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TRANSLATING THIS TRACT INTO ANOTHER LANGUAGE – INSTRUCTIONS

1)      There is no copyright on this tract. Make as many copies as you desire without notifying the author.

2)      Send a master copy of your translated tract to: P.O. Box 3270  Bangalore – 560 032  India

3)      In most translations of the Koran, the translator adds his comments into the text of the Koran. Be sure to follow exactly the Koranic text that I have provided. Sometimes I have removed the commentator’s comments and other times I have allowed comments to remain.

4)      This tract is intended to be an “entry-level” tract for Muslims. This tract is designed to stimulate Muslims to rethink their previous thoughts about Jesus. It does not belittle the Koran or their Prophet, so evangelists and church planters should remain safe in handing this tract out. Muslims reading this tract will understand that Jesus is more than a prophet and the Koran indicates that Jesus is the one who can help us get to heaven.

5)      The content of this tract comes from years of listening to Bangladeshi Muslim Church Planters.

Start the tract with the “Introduction” (below). Muslims need to know that they should not be satisfied with only reading the Koran; they should understand what the Koran says.

 
INTRODUCTION


I am grateful to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Islamic Foundation, and others who are translating the Arabic Koran into all languages of the world. I feel blessed as I read the Koran in my mother tongue.  Since less than 20% of Muslims around the world speak Arabic as their mother tongue, my heart is sadden-ed as I realize that most Muslims rely on someone else to explain the Koran to them. In other words, they hear the messages in the Koran through the eyes of another. Today, this is not necessary.

Allah wants YOU to understand His messages. How can we obey Him if we do not clearly understand what Allah says?  Muslims living before the prophet Muhammad understood what Allah said because Allah spoke to them in their language.

This story illustrates the need to clearly understand Allah’s messages:

An Arabic owner of a garment factory in India wrote a letter in Arabic to the factory workers telling them that they should stop making red shirts and start making yellow shirts. In addition, for their hard work, they would receive a bonus at the end of the month if they worked hard. The Arabic owner spoke neither Urdu nor Hindi, but his office manager spoke Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi.

The Indian office manager read the letter in Arabic to the factory workers and then placed the letter on the table in front of the employees. The employees were happy to receive the letter, but did not change from making red shirts to yellow ones. When the factory owner found out that his factory was still making red shirts, he was very upset with the manager and the factor workers. He decided to hire a new factory manager and new workers.

The Arabic owner wants to work with people who clearly understand his orders. In addition, he is willing to bless those who obey his orders with a bonus Do not miss out on Allah’s blessings. Do not rely on someone else to tell you the message of Allah. Please find a Koran translated into your language and together let’s find a treasure that will change your life.


PAKKA MUSLIMS

AL-IMRAN 3:42-55

 
As I was reading the Koran in my mother tongue, I came upon a passage that flooded my heart with hope. You too can experience this same hope after you seize the truth of Surah Al-Imran 3:42-55. It hurts my heart to know that not everyone has eyes to see this truth. I pray that Allah will open your eyes to recognize truth.

Read Surah Al Maidah 5:83:  “And when they listen to what has been sent down to the messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognized. They say; “Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses.”

Who are the “they” in this ayat?  Who are the people that are able to recognize Allah’s truth?   We will find the answer in Surah Al-Imran.

I have read Surah Al-Imran 3:42-55 more than 100 times. Each time, I feel the same joy that I received the first time I discovered the Truth in this passage. The discovery I made is nothing new. Many people in history have made the same discovery because their eyes were also opened to the Truth. Each day, hundreds of our Muslim brothers’ eyes are being opened by Allah as they read Surah Al-Imran 3:42-55. Those who understand this Truth call themselves “Pakka” or “Complete” Muslims.

Allah is confirming the Truth of Al-Imran 3:42-55 by speaking to many Muslims through dreams. A recent worldwide survey was conducted of 600 “Pakka” Muslims. Out of 600, 150 said that they became “Pakka” Muslims through a dream where a messenger of Allah appeared to them and confirmed the truth of Surah Al-Imran 3:42-55. Some “Pakka” Muslims have had dreams where they saw and heard the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, confirm the Truth that is presented in this booklet. In one of the holy kitabs, an ayat says, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”  Do you want to know the Truth and be set free?

Please take the time to open your Koran and read for yourself, ayat by ayat, this wonderful passage. I have provided you with my explanation of each ayat. I pray that your eyes will be opened and you will understand this Truth and join the Pakka Muslim movement.

EXPLANATION

3:42 And (remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam! Verily, Allah has chosen you, and made you pure, and has preferred you above the women of the creation.

