Usage of abbreviation A.D.

Q658 :Is it wrong to use the abbreviation A.D., as we Muslims do not believe in the death of Christ while the abbreviation denotes "after death."


A658 : I see nothing wrong with the usage of the abbreviation A.D. In the dating of history events, to denote that a certain event took place so many years after Christ. This abbreviation means "of the Christian era." It is taken from the Latin phrase "Anno Domino." It does not refer to the alleged death or crucification of the Prophet Jesus, which we, as Muslims, believe not to have happened. Replacing it with an abbreviation denoting his rise to heaven will create confusion and will not be understood.


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