Jesus(as) in India1 Comment | March 2012
Jesus in India is an English rendering of the groundbreaking treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as), the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (1835-1908). This book provides compelling evidence for Jesus’(as) escape from death on the cross, and his journey to India in search of the lost tribes of Israel. Christian as well as Muslim scriptures, and old medical and historical books including ancient Buddhist records, provide evidence about this journey. Here, we feature selected extracts from the Introduction to Jesus in India. For details of how to read the full book, see the inside back cover of this edition.
Introduction (Selected Extracts)
I have written this book, so that, by adducing proofs from established facts, conclusive historical evidence of proved value and ancient documents of other nations, I might dispel the serious misconceptions which are current among Christian and most Muslim sects regarding the earlier and later life of Jesus(as). The dangerous consequences of these misconceptions have not only hijacked and destroyed the concept of Tauhid—Divine Unity, but their insidious and poisonous influence has long been noticed in the moral condition of Muslims of this country. It is these baseless myths and tales that result in spiritual maladies, such as immorality, malice, callousness, and cruelty, which are almost endemic among most Islamic sects…
…Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus(as) was raised to the heavens alive; both have believed for a long time that Jesus(as) is still alive in the heavens and will return to the earth sometime in the latter days. The difference in the views of Muslim and Christians is that Christians believe that Jesus(as) died on the cross, was resurrected, went to heaven in his earthly body, seated himself on the right hand of his Father and will return to the earth for judgement in the latter days. They further say that Jesus(as), the Messiah, is the Creator and Master of the world and none other; he it is who, in the latter days, will descend to the earth in glory and majesty to pronounce reward and punishment. All those who do not believe in him or his mother as God, will be caught and thrown in hell, where crying and lamenting will be their lot. But the aforesaid sects of Muslims say that Jesus(as) was never crucified, nor did he died on the cross. Instead, when the Jews arrested him for crucifixion, an angel of God took him to the heavens in his earthly body, and that he is still alive there, which according to them is the second heaven, where the Prophet Yahya(as) or John is also quartered. Muslims, moreover, believe that Jesus(as) in an exalted Prophet of God, but not God, nor the son of God. They also that that he will, in the latter days descend to the earth, near the Minaret of Damascus or elsewhere, supported by two angels. Jesus(as) and Imam Muhammad – the Mahdi, who will be a Fatamite, and will already be there in this world, will kill all non-Muslims, and will not spare anyone except those who become Muslims at once….
… Muslims say that these two together will fill the earth with the blood of man, and they will shed more blood than has ever been shed before in the history of the world. No sooner will they appear than they will start this bloody campaign; they will neither preach nor plead, nor show any sign….
…Let this therefore be pondered over: that if there is a man who does not accept the true Faith because he is yet ignorant and unaware of its truth, of its teachings and its beauties, would it be reasonable to kill such a man forthwith? Nay, this man deserves pity; he deserves to be instructed gently and politely in the truth, beauty and the spiritual benefit of that Faith; not that his denial should be met by the sword or the gun….
….Such beliefs, in short, have very much demoralised these Maulawies: they are incapable of teaching people decency and peace…….the beliefs in killing others in the name of Islam, or believing in prophecies like the prophecy of a Bloody Messiah and wishing to advance the cause of Islam by bloodshed or by threats, are absolutely against the Holy Qur’an and the reliable Hadith.
…I have publicly announced, having been informed of it by God through revelation, that the real and true Promised Messiah who is also the real Mahdi, tidings of whose appearance are to be found in the Bible and the Qur’an and whose coming is promised also in the Hadith, is myself; who is, however, not provided with any sword or gun. I have been commanded by God to invite people with humility and gentleness to God, Who is the true God, Eternal and Unchangeable, Who has perfect Holiness, perfect Knowledge, perfect Mercy, and perfect Justice. I am the light of this dark age; he who follows me will be saved from falling into the pit prepared by the Devil for those who walk in darkness….So, in this age the greatest sympathy for the Christians is that their attention should be called to the true God, Who is free from such defects as being born and having to suffer death and undergo suffering, the God who made the earliest heavenly bodies spherical in shape and, in His law of nature, set down this point of spiritual guidance that, like a sphere, there is in Him Unity and absence of direction…
… I shall try to prove in this book that Jesus(as) did not die on the Cross: he did not go up to heaven, nor should it be supposed that he will ever again come down from heaven to earth; that, rather, he died at the age of 120 years at Srinagar, in Kashmir, and that his tomb is to be found in the Khan Yar Street of that town. I have divided this enquiry into ten chapters, and an epilogue, comprising the testimony of the Bible, the testimonies of the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith, the testimony of medical books, the testimony of historical records, the testimony of oral traditions which have been handed down from generation to generation, miscellaneous circumstantial evidence, the testimony of rational argument and the testimony of fresh revelation from God to me….I hope readers of this book will read it diligently. I expect them not to throw it away out of prejudice the truth contained in it. I should like to remind them that this is not a cursory investigation; rather, the proofs contained in this book have been made available after a deep and searching inquiry…
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