The Gospel of Barnabas has been used by Muslims to argue against Jesus’ death on the cross. According to Jan Slomp,1Slomp, Jan, “The Gospel of Barnabas”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 – 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 05 January 2019<http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2451-9537_cmrii_COM_26269>
- Raḥmatullāh al-Kayrānawī mentioned the Gospel of Barnabas in a debate with Karl Pfander in 1854.
- The Gospel of Barnabas was mentioned in T.P. Hughes Dictionary of Islam in 1885.
- In 1899, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, appealed to the Gospel for support of his views.
- In January 1973, Muḥammad ‘Ata ur-Rahim, assisted by K.A. Rashid, launched a campaign to spread the Gospel of Barnabas in Pakistan.
- In 1973, Mirza Masum Beg of the Ahmadiyya published the English text of the Gospel of Barnabas.
- In 1974, the Gospel of Barnabas was translated into Urdu.
- Between 1973-1974, The Pakistan Times printed the text of the Gospel in nine installments.
The fact is that the “Gospel of Barnabas” used by Muslims and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is a fake. It is an example of Islamic tampering with Scripture (tahrif) and trying to rewrite history.
Why does this matter?
Muslim denial of Jesus’ death on the cross means they also deny Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is good news, because everlasting life is offered to all who believe in Jesus, the Jesus of history.
Will you believe in the Jesus of history?
The following video looks at Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s comments about the crucifixion and the Gospel of Barnabas. After watching this video, can Mirza Ghulam Ahmad be considered a true prophet, since he denied the historical event of Jesus’ death on the cross and appealed to a forgery?
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|1.||↥||Slomp, Jan, “The Gospel of Barnabas”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 – 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 05 January 2019<http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2451-9537_cmrii_COM_26269>|