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28. Second Coming of Jesus

 Question:

 As-salamu `alaykum.

We Muslims believe in the second coming of Prophet Isa (Jesus). When he descends to earth, the world will change drastically. Muslims and Christians will unite as one ummah (nation) and wealth will be in abundance.

My question is, how does we recognize Prophet Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) when the time comes? How does he look like? What language will he speak? What is his obvious characteristics?

Answer:

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has foretold the second coming of the Prophet Jesus, as one of the signs and preludes of the Hereafter:

- Narrated Abu Hurayrah:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizyah tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).

(Reported by Al-Bukhary and Muslim)

Breaking the cross refers to refuting the invented story of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. Killing the pig means re-prohibiting its meat, as in Islam and in the original law of Moses. Jizyah is a tax paid by non-Muslims instead of the Zakah tax paid by Muslim, in return of the equal rights, protection and services they enjoy in a Muslim state. This ruling will be abolished, as all Christians will follow Jesus in his second coming, and become Muslims.

However, his coming will be first preceded by the appearance of Anti-Christ (Ad-Dajjal, Arabic: the Imposter), who will come to intrigue people away from the truth of Islam, by showing what appears miraculous actions by the will of Allah - that deceive only the nave and unbelievers.

- 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr reported that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: The Dajjal would appear in my Ummah and he would stay (in the world) for forty-I cannot say whether he meant forty days, forty months or forty years. And Allah would then send Jesus son of Mary who would resemble 'Urwa ibn Mas'ud. He (Jesus Christ) would chase him and kill him. Then people would live for seven years that there would be no rancor between two persons.
(Reported by Muslim)

- It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah ibn Umar that one day the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) mentioned in the presence of people about Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal. He said: Verily Allah (hallowed be He and High) is not blind of one eye. Behold, but the Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal is blind of right eye as if his eye is like a swollen grape, and the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: I was shown in a dream in the night that near the Ka'bah there was a man fair-complexioned, fine amongst the white-complexioned men that you ever saw, his locks of hair were falling on his shoulders. He was a man whose hair were neither too curly nor too straight, and water trickled down from his head. He was placing his bands on the shoulders of two persons and amidst them was making a circuit around the Ka'bah. I said: Who is he? They replied: Al-Masih son of Mary.
(Reported by Muslim)

Apart from that, no other details are given as to how would Jesus look like, what language does he speak nor any other marking features. His face will not be as that portrayed and consecrated by the Christians and their churches. This has been visualized, from imagination, several centuries after his departure. However, true believers will first know Anti-Christ by his deeds as narrated by the Prophet (peace be upon him). Similarly, Jesus will not be mistaken for anybody else, as he will declare himself as a prophet of Islam, coming to re-correct his message and to unite all the believers under the banner of Islam.

In Islam , the second coming of Christ is not only one of the peculiar signs of the Hereafter, but is a glorious conclusion of the history-long confrontation between Tawheed (monotheism) of all genuine prophets on the one hand, and the multitude of polytheist deviations that infiltrated the teachings of Jesus after his departure, until it gradually engulfed almost all Christian creeds. These led to deifying Jesus, making him son of God, and one part of triune god, the same like many other deviated or invented religions.

That this confrontation would be a major aspect of human history has been stressfully and amazingly expressed in the Quran. The Quran repeatedly exposes Christian distortions and warns those who advocated these invented deviations. Such a major history-long set of deviations that spread among considerable and influential segments of the world population, would naturally end towards the end of time, with a decisive proclamation of truth. This proclamation would justly come through the same prophet who was misunderstood most, whose message was most sinfully tampered with, and whose personality was disfigured in such a way as to deceive generations of people and to corrupt the pure monotheistic belief he carried.

The second coming of Christ does not contradict with the fact the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Seal of Prophets, by whom the messages and guidance of Allah to humanity have been completed. The return of Jesus is not a new phase of divine messages of Allah, but a final re-affirmation and last-time revival of the message of Islam , the eternal call of all prophets and messengers.

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