my life after graduate: [RELIGION] Prophet Jesus and The Da Vinci Code (Muslim Perspective)

Monday, May 22, 2006

[RELIGION] Prophet Jesus and The Da Vinci Code (Muslim Perspective)

There is a big controversy going on all over the world at this time about
Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. This novel is a big thriller, and until now, more than 45 million copies have been sold. Today, a movie based on this novel will be released. Many Christians, especially Catholics, are outraged with this novel. In several countries, Christians are protesting and asking their governments to ban this novel and its movie. Some bishops and cardinals referred to the Danish cartoons against Prophet Muhammad and said that if Muslims were angry with a few cartoons, we should be even more angry with this book. Some Muslims and non-Muslims are asking for our reactions to this book.

I as Muslims do not want to be known as people who react only when
something wrong is done to the blessed name of my Prophet Muhammad.
We stand for the respect of all religious figures of all religions.
Furthermore, Jesus (peace be upon him) is also a blessed prophet for
us. I believe in him and honor him. I also have something to say
about this novel and movie.

There are two things that I would like to say about The Da Vinci Code. One is positive and the other is negative. The positive thing is that it says that for the first four centuries, Jesus was known only as a prophet of God, and not God. At the Council of Nicea around the year 325 CE, the Emperor Constantine and some bishops changed the true teachings of Jesus.

The Da Vinci Code also says that Jesus (peace be upon him) married one of his female disciples, Mary Magdalene, and had children and that his descendants still exist today. Although the Qur'an does not say anything about Jesus's
marriage, his wife, or his children (neither does the New Testament), there is nothing wrong, from the Islamic point of view, if he were married and had children. Allah says in the Qur'an,
(We did send Messengers before thee, and appointed for them wives and children: and it was never the part of a Messenger to bring a Sign
except as Allah permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed)
(Hud 13:38).

Some Christians consider this story about Jesus to be blasphemous. According to them, to say that Jesus was married means that he is not God. Although they say that God had a son, they say that Jesus could not have had a son. However, as Muslims, we say that just because Jesus wasn't married doesn't make him God. Prophet Yahya
(John the Baptist), who was Jesus' contemporary, was not married, yet no one considered him to be divine.

Celibacy does not make any person divine. If Jesus were married, then this does not take away his honor because there were many prophets who came before and after him who were married and had offspring. It is interesting to see a number of books produced today by Christian writers that also say that Jesus was not crucified and that he never claimed to be the Son of God. This is what the Qur'an said a long time ago.

There is, however, a negative side of The Da Vinci Code, that we as Muslims should criticize. The Da Vinci Code is a novel, a work of fiction. It does not present facts about Jesus's life in a serious and respectful manner. It has fictionalized his life and story, and in this sense, it has downgraded this great messenger of Allah.

The author of The Da Vinci Code took some historical facts and then spun a mystery story to thrill and chill his readers. Allah's prophets and His messengers should not be treated in this manner. They are entitled to receive utmost honor and respect from us. It is for this reason that Islam forbids making pictures of Allah's prophets and messengers and also forbids creating fictitious stories and movies about them. Islam teaches us that we should present the prophets' life stories with great care, respect, and the utmost authenticity. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Convey from me even if it is one verse. Speak about Bani Israel without any hesitation; but whosoever tells a lie about me, let him prepare his place in Hell" (Al-Bukhari 3202).

We hope that more and more truth will come out about the life and
teachings of Jesus (peace be upon him). We totally reject those who
abuse his person through fiction and falsehood. We as Muslims should
use this opportunity to inform others about the Islamic position
regarding Jesus (peace be upon him). Ameen.


Anonymous said...

The controversy surrounding The Da Vinci COde is that nobody can separate fact from fiction! HAHA!

However, EVERY self-respecting MUSLIM should know that the PROPHET Jesus a.s was human, so that part of the mystery is resolved...

Another point is that the Church DOES deviate from the teachings of Jesus a.s, and that the contents of the Bible WERE debated upon and only four of the many "Gospels" that were written at the time were deemed 'true'. a council of mere mortals convene, decades (centuries?) after Jesus' crucifiction' to determine which one of 'God's Words' are 'true'....

That makes you think, doesn't it?

Well...nothing can be accepted without evidence, so i'll try a bit of research...we should all do...

Try elighten our misguided brothers and sisters out there...