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    Question Concept of Messiah in Islam (OP)


    Hi everyone, not sure whether this thread belongs here or in Clarifications, so feel free to move it.

    My questions are as follows:

    • What is the concept of Messiahship in Islam? What are the necessary criteria for Messiahship?
    • Did Jesus fulfill these criteria, or did someone else fulfill them, or is the Messiah still to come? (Or any other possibilities?)
    • To what extent do these criteria correspond to the multiple prophecies in the Tanakh (aka the 'Old Testament')?


    Inevitably, I guess, a comparison with the concept in Judaism, Christianity and other Abrahamic faiths is bound to come up at some stage - but for the time being can we focus on the questions above.

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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Abd-al Latif View Post
    JazakAllah Khayr akhee 'Abd al-Latif. I have been searching for some good literature on Usool al-Hadeeth in the English language for some time. This book by Sheikh Bilal Philips seem to be an ideal starting place.
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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by Uthmān View Post
    JazakAllah Khayr akhee 'Abd al-Latif. I have been searching for some good literature on Usool al-Hadeeth in the English language for some time. This book by Sheikh Bilal Philips seem to be an ideal starting place.
    There are other stuff as well but I'll paste the pictures of the book covers in another thread.
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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by 'Abd-al Latif View Post
    There are other stuff as well but I'll paste the pictures of the book covers in another thread.
    JazakAllah Khayr. That would be welcome.
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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

    From my FAQ from Christians:

    Question: Why do you call Jesus “Messiah” if you don’t believe in his divinity?

    Answer: The original meaning of the term was something like “chosen one”. The Jews thought (and still think) that the Messiah will be the man to come and lead them. At the time when he came, most Jews were expecting him to be a military leader who would free them from Roman control. As we both know, he was not concerned with this. Over the centuries Christians have changed the meaning of the word “Messiah”, redefining it so that it means “savior”. We use the term properly, in its original sense, the sense in which the Jews use it, and on that level we agree with you that the Messiah (or in Greek, the Christ) has already come and he was the blessed Jesus.

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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

    Jewish tradition - the Messiah will bring political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people:

    be a great judge make righteous decisions
    be well-versed in Jewish law
    a charismatic leader
    inspire others to follow his example
    be a descendant of King David
    gain sovereignty over Israel
    gather the Jews from the four corners of the earth
    restore them to full observance of Torah law
    bring peace to the whole world

    Jews expect quite a bit from the messiah then just being annointed, even though that is the original meaning of the word.
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    Re: Concept of Messiah in Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by Follower View Post
    Jews expect quite a bit from the messiah then just being annointed, even though that is the original meaning of the word.
    Yep. I think it is safe to say that while Islam, Judaism, and Christianity all have the concept of the Messiah, that they are completely different concepts from one another. That shouldn't be surprisiing, there are many other terms that all three faiths use, but mean different things by them. If we shared the same understandings of all our terms we would probably be able to develop a synthesis of our beliefs, but I seriously doubt that is ever going to happen.

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