Will Jesus Return to Earth?
It’s mentioned that Jesus(pbuh) will return to earth before the end of the world. Will Jesus descend from the sky, or will his spirit appear into a man in the world?

According to the Qur’an, Jesus is not alive. Allah has taken his soul.

Allah the Almighty commands:

اِذْ قَالَ اللّٰهُ يَا ع۪يسٰىۤ اِنّ۪ي مُتَوَفّ۪يكَ وَرَافِعُكَ اِلَيَّ وَمُطَهِّرُكَ مِنَ الَّذ۪ينَ كَفَرُوا وَجَاعِلُ الَّذ۪ينَ اتَّبَعُوكَ فَوْقَ الَّذ۪ينَ كَفَرُوۤا اِلٰى يَوْمِ الْقِيٰمَةِ ثُمَّ اِلَيَّ مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَاَحْكُمُ بَيْنَكُمْ ف۪يمَا كُنْتُمْ ف۪يهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ

“Once Allah said: “O Jesus, I am going to cause you to die and raise you to my side. I will purify you from those people who ignore. I will make those who follow you superior to the ignorers till the Day of Rising. Then you all will be returned to Me (being resurrected) and I will judge between you regarding all on which you have differed.” (Al-e Imran/Family of Imran 3:55)

مَا قُلْتُ لَهُمْ اِلَّا مَاۤ اَمَرْتَن۪ي بِه۪ۤ اَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللّٰهَ رَبّ۪ي وَرَبَّكُمْ وَكُنْتُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَه۪يدًا مَا دُمْتُ ف۪يهِمْ فَلَمَّا تَوَفَّيْتَن۪ي كُنْتَ اَنْتَ الرَّق۪يبَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَاَنْتَ عَلٰى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَه۪يدٌ

“I told them what you commanded me: Be the servants of Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I was the witness of them as long as I was among them. After you caused me to die, they were just under your observation. You are the witness of all things.” (Al-Maidah/The Feast 5:117)

In another verse Allah informs us how He rescued Jesus from the hands of Jews when they had decided to crucify him.

وَقَوْلِهِمْ اِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَس۪يحَ ع۪يسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللّٰهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلٰكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَاِنَّ الَّذ۪ينَ اخْتَلَفُوا ف۪يهِ لَف۪ي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ مَا لَهُمْ بِه۪ مِنْ عِلْمٍ اِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَق۪ينًا  بَلْ رَفَعَهُ اللّٰهُ اِلَيْهِ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ عَز۪يزًا حَك۪يمًا

“They say: We have killed Jesus Christ, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah. They did not kill him, nor hang him; but to them it seemed like that. Those who differ on this matter are in a dilemma. They do not know anything. They only follow the assumptions. They certainly did not kill him, but Allah raised him up to Himself. Allah is Mighty and Wise.” (The Women 4:157-158)

According to this verse, “Allah raised him up to Himself”. In the following verses, Allah informs us clearly that Jesus has died. Moreover the expression: “…and raise you to my side…” is mentioned in the verse after the expression “…I am going to cause you to die…” Complete sentence from chapter Family of Imran, 3:55 gives us a definite explanation about this topic: I am going to cause you to die and raise you to my side.“ As it is clarified in this verse Allah caused the death of Jesus, when the time was up for Jesus, and then Allah ascended the soul of Jesus to Himself.

As conclusion, Muslims should give up their expectation of Jesus’ returning back and saving the world. Rather, they should work to learn Islam from its original resource, the Qur’an; and preach  it to Muslim or non-Muslim every human being, thus causing the salvation of the mankind.

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Date: Jun 8, 2017
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