Death place of Yahuda al-Iskhiriyuti (Judas Iscariot)

Also known as Field of Blood, Akeldama, in christian tradition, is the setting which is believed by some to be the spot where Yahuda al-Iskhiriyuti (Judas Iscariot) killed himself after betraying Hz. Isa عليه اسلام

Jerusalem, Palestine

Coordinates: 31.767778, 35.233333

Yahuda al-Iskhiriyuti (Judas Iscariot) is a name used by Islam in reference to individuals who are not alien to Christianity and have been noted in the books of Bible.

Judas Iscariot and Yahuda al-Iskhiriyuti are two names referring to an individual regarded as a traitor by the Christians following his handing over of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام to the Jews to be killed and crucified.

In Islam, the event of the killing and crucifixion of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام as claimed by Christian also narrated by Allah in the Quran.

However, Islam has the view that the person murdered and crucified was not Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, but another person whom Allah created to resemble him.

It is just that the identity of the murdered man is only vaguely mentioned by Allah in the Quran.

Judas Iscariot in Gospel of Barnabas

According to medieval copies (the earliest copies from the 15th century) of the Gospel of Barnabas it was Judas, not Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, who was crucified on the cross.

This work states that Judas’s appearance was transformed to that of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, when the former, out of betrayal, led the Roman soldiers to arrest Hz. Isa عليه اسلام who by then was ascended to the heavens.

This transformation of appearance was so identical that the masses, followers of Christ, and even the Mother of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, Bibi Maryam رضي الله عنها, initially thought that the one arrested and crucified was Hz. Isa عليه اسلام himself.

The gospel then mentions that after three days since burial, Judas body was stolen from his grave, and then the rumors spread of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام being risen from the dead.

When Hz. Isa عليه اسلام was informed in the third heaven about what happened, he prayed to Allah to be sent back to the earth, and descended and gathered his mother, disciples, and followers, and told them the truth of what happened.

He then ascended back to the heavens, and will come back at the end of times as a just king.

Some Islamic organizations cite it in support of the Islamic view of Jesus.

Death of Judas Iscariot according to Christians sources

Akeldama is the Aramaic name for a place in Jerusalem associated with Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve disciples of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام.

Christian tradition connects the place with Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Hz. Isa عليه اسلام for 30 pieces of silver. There are two accounts of his death.

Akeldama comes from Aramaic words meaning Field of Blood. It’s history of child sacrifices caused it to be identified with the hell of fire and punishment.

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of St Onuphrius now stands on the place where Judas is believed to have hanged himself.

The Gospel of Matthew describes how Judas, filled with remorse after betraying Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, returned the money to the Temple authorities before hanging himself. Deeming it as blood money, and therefore illegal to put into their treasury, they used it instead to buy a field as a burial ground for foreigners: thus the place gained the name “the Field of Blood”

Note: Some of the information in this article comes from Christians sources.

Sites related to Christian traditions on this website are for information purpose only.

It is recommended not to visit these sites as a Muslim because, first the sources of these places comes from the christian sources which is dubious in some cases. 

And most of the christian sites are decorated with frescos, paintings & things that go against the teachings of Islam.