Muhammad the Messenger, may Allah bestow blessings and peace upon him, once revealed:
When the destined companions of Paradise enter Paradise, Allah the Exalted will inquire: "Do you wish to add something further to the bounties you now possess?"
They will reply: "O Lord, have You not already illuminated our faces and hearts with Your purest Light? Have You not invited us into Your Paradise and guarded us from the Fire?"
Allah will then raise the veil from before His Countenance. This direct vision of their Lord, may He be exalted and glorified, will be infinitely more precious than the gifts of Paradise already bestowed upon them.
Thereupon the Messenger, may peace be upon him, recited this noble verse from the glorious Quran:
"Those who live beautiful lives of goodness are promised Divine Goodness, and even more."
(Hadith transmitted by Suhayb)
'The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature'
By Tarif Khalidi
This work presents in English translation the largest collection ever assembled of the sayings and stories of Jesus in Arabic Islamic literature. In doing so, it traces a tradition of love and reverence for Jesus that has characterized Islamic thought for more than a thousand years. An invaluable resource for the history of religions, the collection documents how one culture, that of Islam, assimilated the towering religious figure of another, that of Christianity. As such, it is a work of great significance for the understanding of both, and of profound implications for modern-day intersectarian relations and ecumenical dialogue.
Tarif Khalidi's introduction and commentaries place the sayings and stories in their historical context, showing how and why this "gospel" arose and the function it served within Muslim devotion. The Jesus that emerges here is a compelling figure of deep and life-giving spirituality. The sayings and stories, some 300 in number and arranged in chronological order, show us how the image of this Jesus evolved throughout a millennium of Islamic history.