The Muslim believes this categorical Qur’ânic statement to be from God. Hence he asks no questions and seeks for no proof.
Had the Christians accepted the Holy Qur’ân as the Word of God, the problem of the crucifixion would never have arisen. They vehemently oppose the Qur’ânic teaching and attack everything Islamic. In the words of Thomas Carlyle — “THEY (the Christians) HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO HATE THE MAN MOHAMED AND HIS RELIGION.
CALL YOUR WITNESSES
In trying to prove their dogmas 1, they invent shocking statements and posers — one of which has been used as the title of this book — “CHRIST CRUCIFIED – Hoax or History?” 2 No doubt it sounds provocative; but it is a borrowed title — from the Christian’s own extravagances; from his own vocabulary.
Garner Ted Armstrong, the Executive Vice-President and Co-Publisher of the “PLAIN TRUTH” (a Christian Magazine from America, which boasts a current, FREE, world-wide circulation of 6 million copies a month) 3, attempts to answer his own puzzle under the heading:
“WAS THE RESURRECTION A HOAX?” This is the typical American way of selling religion. He elucidates his poser -“HOAX?” – with the words, “THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH IS EITHER THE SUPREME FACT OF HISTORY OR A FLAGRANT. DELIBERATE FABRICATION FOISTED OFF ON THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRISTIANITY.”
Another budding, young “Billy Graham” from America, Josh McDowell effuses in his book “THE RESURRECTION FACTOR”, saying, “I WAS FORCED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST IS EITHER ONE OF THE MOST WICKED, HEARTLESS, VICIOUS, HOAXES EVER FOISTED UPON THE MINDS OF MEN, OR IT IS THE MOST FANTASTIC FACT OF HISTORY.” Since it is not possible for an Oriental to match American superlatives and extravagant verbiage, I do not have to apologise for humbly borrowing their words for the title of my book: “CHRIST CRUCIFIED -Hoax or History?” 4
1. Dogma: “Principle, tenet, doctrinal system; arrogant declaration of opinion.” — Oxford Dictionary.
2. Original title of this book.
3. As claimed in their February 1984 issue.
4. Now changed to — “CRUCIFIXION or CRUCI-FICTION?”