In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Firstly: We repeat once again the fact that rebutting false beliefs, ideas and views does not necessitate bad behaviour, rather Muslims are commanded to behave well towards others.
Allaah [The Most High] said:
قُلۡ يَـٰٓأَهۡلَ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ تَعَالَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ڪَلِمَةٍ۬ سَوَآءِۭ بَيۡنَنَا وَبَيۡنَكُمۡ أَلَّا نَعۡبُدَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ وَلَا نُشۡرِكَ بِهِۦ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعۡضُنَا بَعۡضًا أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِۚ فَإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَقُولُواْ ٱشۡهَدُواْ بِأَنَّا مُسۡلِمُونَ
–Say (O Muhammad): “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims]. [Surah Aal Imraan. Aayah 64]
Meaning: say to the people of the scripture – the Jews and Christians,
[تَعَالَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ڪَلِمَةٍ۬ سَوَآءِۭ بَيۡنَنَا وَبَيۡنَكُمۡ – Come to a word that is just between us and you]- Meaning: Come let us unite upon the statement which all the Prophets and Messengers agreed upon and none opposes it except the obstinate and misguided. This statement is not specific to anyone of us; rather it is something that you and us should establish between us, so this is justice and fairness in debate. Then Allaah explains this and said:
[أَلَّا نَعۡبُدَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ وَلَا نُشۡرِكَ بِهِۦ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا – that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him]- Meaning: We should single out Allaah in worship, devoting all love, fear and hope to Him alone, and we should not associate anyone as partner with Allaah in worship- neither a Prophet, an Angel, a Righteous Person, an Idol, a Deified image, a living or non-living thing, [وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعۡضُنَا بَعۡضًا أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِۚ – and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah]; rather all obedience is to be devoted to Allah and His Messengers. [فَإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَقُولُواْ ٱشۡهَدُواْ بِأَنَّا مُسۡلِمُونَ – Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims]”. [Tafsir As-Sadi]
Firstly, Must Listen In Order to Grasp This Topic:
[The Miracles of the ʾAwliyā]
The main misguidance from the misguidance of these people is based on two affairs:
Firstly, that when miracles occur from a person, he is Wali of Allaah. Secondly, that a Wali of Allaah cannot make mistakes, rather it is obligatory to testify to the truthfulness of everything he relates and obey him in everything he has commanded”.
However, the fact is that there is no human being who is to be believed in everything he says and obeyed in every affair, except if he is a Prophet. One of the two affairs mentioned above or both of them can definitely be tantamount to falsehood, because a particular person may not be one of the Awliyaa of Allaah and thus the deeds regarded to be to something out of the norm [i.e. so called miracles] that occurs from him are considered to be from the devils, and a person can be one of the Awliyaa of Allaah, but it does not necessitate that he is infallible, rather he can make mistakes; or it can be that neither is he one of the Awliyaa of Allaah nor does miracles occur from him, but he employs tricks and lies.
The Muslims and the people of the Scripture agree in affirming two Messiahs- a Messiah of Guidance from the descendants of Prophet Daawud [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and a Messiah of Misguidance [from elsewhere]. The people of the Scriptures also say that the Messiah of Guidance is from the descendants of Prophet Yusuf [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and they agree that this Messiah of Guidance will appear just as the Messiah of misguidance will also appear; however both Muslims and Christians say that the Messiah of Guidance is Eesaa the son Maryam [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon both mother and so], whom Allaah sent as a Messenger and he will return a second time; but the Muslims say that he will descend before the day of resurrection, kill the Messiah of Misguidance, break the cross, kill the pigs and no religion will remain except the religion of Islaam, and both the Jews and Christians will believe in him, just as Allaah stated:
وَإِن مِّنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ إِلَّا لَيُؤۡمِنَنَّ بِهِۦ قَبۡلَ مَوۡتِهِۦۖ وَيَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ يَكُونُ عَلَيۡہِمۡ شَہِيدً۬ا
And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him [‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being], before his [‘Iesa (Jesus) or a Jew’s or a Christian’s] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he [‘Iesa (Jesus)] will be a witness against them. [Surah An-Nisaa. Aayah 159]
The correct statement is that this will take place before the death of the Messiah of Guidance, as Allaah said:
وَإِنَّهُ ۥ لَعِلۡمٌ۬ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمۡتَرُنَّ بِہَا وَٱتَّبِعُونِۚ هَـٰذَا صِرَٲطٌ۬ مُّسۡتَقِيمٌ۬
And he [‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)] shall be a known sign for (the coming of) the Hour (Day of Resurrection) [i.e. ‘Iesa’s (Jesus) descent on the earth] . Therefore have no doubt concerning it (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And follow Me (Allah) (i.e. be obedient to Allah and do what He orders you to do, O mankind)! This is the Straight Path (of Islamic Monotheism, leading to Allah and to His Paradise). [Surah AZ-Zukhruf. Aayah 61]
The Christians [i.e. those Christians whom Shaikhul Islaam was addressing at the time] think that this means that it is Allaah who will come on the day of judgement to judge the people and recompense them, therefore they are misguided in this affair. As for the Jews [i.e. those Jews who disbelieved in the Messiah Eesaa], they acknowledge that the Messiah of Guidance will come, but they claim that Eesaa [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] is not the Messiah of Guidance- that he came with the altered religion of the Christians and whoever comes with this is a liar, whilst they are waiting for the appearance of the two Messiahs.
[An Excerpt from Al-Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deen Al-Maseeh. Vol 1.pages287-288. Slightly paraphrased]
Finally, we repeat once again the fact that rebutting false beliefs, ideas and views does not necessitate bad behaviour, rather Muslims are commanded to behave well towards others.
To be continued InShaaAllaah
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