Prophet Mani the successor of Jesus
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Have you ever heard about a Prophet called Mani?
He is often called a “Persian Prophet" but he was born in Iraq in the 3rd century.
Mani referred to himself as the “Apostle of Jesus” and considered himself the successor to Jesus’ call - and provides the missing link between Jesus and Islam...
Manichaeism was one of the most widespread religions in the world. Manichaean first spread throughout Aramaic-speaking regions. Later on its churches and scriptures existed as far east as China and as far west as the Roman Empire. It was even briefly the main rival to Christianity before the spread of Islam.
Isn't it disturbing that Mani and his claim are so unknown?
Mani focussed on the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness, and the process of removing onesself from entirely darkness to bring home all the light.
Mani knew that even though we walk in the material world, one never ceases to remain united to the transcendent world God embraces us with.
Thus, the never ending search for knowledge to get back to this transcendent world is the only way to salvation...
The Origin of the term "Mannequin" describes how Prophet Mani was martyred
A mannequin is a lifeless figure used to display or fit an item of clothing to influence the customers to buy from the stores products, they have been used for centuries to promote fashion and can be seen in most clothing shops across the world, but did you ever wonder about the origins of the mannequin, and why people seem to feel an inherent creepiness when looking at a mannequin.
In order to bridge the gap between the past and the present, we will take a journey back over a thousand years ago to the time of one of the greatest unknown prophets of God and the role he plays in uncovering the origins of the mannequin
What Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan revealed about Mani, as the son of Jesus
The Secret Life of Jesus
Episode 20 of "The Returned" series states, that…
- when Jesus was apparently arrested, before the trial and crucifixion he prayed alone in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked three of his disciples to wait nearby and pray for him. “And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” Mark 14:35-36. And God, the most merciful, granted Jesus (pbuh) his wish. He allowed another person, an identical lookalike, to be crucified in his place.
- Jesus - who had the ability to create - molded a duplicate body out of clay and a soul entered into it, the soul of Nunrael, an angel who had accompanied Jesus throughout his ministry. A disciple that no one could see. And this lookalike was the one who donned the crown of thorns, who was beaten and tortured, and who died on the cross, in place of Jesus, that fateful day.
- Today, the Christian church teaches that Jesus died on the cross. But not all of the early Christians believed this to be true. In fact, several of the gnostic gospels clearly state that Jesus did not die on the cross, rather, it was an illusion.
- The Quran confirms the same: “That they said (in boast), 'We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah' - but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not - Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise," (Surah 4:157-158).
- The Christian books record various sightings of Jesus after the crucifixion - on different days, in different locations.
- Like the prophets and messengers before him, Jesus was meant to teach the world divinely inspired knowledge, which is sometimes too heavy on the people. In the Gospel of John, he said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” John 16:12. And, at many points, throughout the canonical and gnostic gospels, it is clear that even the ones closest to Jesus could not handle his message. He did not want them to face a test they couldn’t handle so, out of mercy, he spared them. But the fact remains, while they had him in their midst, the disciples failed Jesus (pbuh). Peter denied him, Judas betrayed him, Thomas doubted.
- Jesus did not leave this world at the age of 33 and the proof of this fact is in the Quran. “[And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah]. He will speak to the people in the cradle and as an elder (kaahil) and will be of the righteous.” Holy Quran 3:45-46.
Most people focus on the first part of the sentence, “He will speak to the people in the cradle...”
Perhaps, it seems more miraculous for a person to speak as a newborn baby than as an elder. But not when that person is Jesus. The real mystery lies in the second part of the sentence. In Arabic, the word for elder is Kaahil. And as we discussed, Kaahil is a stage of life, which only includes ages 65 to 75. So how, if he only lived until age 33, could Jesus (pbuh) speak to the people as a Kaahil?
