Book Review: Jesus Christ The Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother

Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother

Title: Jesus Christ The Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother
Author: Al-Habib Ali Al-Jafri (also spelled Jifri)
Translator: Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad
Publisher: Aqsa Publications (2005)

The ‘About the Author’ section of the book states:

Al-Habib Ali Al-Jafri is from Tarim, the valley of scholarship and light in Hadramawt, south Yemen. He took his classical Islamic knowledge from the great masters of the Ba’Alawi, including the late Habib Mashur al Haddad, the great faqih of Madina Habib Zayn al Sumayt and the great Faqih and Qutb Habib Abdul Qadir al Saqqaf. He teachers at the Dal al Mustafa school in Tarim. His commitment to da’wa has taken him to all corners of the world.

The ‘About the Translator’ section of the book states:

Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad was born in Beirut in 1380/1960. He embraced Islam while a graduate student in French literature at Columbia University in New York. He lives in Damascus. Since 1997 he has published many translation of classical texts by the living masters of the past and present.

Although the book does not explicitly say this, we believe this book is a translation of a lecture delivered by Al-Habib Ali Al-Jafri in 2003 in Lebanon. The book’s subject matter highlights the esteemed rank of the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) within the Islamic tradition. The book is split into 30 short chapters, discussing various aspects of Prophet Jesus’ life and includes an elaboration of the esteemed rank of Mary (peace be upon her). It also discusses the second coming of Jesus (peace be upon him) as believed by the Muslims, the trials of the anti-Christ (Dajjal) and the eventual victory of Jesus (peace be upon him) and his supporters over the anti-Christ.

Al-Habib Ali al-Jafri explains that the original mission of Jesus (peace be upon him) was to bring the Jewish community away from materialism and to connect them back to their Lord. Jesus’ mission emphasized spirituality and an opposition to an intense greed for worldly wealth. Similarly, upon his second coming he will again continue that mission; to bring the humans away from greed and to connect them to their Lord. In the chapter of Jesus’ Mission it states:

Our liege-lord Jesus grew up, fed with purity. When God willed to send him forth, his mission among his people was the mission of the spirit: to link the hearts back with their Lord and revive values and morals. This is the reason we do not find, in the Evangel, much talk about rulings and laws but instead find that the Evangel focuses on morals, parables, and spirituality. For our liege-lord Jesus said, as is mentioned in the Evangel: “I was sent for the lost sheep of the Sons of Israel.” That is, God sent me to those whom the world has so overwhelmed that they have become as dumb beasts, unconcerned by other than food, drink, and lusts, without the least heed to rising to any Divine connection.

Regarding the second coming the book states:

Jesus will kill the Dajjâl and the earth will be filled, from east to West, with the lights of Islâm and faith. There will not remain a single house in existence except the lights of belief and guidance will enter it. Those truthful and sincere followers of Jesus that love him and are connected to him will enter Islâm at his hands at that time. It is among the great wonders that Jesus will descend “at the site of the white minaret East of Damascus” while at the very side of this minaret there is a Christian church, as if, upon his descent, he will be greeted both by the Muslims and the Christians.

This book is a short read, about a great Prophet of God for whom the Muslims have a significant connection to. Not only because he was the closest to precede Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), but also because Muslims believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) will descend in their time, amongst their midst, near the end of time, and the Muslims will join the supporters of Jesus (peace be upon him). Jesus (peace be upon him) will in effect become part of our very community of believers.

It appears this book has gone out of print, however large excerpts, if not the whole book is available here:

http://www.sunnipath.com/library/Articles/AR00000252.aspx

The last portion of the book concludes with closing supplications, of which the following is quite beautiful:

Oh Allah, If You have decreed for us to live until the time our liege-lord the Christ, upon him peace, we ask You, O God, the character of those who are in his train, and excellence in serving and aiding him and his army. We ask You for perfection in standing firm in obedience to You and preferring the Everlasting to the mortal.

And if we are not of those that will live to see that time, we call upon You to witness, and upon Your Throne-bearing angels, and all Your creation, that we believe You are Allâh, the One God besides Whom there is no god, without partner, and that our liege-lord Muhammad is Your servant and Messenger, and that our liege-lord Jesus is Your servant and Messenger, Your word which You cast upon Mary, and that we love those that are beloved to You and we repudiate Your enemies.

Therefore, preserve this pronouncement of ours. Correct our intentions in serving You. Make us of the righteous of this Community. Grant us mercy in Your generosity.

May Allah bless those who have assisted in making this book available. Ameen.

Lastly, although not directly related to the book being discussed, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf had an article in the Zaytuna Seasons Journal in 2007 titled ‘Walk on Water – The Wisdom of Jesus From Traditional Arabic Sources’. The link is below for those interested:

Walk on Water – The Wisdom of Jesus From Traditional Arabic Sources

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