Friday, 15 March 2019

"If Jesus Were Alive He Would Have to Follow Me"

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم

According to the exegete, Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah):
وفي بعض الأحاديث [ له ] : لو كان موسى وعيسى حيين لما وسعهما إلا اتباعي
In some Ahadith (from the Prophet): “If Moses and Jesus were alive they would have no option except to follow me.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir v.2 p.68):

Similarly, the Grenadan exegete, Abu Hayyan, copied this Hadith in his tafsir (Bahr ul-Muhit v.6 p.139):

And it has been repeated by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziya (Madarij us-Salikin v.2 p.496):

Finally, Mulla Ali Qari has attributed this saying to the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam):
لو كان عيسى حيّاً ما وسعه  إلا اتَّباعي
“If Jesus was alive he would have no option but to follow me.” (Sharh Fiqh ul-Akbar p.325):

Some editions of Sharh Fiqh ul-Akbar have altered the text, replacing Jesus with Moses. But this is clearly a distortion since the context of the quote is regarding Jesus and not Moses.


  1. Sunnis say there is no Isnaad.

    1. Yes, perhaps the sanad was lost. Nevertheless, the meaning of the Hadith is certainly correct.


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