Response: It has been presented time and again in these
columns that the Qur’ān is silent about the coming of Prophet Jesus (sws).
But I somehow disagree. In fact, the Qur’ān does tell us about his coming:
And [Jesus] shall be a sign
[for the coming of] the Hour [of Judgement]. Therefore, have no doubt about
the [Hour] but follow Me: this is a straight way. (43:61)
like your comments on this.
am afraid that the translation of the verse you have quoted is not correct.
One cannot translate the first sentence in the future tense and the second
one in the present tense, if the linguistic principles of the Arabic
language are taken into consideration. Since a noun-sentence is copulated
with a verb sentence, the period of the noun-sentence must be the same as
that of the verb-sentence. Hence, the noun-sentence in these verses must be
translated in the present tense. The correct translation is:
And [Jesus] is a sign [for the coming of] the Hour [of Judgement];
Therefore, have no doubt about the [Hour] but follow Me: this is a straight
one must realize that the addressees of this verse are the Quraysh. This is
evident from the context of this verse. A preceding verse (43:57) says that
when the example of the Prophet Jesus (sws) is mentioned before the nation
of the Prophet (sws), they get upset and start screaming.
Furthermore, if one reflects at the behaviour and beliefs of the Quraysh, it
becomes evident that there are certain factors which make Jesus (sws), a
great sign for the Day of Judgement for the Quraysh, who knew him very well
through the Qur’ān and the Bible:
1. He was
created in a manner which is against normal practice. He was created without
a father merely at the behest of the Almighty. The Idolaters of the Quraysh,
as quoted by the Qur’ān, expressed wonder at being created a second time
even after their bodies would disintegrate into dust. The Qur’ān’s reply to
them was that birth and death are not governed by material causes; it is the
Almighty’s will and power which is responsible for them. An example of this
is His creation of Jesus (sws). His birth shows that the real thing is
Allah’s will and power. Therefore, whenever He wills, He has the power to
create a person a second time. As such the birth of Jesus (sws) is a great
sign for the resurrection.
2. He was
given certain miracles like giving life to the dead and creating living
birds from clay by blowing the spirit into them. These miracles were meant
to stir people to belief in the Day of Judgement – a belief they had
sermons in the Bible remind us of the Day of Judgement. They are so
effective and moving and have so much power behind them that if given heed
to remind every heedful person of this great reality.