Just as all the other prophets, Jesus ('Isa) (as) is a chosen slave of
Allah whom Allah assigned to summon people to the true path. However,
there are some attributes of Jesus distinguishing him from other prophets,
the most important one being that he was raised up to Allah and that he
will come back to earth again.
Contrary to what most people believe, Jesus was not crucified and killed
nor did he die for any other reason. The Qur'an tells us that they did
not kill him and they did not crucify him and that Allah raised him up
to Him. In none of the verses, is there an actual reference to his murder
or that he was killed, apart from the verse (ayah) which denies that it
happened. Furthermore, the Qur'an acquaints us with some events from the
life of Jesus (as) which have not yet happened. Thus, his second coming
to earth is a prerequisite for these events to happen. There is no doubt
that the Qur'an's revelations will surely happen.
Despite this, however, many people assume that Jesus (as) passed away
some thousands of years ago and that thus it is unlikely that he will
return. This is a misconception arising from lack of knowledge about the
Qur'an and the Sunnah. A careful scrutiny of the Qur'an will render an
accurate understanding of the verses about Jesus (as) possible.
Our Prophet (saas) also told us that Jesus (as) will be sent back to
earth and related that in that time, which is called "the end of time",
there may be a period in which the earth will attain unprecedented peace,
justice and welfare.
The "end times" refers to the period of time close to the end of the
world. According to Islam, in this time, there will be the terrible trials
of the Dajjal (Anti-Christ), many earthquakes and the emergence of Yajuj
and Majuj (Gog and Magog) after which the ways of the Qur'an will prevail
and people will extensively adhere to the values it introduces.
Evidence that Jesus (as) did not die, that he was raised to the presence
of Allah and that he will return again will be examined in this book in
the light of the Qur'anic verses. However, before proceeding, it will
be beneficial to remind ourselves of some basic information directly related
to this subject.