3:43 O Maryam! "Be obedient to your Lord and bow with those who bow (in worship).

Before the Injil Sharif was written, there was a period of 400 years in which the people of the Scripture did not have a prophet to speak to them. Allah’s people had reached the bottom of the pit of despair and hopelessness. 

It was at this dark moment in the history of the world, Allah did something very unusual. He spoke through the angel Jibrial to a young virgin woman named, Maryam. The angel told her that Allah chose her for a special assignment. But first, Maryam was to reaffirm her calling as a true Muslim. She was told to totally submit herself in obedience to Allah.

3:44 This is of the tidings of things hidden. We reveal it unto you. You were not present with them when they threw their pens (to know) which of them should be the guardian of Maryam, nor were you present with them when they quarreled thereupon.

The Koran lets us look into the activities that took place in heaven among the angels. It appears that all of the angels wanted to be given the assignment to be the guardian angel in charge over Maryam. To settle this issue, the angels cast lots to see who would be given the assignment.

In no other place in the Koran do we read of this much excitement taking place in heaven. Allah was about to do something very special for all the people of the world; something that has never been done before or since.

3:45 (And remember) when the angels said: "O Maryam! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name ‘Isa Masih (Jesus Messiah), the son of Maryam, held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to Allâh."

Ayat 45 is the announcement to Maryam that she had been chosen to give birth to the prophet Isa. Muslims around the world have two names for ‘Isa. We call him “’Isa Kalimatullah” (Word of Allah) and “’Isa Ruhullah” (Spirit of Allah). Why do we call Isa by these two names?

The answers are in Surah Al-Imran 3:45 and Surah Ambiyaa 21:91. Allah said that He would put his Word into Maryam. What or who is Allah’s “Word?”  To better understand this, read Surah Ambiyaa 21:91 “…and she (Maryam) guarded her chastity, therefore We breathed into her of our Spirit and made her and her son a sign for all people.”   Why do we refer to ‘Isa as “’Isa Kalimatullah” and “’Isa Ruhullah?” The Koran makes it clear, ‘Isa is the Word (Kalim) and Spirit (Ruh) of Allah. No other person or prophet carries these titles.

Allah’s “Word” and “Spirit” that was placed inside Maryam became flesh in the form of a baby. He told Maryam to name the baby ‘Isa Masih.   Masih means “the anointed or promised one.”  758 years before the birth of ‘Isa, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “…a virgin will conceive and his name will be called, ‘Immanuel’ (Isaiah 7:14). “Immanuel” is a Hebrew word meaning, “Allah with us.”

‘Isa would be honored by all people in this world and forever in heaven and he would be one of those nearest to Allah Himself. The Koran paints a picture of ‘Isa for us. He is Allah’s Kalim, Ruh, promised anointed one, and “a sign for (all) the nations” (Ambiyaa 21:91). When we want to go somewhere that we have never gone before, we look for a sign to guide us. Where will we go if we follow ‘Isa?

3:46 "He will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous."

‘Isa’s birth was to be a message to the entire world and he was to be one of the righteous. How righteous was ‘Isa?  Allah told Maryam, in Surah Maryam 19:19, that ‘Isa would be “a faultless son.”  The Injil Sharif teaches us that ‘Isa never killed anyone; he did not have a love for money; he never married; he spoke out against corruption among the religious leaders; he prayed every day; he fasted for 40 days and nights in which he did not eat anything at all; and he taught us to love our enemies. If ‘Isa ever committed a sin, then he would have ceased to be Allah’s Kalimatullah or Ruhullah and he could not have gone to heaven to be with Allah. Through ‘Isa, Allah showed the world how “Pakka” Muslims should live their lives. This would be a wonderful world if we all lived our lives like ‘Isa. 

3:47 She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?" He said: "So (it will be) for Allâh creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: "Be!" and it is.

Maryam was shocked at the news that Allah gave her. She said to Allah, “How can I have a baby when I am not married and no man has ever touched me?” Allah was very patient with Maryam. He answered her, “I am Allah; it is easy for me to do what I wish.”

Knowing that Allah does nothing by accident, all that Allah does is according to his perfect plan, why would Allah have ‘Isa born without a father?  Has there ever been another prophet born without a father?  What does this event mean to all Muslims?” 

To answer these questions we must look closely at the life of Adam. In Imran 3:59, the Koran says that ‘Isa is like Adam. They were similar because each of these prophets did not have a father. Before Adam disobeyed Allah, he walked with Allah in the garden (heaven). Adam could live in Allah’s presence forever and talk to Allah because he did not have any sin, just like ‘Isa. Adam, at first, was righteous and holy because he was created from Allah’s Ruhullah. Once Adam committed disobedience to Allah, Adam became unholy and could no longer live together with Allah in the garden (heaven).

