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« on: April 17, 2007, 12:31:49 am »

 
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It's strange to note that the Christians have altered the originals of their faith to the extent that the real name of Prophet Essa (on whom be peace) has changed into something very different i.e. 'Jesus Christ.'  This term has originated from ancient Greek titles to elevate the position of a human being into something super human.  The clergy have been so fixated on this aspect that they apparently forgot that Prophet Essa had a name as a human individual.  His name was simply Essa which is totally forgotten.  It's strange how the Christians don't realise that even if a person has a dozen titles, yet they got to have a name given to them soon after birth.  Essa, son of Mary, must be wondering from Heaven as to whatever happened to his real name. 

The Chrisitians have other stories about the innovations of the name of Prophet Essa (on whom be peace).  They claim that his name was Yeshua, from which evolved the name Jesus.  Their explanation goes as follows:  The Bible was not written in English. What we read in English today are translations from other languages.  The "New Testament" was written in Greek.  Hence, the name "Jesus" is found nowhere in the Scriptures—it is a translation of the Greek name "Iesous" (pronounced "[ee]yeh-sooce").  "Iesous" came over into the Latin "Jesu" (pronounced "yehsoo") and finally into English as "Jesus."

Further, it is said, the name Jesus is an anglicized form of the Latin Iesus, which itself is derived from the Greek name Iesous.  Iesous was the Greek transliteration of the Aramaic name Yeshua, which itself was the later Aramaic form of the Hebrew name Yehoshua.

Boy!  Isn't that intricate!! 

I was also told by some Arabic and Iranian friends that words (including proper nouns) that begin with the sound of 'Y' and 'E' in Arabic are changed to the sound of 'J' in English.  E.g. Yosef = Josef,  Yakob = Jacob, Yasmin = Jasmin and so on.  Thus, the name Essa (with periodical innovations) = Jessa, Jessu and finally Jesus.

However, as Muslims, we simply need to know that the name of the messenger who came before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was Prophet Essa (pbuh).  As always, the information given by the Glorious Quraan is the simplest, easiest and most truthful.  Praise be to Allah (The Highest).



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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008, 07:07:34 pm »



Here, I would further add that the term 'Christ' is still more far-fetched that has nothing to do with the actual Prophet Essa (on whom be peace). 

'Christ' is the English adaptation for the Greek word 'khristos' meaning 'the anointed'.  Anointment is a term that means to grease with oil, animal fat or melted butter.  This is a man-made ritual or ceremony of various religions as a sign of purification or solemn commitment.   In the New Testament, the term 'Christ' or 'khristos' replaces the Hebrew term 'messiah.'  Messiah means 'one who is anointed.'  It is said that in contrast to Christianity, the Jewish tradition understands the 'messiah' to be a human being.   The followers of Jesus became known as Christians after Jesus was given the title of 'Christ.' 

So .. the term 'Christ' appears in English and most European languages, owing to the Greek usage of 'khristos' in the New Testament as a description for Jesus.   However, it's to be noted that the  spelling 'Christ' in English dates only from the 17th century, when the spellings of certain words were changed to fit their Greek or Latin origins.  Prior to this, in old and middle English, this word was spelt 'Crist.'

Also, this may help us to understand why many followers of the Christian and Jewish faith refer to Muslims as 'Mohammadens' .. a term that's totally incorrect and a clear violation of the values of the Noble Quraan.  Since the term 'Christian' has been derived from 'Christ,' with the same mindset the Peolple of the Book (Jews and Christians in accordance with their steady chronological innovations) think that Muslims can also be called 'Mohammadens.'  Their knowledge of the Noble Quraan and history is too insufficient for them to realise the huge discrepancy of this thoughtless presumption.  The term 'Muslim' is NOT at all derived from the name 'Mohammad.'  Muslim in Arabic, as stated in many Chapters of the Noble Quraan, means 'complete surrender to the Will of the Almighty Allah.'   Muhammad was simply the name of the last beloved Messenger who, at the behest of the Almighty Allah, brought His final Message to us.  Thus, the Prophet Muhammad (on whom be peace) followed that same Message of total surrender to the Will of Allah which all of his followers are told to do.  Obedience to the Prophet Muhammad is linked completely on conditions with the compatibility of his (pbuh) actions with the dictates of the Noble Quraan.  And needless to say, the beloved Prophet (pbuh) meticulously adhered to the values of the Quraan.

Therefore, as Muslims, we love, adore and respect our beloved Prophet on whom be eternal peace.  But we are followers of the Glorious Quraan first and then the Prophet, because the Prophet's message comes entirely from the Quraan.  In other words, the importance of the Prophet's message is because of its direct connection with the Glorious Quraan.



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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008, 02:43:54 am »

Excellent post.  I must say, I learnt a great deal reading this.  Thanks my sister.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2009, 07:00:08 pm »



I would like to add the following passage from an article of Br. Fatoohi which indicates that the Noble Quraan uses the terms "Nasara" or "Nazarenes." for Christians.

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The Qur’an does not use the title “Christ” to call Jesus’ followers “Christians.” Christians are not named after the title “Messiah” but are called Nasara or “Nazarenes.” This Qur’anic title does not presume that Jesus was a Nazarene. It is derived from a particular historical event in which Jesus called on his companions for “support” or nasr in Arabic.

But when Jesus perceived disbelief on their part, he said: “Who are my ansar (supporters) in the cause of Allah?” The companions said: “We are Allah’s ansar. We believe in Allah, and do you bear witness that we are Muslims.”  Noble Quraan (3.52)

O you who believe! Be Allah’s ansar (supporters), as Jesus son of Mary said to the companions: “Who are my ansar (supporters) in the cause of Allah?” The companions said: “We are Allah’s ansar (supporters).” Then a party of the Children of Israel believed and a party disbelieved, therefore we aided those who believed against their enemy, so they became the ones that prevailed    Noble Quraan (61.14).

Like the Qur’an, and contrary to what many think, the term Christianos or “Christian” is never used in the Gospels. Furthermore, it appears only three times in the New Testament — twice in Acts and once in the First Epistle of Peter. The first mention in Acts is particularly significant: “For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26). This visit of the apostles Paul and Barnabas to Antioch occurred around 45 CE. This suggests that it was well after Jesus had gone that his disciples or any of his followers started to be known as “Christians.” 

The term is then used twice to refer to any follower of the Christ, which is what it ultimately came to mean. In its second occurrence in Acts (26:28), King Agrippa II argues with Paul for trying to convert him to a “Christian.” In the third and last appearance of the term in the New Testament, the follower of the Christ is reminded not to be ashamed of suffering as a “Christian” and to glorify God for bearing such a name (1 Peter 4:16). 

It may be suggested that it was Paul and Barnabas who introduced this term in Antioch. One argument against this view is that Paul never uses the term in his letters, preferring to call fellow Christians adelphos (brothers) and adelphen (sisters). This may indicate that the term was introduced by non-Christians, which could explain Acts’ anonymous attribution of the coining of the term. If that is the case, it is doubtful that the term was first applied to Christ’s disciples and then to all his followers, as non-Christians would not have differentiated between the two.

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The term 'Christ' was unknown to the people of the Holy Land during the time of Jesus who spoke Aramaic.  'Christ' comes from the Greek word "khristos" meaning "anointed one" referring to Jesus.  The word 'Christian' definitely relates to (or is derived from) the term 'Christ' meaning followers of Jesus.   Apparently, this by itself is a clear indication that the term 'Christian' came into use well after Jesus.  The concept and tradition of anointing to symbolize the introduction of a sacramental or divine influence was something that came about much later.  Therefore the term 'Christ' is an interpolation by later time followers of Jesus.



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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 02:31:14 am »

Phewww!!  how much the tactics of christianity resembles the games of hadith.  amazing, isn't it? 
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2021, 04:55:16 pm »



Big thanks for these details Sister Zeynab.   Actually I didn't remember about this post when I put up my query at The word 'nasara' in the Noble Quran.    Now when I read Sister Heba's elucidation there, both these post together give complete info and are really informative. 

InshAllah, I'll put a link on both these posts.


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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2021, 04:56:35 pm »



Thank you Sister Ruhi.   Yes, I would really appreciate if you linked these two posts, InshAllah.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2021, 07:05:10 pm »



Thank you Sister.  Very good post, and also the excerpt from Dr. Louay Fatoohi's work.    Considering these facts, isn't the term "Christian" an inappropriate translation of "nasara?"   The original Quran in Arabic never uses the word "Christian."  The word "Christian" comes from "Christ" meaning 'the anointed.'  This is a gross interpolation and does not conform with Monotheistic concepts.  
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2021, 07:06:49 pm »



Indeed right brother.   The word Christians has gotten so commonplace and the common people have randomly  started accepting this term to such an extent, that they don't bother to find out what it actually means and how it came about and its falsification & violation of the Monotheistic ideology.  Even translators, who should know better, unfortunately have failed to discern.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2021, 07:09:47 pm »



That's exactly the problem.   When a false concept gets established as a tradition, it can be the most obstinate thing in the world spreading ignorance generation after generation.

May Allah Almighty protect us from such dangers.   Ameen.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2021, 07:10:45 pm »



You're absolutely right.   

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