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Why God Allowed Confusion About Crucifixion

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Ali Al-Khabaz
2012/03/14
As-salamu `alaykum. From my small knowledge I know that the Qur'an says that the crucifixion is false. It says Allah made all the onlookers deceived. But why would Allah fool the believers too? Christians believed Jesus was crucified for at least around 400 years until Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, came and revealed the truth. Surely Allah wants more believers to know the truth. The Christian faith is based on the fact that Jesus rose again. But if Allah had let the believers know the truth they would have not have worshipped Jesus. So why would Allah deceive the believers? Thanks in advance.
Shahul Hameed
Answer

Salam, Ali.

 

Thank you for your question.

In fact, it is not really accurate to think that Allah "fooled" all the onlookers (of the crucifixion) or the later generations. The Qur'an does not say so. Please read the actual verse, which says what means:

 

*{That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah"; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise}* (An-Nisaa' 4:157-158)

Allah describes here what actually happened; that the events were such that many people thought Jesus had been crucified, though the fact was that Allah had raised him to Himself.

Your question is why Allah allowed such a thing to happen.

The answer is that Allah knew of the misunderstanding of the people. But at the same time, we need to remember that Allah created us humans as free beings. He endowed us with reason, imagination and other intellectual faculties. It is up to us to make use of these God-given gifts to understand everything in the proper perspective.

If Allah were to force everyone to accept the truth, He would be denying them the freedom of choice and action. In which case, all of us would be mere automatons.

Please read the Qur'anic verse that says what means:

*{We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of our creation.}* (Al-Israa' 17:70)

The *{special favors}* God has given mankind include our rational faculties; and it is to the credit of Islam that it teaches Muslims to use reason even in matters of faith. Allah in the Noble Qur'an compares those people who do not use their rationality to cattle:

*{… they have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided…}* (Al-A`raf 7:179)

This means that we humans should use our God-given faculties to look for the truth and follow it. As we are the best of God's creatures endowed with free will, there is no meaning in saying that God should have compulsorily made all people to accept the truth and follow it. That would be asking God to make us unthinking and irresponsible like cattle.

And Allah knows best.

I hope this answer is fulfilling and in case you have more queries, please don't hesitate to contact us again.

Thank you and please stay in touch.

Salam.

Useful Links:

The Alleged Torture and Crucifixion of Jesus

Did Jesus Die to Bring Eternal Life to Man?

Crucifixion: Fact or Fiction?

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