Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalaamu alaikum,
Is Jesus in Heaven waiting to be sent back to Earth to defeat the Anti-Christ, or is he somewhere else?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, the Noble Prophet Jesus (Allah bless him and give him peace) was raised to heaven. [Sabuni, al-Nubuwwa wa al-Anbiya’; Sumayt, Bahjat al-Talibin fi Muhimmat Usul al-Din]
It is mass transmitted (mutawatir), and a point of belief, as recorded in the Tahawiyya and elsewhere, that he will descend from Heaven at the end of times. This, as Shaykh Gibril Haddad points out, can only be so if he was raised up in the first place.
Therefore, it is obligatory to believe that Allah saved him and then raised him, with body and spirit, to the heavens. As such, he is alive, not crucified nor dead. Allah Most High says, “They certainly did not kill him– God raised him up to Himself…” [4.157-158]
Habib `Ali writes, “Just as the Antichrist orders the righteous man to be killed he will hear a voice crying out: “The Spirit from God, Jesus, has descended!” When the Antichrist hears the name of our liege-lord ‘Isa he will shake and tremble with fear. He will rush to Palestine. There, the army of our liege-lord Jesus and our liege-lord al-Mahdi will meet the army of the Antichrist at the gate of Ludd. When the Antichrist looks and sees our liege-lord Jesus, upon him peace, surrounded with a halo of light, the Antichrist will melt – as mentioned in the hadith – just as salt melts in water. Our liege-lord Jesus will approach him and so will our liege-lord al-Mahdi. They will strike him down with their swords.”
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.