Jesus is alive and will come back at the end of times
Fatwa No: 115637

Question

assalam wa alykum there is a muslim group living in india who say that a)in surah imran ayat no.144/145 it is said that all prophets are dead (including Isa(AS)). b)in surah jumah ayat no. 3/4 it is said that our prophet(SAW) will come. how can be these people replied?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

It is not correct to say that our Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) will come back at the end of times, and no scholar has ever said this.

Allaah Says (what means): {And [to] others of them who have not yet joined them. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. That is the bounty of Allaah, which He gives to whom He wills, and Allaah is the possessor of great bounty.} [Quran 62:3-4]

The above verses from Chapter Al-Jumu’ah (Quran 62) do not mean that our Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) will come back at the end of times. Some interpreters of the Quran  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that the verses refer to the Taabi’een (the generations which followed the generation of the companions), and it is a praise for those who will come after the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and his companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them and who will follow their guidance. Some other interpreters of the Quran  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that it refers to the believers until the Day of Judgment. 

The verse in Chapter Al-Jumu’ah is like the saying of Allaah (which means): {And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhaajiroon (those who migrated from Makkah to Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajireen) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allaah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him.}[Quran 9:100]

As regards ‘Eesa (Jesus)  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention there is evidence that he is alive and that he will descend at the end of times as a just ruler, he is an exception to the general meaning of the Saying of Allaah (which means): {Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allaah at all; but Allaah will reward the grateful.} [Quran 3:144]  

‘Eesa  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention will die after that, and so, he also has his appointed time when he will die but this has not yet come. The verse 145 of Chapter 3 [Aal-‘Imraan] (which means) {And it is not [possible] for one to die except by permission of Allaah at a decree determined. And whoever desires the reward of this world- We will give him thereof; and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter- We will give him thereof. And We will reward the grateful.} Is evidence that each person will die when his appointed time comes.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 87745, 85366 and 84206.

Allaah Knows best.

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