UPDATE - This story is a very hot HOT HOT Story... But we don't claim to know everything about it even now. As more info comes available, we'll update and keep you informed inshallah.
Here's what we know now:
The Catholic Pope Quit the Vatican a month ago. He was the first to do so in over 600 years.
We know he wanted to see the book we spoke about months before.
Now after seeing an ancient Book, hidden from the people for over 1,500 years - he quits.
So, we are asking, 'Was there something inside it to make him think hard about what Quran says about Jesus, peace be upon him?'
Some think so. Read this, and comment on your thoughts..
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Is this the proof we have all been waiting for?
Is this yet another sign of the Last Days?
How Close Are We to Time of Jesus Return?
Is This For Real? (or just another fake?)
Is This Why The Pope 'Retired' (Quit)?
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They claim this ancient Bible proves Muhammad, peace be upon him, is the prophet.
But it also says he is the Christ! Is this correct? (Islam says Jesus is Messiah - means Christ).
What are other proofs about Islam in this book?
Get the facts first, then be sure to tell everyone else.
Secret £14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey
Vatican 'wants to view' 1,500 year old ancient manuscript - Hidden by Turkish state for last 12 years (Why?)
Reportedly 'handwritten' in Gold Letters - In the ancient language of Jesus, peace be upon him - ARAMAIC
But is any of this true? How can we be sure? (Good questions)
The job of Islam Newsroom.com is to find information and news we need as Muslims - from the real sources.
I have to admit from the outset of this story, I do have my reservations about the whole thing. This is due partly to the bad experience I had in Egypt many years ago, concerning a pumpkin with the words "Bismillah Rahman Raheem" embossed across it - from the growth of the pumpkin itself, but that's another story (click here to read it)
Anyway, back to our story on the Pope learning of the ancient Book and what he found (or didn't find)..
Read . .
..Secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of Muhammad as Messiah to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.
Pope Benedict wanted to see this ancient book, called Gospel of Barnabas. When he finally got to see it, what did he learn?
Did it influence his decision to quit?
The £14million (14,000,000 British pounds) handwritten in gold lettered tome, written in the native language of Jesus (Aramaic) , is said to contain early teachings from Jesus, peace be upon him, and more important to Muslims - a prediction of the True Messiah to come after him - namely MOHAMED.
The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000.
It was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum, and will soon be put back on public display following a minor restoration.
A photocopy of a single page from the handwritten ancient manuscript is thought to be worth £1.5million.
Near the end of last year (2012), the Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay reported that the book was likely an authentic version of the Gospel. One that had been suppressed by the Christian Church because it has a very strong connection with the Islamic views of Jesus.
He also mentioned the Vatican (Pope) had made an official request to see the scripture - a controversial text which Muslims claim is an addition to the original gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
In line with Islamic belief, the Gospel treats Jesus as a human being and not a God.
It rejects the ideas of the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion and reveals that Jesus predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.
In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: 'How shall the Messiah be called? Muhammad is his blessed name'.
And in another verse, Jesus denies being the Messiah, claiming that he will be from the decedent of Abraham, peace be upon, an Ishmaelite, the term used for Arabs.
Despite the interest in the newly re-discovered book, some believe it is a fake and only dates back to the 16th century. (still that would be curious to find out: who?, what?, why? & how?)
The oldest copies of this book actually do date back to that time, but these are written in Spanish and Italian. (This indicates a very big loss in meaning, due to being translated and then re-translated from Aramaic (Jesus' language) to ancient Greek to likely Latin and then finally to Spanish or Italian)
Protestant pastor Ihsan Ozbek said it is unlikely to be authentic.
St Barnabas lived in the first century and was one of the Apostles of Jesus, in contrast to this version which is claimed to be from a much later date.
He told the Today Zaman newspaper: 'The copy in Ankara might have been written by one of the followers of St Barnabas."
'Since there is around 500 years in between St Barnabas and the writing of the Bible copy, Muslims may be disappointed to see that this copy does not include things they would like to see.
'It might have no relation with the content of the Gospel of Barnabas.'
Theology professor Ömer Faruk Harman said a scientific scan of the bible may be the only way to reveal how old it really is.
Here now is our criticism of the text presented, based soley on the content:
“In one version of the gospel, he is said to have told a priest: ‘How shall the Messiah be called? Mohammed is his blessed name…..and in another, Jesus denied being the Messiah, claiming that he or she would be Ishmaelite, the term used for an Arab,” he added.