- At the time of the Crucifixion, Jesus disappeared and a new man emerged. Back in that time, there were no passports, no computers, no systems for tracking people. It was easy for a man to disappear, assume a new name, travel to a new land, and live a new life. And Jesus did just that.
- Jesus left Judea and travelled to the land of Iraq and his connection to this holy land lived on. He, later, reincarnated as the moon of Bani Hashim, Al Abbas Ibn Ali. In that lifetime he lived, fought and died in the holy land of Iraq. And he returned today, in the age of the great return, as an Iraqi.
Jesus, Mani and Muhammad
Episode 21 of "The Returned" series states, that…
- The ministry of Jesus was not supposed to end after only 3 years, as he had much more to teach. So, what did Jesus do?
Jesus, who had the ability to create life, fashioned a body from clay, one that looked identical to himself. The soul of an angel entered this body and took his place on the cross.
- Days later, Jesus made his comeback, and appeared to his closest followers. They assumed that Jesus, who had brought the dead back to life in their presence, similarly resurrected himself.
- Jesus appeared to various people over a 40 day period. Then, suddenly, without warning, he disappeared. Where did he go? According to narration, at some point, Jesus ended up in Tikrit, a city in what is now known as Iraq.
- A connection between Jesus and the land of Iraq is already known. In the 3rd century, a man came along in the land of Babylonia, who spread the message of Jesus Christ far and wide. His name was Mani. Prophet Mani, is sometimes called a “Persian Prophet" but he was born in Iraq. Mani called himself the “Apostle of Jesus” and considered himself the successor to Jesus’ call but his message was quite different from the Christianity, which we know today.
- Mani taught about three different Jesuses - Jesus the Luminous, Jesus the Messiah, and the Suffering Jesus. Jesus the Luminous is essentially the soul of Jesus - him as a supreme spiritual guide. Jesus the Messiah, is Jesus the messenger, his physical body from the moment of his baptism, onward. So that covers both body and soul, and yet, Mani taught of a third Jesus - the Suffering Jesus; the one who endured the crucifixion. However, according to Mani, the suffering, death and resurrection of this Jesus were only in appearance. Essentially, the Suffering Jesus is the manifestation of this illusion. In other words, the Suffering Jesus is not Jesus himself, not Jesus the Messiah, but a lookalike.
- This is just the first of many startling similarities between the message of Mani and the teachings of the Prophet of Islam. Prophet Mani also taught that the devil created the physical world, including the human bodies, from clay. Prophet Muhammad (pbuhahf) hid this knowledge in plain sight in the Quran, within the word “Shaytan,” which literally means “something from clay.” Furthermore Jesus is mentioned by name 25 times throughout the Quran; there is a whole chapter dedicated to Mary, his blessed mother.
- Mani’s message bridges the gap between Christianity and Islam, although he was never accepted by the Christians. The mainstream Christians branded Mani as a heretic who taught devil worship. And it’s easy to see, the dissonance, which his teachings created. Mani taught that humanity was not redeemed for all-time by the crucifixion. If you strip away the idea that Jesus died in exchange for humanity’s sins, you take away the very core of the Christian belief system.
- No proof of God is born nor dies except by his own will. The proof of God can only be slain if he so chooses. This may cause you to wonder: why would someone choose to be martyred? The answer is mercy.
Any time God’s vicegerent is martyred, his death signifies the forgiveness of humanity’s sins at that time. Not forever, as the Christians misunderstood. Because, over time, sins accumulate once again. But the moment the proof of God lays down his life for the sake of God, the people’s sins are wiped clean. This applies to nearly everyone. The only people who evade this mercy are the Nasibis; the enemies; those who fight and kill God’s messengers.
- At one occasion Jesus appeared in front of his disciples in his true form of light - along with other disciples of his in their light-form - Moses Elijah. In fact there were more souls of prophets following Jesus, wanting to learn from him. One of them was Enoch. Enoch is Nunrael, the angel who volunteered to take the place of Jesus on the cross.
