Sunday, 19 April 2009

Did Allah's Soul impregnate Mary?

Is this not a kind of Holy Trinity?...

We have already read that according to ibn Kathir (Tafsir to verse 2:87) Allah’sS oul is Gabriel, the archangel. Because of this position, Allah also calls Gabriel Ruh al Quddus, the Holy Soul orthe Holy Spirit. This is akin to the Christians’ concept ofthe Holy Ghost. In this part, we shall read how Allah’s Soul also impregnated Mary, the mother of Jesus. Christians believe that the Holy Ghost had made Mary pregnant. 

Ibn Ishaq (pp.270 272) writes that a sixty member delegate of Christians from Najaran came to Muhammad to debate about religious matter. Muhammad commanded them to submit to Islam. They were adamant they already believed in Allah and Jesus. But Muhammad was not satisfied. He insisted that because of their belief in Trinity and because of their consumption of pork, they had been excluded from the assembly of believers. The leaders of the delegation explained to Muhammad that because there was no known father of Jesus, they called Jesus the son of God.
Then they asked Muhammad who he thought was the father of Jesus. Muhammad remained silent; he had no answer. So Allah sent down a few verses of Sura al Imran (Sura 3) and Sura Maryam (Sura 19). 

In verse 3:49 Allah claimed that Jesus could make the figure of a bird in clay, and with the blessing o fAllah, breathed life into it, healed the blind and the lepers. 

Jalalyn, one of the most respected exegetes of the Qur’an writes that Gabriel breathed into the opening of Maryam’s garment and she became pregnant. 

In verse 19:17, Allah told Muhammad that a
n angel (only one angel; contradiction: 3:43, 45 say several angels visited Mary), as a man, appeared to Mary

According to ibn Kathir, the angel was Gabriel, Allah’s soul. He appeared to her complete and perfect in the shape of a man. Gabriel is Allah’s Ruh or Soul

In 19:18, we read that Mary sought protection of Allah from the angel who came to her in the shape ofa man. As per ibn Kathir, Mary thought the man (angel) was about to rape her. This meant 
Allah’s soul, Gabriel, was menacing. Mary was petrified that this Allah’s soul might molest her. 

Allah’s Soul, archangel Gabriel, informed Mary that Allah is capable of doing anything; her son (Jesus) would be a sign from Allah. 

Jalalyn writes that Gabriel breathed into the opening of her shirt, where uponshe sensed the formed foetus in her womb. 

In verse 19:22 Allah says that after conceiving Jesus, Mary isolated herself to a far away place. 

Ibn Kathir writes: …
the angel (who was Jibril) blew into the opening of the garment that she was wearing. Then the breath descended until it entered into her vagina (sic) and she conceived the child

This means Allah’s Soul, Gabriel, carried in his breath the seed of Allah, which induced Mary’s pregnancy. 

In verse 21:91, we read that 
Mary guarded her chastity (sexual organ). Allah breathed into her His spirit, the Ruh. Thus, Allah made her and her son (Jesus) signs for all people. Note that Allah did not specifically mention that the Ruh or the Soul was Gabriel. So we can be certain that it was Allah’s seed that caused Mary’s pregnancy, and not the seed of Gabriel.

Jalalyn writes that the Ruh in 21:91 was Gabriel, and Gabriel breathed into the opening of Mary’s garment and she became pregnant. 

Let us read in full what ibn Kathir writes on 21:91: 

`Isa and Maryam the True Believer: Here Allah mentions the story of Maryam and herson `Isa, just after mentioning Zakariyya and his son Yahya, may peace be upon them all. He mentions the story of Zakariyya first, followed by the story of Maryam because the one is connected to the other. The former is the story of a child being born to an old man of advanced years, from an old woman who had been barren and had never given birth when she was younger. Then Allah mentions the story of Maryam which is even more wondrous, for in this case a child was born from a female without (the involvement of) a male. These stories also appear in Surah Al `Imran and in Surah Maryam. Here Allah mentions the story of Zakariyyaand follows it with the story of Maryam, where He says: 
(And she who guarded her chastity,) means, Maryam (peace be upon her). This is like the Ayah in Surah At-Tahrim: (And Maryam, the daughter of `Imran who guarded her chastity. And We breathed into it [her garment] through Our Ruh[66:12].  (and We made her and her son a sign for the nations) means, evidence that Allah is able to do all things and that He creates whatever He wills; verily, His command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, "Be''-- and it is! This is like the Ayah: (And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind) [19:21] 

The above interpretation means the angel (Gabriel) implanted Allah’s seed (Allah says it was His soul; it is confusing, we admit) inside Mary’s womb. It might seem incredible but let us read ibn Kathir's interpretation of verse 66:12 where he repeats the theme. This verse says that Mary was the daughter of Imran; she guarded her chastity (sexual organ) and was a virgin before she became pregnant through Allah; Allah breathed His spirit into Mary's body. 

Ibn Kathir writes: (And Maryam, the daughter of `Imran who guarded her chastity (private part) meaning, who protected and purified her honor, by being chaste and free of immorality, (And We breathed into it (private part) through Our Ruh,) meaning, through the angel Jibril. Allah sent the angel Jibril to Maryam, and he came to her in the shape of a man in every respect. Allah commanded him to blow into a gap of her garment and tha breath went into her womb through her private part; this is how `Isa was conceived. This is why Allah said here, (And We breathed into it through Our Ruh, and she testified to the truth of her Lords Kalimat, and His Kutub,) meaning His decree and His legislation. 

Even ibn Kathir admits that Jesusc arried Allah's seed. The Soul of Allah, Gabriel, implanted seed of Allah inside Mary’s womb, and Mary became pregnant with Allah’s seed. 

It appears that the Qur’an supports the Christians assertion that Jesus is the son of Allah. 

The scenario of the creation of Jesus can be summed up in this manner: 

Allah gave Gabriel His (Allah’s) seed (or soul). 
Allah sent His Soul or Spirit, Gabriel, to impregnate Mary. 
Gabriel brought with him the seed of Allah. 
Gabriel opened Mary’s garment and inserted Allah’s seed inside Mary’s vagina. 
Mary became pregnant with Allah’s seed. 
Mary gave birth to Jesus. 
Jesus became Allah’s Soul, the Son

Maulana Asad translates that Jesus was Allah’s soul. Let us read 4:171 as translated by him: 

4:171 Maulana Asad: O FOLLOWERS of the Gospel! Do not overstep the bounds [of truth] in your religious beliefs, and do not say of God anything but the truth. The Christ Jesus, son of Mary,was but God's Apostle - [the fulfillment of] His promise which He had conveyed untoMary - and a soul created by Him. Believe, then, in God and His apostles, and do not say, "[God is] a trinity". Desist [from this assertion] for your own good. God is but One God; utterly remote is He, in His glory, from having a son: unto Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth; and none is as worthy of trust as God. 

In a footnote Maulana Asad writes this comment: 

Footnote181: Lit., "His word which He conveyed unto Mary and a soul from Him". According to Tabari, the "word" (kalimah) was "the announcement (risalah) which God bade the angels to convey to Mary, and God's glad tiding toher" (a reference to 3: 45)- which justifies the rendering of kalimatuhu as "[the fulfilment of] His promise". (See also note on 3: 39.) As regards the expression, "a soul from Him" or "created byHim", it is to be noted that among the various meanings which the word ruh bears in the Qur’an (e.g., "inspiration" in 2: 87 and 253), it is also used in its primary significance of "breath of life", "soul",or "spirit": thus, for instance, in 32: 9, where the ever-recurring evolution of the human embryo is spoken of: "and then He forms him [i.e.,man] and breathes into him of His spirit" - that is, endows him with a conscious soul which represents God's supreme gift to man and is, therefore, described as "a breath of His spirit". In the verse under discussion, which stresses the purely human nature of Jesus and refutes the belief in his divinity, the Qur’an points out that Jesus, like all other human beings, was "a soul created by Him".

