Between Good Friday and Easter: A Muslim Meditation on Christ and Resurrection

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When I reflect on the suffering of Christ, I see the connection between the suffering of Christ and the suffering of all of God’s children, all of us who are vessels of the Spirit of God. 
I seek the Easter of our own spirit, the resurrection of our spirit, long dead, brought back to God through God’s grace. May there be an Easter for the Jesus of our spirit, overcoming every death, every suffering and every affliction.

  • Gail Coleman

    I really enjoyed this. I was raised Christian, converted to Islam and now think I am more an agnostic than anything. I believe in God-that is about all I claim to know. But I love the teachings of Jesus. Thank you for your insight in to this holiday!

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  • Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen

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    Thank you for this beautiful meditation. I have been thinking much about how we can let ideas “resonate” within us even when we do not subscribe to them. You write: “The symbolism of Good Friday to Easter resonates for me in a powerful way”. As we reflect on the ideas of others and let them resonate, we may find a way to overcome the dissonance that seems to dominate discussions in which there is religious advocacy. It
    is reported that Imam Ali (‘a) publicly stated:
    “[By Allah!] If I were given the position to do so, I would judge between the
    people of the Torah by their Torah, and between the people of the Gospel by their Gospel and between the people of the Qur‘an by their Qur‘an.”
    So, I suppose the Torah and the Gospels resonated with him, too.

  • Deep and beautiful words. If only everyone could see and understand that yes, we all live in the same palace, just in different rooms we have carved out for ourselves.
    Nice!

  • thank you for your reflections, and God bless.

  • Thank you for this! It is very powerful. If I may, I plan to share it next week with our Trialogue participants (Muslims, Jews, and Christians cooperating for the purpose of mutual understanding located in Mobile, Alabama)

  • Bruce MacDuffie

    Thank you, Omid, for this inspiring witness to our common bonds, to our humanity living in the shared love of a universe filled with transforming love. May that love join us more to rejoice in one another, to affirm rather than to debate one another, and celebrate the insights of our traditions, mostly growing more loving and open I hope as the years pass. Love to you, Omid.

  • Tim

    As Pope Francis says, we are all brothers and sisters indeed in faith.

  • Robert Koon

    What a wonderful reflection. Thank you for the reminder that suffering is indeed universal, as is our hope in the transformation to come. It’s the first step in working together to alleviate suffering and bring about the changes we hope for. Excellent work.

  • “The symbolism of Good Friday to Easter resonates for me in a powerful way, as the symbolism of the triumph of resurrection over death and ultimate redemption in God’s grace over sin.”

    That says it all. That is why Christianity is true. Christ says, “I am the resurection and the way,” and “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

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  • Judy Ebbe

    Dear Omid Safi,
    I am a Swedenborgian – a Christian that understands that the Bible teaches the resurrection of good people of ALL faiths. God loves all people – regardless of their understanding; faith is the mind’s attempt to understand God and so varies from different cultures. All faiths are valid paths to God; a beautiful passage in Revelations (21:10-25) speaks of 12 gates to the heavenly city representing all faiths. Thank you so much for your beautiful meditation on Christ and Resurrection and by doing so, reaching out to extend reconciliation between Christian and Muslim; indeed reconciliation between all faiths. May God Bless you always and in all ways, Judy.

  • Raj

    To add, I request you to refer to Qeequh in Islam, which is a ritual of sheep sacrifice on the seventh day of a new-born baby, wherein it is chanted that this flesh, blood, bone, hair, of the sheep is sacrificed in exchange of the new born baby to save the child from the hell of fire/evils. The essence of the sacrifice is well spoken of explicitly. Abrahamic sacrifice of his son/goat is a shadow of things to come in the form of sacrifice(not to be taken as killing/crucification) of Christ. The very same prayer of Qeeqah is recited by looking to the Christ on the sacrificial cross. The conjectures so far existed in the sacrificial rituals are solved at the one and final sacrifice of Christ to save us from the hell of fire and evils/sins. Thank you

  • Laurie

    Thank you for this wonderful Easter gift.

  • Zaki

    We are all flowers in the same garden …… the garden of our Creator….. we have been nursed, nurtured and watered by Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, David, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.

  • Moshe

    Is there a reason that you are omitting the Jewish faith?

  • Marjorie Donnelly

    I appreciate this reflection on the suffering of Christ. I am a Christian, but the only way that the crucifixion as a path to salvation makes any sense to me at all is that if we allow it to the crucifixion brings us into relationship with God who has known suffering, and into relationship with humanity who is suffering.

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  • Linda Watson-Lorde

    Each day is a day of “Good Friday”