Did Jesus (Hz. Isa) (pbuh) die? Will you explain the issue from the Islamic point of view?

Jesus did not die.

Like all prophets, Jesus called people to the truth and asked them to believe in the existence and oneness of Allah and to serve and worship Him.

He never showed any hesitation in his duty and he never felt scared and worried. He was persistent and loyal about his cause. As Hz. Isa continued to fulfill his duty of conveying the message of God, the jealousy and hatred of Jews increased. In the end, they resorted to a trick in order to kill him; they started to apply their plan. They sent a hypocrite called Tatianos to his house.

They surrounded his house with a group of 4 thousand people. When Tatianos entered the house, he could not find Jesus at home. While he was going out to tell them that Jesus was not at home, God Almighty made his face resemble the face of Jesus. When Jews saw him, they thought he was Jesus and caught him. Though he said he was not Jesus, they did not listen to him. Then, they crucified him.

Yes, Jesus is alive; he is not dead. There are several hadiths stating that Jesus will descend on the earth at the end of time.  A hadith reported by Jabir bin Abdullah in Muslim is as follows: “One group from my ummah will continue to support and serve the truth until the Day of Judgment. Finally, Jesus, son of Mary, will come. The leader of Muslims will say to him: “Come and lead the prayer.” Jesus will say: “No, some of you are leaders of others as a grace of Allah.” 

Explaining and interpreting this hadith and similar ones in his book called Mektubat, Badiuzzaman attracts attention to the following issues: At that point, when the current of irreligiousness appears to be very strong, the religion Christianity will approach its essence, that is, oneness; it will be purified of superstition and distortion, and unite with Islam.

Christianity will in effect be transformed into a sort of Islam. Following the Qur’an, the When the real Christianity follows Islam, the true religion will become a mighty force as a result of Christianity joining it. Although defeated before the atheistic current while separate, Christianity and Islam will have the capability to defeat and rout it as a result of their union. There are great praises in hadiths about the end of time Christians who will realize this union.

As for the issue of Jesus descending on the earth physically, let us read about this issue from Mektubat: “...Then the person of Jesus (Upon whom be peace), who is present with his human body in the world of the heavens, will come to lead the current of true religion, as, relying on the promise of One Powerful Over All Things, the Bringer of Sure News has said. Since he has told of it, it is true, and since the One Powerful Over All Things has promised it, He will certainly bring it about.

Indeed, it is not far from the wisdom of an All-Wise One of Glory Who all the time sends the angels to the earth from the heavens, sometimes sends them in human form (like Gabriel appearing in the form of Dihya), and sends spirit beings from the Spirit World making them appear in human form, and even sends the spirits of most of the dead saints to the world with similitudes of their bodies, it would not be far from His Wisdom - even if he was not alive and present with his body in the skies of the world, and had truly died and departed for the furthest corner of the Hereafter - to clothe Jesus (Upon whom be peace) in his body and send him to the world, so to bring the religion of Jesus to a good conclusion; for such a momentous result. Indeed He promised it because His wisdom required it to be thus, and since He promised it, He will most certainly send him.

When Jesus (Upon whom be peace) comes, it is not necessary that everyone should know him to be the true Jesus. His elect and those close to him will recognize him through the light of belief. It will not be self-evident so that everyone will recognize him.”

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