Read in the Koran 20:121: “Then they (Adam and his wife) both ate of it, so their shame became apparent unto them, and they began to hide by heaping on themselves some of the  leaves of the garden, and Adam disobeyed his Lord and his nature became evil.” 

Most certainly, all of us are children of Adam except one - his name is ‘Isa Masih. Apple trees produce only apples!  Can an apple tree produce oranges?  All humans born in Adam’s family inherit Adam’s nature. The curse of sin in Adam is being passed down among his decedents. ‘Isa is the only man who never sinned. He did not sin because he was not born in the blood line of Adam. He did not inherit Adam’s sin nature.

A friend asked me one day, “Why did Isa not inherit Adam’s evil nature through his mother, Maryam?”  I answered his question in two parts. First, in the Taurat Sharif, the prophet Musa wrote that the nature of sin is passed only through the blood line of the father. Secondly, doctors tell us that when a baby is inside its’ mother, the two never share their blood. If the mother and baby’s blood ever mix, both could die. It is also known that a mother may not have the same blood type as her baby. Allah creates the baby’s blood from the man’s seed.

Now do you understand why I love to read the Koran?  The discovery that ‘Isa is the Word and Spirit of Allah, that he was the anointed promised one, and that he was sinless has enlightened me. But wait, there is more…

3:48 And He (Allâh) will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Taurat and the Injil (Gospel).

Allah taught ‘Isa the holy Kitabs. Pakka Muslims read and understand all the Kitabs. Allah instructed Muhammad, peace be on him, that if he had a question about any message from heaven, that he should look for the answer among those who read the “Before” Kitabs.

Sura Yunnus 10:94 says “And if thou (Muhammad) art in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto thee, then question those who read the Scripture (that was) before thee. Verily the Truth from thy Lord hath come unto thee. So be not thou of the waverers.”

I have found the Book of Wisdom (Mesal), the Taurat, and Injil Kitabs. These Kitabs have been translated directly from the original languages and are trustworthy. A friend of mine said that reading the “Before” Kitabs makes him feel like a complete Muslim. A cow with only one leg cannot stand, but when he stands on all four legs, he is strong. A “Pakka” Muslim reads all the Kitabs.

Sura 4:136  “O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray.”

Have the “Before” Kitabs been changed?  The Koran says, “No!” Is Allah not powerful enough to protect His message?

Read in the Koran Sura Al-An’am 6:115-116 “Those unto whom We gave the Scripture (aforetime) know that it is revealed from thy Lord in truth. So be not thou (O Muhammad) of the waverers. Perfected is the Word of the Lord in truth and justice. There is no one that can change His words. He is the Hearer, the Knower.”

The next time someone tells you that the kitabs have been changed, ask them, “Do you have proof that the kitabs have been changed?”  Their answer is always the same, “No, I do not have proof, I only heard that they have been changed.”  This argument would not stand up in any court room.

3:49 And will make him (Isa) a messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): "Lo I come to you with a sign from your Lord.  Lo!  I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and breathe into it, and it is a bird by Allâh's leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce to you what you eat, and what you store up in your houses. Lo! herein is a sign for you, if you are to be believers.

 When I first read the story of ‘Isa making a live bird out of clay, I thought back to the story of when Allah made Adam. According to this story, Allah gave ‘Isa the power to create life. With the power of Allah, ‘Isa also healed lepers, the blind, the crippled, and he even raised the DEAD TO LIFE.

After reading this ayat, once again my soul was flooded with hope. ‘Isa was given the keys and power of life and death. POWER OVER DEATH, this is amazing!  Before, I had thought that death was my greatest enemy in the world. But now I realize from the Koran that ‘Isa was given power over death. The world has been waiting for a prophet that can conquer our greatest and final enemy, death. If ‘Isa was given the power of life and death, what can he do for us?

3:50 And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Taurât (Torah), and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

‘Isa said that his life verified or confirmed what the prophets had spoken about him in the ‘Before Kitabs.’  The old prophets spoke much about ‘Isa Masih. When I read the “Before Kitabs,” that have been translated from the original languages, I found over three hundred prophesies (foretelling) about ‘Isa.

Isa told us that our duty to Allah is to obey him (‘Isa)!   To show your highest respect to Allah, your must obey ‘Isa. The only command of ‘Isa that we find in the Koran is here in 3:50. The command is clear, “Obey me” (‘Isa).  Later you will see an amazing promise of a blessing given to those who obey ‘Isa.

