The Jewish encyclopaedia goes on to inform us that
Jewish legend has "the pupils of the recantant Balaam
inherit Hell." As one of the three most evil enemies
of Judaism, a sorceress is claimed to have later recalled Jesus
and the other two from hell and asked them who were the closest
people to God. Jesus allegedly informed the sorceress that "Israel"
were the highest of God's creatures in stature and warned her
not to harm them, for to seek to harm the Jews was to seek to
harm "the apple of God's eye." (For more on this
topic you may purchase the book "The Plot Against Christianity,"
by Elizabeth Dilling)* .
Grolier's encyclopedia tells us that
"...the reliable Jewish sources tell us that
he(Jesus) was a Jewish teacher who was put to death for sorcery
and false prophecy and that he had a brother named James.."
Mr. H. Abdul Al-Dahir relates on page 76 of his book "Mohammed A Prophesy Fulfilled," that the Jewish Talmudic book Sanhedrin states:
With each new allegation which issued forth from
the mouths of the Jews with regard to the alleged corruption and
blasphemy of Jesus, the Christians countered with an equal but
opposite elevation of his status to lofty new hights. Slowly but
surely, Jesus was elevated from being an elect prophet of God
to being the highest of God's creation for all time, to being
equal to the angels, to being the Son of God, and finally to being
God Himself, manifest in the flesh, and the third face of God's
claimed Triune nature. This resulted in mankind being given only
one of two choices: Either Jesus was the most wicked, evil, and
blasphemous false prophet and magician ever to take the name of
God in vain, or else he was God Himself in the flesh, having descended
from heaven to walk among us and sacrifice himself for our sins.
The Qur'an, however, was sent by God in order to show us that
the truth lies at neither extreme. Allah Almighty tells us in
"O people of the book (Jews and Christians)! Do not go to extremes in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was [no more or less than] a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which he bestowed upon Mary, and a spirit preceding from Him: so believe in Allah and his messengers. Say not "Three": desist!, it is better for you, for Allah is one god, Glory be to Him, Far exalted is He above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and the earth. And enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissah(4):171.
God Almighty further revealed the following verses of the Qur'an regarding the Jews: "Then because of their breaking of their Covenant and their rejection of the signs of Allah and their slaying of the Prophets wrongfully and that they said "Our hearts are the wrappings [which preserve Allah's Word; we need no more]"; nay but Allah hath set the seal on their hearts for their rejection, so they believe not save a few. And because of their disbelief and of their speaking against Mary a horrendous fabrication."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissa(4):155-156.
So tremendous a sin is this lie considered with Allah,
that it is not even repeated in the Qur'an. The closest the Qur'an
ever comes to actually reproducing their words is:
"Then she (Mary) brought him (Jesus) to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O Mary! You have come with a most atrocious thing. Oh sister of Aaron! Your father was not a wicked man nor was your mother a harlot"
The noble Qur'an, Maryam(19):27-28.
"And when the angels said: O Mary! Verily! Allah has chosen you, and purified you, and preferred you above (all) the women of creation.."
The noble Qur'an, Aal-Umran(3):42.
10) Sin, righteousness, and error
The coming Paraclete, we are told,
will demonstrate the error of the world regarding sin, righteousness,
and judgment "he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment." This is indeed
what Muhammad (pbuh) did. He came to the world to show them how
they had been misguided in "sin" by believing that mankind
can inherit sin (see last quarter of chapter one, and Ezekiel
18:19-20) and that someone's sin can be forgiven by the sacrifice
of others. He also showed them how they had been misguided in
"righteousness" by believing that a righteous person
is one who has "faith" in the crucifixion and does nothing
else (Romans 3:28), or who believes that another man's death will
make him a righteous person (Romans 5:19). And they were misguided
in "judgment" by believing that they will be judged
by "faith" and other people's deeds and not their own
deeds (Mark 16:16), or that God's "judgment" was to
punish all mankind for the sin of one man (Romans 5:16, 5:18).
Muhammad (pbuh) taught that the unscrupulous had
altered the words of Jesus (pbuh). He taught that no one will
be held accountable by God for anyone else's sin. He emphasized
that God has made this a life of work and the next life one of
reward and no work. He also revealed that mankind will be judged
individually according to their own individual faith and actions
and no one else's.
11) That he may abide with you for ever:
In these verses, Jesus (pbuh) is quoted as saying
that the coming Paraclete will "abide with
you forever." What does he mean by this? In order to understand
this statement, let us read
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying."
