my friend asked me a question that “muslims say that no muslim is a muslim until they believe jesus christ(pbuh) and follow him……..if that is true why muslims didn’t get baptized?????
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu `alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
As Muslims, we believe in Eesa (Jesus) (Alayhi al- Salaam). We believe that Eesa (Jesus) (Alayhi al – Salaam) is a prophet of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) having reached a very lofty position and status. Belief in the prophethood of Eesaa (Jesus) (Alayhi al- Salaam) is an integral part of Eemaan (true faith).
Allah (Ta’ala) says:
إِنَّمَا الْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ
“The Messiah, Eesa (Jesus) is only but a messenger of Allah” (Al Qur’an, 4: 171)
As Muslims, We attest to the original unaltered Torah (gospel of Moses) and the original bible (the gospel of Jesus) since they were revealed by Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) to his prophets. However, none of these original scriptures are in existence today, in their entirety.
Therefore, as Muslims, we follow the subsequent, final, and true religion, Islam.
The concept of “Baptism” is foreign and alien to the teachings of Islam; therefore, we do not practice “Baptism” in Islam.
Moreover, in light of the many contradictions, distortions and errata contained in the Bible, it will not be sensible to follow the Bible and its teachings.
And Allah knows best.
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