Who was the person who was made to resemble ‘Eesa (peace be upon him)?

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Question: I have a few question about the one who was crucified instead of Isa (peace be upon him) I have seen in one place saying that the one who betrayed Isa (PBUH) was made to look like Isa and was crucified and I have seen in another place saying that one Isa’s companions volunteered to be crucified instead of Isa. I am confused, can you tell me which one is true?.

Answer: Praise be to Allaah.  The Qur’aan states that ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) was not crucified or killed, and that he was lifted up to heaven. There is no text of the Revelation that tells us the details of what happened on the day when that was made to appear to the Jews, but there is a saheeh report from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messiah (peace be upon him) said to those of his companions who were with him in the house: “Which of you will be made to look like me and be killed in my stead, and he will be with me in the same level as me (in Paradise)?” A young man who was one of the youngest of them stood up, and he said to him: “Sit down.” Then he repeated it and that young man stood up again, and he said: “Sit down.” Then he repeated it again and that young man stood up and said, “I (will do it).” He said: “You are the one.” So he was caused to look like ‘Eesa and ‘Eesa was lifted up from a window in the house to heaven. Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Tafseer (4/337), commenting on this report: This is a saheeh isnaad going back to Ibn ‘Abbaas. Similarly it was narrated from more than one of the salaf that he said to them: “Which of you will be made to look like me and be killed in my stead, and he will be my companion in Paradise?” End quote.

Then he (may Allaah have mercy on him) said (4/341): Ibn Jareer favoured the view that all of his companions were made to look like ‘Eesa. End quote. This was mentioned in a report narrated from Wahb ibn Munabbih which was narrated by Ibn Jareer (may Allaah have mercy on him) and quoted by Ibn Katheer (4/337), in which it states that when they surrounded ‘Eesa and his companions and entered upon them, “Allaah made them all appear in the form of ‘Eesa and they said to them, ‘You have bewitched us; send forth to us ‘Eesa or we will kill you all,’ until they sent forth one of their number after ‘Eesa promised Paradise to him, and they took him and crucified him.” But Ibn Katheer said after that: This is a very strange story. End quote.

He also (may Allaah have mercy on him) said (4/341): Some of the Christians claim that Judas Iscariot – who is the one who led the Jews to ‘Eesa – is the one who was made to look like ‘Eesa so they crucified him, and he said: I am not the one you want, I am the one who led you to him. Allaah knows best what really happened. End quote. With that, Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) concluded his discussion of this topic: Allaah knows best what really happened.

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China: Record number of Chinese Muslims to make Mecca pilgrimage

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A record 10,700 Chinese Muslims are expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Association of China (IAC) said here on Wednesday. It is the first time the figure has topped the 10,000 mark.

Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7, Chinese Muslims will travel via 33 non-stop charter flights to the Islamic holy site and return between Dec. 25 to Jan. 16, according to IAC Vice Chairman Yang Zhipo. The first group of more than 3,940 Muslim pilgrims will leave on Thursday from Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province, almost one month ahead of the pilgrimage rites that take place between Dec. 18-22.

The number of Chinese making pilgrimages has risen steadily in recent years. In 2004, more than 4,700 made the trip, while last year the figure rose to 9,799. Yinchuan, the Ningxia capital, has been added as the fifth departure port for non-stop charter flights to Saudi Arabia as of this year.

“Muslims from northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region will now find it easier to fulfill their pilgrimages,” Yang said.Previously, Ningxia Muslims had to travel to adjacent Gansu Province for flights to Saudi Arabia. The other four departure ports are Beijing, Urumqi, Lanzhou and Kunming.

KSA: First flight of Indian Haj pilgrims arrives

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he first flight carrying 259 Haj pilgrims from India touched down at the Haj Terminal of King Abdul Aziz International Airport here yesterday. India’s Ambassador M.O.H. Farook, Consul General Dr. Ausaf Sayeed and his wife Farha Sayeed, and Haj Consul Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan received the pilgrims. “All pilgrims are in a good state of health and spirits,” the ambassador said, adding that all arrangements had been made for a smooth transfer of pilgrims from the Haj Terminal to Makkah. “Also all arrangements have been made in the holy city to receive, accommodate and serve the pilgrims,” the consul general said.

…Three other Air-India flights were to follow before midnight — carrying 170 pilgrims from Nagpur, 215 from Srinagar and 170 from Calcutta. The Calcutta flight was bound for Madinah. The Indian diplomatic mission has made arrangements for 55,278 male and 47,181 female Indian Haj pilgrims this year. Some 157,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive from India — 110,000 through the Haj Committee of India and 47,000 through private tour operators. This is the largest number of pilgrims to arrive from India for Haj so far, making India the second largest country, after Indonesia, to send pilgrims to the Kingdom.

KSA: The Islamic Jurisprudence Council – Qur’anic Ringtones Haram

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The Islamic Jurisprudence Council banned the use of the verses of the Holy Qur’an as ringtones for mobile phones because it impinges on the sacred character of the Muslim Holy Book, the Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday.

“It is demeaning and degrading to the verses of the Holy Book to stop abruptly at the middle of a recitation or neglecting the recitation, as happens when they are used as ringtones in mobile phones. On the other hand, recording the verses from the Holy Qur’an in phone sets with the intention of recitation and listening is a virtuous act,” the scholars attending the council said in a statement.