"And I (Jesus) give unto them (the believers) eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
and "and my servant David [shall be] their prince forever."
and "The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD ... He asked life of thee, [and] thou gavest [it] him, [even] length of days for ever and ever."
Jesus (pbuh) is quoted many times in the Bible as
telling his followers that they will never taste death. However,
there is not a single one of them alive to this day. Was he lying?
Of course not! As seen above, Jesus' (pbuh) was not telling mankind
that his followers would never grow old nor die, rather he was
speaking about their second life in the hereafter. He was telling
them that the life that we hold so dear and spend so much time
fretting over and striving to improve is all but insignificant
if compared to the true life, the afterlife. So much so that life
and death on this earth is unworthy of consideration. Everything
in his estimation revolved around an eternal striving for the
reward of the afterlife and this was the yardstick by which all
matters were to be measured.
In a similar manner, when king David is described
as being a prince forever, this did not mean that he would never
die but remain immortal for ever and ever as a prince to Israel.
Rather, his teachings, name, and guidance shall remain as a shining
beacon to mankind even after his death. In this manner, Jesus
(pbuh) lives among us through his faith and teachings, prophet
Abraham (pbuh) lives on among them and us through
his faith and teachings, and so too, the coming Paraclete
will live eternally with us through his faith and teachings.
The Paracletos will be the last prophet, because
he will "abide with you forever" and "he
will guide you into all truth" (Greek "into the
whole truth") and "he shall teach you all things,"
so there will be no need for any further prophets. In the Qur'an
"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is Aware of all things."
The noble Qur'an, , al-Ahzab(33):40
And "This day have I (God) perfected your religion for you (mankind) and completed My favor unto you, and have chosen for you as religion Islam(the submission)."
The noble Qur'an, al-Maidah(5):3
So the religion of Islam is the last message to mankind
and it, as well as the Qur'an, will abide with them forever. To
this day, Muhammad (pbuh) abides with us through his teachings.
Muhammad (pbuh) indeed remains alive and well among us in the
vast collection of over 9,500 quotations recorded from him during
his lifetime in a broad range of topics. This collection of quotations
is named the "Hadeeth." To this day, whenever a Muslims
wishes to perform any action no matter how trivial, he does not
advance a single step before first consulting Allah/God (in the
Qur'an), and then prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (in the Hadeeth). Be
it a question on how and what to eat or drink, how to perform
marriages, how to pray, what sort of trade or commerce is permissible
or prohibited, or what sort of clothes to wear, no Muslim presumes
to undertake any action before first obtaining the approval of
God then His prophet. Muhammad (pbuh) truly is alive and well
Jesus (pbuh) had "the whole truth"
and had many things he longed to teach his disciples but he could
not give it to them because they "cannot bear them now."
These matters would only be revealed six centuries later by God
through the agency of Muhammad (pbuh). What new truths has the
Holy Spirit guided us into after the departure of Jesus (pbuh)
which Jesus (pbuh) had no say in?
12) He shall not speak of himself:
"For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, [that] shall he speak:"
This too is an interesting statement. It reminds us of the verses
of Deuteronomy 18:18-19 which shall be discussed soon, specifically:
" I will raise them up a Prophet from among
their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth;
and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And
it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto
my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it]
It is also interesting to read the words of the Qur'an:
"Nor does he (Muhammad) speak of his own desire. It is but an Inspiration that is inspired [unto him]"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Najm(53):3-4
13) He shall bring all things into your remembrance:
The prophesy of this coming Paraclete
requires that he shall remind mankind of the words of Jesus. Jesus
is speaking here not to those who disbelieved, but to his own
followers. He is telling his followers that the Paraclete shall
"remind" them of the message of Jesus. However, if the
followers of Jesus already know and remember all that Jesus taught
then how shall the Paraclete "remind" them of something
which they already remember? Obviously, the coming Paraclete shall
come in a time when the teachings of Jesus have been forgotten
and require one to "remind" Jesus' followers of them.
Indeed, the Qur'an does in fact confirm this same situation. We
"And from those who said: "We are Christians," We took their covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message which was sent to them. Therefore We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will inform them of what they used to do. O people of the Scripture! Now has Our messenger (Muhammad) come to you, explaining to you much of that which you used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Indeed, there has come to you a light from Allah and a plain Scripture. Wherewith Allah guides him who seeks His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He brings them out of darkness by His will into light, and guides them to a straight path."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):14-16
It is further important to note that one of the names
of the Qur'an is "Al-Thikr" (The Reminder). For example:
"Verily, it is We who have sent down 'The Reminder' and it is We who shall preserve it"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Hijr(15):9
(also see Al-Sajda(41):41, and Al-Qalam(68):51)
14) He will show you things to come:
There were many prophesies made in the Qur'an and
in the Sunnah (tradition) of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself.
