Chapter 19 verses 32-33
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Chapter 19 verses 32-33

Isa عليه السلام Had to Pay Zakah As Long As He Lived (19:32-33)

Chapter 19 verses 32-33

“And he has made be blessed wheresoever I may be, and has enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I live; and He has made me dutiful toward my mother, and He has not made me haughty and unblessed” (Chapter 19 Verses 32-33)


Firstly its clear that Isa(as) prayed as the Gospels taught rather than how Muslims pray so do you believe that he is praying in heavens at the moment? As long as he is alive he is suppose to be praying. Another confusion which arises is according to the miraj we know that Yahya(as) is with Isa(as) in company. Is Isa(as) bodily praying while Yahya(as) is dead right next to him? This of course does not make any sense nor is true as both prophets have died. Next comes the ayah of him paying zakah. There is no means of earning in the heaven since there is no labor there so how can he pay zakah?


The ayah clearly states that as long as he remains alive he would pay zakah. Another point to note is that Allah the Almighty always commands us to read Prayer in congregation, which shows how important this is. However, according to the non-Ahmadi Muslims Hazrat Isa (as) has been bereft of congregational prayer for 2000 years as well. Allah has also made it clear that Isa(as) has been enjoined to be kind to his mother as long as he lived but then the non Ahmadis say that Maryam(as) was separated? Or do they now have to say she also is alive in the heavens with them? This all clearly shows us that he is not alive.


Hazrat  Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas states:


“That is: ‘God has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving throughout my life and has made me dutiful towards my mother as long as I live’. These commandments can obviously not be carried out in heaven. He who believes that Jesus was raised bodily to heaven will have to accept, according the above verse, that Jesus is still subject to all the commandments of the Torah and the Gospel, whereas this requirement cannot be fulfilled in heaven.


It is also strange that, on the one hand, God Almighty should command Jesus to be dutiful to his mother throughout his life, but He should then separate him from her while he was still living; and that He should command him to give alms throughout his life, but should then convey him alive to a place where he cannot give alms himself nor can direct anyone else to do so; and that He should command him to observe Prayer, but should convey him far away from the company of the believers whose companionship was necessary for Prayer services.


Did his bodily ascent to heaven have any other result than making him incapable of discharging his obligations towards his fellow beings and from carrying out the duty of enjoining virtue and forbidding vice? Had he continued to live on earth during these 1891 years, how beneficial his person would have been for God’s creatures! The only result of his bodily ascent to heaven was that his people went astray and he himself was totally deprived of the opportunity to carry out the functions of Prophethood”. (Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khazain, Volume 3, pages 330-332)