Answered by: Maulana Syed Johir Miah
What’s the ruling on saying, Jesus Christ? Like people do when something annoying happens or something astonishing
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
As Muslims when things don’t go right for us we call on to Allah (عز و جل) also and not to Isa (عليه السلام) as the Christians take Isa (عليه السلام) as the Lord hence they call out to him which is shirk.
Allah (عز و جل) can forgive anything, except for shirk.
Setting up partners with Allah or shirk is one of the unforgivable sins in Islam:
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَغۡفِرُ أَن يُشۡرَكَ بِهِۦ وَيَغۡفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَآءُۚ وَمَن يُشۡرِكۡ بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدِ ٱفۡتَرَىٰٓ إِثۡمًا عَظِيمًا
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases”. (Surah Maidah, Verse 48)
Just as we Muslims call out to Allah instantaneously when something misfortunate happens, so do the Christians. However, they call on to Isa (عليه السلام) whom many nowadays Christians regard as “the Creator” and “the Lord”. Hence, they call out to him when in distress or trouble or when things don’t go their way.
Therefore, it is haram for the Muslims to say “ oh Jesus” and instead, we should say, “oh Allah”, as he is the one and only creator.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Syed Johir Miah
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham