There is no Evidence of Surah 4:157 in the Hadith collections, nor on the Dome of the Rock !
The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, containing some of the earliest, if not the earliest attested inscriptions of the Qur'an in history, 691-692 AD! (aside from the claims of the Muslims of the copies of the Qur'an themselves that go back to Uthman, 650-656 AD)
You can see the Dome of the Rock inscriptions here in a very helpful article and diagram by Muslims. (the web-site, Islamic Awareness)
Surah 4:157 is the denial that Jesus was crucified and died. Because of this one verse, Islam denies the main teaching of Christianity and Islam denies undeniable history. "they did not kill him nor was he crucified; . . . for certain he was not killed"
Here is the full text of the verse, that is NOT part of the inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock:
وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ ۚ مَا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ ۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا
(Surah 4:157) That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
Dr. White said in his opening in his debate on the Crucifixion with Shabir Ally:
“And what is truly amazing to me is this: when the Qur'an contradicts the Christian teaching of the deity of Christ, it does so repeatedly, and forcefully. We likewise find references to this in the hadith. But when it comes to this one single ayah, these 40 lonely Arabic words that pop into the Qur'an out of nowhere, we likewise cannot find any meaningful commentary on these words in the hadith literature. Think of it. Muslims for two hundred years could not think of any commentary by Muhammad on this ayah. And yet, I, as a Christian, am to believe these 40 Arabic words, written over half a millennium after the Christ event, in a different language from far away are to be taken to be sufficient to overthrow the entirety of the New Testament and the testimony of eye witnesses and martyrs.”
Dr. James White, introductory statement in his debate with Shabir Ally on the Crucifixion of Christ.
I wonder why there is no commentary on this verse for 200 years after the Hegira (or Hijra) (Muhammad’s flight to Medina, 622 AD) ?
Again, let it sink in: "Think of it. Muslims for two hundred years could not think of any commentary by Muhammad on this ayah."
Remember, the 6 most authoritative Sunni Hadith collections are dated in the mid to late 800s AD. (Scroll down to the end of the article on the Debate, "Can God Become a Man".)
Likewise, there is no mention of Surah 4:157 on the Dome of the Rock, build in 691-692 AD.
Why is this significant? Because it contains lots of anti-Christian polemic against the Deity of Christ and His Sonship, yet has nothing regarding the crucifixion. It seems obvious that the Dome of the Rock was built for the purpose to show the superiority and truth of Islam over the Christians in Jerusalem and surrounding areas, and the Qur’anic verses on the structure demonstrate this. It was meant to rival the church of the Holy Sepulcher, but doesn’t mention the main issue of the cross and resurrection.
It would seem only reasonable and consistent with Islam’s teachings and claims that they would put such an important verse on the Dome of the Rock, on the place where the Jewish temple stood for centuries, which was destroyed in 70 AD; and near the place where the Christians and the NT claims that Jesus was crucified. The book of Hebrews demonstrates that Christ fulfilled the sacrifices of the temple, by being the final sacrifice for sin. What better place to put the Islamic one verse that seeks to overturn that?
It makes a thinking person wonder.
It is very interesting that it has Surah 19:33, which seems to indicate that Jesus would die, as it is the same statement about John the Baptist in 19:15; and yet the Dome of the Rock does not have Surah 4:157. Because of Surah 4:157, Muslims are forced to interpret the day that Jesus’ dies in 19:33 as referring to after He returns (the second coming of Christ) and gets married and lives a full life on earth.
The Dome of the Rock has Surah 4:171, a clear denial of the Deity of Christ, the Sonship of Christ, and a denial of what the Muslims thought the Trinity was. (“Say not three”; ie, “three gods” or “the Father, the Son, and the Mother” (see Surah 5:116; 6:101 – A false understanding of the Trinity.)
The inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock has Surah 112, several verses from Surah 19 and Surah 3 (the two main Surahs that have the most information in the Qur'an about Jesus and Mary, in comparison with others) and others that deny God can have a Son. ( All of the references: 64:1 and 57:2b (twice); 17:111; 33:56; 19:33-36; 3:18-19; 3:47c; 3:51.) It also contains a few other phrases not exactly in the Qur’an ("He (Allah) has no associate" - clearly meant to be preaching to the Christians in Jerusalem), and blessings on the prophet Muhammad. Some of the grammar from the Qur'an is changed and some minor introductory phrases are left out from the Qur'anic verses. You can see the full text of the inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock with the Qur'anic references at this article by Estelle Whelan; scroll down, see under "Quranic Inscriptions". (Also at the Islamic Awareness website)
Since the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the most established facts of ancient history, confirmed by Roman historians (Tacitus, Annals XV.44) and the Jewish historian Josephus (Antiquities XVIII. 63-64) and by the New Testament writings (48-96 AD), and by many early church fathers and writers and others for 600 years, it is indeed curious that the Dome of the Rock does not have this one little verse from the Qur’an, Surah 4:157.
Indeed, it makes a thinking person wonder.