The Spirit of Allah
The Story of Our Prophet 'Isa
'Isa sat in the temple, in Jerusalem. He was thirty years of age. He was tall and thin. He was bare-footed and wore a woolen shirt. He thought about the fate of his people.
'Isa left the temple and headed for the hills. The shepherds took their sheep and returned home. The sun was about to set. 'Isa thought about the children of Israel and asked himself: "How can I guide the children of Israel to the Light? How can guide them to the right path?"
The sun set, so the shepherds returned to their houses, the sheep to their yards, birds to their nests, and children to their mothers' laps.
As for 'Isa, he did not return to his house. Why? Because he had no house.
He slept in the wilderness. He went to the caves in the mountains when it rained or snowed. When he became hungry, he ate wild plants.
Thus, 'Isa led a life of freedom and asceticism. He feared no one except Allah. He lived honorable, for he had no ambition in this world.
When the evening came and it was time to sleep, 'Isa put a stone under his head, lay on his back, and looked at the sky full of stars.
Suddenly, the angel appeared and filled the place with light. He said to 'Isa: "Allah order you to annouce His message.
Thus, 'Isa assumed the responsiblility of spreading Allah's message. Allah Almighty supported him.
The Heavenly Announcement
The market was full of people. 'Isa stood up to announce the news of the Sky. He said bravely: "Children of Israel, I am Allah's apostle to you. I will verify what is before me of the Torah and give good news of an Apostle who will come after me, his name is Ahmed."
At that time Fontius Flatos was the ruler of Palestine.
The Caesar ordered the rulers to fulfill the demands of the people in the occupied regions if they did not harm the security of the Roman Empire.
The ruler watched closely what was happening in his country.
One day he received reports about what had happened in his country. It had been mentioned in the reports: "A young man called 'Isa says that he is Allah's apostle, and that he summons people to follow Allah's religion and to refrain from corruption.
The Jewish clergymen were displeased with 'Isa's message. Why were they displeased with 'Isa's message? They were displeased with it because it summoned people to help the poor and to give food to the hungry, and because 'Isa said that the Jewish clergymen had distorted the Torah, and because the Jewish clergy men deceived the poor and took their belongings as gifts for gods.
At that time some Jews disbelieved in the Day of Judgment and life after death. They did not believe in reckoning. punishment, and reward. They did not say that openly. They acted religiously but in reality they deviated from religion. They showed belief and concealed unbelief.
The Jewish clergymen started their war against 'Isa; they spread rumors against him and accused him of unbelief. They said with malice: "If 'Isa is a prophet, then where are his miracles?
Musa had many miracles, then what has 'Isa brought?"
They said obscene words against Maryam.
They accused her while she was chaste.
In the wilderness, 'Isa summoned the children of Israel to believe in the spirit and to refrain being materialistic.
A Jewish clergy man said: "The spirit is the material that circulates through our veins."
'Isa, son of Maryam said: "The spirit is Allah's word."
"I do not know what you say," commented the Jewish clergy man.
'Isa bent and took a handful of clay, and then he sked the Jewish clergyman: "What is this?"
"A handful of clay," answered the Jewish clergyman.
"Does it have spirit?" asked 'Isa.
"No," replied the Jewish clergyman.
"I will make of it a shape like a bird, and then I will blow into it and it will become a bird with Allah's permission.
The Jewish clergyman said with astonishment: "What do you mean?"
'Isa replied: "I mean that I am able to blow into it and it will turn into a bird with Allah's permission. That is because Allah gives life to all creatures, and He has power over all things.
At that moment, 'Isa created a shape like a bird and blew into it.
Suddenly, the handful of clay turned into a white pigeon. The pigeon clapped its wing and flew away in the blue sky.
'Isa was filled with humbleness for Allah, the Almighty, the Creator.
Did the children of Israel believe in 'Isa? Did they prostrate themselves to Allah? The answer is certainly 'no'. The Jewish clergymen increased their malice against 'Isa, and they rumored among the simple people: "'Isa is an unbelieving young man!"
They plotted to kill him. 'Isa saw unbelief in their eyes, so he said: "Who will be my helpers in Allah's way?"
So twelve men rose and said: "We are helpers (in the way) of Allah."
Then they looked at the sky and said: Our Lord, we have believed in what you have revealed and we followed the apostle, so write us down with those who bear witness."
Our prophet 'Isa had a friend called 'Azir. 'Azir was a believing young man, so 'Isa loved him very much.
One day 'Isa went to 'Azir's house and asked about him. A woman came out weeping and saying: "'Azir died and was buried three days ago!"
Our prophet 'Isa asked the woman: "Do you want to see 'Azir?"
The believing mother answered: "Yes, Allah's Spirit!"
'Isa said: "Tomorrow, I will come and give him life with Allah's permisison.
In the early morning, 'Isa came and said to the mother: "Come with me to his grave."
'Isa stood by the grave, looked at the sky, begged Allah, and said with firm faith: "'Azir, wake up!"
Suddenly, the dust moved aside, the grave split open, and 'Azir came out of it.
The mother embraced her son with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Our prophet 'Isa asked 'Azir: "Do you want to stay with your mother?"
'Azir replied: "Yes, Allah's Word!"
'Isa explained: "Allah has given you a new life. You will marry, and Allah will grant you good children."
The Heavenly Food
Allah inspired the disciples to believe in Him and His apostle, and they said: "We have believed, and bear witness that we have submitted (to You)."
The disciples followed 'Isa, son of Maryam. They believed in him and supported him. They were a small army, but they were strong.
'Isa was notable here and in the hereafter. He was so believing that Allah accepted all his supplications.
'Isa asked Allah for miracles to make people believe in Him.
'Isa was like a good shepherd who took care of his sheep and protected them from wolves. The poor from among the children of Israel were like lost sheep. The hypocrites were like wolves; they took the poor and taught them to disbelieve in the message of 'Isa (A.S.).
One day 'Isa and his disciples went to the nearby hills. They wanted to spread faith among the people of the villages.
They sat by a fountain. 'Isa began washing the disciples feet. So the disciples asked him: "Why are you washing our feet, Allah's apostle?"
'Isa said humbly: "I want you to treat people as I treat you; I want you to serve them as I serve you."
The disciples became hungry. 'Isa satisfied his hunger with some wild plants, but the disciples were unable to do that. 'Isa renounced this world, he taught himself how to control his stomach.
The disciples said to each other: "'Isa created a bird from the clay with Allah's permission. He gave life to 'Azir with Allah's permission, so he is able to ask Allah to send us food from the sky."
For this reason, they asked him: "'Isa, son of Maryam, can your lord send us food from the sky?"
For this reason, they asked him: "'Isa, son of Maryam, can your Lord send us food from the sky?"
'Isa was moved, so he asked himself: "Do they doubt Allah's power?" Then he said to them: "Fear Allah if you are believers!"
They said: "We desire that we should eat of it, and that our hearts should be at rest, and that we may know that you have spoken the truth to us and that we may be of the witnesses to it."
They wanted to say: "We want food from the sky so that our hearts are sure of it, and we will bear witness to this miracle before all the people. Therefore, the food will be another proof of truthfulness for you, 'Isa. Moreover, we want to get the blessing of heavenly food."
'Isa(A.S.) kept silent, his bright face became sad, and his eyes blazed with heavenly light.
'Isa prostrated himself to Allah, the Lord of heavens, and then he looked at the blue sky and said from the bottom of his heart:
"Our Lord, send down to us food from heaven, which should be an ever recurring happiness to the first of us and the last of us, and a sign from You, and grant us means of subsistence, and You are the best of the providers."
Heavenly light blazed and covered the place. 'Isa (A.S.) and the disciples heard Allah's voice saying to them: "Surely, I will sent it down to you, but whoever shall disbelieve afterwards from among you surely I will chastise him with a chastisement with which I will not chastise any one among the nations."
