Yahiya & Isa at 30AD in Palestine/Israel

Watch this educational trailer of the two greatest Prophets of all time, the cousins Yahiya and Isa Al Masih according to the "injiil of John"

The Islamic tradition agrees with the Holy Injil that Miriam (Mary) and Elisbah (Elizabeth) were cousins and Isa and Yahiya therefore 2nd cousins. Zechariah (Zachariah), a Jewish priest became the father of Yahiya (John the Baptist) after a promise of Allah to him in the temple in old age. This was fulfilled miraculously because his wife Elisbah (Elizabeth) was barren. Elisbah also was a descendant of Aaron (Haroon) from whom all the priests in Israel came from. Yahiya became the last prophet of the Jewish era before Isa Al Masih, whom he introduced personally and publicly through baptism.(holy water-bath)

Yahiya was clearly the forerunner of Isa Al Masih, which was first prophesied a 700 years earlier through Prophet Isaiah:
Anbian, Isaiah 40,3       Someone is shouting: “Clear a path in the desert! Make a straight road for the LORD our God.

Then again, Yahiya was promised 450 years earlier by Prophet Malachi, in the last prophetic books of the Old Testament. The following verses are the last verses in the Old Testament of the Bible. After this, for 400 years, there was no prophet anymore sent to Israel, until the time of Yahiya and Isa:

Anbian, Malachi 3, 1 (CEV)

I, the LORD All-Powerful, will send my messenger to prepare the way for me.

Allah promised very clearly, that he would send his messenger Elijah (Elia), before he comes himself as “Kalimatullah”. The Injiil opens with the announcement by the angel Jabreel (Gabriel) of the births of the prophet Yahya, and the Quran confirms the same a 600 years after the event took place:

Surah Ahl-e- Imran 3, 39 (Sahih International)

39. So the angels called him while he was standing in prayer in the chamber, "Indeed, Allah gives you good tidings of John, confirming a word from Allah and [who will be] honorable, abstaining [from women], and a prophet from among the righteous.

39. (traditional translation) The angels called him (Zechariah) when he was praying in the sanctuary: "Allah gives you good news of the birth of a child called Yahiya (John the Baptist) honorable, moral, and a righteous great prophet, vindicating the Word of Allah. (Kalimat-ullah, Jesus)

Surah Ahl-e-Imran very much agrees with the Injiil Luke in describing the events a bit more detailed leading to Yahiya’s birth:

Injil,       Luke 1, 5-80        (CEV)

5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest by the name of Zechariah from the priestly group of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was from the family of Aaron. 6 Both of them were good people and pleased the Lord God by obeying all that he had commanded. 7 But they did not have children. Elizabeth could not have any, and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were already old.

8 One day Zechariah’s group of priests were on duty, and he was serving God as a priest. 9 According to the custom of the priests, he had been chosen to go into the Lord’s temple that day and to burn incense, 10 while the people stood outside praying.

11 All at once an angel from the Lord appeared to Zechariah at the right side of the altar. 12 Zechariah was confused and afraid when he saw the angel. 13 But the angel told him:

Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayers. Your wife Elizabeth will have a son, and you must name him John. 14 His birth will make you very happy, and many people will be glad. 15 Your son will be a great servant of the Lord. He must never drink wine or beer, and the power of the Holy Spirit will be with him from the time he is born.

16 John will lead many people in Israel to turn back to the Lord their God. 17 He will go ahead of the Lord with the same power and spirit that Elijah had. And because of John, parents will be more thoughtful of their children. And people who now disobey God will begin to think as they ought to. That is how John will get people ready for the Lord.

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this is going to happen? My wife and I are both very old.”

19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel, God’s servant, and I was sent to tell you this good news. 20 You have not believed what I have said. So you will not be able to say a thing until all this happens. But everything will take place when it is supposed to.”

21 The crowd was waiting for Zechariah and kept wondering why he was staying so long in the temple. 22 When he did come out, he could not speak, and they knew he had seen a vision. He motioned to them with his hands, but did not say a thing.

23 When Zechariah’s time of service in the temple was over, he went home. 24 Soon after that, his wife was expecting a baby, and for five months she did not leave the house. She said to herself, 25 “What the Lord has done for me will keep people from looking down on me.”

57 When Elizabeth’s son was born, 58 her neighbors and relatives heard how kind the Lord had been to her, and they too were glad.

59 Eight days later they did for the child what the Law of Moses commands. They were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John.”

61 The people argued, “No one in your family has ever been named John.” 62 So they motioned to Zechariah to find out what he wanted to name his son.

