Qadianis try to make an issue of the fact that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) met Jesus (عليه السلام) along with other prophets during his miraculous Night of Ascension (Mi’raj).
The various hadith about the Holy Prophet’s Mi’raj record:
i. “Adam is in the first heaven … Joseph is in the second heaven, and his cousins Yahya (John the Baptist) and Jesus are in the third heaven, and Idris is in the fourth heaven” (Kanz al-Ummal, vol. VI, p. 120).
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw Yahya and Jesus in the same place; and as the former, indeed every other prophet seen, is dead, so must Jesus be.
ii. The above hadith is corroborated by another that tells us that in the Mi’raj vision the Holy Prophet met the spirits of all the previous prophets (Tafisir ibn Kathir, Urdu ed. published in Karachi, vol. III, p. 28).
1) We cannot take the affairs of the Heavenly domain on the lines we take the things here on this Earth for we do not know the exact nature of the affairs of the Other World.
2) Following the Qadiani line of argument one is bound to believe that either Mirza Qadiani ‘died during his life time’ or lied when he said:
“I have seen him (Christ Jesus) many times. On one occasion, Jesus and I ate beef out of the same dish.” (Al-Hakam vol.6 No.29, Dated August 17, 1902 P.12, Tadhkira [Eng.] p. 548 ed. 2009)
“Once while awake I saw the Messenger of Allah (SAAW), along with the Hasnain, Ali (RA) and Fatima (RA) and this was not a dream but a kind of wakefulness.” (Al-Hakam vol.6 No.44, Dated December 10, 1902 p.9)
3) Moreover, if such reasoning makes sense then it would also mean that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had died when he met the Prophets during Mi’raj. If he can, being alive, meet the ‘dead prophets’ why can Jesus (عليه السلام) not be alive with them? If Mirza Qadiani during his life on Earth can meet Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and his family members and even join ‘dead Jesus’ in meal than why can’t Jesus (عليه السلام) be alive at a place where other Prophets live after their bodily death?
4) Further, if someone takes Mi’raj only as a vision of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), and Qadianis take it like that only, then it is more incumbent on him not to take any exception to the idea of Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) meeting Jesus (عليه السلام) along with other prophets at the same place for, vision is only a vision and is most certainly above the bounds of temporal world.
Such are their arguments which they use to confuse innocent minds. But Alhamdulillah we, who know, will continue to expose them.
INDEED ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST!