Desert Storm, Has It Ended? Christ in Islam

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, 03:24 WIB
Desert Storm, Has It Ended? Christ in Islam

Title of Book :  Desert Storm, Has It Ended? Christ in Islam

Author :  Ahmed Deedat


Deedat begins stating that "Once more the plans of a dictator have been dashed - dashed in the desert sand with the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. Desert Storm will be remembered, by those involved, for years to come. But, it is not the first desert storm. A storm has been raging in the desert for more than 2000 years over a man called Jesus (PBUH) and his mission. Disputes concerning the nature of Christ have deluged the earth with the blood of millions of people since his birth (Matthew 2:16). What then is the Muslim standpoint regarding the personality of the Prince of Peace Jesus?"

Deedat mentions that at the end of a TV debate - "Christianity and Islam" 1983, Muslims were only articulating what God Almighty had commanded them to say in the Holy Qur'an. As Muslims they had no choice. They has said in so many words - "WE MUSLIMS BELIEVE, THAT JESUS WAS ONE OF THE MIGHTIEST MESSENGERS OF GOD, THAT HE WAS THE CHRIST, THAT HE WAS BORN MIRACULOUSLY - WITHOUT ANY MALE INTERVENTION (which many modern-day Christians do not believe today), THAT HE GAVE LIFE TO THE DEAD BY GOD'S PERMISSION, AND THAT HE HEALED THOSE BORN BLIND AND THE LEPERS BY GOD'S PERMISSION. IN FACT NO MUSLIMS IS A MUSLIM IF HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS!"

In a subtitle "CHRISTIANS UNAWARE" Deedat states that the Christian does not know that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim displays, always, towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of his faith - the Holy Qur'an. He does not know that the Muslim does not take the holy name of Jesus, in his own language, without saying Hazrat Eesa (meaning revered Jesus) or Eesa alai-hiss-salaam (Jesus, peace be upon him). Every time the Muslim mentions the name Jesus (PBUH) without these words of respect, he would be considered disrespectful, uncouth or barbaric. The Christian does not know that in the Holy Qur'an Jesus (PBUH) is mentioned by name five times (5x) more than the number of times the prophet of Islam is mentioned in the Book of God (Twenty five times against five).

Though Jesus is mentioned by name in twenty-five places in the Holy Qur'an, he is also addressed with respect as: "Ibne Maryam" - son of Mary; as Masih -(Heb) Messiah - translated as Christ; "Abd-ullah" - servant of Allah; "Rasul-ullah" - Messenger of Allah. He is spoken of as "the word of God", as "the spirit of God", as a "sign of God", and numerous other epithets of honor spread over fifteen different chapters.

In another subtitle "EESA" LATINIZED TO JESUS" Deedat states that the Holy Qur'an refers to Jesus as "Eesa", and this name is used more times than any other title, because this was his "Christian" name. Actually, his proper name was "Eesa" (Arabic), or "Esau" (Hebrew); classical "Yeheshua", which the Christian nations of the West Latinized as Jesus. Neither the "J" nor the second "s" in the name Jesus is to be found in the original tongue - they are not found in the Semitic languages.

Deedat begins with MARY'S BIRTH from the story of the maternal grandmother of Jesus, Hannah, as the Holy Qur'an mentioned, even he went back to Sarah and Hagar the two wives of Abraham, stating that Christ is not a name discussing some titles of Jesus (PBUH), mentioning Jesus' first miracles as they mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Deedat follows up telling that Muhammad (PBUH) the Messenger of God, is made to absolve Jesus (PBUH) from the false charges and calumnies of his enemies.

Deedat makes a comparison between the Qur'anic and the Biblical versions. While talking about Surah Al-Imran (42-49) Deedat comments these eight verses saying: "The Christian would be reading here, in the Qur'an, everything he wanted to hear about Jesus, but in a most noble, elevated and sublime language. He could not help being moved by it". We are told by these verses:

  1. That Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virtuous woman, and honored above the women of all nations.
  2. That all that was being said was God's own Revelation to mankind.
  3. That Jesus was the "Word" of God.
  4. That he was the Christ that the Jews were waiting for.
  5. That God will empower this Jesus to perform miracles even in infancy.
  6. That Jesus was born miraculously, without any male intervention.
  7. That God will vouchsafe him Revelation.
  8. That he will give life to the dead by God's permission, and that he will heal those born blind and the lepers by God's permission, etc. etc.
Deedat then discusses the issu of the sons of God. He mentioned in a subtitle "BEGOTTEN MEANS "SIRED", "In my forty years of practical experience in talking to learned Christians, not a single one has opened his mouth to hazard an explanation of the phrase - "begotten not made". It had to be an American who dared to explain. He said, "It means, sired by God." "What?" I exploded. "SIRED by God" - "NO, no," he said, "I am only trying to explain the meaning; I do not believe that God really sired a son." 

The book still has some interesting titles like "answer to Christian Dilemmas", "What is the context?", and "In the beginning" where Deedat asked "where does Jesus say "I am God" or "I am equal to God" or "worship me?" these questions are still opened with no real or plausible Christian answer. (Saber)