Short Answer: “We find the expression that Jesus will “descend” among the people. This is repeated in several hadiths. But we do not find the expression that he will be “born” a second time… Jesus’ second coming will be in the same form as he was at the time when he was raised up. He will appear among the people without anybody noticing him at first as it were, and there is no chance of anyone seeing him descending from the sky either.”
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The Second Coming of Jesus Foretold in Hadiths
The sayings of the Prophet regarding Jesus’ second coming are well known.
Here is just one of many:
There is no prophet between me and him (i.e. Jesus Christ), and he shall descend. So, recognize him when you see him. He is a man of medium height, of ruddy and fair complexion; he will be dressed in two yellow garments; the hair of his head will appear as though water was going to trickle down from it, whereas it will not be wet. He will fight people in the cause of Islam, will break the Cross and kill the swine and will abolish jizyah; and Allah will put an end to all communities in his time except Islam; and he will slay the Antichrist (Dajjal); and he will stay in the world for 40 years; then will die and the Muslims will offer the funeral prayer for him. (Abu Da’ud and Ahmad).
Jesus Will Unite Christians And Muslims as One Ummah under the Banner of Islam
As the hadiths above indicate, Muslims believe that Jesus will return at the end of time and will clear all the confusion prevailing in the world regarding his life and mission.
And on his second coming Jesus will lead the Christians of the world to recognize the truth of Islam and consequently the world of Christianity will merge with the world of Islam as one Ummah.
Thus the True Religion of Islam will emerge as a mighty force defeating and wiping out all remnants of the false religion that misled the lives of various peoples of the world till then.
This is the promise of the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign Ruler of the whole universe, and certainly this is how things will come to pass in the end.
The foregoing in a nutshell is the prophecy about the second coming of Jesus as believed in Islam.
The Second Coming Does Not Mean a Second Birth
There is the question whether Jesus will be born again of a virgin mother as part of his second coming.
Such an idea is not warranted by the hadiths where his second coming is predicted.
We find the expression that Jesus will “descend” among the people. This is repeated in several hadiths.
But we do not find the expression that he will be “born” a second time.
Besides we must remember that Jesus was raised up at a critical juncture when he was about to be captured by the Romans.
Thus the belief is that he didn’t die; but alive with Allah Almighty, until the time for his descent comes.
Some commentators on the hadiths given above have suggested that Jesus’ second coming will be in the same form as he was at the time when he was raised up.
He will appear among the people without anybody noticing him at first as it were, and there is no chance of anyone seeing him descending from the sky either.
And Allah knows best.
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(From Ask About Islam archives)
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