The Maseeh (Messiah) Returns
as Lord, Allah, God...

"What can such expect but God should come
down to them overshadowed with clouds."
-Qur'an 2:210

"Immediately after the oppression of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the earth shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." -Matthew 24:29-31

Notice how the prophecy of the coming of the "Son of man in heaven" in "the clouds of heaven" as mentioned in the Gospel agrees with the promise of "God coming down to them overshadowed with clouds" as mentioned in the Qur'an.

Muhammad was once asked: "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?"
He said, "Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the sun when it is not hidden by clouds?"
They replied, "No, Allah's Apostle."
He said, "Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the moon when it is full and not hidden by clouds?"
They replied, No, O Allah's Apostle!"
He said, "So you will see Him [your Lord] on the Day of Resurrection similarly Allah will gather all the people... and then only this nation [Muslims] will remain, including their hypocrites. Allah will come to them in a shape other than they know [unexpected way] and will say, 'I am your Lord.'
They will say, 'We seek refuge with Allah from you. This is our place [we will not follow you]; till our Lord comes to us [in the way that we were expecting], and when our Lord comes to us, we will recognize Him.
Then Allah will come to them in a shape they know and will say, "I am your Lord.' They will say, 'You are our Lord,' and they will follow Him. Then a bridge will be laid over the [hell] Fire." Allah's Apostle added, "I will be the first to cross it...." -Sahih Bukhari 8:577

Note how these accounts agree with Sahih Bukhari 5:685. This convergence of terminologies offer a wonderful picture for consideration and contemplation.

Please note how clearly the term Lord and Maseeh (by the term Maseeh, the Return of Christ is intended.) are tied together in the above mentioned Hadith. The saying of the Messenger of God is in total conformity with the explanation of The Bab about the Day of Resurrection and the bridge of Sirat.

Narrated Ibn Umar: "We were talking about Hajjat-ul-Wada, while the Prophet was amongst us. We did not know what Hajjat-ul-Wada' signified. The Prophet praised Allah and then mentioned Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal [anti-Christ] and described him extensively, saying "Allah did not send any prophet but that prophet warned his nation of Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal. Noah and the prophets following him warned (their people) of him. He [Al-Masih] will appear amongst you [among Muhammad's followers], and if it happens that some of his qualities may be hidden from you, but your Lord's State is clear to you and not hidden from you. The Prophet said it thrice. Verily, your Lord is not blind in one eye, while he [Ad-Dajjal] is blind in the right eye which looks like a grape bulging out [of its cluster]. No doubt! Allah has made your blood and your properties sacred to one another like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this town of yours, in this month of yours. "The Prophet added: No doubt! Haven't I conveyed Allah's Message to you?" They replied, "Yes," The Prophet said thrice, "O Allah! Be witness for it." The Prophet added, "Woe to you!, May Allah be merciful to you! Do not become infidels after me by cutting the necks [throats] of one another." -Sahih Bukhari 5:685

Note the distinction that this Hadith makes between Dajjal [anti-Christ] who is supposed to have one eye [partial vision] and Maseeh Who is supposed to have two eyes (total vision). Once again Allah, the Lord of humankind, Who we know, based on the Qur'anic prescription, is devoid of a body or human parts is expected to appear as Maseeh among the believers in the Day of Resurrection. This particular Hadith is directly equating the Returned Christ with the Lord.

What is going on? Why is Jesus, Son of Mary, Who, according to the Qur'an no more than a "Servant of the Lord" at His first appearance, identified here as the "Lord" upon his Return?

In what sense is Maseeh the Lord? (i.e. What kind of LORDSHIP are we talking about here? Is it by the virtue of incarnation, or through manifestation?)

1- God is going to come down to us overshadowed with clouds.

2- Allah will twice appear to the believers on the Day of Resurrection!

2- Since when has the unknowable Allah of the Qur'an become an entity to either come or go, ascend or descend, enter and exit?

3- Since when has the shapeless Allah of the Qur'an obtained a shape?

4- If Allah is going to appear "in a shape other than they know"... in what form will He appear and how will we recognize Him when He does appear?

5- The second appearance (i.e. appearance of Maseeh) Allah is going to appear "in a shape they know". Once again: When have Muslims ever seen Allah before? How will they recognize Him when He comes down to them from heaven?

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Kamran Hakim is a member of the Baha'i Faith. The opinions expressed in this article constitute his own personal understanding and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Baha'i Faith or it's teachings.