Excellent food came down from heaven. It had bread and meat. Its flavor traveled through space, so the hungry and the poor came to 'Isa. They found with him excellent food, so they ate and drank and went away.
At the Beach
Our prophet 'Isa (A.S.) went to the beach to visit the fishermen. Seeing 'Isa, the fishermen cheered: "The teacher has come!"
They were sad because they threw their nets into the see, but all their attempts came to nothing.
Some fishermaen sat at the beach; some sat on their boats and looked at 'Isa with sadness; so they folded their sails and were hopeless.
'Isa embarked a boat and ordered the fishermaen to go fishing.
The fishermen raised their sails and followed the boat of 'Isa (A.S.).
'Isa ordered the fishermen to stop at a certain place in the Blue Sea and to throw their nets into the water. A surprising thing occurred! The fishermen drew their nets and they were full of fish. They went on fishing till their boats were full of fish.
The fishermen thanked Allah for that and returned to the beach.
One day one of the disciples asked our prophet 'Isa to go with him to his house. 'Isa accepted and went with the disciple.
On his way there, 'Isa saw a young man wailing and some people mocking him. The young man was dumb and deaf. He did not hear anything, so he was not able to speak. However, he looked at the people with perplexity when the laughed at him.
'Isa put the palm of his hand on the young man's ear and he was able to hear. The people were astonished when they knew that the youne man was able to hear, so some of them believed in 'Isa and followed him.
Then 'Isa went to his friend's house.
In the morning, 'Isa heard some people hitting the door with stones, so he went out to see what was happening.
When 'Isa went out, he saw a leprous person walking and some people hitting him with stones to force him to leave the village.
The people hit the leprous person with stones from far and felt disgust at seeing him.
'Isa put the palm of his hand on the leprous person's face and healed him of his disease.
As for the people, they pushed one another to touch 'Isa's hand to be blessed by it.
'Isa devoted his life to helping the poor, the miserable, and the needy. He guided the people to the right path and gave them good news of the most honorable Prophet, Mohammed (S.A.W.), whom he called the Comforter. He said to them: "As for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of what I have said to you."(John's Gospel).
'Isa read to the people what had been mentioned in the Torah; he read to them what Allah, the Glorified, said to Musa (A.S.): "I will appoint to them a prophet like you from among their brothers, and I will put my words in his mouth, so he will tell them about all what I will entrust to him."(Torah,the Deuteronomy).
For this reason, the Jewish soothsayers bore malice agaist 'Isa and provoked the people to kill him. They rumored that 'Isa was a magician, and that he turned away from Musa's religion.
One day, while 'Isa and his disciples were sitting in the temple, the Jews rushed to kill him. Thus, Filatos, the ruler, ordered the police to arrest him to protect him from the wickedness of the Jews and to know his view and message.
'Isa was taken to the palace, and the mob followed him, so Filatos came out of his palace to ask them about the reason why they were indignant with 'Isa.
The mob shouted everywhere: "'Isa is an unbeliever, apostate, and a traitor!"
Thus, the bodyguards closed the gate of the palace. Then Filatos consider carefully 'Isa's face. He saw his eyes blazing with love and peace, so he said to himself: "Surely, this young man has sincere views."
Then Filatos asked 'Isa: "Do you provoke people against my government?"
'Isa answered with confidence: "No, I don't. I ask them to think about the Creator of the world, to treat each other kindly, and to serve Allah, the One and Only."
Filatos had read the Greek philosophers' views, so he understood that 'Isa's views would not endanger Rome.
For this reason, the bodyguards opened the gate of the palace and released 'Isa.
As for the Jews, they rumored that 'Isa had impressed his views on the ruler, and that the ruler wanted to betray the Caesar.
The Jews were wicked; they were not satisfied with spreading rumors, so they sent letters t the Caeaar to remove the ruler from office.
