Part III: PROPHET JESUS HAS DIED: THE HADITH
The fact that Jesus (peace be upon him) is dead is clearly mentioned in
the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be
These will be outlined below:
The words of the Holy Prophetsaw, his family, and his companions
all indicate that Hadhrat Jesusas passed away like all mortals
- "If Jesus and Moses had been alive, they would have had no choice
but to follow me." (Kathir vol II, p 245 and al yawaqit
wal Jawahir, part 2, page 24).
- "Jesus son of Mary lived for 120 years, and I see myself as only
entering upon the beginning of the sixties." (Kanz al Ummal,
part 6, p.120).
- In Bukhari, it is reported that in the spiritual event
known as the miraj, the Holy Prophetsaw saw Hadhrat Yahyaas
and Hadhrat Jesusas in the second heaven. If Hadhrat Yahyaas
is dead, then Hadhrat Jesusas is dead, for the dead do not
keep company with the living.
- In Bukhari, it is recorded that after the death of Hadhrat
Muhammadsaw, some of the companions, among them Hadhrat Umar
ibn al-Khattabra, doubted he was really dead. However, Hadhrat
Abu Bakrra, ascended to the pulpit in the Mosque and recited
the Quranic verse: Muhammad is only a Messenger. All Messengers
before him have passed away. If he dies, or is killed, will you then
turn upon your heels? (3:145)
After the short speech and recitation of this verse, the companions
realized that indeed, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw had
passed away. NO ONE OBJECTED THAT HADHRAT JESUSas OR ANY
OTHER PROPHET HAD NOT DIED. EVERYONE ACCEPTED AND CONFIRMED THE DEATH
OF ALL PREVIOUS PROPHETS. THIS WAS THE FIRST IJMA OR CONSENSUS OF
THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.
- The family of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsaw were also agreed
on the death of Hadhrat Jesusas. Imam Hasanra,
recounting the events relating to the death of Hadhrat Alira,
stated, "he (Ali) died during the 27th night of the month of Ramadan,
the same night that the spirit of Jesus was raised to heaven." (Tabaqat
Ibn Sa'ad, vol III Page 26).