A conference of Christian scholars on Coptic studies was held recently in the Vatican, the centre of Catholic Christian community. In this conference Prof. Karen King of Harvard University caused havoc with her revelation that Prophet Christ was married. The Professor made this “revelation” on the basis of the papyrus which contains the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” written in the ancient Coptic language of Egypt was found. The Professor deemed this papyrus belonging to the fourth century. While certain scholars have appreciated this revelation of the Professor calling it a precious document, most of the scholars have dismissed it as a fake document. They are of the view that the fragment might be ancient but it might have been blank, on which someone might have written these words in the twentieth or twenty-first century with some monetary gain in mind. In their view this inept manipulation cannot be accepted. (The Asian Age, September 29). Later on the Vatican organ also dismissed it calling it a fake document. Reuters maintains that in the Middle East dealing in ancient documents has become a thriving business.
This is a continuous process
And this is not the first time that this has been said about Prophet Christ. Such revelations about his personality are made from time to time and Christian “scholars” themselves make these “revelations”. That Prophet Christ was married and had children was not said for the first time. A few years ago this was made public in great detail with “The Da Vinci Code”. Besides the personality of Prophet Christ, ever newer revelations are made about The Bible attributed to him. In March last year famous New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman revealed that the six of the thirteen gospels attributed to Paul were fake and some unknown persons have included the names of Peter, Paul or James. (The Times of India, March 28, 2011). Even documentary films on the personality and personal life of Prophet Christ have been released; in some of them he has been presented in a very lurid light so much so that even heinous allegations have been leveled against him. And all this is done by Christian “scholars” and those belonging to the world of art and culture. That is, this is a continuous process.
Let sincere Christians listen
It is as if the Christian world has not decided as yet about their Prophet and the reality of his book though they believe in him and propagate his teachings. It is not only that they have not ascertained his personality and teachings but also do not hesitate in the character assassination of their Prophet. Now how can the religious entity that has such an attitude about its Prophet understand the Muslims’ faith in, love for and commitment to the Last Prophet of Islam? When the Muslims do not bear even the minutest sacrilege against their Prophet – whether it is hurled in the name of freedom of expression or in the guise of art – and condemn it in one voice the world over, the Christian world stands in astonishment. As the Christian world is not serious about their Prophet, nothing can be said to them. However, the serious, sincere and truth-seekers among them can be communicated that the best and only authentic source to know the reality of the personality and teachings of Prophet Christ is the Qur’ān. Only after understanding his personality through the Qur’ān will they be able to realize and appreciate the greatness of the Last Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him).