Thus, the country was full of chaos. He was afraid that the Jews would overthrow his government, so he let them behave as they pleased towards 'Isa.
The Jews were filled with malice against 'Isa. They were as wild as wolves, so they tried to cut him into pieces with their own teeth. They wanted to kill him because he brought them humane views and the true religion Allah revealed to our prophet Musa (A.S.).
The Jewish clergymen held a noisy meeting. In the meeting they discussed how to arrest 'Isa, son of Maryam, (A.S.).
Thus, the spies went everywhere to look for him, but they did not find him. The Jewish clergymen were anxious because 'Isa had hidden himself.
They thought that 'Isa would endanger their interests, so they allotted expensive prizes to those who would capture him or give information about him.
'Isa and his mother faced many hardships in this world.
The Jews persecuted Maryam from the day when 'Isa (A.S.) was born. They did not believe in this miracle, and, besides, they accused Maryam of corruption when they said: "'Isa's father is a person called Yousif al-Najjar.
When 'Isa grew up and assumed Allah's message, the Jews persecuted him everywhere. Now, they provoked the government to kill him, and they accused the ruler of betraying the Caesar.
The Jews succeeded in getting a green light to kill 'Isa, so they searched for him everywhere. Meanwhile the Roman ruler ordered his soldiers to arrest him.
Where did 'Isa go?
'Isa moved secretly from one place to another. He and his followers spent each night at a different place. One night 'Isa (A.S.) and his disciples hid in a farm. When they had eaten their food, 'Isa rose to teach his followers a lesson in humbleness. He washed their hands and said: "I've done that to be an example to all of you; therefore behave humbly and modestly towards people."
On that night 'Isa felt treason, so he said: "I want to tell you that the shepherd will go, the sheep will stay by themselves, and one of you will disbelieve in me before the rooster crows three times."
Thus, the disciples looked at each other; they saw the eyes of Yahudha al-Askharyuti blazing with treason.
On that cold winter night, 'Isa and his followers slept except Yahudha, who went out of the farm.
Yahudha thought of gold and the expensive prizes, so he went to the temple where the Jewish clergy men sat waiting for news of 'Isa.
Yahudha tole the chief Jewish clergyman about 'Isa and in turn he took gold.
When the rooster crowed three times, the Jewish clergy men ordered the Roman soldiers to accompany Yahudha. Yahudha did not want anyone to recognize him, so he veiled his face.
He walked and the soldiers walked behind him. The people woke when they hears the soldiers' noise. Tens of soldiers broke into the farm, and the disciples escaped in all directions.
Allah wanted to punish Yahudha, so he made his face look like 'Isa's.
As for 'Isa, Allah lifted him to the sky and saved him from the Jews' ugly plot.
The Roman soldiers did not find 'Isa. They did not recognized him because they had not seen him before. During that chaos, they looked at Yahudha's face which looked like 'Isa's, so they captured Yahudha and went away.
The Jews want to get rid of 'Isa quickly, so they ordered the Romans soldiers to crucify Yahudha at the Hill of al-Jaljala and they took him there and crucified him. Thus, the Jews imagined that the story of 'Isa was over.
Did the story of 'Isa end?
The asnwer is 'no', for many rumors about his coming were spread. Perhaps, the rumors were spread by the poor, who loved 'Isa.
However, the Jews were afraid of those rumors because they were not sure of murdering 'Isa, so they rumored that they had crucified him.
As for the truth, it is what Allah, the Glorified, has mentioned in the Qur'an:
"And they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like 'Isa..., and they killed him without certainty. Rather, Allah took him up to himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise."(The Holy Qur'an,4,157-158)
'Isa will come someday, When will he come?
He will come on the promised day when the twelfth Imam of the holy Ahl al-Bayt, Imam al-Mahdi (A.S.), of whose coming our prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) gave good news, comes.
'Isa will support al-Mahdi, the truth will defeat falsehood, and love and peace will prevail on earth.