Why do some people claim they have encountered miraculous events of Jesus?

The Details of the Question

- For example, they say that Jesus spoke directly to them and said that he was God; thus, they were converted.
- People claim that they dreamed about Bible passages or saw a big bright light behind a door and heard a voice telling them that Jesus is God. They claim to have encountered strange incidents concerning Jesus, which made those converts very emotional and therefore they are converted.
- My question is, how do they happen since Christianity is wrong?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Those people either make it up themselves or utter them by mixing their interpretations; or, they fall into the trap of the devil; there is no other explanation for it because spiritual discoveries are made available only to saints (awliya). To think that those who see it are saints means to give credit to those wrong thoughts knowingly.

What is really meant by the scholars who say, “It is not permissible to act based on dreams” is such dreams that are contrary to the spirit of Islam. There can be no bigger lie and slander in the world than calling Jesus “God”.

There is a famous anecdote related to Abdulqadir Ghaylani one of the great saints:

He saw a light, a light in the spiritual world, and at that moment, a voice came from that side: “O my servant! You no longer have any religious responsibility; obligatory deeds such as prayer and fasting have been removed from you.”

Sheikh Abdulqadir Ghaylani said without hesitating even for a second, “Damn you! O Satan!”

Satan said: “You are now indebted to the sciences of shari’ah originating from the Quran and sunnah. I have had many saints fall into this filthy pit.”

Then those who listened to this anecdote asked him, “How did you know that he was Satan?” His answer was significant: “I saw that extraordinary states were not worth a fig; so, I applied to the sciences of sharia, and I saw that it was out of the question for anyone to be freed of obligatory deeds. If there was such a thing, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would have been freed of them. Therefore, I realized that it was Satan who was talking to me.”

Similarly, if thousands of saints whose extraordinary discoveries and deeds were known by people all around the world said, “We saw that Jesus was God”, we would reject their slander, which they called an extraordinary deed, to their faces.

Such a thought is a clear unbelief according to the religion of Islam.

We will quote a few verses regarding the issue so as not to lengthen it:

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah. Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. (an-Nisa, 4/171) 

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: ‘Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every - one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things.’” (al-Maida, 5/17)

“They do blaspheme who say: ‘(Allah) is Christ the son of Mary.’ But said Christ: ‘O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Why turn they not to Allah, and seek His forgiveness? For Allah is Oft- forgiving, Most Merciful. Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth! (al-Maida, 5/72-75)

The expressions in the verses above are very clear. However, it will be useful to explain the following statement a bit: “They had both to eat their (daily) food.”

It is stated in the verse that Mary and the Prophet Jesus got hungry and ate like other people. It is the most obvious characteristic of humans. Those who eat have stomachs, intestines... They need front and back channels to send out what they eat and drink. Can there be anything as irrational and ugly as thinking that a being who has to go to the toilet is a god? Besides, Mary is a mother and Jesus is a son. Like every child - even though he did not have a father - Jesus remained in his mother’s womb for a certain period of time and was born later. Can there be such a funny thought as to claim that a being remaining in a woman’s womb is a god?”

What can be a worse idea, a funnier thought, and a more ignorant belief than perceiving Jesus as “God” despite those obvious facts?  It should not be forgotten that “The truth is exalted, and may not by sacrificed for anything.” Sacrificing very bright truths for the nonsensical words of a few people is a form of insanity, blindness, and fanaticism based on prejudice.

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