Christ In Islam (Extended Version)

Islam is the only non-Christian faith, which makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus (pbuh). No Muslim is a Muslim if he

does not believe in Jesus (pbuh). Islam honors all the prophets who were sent to mankind. Muslims respect all prophets in general, but Jesus in particular, because he was one of the prophets who foretold the coming of Muhammad. Muslims too, await the second coming of Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of Allah’s prophets to mankind. A Muslim does not refer to him simply as “Jesus”, but normally adds the phrase “peace be upon him” as a sign of respect.

We believe that he was one of the mightiest Messengers of Allah (swt). The Holy Quran refers to Jesus (pbuh) as “Esa”, and this name is used more times than any other title, because this was his proper name in Arabic, or “Esau” in Hebrew; classical “Yeheshua”, which the Christian nations of the West Latinized as Jesus. Neither the “J” nor the second “s” in the name Jesus is to be found in the original tongue, they are not found in the Semitic languages.

The word is simply “E S A U”, a very common Jewish name, used more than sixty times in the very first booklet alone of the Bible, in the part called “Genesis”.

Jesus (pbuh) is mentioned by name in twenty five places in the Holy Quran, he is also addressed with respect as “Ibn Maryam” meaning “The son of Mary”; and as the “Maseeh” which is translated as “Christ”. He is also known as “Abdullah” i.e. “The servant of Allah”; and as “Rasulallah” which means “The messenger of Allah”.

He is spoken of as “Kalimatullah” which means “The Word from Allah”, as “Ruhallah” meaning “The Spirit from Allah”, as an “Ayaah” meaning a “Sign of Allah” and numerous other epithets of honor spread over fifteen different chapters.

There is a Chapter in the Holy Quran, named “Surah Maryam” meaning “Chapter Mary”, named in honor of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ (pbuh). Such an honor is not to be found given to Mary in the Christian Bible. Out of the 66 books of the Protestants and 73 of the Roman Catholics, not one is named after Mary or her son. You will find books named after Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and two score more obscure names, but not a single one is that of Mary!

No other religion in the world respects and dignifies Jesus as Islam does. We believe that he was born miraculously, without any male intervention, which many modern day Christians do not believe. The Quran confirms his virgin birth in two places of the Quran, in chapter 3 and chapter 19. Reading from the beginning of his birth, we come across the story of Mary, and the esteemed position which she occupies in the House of Islam, before the actual annunciation of the birth of Jesus is given:

{Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah has chosen you and purified you and has chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary! Worship your Lord devoutly, prostrate yourself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-42-43]

{Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-45]

On receiving the good news of the birth of a righteous son Mary responds:

{She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah creates what He wills: When He has decreed a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is. And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-47-48]

Whilst the good news was being announced Mary was told that her unborn child will be called Jesus, that he would be the Christ, and that:

{He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-46]

This prophecy found fulfillment within a very short time. We find this in the incident below:

There is no Joseph the carpenter in the Quran. The circumstances being peculiar, Mary the mother of Jesus had retired herself to some remote place in the East and after the birth of the child she returns.

{At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! Truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! O sister of Aaron! Your father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste!}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-27-28]

The amazement of the people knew no bounds. In any case they were prepared to think the worst of her, as she had disappeared from her kin for some time. But now she comes, shamelessly parading a babe in her arms! How she had disgraced house of Aaron, the fountain of priesthood!

What could Mary do? How could she explain? Would they, in their censorious mood accept her explanation? All she could do was to point to the child, who, she knew, was no ordinary child. And the child came to her rescue. By a miracle he spoke, defended his mother, and preached to an unbelieving audience as the Quran says:

{But she pointed to the babe. They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He has given me revelation and made me a prophet.”}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-29-30]

{And He has made me blessed wherever I be, and has enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; (He) has made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable.}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-31-32]

{So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-33]

Muslims believe that Jesus was born immaculately. Does the miraculous birth of Jesus make him a God or a “begotten” son of God? No! Says the Holy Quran:

{The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: “Be”. And he was.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-59]

Jesus (pbuh) was created through the same power which had brought Eve to life and Adam into being without a father or a mother. The logic of it is that, if being born without a male parent entitles Jesus to being equated with God, then, Adam would have a greater right to such honor, and this no Christian would readily concede. Thus, the Muslim is made to repudiate the Christian blasphemy.

