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Will Jesus be buried next to Muhammad in Medina?
Muhammad is buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia. While Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, they believe Jesus will one day return and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina.
Traditions (ahadith) 1A hadith (plural ahadith) is an account of what Muhammad said or did, or of his tacit approval of something said or done in his presence [Encyclopaedia of Islam] that Muhammad taught about Jesus’ future return and death.
Muhammad reportedly taught of Jesus’ future return:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts). (see Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 3, Book 43, Number 656)
Muhammad reportedly taught that when Jesus returns he will judge by the Quran:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said “How will you be when the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you and he will judge people by the Law of the Quran and not by the law of Gospel (Fateh-ul Bari page 304 and 305 Vol 7) (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 658)
Muhammad reportedly taught Jesus will one day reign forty years and then die:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (peace be upon him). He will descent (to the earth). When you see him, recognise him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him. (Sunan Abu Dawud Book 37, Number 4310)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from non Muslims). Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” Abu Huraira added “If you wish, you can recite (this verse of the Holy Book): — ‘And there is none Of the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (i.e. Jesus as an Apostle of Allah and a human being) Before his death. And on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness Against them.” (4.159) (See Fateh Al Bari, Page 302 Vol. 7) (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 657)
These traditions were written about 200 years after Muhammad.2For all the mentions of Jesus in the hadith see, “Jesus in the Hadith.“
Is the evidence that Jesus will one day die and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina historically credible?
No. The historical fact is that Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead. Jesus’ tomb was empty, just as He said it would be.
Christians have a living hope
The Christian hope is unlike other types of hope that end in death and burial (Psalm 146:3). Christian hope is living. Jesus’ tomb is empty.
Jesus chose disciples (Apostles) to witness and testify to what He did and taught. One of Jesus’ foremost disciples was Peter. Peter was an eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His ascension into heaven. Peter wrote,
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Jesus now sits at the right hand of God and reigns as the Christ.3The Bible’s references to Jesus as the “Christ” is a reference to His death on the cross, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God (Psalm 2; Acts 2:32-36. Put your faith and hope in Jesus, because His tomb is empty.
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|1.||↥||A hadith (plural ahadith) is an account of what Muhammad said or did, or of his tacit approval of something said or done in his presence [Encyclopaedia of Islam]|
|2.||↥||For all the mentions of Jesus in the hadith see, “Jesus in the Hadith.“|
|3.||↥||The Bible’s references to Jesus as the “Christ” is a reference to His death on the cross, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God (Psalm 2; Acts 2:32-36.|