During the six-day meeting of the council in Makkah, which began Nov. 3 under the chairmanship of Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, 70 Muslim dignitaries and scholars tackled a number of important issues. On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal opened the first session of the council.

The council decided that Muslims are permitted to determine the sex of a fetus provided it was a medical necessity, such as when ascertaining diseases that are suspected to affect boys and not girls, and vice versa. The council said three doctors would be required to confirm the medical necessity of the procedure.

…The council also encouraged Muslims in the West to participate in elections in non-Muslim countries and play an effective political role, especially if elections brought about public good or prevented social evils. It said this was the only way for Muslims abroad to secure their rights. It also encouraged Muslims in the West to integrate into Western societies but cautioned them against adopting any Western habits that are contrary to the principles of Islam.

Those who presented papers included Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdullah Al-Subeyel, imam of the Grand Mosque. In the concluding session yesterday, the Islamic Jurisprudence Council emphasized that dialogue with non-Muslims supported by well-prepared media programs are essential in confronting anti-Islamic campaigns. The council called on Pakistanis and Palestinians to stand united in solving their problems.

KSA: Official Outlines Plan for Zamzam Distribution in Haj

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The Zamzam Office in Makkah has outlined a new distribution plan for the upcoming Haj season, which will see pilgrims being handed gifts of 300ml bottles of the holy water on the first day of Dhul Qidah, said Sulaiman Abu Gaila, deputy chairman of the Zamzam Office’s board of directors…. “This would continue until Dhul Hijja 7. At the end of the Haj, pilgrims would be handed free one-liter bottles of Zamzam,” he added.

“The office will be distributing Zamzam to more than 6,000 buildings around Makkah. Although some of these buildings are located on top of mountains and in spite of it being tiring to reach such areas, we hope to use different vehicles to provide pilgrims with Zamzam water,” he said.

…According to Abu Gaila, there are several stages that Zamzam has to go through from the moment it is brought from Shaib Kudai and then filled into tanks in the Al-Rusaifa district. “After this the water is filtered in a number of ways, sterilized, bottled and then labeled,” he said.

KSA: Saudis top three categories of King Abdul Aziz Quran Competition

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Prince Khaled gave away prizes for the winners of the competition. Saudi contestants bagged first prizes in three of the total five categories of the competition. Several dignitaries, including the Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Alu AlSheikh, the Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, and Abdul Aziz Al Subaiheen, secretary general of the competition committee attended the function. In his speech, Prince Khaled Al Faisal called upon the Muslims and the participants of the competition to spread the message of the Holy Quran all over the world.

… As many as 151 contestants, representing several countries and Islamic centers and societies from around the world, participated part in the seven-day event, which was organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance. The competition for the memorization, recitation, intonation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an was conducted in five categories. Saudi Arabia’s Osama bin Ali Al Ganem bagged first prize in the first category for the memorization of Quran in full with recitation and interpretation of meanings. He was presented with a prize money of SR 75,000. The second winner Muhamamd Nabeel Ahmad of Egypt got SR 72,000. The next three winners in this category are Abdul Ilah Hazei of Yemen (SR69,000), Murtaza Dabbagh of Nigeria (SR66,000), and Muhammad Al Hussein of Lebanon (SR63,000).

Abdullah Shaloula of Saudi Arabia won first prize in the second category for memorization in full with recitation (prize money SR 55,000), while the first prize winner in the third category for memorization of 20 parts with recitation is Osama Yusuf of Taiwan (SR 40,000). The topper in the fourth category for memorization of 10 parts with recitation is Eisa Al Sobhi of Saudi Arabia (SR 25,000) whereas the first prize winner in the fifth category for memorization of five parts with recitation is Sufyan Haneef of South Africa (SR10,000).

The Etiquette of Dealing With Parents

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from ‘Etiquettes of Life in Islam’ by Muhammad Yusuf Islahi

…Next to God, man owes the greatest obligation to his parents. The greatness and value of this obligation towards one’s parents may be realised from the fact that the Holy Qur’an at several points mentions the rights of parents and the rights of God simultaneously at one place. Furthermore, the Holy Qur’an has ordained the duty of offering thanks to the parents along with thanksgiving to the Lord.

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none save Him and (that ye show) kindness to parents.”
[17:23]

Hadrat ‘Abdullah (radiAllahu anhu) reports : “One day a person went to the presence of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and submitted : “I give my hand into your hand and swear allegiance for performing Hijrat and Jihad and I beseech a reward from God in return for this.” The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enquired: “Is one of your parents alive?” He submitted: “Yes, praise be to God, both my father and mother are alive.” Thereupon the Prophet of God (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed : “Well then do you really want to receive a reward from God for performing Hijrat and Jihad?” The man replied : “Yes, indeed, I beseech reward from God in return for these acts.” The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed : “Go then. Attend to your parents and serve them well”. [Muslim]

6. Be faithful and humble towards your parents

“And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy.”
[17:23]

To offer humble obedience to parents implies to pay constant regard to their dignity. Do not assume a haughty attitude towards them, nor treat them with insolence.