WAITING FOR JESUS
The Good Tiding Awaited by Christians
It is very important for a Muslim
that Jesus is going to come back to the earth
again. He is a Prophet born by a miracle of God
without a father; he invited the Children of Israel
to follow the true path and showed them many miracles.
He is the Messiah and, as the Qur'an says, he
is the "word of God" (Qur'an, 4:171).
Together with his return to earth, the lack of
understanding between Christians and Muslims who
believe in the same God, share the same moral
values and, as the Qur'an says, are closer to
one another in love than all other people (Qur'an,
5:82) will be repaired, and these two greatest
of the world's religious communities will be united.
The members of the world's third monotheistic
religion, the Jews, will also accept Jesus as
their true Messiah and find their way to the true
religion (Qur'an, 4:159). So the three monotheistic
religions will unite, there will be one single
religion on earth based on faith in God and obedience
to Jesus, His Prophet. This religion will defeat
the atheistic philosophies and pagan beliefs with
intellectual means; thus, the world will be saved
from wars, conflicts, racial and ethnic hostility,
cruelty and injustice. Humanity will enter a "Golden
Age" of peace, happiness and well-being.
Certainly, this will be the greatest
event in the history of the world. In this situation
in which the three monotheistic religions will
unite, the whole American continent, Europe, the
Islamic world, Russia and Israel will be allied
on the basis of a shared faith, and no such unity
has ever occurred before. The peace, well-being,
stability and happiness to be established in the
world by this union has never been known in any
previous period; its likeness has never been seen.
And, when Jesus returns to earth,
it will be one of the greatest wonders in the
history of the world.
Those prophets whom Allah has
chosen perform various miracles by His will. The
miracles performed by Jesus in Palestine 2000
years ago were such marvels as raising the dead,
healing the blind and lepers, and giving life
to inanimate substances. (Qur’an, 5: 11)
The return of Jesus to the earth
after 2000 years and the beginning of his new
life in his mature years without a mother and
father will be a great wonder. And he will show
people new miracles. As a result, materialist
philosophy, which has already collapsed on the
levels of science and philosophy, will suffer
irrevocable ruin for all the world to see, and
people will witness the clear proofs for the existence
and power of God.
So, in the light of the signs
in the Qur'an, the sayings of our Prophet and
the interpretations of leading scholars in Islam,
we believe that this blessed period is very near.
As Muslims, we are very excited about the imminent
return of Jesus and are doing all we can to prepare
ourselves and the world to receive this blessed
We call on Christians to be as
sensitive, aware and eager as possible about this.
Is the Christian World Ready
The love of Jesus has given to
Christians throughout history a proper morality.
In the Qur'an, God describes Christians as "most
affectionate to those who believe"
and says that "That
is because some of them are priests and monks
and because they are not arrogant." (Qur'an,
In another verse, Christians'
positive morality is mentioned:
Then We sent Our Messengers following
in their footsteps and sent Jesus son of Mary
after them, giving him the Gospel. We put compassion
and mercy in the hearts of those who followed
him. (Qur'an, 57:27)
Because of their faith in God,
Christians throughout history have endured all
kinds of cruelty, chosen to forgo the pleasures
of life and live with suffering and performed
deeds of great self-sacrifice. These are indications
of a deep sincerity. But in this age when the
return of Jesus is near, this sincerity must be
stronger, and service to Jesus' religion must
be performed more effectively.
- According to Christian scriptures
Jesus will return to earth.
It is stated several times in the New Testament
that Jesus will return to earth. "So Christ
. . . will appear a second time . . . to bring
salvation to those who are waiting for him."
(Heb. 9: 28) In many other passages in the
New Testament it is announced that Jesus will
return. Seeing that this promise will most certainly
come true, all Christians must make this the basis
of their worldview, constantly expect this Second
Coming and to influence the world accordingly.
- According to Christian scriptures,
the return of Jesus is near.
Many Christians believe that the Second Coming
is near. This is because almost all the announcements
in both the New and Old Testaments regarding the
return of the Messiah have been fulfilled. The
spread of religious morality all over the world,
the beginning of the collapse of atheist philosophies
and the return to faith in God are important signs
and under these circumstances, Christian should
not remain indifferent about the Second Coming.
- According to Christian scriptures,
the return of Jesus will be the greatest event
Since Christian scriptures say that the Second
Coming is definitely near, this ought to be the
most important item on the agenda of the Christian
world. Since Jesus, a blessed Prophet whom Allah
chose, will come soon again to the world, preparations
for his arrival should be kept continually in
- Seeing that Jesus will bring
all people together when he comes, Christians
should leave aside their differences, arguments
and hostilities that will soon have no significance
- Since Christians and Muslims
who believe in Jesus will be united in a common
faith when he comes, both communities must try
from this moment to overcome the prejudice and
distrust between them.
In the "Book of Revelation,"
the last book in the New Testament, it says: "The
kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of
our Lord and of his Messiah and he will reign
for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15)
All Christians should be eager,
excited, aware and filled with love as they await
this blessed event. And we, as Muslims who have
this eagerness, excitement, awareness and love,
say to Christians:
Come, let us prepare together
for the coming return of Jesus. Let us have
respect for one another's differences in belief
knowing that Jesus will teach us the truth anyway.
Let us strive to fill the world with peace, brotherhood,
mercy and love as he wants to see it. Let us struggle
together in word and deed against philosophies
and ideologies that are hostile to him and reject
Let us wait together for one
of the greatest glad tidings and the miracles
in the world history.