Two separate descriptions for the Messiah?

Two different descriptions of Prophet Issa (peace be upon him) have been alleged by the deniers and upon this allegation, they argue that there are two different Messiahs.

 

He is a man of medium height; of a ruddy, fair complexion; will be dressed in two pieces of died garment; and the hair of his head will appear as if water is trickling out of it, although it will not be wet.

(Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad)

He has curly red hair and wide shoulders. He will break the cross and abolish the jizya, and accept no other religion but Islam … [In his time] Nothing and nobody but Allah will be worshipped. He will practice Mohammed’s law and belong to Mohammed’s people. He will follow the Prophet even though he himself is a Prophet, because he saw him [Mohammed] on the night of Mi`raj. Therefore, he [Issa] will be the most distinguished Companion.

(Jalaluddin as-Suyuti, Nuzul `Isa ibn Maryam Akhir al-Zaman, 182)

The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “On the night of Isra’ [his miraculous journey from Makkah to Jerusalem] I met Moses-he was a slim man with wavy hair, and looked like a man from the Shanu’ah tribe. I also met Issa-he was of medium height and of a red complexion, as if he had just come out of the bath.

(Sahih Muslim and Sahih al-Bukhari)

While sleeping near the Ka’bah last night, I saw in my dream a man of brown color the best one can see among those who are brown colored, and his long hair fell between his shoulders. His hair was lank, water dribbled from his head, and he was placing his hands on the shoulders of two men while circumambulating the Ka’bah. I asked: “Who is this?” They replied, “This is Issa, son of Mary.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

 

 

Before I continue, let me point out that another Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) describes Prophet Moosa (peace be upon him) as a muscular man with curly whereas (Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 648) the one above describes him as a slim man with wavy hair. Now, can one argue that there are two Moosa and one is yet to come? This is just extreme foolishness! There are a few possible explanations for the difference in appearance described; it could be that in one vision he saw Moosa (peace be upon him) in an older age and in the night journey, he saw him as a younger man and therefore slim. Secondly, it could be that he is both slim and muscular but I believe that the former one is more likely as one is going to be young in heaven.

 

If we examine the above Ahadith, we see that only one man is described as Issa son of Mary. He is described as ruddy (reddish brown) and fair (white) in the same Hadith (the first of the four above) which clearly refutes the idea that there are more than one Messiah. Besides, the Messiah is son of Mary who is the same Messiah son of the same Mary and therefore the question of two different people does not arise at all.

 

Moreover, if we observe the Hadith further we see that the ruddy color is seen at Kaaba in the dream and it is likely that he must be under the sun when his color appeared to be ruddy. Also, in the night journey, Issa (peace be upon him) was in heaven where he would not be as one is on earth (toiling under the sun etc). When he would return, he would participate in Jihad and perform Hajj. After such a struggle, it is impossible that his white color does not experience tanning as seen in the vision by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Lastly, if we analyze the words, we see that the brown color is appreciated. Mirzais have no explanation for this and their silence implies that this is a racist comment about the brown color. Why else would a color be praised? The answer is that earning through lawful means is much appreciated in Islam and it is the struggle of Issa (peace be upon him) that is appreciated in the form of brown color as explained in the previous paragraph.

 

The fact is that it is only one person described in different ways. Another Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) narrated by a companion clarifies this deliberate situation created by the cultists:

 

Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 650

Narrated Salim from his father:

 

No, By Allah, the Prophet did not tell that Issa was of red complexion but said, “While I was asleep circumambulating the Ka’ba (in my dream), suddenly I saw a man of brown complexion and lank hair walking between two men, and water was dropping from his head. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ The people said, ‘He is the son of Mary.’ Then I looked behind and I saw a red-complexioned, fat, curly-haired man, blind in the right eye which looked like a bulging out grape. I asked, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘He is Ad-Dajjal.’ The one who resembled to him among the people, was Ibn Qatar.” (Az-Zuhri said, “He (i.e. Ibn Qatan) was a man from the tribe Khuza’a who died in the pre-lslamic period.”)

 

As per this companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the other companions mixed up the description of the Messiah son of Mary and that of Dajjal. Anyway, as per all explanations, the Messiah is only one person and he is Issa son of Marium (peace be upon him).

 

 

 

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