The Islamic View of Jesus
By Imam Ibn Kathir
Translated By Tamir Abu As-Su'ood Muhammad
Paperback 106 Pages
Publisher : Dar Al-Manarah For Translation, Publishing & Distribution, El-Mansora - Egypt
About The Book
This Book Compiled from the Works of Imam Ibn Kathir.
Jesus the Miracle Baby, The Prophet of Allah his Second Coming are amongst many of the issues discussed in this book.
As well as prophethood and apostleship, Jesus was honoured with many other great qualities and characteristics. The Qur'an says, with reference to his honour :
'Remember when the angels said, 'Allah is giving you the glad tidings of a word from Him, who’s name shall be Masih, I`sa (Jesus) alayhis salam, Son of Maryam (Mary), honoured in this world and in the Hereafter and from the rank of those close to Him.' TMQ - 3:45
Imam Ibn Kathir adds, 'Jesus’ rank was extremely high in this world and also in the hereafter. Jesus was given the Injil (Gospels) and the power to cure the leper and the blind and to bring back to life those who had already died, he was also helped by the angel Gabriel on many occasions.' All this was part of worldly honour. He was also endowed with great wisdom and knowledge, as the Qur'an says:
'And Allah will teach him the book and wisdom and Torah and Injil (Gospels).' TMQ - 3:48
'Then Allah says, 'O Jesus, the Son of Maryam (Mary)! Recount my favour upon you and your mother, when I strengthened you with the angel Gabriel so that you speak to people in childhood and maturity and when I taught you the book and wisdom and Torah and Injil.' TMQ - 5:110
Imam Ibn Kathir(d.774/1352) has said, in explanation of this verse that I’sa (Jesus) was given the talent of writing and that Al Kitab in this verse actually means Al Kitabah, which refers to writing ,as it is a noun in the meaning of its verb, and this would signify that Jesus was not unlettered.
About Imam Ibn Kathir
Emad Ed-Din Isma'il Ibn 'Umar Ibn ibn Kathr , originally from Busra (Syria) – and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi`i school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 700 AH or little later in an area called Majdal, near Busra, west of Damascus. His father died when he was only four years old and was taken in by his brother and moved to Damascus in 706. Here, he learned from great scholars such as Ibn Asakir, Ishaq ibn Yahya al-Amudi and the great Ibn Taymiyyah who was extremely close to him. He also studied under various other sheikhs who gave him permission in fiqh and Hadith. He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences. The following are amongst his most prominent:
Tafsir of the Qur’an, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: a history of Muslims from Adam until Ibn Kathir’s time, At-Takmil: a book on the science of Asmaul Rijal (profiles of transmitters of Hadith), Jami`ul Masanid: a book that collects the Hadith from ten major books of Hadith, , The classes of Shafi`i scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam, Extraction of the traditions of Tanbih (a Shafi`i book of jurisprudence), The commentary on al-Bukhari (which he did not finish), The book of laws (again, he did not complete it), The summary to the science of Hadith; a synopsis to the introduction of Ibn Sah’s work, Extraction of the traditions to the summary of Ibn Hajib, Musnad of the two sheikhs (Abu Bakr and Umar), Biography of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, The epistle of Jihad.
Many of These have been translated into the English Language (Even though some are Abrdged Translations)
Al-Hafiz Ibn hajar Al-Asqalani said,”Ibn Kathir lost his sight just before his life ended. He died in Damascus in 774A.H. May Allah grant him Mercy and make him amongst the residents of Jannah (Heavenly Garden) . For biography of Imam Ibn Kathir please Click Here.