Everything about Judas in The Quran
The circumstances surrounding the whereabouts of Judas Iscariot on the day of the public crucifixion of Christ is of special interest to Islam.
As indicated by the Islamic view, Judas Iscariot plays a vital role in the salvation of the Christian people. The Quran rejects Christ’s crucifixion and instead presents a startling revelation.
“…They did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them”. (Quran: 4: 156)
Islam teaches that Judas Iscariot was conceivably the victim of the crucifixion. Judas the thief and betrayer to Christians, is however to Muslims, the apostle who carried a great burden and died on the cross in a remarkable case of mistaken identity. It is believed that Judas was endowed with the physical likeness and appearance of Jesus. A resemblance so stunning that it deceived all the grieving onlookers, the capturers, and all of Christ’s followers, including his mother, Mary.
“…They slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! Those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself”.
Supported by scripture there is unanimous agreement within the Muslim community in rejecting the crucifixion of Chris, in favour of, what is generally known as the ‘substitution of Christ’.
Two equally enlightening perspectives about the substitution of Christ exist, namely, ‘the volunteer’ and ‘the victim’.
The first interpretation, The Volunteer, holds that Allah asked that a volunteer exchange places with Jesus. The volunteer’s physical features were then transformed into the likeness of Jesus; to be persecuted and killed on earth whilst rewarded in paradise.
The second and reverse interpretation, The Victim, reveals that Allah used the substitution to punish the enemy of Jesus, and his traitor Judas Iscariot, was rightly chosen.
Whether Christ was replaced with an unwilling Judas, or indeed a willing volunteer, what remains important is that the Koran states that Jesus Christ evaded the crucifixion and was most likely replaced by Judas Iscariot (Jesus ascended to heaven).
This Islamic point of view makes Judas Iscariot, son of Simon Iscariot, perhaps the most significant of the twelve apostles of Christ.
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