Muslims had always believed that Esa (as) was never technically hung on the cross (Salaboohoo). However, during British occupation, especially after the mutiny of 1857, the British wanted Muslims to give up hope for a savior (a messiah and mahdi). Thus, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was their first agent. At the Aligarh College and through his magazine, “Tehzeeb-ul-Akhlaq”, he published alternative Muslim perspectives, written in plain language. It gave voice to the publisher’s religious, social, and reforming opinions, and is credited with establishing him as one of the fathers of Urdu fiction. The same journal was restarted by Syed Hamid Vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University in 1981; and since then it is being published regularly. There is now a separate office of Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq.
Nevertheless, in 1876, in Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq, Moulví Chiragh Ali (1844-1895), was the first Muslim to ever claim that Esa (as) was actually hung on the cross. MGA was reading these magazines and copied almost all of the arguments. In the BA4 he began denying the miracles of Esa (As)..by 1891, he rejected everything that Esa (as) did and belittled him. By 1894, MGA began calling him an alcoholic and etc. By 1902, MGA was claiming to be greater than Esa (as)(naozobillah).
Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq on Esa (as), free download
Tehzeebul Akhlaq and Jesus
In October of 1870. On 24 December, Sir Syed launched Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq. It was named after a book by the philosopher Hakim Abu Ali Maska of Turkistan. It faced stiff resistance from the muslims of India but at the same time if found its well wishers also. Nawab Mohsinul Mulk, Maulvi Muhammad Chiragh Ali Khan, Maulvi Mushtaq Hussain, Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, Shamsul Ulema Maulvi Zakaullah, Shamsul Ulema Allama Shibli Nomani, Maulvi Mehdi Hasan, Syed Mahmood, Syed Karamat Hussain, Samiullah Khan, Muhammad Nusrat Ali and Sir Syed wrote many articles on social and religious reforms.
From the inception in 1870 till 1881, Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq was discontinued twice and finally in 1881 it was merged with Aligarh Institute Gazette.
CHIRAGH ALI : 1844-1895, WAS A CLOSE FRIEND OF SIR SYED AHMAD KHAN. IN THE BOOK “THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF MOULVI CHIRĀGH ʻALĪ” PAGE 84, THE WRITER WROTE:
REGARDING VERSE 4:157: CHIRAGH ALI IN 1876 ” TAHDEEB AL-AKHLAQ” P. 175. AND SIR SYED AHMAD KHAN IN 1882 “TAFSRI ALQURAN” VOL. 2, P43 “HELD THAT IT WAS JESUS WHO WAS TAKEN TO THE CROSS AND REMAINED ON THE CROSS FOR THREE TO FOUR HOURS, BUT HE DID NOT DIE ON THE CROSS. HE WAS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS AND WAS BURIED. AFTER THE BURIAL HE WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE TOMB BY SOME OF HIS FRIENDS, AND HE LIVED WITH THEM. AND THAT HE DIED LATER A NATURAL DEATH. “
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