Allah contradicts himself. In the very next verse Allah saysJ esus was His servant

4:172 Maulana Asad: Never did the Christ feel too proud to be God's servant, nor do the angels who are near unto Him. And those who feel too proud to serve Him and glory in their arrogance [should know that on Judgment Day] He will gather them all unto Himself: (4:173) where upon unto those who attained to faith and did good deeds He will grant their just rewards, and give them yet more out of His bounty; where as those who felt too proud and gloried in their arrogance He will chastise with grievous suffering: and they shall find none to protect them from God, and none to bring them succour.

Disturbed by such an imbroglios mind of Allah, one anonymous Islamist writer) attempts to distinguish between a Soul (nafs) and a Spirit (Ruh). ( He writes: 

However,we have to distinguish Nafs (soul) from Ruh (spirit). Whereas the Spirit is a Universal principle, each person has his own soul and it can degenerate or i tcan be made to grow. The atrophication (sic) or development of the soul depends on the withdrawal or introduction of Spirit. 

This obfuscation continues when this Islamist writer continues: 

The soul may be regarded as a local organization of the spirit and contains the information relating to the individual (his inherited and acquired characteristics and those created by his own efforts at integration). 

This attempt is silly, fatuous and a sign of desperation; for, 
nowhere inthe Qur’an Allah says that the Spirit is a Universal Principle. Most exegetes of the Qur’an consider Muhammad's Soul was Gabriel. In this context, there is virtually no difference between an Islamic spirit and an Islamic soul.

In the following verse Allah says: 

16:102 Hilali and Khan:Say (O Muhammad) Ruh-ul-Qudus [Jibrael (Gabriel)] has brought it (the Qur'an) down from your Lord with truth, that it may make firm and strengthen (the Faithof) those who believe and as a guidance and glad tidings to those who have submitted (to Allâh as Muslims). 

And here is more from Allah: 

26:192 Hilali and Khan: And truly, this (the Qur'ân) is a revelation from the Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists), 
26: 193-4 Hilali and Khan: 
Which the trustworthy Rûh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] has brought downUpon your heart (O Muhammad) that you may be(one) of the warners, 

The attempt to distinguish between the Islamic Spirit and the Islamic Soul creates more problems for Islam. 
The distinction establishes three entities: Allah, the Spirit, and the Soul. This is similar to what the Christians assertion—the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the Son—the concept of Trinity.




  1. Allah's spirit does not mean Allah's soul. It only means the spirit (Archangel Gabriel) came with Allah's command. Allah calls the Kaaba in Makkah as His house. This does not mean He stays there. Similarly when He says His spirit, it is not a part of Him, but something created by Him and coming by His command. Similarly in another instance Allah says "His camel" in a parable. Does this mean the camel is a part of Allah? :)

    The Holy Spirit in Islam is considered to be Angel Gabriel. So what is wrong in Angel Gabriel coming and blowing the soul of Jesus(peace be upon him into the womb of Mary(peace be upon her).

    Either you are confused or you are trying to confuse.

    In Islam it is very simple. Jesus did not have a father - so you call GOD as his father and Jesus as His son. Then what about Adam - he did not have a father or mother - so is Adam the elder son of God ???????????? Jesus (pbuh) is considered as the word of Allah in the sense that when Allah wishes something He just says "BE & it is". Similarly Jesus is a creation due to His 'BE and he was"
    Yes Jesus(pbuh) is one of the greatest prophets of Allah, a man, a created being who cured the sick and revived the dead - by Allah's permission. Jesus (pbuh) was a man just like you and me who did not know when the Last Hour is due and was prepared to take the sword to fight for Truth.(as per bible). Yes Jesus(pbuh) is alive and will return to the earth and then die as all humans will. We muslims are looking forward to his return to be able to be on his side and pray along with Jesus to the one and only Creator of everything that exists.

    with my best wishes to all my brothers in humanity

  2. "They have certainly disbelieved who say, " Allah is the third of three." And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment." --

  3. "It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, "Be," and it is." --