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Jesus the Light and the Fragrance of God - By M.N. Anderson

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Jesus The Light And The Fragrance Of GodBy M.N. Anderson
Chapter 0:
Introduction
 
Part 1: The Reappearing of Jesus
Chapter 1:
The End Times in the Hadith
 Chapter 2:
Jesus' Work of Restoration
 Chapter 3:
Jesus' Work of Destruction
 Chapter 4:
The Matchless One
 
Part 2: The Christ of History
Chapter 5:
His Character and Powers
 Chapter 6:
The Testimony of God is Greater
 Chapter 7:
Rainbow of Glory
 Chapter 8:
A Time for Reflection
 
Part 4: Strike The Truth In The Cross
Chapter 1:
The Theory of Substitution
 Chapter 2:
Did Jesus Die?
 Chapter 3:
Lifted Up In Spite Of Death
 
Introduction
In
all the history of ma
nk 
i
nd,
 
n
o perso
n
has receive
d
reactio
n
s li
e Jesus the Christ. Whether goo
d
or ba
d,
compleme
n
tary or 
d
erogatory
,
there has bee
n
 
n
o shortage of respo
n
ses to the perso
n
of the Christ. They come from all
i
nd
s of people: thi
nk 
ers a
nd
simple people
,
  believers a
nd
atheists
,
religious a
nd
irreligious -
n
ot o
n
ly from his so-calle
d
followers
,
butalso from those of 
d
iffere
n
t religious persuasio
n
s. They may vary i
n
 
d
evotio
n
a
nd
i
n
te
n
sity
,
  but there are a
n
abu
nd
a
n
ce of reactio
n
s.To the Sufis
,
Jesus is the greatest a
nd
highest ra
nk 
i
n
g of all the prophets i
n
the successio
n
of the prophets up to his perso
n
. 'No previous prophet
,
however grace
d
with virtues of  perfectio
n,
ever quite attai
n
e
d
his
d
egree.'[1] Furthermore
,
'Jesus is the parago
n
of a perfecthuma
n
bei
n
g a
nd
the example par excelle
n
ce of a true master'.[2]
 
To the Sufis
,
Jesus is the mo
d
el a
nd
example of ultimate purity. To be pure 'li
e Jesus' is
n
othi
n
g less tha
n
both the wor 
of Go
d
a
nd
the cry of the heart of the si
n
cere worshipper. To be pure li
e Jesus is
n
ot the achieveme
n
t of the strivi
n
g heart
,
but it is somethi
n
g that requiresthe help a
nd
grace of Go
d
. The true Sufi will
n
ever be co
n
te
n
t with a
n
ythi
n
g less tha
n
to be pure li
e Jesus
,
as i
n
the wor 
d
s of the poet 'Attar.
Cleanse me, O Lord, of this filthy soul,So I may claim immortal purity for myself, like Jesus.
[3]
The
n
ame Jesus was re
d
efi
n
e
d
by the Sufis
,
so that
,
'i
n
Sufi's termi
n
ology
,
the
n
ame Jesussta
nd
s for "love"'.[4]But of greater sig
n
ifica
n
ce is the place Jesus hel
d
i
n
the heart a
nd
mi
nd
of Mohamma
d
the prophet of 
I
slam. The reappeari
n
g of Jesus was a livi
n
g topic
d
uri
n
g the time of Mohamma
d
 (as it is to
d
ay)
,
a
nd
we fi
nd
that Mohamma
d
lo
n
ge
d
to meet Jesus. For we rea
d
i
n
the Ha
d
ith:
M
y hope if my age is prolonged, is to meet Jesus, Son of 
M
ary, but if death hurries me along, thenlet the one who meets him give him my kind regards.
[5]
Mohamma
d
 
n
ot o
n
ly lo
n
ge
d
to meet Jesus but also saw that to share the brotherhoo
d
of Jesusis somethi
n
g to be co
n
teste
d
. Although the prophets are all brothers
,
Mohamma
d
chose Jesusto be his closest brother. No other prophet hel
d
such a place i
n
the heart of Mohamma
d
. Tohim the brotherhoo
d
of Jesus was somethi
n
g he
d
eserve
d
more tha
n
a
n
y other huma
n
bei
n
g.The prophets are brothers of 
d
iffere
n
t mothers
,
but their religio
n
is o
n
e. Of all me
n
 
I
am themost
d
eservi
n
g to be the brother of Jesus So
n
of Mary
,
for there was
n
o prophet betwee
n
mea
nd
him.[6]This series of boo
lets is about that perso
n
the Sufis loo
up to as their mo
d
el i
n
purity a
nd
 love.
I
t is about that perso
n
Mohamma
d
lo
n
ge
d
to meet
,
a
nd
for whose brotherhoo
d
he woul
d
 compete.
In
this series we will reflect o
n
the perso
n
of Jesus from the pages of the Ha
d
ith
,
thecomme
n
taries of the Qur'a
n
a
nd
some Sufi writi
n
gs.
1. Nurbakhash, Javad, Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis, Khaniqahi-Nimatullahi Publications, London,1983, p. 25.2. Ibid., p. 9.3. Ibid., pp. 53-54.4. Ibid., p. 39.5. Al Hendy, Kanzol 'Ummal, Vol. 17, Hadith No. 1034.6. Ibid., Hadith No. 1033.
 
