Some scholars like Imam Malik and Ibn Hazm seem to have sided with the view that Eisa (as) died for a few hours and then was physically raised (Rafa’a) towards Allah. However, all of the scholars also believed in the physical return of Eisa (as) and all the verses of the Quran that speak about this, as well as the miracles of Eisa (as). We have also quoted Qurtubi in the below, since he talks about Wahb ibn Munabbih.
Nevertheless, this tradition goes back to Wahb ibn Munabbih, who was well known among the Tabi‘in and a narrator of Isra’iliyat (and thus unreliable). Ibn Ishaq narrates this story in his history book. This story is also quoted by Imam Tabari (ibn Jarir). Imam Tabari in his Tafsir has recorded the various interpretations of متوفيك. One of those is that it means death. Under this category Tabari records three narrations. The first is the one of Ibn Abbas, the second is of Ibn Ishaq narrating from Wahb ibn Munabbih that Jesus was dead for some time and then resurrected, and the third is of Ibn Ishaq saying that the Christians claim that he was dead for a certain period and then returned to life. ibb.co/djvGWxC
Wahb’s father, Munabbih ibn Kamil, had been a convert to Islam and a companion of Muhammad. Wahb himself had turned from Judaism to Islam, according to Al-Tibr al-Masluk (ed. 1306 A.H., p. 41). Other biographers such as Al-Nawawi and Ibn Khallikan, did not write that he was Jewish. The fact that he was well versed in the Isra’iliyyat, on which he wrote much, probably gave rise to the statement that he was Jewish, although he might have acquired his knowledge from his teacher Ibn ‘Abbas.
Wahb was made a judge during the reign of Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz.
He died at the age of ninety, in a year variously given by Arabic authorities as 725, 728, 732, and 737 CE, sources placing for instance his death in San’aa in 110 AH (728/8 CE) at the beginning of the reign of Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik, or in 114 AH (732/3 CE). Yaqut agreed with the latter in his book, Mu’jamul-Udabaa.
His full name is given as “Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Ṣana’ani al-Dhimari”, or Wahb ibn Munabbih ibn Kamil ibn Sirajud-Din Dhee Kibaar Abu-Abdullah al-Yamani al-San’ani.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Qurtubi, Vol. 5, page 152
“””…And the correct view is that Allah raised him up to the sky without death…and this conclusion is what At-Tabari chose. And that is the correct view based on what Ibn Abbas and Ad-Dahhaak said…””
“””Wahab ibn Munabbih said: Allah took (the life) of Eisa (as) for 3 hours in the day, then he took him up to the sky…but this (idea that he died) is far fetched. Because his descent and slaying of the Dajjal has been soundly proven from the hadith of the Prophet (saw)…”””
“””..And Ibn Jurayj said that “mutwafeeka” means qaabiduka I will seize you/take you and raise you up to the sky without death…”””.
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