Muslims love Jesus, too: 6 things you didn’t know about Jesus in Islam
We all know that Christmas is a religious holiday that honors the birth of Jesus and is a significant religious event for Christians all over the world. However, many people are unaware that Jesus is also revered in Islam, despite the fact that the majority of Muslims do not observe Christmas as a religious festival. The holiday is celebrated by certain Muslims across the world (including some in the United States). For the occasion, here are six interesting facts about the position of Jesus — and his mother, Mary — in Islam that you might not have known before:
- Jesus, Mary, and the angel Gabriel are all prominent characters in the Qur’an (as are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and a slew of other Bible characters)
- Muslims believe that Jesus (referred to as “Isa” in Arabic) was a prophet of God who was born to a virgin
- And Muslims believe that Jesus (referred to as “Isa” in Arabic) was a prophet of God who was born to a virgin (Mary). He will also come to Earth before the Day of Judgment in order to restore justice and vanquish al-Masihad-Dajjal, or “the false messiah,” who is also known as the Antichrist, according to these believers. Many Christians will recognize a lot of this as being familiar territory. Warning: spoilers ahead: Muslims are well aware that “al-Masihad-Dajjal” is the Arabic name for the Antichrist, which has caused some, uh, unexpected problems for Netflix recently.
- Mary (known in Arabic as “Maryam”) has an entire chapter in the Qur’an dedicated to her — the only chapter in the Qur’an dedicated to a female figure. To be more specific, Mary is the sole woman to be named by name in the whole Qur’an. “Other female figures are recognized simply by their relationship to others, such as the wife of Adam and the mother of Moses, or by their title, such as the Queen of Sheba,” according to the Study Quran. More times in the Qur’an than in the whole New Testament of the Bible, Mary is named
- Just as they do with all previous prophets, including Mohammed, faithful Muslims say “peace be upon him” after every time they mention Jesus by name
- Muslims believe that Jesus performed miracles, including: There are numerous of Jesus’ miracles mentioned in the Qur’an. These include restoring sight to the blind, curing lepers, reviving the dead, and breathing life into clay birds
- Among others. It is also the tale of Jesus’ first miracle, when he spoke as a child in the crib and announced himself to be a prophet of God, according to the Qur’an, which is recounted in the book of Genesis. The plot is as follows:
And keep in mind Mary’s story in the Book, when she separated from her family and moved to an eastern location. And she kept her identity hidden from them. Then We sent Our Spirit to her, and it took on the appearance of a flawless man in order to serve her. “I seek shelter from thee in the Compassionate, if you are reverent!” she said in response. “I am only a messenger from thy Lord, sent to bestow upon thee a spotless boy,” he explained. “How am I going to have a son when no guy has ever touched me, and I have never been unchaste?” she wondered.
‘It is simple for Me,’ thy Lord declares.” We did this so that he may serve as a sign to the world and as a kindness from Us.
- As a result, she conceived him and retreated with him to a remote location.
- “Would that I had died before this and had been a thing of the past, completely forgotten!” she said.
- A rivulet hath been created beneath thy feet by thy Lord.
- So eat and drink, and keep thy eyes open and cool.
- Then they shouted, “Mary, Mary, Mary!
- O Aaron’s sister, how I adore you!
- “How are we to communicate with someone who is still an infant in the cradle?” they wondered.
- He has given me the Book and elevated me to the status of prophet.
- And He has not turned me into a bossy, horrible creature.
- Muslim believers venerate Jesus as a prophet despite the fact that they do not think Jesus is the son of God, which is a key gap between Muslim and Christian views on him.
Merry Christmas to you! Muslims in the Indonesian city of Manado participate in the Christmas Santa Parade by donning Santa hats and mingling with Christian participants. Photograph courtesy of Ronny Adolof Buol/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images
What does the Quran teach about Jesus?
There are several accounts regarding the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (known as ‘Isain Arabic’) included within the Quran. His miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he accomplished with God’s permission, and his life as a revered prophet of God are all recounted in detail in the Quran. Aside from that, the Quran continually reminds us that Jesus was a human prophet sent by God, not a part of the divine being himself. The following are some straight passages from the Quran on the life and teachings of Jesus, taken from the Arabic text.
He Was Righteous
“Behold! ‘Oh, Mary!’ said the angels. God brings you good news in the form of a Word from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, and he will be held in high regard both in this world and in the Hereafter, as well as in the company of those who are the closest to God. He will talk to individuals at various stages of their lives, from childhood to maturity. He will be with the righteous (in the company of the righteous). Furthermore, God will instruct him in the Book and Wisdom, as well as in the Law and the Gospel.” (3:45-48).
He Was a Prophet
“Christ, the son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger, and there had been many messengers before him who had gone before him. His mother was a woman who stood up for what was right. They were both required to consume their (daily) meals. Watch how God makes His signals apparent to people, and then watch how they get deceived away from the truth in many ways!” (5:75). “‘I am, in fact, a servant of God,’ he declared. He has given me revelation and elevated me to the status of prophet; He has blessed me wherever I go; and He has imposed on me the practice of prayer and charitable giving for the rest of my life.
Therefore, peace be upon me on the day of my birth, on the day of my death, and the day on which I shall be restored to life (again)!’ Jesus, the son of Mary, was a person like this.
It is unworthy of (God’s) grandeur for Him to have a son, and thus He does not have one.
It takes only one word from Him to determine a matter: “Be,” and the matter is determined.” (19:30-35).
He Was a Humble Servant of God
“And lo and behold! When God pronounces these words: ‘Oh Jesus, the son of Mary!’ What if you told folks they should worship me and my mother as gods, so defying the will of God? ‘Glory to Thee!’ he will exclaim. I could never say anything I didn’t have the authority to speak (to say). If I had said something like that, you would have known right away. Even if I am unaware of what is going on in Your heart, you know what is going on in mine. Because You are fully aware of all that is concealed.
And, while I was living among them, I was a witness to their actions. Since the time that You have taken me up, You have been the Watcher over them, and You are the witness to everything.'” (5:116-117).
“Jesus explained why he had come with Clear Signs by saying, “Now I have come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (issues) on which you disagree.” As a result, revere God and follow my instructions. As God is my Lord as well as your Lord, I implore you to worship Him in this manner – this is the Straight Path.’ Sects, on the other hand, fell out amongst themselves and disagreed. So, woe to those who have done wrong, as they will suffer the consequences of a Grievous Day!” (43:63-65)
What do Muslims think of Jesus?
“Can you tell me who people think I am?” Jesus posed this question to his disciples. How his followers understood his life and mission is seen in their responses, which range from John the Baptist to Elijah or one of the prophets. Today, asking Muslim communities all across the world the same question—who do you believe Christ to be?—is just as illuminating as it was then. The Quran references Jesus, also known as Isa, 25 times, but each time in a distinct way. The Quran teaches that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (19:20–21) and that he is “highly esteemed in this world and the next” (3:45–47) as a result of his birth.
- Asruh min Allah(“God’s Spirit”),mushia bi’l baraka(“the Messiah—someone blessed by God”),kalimah min Allah(“God’s Word”), andrasul (God’s Prophet-Messenger) are all terms used in the Quran to refer to him.
- The miracles done by Jesus, such as curing the sick and reviving the dead, are described in detail in the Quran, but these miracles are not attributed to his divinity.
- Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet who was given a particular message—injil, also known as the gospel—that he was tasked with spreading to all of humanity.
- As a result, Jesus plays an important and distinctive role in the Muslim religion.
- According to the Quran, Jesus was taken up into heaven (3:169) before his death was officially announced.
- According to Muslims, Jesus’ adversaries will never be victorious against him because he is God’s chosen servant.
- According to Islamic traditions, Jesus will return on the Day of Judgment, when he will demolish thead-dajjal, also known as the anti-Christ or impostor.
- Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, a Muslim philosopher who lived in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, urged Muslims to worship in the manner of Jesus.
- In his Islamic Christology, Mahmoud Ayoub, a contemporary Islamic theologian, discusses how Jesus embodies the fullness of mankind by being completely lit by God’s light (tajalli).
- Our unifying beliefs, however, include the virgin birth of Christ to Mary, profound reverence for the mystery of God’s existence, a deep affection for Jesus, and a readiness to learn from his life as we pursue happiness with God.
This article is also accessible in Spanish for those who prefer to read it that way. This story was also published in the September 2016 issue of United States Catholic (Vol. 81, No. 9, page 49). Advertisement Photograph courtesy of Flickrcc viaFree Pictures 4K
A Comprehensive Listing of References to Jesus (‘Isa) in the Qur’an
Islam is the only major world religion that affirms the existence of the person of Jesus Christ among the main world faiths. The Qur’an contains several references to Jesus. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, is the most divisive figure in Islamic history. Jesus is mentioned in around ninety verses of the Qur’an, which are divided into fifteen surahs. Muslims believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, was sinless, performed miracles, and was superior to other prophets, which is supported by Islamic teachings.
Through the denial of Jesus’ divinity, his crucifixion, and resurrection, it undermines the basic narrative of Christian faith.
2:136 We believe in Allah and the revelations given to us, as well as to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, as well as the revelations provided to Moses and Jesus, as well as the revelations given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no distinction between one prophet and another.
In honor of Jesus, the son of Mary (Signs) were clearly communicated, and he was fortified by the Holy Spirit.
Allah gives thee joyful news of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, and he will be honored in this world and the Hereafter, as well as in the company of those who are closest to Allah (in the Hereafter).
As well as being a member of the virtuous,” says the prophet.
“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 permission; and I heal the blind and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah’s permission; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses.” And Allah makes him a messenger to the Children of Israel, with the following It’s certain that there is a Sign for you if you did believe.” 3:50 (I’ve come to you in order to witness to the Law that was in front of me.) And in order to make legal for you a portion of what was formerly prohibited by your Lord, I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord.
As a result, fear Allah and follow my instructions.
“O Jesus!” Allah exclaimed.
4:157 “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, Messenger of Allah,” they boasted; but they did not kill him nor crucify him, as was made to appear to them; and those who disagree are full of doubts, possessing no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture as a basis for proceeding, for they are certain that they did not kill him.
- 4:171 People of the Book, oh my brethren!
- Allah’s prophet, Christ Jesus the son of Mary, was (nothing more than) His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit emanating from Allah; thus, believe in Allah and His messengers.
- All things in the sky and on earth are under His control.
- 5:17 Those who claim that Allah is Christ the son of Mary are committing blasphemy, to say the least.
- 5:72 Those who proclaim, “Allah is Christ the son of Mary,” are blasphemers.
- “I bow my head to Allah, my Lord, and your Lord.” Whoever associates with other gods in addition to Allah will be denied access to the paradise, and the Fire will be his permanent residence.
- His mother was a woman who stood up for what was right.
5:78 By the mouth of David and Jesus the son of Mary, curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who refused to believe in the truth: because they disobeyed and persevered in their excesses.
Please remember My kindness for thee and thy mother.
In order for you to communicate with the people when they were children and when they were adults, I empowered thee with the holy spirit.
With My permission, thou fashionest out of clay, as it were, the image of a bird, which thou breathes into and which transformeth into a bird, and with My permission, thou healest those born blind as well as those who are sick with leprosy, as well as those who are deaf.
And lo and behold!
“Can thy Lord send down to us a meal furnished (with delectables) from heaven?” says the speaker.
5:114Jesus, the son of Mary, exclaimed: “O Allah, our Lord!
Also, provide for our nourishment, for Thee is our most excellent Sustainer (in terms of our requirements).” 5:116Allah will exclaim: “O Jesus, son of Mary, come!” “Didst thou say to them, ‘worship me and my mother as gods in defiance of Allah’?” I asked.
I could never say anything I didn’t have the authority to speak (to say).
“Thou knowst what is going on in my mind.” 6:85 And then there’s Zakariya and John, and then there’s Jesus and Elias: they’re all among the righteous.
9:31 They consider their priests and anchorites to be their lords, in defiance of Allah, and they regard Christ the son of Mary as their Lord, despite the fact that they were taught to worship just One Allah: there is no deity but He.
Then he said, “I am just a messenger from thy Lord, (to proclaim) to thee the gift of a holy son.” 19:19″No,” he replied.
As he stated in verse 19:21, “Thy Lord says, ‘that is simple for Me: and (We desire) to appoint him as a Sign vnto mankind and a Mercy from Us,'” and “It has been ordained that he be appointed as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us.” 19:22 As a result, she conceived him and relocated with him to an isolated location.
Those present exclaimed, “O Mary, what a wonderful thing thou hast brought!” 19:30 In his words, “I am really a servant of Allah: He has revealed to me and elevated me to the status of prophet.” 19:31 “And He has blessed me wherever I may be, and He has enjoined on me the practice of prayer and charity for as long as I live.” 19:32 “(He) has taught me to be compassionate to my mother, rather than overbearing or depressed.” 19:33 “Consequently, peace be upon me from the day I was born until the day I die, and from the day I shall be restored to life (again)!” 19:34 Jesus the son of Mary was (was) in this way: (it is) a declaration of truth, over which people (in vain) argue with one another.
19:88 “(Allah) Most Gracious has given birth to a son!” they proclaim.
As a result, the fact that He should have a son is incompatible with the majesty of Allah Most Gracious.
And We used the son of Mary and his mother as a sign: We provided them with refuge on high ground, which provided them with rest and security, as well as being endowed with springs.
42:13He has established for you the same religion that He enjoined on Noah—the religion that We have given to thee by inspiration—as well as the religion that We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: This means that you should maintain your religious steadfastness and refrain from divisiveness; for those who worship other gods than Allah, the (road) to which you are calling them will be difficult to travel.
Almighty Allah chooses for Himself those whom He desires, and He directs toward Himself those who seek His guidance (to Him).
In addition, (Jesus) will serve as an indication of when the Hour (of Judgment) will arrive; hence have no uncertainty about the (Hour), but follow Me: this is the Straight Path.
