According to Ibn Kaffir, a tradition that goes back to Ibn Abbas concerning the meaning of surah 4:157 is the following. On the night of the Lord Jesus’ betrayal he was with his disciples. Now the traditions vary, some say they’re 13 disciples, some say 17, some say 19, they vary. Jesus on the night of his betrayal told the disciples and asked the disciples which one of them would volunteer to look like him. Which one of them would volunteer to take his appearance, Jesus’ appearance on himself, die in the place of Christ. Whoever is willing to accept this proposal to die in Jesus’s place, Jesus supposedly said he would be given paradise. In other words the disciples were asked to look like Jesus, die in his place and Allah will give you paradise. According to the tradition the youngest disciples said “I will.” Now it says that Jesus ignored him because he thought he’s maybe being overzealous because he’s young and he’s not thinking of the implications, the ramifications of looking like Jesus and dying a very brutal, painful, shameful death so he asked it again second time. Again the youngest disciple said “I will” again. Jesus brushes him aside and asked for a third time. When the youngest disciple again said “I will volunteer”, Jesus says ok. At that moment Allah miraculously made that disciple look exactly like Jesus from head to toe and at that moment Jesus ascended through a hole in the roof and entered into paradise so when they came in to rush Jesus they found what they thought was Jesus and then they crucified Him. In other words Jesus didn’t die in our place according to this tradition. Someone died in Jesus’s place.
Who? His youngest disciple? How? By Allah transforming him to look exactly like Jesus Christ. Now again, that’s just one of many competing…
Let me see if I’ve got this straight because this just this sounds unbelievable to me. Are you telling me that according to one of our earliest traditions from one of our one of Islam’s greatest scholars that what happened was, again this is according to Islam who Muslims have such a big problem with Jesus dying in the place of others, someone dies in Jesus place and it wasn’t by accident. It was actually Allah’s plan and Jesus is in on it. Jesus is in on the plan. He’s saying “Alright. Allah has a plan ladies and gentlemen. He can’t just save me, can’t do that, can’t just protect me, can’t do that so someone has to die tonight, someone has to die, someone’s going to get taken, nailed to a cross, it’s not going to be me, not going to happen to me, instead one of you has to die in my place. You see the reversal here? You see the reversal? According to Christianity, Jesus dies willingly in the place of others. According to Islam, someone dies for the sake of Jesus, in his place willingly. Interesting.
Well not just that, I mean, it’s making it seem that, you know, the real Jesus who we know he cried in the garden, yeah right because he didn’t want the cup, let this cup be passed for me but he took the cup anyway. But Isa ibn Miriam of the Quran, he’s like a coward. He doesn’t want to take the cup. Somebody else has to take the cup for him. You know, in other words, die in my place and Allah permits it. If I was going to let anyone die, why not just let Jesus die? See, that’s the point. If Allah is going to allow anyone to die, why not simply allow Jesus to die and if you didn’t want Jesus to die, why allow someone else to die in this place? But again, Allah is the greatest deceiver of them all and interestingly the statement I just made is not something that I made up. When I just said that Allah is the best deceiver, the greatest of all deceivers, that’s actually stated in the Quran and it stated in respect to the final moments of Jesus’s life on earth. Chapter 3 verse 54. For those of you who want to know the context just start reading from chapter 3 verse 42 and read all the way to 59 chapter 3. Verse 42:259, that entire section of the Quran is about Jesus, his birth, his ministry and his final moments. Chapter 3 verse 54 says regarding Jesus’ final moments: And they plotted, meaning the disbelieving Jews, and Allah plotted too and Allah is the best of plotters. Now interestingly this translation translates the word “makr” as plot. However I challenge any Muslim and any Arabic-speaking Christian or Arabic speaker. You don’t have to be a Christian or Muslim. You may be a Jew or even a secularist. Go back and look at the Arabic lexical sources and we even provide the definition from the Arabic lexical sources concerning the meaning of the word “makr”. Now the word “makr” is defined as the seat, trickster, tricking, scheming, conniving. In other words, it’s a negative word. It refers to someone who will use deception, deceit, connive and use trickery to accomplish his purpose. So according to the Quran, who is the greatest of all deceivers, connivers, tricksters and schemers? Not Satan but Allah. And this passage is composed and with respect to Jesus’ final moments. Now it makes sense how did Allah out-scheme, connive, out-deceive the Jews? The Jews thought they were going to kill Jesus. What Allah did? Made someone look like Jesus and the Jews killed that look-alike thinking they had got rid of Jesus. And who made them think that they got rid of Jesus? Allah. How? By deceiving.
If you’re going to get your minds around something, get your minds around this. Allah makes everyone think that Jesus died by crucifixion, knowing that this is going to start the world’s largest false religion. Allah knows this so I mean think about this. Who really really messed things up for Jesus’ followers? Allah. Muslims say uh Paul came in and corrupted Christianity. Allah came in and corrupted Christian according to to Islam. Allah is the deceiver who corrupted Jesus’ message. So Jesus comes, he preaches for 33 years because remember Jesus started preaching from birth according to Islam so Jesus preaches, Jesus wins a ton of followers, people are converting to this early Islam, this early first-century Islam, things are going great, Allah promises Jesus that his followers would be victorious until the day of resurrection. Then Allah comes in there, tricks the Jews into believing that Jesus died by crucifixion when he really didn’t and then even Jesus followers come to believe that he died by crucifixion. That started Christianity, what we believe in today. Why do I believe that Jesus died by crucifixion according to Islam? I believe Jesus died by crucifixion because Allah deceived so many people. He’s such a great deceiver that he’s even still deceiving people today with this. He deceived me and think about this: why? I can understand if we want to say God’s going to deceive someone, it should at least be some kind of good reason. So for instance I’m walking down the streets of Dearborn and a bunch of Muslims come to kill me or something like that and Allah decided to to trick them to deceive them like that too in order to save my life. Ok well Allah saved my life by deceiving people. What was the point of deceiving people about Jesus’ death according to Islam? Why would Allah do that? Why would Allah deceive people in that way? What good came out of it? What great thing that Allah needs to accomplish that was so important that God has to deceive people? Well in Islam, there’s just no reason. If you ask a Muslim, at the top of their heads they’ll say “well you know to save Jesus.” No, Jesus gets taken to heaven. Doesn’t get any safer than that. No one’s going to hurt Jesus. He’s in heaven. Why do you need to deceive everyone? Why not just show that Jesus is victorious? In other words you got all these people “ha we need to get Jesus, we need to get him and then too bad he went to paradise haha you couldn’t do it, you tried to get Jesus but God stopped you.” Instead no. Let’s make everyone think that they had the victory that the Jesus failed, that Jesus was stopped, Jesus is not the Messiah because he died. Let’s make everyone think that that’s what Allah does and if he doesn’t just deceive the Jews he deceives even Jesus followers. Now think about this.