This part contains points presented by the deniers and Muslim responses to them. The part of Tawaffa was also discussed by a Qadiani I had discussions with but it has not been included here as it has already been addressed (* * *).
“O people! I have heard that you fear the death of your Prophet. Did any prophet before me live on so that I should be expected to live on amongst you? Listen! I am about to meet my Lord, and so will you. So I bid you to treat well the early muhajirs.”
(Al-anwar ul-Muhammadiyya min al-Muwahib al-Ladinya, Egypt, p. 317)
This is perhaps the strongest point presented by the Qadianis but it still does not mean what they want it to mean. The Muslims were sad when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had fallen ill and had declared that he was about to leave them. Adding to this, the Prophet said that no Prophet lived on amongst his followers (please pay close attention to the bold part). This is exactly what the Muslims believe; Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) did not live on amongst his followers and left them but did not die as Qur’an and Hadith are against it.
“There is no one alive today but will be dead before a hundred years have passed over it.” (Muslim, Kanz al-Ummal, vol. 7, p. 170)
“The Holy Prophet said: ‘Allah sends a wind every hundred years which takes the soul of every believer’. This hadith is sound in transmission.” (Mustadrak, vol. 4, p. 475)
The second Hadith is not a sound transmission and it is also against common sense. If it were to be accepted, it would mean that no Muslim could have a life of more than 100 years which is against simple observance. The correct interpretation is that the first Hadith applies to the immediate companions of the Prophet to whom the Prophet was speaking to and addressing. If we do look at it, we find that this prophecy was fulfilled and no companion of the Prophet, who personally saw and met him, remained alive till after 100 years of the Prophet’s death. Secondly, the death within 100 years refers to the people on the earth.
Those who doubt this explanation must read the Hadith about Dajjal who met a Christian named Tamim. Dajjal was in chains and said that he would come at a later time. Even if the Hadith presented by the Mirzais above is understood as they want it to be understood, it still goes against them according to the Dajjal story. Our Prophet (peace be upon him) also understood Dajjal to be a person and not a system as seen in the story of Ibne Sayyid. Those who argue otherwise blaspheme towards the Prophet (peace be upon him) claiming him to be wrong and themselves correct.
On the night journey, the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw many Prophets in heaven. If each and everyone had to die within 100 years, then they are also present where Issa (peace be upon him) is present. If heretic logic is correct here, then the ones in heaven would have died after 100 years of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and become alive again. According to both, there is nothing that says that Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) died on earth and would not return.
“Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) said that, in his illness in which he died, the Holy Prophet said: ‘Every year Gabriel used to repeat the Holy Quran with me once, but this year he has done it twice. He has informed me that there is no prophet but he lives half as long as the one who preceded him. And he has told me that Issa lived a hundred and twenty years, and I see that I am about to leave this world at sixty’.” (Hujjaj al-Kiramah, p. 428; Kanz al-Ummal, vol. 6, p. 160, from Hazrat Fatima; and Mawahib al-Ladinya, vol. 1, p. 42)
This is not just a weak Hadith but also a fabricated one. There is no need to discuss a fabrication but proof shall be given for it as well. Please look at the highlighted part.
This would mean that Ismail and Isaac (peace be upon them) died at young ages whereas the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that they lived to be in their 100s just like their father and predecessor. See tafsir Ibne Kathir for more details.
The deviants presented some quotations from Sharh Fiqh Akbar, Egyptian ed. and p. 99, English text from Al-Islam, published by the Fiji Muslim Youth Organization, vol. 4, Oct. 1974.
Please look at the names and the dates. It is funny that they even thought of using these. Imagine someone writing a book recently and using it to make his points about matters of the past! Original quotes from Fiqh Akbar have been presented in other chapters of the article.
“May the curse of Allah be upon the Jews and the Christians who made the graves of their prophets into places of worship.” (Bukhari, Kitab as-Salat, p. 296)
Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) is not the only Prophet of the Christians. Secondly, the Qadianis believe that his grave is in Kashmir. This clear cut contradiction on their part only shows clear desperation to find as many points as they can but none of them carry any meaning of their understanding.
The deviants argue about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) meeting Prophets on his journey to the heavens where he also saw Prophet Issa (peace be upon him). This is again desperation as they also reject his night journey and consider it just a dream!
Prophets who have passed away are in heaven and so is Prophet Issa (peace be upon him), this does not mean that he died.
Another objection by the deviants is that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) led all the Prophets in prayer during his night journey and as per this, Issa (peace be upon him) would have ascended to heaven twice!
First of all it must be explained that the Kaaba in Makkah is a place of worship exactly below the Kaaba of the angels above (see tafsir Ibne Kathir). Maybe there is another sacred Masjid in the heavens as well. There is no problem with ascending twice. There is no rule against it. If Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) did descend and then ascend, then so did all the Prophets. Does it make a difference if one ascends more than others? Remember the Prophet’s night journey; he descended to lower heavens and then went back as per the advice of Prophet Moosa (peace be upon him) regarding prayers and this happened quite a few times.
Consider the following verse from the Qur’an:
[3:59] The example of Issa, as far as Allah is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, “Be,” and he was.
Adam (peace be upon him) was sent out of heavens to earth and he was readmitted to heaven later on after which he was again sent to earth to be there till his death and his descendants to be there till Day of Judgment. He made quite a few trips up and down; also remember that he came to Jerusalem to pray as well. Just like Adam (peace be upon him), Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) also made quite a few trips to heavens and earth.
The cultists argue that the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) both said that Issa and Marium (peace be upon them) used to eat food and they both passed away. It is claimed that the Prophet said this to the delegation from Najran. This is a clear misconception and has been cleared here. The Christians believe that both used to eat food and they also believe that both died. To this belief, it was said that at one hand they believe this and on the other hand believe that Allah is Eternal, Absolutely. If they were Allah, then as per their beliefs, they both have passed away. This belief of theirs is a clear contradiction which is what the Qur’an and Hadith address.