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Crucifixion, Judas & Islam

While a fresh historical row has erupted over Gospel of Judas, Qu?ran and Islamic history too had recorded this event in which the blames lies on Jew rabbis for carrying a campaign and plotting to kill Jesus.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 00:01 IST
M Hasan

While a fresh historical row has erupted over Gospel of Judas, Qu’ran and Islamic history too had recorded this event in which the blames lies on Jew rabbis for carrying a campaign and plotting to kill Jesus.

According to Islamic history quoted by Imam Jalaluddin al-Suyuti (born 1445), it was Judas who faced death on the cross and not Jesus whom God had “raised unto himself” (Qu’ran  Chapter 158). 

According to Al Suyuti “when the rabbis could no longer bear Prophet Jesus’ preaching they hatched conspiracy to eliminate him with the help of one of his disciple Judas, who is known as Tatyanoos in Arabic history. With the help of Judas, the Rabbis used Roman soldiers in their plan”.

Judas informed them that Prophet Jesus would be alone in a room at a particular time. Thus Tatyanoos or Judas as he is known in the Bible, accompanied by the Roman soldiers made his way to the place where Jesus was offering his prayers.

Judas instructed the soldiers to remain outside and entered the room alone.

However, before Tatyanoos entered the room, God “raised Jesus up”!  So, when Tatyanoos entered the room, the room was empty. Judas’ appearance was miraculously transformed to resemble that of Jesus. The soldiers, despite his protests, captured him and crucified him in Jesus’ place. 

Qu’ran  has recorded: “... and for their (Jews) saying, ‘We killed the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’. They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but to them (the one crucified) was given the look (of Jesus).

Those who differ concerning him (Jesus) surely are in doubt regarding him, they have no knowledge of him, except the following of supposition, and they did not kill him — a certainty. Rather, Allah raised him up to Him. Allah is Mighty, the Wise.” (Qu’ran  Ch. 4 verses 157 - 158).