For instance, in the opening verses of the chapter of al-Room
(The Romans), we read:
"The Romans have been defeated. In the lowest/closest land, and they, after their defeat will be victorious. Within ten years. Allah's is the command in the former case and in the latter and in that day the believers will rejoice. In Allah's support to victory. He helps to victory whom He will. He is the Mighty, the Merciful. It is a promise of Allah. Allah fails not His promise, but most of mankind know not. They know only some appearance of the life of the world, and are heedless of the Hereafter"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Room(30):2-6
When Islam was still in it's infancy and it's followers
were being severely persecuted, tortured, and killed by the pagan
idol worshipers of Arabia (Quraish), there were
two "Superpowers" near by. They were the Romans and
the Persians. The pagans of Arabia used to like to see the Persians
victorious against the Romans because the Persians were pagans
like them. However, the Muslims liked to see the Romans victorious
because they were "people of the book." About this time,
the Romans suffered a resounding defeat to the Persians that seemed
to signal the end of the Roman empire. The pagans of Arabia were
ecstatic. They went out of their way to hold this defeat over
the heads of every Muslim they would encounter. They said: "Just
as the Christians in Rome have been crushed by the pagans of Persia,
so shall we crush you." This was psychological warfare against
the Muslims which they were adding to the physical torture they
were subjecting the Muslims to. It was at this time that these
verses were revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) consoling him and the
Muslims in general that matters were not as they seemed, and that
the Romans would come back and defeat the Persians within "Bidh'u"
years. "Bidh'u" is an Arabic word that means "between
three and nine." This prophesy did indeed come true and the
Romans were once again victorious against the Persians, at the
same time, the Muslims achieved their first strategic victory
against the pagans of Arabia in the battle of Badr.
Mr. Abdullah Yusuf Ali, in his commentary on the Qur'an narrates
the following explanation of the above verses:
"The remarkable defeats of the Roman Empire under Heraclius and the straits to which it was reduced are reviewed in Appendix No. 6 (to follow this Sura). It was not merely isolated defeats; the Roman Empire lost most of its Asiatic territory and was hemmed in on all sides at its capital, Constantinople. The defeat, "in a land close by" must refer to Syria and Palestine, Jerusalem was lost in 614-15 AD, shortly before this Sura was revealed.
The Pagan Quraish of Makkah rejoiced at the overthrow of Rome by Persia. They were pro-Persian, and in their heart of hearts they hoped that the nascent movement of Islam, which at that time was, from a worldly point of view, very weak and helpless, would also collapse under their persecution. But they misread the true Signs of the times. They are told here that they would soon be disillusioned in both their calculations, and it actually so happened at the battle of Issus in 622 (the year of Hijrat) and in 624, when Heradius carried his campaign into the heart of Persia (see Appendix No: 6) and the Makkan Quraish were beaten off at Badr.
Bidh'un in the text means a short period-a period of from three to nine years. The period between the loss of Jerusalem (614-15) by the Romans and their victory at Issus (622) was seven years, and that to the penetration of Persia by Heraclius was nine years. See last note.
The battle of Badr, battle
of (2 A.H. = 624 AD) was a real time of rejoicing for the Believers
and a time of disillusionment for the arrogant Quraish,
who thought that they could crush the whole movement of Islam
in Madinah as they had tried to do
in Makkah, but they were singly repulsed."
There were many other prophesies made by the Qur'an
which, without exception, all came true. Some Christians whom
I have the pleasure of speaking to on this topic have attempted
to trivialize this and other prophesies of prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
which such words as:
"I want a list of [prophet Muhammad's] prophesies
and I hope they are not easy prophesies such as a prediction of
the outcome of a war which have almost 50-50 chances, but actual
supernatural revelation which no man can predict unless he is
told by God himself."
Such statements are a result of a general unfamiliarity
with the details of these prophesies and the situation surrounding
them. For example, regarding the above prophesy, when this verse
was first revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) by the Almighty, the Roman
Empire was at that time believed by everyone to be on the verge
of utter collapse before the advancing Persian forces. After the
Persian's final crippling moral and physical defeat of the Romans
wherein they took from them the very capital of their faith, all
onlookers believed it to be the beginning of the end for the Romans.
It was at this time that this verse was revealed wherein the whole
message of Islam and the truthfulness of prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
were placed in the balance. Not only did this verse directly oppose
what everyone else believed, however, it even specified the timeframe
when this prophesy was to occur.
This was not the only prophesy made by the final
messenger of God, Muhammad (pbuh), rather there were many more
such as the time when 10,000 of the troops of the pagan army of
Quraish were advancing upon his city to utterly destroy him and
his followers (in 'The Battle of the Trench'* ) and
he and about 3000 of his followers were preparing as best they
could to stave off this attack by digging a trench. While prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) was digging with them he made a number of prophesies
including the Muslim's capture of Al-Yemen, Al-Sham (Jerusalem,
Iraq, etc.), Morrocco, Persia, and the Eastern countries. All
of this was said by him while many of the Muslims were expecting
to be totally destroyed at any minute by the advancing army which
vastly outnumbered them and was much better armed.
Another example would be that of Al-Israa(17):7.
Then there was also the prophesy made by Muhammad a couple of
years before his death that before he would die Makkah, the capital
of pagan Arabia, would be captured by the Muslims. This prophesy
too came true. On another occation, the prophet was sitting in
a garden. Uthmaan ibn Affan walked in and the prophet asked Abu
Musa Al-Ashari to give him glad tidings that he shall be of the
people of Paradise and to further inform him that the people would
mutiny against him. This prophecy was fulfilled many years after
the death of the prophet (pbuh) when Uthman became the third Caliph
and was murdered shortly therafter when a party of the citizens
rose against him and slew him.
Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph, had also been
informed by the Prophet of his assassination in such detail that
he knew the man who was going to kill him, and identified him
pointing him out to the people. They asked Ali why he did not
kill the man and he replied: "Then who will kill me?"
The night preceding his assassination Ali came out, gazed at the
sky and said: "By Allah the prophet (pbuh) never told a lie,
nor was a lie ever told to him." The next day the same man
killed Ali, as the prophet had predicted.
Safinah narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: The
Caliphate of Prophecy will last thirty years; then Allah will
give the rule of His Kingdom to whomever He wills." (narrated
by Abu-Dawood). This was indeed the length of the Caliphate after
the death of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). After that, the rule
of monarchies replaced the rule of the Caliphate.
The Prophet also predicted the division of the Muslims
into many sects, and how some people would do to Ali what the
Christians did to Jesus. This clearly refers to the Shi'its, who
exaggerate the love and praise of Ali to such a degree that one
of their sects, Al-Nusaria, actually worship him as the manifestation
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) further predicted the capture
of Egypt, and commanded his followers when this were to occur
that they should treat the people well. He further prophesied
that the Muslims would overthrow the Persian Empire and seize
the treasures of the their Emperor Choseros. He also told one
of the companions by the name of Suraqa bin Malik that he would
be given the bracelets of Caesar. Many years after the death of
the prophet, these bracelets fell into the possession of Umar
ibn Al-Khattab and he called upon Suraqa and placed the bracelets
on his arms, reminding him of the prophet's words.
Awf ibn Malik narrated in Sahih Al-Bukhari:
"I went to the Prophet
(pbuh) during the battle of Tabuk while he was sitting in a leather
tent. He said, 'Count six signs that indicate the approach
of the [final] Hour: 1) My death; 2) The conquest of Jerusalem;
3) A plague that will afflict you (and kill you in great numbers)
as the plague that afflicts sheep; 4) The increase of wealth to
such an extent that even if one is given one-hundred Dinars, he
will not be satisfied; 5) Then an affliction which no Arab house
will escape; 6) And then a truce between you and Banu al-Asfar
(i.e. the Byzantines, or Christians) who will betray you and attack
you under eighty flags. Under each flag will be twelve thousand
The prophesies are many and varied. Some of them
deal with what the financial situation of the Muslims shall be
after him, some deal with what their moral and religious situation
shall be, some deal with upcoming battles, some deal with trials
and the anti-Christ and the coming of Gog and Magog. Some deal
with the second coming of Jesus (pbuh), and many other issues
which can not be dealt with here. However, I shall leave it up
to the interested student to research this topic in order to verify
it's authenticity. Two useful references on this topic are:
15) The most knowledgeable Christians recognize the Paraclete as Muhammad:
"And if you (Muhammad) are in doubt concerning that which We have revealed unto you, then ask those who read the Scripture (that was) before you. Verily the Truth has come unto you from your Lord, so do not be among those who waver."
