‘THE GOSPEL OF BARNABAS’
Excerpts from the book:
Excerpts from the book:
(By: M. Javed Naseem)
There are some funny rumors and comments being posted on Google+ about the resignation of the Christian (Catholic) Pope suggesting (even declaring) that he and some other priests had secretly embraced Islam, hence the resignation. It is said that Pope had seen a secret but authentic copy of the Bible surfaced recently in the news in which there was a mention of Prophet Muhammad’s arrival. People in Muslim countries love this kind of stuff as they don’t care about the authenticity or the origin of these stories. They don’t even care about the authenticity of the Ahadith (Prophet’s sayings). We don’t encourage investigation and research to find out the truth. We love speculation and many times we take important decisions on the basis of that. That’s our culture, unfortunately.
What are the ‘real’ reasons behind Pope’s resignation, nobody knows except the people surrounding the Pope. God knows how true these ‘sensational’ stories are. Anything is possible these days!
But what about the Bible? The truth is that the Bible in question is called: ‘The Gospel of Barnabas’. It existed for centuries along with other versions of the Bible. It dates back to the 5th century. Since it contained some authentic references, it did not suite the agenda of the authorities who wanted to promote their own brand of ‘Christianity’. Therefore, it was, sort of, discarded, made to disappear and removed from the public reach. Then, in the year 2000, they found an ancient copy of this scripture in
. It is written on an animal
skin. It created a lot of noise all over Turkey Europe.
officially requested to the see the Scripture in 2012. Thus, the matter was
brought to the light again and some Iranian press reports even predicted that
it will cause the collapse of the Christianity worldwide. This is the basis of
all the rumors spreading currently. Vatican
I included the news item of
newspaper, Daily Mail, in the chapter “All Prophets Were Muslims” of my last
book, “God’s Prescription – al-Quran”, which was published in 2012. The Daily
Mail published the story in its issues of 24th-25th May,
I have also written quite a few posts on Google+ (i.e., Jesus Talks About Muhammad, s.a.w.; Islam Was in The Heaven Before Adam; Islam Was The Only Religion Prescribed by Allah; etc., etc.) on the basis of the Gospel of Barnabas. Once again, I will try to enlighten the Muslim and non-Muslim readers on this subject. But first, the news item:
Chapter: All Prophets Were Muslims, pages: 64-126
“… On the other hand, the verses of the Holy Quran were preserved and memorized by the companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.) as soon as they came out of the mouth of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) directly. And that is why these are called ‘authentic’. Holy Quran is the Word of God and God Himself took the responsibility to protect/preserve it.
As far as Bible is concerned, the Gospel of Barnabas seems to be very interesting as it contains some authentic references. Just recently, actually on 24th and 25th of May
newspaper from London, Daily Mail, published
account of a sacred text written on animal hide, seized from antiques smugglers
The text is thought to be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one
of Jesus’s disciples. It is thought to date from the 5th century.
Actually, the text was discovered in an anti-smuggling operation by the Turkish
Police in 2000 but it re-surfaced in the news again short time ago because the
Vatican has now officially requested to view the text. Turkey
The Turkish authorities believe that the text is original and authentic. In the meantime,
has claimed that the discovery
of the Barnabas Gospel will cause the collapse of Christianity worldwide. Iran
The small book, written on animal hide, apparently states that Jesus was never crucified and that he himself predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). Written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the gospel even predicts the coming of the last Islamic messiah, the report adds. An Iranian press report has claimed that its contents will trigger Christianity’s downfall by proving that Islam is the final and righteous religion.
The Basij Press claims the text was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and the religion of Islam. It says the Christian world denies the existence of such a gospel.
Of course they will deny it. The Christian church cannot face the truth. Their priests have been fooling around with young boys and nuns for centuries and they kept denying it. They have been telling their children cock and bull stories (like red-nosed reindeer, Santa Claus distributing gifts, decorating a certain tree, and Easter eggs, etc.) to fool them. Every year they dump in the ocean hundreds of tons of mail stamped and addressed to Santa Claus. They don’t want people to wake up and start questioning the crap being delivered in the name of religion. If they spread true teachings of Jesus and his Lord Almighty, the billion-dollar Christmas industry will collapse.
The Turkish Basij Press claims that Chapter 41 of the Gospel (of Barnabas) reads: ‘God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written “La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah”, meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad His Prophet.
The Basij report suggests that the discovery is so immense that it will shake world politics. ‘The discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the religion in the world’, it states. ‘The most significant fact, though, is that this Bible has predicted the coming of Prophet Muhammad and in itself has verified the religion of Islam.’