63 Zechariah asked for a writing tablet. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. 64 Right away, Zechariah started speaking and praising God.

65 All the neighbors were frightened because of what had happened, and everywhere in the hill country people kept talking about these things. 66 Everyone who heard about this wondered what this child would grow up to be. They knew that the Lord was with him.

80 As John grew up, God’s Spirit gave him great power. John lived in the desert until the time he was sent to the people of Israel.

The Injil then records that the Prophet Yahya  – in the spirit and power of the prophet Elijah (also known as John the Baptist, lived in solitude in the wilderness until Allah spoke to him to start preaching and baptizing the people for repentance, to make them ready for “Kalimat-ullah”.

The Injil places Yahiya’s prophetic ministry firmly in historic context next to many well-known rulers in history, noticeable Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas and Caiaphas, all people who are known from secular Roman and Jewish historians, describing contemporaries and time correctly and accurate. Tiberius Caesar ascended the throne of the Roman Empire in 14 AD. So this being the 15th year of his reign means that Yahiya received messages starting in the year 29 AD.

Injil,       Luke 3, 1-20        (CEV)

1 For fifteen years Emperor Tiberius had ruled that part of the world. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was the ruler of Galilee. Herod’s brother, Philip, was the ruler in the countries of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was the ruler of Abilene. 2 Annas and Caiaphas were the Jewish high priests. At that time God spoke to Zechariah’s son John, who was living in the desert.

3 So John went along the Jordan Valley, telling the people, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.” 4 Isaiah the prophet wrote about John when he said,

“In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord!  Make a straight path for him.
5 Fill up every valley and level every mountain and hill. Straighten the crooked paths and smooth out the rough roads. 6 Then everyone will see the saving power of God.’”

7 Crowds of people came out to be baptized, but John said to them, “You bunch of snakes! Who warned you to run from the coming judgment? 8 Do something to show that you really have given up your sins. Don’t start saying that you belong to Abraham’s family. God can turn these stones into children for Abraham. 9 An ax is ready to cut the trees down at their roots. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.”

10 The crowds asked John, “What should we do?” 11 John told them, “If you have two coats, give one to someone who doesn’t have any. If you have food, share it with someone else.”

12 When tax collectors came to be baptized, they asked John, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 John told them, “Don’t make people pay more than they owe.”

14 Some soldiers asked him, “And what about us? What do we have to do?” John told them, “Don’t force people to pay money to make you leave them alone. Be satisfied with your pay.”

15 Everyone became excited and wondered, “Could John be the Messiah?”

16 John said, “I am just baptizing with water. But someone more powerful is going to come and I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His threshing fork is in his hand, and he is ready to separate the wheat from the husks. He will store the wheat in his barn and burn the husks with a fire that never goes out.”

18 In many different ways John preached the good news to the people. 19 But to Herod the ruler, he said, “It was wrong for you to take Herodias, your brother’s wife.” John also said that Herod had done many other bad things. 20 Finally, Herod put John in jail, and this was the worst thing he had done.

All prophets in the Old Testament (Tawrat, Zaboor, and Anbian/the Prophets) promised the coming of the Messiah. Yahiya told the people of Israel clearly that he was not the Messiah, but “a voice in the desert, preparing the way” for the Messiah by preaching repentance of sin and baptizing the people into water as a sign of their being washed from their sins. Yahiya did not perform miracles, as his cousin Isa did, but was an excellent preacher of repentance from sin and spoke up against all social evils.

The Holy Injil gives this account of a climax encounter between Yahiya (John) and Isa Al Masih. Listen closely to the amazing testimony Yahiya gives about his cousin:

Injil,       John 1:29-34       (NIV)

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said: Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 He is the one I told you about when I said, “Someone else will come. He is greater than I am, because he was alive before I was born.” 31 I didn’t know who he was. But I came to baptize you with water; so that everyone in Israel would see him.32 I was there and saw the Spirit come down on him like a dove from heaven. And the Spirit stayed on him. 33 Before this I didn’t know who he was. But the one who sent me to baptize with water had told me, “You will see the Spirit come down and stay on someone. Then you will know that he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” 34 I saw this happen, and I tell you that he is the Son of God.

Yahiya here clearly stated that Isa Al Masih was the “Son of God”. How could such a great, righteous prophet, contemporary and a relative of Isa not say the truth about him, when his entire mission of life was to prepare a way for Isa “Kalimat-ullah” Yahiya did baptize Isa, not because Isa was a sinner, but because he identified himself in everything with the human race.

