SAYYIDUNA ‘ISA علیہ السلام IN THE HEAVENS

When Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  proclaimed his Prophethood in front of Jews, they were already well-informed by virtue of Tawrah that Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  would overrule their religion. For this reason, Jews became his enemy. When Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  felt that Jews will remain rigid in their unbelief and they will kill him, he علیہ السلام  addressed the people and said:

مَنْ اَنۡصَارِیۡۤ اِلَی اللہِ ؕ

Who are to be my helpers towards the religion of Almighty Allah?

About twelve or nineteen companions replied:

نَحْنُ اَنۡصَارُ اللہِ ۚ اٰمَنَّا بِاللہِ ۚ وَاشْہَدْ بِاَنَّا مُسْلِمُوۡنَ ﴿۵۲﴾

We are the helpers of the religion of Almighty Allah. We have brought faith unto Allah and you be a witness that we are Muslims.

The remaining Jews remained rigid in their unbelief and they conspired to assassinate Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  . They sent a person called ‘Tatyanoos’ to kill Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  in his home. Meanwhile, Allah sent Sayyiduna Jibra`eel علیہ السلام  with a cloud to raise Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  towards the skies. His mother embraced him out of love and affection. Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  said to his mother, ‘O beloved mother, now we will meet on the Day of Judgement’ and the cloud lifted him up to the skies. This incident took place in Bayt-ul-Muqaddas in the blessed night of Shab-e-Qadr.

According to the research of ‘Allamah Jalaluddin Suyuti علیہ الرحمۃ at that time the blessed age of Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  was 33 years and according to ‘Allamah Zurqaani علیہ الرحمۃ at that time the blessed age of Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  was 120 years. Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti علیہ الرحمۃ also became of the same opinion in the later days of his life. (Tafseer Jamal ‘alal Jalalayn, vol. 1, pp. 427; part 3, Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, verse 57)

When Tatyanoos did not come out of the home of Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  for a long time, Jews invaded the home. Allah transformed Tatyanoos into the appearance of Sayyiduna ‘Isa (علیہ السلام  ). Jews killed Tatyanoos assuming him to be Sayyiduna ‘Isa (علیہ السلام  ). After this, when the family members of Tatyanoos observed his dead body carefully, only his face was identical to that of Sayyiduna ‘Isa’s while rest of his body was of his own. His family members inquired that if the killed person was ‘Isa (علیہ السلام  ), then where was their Tatyanoos; and if that was Tatyanoos, where was ‘Isa (علیہ السلام  )? This issue sparked so much that civil war broke about among the Jews and consequently, a lot of Jews were killed. Allah has described this event in the Holy Quran as follows:

وَمَکَرُوۡا وَمَکَرَ اللہُ ؕ وَاللہُ خَیۡرُ الْمٰکِرِیۡنَ ﴿٪54﴾اِذْ قَالَ اللہُ یٰعِیۡسٰۤی اِنِّیۡ مُتَوَفِّیۡکَ وَرَافِعُکَ اِلَیَّ وَمُطَہِّرُکَ مِنَ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡا وَجَاعِلُ الَّذِیۡنَ اتَّبَعُوۡکَ فَوْقَ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡۤا اِلٰی یَوْمِ الْقِیٰمَۃِ ۚ ثُمَّ اِلَیَّ مَرْجِعُکُمْ فَاَحْکُمُ بَیۡنَکُمْ فِیۡمَا کُنۡتُمْ فِیۡہِ تَخْتَلِفُوۡنَ ﴿55﴾

And the unbelievers conspired (to kill ‘Isa), and Allah covertly planned to destroy them; and Allah is the best of secret planners. Remember when Allah said, ‘O ‘Isa! I will keep you alive till your full age, and raise you towards Me, and purify you from the unbelievers and give your followers dominance over the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection; then you will all return to Me, so I shall judge between you concerning the matter in which you dispute.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 3, Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, verse 54-55)

After Sayyiduna ‘Isa’s ascension towards the Heavens, Sayyidatuna Maryam رضی اللہ عنہا lived for 6 years and then passed away.

It is mentioned in Bukhari and Muslim that Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  will descend on earth close to the Day of Judgement and will follow the Shari’ah of our Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. He علیہ السلام  will kill Dajjaal and the pig, break the cross and after maintaining justice for seven years, he علیہ السلام  will pass away and will be buried in Madina-tul-Munawwarah under the Grand Green Dome.
(Tafseer Jamal ‘alal Jalalayn, vol. 1, pp. 427; part 3, Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, verse 57)

Refuting the credo of the Christians, it has also been revealed in the Holy Quran:

وَمَا قَتَلُوۡہُ یَقِیۡنًاۢ ﴿157﴾ۙبَلۡ رَّفَعَہُ اللہُ اِلَیۡہِ ؕ وَکَانَ اللہُ عَزِیۡزًا حَکِیۡمًا ﴿158﴾

And without doubt, they did not kill him. But, Allah raised him towards Himself; and Allah is Almighty, Wise.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 6, Surah An-Nisa, verse 157-158)

In the preceding verse, it is said:

وَمَا قَتَلُوۡہُ وَمَا صَلَبُوۡہُ وَلٰکِنۡ شُبِّہَ لَہُمْ ؕ

They did not slay him nor did they crucify him, but a duplicate was created for them.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 6, Surah An-Nisa, verse 157)

To sum up, Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  was not killed by Jews but was ascended to the heavens by Allah . Anyone who believes that Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  was either killed or crucified as Christians believe; such person is an unbeliever as the Holy Quran mentions clearly that Sayyiduna ‘Isa علیہ السلام  was neither killed nor crucified.

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