Allah gathered Jesus and caused him to be resurrected and ascended to Allah himself  (3: 55; 4:158*).


16.  Allah bestowed the Gospel on Jesus to be a light (5: 46*).


17.  Observing the Torah and the Gospel brings nourishment from above (5: 66*).


18.  Those who went astray from Allah's commands were cursed by both David and Jesus (5: 78*).


19.  Allah inspired Jesus' Disciples to believe in Jesus and his message (5: 110*).


20.  Jesus and his Disciples were Allah's helpers (61: 6,14*).


21.  Believe in all that was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received (2: 136*).


22.  The Surrender, al-Islam, is Islam and Muslims are to be surrendered to Allah's will and guidance (3: 19*), as had been revealed to Abraham by God and explained by Jesus. (See www.abraham-101.org)/)

*(All citations listed are from THE MEANING OF THE GLORIOUS KORAN, translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall: A mentor Religious Classic, The New American Library, New York, New York,  fifth printing, 1956.)

[Click on http://www.hti.umich.edu/k/koran/ for another translation of the Koran/Qur'an that confirms Pickthall's translation.]

Because the Koran described Jesus, who ministered almost six hundred years before Muhammad, in the way it does, comparison of Jesus with Muhammad is necessary to understand the vast difference between these two.  

Compare:  
Jesus was the Messiah (the Anointed) who brought the Gospel - "Good News" to man as God's messenger.  As Messiah, he
made it possible for every person to be saved from the "Original Sin" of separation from God.

 JESUS OPENED THE DOOR TO GOD! Jesus freed all people from Torah restrictions and opened our direct prayer line to God.


Those who pray to God are able to only because of what Jesus did for all mankind.  For the first time in history, every person could, and can, pray directly to the one God, creator of all things.  No Temple, priests, rules, dogmas, or liturgies are required for God to care about a person and hear one's prayers. ONLY because of Jesus, Muslims, and all others can talk to God anytime, from anywhere! Few people, and no Muslims, are aware of this historical fact. 


That is the work the Messiah did, and the message of his Gospel - the Good News - God sent to the world through Jesus.
[See 16, above.  Allah bestowed the Gospel on Jesus (not Muhammad but Jesus) to be a light to the world (5, 46*)]. 


Jesus told the people that God loved them and would look after them, if they would submit to him.  He said we can best understand God as Father, or better as Abba - "Daddy."

Jesus said God would never leave or forsake them, would always hear their prayers, and forgive them all their sins.


Jesus said God's earlier instructions (Old Covenant in the Torah) to the Jews were now changed into a different and a New Covenant (http://www.gospel-101.org).  In the past, to please God one needed to obey and follow all 613 rules of Judaism.  So, it had been necessary to be a Jew who was under the LAW - the Torah - to be one of God's people.
(See http://www.judaism-101.org)


Jesus said all a person had to do to inherit eternal life was to believe he was sent by God, was telling the truth, and had opened the doors of Heaven so humans could enter into the Kingdom of Heaven [presence of God] while on earth.  Man no longer had to die to have at-one-ment, atonement, with God.

The idea of SURRENDER came with Abraham and was essential to Jesus' New Covenant, God's changed Covenant for all people.  Submission to God's will is an essential part of the Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6:10.  

Your willingness to surrender control of your life, hopes, ideas and desires to God is required.   This is asking God to do his will in all areas of your life, followed by a prayer sincerely offering yourself to God to do with as God pleases.

Surrendering includes believing Jesus' New Covenant message. 
Once this submission of self to God is seriously made, God puts his Holy Spirit  in the your "heart" and mind.  This act of God [Grace] is because of your attitude and your desire; not because of particular acts, works, or doctrines.  Then you will actually feel the love God in your heart, and know for sure that God has accepted you because of the born again, Pentecostal experience. You become a "Temple of the Holy Spirit."

The Prophet Muhammad, as recorded in the Koran, claimed he replaced Jesus as the final prophet.  So Muhammad declared his revelations [the Koran] replaced the message God delivered through Jesus.