March 1, 2012 - Yusuf Estes speaks out regarding "Ancient Bible" proving Muhammad is Messiah - found in Turkey, etc., etc. . .
Bismillah Rahman Raheem, innal-Hamdulillah Rabbil Alameen, was-salata was-salama ala Rasool al-Kareem. Allahu 'Alim. What we find in the limited verses disclosed in the media, there is no doubt in my mind, this is could be another fabrication or altered book in some way.
Let me give only a brief summary of the findings we have collected and verified so far, inshallah:
To begin, notice the claim "Messiah" shall be called Mohammed (peace be upon him)?
This is a problem. Quran clearly tells us JESUS IS THE MESSIAH (meaning 'annointed', translated into Koine Greek as 'Christos' and to English as "Christ"). Muhammad, peace be upon him, is called by Allah in the Quran, 'Rasool' (messenger) not Messiah.
Next point - It says, "Mohammed is his blessed name.."
Again, this contradicts the Quran. Clearly in surah As-Saff, chapter 61, verse 6, Allah says, that Jesus, peace be upon him, said "Huwa ismahu Ahmad" (His name will be AHMAD) Not Mohammad.
This is a different form of his name, but at the same time we do all agree it is one of his names.
However it is not exactly what we know - because Allah did not say Jesus used the name 'Mohammad'.
Allah said in Quran, Jesus used the word 'Ahmad'.
Next point, "Jesus DENIED being the Messiah"??
All Muslims know, Jesus, peace be upon him, was and is - the Messiah (Annointed) of Allah.
That is what he is called in the Quran.
Another point, "..claiming that he or she"??
I don't recall any accepted scriptures having this type of reference to a prophet or messener of Allah?
The 'Messiah' of the Old Testament was referred to as a male being born of a virgin (female).
Just this one verse alone, seems to indicate to me, someone may have played with scripture, as it should not contain such an obvious contradiction.
Incidentally, someone wrote a COMMENT (below) about the words "Messiah" and "Rasool".
These are NOT the same at all. Read . . .
Messiah is the anglicized version of a Hebrew term (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ Tiberian Māšîăḥ; Aramaic: משיחא, Məšīḥaʼ; Arabic language مسيح, Masih; all meaning "anointed one");
generally transliterated as Mashiach, designating a king or High Priest, who were traditionally anointed with holy anointing oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25 (the term was not applied exclusively to Jewish kings; the Hebrew Bible refers to Cyrus the great, king of Persia, as a messiah).
Following the death of Simon bar Kokhba, who ruled Judea from 132-135 until defeated by the Romans and who was considered by some to be the last messiah, the term came to refer to a Jewish king who would rule at the end of history.
In later Jewish messianic tradition and eschatology, messiah refers to a leader anointed by God, and in some cases, a future King of Israel, physically descended from the Davidic line, who will rule the united tribes of Israel and herald the Messianic Age of global peace.
Rasool means Apostle or Messenger (Arabic: رسول rasūl, plural رسل rusul) is a prophet sent by God.
According to the Qur'an, God sent many prophets to mankind. The five universally acknowledged messengers in Islam are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad, as each is believed to have been sent with a scripture.
Muslim tradition also maintains that Adam received scrolls as did some of the other patriarchs of the Generations of Adam
The term Apostle or Messenger is also applied to prophets sent to preach to specific areas; the Qur'an mentions Jonah, Elijah Ishmail and Shoaib and other prophets as being messengers as well.
This book cannot be seriously considered as anything more than another discovery of ancient rubbish.
EDITOR FOR ISLAMNEWSROOM: I totally agreed with Sheikh Yusuf Estes. This may very likely be just another fake "proof" for Muslims to concern themselves, while all the time the real "proof" for Islam is right in front of us all - the Holy Quran.
Please warn everyone about this and give them this page link: www.IslamNewsroom.com/news-we-need/1800
And encouage Muslims everywhere to stop watching so much TV, listeing to so much music, and wasting time arguing over these matters.
We have a very real serious situation for Muslims all around the world - our efforts should be toward repentance, seeking forgiveness and making dua for other brothers and sisters everywhere who are suffering at the hands of seroius oppressors.
We have another story about Barnabas & his so-called "Gospel" - a famous book, promoted by some Muslims trying to prove "Muhammad, peace be upon him" is in the Old Books . . .
Read . . . www.IslamNewsroom.com/news-we-need/1801
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