On his radio show yesterday, Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, California refuted the idea that resurrection somehow proves that Jesus Christ is God.
Imam was speaking on his weekly radio program entitled “Understanding Islam” on KCAA AM 1050 in Southern California, where the lion’s share of the yesterday's program contents were devoted to commemorating the life and achievements of Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad (1889 - 1965), the 2nd spiritual head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community, who is considered the primary architect of the Ahmadiyya system of administration resulting in the community’s tremendous advancement.
The change of discussion came about in reference to a recent article in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, a local daily newspaper, wherein the author attempted to stretch the connection between Christ’s supposed resurrection and his alleged Godhood - suggesting the former is a proof for the latter.
The article “Resurrection proves Jesus is God” by a guest columnist, Sam Lomen, was written subsequent to Imam Shamshad's several recent articles in the same newspaper questioning exactly what Mr. Lomen has presented in his article: ‘God of the Bible to be a uni-plural or triune being.’
In his columns, Imam Shamshad stresses the omnipotence of God and explains the Christ’s station as a prophet of God,
The commonly held belief among many Christian denominations that Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose on the third day only to bodily ascend to heavens is often taken up by Imam Shamshad for refutation.
Imam Shamshad explained that the idea of Jesus' Godhood was developed later and it runs contrary to what Jesus seems to believe about himself from the events describes in the Bible.
As a matter of logic, Imam Says, Jesus could not have been praying to someone else if he had thought of himself as God.
Imam outlined two particular occasions recorded in the Christian scriptures where Jesus Christ was seen praying clearly before a God other than himself.
Imam said when Jesus Christ was lying on his face in the Garden of Gethsemane asking, ‘Father, if it be possible, let this cup [of death] pass from me,’ he was obviously begging before someone other than himself -- whom he addressed as ‘Father.’
Jonathan MA Ghaffar, a co-host of the weekly radio show, added that Jesus' statement that followed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “.,. nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done,” further underlines the point that Jesus totally believed in his powerlessness and God’s will being the sole controller of the circumstance.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" said Imam Shamshad, is another important utterance by the Christ in his supposed dying hour, proving he did not think of himself as God or part of Godhood to assume he had the power to save himself.
Instead, Imam says, the Christ's statement shows a surprise about his fate and he cries out ‘My God, my God’ multiple times, pointing to the One and Only God.
-- Imam Shamshad Nasir can be reached at 909-636-8332 or email@example.com. Weekly radio show can be heard at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday on KCAA - AM 1050 radio.