Muhammad's replacement religion of Islam returned to many of the Jewish laws and customs, including food taboos.
  Islam is a religious system of laws entirely different from the free grace Jesus preached.  Islam's surrender is to the Qur'an and not a direct surrender to God in Prayer.  


I
n Islam, man still must surrender  to the will of Allah, but only to what is written in the Koran/Qur'an
The change  from Jesus' concept of self-surrender to Muhammad's concept is dramatic.  A person's surrender in Islam is now as slave to master, and no longer surrender because of  the love of child to parent.  Islam insists God has no children, only slaves.   Islam teaches that Muslims, and all people, are Allah's slavesMuslims must bow down to Allah five times a day in a slave's obeisance to him.

To Jesus, one's duty is to love [agape] God with all one's being and also to "love [agape] your neighbor as you love yourself" and to "pray without ceasing." Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to those who ask.  That Spirit of God, is given by grace, as God's gift and not by doing required works.  God  will "write his laws  on your heart and mind" and make you a "Temple of the Holy Spirit," and citizen of his "Holy Nation" - the Kingdom of Heaven.

This is  free grace given by God's love of his children and not by following any set of rules.  Islam gives no provision for this personal face-to-face relationship with ABBA - Father, that Jesus offered his followers. Islam gives no promise of entry into Paradise for following the Koran/Qur'an, except to jihad warriors killed in combat.

(A contemporary additional Islamic belief is that any Muslim who dies on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will immediately enter into "Paradise.")

Islam changes free grace to human duties of works - to obeying the Koran's rules.

  The Koran teaches Allah is a merciful and forgiving God, but only for Muslims who obey Muhammad's revelations written in the Koran/Qur'an.  The Koran/Qur'an teaches that God will viciously punish any who do not "believe" (the unbelievers or infidels) in Muhammad and his revelations - Islam's first "Pillar." 

The first of the five pillars of Islam is that a Muslim is anyone who believes the only deity is "Allah" and Muhammad is Allah's (final) prophet. The result is that a Muslim is required to believe the Koran/Qur'an because it contains Muhammad's prophecies.

In Islam, God's (Allah's) approval - now depends on following the Koraninstead of God's love and grace being  freely given by a loving heavenly Abba, Father.  

The equality of all people [as neighbors] that God revealed through Jesus, is changed by the KoranMuslims are superior to "infidels" - unbelievers.  Men are superior to women (Koran 4: 34). Wives must be obedient servants of their husbands or be punished (Koran 4: 34).  Wives are required to follow the husband's will, in the same manner Muslims are to follow Allah's will, or be subject to their husband's punishment.  Click here for Muslim women information.

These are a few of the many changes Muhammad's revelations make in God's message earlier revealed through Jesus.  The biographical information on Muhammad  is on the Internet and in most libraries.  Click here for Muhammad's history.

A short course on Jesus can be found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapters 1-10.  An explanation of Jesus' primary teachings is in  God-101.org and  can  be reached by clicking on the listing. Full discussions of Jesus' words and works are located in the "Gospels" of the New Testament - the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The great differences between Jesus and Muhammad can easily be seen and understood when these foundation materials are studied.

  Islam is not a continuation of Jesus' ministry, but contradicts Jesus completely. Jesus taught peace (Matthew 5:9, 38-48). The Qur'an teaches violence, and declares its God (Allah) requires cruel punishment of non-Muslim "infidels" - (Koran/Qur'an 8: 12; 9: 5: 9; 29: 9: 73; 47: 4; etc.).

Islam avoids confronting these contradictions by asserting all of the Bible is false and does not contain any reliable information.  Because of this unsupported myth, Islam-101 lists only what the Koran/Qur'an declares about Jesus.  No Bible statements are used on this webpage.

Once again, REMEMBER:

Muslims believe the Koran was written by God and is God's message to all people. If Jesus is what the Koran teaches he is/was,

It is impossible for Muhammad to replace Jesus. There can be only one Messiah. Jesus did the Messiah's work (opening heaven) 550 years before Islam's Prophet was born.  Only the resurrected Jesus can put a person in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Muhammad is dead and buried in the ground in Medina.  Jesus is alive in Heaven with God, our loving Father.

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