The noble Qur'an, Yunus(10):94
Throughout history, there have been a number of Christian
scholars who have come to recognize the truth of the prophesy
of Jesus (pbuh) and that it originally referred to prophet Muhammad
(pbuh). Anselm Turmeda, a priest and Christian scholar was one
such person. After recognizing the last prophet of God and embrasing
Islam he wrote a famous book titled "Tuhfat al-arib fi
al-radd 'ala Ahl al-Salib." In the introduction to this
work he relates his history:
"Let it be known to all of you that my origin
is from the city of Majorca*, which is a great city
on the sea, between two mountains and divided by a small valley.
It is a commercial city, with two wonderful harbours. Big merchant
ships come and anchor in the harbour with different goods. The
city is on the island which has the same name - Majorca, and most
of its land is populated with fig and olive trees. My father was
a well respected man in the city. I was his only son. When I was
six, he sent me to a priest who taught me to read the Gospel and
logic, which I finished in six years. After that I left Majorca
and traveled to the city of Larda, in the region of Castillion,
which was the centre of learning for Christians in that region.
A thousand to a thousand and a half Christian students gathered
there. All were under the administration of the priest who taught
them. I studied the Gospel and its language for another four years.
After that I left for Bologne in the region of Anbardia. Bologne
is a very large city, it being the centre of learning for all
the people of that region. Every year, more than two thousand
students gather together from different places. They cover themselves
with rough cloth which they call the "Hue of God." All
of them, whether the son of a workman or the son of a ruler wear
this wrap, in order to make the students distinct from others.
Only the priest teaches controls and directs them. I lived in
the church with an aged priest. He was greatly respected by the
people because of his knowledge and religiousness and asceticism,
which distinguished him from the other Christian priests. Questions
and requests for advice came from everywhere, from Kings and rulers,
along with presents and gifts. They hoped that he would accept
their presents and grant them his blessings. This priest taught
me the principles of Christianity and its rulings. I became very
close to him by serving and assisting him with his duties until
I became one of his most trusted assistants, so that he trusted
me with the keys of his domicile in the church and of the food
and the drink stores. He kept for himself only the key of a small
room were he used to sleep. I think, and Allah knows best, that
he kept his treasure chest in there. I was a student and servant
for a period of ten years, then he fell ill and failed to attend
the meetings of his fellow priests. During his absence the priests
discussed some religious matters, until they came to what was
said by the Almighty Allah through his prophet Jesus in the Gospel:
"After him will come a Prophet called Paraclete." They
argued a great deal about this Prophet and as to who he was among
the Prophets. Everyone gave his opinion according to his knowledge
and understanding; and they ended without achieving any benefit
in that issue. I went to my priest, and as usual he asked about
what was discussed in the meeting that day. I mentioned to him
the different opinions of priests about the name Paraclete, and
how they finished the meeting without clarifying its meaning.
He asked me: "What was your answer?" I gave my opinion
which was taken from interpretation of a well known exegesis.
He said that I was nearly correct like some priests, and the other
priests were wrong. "But the truth is different from all
of that. This is because the interpretation of that noble name
is known only to a small number of well versed scholars. And we
posses only a little knowledge." I fell down and kissed his
feet, saying: "Sir, you know that I traveled and came to
you from a far distant country, I have served you now for more
than ten years; and have attained knowledge beyond estimation,
so please favour me and tell me the truth about this name."
The priest then wept and said: "My son, by God, you are very
much dear to me for serving me and devoting yourself to my care.
Know the truth about this name, and there is a great benefit,
but there is also a great danger. And I fear that when you know
this truth, and the Christians discover that, you will be killed
immediately." I said: "By God, by the Gospel and He
who was sent with it, I shall never speak any word about what
you will tell me, I shall keep it in my heart." He said:
"My son, when you came here from your country, I asked you
if it is near to the Muslims, and whether they made raids against
you and if you made raids against them. This was to test your
hatred for Islam. Know, my son, that Paraclete is the name of
their Prophet Muhammad, to whom was revealed the fourth book as
mentioned by Daniel. His way is the clear way which is mentioned
in the Gospel." I said: "Then sir, what do you say about
the religion of these Christians?" He said: "My son,
if these Christians remained on the original religion of Jesus,
then they would have been on God's religion, because the religion
of Jesus and all the other Prophets is the true religion of God.
