We are Muslims who love Jesus, believe in all
his miracles and noble morality, know that he will come
back to the world again to save humanity and we are eagerly
waiting for this great and blessed event to happen.
Islam gives us this expectation. The Qur'an
is definite in its assertion that Jesus is alive and that
he will come back again to this world. Our Prophet Mohammed,
may God bless him and grant him peace, announced in great
detail that Jesus would come back to the earth miraculously
in the last days and bring peace, justice and happiness
by uniting Christians and Muslims in a common religion and
morality. This is God's great and wonderful promise and
there is no doubt that it will be fulfilled.
Moreover, the Prophet Mohammed and those great
figures of Islam who interpreted his words have given an
account of the signs that will precede the coming of Jesus
and have indicated a specific period of time for that coming.
Nearly all of the signs have come to pass.
The indicated time period is the first half of the 21st
century in which we are now living. (According to the Muslim
calendar, this refers to the middle of the 14th century.)
It is very important for a Muslim that Jesus
is going to come back to the earth again. He is a Prophet
born by a miracle of God without a father; he invited the
Children of Israel to follow the true path and showed them
many miracles. He is the Messiah and, as the Qur'an says,
he is the "word of God" (Qur'an, 4:171). Together
with his return to earth, the lack of understanding between
Christians and Muslims who believe in the same God, share
the same moral values and, as the Qur'an says, are closer
to one another in love than all other people (Qur'an, 5:82)
will be repaired, and these two greatest of the world's
religious communities will be united. The members of the
world's third monotheistic religion, the Jews, will also
accept Jesus as their true Messiah and find their way to
the true religion (Qur'an, 4:159).
So by the return of Jesus, the three monotheistic
religions will unite, there will be one single religion
on earth based on faith in God. This religion will defeat
the atheistic philosophies and pagan beliefs with intellectual
means; the world will be saved from wars, conflicts, racial
and ethnic hostility, cruelty and injustice. Humanity will
enter a "Golden Age" of peace, happiness and well-being.
Certainly, this will be the greatest event
in the history of the world. In this situation in which
the three monotheistic religions will unite, the whole American
continent, Europe, the Islamic world, Russia and Israel
will be allied on the basis of a shared faith, and no such
unity has ever occurred before. The peace, well-being, stability
and happiness to be established in the world by this union
has never been known in any previous period; its likeness
has never been seen.
And, when Jesus returns to earth, it will be
one of the greatest wonders in the history of the world.
The return of Jesus to the earth after 2000
years and the beginning of his new life in his mature years
without a mother and father will be a great wonder. And
he will show people new miracles. As a result, materialist
philosophy, which has already collapsed on the levels of
science and philosophy, will suffer irrevocable ruin for
all the world to see, and people will witness the clear
proofs for the existence and power of God.
So, in the light of the signs in the Qur'an,
the sayings of our Prophet and the interpretations of leading
scholars in Islam, we believe that this blessed period is
very near. As Muslims, we are very excited about the imminent
return of Jesus and are doing all we can to prepare ourselves
and the world to receive this blessed guest.
Thus, we call on Christians to be as sensitive,
aware and eager as possible about this.
Is the Christian World Ready for Jesus?
The love of Jesus has given to Christians throughout
history a proper morality. In the Qur'an, God describes
Christians as "most affectionate to those who believe"
and says that "That is because some of them are priests
and monks and because they are not arrogant." (Qur'an,
In another verse, Christians' positive morality
Because of their love for Jesus, Christians
throughout history have endured all kinds of cruelty, chosen
to forgo the pleasures of life and live with suffering and
performed deeds of great self-sacrifice. These are indications
of a deep sincerity. But in this age when the return of
Jesus is near, this sincerity must be stronger, and service
to Jesus' religion must be performed more effectively.
But some Christians today give the impression
that they are not sensitive enough to Jesus' impending return.
- According to Christian scriptures Jesus
will return to earth.
It is stated several times in the New Testament
that Jesus will return to earth. "So Christ . . . will
appear a second time . . . to bring salvation to those who
are waiting for him." (Heb. 9: 28) In many other passages
in the New Testament it is announced that Jesus will return.
Seeing that this promise will most certainly come true,
all Christians must make this the basis of their worldview,
constantly expect this Second Coming and to influence the
- According to Christian scriptures, the
return of Jesus is near.
Many Christians believe that the Second Coming
is near. This is because almost all the predictions in both
the New and Old Testaments regarding the return of the Messiah
have been fulfilled. The growth of religious belief all
over the world, the beginning of the collapse of atheist
philosophies and the return to faith are important signs
and under these circumstances, Christians should not remain
indifferent about the Second Coming.
- According to Christian scriptures, the
return of Jesus will be the greatest event in history.
Since Christian scriptures say that the Second
Coming is definitely near, this ought to be the most important
item on the agenda of the Christian world. Great preparations
are made for the visit to a country of an important head
of state. Seeing that Jesus, who is a more important guest
than any head of state, will come soon again to the world,
should not preparations for his arrival be kept continually
- Seeing that Jesus will bring all people together
when he comes, Christians should leave aside their differences,
arguments and hostilities that will soon have no significance
- Since Christians and Muslims who believe
in Jesus will be united in a common faith when he comes,
both communities must try from this moment to overcome the
prejudice and distrust between them.
In the "Book of Revelation," the last book
in the New Testament, it says: "The kingdom of the world
has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and
he will reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15)
All Christians should be eager, excited, aware
and filled with love as they await this blessed event. And
we, as Muslims who have this eagerness, excitement, awareness
and love, say to Christians:
Come, let us prepare together for the coming
return of Jesus. Let us have respect for one another's
differences in belief knowing that Jesus will teach us the
truth anyway. Let us strive to fill the world with peace,
brotherhood, mercy and love as he wants to see it. Let us
struggle together in word and deed against philosophies
and ideologies that are hostile to him and reject God.
Let us wait together for this glad tiding and
the greatest miracle in the world history.