Well, wait and see what happens when the house of cards shakes. This report has only scratched the surface. The truth is hidden and needs some good digging.
I was a little surprised to see the comments made by Phil Lawler, a writer on the Catholic Culture website. These comments were published by the newspaper Daily Mail of London, UK. He says: ‘Keep in mind that the dating of the document is critical. By the 7th century it did not take much foresight to ‘predict’ the appearance of Muhammad.’
My question to Phil Lawler is: On what grounds or basis could you make such a prediction of coming of Muhammad (s.a.w.)? The Christian Church had removed from the Bible all references about Islam and Muhammad (s.a.w.). Logically, you have to base your prediction on some kind of evidence or a reference from the Torah or the Bible. I think the panic has started setting in.
The forces of evil have always been plotting and planning against Islam and the Prophets of Allah. Sometimes, they inflict heavy damages too. But Allah says in the Holy Quran that ‘He is the Best Planner.’
Excerpts from the Chapter:
“Jesus Talks About Muhammad, s.a.w.”
From the Gospel of Barnabas, Chapter 96:
“When the prayer was ended, the priest said with a loud voice: “Stay, Jesus, for we need to know who you are, for the quieting of our nation”. Jesus answered: “I am Jesus, son of Mary, of the seed of David, a man that is mortal and fears God, and I seek that to God be given honor and glory”.
‘The priest answered: “In the Book of Moses it is written that our God must send us the Messiah, who shall come to announce to us that which God wills, and shall bring to the world the mercy of God. Therefore I pray you tell us the truth, are you the Messiah of God whom we expect?”
‘Jesus answered: “It is true that God has so promised, but indeed I am not he, for he is made before me, and shall come after me”. The priest answered: “By your words and signs at any rate we believe you to be a prophet and an holy one of God, wherefore I pray you in the name of all Judea and
that you for love of God should tell us in what wise the Messiah will come”. Israel
‘Jesus answered: “As God lives, in whose presence my soul stands, I am not the Messiah whom all the tribes of the earth expect, even as God promised to our father Abraham, saying: “In your seed will I bless all the tribes of the earth”. But when God shall take me away from the world, Satan will raise again this accursed sedition, by making the impious believe that I am God and son of God, whence my words and my doctrine shall be contaminated, insomuch that scarcely shall there remain thirty faithful ones; whereupon God will have mercy upon the world, and will send his Messenger for whom he has made all things, who shall come from the south with power, and shall destroy the idols with the idolaters who shall take away the dominion from Satan which he has over men. He shall bring with him the mercy of God for salvation of them that shall believe in him, and blessed is he who shall believe his words.’
“Unworthy though I am to untie his hosen, I have received grace and mercy from God to see him”. Then answered the priest, with the governor and the king, saying: “Distress not yourself, O Jesus, holy one of God, because in our time shall not this sedition be any more, seeing that we will write to the sacred Roman senate in such wise that by imperial decree none shall any more call you God or son of God”. Then Jesus said: “With your words I am not consoled, because where you hope for light darkness shall come; but my consolation is in the coming of the Messenger, who shall destroy every false opinion of me, and his faith shall spread and shall take hold of the whole world, for so has God promised to Abraham our father. And that which gives me consolation is that his faith shall have no end, but shall be kept inviolate by God”.
‘The priest answered: “After the coming of the Messenger of God shall other prophets come?” Jesus answered: “There shall not come after him true prophets sent by God, but there shall come a great number of false prophets, whereat I sorrow. For Satan shall raise them up by the just judgment of God, and they shall hide themselves under the pretext of my gospel”. Herod answered: “How is it a just judgment of God that such impious men should come?”
‘Jesus answered: “It is just that he who will not believe in the truth to his salvation should believe in a lie to his damnation. Wherefore I say to you, that the world has ever despised the true prophets and loved the false, as can be seen in the time of Micaiah and Jeremiah. For every like loves his like”.
‘Then said the priest: “How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?” Jesus answered: “The name of the Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendor. God said: ‘Wait Muhammad; for your sake I will to create paradise, the world, and a great multitude of creatures, whereof I make you a present, insomuch that whoever shall bless you shall be blessed, and whoever shall curse you shall be accursed. When I shall send you into the world I shall send you as my Messenger of salvation, and your word shall be true, insomuch that heaven and earth shall fail, but your faith shall never fail’. Muhammad is his blessed name”. Then the crowd lifted up their voices, saying: “O God send us your Messenger; O Muhammad, come quickly for the salvation of the world!”