Ustadh Farid Dingle advises on how to logically reply to the questions asked of a Muslim by non-Muslim believers of other faiths.
Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
I am a young Muslim who born and raised in Bangladesh and now living in the USA for the past 7 years. As you know living in the USA around with non-Muslims is a very challenging and I have been asked couple of questions recently by one non-Muslim neighbor who likes to know about Islam but he has asked me couple of questions.
The questions are (1) Why among all the prophets Jesus was the only prophet who did not have any father and my neighbor is claimed that it is mentioned in the bible but not in the Qur’an.Can you please tell me why, how and where it is found in our holy Qur’an. and the second question is (2) Why was Jesus the only prophet who was taken to the haven? Why was Prophet Muhammed, blessings and peace be upon him, was not sent to the heaven?
Wa alaykum assaalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
First of all, when we are debating with someone, we have to agree on a certain logical framework. If Jesus (upon whom be peace) did not have a father and was taken to heaven, does that make him God or the Son of God? The answer is no. If you both agree on that, the rest is fairly easy.
Secondly, Allah clearly tells us in the Quran that Jesus (upon whom be peace) did not have a father. The whole story of Lady Mary is found very clearly in chapters 3 and 19, Al Imran and Mary respectively.
Allah also tell us that that does not make him divine, anymore than Adam, who had neither father nor mother, was divine: ‘Truly, the likeness of Jesus, in God’s sight, is as Adam’s likeness; He created him of dust, then said He unto him, ‘Be,’ and he was.’ [3:59].
Lastly, why was Jesus sent to Heaven and no other prophet? I don’t know. Does it change anything? No. Does that make him divine? No. Why is it that Allah made planet Earth the only inhabited planet in the universe? I don’t know. Does that make planet Earth divine? No. There are many things simple people like me, and smart people alike do not know. But their ignorance of many things often has very little theological significance.
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I pray this helps.
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.