- Imam Muhammed Al Baqir (pbuh) described this event when he said: “Jesus called his companions to meet him the night God raised him to him, so they gathered in the evening, and they were twelve men; and he made them enter a house and then appeared to them from a spring at the corner of the house, shaking the water off his head. so he said, “God is raising me to him in this hour and he is purifying me from the Jews. so upon which one of you will my resemblance be cast so he will be killed and crucified and join me in my rank?” so a young man from among them said, “i, o spirit of God.” he said, “Then it shall be you.”
- Before his sacrifice, the soul of Enoch, was not at the rank of a Mahdi. But, as Jesus promised, his sacrifice earned him that rank. He was the Suffering Jesus, which Prophet Mani described.
- There are many parallels between Manichism and Islam such as 5 prayers, prayer direction, almsgiving, and a month of fasting.
- Mani’s Heavenly Twin, the figure who guided him, was the soul of Jesus Christ.Remember that Mani taught about three Jesuses, the first being Jesus the Luminous, the soul of Jesus as a spiritual guide. And he has played this role before. Imam Ahmed Al Hassan (pbuh) has revealed that Jesus was Ahura Mazda, who appeared to Prophet Zoroaster and delivered, to him, the divine message. He played a role very much like an archangel, like Michael or Gabriel, submitting divine instructions.
- Jesus appeared to people in human form as well as spirit form.
- Jesus extended past those 33 years. If Jesus had a life we never knew about, it’s also likely that we don’t know the line of successors who followed him - a line which continued, in the land of Arabia. The narrations indicate that Abu Talib (pbuh), the father of Ali Ibn Abi Talib (pbuh) was one of the vicegerents. “... For it was narrated that it was said to the prince of the believers (pbuh), “Who was the last of the vicegerents before the prophet (pbuhahf)?” So he said, “My father.” Alghadeer vol 7 page 389.
And the famous scholar, Al-Sadouq, said: "Allah the Almighty dispatched/ sent forth Muhammed (pbuhahp) after a time period of Messengers, Prophets and Vicegerents. But there was between him and Prophet Jesus (pbuh), Prophets and Imams who were hidden and afraid, and amongst them was Khalid bin Sinan/Sanan Al-A'basi, a Prophet whom no one can argue against and no denier can deny, because of the frequent transmission of the narrations about that [...], and between his sending and the sending of our Prophet (pbuhahp) were 50 years.” Tafsir Nur Al- Thaqalayn, Vol 1, p. 604
- The prophets and messengers are not a random assemblage of men. They are a chain, bound together by blood.
Consider the Book of Genesis, which states the succession of the early prophets, one after the other. Every single one traces back to Adam (pbuh). And other biblical stories display the same pattern. Prophet Solomon was the son of David (pbut). Joseph was the son of Jacob who was the son of Isaac (pbut). John the Baptist was the son of Zachariah (pbut). And the twelve Imams are from the lineage of the Holy Prophet (pbuhahf).
It says in the Quran: “Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of 'Imran above all people,- Offspring, one of the other: And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.” Holy Quran 3:33-34. And in the interpretation of this verse, Imam Al Baqir (pbuh) said: “So when Muhammad (pbuahhf) had finished his prophethood and his days had been finished, God the almighty inspired to him, ‘Oh Muhammad, verily you have finished your prophethood and your days are finished. So make the knowledge that is with you and the faith and the greater name and the inheritance of knowledge, and the relics of the knowledge of prophethood in the people of your house with Ali Ibn Abi Talib (pbuh). For verily, I will never cut knowledge or faith or the greater name or the inheritance of knowledge or the relics of the knowledge of prophethood from the continuation of your offspring as I have not cut it from the households of the prophets who were between you and your father Adam.’” Alkafi vol. 8. Page 117.
Until the present day, God’s vicegerents have descended from a single family tree, including Mani, the mystical Iraqi prophet, who was the physical descendent of Jesus Christ.