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Does the Qur’an support the second coming of Jesus?

Some Muslims, including the Ahmadiyya movement, say there is no second coming of Jesus Christ according to the Qur’an. They say that there are many verses against it. What are their arguments and are they valid or not?

Qur’an support for the second coming of Jesus

Some Muslim sects deny that there is evidence about the return of Jesus, the Messiah on earth. However, the Qur’an is clear that it is Jesus, the Messiah, who is a sign before the Day of Judgment: “And indeed, Jesus will be [a sign for] knowledge of the Hour, so be not in doubt of it, and follow Me. This is a straight path” (Qur’an 43:61). From the context it becomes clear that only Jesus, the Messiah is the one who will come back before the Day of Judgment. All previous verses are about Jesus. Jesus is the one God bestowed His favor on, and Jesus has been made as an example in Qur’an 43:59. An overwhelming authority of Muslim scholars says Jesus is the one who will be the sign of the Hour in Qur’an 43:61 [1]. Tabari commented: “This means that the coming back of Isa is a sign of the coming of the Hour (Day of resurrection)”, while Ibn Abbas noted that “and ‘he’ means the descent of Issa”. Mujahid wrote: “and he will be a known sign for the closeness Hour, that"s to say that one of the signs of the hour is the descent of Issa before the Day of Judgment”. Other Muslim scholars, including Qatadah, Suddi and Dahhak support this claim.

Hadith support for the second coming of Jesus

There is a Hadith, written by Imam Malik in which Jesus Christ and the Antichrist (Ad-Dajjal) are both mentioned. This is an indication of the Day of Judgment: “Imam Malik reported in Al-Muwatta that Abdullah Ibn Omar narrated that the Prophet ( sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention )) said: "While I was asleep circumambulating the Ka"ba (in my dream), suddenly I saw a man of brown complexion and lank hair walking between two men, and water was dropping from his head. I asked, "Who is this?" The people said, "He is the son of Mary." Then I looked behind and I saw a red-complexioned, fat, curly-haired man, blind in the right eye which looked like a bulging out grape. I asked, "Who is this?" They replied, "He is Ad-Dajjal." ” [2] Conclusion from this text can be taken that Jesus will come back. Otherwise Imam Malik should not have mentioned Jesus and the Antichrist.

Islamic references are an echo of Biblical evidence

Qur’an 43:61 refers to many verses in the Gospel. “Sign” can be found in Matthew 24:30: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory”. “The hour” to Matthew 24:44: “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him”. “Follow me” to Mark 10:21: “Then come, follow me”. The Qur’an follows the Previous Scriptures, including the Gospel. In the Gospel is explained that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). Therefore Qur’an 43:61 is a summary of Gospel verses.

Conclusion

We may conclude from the Qur’an, Hadith and traditions in Islam that Jesus, the Messiah will return before the Day of Judgment. Jesus was born without a father and created a bird out of clay, resurrected the dead. This is evidence for the resurrection of the true believers. They don’t have to worry in case of the Day of Judgment.

Notes

  1. Syed Abul Ala Maududi, Tafhim-ul-Quran, 1972, Qur’an 43:61, muflihun.com.
  2. Sahih al-Bukhari 3441, Book 60, Hadith 111.

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