Muslims, like Christians believe that during his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles. These miracles were performed by the will and permission of God, Who has power and control over all things. The Quran tells us that he said:

{And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this message): “‘I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave; and I declare to you what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if you are believers.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-49]

Muhammad and Jesus, as well as the other prophets, were sent to confirm the belief in one God. Throughout the Quran, Jesus is identified fundamentally as a prophet of God sent to the Jews who had over time deviated from the teachings of Moses and other messengers. This is referred to in the Quran where Jesus is reported as saying:

{And (I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me.}   [Surah: Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-50]

Not only did Jesus affirm the scriptures revealed before him, but he also foretold of another prophet to come after him.  God says:

{And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad (the Praised One).}   [Surah-As Saff: Ch-61: Ver-6]

Muslims believe in the Absolute Oneness of God, Who is a Supreme Being free of human limitations, needs and wants.  He has no partners in His Divinity.  He is the Creator of everything and is completely separate from His creation, and all worship is to be directed towards Him alone.

We Muslims believe that he never claimed any qualities of divinity, nor did he claim that he deserved to be worshipped. The Quran says:

{They do blaspheme who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever associates other gods with Allah, – Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.}   [Surah-Al Maidah: Ch-5: Ver-72]

Within Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity states that God is a single being who exists, simultaneously and eternally, as a communion of three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Within Islam however, such a concept of plurality within God is a denial of monotheism, and foreign to the revelation found in Muslim scripture. God says about the belief that Jesus is part of a “Trinity”:

{Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah.}   [Surah-An Nisa: Ch-4: Ver-171]

{They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah.}   [Surah-Al Maidah: Ch-5: Ver-73]

The Quran regard Jesus as a righteous messenger of God, and reject him as being God or the begotten Son of God. A verse from the Qur’an reads:

{They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” Indeed you have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, that they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son. Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to (Allah) Most Gracious as a servant.}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-88-93]

Islamic texts categorically deny the crucifixion and death of Jesus at the hands of the Jews. The Qur’an states that the Jews sought to kill Jesus, but they did not kill or crucify him. We believe that Jesus was not crucified but instead, he was raised alive unto the heavens. The following verses are proof of that fact:

{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: – Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.}   [Surah-An Nisa: Ch-4: Ver-157-158]

Muslims believe that Jesus will return at a time close to the end of the world. The Qur’anic verse which indicates to Jesus’ future return is as follows:

{And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow Me: this is a Straight Way.}   [Surah-Az Zukhruf: Ch-43: Ver-61]

Jesus will also fight the false Christ, who will call people to the belief that he is God, and who will appear just before he returns.  Jesus will defeat the antichrist, and all people will accept the true religion of God.  The world will see a type of peace and serenity unfelt in history, all worshipping the same God, subservient to Him alone, and at peace with one another as the Prophet said:

{Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the ‘pigs’, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).}   [Sahih Al Bukhari: Vol-3: Book-43: Book of Oppressions: Hadith-656]

Prophet Muhammad emphasized the importance of Jesus by saying:

{Whoever believes there is no god but Allah, alone without partner, that Muhammad is His messenger, that Jesus is a servant and messenger of God, His word breathed into Mary and a spirit emanating from Him, and that Paradise and Hell are true, shall be received by God into Heaven.}   [Sahih Al Bukhari: Vol-4: Book-55: Book of Prophets: Hadith-644]

Our duty is simply to deliver the Message, loud and clear, the rest we leave to God. The case is not altogether hopeless for Allah tells us in His Holy Book:

{And among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.}   [Surah-Al Imran: Ch-3: Ver-110]

“Among them”, meaning among the Jews and the Christians, there are two types of people; the one group described as people of faith to whom this book is addressed, and the other as rebellious transgressors. We must also find ways and means of getting at them. Open the Holy Quran and make your Christian friends and acquaintances to read the verses discussed in this article. Then we can truly conclude:

{Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! When He determines a matter, He only says to it, “Be”, and it is. And surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord, therefore serve Him; this is the right path.}   [Surah-Maryam: Ch-19: Ver-34-36]

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2 thoughts on “Christ In Islam (Extended Version)

  1. Pingback: Christ In Islam (Extended Version) « Answering Christianity | Find Best Information about Islam on Internet

  2. G Clark

    Show us the verse in the New Testament where Jesus foretold about Mohammed. Wishful thinking….but He did warn of several “false prophets who will arise”. Your prophet is one of them…duh!

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