The Muslim and
Followers of Jesus
an anonymous Christian/previous Muslim from Pakistan
According to the Qur'an, God told Jesus "I am causing you to
die and will raise you up to myself, and will cleanse you of those who
disbelieve and set THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU ABOVE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE UNTIL THE
DAY OF RESURRECTION, then unto Me(God) you will(all) return and I shall judge
as to that wherein you used to
differ." SURA 3 AL-IMRAN 55
This is a profound statement in the Qur'an. It reveals the superiority
of those who follow Jesus Christ. It does not say those who
believe in Jesus Christ shall be made superior........ it
says those who follow him, that is , his disciples. In other
words those who go by the name 'CHRISTIANS'.
The verse tells us that God told Jesus that he would let Jesus die and then
would raise Jesus up. Then he would set those who follow Jesus above
those who could not believe the message Jesus brought ... and these
followers of Jesus Christ shall remain superior until the Day of Resurrection
and then all will be judged. Those who could not believe the
message of Jesus Christ and so could not become his followers will be
What was the message Jesus brought, and which was
rejected by people, except by the followers of Jesus? As we
read verses 49 to 54 we see clearly what that message was. Jesus,
according to the passage, came with a message and a sign from god, and
performed wonders (miracles) so the people could see
that he actually came from God. He then declared to the people what
they were to eat (though he came to confirm the Torah which was given to
Moses, and the Torah forbade certain foods and gave some other
restrictions), Jesus told the people he had come to make lawful to them
things forbidden them in the Old
Testament(Torah). In effect, he was bringing them a New Testament which
was known as the Gospel (Injeel).
He asserted that the new law was the sign he brought from God and that the
people should believe in him and obey him.
But the Qur'an says that the people could not believe Jesus on this matter;
except for his disciples who said they
believed him and had surrendered to God by obeying the message Jesus brought
and, that THEY WOULD FOLLOW HIM (Jesus) whom God had sent. So
they (the disciples) asked God to enroll them
among those who witness to the truth.
Then those who refused to believe Jesus schemed to kill Jesus. But God
also proved that he could plan better than them and so he told Jesus(that is, reading the 55th verse now) that he (God)
would let Jesus die but would raise him(Jesus) again and unto himself
(God). He would then cleanse Jesus of those who
could not believe and make those who accept Jesus and his message,(and follow
him as his disciples) superior to those who cannot believe in that
which Jesus brought.
The verse indicates that God "shall judge between you as to that wherein
you differ". So those who cannot
believe the way Christians believe are regarded unbelievers and will continue
to remain low- classed people on earth here, and shall be judged as
unbelievers on Judgment Day.
Also those who cannot believe that Jesus was made to die before being raised
to God in heaven (as Sura
3 Al-Imran 55 points out in the Arabic: "Yaa Iisaa Inni Mutawafeeka
wa rafiuka", which
literally means "O, Jesus, I am causing you to die and will raise
you unto myself"), will be judged as unbelievers. The Bible has
this statement for unbelievers....those who cannot believe that God raised
Jesus from the dead...." why should it be thought a thing
incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?" (Acts
26:8) As a matter of fact, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
is proof of our own death and resurrection. At least we know that
we shall surely be raised up some day in the future after this life
The Christians and the Jews are known as the People of the Bible or the
People of the Book or the People of the
Scriptures. The Qur'an goes further to point out that these People of
the Bible are the teachers of the Muslims on matters relating to the
revelations concerning the doctrines and things of
For example, even though the Qur'an is supposed to be a confirming scripture
to the Torah and the Gospel (Sura 3 Al-Imran 3-4) it also contains confused(or
ambiguous or allegorical) verses that cannot be explained.... Sura 3 Al-Imran 7. Any Muslim who attempts to
explain these ambiguous verses will cause
dissension, confusion, etc., because no Muslim can explain them except God
himself. That is what the Qur'an claims.
Then in Sura 5 Al-Maida 101 there is a warning that
the Muslims should not ask questions which, if they were made known to
them ... that is , if the answers are given... would trouble them - but
that if the Qur'an is being revealed and the questions are asked, they
would be explained.
But since the Qur'an is no more in the process of being revealed, because the
prophet Muhammad has passed away, it means a lot of the problems are
still not explained to the Muslims. Besides, verse 102 of Sura 5 Al-Maida says that some people asked for
explanations of certain problem revelations and when
the explanations were given them, their faith in Islam shattered and
they left Islam.
However, there is consolation for those who are indeed truthful and need
genuine explanations. We have already seen a verse like Sura 10 Yunus 94. In Sura 10 Yunus 94 we read that
God told Muhammad (and of course all Muslims) that if "thou art in
doubt concerning that which we reveal unto thee,
then question those who read the Scriptures before you." That is,
Muslims should seek explanations to
revelations which they doubt from those who read the Scriptures before them;
that is, they should go to those who read the Torah and the Injeel which came before the Qur'an - after all, the
Qur'an is only supposed to confirm the previous Scriptures of God(the
Torah and the Injeel).
Again we refer to the wonderful statement in Sura
Al-Ankabut. In Sura
29 Al-Ankabut 46, the Muslims are advised not
to argue against the People of the Scriptures except in a good way.
They should confess to the readers of the
first Book(the Bible) that they(the Muslims) believe in what has been
revealed to them (the People of the Bible) and that they(Muslims)
surrender to the God of the Bible.
So Christians are masters over the Muslims.
We have already discussed how the Bible is superior to the Qur'an.
Perhaps you are not a Christian and are wondering now: "Is this
what the Qur'an really declares about the Bible? Did the Qur'an
come only to tell people to follow what is in the Bible? Then why
do Muslims claim the the Qur'an claims to correct the errors that have
crept into the Bible? Why do Muslims hide the truth? Whom
are they deceiving?"
May be you desire to know more
about what the Qur'an says
concerning the true religion, Christianity.
You may be the type who hungers for the truth and
wants to know the true God and to surrender to him. If so, please contact us.
true God of the People of the Book bless you!
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