The Prohibition On Making And Worshiping Statues In Al-Kitab
Safar 03, 1433 A.H, Thursday, December 29, 2011
Bissmillah, as Muslims we believe in the kitab (scriptures) sent down by Allah, including one of which is Al-Kitab Injeel (Gospels/Bible), although we believe that the existing Injeel has undergone changes by the accursed hands, there are still some verses that are in tune with the teachings of Tawheed. In the Bible, there are quite a number of Allah’s prohibitions on making statues and idols and the like, let alone to worship and prostrate before the statue or idol. However, what we find, almost every house of the Christians are displaying the statue of Jesus with his mother Mary and others.
Besides statues, pictures of Jesus and Mary can also be found almost for certain on all Christians. And generally they are very respectful of the statuettes, pictures or paintings of the face of Jesus and his mother Mary. Whereas, it is very clear in the Bible that Allah forbids the making or the worshiping of statues.
Exodus 20: 4-5 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;”
Deuteronomy 4: 23 “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden.”
Leviticus 26: 1 “Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.”
Jeremiah 10: 1-8 “Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.”
The commandments of Allah that are so clear, firm and strong, are not practiced at all by all Christians, they proudly display the sculptures and images of Jesus and Mother Mary. Thus Muslims, wherever we encounter them, never establish a statue or a picture of Prophet Muhammad in their houses.
In the Qur’an Allah Ta’ala says :
“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham said, “My Lord, make this city [Makkah] secure and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols. My Lord, indeed they have led astray many among the people. So whoever follows me - then he is of me; and whoever disobeys me - indeed, You are [yet] Forgiving and Merciful.”” (14: 35-36)
“And those they invoke other than Allah create nothing, and they [themselves] are created.They are, [in fact], dead, not alive, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.” (16:20-21)
“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols as deities? Indeed, I see you and your people to be in manifest error.”” (6:74)
“They said, “We worship idols and remain to them devoted.” Abraham said, “Do they hear you when you supplicate?,Or do they benefit you, or do they harm?”, They said, “But we found our fathers doing thus.”He said, “Then do you see what you have been worshiping,You and your ancient forefathers? Indeed, they are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds.”” (26:71-77)
“So he made them into fragments, except a large one among them, that they might return to it [and question]. They said, “Who has done this to our gods? Indeed, he is of the wrongdoers.” They said, “We heard a young man mention them who is called Abraham.” They said, “Then bring him before the eyes of the people that they may testify.” They asked, “Have you done this to our gods, O Abraham?” Abraham said, “Rather, this - the largest of them - did it, so ask them, if they should [be able to] speak.” So they returned to [blaming] themselves and said [to each other], “Indeed, you are the wrongdoers.” Then they reversed themselves, [saying], “You have already known that these do not speak!” Abraham said, “Then do you worship instead of Allah that which does not benefit you at all or harm you? Uff to you and to what you worship instead of Allah . Then will you not use reason?”” (21:58-67)
The proofs that the Christians are making statues, in fact they are even worshiping them are; the sign of the cross, the statue of Jesus, the statue of Joseph, the statue of the Angel, the statue of the Virgin Mary, the Christmas tree, and other statues. Another thing, during the EASTER celebration there is the ceremony of kissing the statue of Jesus crucified on the CROSS. Those are the evidences of their worship of idols. And of course Prophet Isa ‘alaihissalam whom they claim to be Lord Jesus, couldn’t be teaching to worship others besides Allah.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:
“They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” (5:72)
“And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?’” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.” (5:116)
It is already clear that, it is not true that the Christians are following the teachings of Prophet Isa Al-Masih (The Messiah), and are usingAl-Kitab/Injeel as their guidance. This is only a few of the proofs of the falsehood that they make against Allah and the teachings of Prophet Isa ‘alaihissalam.
Translated and Submitted by a Mujahid