Where do we find the commands of ‘Isa?  They are found in the Injil. How can you do your duty to Allah and obey ‘Isa unless you know what he has commanded you to do?   You must find out what the Injil says so that you can know how to obey ‘Isa?  The same Injil that Muhammed, peace be upon him, used is available today. When you find an Injil, be sure to check to see if it was translated from the original language written from manuscripts from the 1st century.

3:51 Truly! Allâh is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. This is the Straight Path.

A road or path always leads us to something or someone. The Straight Path (Tarika) mentioned in this ayat is the road that leads us to Allah. It is a straight and direct road to Allah. There are no bypasses or turns. It is a direct path which means that it does not stop short of its intended goal which is heaven. So who can travel on this path to Allah?

Have you ever heard someone say, “If I do enough good works, Allah will let me go to be with Him in heaven after I die?” The one who says this is blind and insults the holiness of Allah. No matter how many good works you do, you can never remove your sin. Allah is 100% holy and no sin can come into His presence. Remember that Adam was removed from the presence of Allah because of his one sin. 99.9% holy people cannot go to heaven. In fact there is no such thing as 99.9% holiness; holiness is always 100%. Only people who have their sins removed from them can go to be with Allah. This is sad news for us, because we have all sinned. Our only hope is that Allah will create a way for us to be totally cleansed of our sin and our sinful nature.

3:52 But when 'Isa came to know of their disbelief, he said: "Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allâh?"  The disciples said: "We will be Allah’s helpers. We believe in Allâh, and bear witness that we are muslims (i.e. we submit to Allâh)."

3:53 Our Lord!  We believe in that which You have sent down, and we follow him that You have sent (‘Isa). Enroll us among those who witness (to the truth)

In order to get all of the people of the world to worship Allah alone, ‘Isa asked for some helpers. A small group of men came forward saying that they are Muslims and that they will help ‘Isa. They said that they believe in Allah’s message and the messenger (‘Isa) that He sent down. Followers of ‘Isa are Muslims!

3:54 And they (disbelievers) schemed (to kill 'Isa) and Allâh schemed too: and Allâh is the best of the schemers.

Satan hates truth and will do everything he can to make sure that people do not hear it. How long have you been reading the Koran and yet you have never understood Sura Al-Imran 3:42-55?  Satan does not mind if you can read the Koran, but he does have a great concern if you understand the Koran. Allah will not allow Satan to win. He has a plan to give truth to all the people in the world.

There were two plans for the death of ‘Isa. The fundamentalist Jews had a plan to kill ‘Isa and Allah had a plan for the death of ‘Isa. Does the Koran ever say that ‘Isa did not die?  No. Sura The Women 4:157 says that the Jews said that they did not kill or crucify him. Note that the ayat does not say “‘Isa did not die.”  Also note that the Jews were not allowed to put anyone to death, only the Romans could do this. If you think that the Koran says that ‘Isa did not die, read the next ayat.

3:55 And (remember) when Allâh said: "O 'Isa (Jesus)! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear you of those who disbelieve, and I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute."

Ask your Imam to read in Arabic ayat 55. Listen carefully as he reads. You will hear him say the Arabic word, “mutawaffika.”  The root of this word is “tawaffa.”  This word means “to die” or “to cause one to die.”  The word, “tawaffa” is used 26 times in the Koran. 24 times it is translated, “to die” or “to cause to die.”  Twice it is translated, “to sleep.”  Never is it translated, “to take.”  Translators must be careful to accurately translate the Koran into other languages. Therefore, ayat 55 should be correctly translated to say, “And when Allah said: ‘O ‘Isa! I will cause you to die and then raise you to Myself…”  Sura Maryam 19:33 ‘Isa says about himself, “Blessed was the day I was born, blessed was the day I died, and blessed was the day I was resurrected.”  Resurrected means, “raised from the dead.”  This was Allah’s perfect plan. But why would Allah have ‘Isa killed?  I will answer this later.

Where is ‘Isa at this time? Ayat 55 proclaims that ‘Isa was raised up to Allah himself. Remember that Allah is 100% holy.

If someone is brought directly to Allah, they too must be 100% holy as well. No evil or sinful person can come into the presence of Allah.

The summary of ‘Isa’s life is as follows:

1        Born without inheriting Adam’s evil nature

2        Lived a holy and sinless life

3        Allah gave him power over life and death

4        ‘Isa traveled the straight path (Tarika) to Allah

5        ‘Isa is now with Allah

This is the truth that comes directly to us from the Koran. Pakka Muslims understand this truth.

