Skip to main content

Full text of "Shk Ahmed Deedat's Books"

See other formats


Resurrection or Resuscitation? 



OPEN ORDER 

We grant you an open licence to reproduce or translate* 
into any language this booklet as well as every other 
publication of ours. 

You may publish them for sale or for free distribution 
without any prior permission. 

We ask for no royalties or "copyrights". 

Wallah! If we had the means we would have flooded the 
world with our free literature. 

It will be appreciated if a few copies of the reproduction 
be posted to us for our records. 



1st Print 


20 000 


Copies 


2nd Print 


10 000 


Copies 


3rd Print 


20 000 


Copies 


4th Print 


10 000 


Copies 


5th Print 


10 000 


Copies 


6th Print 


10 000 


Copies 


7th Print 


100 000 


Copies 


8th Print 


100 000 


Copies 


9th Print 


100 000 


Copies 



January 1978 

November 1981 

April 1983 

September 1984 

October 1985 

February 1987 

March 1988 

July 1990 

December 1990 



* When translating into any language please obtain a Bible in that 
language for the Biblical quotations and do not try a free hand 
translation on your own. 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 1 

RESURRECTION OR 
RESUSCITATION? 

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 
RESUSCITATION?" 

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 



If you have not received this publication yet, please write for your free copy 
NOW! 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 2 

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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 3 

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:- 



&&&&M 



"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 
FROM HIM: 



&&A&% 



v 

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 
your free copy of the book - "ATANATU." - A Novel Concept of God Available 
free on request from the "Centre." 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 4 

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." 

John 13:34-35 



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." 

Matthew 7:1-2 

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. 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 5 

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. 

THE PURPOSE 

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? 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 6 

A PROBLEM 

The Reverend gentleman had taken the role of a teacher who 
wanted to teach, who wanted to impart new knowledge to his 
pupil. 

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," 

Luke 3:23 

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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 7 

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 
Bible scholar." 

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 
brackets? 

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, 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 8 

what right has anybody to add to or delete from words in the 
"Book of God?" What right have you to manufacture "GODS 
WORDS?" 

INTERPOLATIONS 

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 
gold." 

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 
do." 



Now available. 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 9 

"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. 

A GHOST 

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 
explain." 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 10 

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 
all respects. 

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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 11 

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!" 

SPIRITUALIZATION 

'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 
after 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 12 

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, 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 13 

that they will become spirit-creatures, i.e. SPIRITS; 'and the 
children of God, for such are the children of the 
resurrection. 1 

(Luke 20:36) 

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 

(Luke 24:41-43) 

A DRAMA? 

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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 14 

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," 
Page 64). 

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. 

NO RESURRECTION 

"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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 15 

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." 

(Matthew 10:24) 

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 



Resurrection or Resuscitation? Page 16 

Lessons No. 1 and 2 from "What was the Sign of Jonah?" 

and "Who Moved the Stone?" will do well to memorise the 

following verses for your Lesson No. 3. If you have not yet 

recieved your FREE copies of the foregoing literature, please do 

not hesitate to write. We will also forward you a more 

comprehensive work on the subject "WAS CHRIST CRUCIFIED?" 

also absolutely FREE on request. 

". . . 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 

honeycomb.* 

"And he took it, and did eat before them." 



The words "AND OF AN HONEYCOMB" are now expunged from the "Revised 
Standard Version" of the Bible and from other translations in the African 
Languages. Why? Our publication, "IS THE BIBLE GOD'S WORD?" explains. If 
you have not received your FREE copy, write for yours NOW!