The Garden Tomb

Providing a tranquil environment for prayer and reflection, The Garden Tomb is the nicest place in Jerusalem for Protestants to take communion

Jerusalem, Palestine

Coordinates: 31.783992, 35.230278

The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem, which was unearthed in 1867 and is considered by some Protestants to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام.

Although this is not possible because for muslims, the crucifixion and Resurrection of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام didn’t happened. It was his duplicate who died on the cross. And only Allah knows what happened to the body.

And secondly, for christians, the Archaeologist says that there is no possibility that it is in fact the place where Hz. Isa عليه اسلام was buried.” Because the tombs have been dated to a different time.

The Garden Tomb provides a tranquil environment for prayer and reflection. But any claim that this is where Hz. Isa عليه اسلام was buried and rose from the dead lacks authenticity. (even for christians)

Nothing about this place is archeologically correct and they pretty much tell you that.

Treat it as a museum

The organisation maintaining the Garden Tomb refrains from claiming that this is the authentic tomb of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام, while pointing out the similarities with the site described in the Bible.

The fact that the Garden Tomb better preserves its ancient outlook than the more traditional, but architecturally altered and time-damaged tomb from the mostly crowded Church of the Holy Sepulchre; for all of these reasons, they suggest that the Garden Tomb is more evocative of the events described in the Gospels.

Used by Protestants

The site is particularly favoured by Protestant pilgrims, in preference to the cluttered Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City.

Also, the Garden Tomb is the nicest place in Jerusalem for Protestants to take communion.

Most churches in Jerusalem are either Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox so Protestants aren’t welcome to take communion in those places.

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

Before reading the following article it is highly recommended to read "Views of Islamic Scholars on ascension of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام