Dr. Waffie Mohammed
The first Trinidad national to have earned a doctorate in the study of Islam, Dr. Waffie graduated from the University of Karachi with a PhD in Islamic Studies, obtained in parallel with Al-Kamil certification from the Aleemiya Institute established by Dr. Fazlu R. Ansari.
On his return to Trinidad, Dr. Waffie contributed to the development of the Muslim communities located throughout the country and the region, while at the same time serving the wider national communities. This led to his appointment to the Senate in 1981, and his later appointment as Director of the Muslim World League regional office for the Caribbean and Latin America, a position in which he contributed to global Muslim development, until his retirement in 2003.
Dr. Waffie is currently serving as the Principal and Director at the Markaz al Ihsaan Institute of Islamic Theology. He also serves as a spiritual leader of the local chapters of the Qadri and Nakshbandi Orders within Islamic Spirituality Circles.
The author of numerous books, articles and publications dedicated to Islam and contemporary social issues, Dr. Waffie also has a growing number of pioneering works in contemporary Islamic studies. Dr. Waffie blogs often at http://drwaffie.blogspot.com
THE LAST DAY OF JESUS ON EARTH
- By Dr. Waffie Mohammed
- Published 03/31/2010
Text for TV program
In our last
program, we saw where Jesus was preaching moral principles, and while
he was popular with the multitude of the Israelites, the Chief priest
and the Scribes were not favouring him very much. They considered him
to be a problem as he was criticising their behaviour and teachings.
the laws of Moses, and he was trying to restore them; so they wanted
to get rid of him.
Jesus had real
problem to get dedicated workers for the cause of Allah, as he preached
and taught the people. They listened to him but were not prepared to
sacrifice their lives for the cause of Allah. Even his disciples were
not very dedicated to his mission.
We saw this
in his saying to them that all of them were going to forsake him in
that crucial night. This included even Peter. So he said to them, after
they had a meal together. All of you shall be offended because of
Jesus tell Peter that he (Peter) will forsake Jesus?
Jesus was aware
that there was plan to take hold of him and to try to get rid of him.
He was also aware of the fact that while his disciples were with him
all the time they were not fully dedicated to his mission and did not
really learn much from him.
he once told Peter:
behind me, Satan; thou art an offense unto me; for thou savorest
not the things that be of God, but
those that be of men. (Mt.17:23).
was Peter the only one about whom Jesus was disappointed?
Jesus was not
happy with the dedication to his mission from his disciples. Look at
what he told them all:
If any man
will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and
follow me. (Mt.17:24)
Again he said
and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall
I suffer you? (Mt.17:17)
We see the
lack of dedication among the disciples when they were given some major
responsibilities to undertake. Take for example while Jesus was praying
in the garden.
was in the garden worshipping Allah, what were the disciples who were
with him doing?
to worship the Lord in the garden of Gethsemane. He took with him three
of the disciples and with a heavy heart, he ordered them to sit and
keep watch while he went a little further and prayed as Muslims pray.
made his supplications to the Lord, he came back and found the three
of them asleep. He was not happy with them and said to them:
ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and
pray that ye enter not into temptation. (Mt.26:40-41)
Then he went
back again to worship, hoping that his disciples would listen to him
and stay alert; but when he was finished and came back; he again found
them asleep. He gave up on them and went back and continued to worship
Allah. He said to them:
now, and take your rest; behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of
man is betrayed into the hands of the sinners. (Mt.26:45)
really betrayed by one of his disciples?
has not mentioned anything about what happened to him, from the time
of his preaching, his encounter with the chief priests and scribes,
his arrest and trial. All it has mentioned is about the crucifixion.
What we know
about the incidents which led to his end or disappearance can be
from what is contained in the Gospels.
he was identified by Judas, who betrayed him for a fee. Upon his
he was arrested; one of his disciples resisted his arrest; but Jesus
ordered him to put away his sword.
with the way the multitude was behaving against him so he said to them:
Are ye come
out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat
daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
the chief priests and scribes angry with Jesus?
humility; something the chief priests and scribes did not have. Look
at what he taught them:
say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom
of heaven. (Mt.18:3-4)
of how he dealt with them: They came to him and ask him something. Jesus
replied as follows:
Ye have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying: This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips but their heart is far from me but in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men…..
the disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were
offended, after they heard this saying?
So Jesus was
all the time highlighting their evil and telling the multitude how their
leaders were evil, and they did not like that at all.
when he was arrested?
First of all,
the disciples forsook him and fled.
the disciples forsook him and fled.
He was taken
to the high priest, who was with the scribes and the elders.
And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. (Mt.26:57)
and sat among the people; and the authorities were trying to find false
witnesses to accuse him of treason, so that they can kill him. They
found two false witnesses and as a result they began to torture him.
Peter do when he saw the people humiliating Jesus?
himself in trouble, as some of the women identified him as being one
from among Jesus disciples. But Peter denied ever knowing Jesus and
began to curse, as if he was cursing Jesus.
I do not know the man. …Then began he to curse and swear, saying,
I know not the man. Mt.26:74)
that Jesus had predicted that he will forsake his master, he went out
and wept for what he did.
tried for whatever he was accused?
The Bible tells
us about his trial as follows:
morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took
counsel against Jesus to put him to death; and when they bound him,
they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.
He was taken
before the governor; but he did not answer any of the questions that
were posed to him. Instead of condemning him the governor was surprised
that Jesus was able to hold his peace in spite of all the accusations
that were levelled against him by the high priest and his men.
realised that Jesus was a just person and that he was envied. To add
to his own conviction, his wife sent a message to him telling him that
he should have nothing to do with the condemnation of Jesus.
questioned the multitude as to who was the one to be released from
the chief priest and his men urged the multitude to say Barabas, and
not Jesus. The multitude did not want to hear anything about justice,
etc. they simply said let him be crucified. Pilate washed his hands
off the matter
But he was
not tried for anything?
No, the high
priest and his men just wanted to get rid of Jesus and the way they
selected was to crucify him. So they began torturing him and began
preparation for his crucifixion.
to take him to the place where he was to be crucified. But he was unable
to carry the cross, so they forced Simon to take the cross and carry
it for Jesus. There is no record in the Bible that Jesus took back the
is no record that he was kept close to Simon. As a matter of fact, he
turned around and began speaking to the ladies who were following him.
This is recorded in Luke 23:28, as follows:
of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your
of all the turmoil and confusion, no one knows exactly who was put on
were guards and soldiers, and the high priests, etc. how could they
have made a mistake and crucify another person?
There are many
Christian sects that believe that Jesus was not crucified. Some of these
- The Basilidians, in the very beginning of Christianity denied that Christ himself suffered, but asserted that it was Simon who was crucified.
- The Corinthians also are of the same view.
- The Carpocrations also are of this view.
the Qur'an say about his crucifixion?
us in the Holy Qur'an, the following:
boastfully say: We killed the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, the
of Allah. But they killed him not, nor crucified him. But so it appeared
to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with not
knowledge; but only conjecture to follow; for a surety they did not
kill him. (4:157)
were there some doubts as to who was actually put on the cross?
some unusual developments at the time of the crucifixion. These are
recorded in the Bible as follows:
the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. (Mt.27:51ff.)
would have known who was actually crucified, when they would have taken
down the body?
The body of
the one that was crucified was secretly taken away and buried in a
tomb. We find reference of this in Mathew. It says:
even had come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who
also himself was Jesus disciple. He went to Pilate, and begged the body
of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when
had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it
in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled
a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. (Mt. 27:57-61)
Is it true
then that no physical body was put in the tomb which was guarded by
the high priests?
No body was
put in the tomb in which the crucified person was supposed to be put.
What Joseph did was to put a stone in front of it as though some one
was put inside it.
chief priest and the guards were there when they opened the tomb there
was no one in it. So the guards were bribed to stay quiet about the
whole matter. Mathew tells us about this in the following verses:
large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by
night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the
ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money,
and did as they were taught; and this saying is commonly reported among
the Jews until this day. (Mt.28:12-15)
No one could
have attested to the fact that it was Jesus who was crucified, as there
was no evidence that he was put in the tomb, and when they finally went
to open it, they found it opened with no one inside of it.
makes it absolutely clear that they did not harm Jesus although they
believe they did; and the truth of this matter will one day come to
light. Allah says:
We killed the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah;
but they did not kill him; nor did they crucify 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 a surety
they did not kill him. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah
is Exalted in Power, Wise. And there is none of the People of the Book
but must believe in him before his death. (4:157-159)
For us the
important thing to keep in mind is what Jesus taught and what he stood
for. This, unfortunately is not taken into consideration by many of those who
claim to believe in him and love him.