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Worldwide Media Coverage of the Sermon of the Khalifah/Nov. 2012

“This is the true message of Almighty Allah for prophets that you should pay back good in lieu of bad deeds done to you by anyone. The best that these people can do is to make the anti-Islamic groups understand the beauties of the Holy Prophet Muhammad’ssa teachings by responding in a non-violent manner; in such a way that those who are looking for the truth will see good in Islam.”
MIKAIL

Breaking the Myth that Islam Promotes Extremism/Oct. 2012
“Is my prayer that the entire world will listen to this great man of God so that we all will be safe. May Allah, out of His grace, continue to bless Ahmadis and to protect the entire world…Ameen! Long live Islam Ahmadiyyat.”
ABDULLAH AHMED

Queen Elizabeth II Replies to Letter from His Holiness/Sep. 2012
“Allah is Great! The message of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas shall be conveyed to the corners of the world through his Khulafa. Long live Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba. Long live the Queen of England. Ameen.”
ABD AZEEZ QASIM

Jesus Did Not Die on the Cross – A Cardiologist’s Perspective/March 2012
“If they thought he was still alive why go through the trouble to bury him and put him in the tomb for dead?”
JAMES DENTON

Hi James,

Thank you for taking the time to read the article from The Review of Religions website and leaving your feedback. You raise an interesting point about the tomb. I would like to respond to your question with some other questions to highlight that the events surrounding the Crucifixion were unusual and peculiar.
1) What tomb was Jesus (as) placed in and who owned the tomb?
2) How was the location of the tomb chosen and how was it that the tomb was so close to the place of Crucifixion?
3) What did Joseph and Nicodemus do to the body?
It becomes clear that Joseph of Arimathea played a key role in the plans to save Jesusas from death. For the plans to succeed Jesus (as) would have to be taken for dead. Placing him in the nearby tomb immediately took him out of any public view. This tomb was owned by Joseph and even the Biblical account clearly states that Nicodemus and Joseph tended to Jesus (as) with a large quantity of healing herbs, Aloe and Myrrh:

“…Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” (John 19:38-42) – NRSV

Thus, the tomb was the perfect place for Jesusas to be placed, close to the Crucifixion and sheltered to allow his nursing to take place. It is worth noting that the application of aloes and myrrh is not part of Jewish burial customs, and those herbs actually have strong medicinal properties. More information on this subject can be found in the following article:

http://www.reviewofreligions.org/6143/the-crucifixion-of-jesus-christas-an-alternative-reading-of-the-four-gospels/

I hope this in some ways answers your questions. Peace be with you,

ARIF KHAN, STAFF WRITER

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