Do we as ‘true’ Muslims believe Yahiya spoke the truth, or do we suggest he lied or was mistaken?

Finally, Yahiya himself was in prison waiting to be executed, doubting whether Isa really was the promised “Messiah” the “Son of God”. He sent his disciples to Isa to get a confirmation of his identity. Here is the story on what he got in return, confirmed by Isa about himself and also about Yahiya:

Injiil,     Matthew 11, 2-15              (CEV)

2 John was in prison when he heard what Christ was doing. So John sent some of his followers 3 to ask Jesus “Are you the one we should be looking for? Or must we wait for someone else?”

4 Jesus answered “Go and tell John what you have heard and seen.

The blind are now able to see, and the lame can walk. People with leprosy are being healed, and the deaf can hear. The dead are raised to life, and the poor are hearing the good news. 6 God will bless everyone who doesn’t reject me because of what I do.”

7 As John’s followers were going away, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John:

What sort of person did you go out into the desert to see? Was he like tall grass blown about by the wind? 8 What kind of man did you go out to see? Was he someone dressed in fine clothes? People who dress like that live in the king’s palace. 9 What did you really go out to see? Was he a prophet? He certainly was. I tell you that he was more than a prophet. 10 In the Scriptures God says about him, “I am sending my messenger ahead of you to get things ready for you.” 11 I tell you that no one ever born on this earth is greater than John the Baptist. But whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John.

12 From the time of John the Baptist until now, violent people have been trying to take over the kingdom of heaven by force. 13 All the Books of the Prophets and the Law of Moses told what was going to happen up to the time of John. 14 And if you believe them, John is Elijah, the prophet you are waiting for. 15 If you have ears, pay attention!

The people who were earlier thought and baptized by Yahiya along the Jordan River also put their faith in Isa, because all what Yahiya said about Isa Al Masih was perceived as truth:

Injiil,     John 10: 39-42   (CEV)

39 Again they wanted to arrest Jesus. But he escaped 40 and crossed the Jordan to the place where John had earlier been baptizing. While Jesus was there, 41 many people came to him. They were saying, “John didn’t work any miracles, but everything he said about Jesus is true.” 42 A lot of those people also put their faith in Jesus.

After Isa Al Masih started his preaching, Yahiya was beheaded by King Herod in Jerusalem, an ally of the Romans. His body was buried by his own disciples. Isa then took over the scene by preaching, healing and baptizing people.

Injiil,     Matthew 14, 1-12                           (CEV)

1 About this time Herod the ruler heard the news about Jesus 2 and told his officials, “This is John the Baptist! He has come back from death, and that’s why he has the power to work these miracles.”

3-4 Herod had earlier arrested John and had him chained and put in prison. He did this because John had told him, “It isn’t right for you to take Herodias, the wife of your brother Philip.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John. But the people thought John was a prophet, and Herod was afraid of what they might do.

6 When Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests. She pleased Herod 7 so much that he swore to give her whatever she wanted. 8 But the girl’s mother told her to say, “Here on a platter I want the head of John the Baptist!”

9 The king was sorry for what he had said. But he did not want to break the promise he had made in front of his guests. So he ordered a guard 10 to go to the prison and cut off John’s head. 11 It was taken on a platter to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 12 John’s followers took his body and buried it. Then they told Jesus what had happened.

After Yahiya was beheaded by Herod, Isa’s disciples again asked him about his real identity as a prophet.  Isa confirmed his cousin Yahiya to be the promised Elijah, according to the Jews understanding of how the Messiah would be introduced:

Injiil,     Matthew 17, 10-13                           (CEV)

10 The disciples asked Jesus, “Don’t the teachers of the Law of Moses say that Elijah must come before the Messiah does?”

11 Jesus told them, “Elijah certainly will come and get everything ready. 12 In fact, he has already come. But the people did not recognize him and treated him just as they wanted to. They will soon make the Son of Man suffer in the same way.” 13 Then the disciples understood that Jesus was talking to them about John the Baptist.


In conclusion we can see that, not only did Yahiya proclaim Isa to be the “Son of God” but also he introduced him to be the one who will baptize any who repented and believed with the Holy Spirit! This prophecy was being fulfilled initially about three years later, exactly forty days after Isa had returned to heaven. (Acts 2, 1-12,)

Ever since Isa has been baptizing and filling his followers with the Holy Spirit until today. Therefore, he is called “Ruhallah” (Spirit of God) in the Qur'an for every Muslim follower. Isa Al Masih is alive, never dies and gives his Spirit freely to all who believe till he returns from heaven.