I find that the issue of sinlessness and intercession, which is repeatedly presented by the Christians, is a sheer delusion into which they have fallen. If sinlessness is to be inferred from the fact that no criticism is levelled against the practical life of an individual by their enemy, then allow us to draw your attention to books by the Jews who have strongly criticised the character of the Messiah and his mother. And if sinlessness is to be inferred from the fact that a person himself claims to be good, then allow us to show you from the Gospel that the Messiah himself admits that he is not good. Hence, the sinlessness of the Messiah son of Mary cannot be established in any respect. In fact, certain actions as recorded in the Gospels prove to the contrary: for example, drinking, violating the eternal laws of the Bible regarding circumcision and the prohibition of swine etc., unjustly damaging the property of others, swearing at the Scribes and Pharisees, allowing harlots to touch his body, allowing a sinful woman to anoint him—which was unlawful in the sight of God—and allowing his disciples to pluck ears from the fields of others. Now tell us whether or not these matters fall under sin or not? If drinking was good, then why did John abhor it? Daniel said that the doors of heaven remain shut upon those who drink. Circumcision was an eternal command, so why was it forbidden, even though, according to recent investigations, it cures many diseases? Similarly, swine was prohibited for all times, then why was it declared lawful? Christ said that the Torah had not been abrogated and then himself proceeded to abolish it.
It ought to be realised that to prove the sinlessness of the Messiah son of Mary in light of the Gospels, is as difficult as proving the health of a consumptive who has been reduced to a mere skeleton and suffers from diarrhoea. Was it not essential that first of all the Christians ought to have proved the sinlessness of the Messiah before criticising others? Upon seeing the word istighfar in the Quran, is it honest on their part to rashly assert that this presupposes sinfulness, and turn a blind eye to the statement of the Gospel: “I am not good”?
Then, besides all of the above, we also see that one can be an intercessor in the Hereafter only if he has shown some example of intercession in this world. In view of this criterion, when we look at Moses, he proves to be an intercessor, for he often averted imminent chastisement with his prayer as is testified to by the Torah. Similarly, when we look at Muhammad, the Chosen One, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his being an intercessor appears to be a resplendently self-evident truth. For it was by the influence of this very intercession that his humble companions were raised to sit on thrones. Moreover, it was indeed as a result of his intercession that people, who were brought up in idolatry and polytheism, became such believers in the Oneness of God as remains unprecedented in history. Further still, it was also the effect of his intercession that to this day his followers receive true revelations from God, and God converses with them. But how and where can we find all these evidences for the Messiah son of Mary? What could be greater and more impressive evidence in favour of the intercession of our Chief and Master, Muhammad, the Chosen One, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, than the fact that whatever we receive from God through our Revered Master, cannot be attained by our enemies? Should our opponents come forward to test this, the matter could be settled in a few days, but they do not seek a verdict. They press us to believe in a god who can neither speak nor see, nor can he foretell anything beforehand. However, our God has power over all such things. Blessed are those who seek such a God.