Pa
rt 1: The Re
app
e
a
ring of Jesus
Ch
ap
ter 1: The End Times in the H
a
dith
The e
nd
of the worl
d
has occupie
d
the mi
nd
s of ma
n
y people. Cou
n
tless pe
n
s have ru
n
wil
d
 tryi
n
g to co
n
struct the sce
n
ario of the last
d
ays. This topic
n
ot o
n
ly fasci
n
ates twe
n
tiethce
n
tury ma
n;
it also fasci
n
ate
d
the ma
n
of the sixth ce
n
tury. Evi
d
e
n
ce of this i
n
terest is fou
nd
 i
n
the Ha
d
ith.Throughout the Ha
d
ith two perso
n
alities figure promi
n
e
n
tly: the Dajjal or false Christ
,
theimposter a
nd
the e
n
emy of Go
d;
a
nd
Jesus
,
the Wor 
d
of Go
d,
the Spirit of Go
d,
the trueChrist. Although the Ha
d
ith me
n
tio
n
s
n
umerous co
nd
itio
n
s a
nd
sig
n
s for the Hour of Doom
,
 the Qur'a
n
si
n
gles out Jesus as 'the
kn
owle
d
ge of the Hour'
,
or his appeari
n
g as its mai
n
sig
n
 a
nd
co
nd
itio
n
.
He [Jesus] is knowledge of the Hour.[1]
Of this verse the comme
n
tary Galalay
n
sai
d,
'He [Jesus] is the
kn
owle
d
ge of the Hour. ThisLast Hour is
kn
ow
n
by his appeari
n
g'. Zama
hshary a
nd
Bai
d
awi sai
d,
'He is the sig
n
or mar 
 of the Hour 
,
that is
,
the Last Hour 
;
or he is a co
nd
itio
n
a
nd
a requireme
n
t for its happe
n
i
n
g or occurre
n
ce'.
In
this first Part we will co
n
ce
n
trate o
n
the portio
n
s of the Ha
d
ith that
d
eal with the role of Jesus before the Hour of Doom. This wor 
k,
however 
,
 
d
oes
n
ot ta
e place i
n
a vacuum
,
so wewill also review the religious
,
spiritual a
nd
social co
nd
itio
n
s of the worl
d
which
,
accor 
d
i
n
g tothe Ha
d
ith
,
will be i
n
evi
d
e
n
ce just before his appeari
n
g. This is
n
ot a
n
attempt to set out acou
n
t
d
ow
n
to the Last Hour 
,
but to
d
iscover the place Jesus hel
d
i
n
the mi
nd
s a
nd
the heartsof the first ge
n
eratio
n
s of 
I
slam.We will
n
ot
d
iscuss the relative authe
n
ticity of these Ha
d
iths
;
it is e
n
ough that they have bee
n
 tra
n
smitte
d
a
nd
treasure
d
by ma
n
y truste
d
a
nd
faithful me
n
. Therei
n
lies their greatsig
n
ifica
n
ce. However 
,
we might a
dd
a wor 
d
at the outset for those who
d
oubt the reality of the existe
n
ce of the Dajjal (the false christ) a
nd
the role of Jesus before the Last Hour. Tothose we quote the wor 
d
s of the emi
n
e
n
t scholar Al-Qa
d
i Abu Ba
I
 b
n
Al-'Arabi (543H)
,
 who sai
d
:
These Hadiths in which the Dajjal is mentioned by 'Muslim' [in Sahih Muslim] and others are proof tothe followers of the Truth of the reality of his existence, and that he is a particular person by whomGod will afflict His servants. God will enable the Dajjal to manifest some of God's omnipotentpowers, such as raising the man which he kills, the appearing of the 'world's blossom and fertility'with him, his 'Paradise and Hell' and his 'two rivers', the following of the earth's treasures behindhim, his command to the sky to rain and the earth to sprout ... This is the belief of the orthodoxMuslims ('Ahl 'As-sunah) and all the Hadith transmitters and jurisprudence of Islam (fuqaha').[2]
Of the comi
n
g of Jesus he also sai
d
:
The coming of Jesus, peace be upon him, and his killing of the Dajjal is true and confirmed by thepeople of Sunna in the sound Hadith. There is nothing in logic or the revelation that denies it. So itmust be upheld.[3]

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