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In lesson No. 2 - "Who Moved the Stone?"* I had promised to
deal with the anomaly, where believers were reading simple
English, yet were so conditioned that they were understanding
exactly the OPPOSITE of what they were reading. The following
story from real life will not only illustrate the point but will also
elucidate our present case - "RESURRECTION OR
I was about to leave for the Transvaal on a lecture tour, so I
phoned my friend Hafiz Yusuf Dadoo of Standerton, informing
him of my impending visit, as well as to enquire whether he
needed anything from Durban. He said that as he was taking up
Hebrew, I should try and obtain a Bible in the Hebrew language
with a translation in English side by side.
I went to the "BIBLE HOUSE" in Durban. Without any difficulty I
found the appropriate Bible for my friend, the "Authorised
Version," also known as the "King James Version," looking for
one with the best print and at the cheapest price, I noticed the
lady behind the counter had lifted up the telephone to speak to
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someone. I was out of hearing distance, nor was I interested,
but after an exchange with the person on the other side of the
line she put her hand on the mouthpiece and addressed me:
"Excuse me, sir, are you Mr Deedat?" I said, "Yes." She said,
"The Supervisor of the Bible Society would like to speak to
you." "It would be my pleasure," I answered. She spoke a few
more words into the telephone and replaced the receiver. I said
with a smile, "I thought that you were ringing the
police." (perhaps because of the number of Bibles I was
handling). - She laughed and said, "No, it was the Rev. Roberts,
the Supervisor, who wishes to speak to you."
WINNING A CONVERT
Presently, Rev. Roberts approached me and after introducing
himself, he gestured to me to hand over to him the Bible which
I was holding in my hand. I handed the book. He opened it and
began reading to me "and this is life eternal that they
should know Thee the only True God and Jesus Christ
whom Thou has sent." (John 17:3). (Subsequently, I checked
up the Gospel references of his quotations).
After having listened to his reading of this scripture, I
responded with the words: "I accept!" - meaning the implication
of the Message he was trying to convey to me. I did not tell him
then that what he was
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trying to convey to me was the same as the Holy Qur'an was
telling mankind for the past fourteen hundred years - that all
must believe in the 'ONE AND ONLY GOD ALMIGHTY AND
JESUS CHRIST is only a MESSENGER OF GOD.' The words of
the Holy Qur'an are as follows:-
"MOST CERTAINLY THE MESSIAH, JESUS THE SON OF MARY,
WAS AN APOSTLE OF ALLAH* AND HIS WORD,
WHICH HE BESTOWED ON MARY AND A SPIRIT PROCEEDING
SO BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND HIS APOSTLES..."
Holy Qur'an 4:171
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Rev. Roberts must have been elated to hear my words - "I
ACCEPT," to his first quotation. He quickly opened the Bible in
another place and began reading these
ALLAH: The proper noun for God Almighty in the Semitic languages. Write for
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words attributed to Jesus:-
"A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
another." "By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love for one another."
A NEW CONVERT?
When he had finished reading these verses, I remarked - "Very
good!" He was greatly encouraged with my comment. I
sincerely meant what I said, and there was no pretence. The
Reverend found yet another quotation to clinch a convert for
Christ. He began:-
"Judge not that ye be not judged." "For with what
judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what
measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
To this quotation I responded with the words, "I agree!" My
only reason for agreeing and accepting everything that the
Reverend was reading to me was not of the "special discount" I
was getting from the Bible Society on my purchases, but
because these particular quotations were conveying the same
message and ideals which Allah Subhanahoo Wa Ta'aala was
commanding the Muslims to preach and practice. I would be
spiritually jaundiced to take exceptions to what was common to
both of us - the MUSLIM and the CHRISTIAN.
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For me to say that an identical message from my Book (the
Holy Qur'an) was VERY GOOD, but the same message in his
Book (the Holy Bible) was VERY BAD would be hypocritical in
the extreme. It would be a soul shaming untruth.
What was the real purpose of the Reverend's reading the
Scripture to me? Indeed, I was getting a special discount on all
my purchases from the Bible Society and I was perhaps the
only non-Christian to get such a discount, though it was
depending purely on a business transaction, and this
information must have been passed on to the Reverend as the
Head of the Bible Society; that I was a Muslim there was no
mistaking my identity, for my beard and my headgear were the
badges of my Faith, easily recognised as such in this part of the
world; and that, despite my numerous purchases of the Bibles
in English (various versions), in Zulu, Afrikaans, Urdu, Arabic
and other languages, I was not yet "converted." Perhaps, what
I really needed was a gentle push, the Supervisor must have
been told. Hence the recitation of the preceding quotations to
me. The implication of this reading was that I had probably not
read those beautiful passages; how else was it possible, then,
that I had not yet embraced Christianity?
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The Reverend gentleman had taken the role of a teacher who
wanted to teach, who wanted to impart new knowledge to his
Since I am commanded by my Prophet (Peace be upon him) to
"SEEK KNOWLEDGE FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE," and
"SEEK KNOWLEDGE EVEN IF IT BE IN CHINA," I wanted to
learn. I said, "I agree with all that you have read to me, but I
have a problem with your Bible." "What problem have you
got?" he asked. I said, "Please open the Gospel of St. Luke,
Chapter 3, Verse 23." This he did. I said, "Please read." He
read:- "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years
of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,
which was the son of Heli,"
I drew the Reverend's attention to the words - "(AS WAS
SUPPOSED)." I said, "Do you see that the words 'as was
supposed 1 are written within brackets?" He said that he saw
that. I asked him, "Why are the brackets there?" He
acknowledged, "I don't know, but I could find out for you from
some Bible scholars." I admired his humility. Though I knew
that all Supervisors of Bible Houses in South Africa are retired
reverends, it was possible that this aspect of Bible Knowledge
was beyond their sphere. I said, "If you do not
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know, then let me tell you what the brackets are doing there in
this verse. You do not have to take the trouble of looking for a
I explained that in the "most ancient" manuscripts of Luke, the
words '(AS WAS SUPPOSED)' are not there. Your translators felt
that without this interpolation the "little lambs" not well
grounded in faith, might slip and fall into the error of believing
that JOSEPH the Carpenter was the actual physical father of
Jesus. So they took the precaution of adding their own
comment in BRACKETS to avoid any misunderstanding. I said,
"I am not trying to find fault with your system of adding words
in brackets to assist the reader, but what intrigues me is that in
all translations of the Bible in the African and Eastern languages
you have retained the words "as was supposed" but have
REMOVED THE BRACKETS. Couldn't the nations of the Earth
besides the English understand the meaning and purpose of the
What is wrong with the Afrikaner? Why have you eliminated the
brackets from the Afrikaans Bible? The Supervisor protested, "I
didn't do it." I said, "I know that you personally did not do it but
why have the Bible Society that you represent and your Bible
scholars been playing with the "Word of God?" If God Almighty
did not see fit to preserve Luke from error,
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what right has anybody to add to or delete from words in the
"Book of God?" What right have you to manufacture "GODS
The translators' own addition of words in brackets can easily be
put into the mouth of St. Luke by merely removing the
brackets, and by implication, if Luke was inspired by God to
write what he did, then the interpolations automatically become
the WORD OF GOD, which really is not the case. (More will be
said on this subject in the forthcoming publication - "Is the
Bible God's Word?)* I concluded my explanation with the
words - "Your theologians of the day have succeeded where the
alchemists of yore failed - of turning baser metal into shining
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
At this stage the Reverend introduced irrelevancies into the
discussion and the subject changed. He made some claims
which made me say, "You see, sir, you English people do not
know your own language." (With apologies to my readers
whose mother tongue is English). He quickly retorted, "You
mean to say that you know my language better than I do?" I
said, "It would be presumptuous on my part to tell - an
Englishman - that I understand your language better than you
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"Then what do you mean that we English people do not know
our own language?" he demanded. I said again, "You see, sir,
you read your Holy Scripture in your mother tongue, like every
Christian belonging to a thousand different language groups,
and yet each and every Christian language group understands
the facts, OPPOSITE to what he is reading." What are you
refering to?" he asked.
