It seems I don’t have much choice but to comment on this whole “Tomb of Jesus”thing. I mean I could choose to ignore it, but I wanted to give a Muslim perspective, before something “crazy” is said. It’s kinda like a preemptive strike of sorts.
Look, I know many of you have heard the story by now. Let me make this clear: wise Muslims, won’t even allow themselves to get caught up in this madness.
Muslims believe Jesus (saw) was a Prophet, a man, and the Messiah. He was a servant of Allah (swt), everything he did, was not of his own will but according to the will of God Alone. The Bible itself reports him of saying such. We believe that Jesus (saw) ascended to heaven, much like Elijah in the Old Testament, and will return in the last day. We don’t believe he died on the cross, but was saved from it, the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, alludes to this belief as well.
Therefore, whether or not he was a man, had a wife, family, etc. is a non-issue to Muslims.
However, its silly to think that because you find a tomb that “coincidentally” has the names of Jesus and other Biblical figures on them, that somehow that’s irrefutable evidence.
Yeshuah, Maryam, etc. were common names of that era, and even today. So it doesn’t prove anything. My name is Robert, if 1000 years from now there was a tomb that says Robert of Virginia, how would you prove its me?
Come on people common sense should apply.
I believe the real controversy is the same as it was with the Da Vinci Code. Not that these things are true, but it touches a nerve the Church and most Christians don’t want touched. These accusations talk about the human Jesus (saw) and not the deified one. It’s no secret to religious studies students and historians, that there was great controversy over this subject almost 2000 years ago, and still today. The very foundation of modern Christianity lays on the belief that Jesus (saw) was more than a man. Any suggestion to the opposite, of course will be met with hostility.
However, I suggest Muslims stay out of this. We already believe that Jesus (saw) was a creation and not the Creator. If we must get into this, let’s at least support our Christian brethren in the defense of this accusation about a tomb. At the base level, it is a lie invented, because one thing we Muslims and Christians can agree about is that Jesus (saw) has no earthly tomb. Where we disagree, is how that came about.
Other than that, let us make it clear that Jesus (saw) was a man and servant of God, did His will, was born of a virgin, ascended to heaven, and will return again.
I strongly suggest we leave it alone though.
2:255 GOD – there is no deity save Him, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsisting Fount of All Being. Neither slumber overtakes Him, nor sleep. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth. Who is there that could intercede with Him, unless it be by His leave? He knows all that lies open before men and all that is hidden from them, whereas they cannot attain to aught of His knowledge save that which He wills [them to attain]. His eternal power overspreads the heavens and the earth, and their upholding wearies Him not. And he alone is truly exalted, tremendous.
اللّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ (2:255)