In the Injil Sharif, ‘Isa made a bold statement about himself. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (Yuhonna 14:6) Sura Al-Imran 3:42-55 confirms the Injil Sharif. ‘Isa knows the way to Allah because he has traveled the Straight path (Tarika) to Allah. “’Isa is the Truth because he is the Word of Allah. Allah’s Word is always true. Isa is the Life because he was given power over death.

THE STRAIGHT PATH (TARIKA) TO HEAVEN

Blind people need help in traveling. Until I read Surah Al Imran 3:42-55, I felt that I was a “spiritually” blind person. My evil and sinful nature prevented me from seeing the Straight path (Tarika) to heaven. I needed someone to help me. I needed someone who knows the way. Another blind person is of no use to me. It must be someone who has traveled the Straight path (Tarika) before and whose home is heaven.

Can ‘Isa help us get to heaven?  I believe Sura Al-Imran 3:42-55 is a special message from Allah. This wonderful message tells about a prophet that came from heaven, lived as a man and then went back to home in heaven. Yes, I believe ‘Isa can help us.

At the beginning of this booklet, I presented to you an ayat from the Koran and then I asked you a question. It is now time to answer that question.

Surah Al Maidah (5:83) “And when they listen to what has been sent down to the messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognized. They say; “Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses.”

I asked the question, “Who is the They in this ayat?”  The answer is, “The followers of ‘Isa who are called ‘Pakka’ or ‘Complete’ Muslims.”

HOW YOU CAN FOLLOW ‘ISA TO HEAVEN

Allah loves you and wants you to join Him in heaven after you die. But to go to heaven, your sins must be totally removed from you. To fix this problem, Allah developed a way that we could be totally forgiven and the curse of sin removed from us. Starting with Adam, man could be forgiven of his sins if he followed the sacrifice system called “Korbani.”    With his sins forgiven and removed, he could join Allah in heaven directly after death.

The Korbani is a picture of the punishment that we deserve for our sins. Think of a court room where you stand before the judge. The judge is fair and just. Because of your sin, the judge sentences you to be killed. Even though you are guilty, Allah allows another person, one who is innocent, to receive your punishment. For Allah to throw away your punishment would mean that he is not a just judge. Every crime must be paid for, this is justice. You deserve to die for your guilt of sin.

Think about the practice of Korbani. First, we are to find a pure animal. A sick or low quality animal cannot be used for the sacrifice. Immediately before the sacrifice, we are to pray to Allah saying, “Allah, I am guilty of committing sin against you. I deserve to have my blood poured out of me until I die. So Allah, please have mercy on me and instead of taking my blood, take the blood of this innocent animal.” 

From the time of Adam until the time of ‘Isa, Korbani was practiced. Allah did not always require the blood of animals to be used for the Korbani. Ibrahim was told to do the Korbani with his promised son. At the last moment, Allah stopped Ibrahim from sacrificing his son. Allah was only testing Ibrahim’s love and devotion to Him.

Pakka Muslims have the clearest understanding of Korbani because they have read all four kitabs. They know that the Muslim followers of ‘Isa stopped practicing the Korbani. Why?  Pakka Muslims know that the Korbani was only a shadow of the ultimate Korbani that Allah would do for all the people of the world: past, present, and future. For Allah to do Korbani for all of mankind shows us how much He loves us and gives us confidence that we can be totally cleared of the curse of sin. But what would Allah use for His Korbani for all the people of the world? 

The Koran says that the birth of ‘Isa would be a sign for the world. In order for Allah to do Korbani for all mankind, he needed the most pure, holy, and powerful sacrifice available. We have seen from the Koran that the purest, holiest, and most powerful blood in the world was that of ‘Isa. Allah performed Korbani using the blood of innocent ‘Isa.

What Allah did not allow Ibrahim to do to his promised son, Allah did with ‘Isa. This was an act of love unlike any act we have every seen, the innocent giving his blood for the guilty.  ‘Isa took the punishment that we deserve. Now you know why Pakka Muslims are such grateful people.   They understand that Allah did not give us what we deserve. The Injil says in Yuhonna 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Today, you can become a Pakka Muslim. All you have to do is to believe that Allah did Korbani for you and He used the blood of ‘Isa instead of your blood. Stop now, hold your hands up before you, and humbly tell Allah that you receive His Korbani and thank Him for placing the punishment of your guilt upon ‘Isa. In this way, Allah will forgive you of your sins and remove the curse of sin. When you are cleansed of your sins, then you can go to be with Allah after you die. You can now live your life in peace knowing that after death, you can go directly to be with Allah.


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