I continued: "Do you remember the occasion when Jesus
returned to that upper room after his alleged crucifixion 'and
saith unto them, his (disciples), Peace be unto you 1 (Luke
24:36) and his disciples were terrified on recognising him?" He
answered that he remembered that incident. I enquired, "Why
should they be terrified? When one recognises one's long-lost
friend or one's beloved, the natural reaction is to feel
overjoyed, elated and one wants to embrace and kiss the hands
and feet of the beloved. Why did they get terrified?" The
Reverend replied that, "They (the disciples) thought that they
were seeing a ghost." I asked, "Did Jesus look like a ghost?" He
said, "No." "Then why did they think that they were seeing a
ghost when he did not look like a ghost?" I queried. The
Reverend was clearly puzzled. I said, "Please allow me to
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DISCIPLES NOT EYE WITNESSES
"You see, sir, the disciples of Jesus were not EYE-witnesses or
EAR-witnesses to the actual happenings of the previous three
days, as vouched for by St. Mark who says that at the most
critical juncture in the life of Jesus, "they all forsook him and
fled." (Mark 14:50). All the knowledge of the disciples
regarding their Master was from hearsay. They had heard that
their master was HANGED ON THE CROSS; they had heard that
he had GIVEN UP THE GHOST; they had heard that he was
DEAD AND BURIED FOR THREE DAYS. If one is confronted by a
person with such a reputation then the conclusion is
inescapable; they must be seeing A GHOST. Little wonder these
ten brave men were petrified."
"To disabuse their minds from the fear that gripped them, Jesus
reasoned with them. He said, 'Behold my hands and my
feet, that it is I myself: 1 To put it in colloquial English, this is
how he told them: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU FELLOWS,
CAN'T YOU SEE THAT I AM THE SAME PERSON - who walked
and talked with you, broke bread with you - flesh and blood in
Why do doubts enter your minds? 'Handle me and see, for a
spirit has no flesh and bones as you see me have. 1 (Luke
24:39). In other words he is telling them: If I have
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FLESH and BONES, then I am not a GHOST, not a SPOOK and
not a SPIRIT!" "Is that right?" I asked. "Yes," he replied. I
continued that, Jesus is telling them, as recorded in this verse,
in Basic English, that what the disciples were asked to 'HANDLE
AND SEE' was not a translated body, not a metamorphosed
body and not a resurrected body, because a RESURRECTED
body is a SPIRITUALISED body. He is telling them in the
clearest language humanly possible that he is NOT what they
were thinking. They were thinking that he was a SPIRIT, a
RESURRECTED body, one having been brought back from the
dead. He is most emphatic that HE IS NOT!"
'But how can you be so sure that the resurrected body cannot
materialise physically as Jesus had obviously done?" murmured
the Reverend. I replied: "Because Jesus had himself
pronounced that the resurrected bodies get spiritualised."
When did he say any such thing?" enquired the Reverend. I
answered, "Do you remember the incident as recorded in the
Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 20, where the learned men of the
Jews - 'the chief priests and the scribes with the elders 1 -
had come to him with a number of posers, and among them
was one about a Jewess who had seven husbands in turn, one
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another according to a Jewish custom, and in time all seven
husbands and the woman too died?" The Reverend said that he
did remember the occasion. I continued: "The trap that the
religious heirarchy was trying to spring on him was; which one
of the seven husbands was going to possess the woman on the
'Other side 1 - at the resurrection? - since they reasoned with
Jesus that the seven brothers "had her." There was no
problem while they fulfilled their obligation of trying to give her
a child, because they had possessed her one by one in turn,
and it was after the death of one that the other had taken her
to wife. But since at the resurrection all seven will be brought to
life simultaneously, there will be strife in heaven because all
seven would want to get at her at the same time, specially if
they had pleasure with her."
"Jesus debunked their false notion of the resurrection, by
saying that at the resurrection 'neither shall they die any
more: 1 (Luke 20:36) meaning that the resurrected persons will
be IMMORTALISED. They will not be subject to death any more,
no more hunger or thirst, no more fatigue. In short, all the
instruments of death will be powerless against the resurrected
body. Jesus continues to explain: "for they (the resurrected
bodies) are equal unto the angles," that is, that they will be
ANGELISED - spiritualised,
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that they will become spirit-creatures, i.e. SPIRITS; 'and the
children of God, for such are the children of the
JESUS NOT SPIRITUALISED
I was taken off from the theme I was expounding two
paragraphs above by the Reverend with the challenge, "But
how can you be so sure...?" To continue from where I had
deviated above -'HE IS NOT 1 what they were thinking, that he
was not a SPIRIT, not a GHOST, not a SPOOK. To assure them
further after having offered his hands and feet for inspection
and verification that his was a material, physical body, and
that all their bewilderment and disbelief was unjustified, he
asked his disciples: "Have you here any meat?" (Meaning
something to eat). 'And they gave him a piece of broiled
fish and of an honeycomb, and he took it, and did eat
before them. 1
What was Jesus trying to prove by all his demonstrations of
wanting his hands and feet to be handled and chewing and
masticating broiled fish and honeycomb?
Was all this a pretence, make-belief, an act or drama? "NO!"
Said Schleliermacher in 1819, a hundred years before I was
born. Albert Schweizer records him saying, "IF CHRIST HAD
ONLY EATEN TO SHOW
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THAT HE COULD EAT, WHILE HE REALLY HAD NO NEED OF
NOURISHMENT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PRETENCE -
SOMETHING DOCETIC." ("In Quest of the Historical Jesus,"
I had not known of Schleliermacher and other Christian scholars
who over a hundred years ago doubted the death of Jesus on
the cross as recorded by Albert Schweizer, when I was
discussing this subject with the head of the Bible Society.
"What is wrong with you (Christian) folk?" Jesus is telling
you in the most unambiguous language that he is not a SPIRIT
- not spiritualised, not a RESURRECTED person, and yet the
whole Christian world believes that he was RESURRECTED, i.e.
SPIRITUALISED. Who is lying, you or him? How is it possible
that you (each and every Christian) are reading your Holy Bible
in your own mother tongue and yet EACH AND EVERY
LANGUAGE GROUP IS MADE TO UNDERSTAND THE EXACT
OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY ARE READING? If you read the Bible,
say, in Hebrew, and pleaded that you did not understand what
you were reading, I can appreciate this fact. If you read it in
Greek and pleaded that you did not really understand the
implications of what was written; I can
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appreciate this fact also. But the anomaly is that you are
reading the Book, each and every one, IN HIS OWN MOTHER
TONGUE, and are trained to understand the OPPOSITE of what
is written. How have you been brainwashed, or rather, how
have you been "programmed," as the Americans would put it.
"Please tell me as to who is lying? Is it Jesus or a thousand
million Christians of the world? Jesus says, "NO!" to his being
resurrected, and all of you say "YES!" Whom are we Muslims
to believe, Jesus or his so called disciples? We Muslims would
rather believe the Master. Did he not say, "The disciple is
not greater than the Master."
This was more than the Reverend had bargained for. He politely
excused himself by saying that as he had to get ready to close
his office, he would look forward to meeting me again. This was
sheer evasive politeness!
With the Bible Society, I won the DEBATE but lost the
DISCOUNT! No more discount for me from the Bible Society.
But let my loss be your gain. If you dear reader, can remove a
few cobwebs from your thinking on the subject of the
'CRUCIFIXION,' I will be amply rewarded.
Those of you who have already mastered
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Lessons No. 1 and 2 from "What was the Sign of Jonah?"
and "Who Moved the Stone?" will do well to memorise the
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". . . Jesus himself stood in their midst, and said unto
them, Peace be unto you.
". . . But they were terrified, and supposing that they
were seeing a spirit.
"And he said unto them,...
"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle
me and see; for a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you
see me have.
"And showed them his hands and feet.
"And while they yet believed not for joy and wondered,
he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
"And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an
"And he took it, and did eat before them."
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