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Jesus died like any human being

Website Imam’s reply to anti-Ahmadiyya questioner

Soner Uguz, who is at the time of writing (August 2001) a staunch opponent of the Ahmadiyya Movement in the U.S.A., posed a question about the death of Jesus to a Website Imam at the site: on 26 July 2001.

We quote below the question:

As-salamualeykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa rizwanuh

Dear Imam,

My question to you is this: "In the Holy Qur'an 3:55 and 5:117-118 it mentions the word "Mutawwaffiyyke" which denotes death in numerous places of the Holy Qur'an i.e. 2:234, 2:240, 3:193, 4:15, 4:97, 6:61, 7:37, 7:126, 8:50, 10:46, 10:104, 12:101, 13:40, 16:28, 16:32, 16:70, 39:42, 40:67, 40:77, 47:27 and in another ayah 6:61 it denotes sleep. Now when this is like this what does the word denote in ayah 3:55? Does it mean that Hadhrat Isa(as) died? Also I read in Imam Tabarani's interpretation of this word the idea of "Qabdh" can you prove from the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah Saniyya the basis of the idea that Isa(as) did not die even though the word 'Wafat" denotes death in the verse, also prove the usage of the word Qabdh if in fact Mutawwaffiyyke denotes this term."

I await your comments Jazakallah for taking the time to consider my question. Wassalam

The Imam gave the following clear-cut answer:

Isa (as) died like any human being. There were some miraculous actions taking place at his birth and saving him from the jews, but this will not take him of the human areana and its nature. Many tafseers of Quran are quoting information from Christian books, so one should utilize his common sense and not to believe in everything written. Quranic text is undebatable but any other book could be right or wrong.


Imam: A.M. Khattab

This link should take you to the exact place on the Question/Answer webpage where this question and its answer are given.

Soner Uguz, posting to our Discussions Forum as Mimar Pasha on 30 August 2001, has confirmed that he asked this question.

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