Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing strange about the Muslims rejecting this
idea, because the Qur’aan in which they believe and accept what it tells
them definitively states that that did not happen, as Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“And because of their
saying (in boast), ‘We killed Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary),
the Messenger of Allaah,’ — but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but
it appeared so to them the resemblance of ‘Eesa (Jesus) was put over another
man (and they killed that man)], and those who differ therein are full of
doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but
conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of
Rather the problem rests with the Christians for whom the
doctrine of the crucifixion and redemption has become a central issue, so
much so that the cross is the symbol of their religion.
It is strange that they differ concerning the form of this
cross which indicates their confusion about this fabrication.
There are differences between their Gospels and their
historians regarding everything that has to do with the story of the
They differ concerning the timing of the Last Supper, which
according to them was one of the events in the lead-up to the crucifixion.
They differ concerning the traitor who led (the Romans) to Christ – did that
happen at least one day before the Last Supper, as narrated by Luke, or
during it, after Christ gave him the piece of bread, as narrated by John?
Was Christ the one who carried his cross, as John says, as
was customary with one who was going to be crucified, according to
Nottingham, or was it Simon of Cyrene, as the other three Gospels state?
They say that two thieves were crucified alongside Christ,
one on his right and one on his left, so what was the attitude of these two
towards the Messiah who was being crucified, as they claim?
Did the thieves scorn him for being crucified, and say that
his Lord had abandoned him and left him to his enemies? Or did only one of
them scorn him, and did the other rebuke the one who scorned him?
At what hour did this crucifixion take place – was it in the
third hour, as Mark says, or in the sixth as John says?
What happened after the so-called crucifixion?
Mark says that the veil of the Temple was torn from top to
bottom. Matthew adds that the earth shook and rocks crumbled, and many of
the saints rose from their graves and entered the holy city, appearing to
many. Luke says that the sun turned dark, and the veil of the Temple was
torn in the middle, and when the centurion saw what had happened, he
glorified God and said, “Truly this man was righteous.”
But John does not know anything about all that!
These are not the only weak elements and indications of
falseness in the story of the crucifixion, as narrated in the gospels.
Rather the one who studies the details of the gospel narratives of this
story will, with the least effort, notice the great differences in the
details of this story, which are such that it is impossible to believe it
all or even any part of it!
How desperate are the failed attempts to fill this gap and
conceal the faults of this distorted book. Allaah indeed spoke the truth
when He said in His Book which He has preserved (interpretation of the
“Do they not then
consider the Qur’aan carefully? Had it been from other than Allaah, they
would surely, have found therein many a contradiction”
Apart from the fact that
the gospel accounts are not sound, and their authors themselves admit that
they were not revealed to the Messiah in this form, nor were they even
written during his lifetime, none of the witnesses were present at the
events to which they testify, as Mark says:
“Then everyone deserted him and fled.”
Mark 14:50 – New International Version (NIV)
Because these events were not witnessed by anyone who
narrated them, there is a great deal of room for imagination and poetic
We will complete our discussion of the fable of the
crucifixion of Christ (peace be upon him) by looking at what the Gospels say
about the Messiah’s prediction that he would be saved from death:
On one occasion the Pharisees and chief priests sent the
guards to arrest him and he said to them:
“I am with you for only a
short time, and then I go to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but
you will not find me, and where I am, you cannot come.”
John 7:33-34 – NIV
Elsewhere he says:
“Once more Jesus said to them, ‘I am going away, and you
will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot
This made the Jews ask, ‘Will he kill himself? Is that why
he says, “Where I go, you cannot come”?’
But he continued, ‘You
are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not
believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.’
‘Who are you?’ they asked.
‘Just what I have been claiming all along,’ Jesus replied.
‘I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and
what I have heard from him I tell the world.’
They did not understand that he was telling them about his
So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on
my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,
for I always do what pleases him.’”
John 8:21-29 – NIV
Then at the end he tells them again:
“For I tell you, you will
not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
Matthew 23:39 – NIV, also Luke 13:35
The Messiah, as these
texts and others show, was certain that God would never hand him over to his
enemies, and would never forsake him.
“But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be
scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not
alone, for my Father is with me.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have
peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome
Because of that the
passers by, and indeed everyone who attended the so-called crucifixion,
mocked the Messiah, as the writer of this Gospel says (although that could
not have been true):
“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their
and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and
build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are
the Son of God!’
In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law
and the elders mocked him.
‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can't save himself!
He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will
believe in him.
He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him,
for he said, “I am the Son of God.”’
In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him
also heaped insults on him.”
Matthew 27:39-44 – NIV
But it seems that Jesus’ certainty that God was with him
began to waver, according to the distorted Gospel narrative, (although that
could not have been true):
“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called
Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’
He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him,
and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow
to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the
ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from
me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.
He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for
this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, …
So he left them and went away once more and prayed the
third time, saying the
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are
you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man
is betrayed into the hands of sinners’”
Matthew 26:36-45 – NIV
Luke describes the scene and says:
“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his
sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
When he rose from prayer
and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so
that you will not fall into temptation.’”
Luke 22:44-46 – NIV
Because of this mockery of the message of Christ – according
to their claims – and because Christ thought that God was with him and would
never forsake him, then it follows that the writer who fabricated this
dramatic scene would end it with a vision of the despair of the Messiah and
his feelings of being abandoned by God – exalted be Allaah far above what
the wrongdoers say. The fabricator says:
“From the sixth hour
until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’--which means, "My God, my God, why have you
Matthew 27:38-47 – NIV
See also Mark 15:34
If we understand what this story means when subjected to
criticism, the same will apply to the doctrine of redemption and sacrifice
that is based on it.
With regard to the Christian doctrine of salvation, see also
question no. 6
And Allaah is the Source of strength and the guide to the
Straight Path, and there is no Lord but He.