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Here is Surat An-Nisa' 4/159:

And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness. source

The question is, whose death is this? Is it belong to Jesus(puh), or a person from the People of the Scripture? Generally, what does this verse say?

Please, give answers supported by Quran, word meaning (from Arabic), maybe historical background, and then lastly supported by hadith. A mixture would be great! Thanks.

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And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him ['Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being], before his ['Iesa (Jesus) or a Jew's or a Christian's] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he ['Iesa (Jesus)] will be a witness against them.

We can take help of Muhsin Khan's translation to understand.

The death is referring to in common any person of the people of scripture.

This verse is picked from the sequence 4:153 to 4:162 and all these verses are talking about Jews in particular.

Every person of the people of scripture (especially Jews) must believe in Jesus (pbuh) before his (person's) death comes and may also imply that Christians must believe in Jesus (pbuh)(and his message of worshiping One God) perfectly.

That is the intent of the ayah. (As far as I know)

Creator knows the best.

May the creator guide us all.

  • Rather it seems that the verse is focusing on the death of a man among the People of the Scripture. Like the Jews and Christians must believe the real identity of Jesus(puh) before their deaths, or he won't be a witness against them in the Day of Resurrection, because they were his nation. – kalahari Apr 2 '15 at 18:00
  • I mean in a bad way – kalahari Apr 2 '15 at 19:11
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Chapter 4 verse 159 And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness.

This refers to Jesus (PBUH) dead. Remember as a christian i believed that he died for my sins Hebrew Chapter 9 verse 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

This is for us to understand that he did not die a physical death when he left the first time.

  • Thanks but this seems not the true answer. According to this verse nobody can pay for another person's sins. In that point, Christian belief is not true. Also Jesus(puh) was a prophet and thus should have call his people to Allah with the same principles Islam has. So, the verse in question still unclear to me. Will the People of Scripture believe him in that way before his death in the future? Then why will he witness against them? – kalahari Feb 23 '15 at 20:25
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He is talking about the Jews, in context read 4:155 - 159 There is none that must surely believe in jesus before he dies. (the jew) or in the resurrection he (jesus) will be a witness against him. In the 4 verses he explains that the Jews killed most of the prophets that came to them (155) but that they didn't kill jesus (157) but that they must believe in him before they die (159)

  • Try answering the question more clearly. This answer provides very little help to the question. – Seeker Mar 13 '17 at 11:19

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