But they changed it and became unbelievers." I asked him:
"Then, sir, what is the salvation from this?" He said
"Oh my son, embracing Islam." I asked him: "Will
the one who embraces Islam be saved?" He answered: "Yes,
in this world and the next." I said: "The prudent chooses
for himself; if you know, sir the merit of Islam, then what keeps
you from it?" He answered: "My son, the Almighty Allah
did not expose me to the truth of Islam and the Prophet of Islam
until after I have become old and my body weakened. Yes, there
is no excuse for us in this, on the contrary, the proof of Allah
has been established against us. If God had guided me to this
when I was your age I would have left everything and adopted the
religion of truth. Love of this world is the essence of every
sin, and look how I am esteemed, glorified and honoured by the
Christians, and how I am living in affluence and comfort! In my
case, if I show a slight inclination towards Islam they would
kill me immediately. Suppose that I was saved from them and succeeded
in escaping to the Muslims, they would say, do not count your
Islam as a favour upon us, rather you have benefited yourself
only by entering the religion of truth, the religion that will
save you from the punishment of Allah! So I would live among them
as a poor old man of more than ninety years, without knowing their
language, and would die among them starving* . I am,
and all praise is due to Allah, on the religion of Christ and
on that which he came with, and Allah knows that from me."
So I asked him: "Do you advise me to go to the country of
the Muslims and adopt their religion?" He said to me: "If
you are wise and hope to save yourself, then race to that which
will achieve this life and the hereafter. But my son, none is
present with us concerning this matter , it is between you and
me only. Exert yourself and keep it a secret. If it is disclosed
and the people know about it they will kill you immediately. I
will be of no benefit to you against them. Neither will it be
of any use to you if you tell them what you heard from me concerning
Islam, or that I encouraged you to be a Muslim, for I shall deny
it. They trust my testimony against yours. So do not tell a word,
whatever happens." I promised him not to do so. He was satisfied
and content with my promise. I began to prepare for my journey
and bid him farewell. He prayed for me and gave me fifty golden
dinars. Then I took a ship to my city Majorca where I stayed with
my parents for six months. Then I traveled to Sicily and remained
there five months, waiting for a ship bound for the land of the
Muslims. Finally a ship arrived bound for Tunis. We departed before
sunset and reached the port of Tunis at noon on the second day.
When I got off the ship, Christian scholars who heard of my arrival
came to greet me and I stayed with them for four months in ease
and comfort. After that I asked them if there was a translator.
The Sultan in those days was Abu al-Abbas Ahmed. They said there
was a virtuous man, the Sultan's physician, who was one of his
closest advisors. His name was Yusuf al-Tabeeb. I was greatly
pleased to here this, and asked where he lived. They took me there
to meet him separately. I told him about my story and the reason
of my coming there; which was to embrace Islam. He was immensely
pleased because this matter would be completed by his help. We
rode to the Sultan's Palace. He met the Sultan and told him about
my story and asked his permission for me to meet him. The Sultan
accepted, and I presented myself before him. The first question
the Sultan asked was about my age. I told him that I was thirty-five
years old. He then asked about my learning and the sciences which
I had studied. After I told him he said. "Your arrival is
the arrival of goodness . Be a Muslim with Allah's blessings."
I then said to the doctor, "Tell the honourable Sultan that
it always happens that when anyone changes his religion his people
defame him and speak evil of him. So, I wish if he kindly sends
to bring the Christian priests and merchants of this city to ask
them about me and hear what they have to say. Then by Allah's
will, I shall accept Islam." He said to me through the translator,
"You have asked what Abdullah ibn Salam asked from the Prophet
when he-Abdullah came to announce his Islam."*
He then sent for the priests and some Christian merchants and
let me sit in an adjoining room unseen by them. "What do
you say about this new priest who arrived by ship?", he asked.
They said: "He is a great scholar in our religion. Our bishops
say he is the most learned and no one is superior to him in our
religious knowledge." After hearing what the Christian said,
the Sultan sent for me, and I presented myself before them. I
declared the two testimonies that there is no one worthy of worship
except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, and when the
Christians heard this they crossed themselves and said: "Nothing
incited him to do that except his desire to marry, as priests
in our religion can not marry." Then they left in distress
and grief. The Sultan appointed for me a quarter of a dinar every
day from the treasury and let me marry the daughter of Al-Hajj
Muhammed al-Saffar. When I decided to consummate the marriage,
he gave me a hundred golden dinars and an excellent suit of clothes.
I then consummated the marriage and Allah blessed me with a child
to whom I gave the name Muhammed as a blessing from the name of
Let us conclude this section with the following quotation
from the Gospel of John. Please keep in mind while reading the
following all that we have learned so far in previous chapters:
"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you."