61:6 And keep in mind what Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel, listen up!” “I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me and bringing Good News of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” “I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me and bringing Good News of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” However, when he presented them with the Clear Signs, they exclaimed, “This is clearly magic!” 61:14 O ye who have faith!
Be ye Allah’s aides and companions: “Who will be my helpers in (the work of) Allah?” Jesus the son of Mary asked his Disciples.
then a part of the Children of Israel believed and a portion did not; but We granted authority to those who believed in the face of their adversaries, and they were the ones who triumphed over their adversaries. Ravi, N. S. R. K. N. S. R. K. Ravi Originally published on March 30, 2016.
Islam’s apologist: Why I believe what the Koran says about Jesus
If it weren’t for his long beard and traditionaltaqiyahskullcap, anybody listening to Shabir Ally would be forgiven for thinking he was a Christian apologist at first glance. Ally speaks eloquently, his accent influenced by his years spent in Canada, on the reasons why his faith is founded not just in ritual and belief, but also in reason and facts. ‘The precepts of my faith are fairly plain, and they typically have a very reasonable component to them,’ he adds of his beliefs. So far, everything appears to be the same.
Possibly, Ally’s resemblance to Christian apologetics can be explained in part by the fact that she frequently debates with Christian experts at colleges all over the world.
These arguments are part of their dedication to Da’wah (Islamic evangelism) on campus.
Only an opponent who is well-versed in their own scriptures as well as the Koran would be wise to take on this opponent.
Ally turned to Islam when she was a teenager (although Muslims prefer to use the term’revert’ rather than ‘convert’ since they think Islam is the ‘natural’ religion, as opposed to Christianity). Things began when an imam paid a visit to his family’s town and urged them to attend a prayer service at the mosque. ‘I paid close attention to all he had to say. I believed he was making logical sense. The more I learnt about Islam, the more everything seemed to make sense to me, and it eventually became a very important part of my daily existence.
‘I was under the impression that my faith had something to give that was superior to what they were luring me towards,’ he adds.
The majority of Muslims have not given any consideration to the intellectual component; instead, they have merely performed the rituals mandated by their religion.
Interestingly enough, it is in the West, rather than the Middle East and Africa, where Ally’s style of intellectually robust Islamic preaching has found the most popularity. Numerous Muslims, who are subjected to the same pressures from atheistic and secularist voices as their Christian counterparts, have become more accepting of his method of conversation and debate. It is clear that he has had an impact on the young men who engage in street evangelism in cities around the United Kingdom, as well as the crowds that gather to watch (and participate in) boisterous arguments at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park.
Jesus is revered by both Muslims and Christians as a historical figure of great significance.
So Islamic apologists regularly recruit critical research that casts doubt on Jesus’ claims to be God, making them unexpected bedfellows with some of the most skeptical and liberal Bible scholars. With each new piece of information I gained about Islam, the more everything began to make sense to me.
THE CRUCIFIXION QUESTION
The Islamic apologists, on the other hand, are at odds with biblical historians of every stripe in one regard. The Koran, on the other hand, asserts that Jesus did not die by crucifixion, which is critical. It is said in Surah 4:157 that “they neither murdered him nor crucified him, yet it appeared to them as if they had done so.” According to Islam, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the most reliably known facts of the ancient world, which presents a difficulty for the religion. Islamic scholars have always supported the koranic version of events by positing that Jesus was replaced by another person who was fashioned to seem like him.
Many people, including myself, believe that it is not required to hold to the notion that someone else was substituted for Jesus in order to be a Christian.
I believe the word crucifixion as employed in the Koran refers to “killing a person by means of a cross,” as opposed to just “hanging on a cross.” In essence, Ally acknowledges that Jesus was put on the crucifixion, but he does not believe that he died on the cross, and as a result, the koranic and biblical versions are in some ways consistent with one another.
- She also mentions Pilate’s surprise that Jesus was presumably dead before nightfall.
- Even within Muslims, the idea is not without its detractors, who feel that teaching anything other than the’substitution’ paradigm is equal to heresy and should be avoided at all costs.
- Perhaps this is why, in debates with Muslims, many Christian apologists have emphasized the case for Christ’s crucifixion as the most compelling argument.
- In the meanwhile, anyone interested in engaging in a debate with the world’s foremost Islamic apologist is recommended to conduct their research in preparation.
Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Shabir Ally serves as the president of the Islamic InformationDawah Centre International (IIDCI). Read Nabeel Qureshi’s response to the question. The Convert explains why he converted from Islam to follow Jesus.
THREE THINGS THE KORAN SAYS ABOUT JESUS
1A virgin birth is a rare occurrence. In Surah 19, which narrates the narrative of Jesus’ birth, the Koran states that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary and that he was the son of Joseph. There is, however, no mention of Joseph or many other components of the biblical birth narrative in this version of the story. Instead, the infant Jesus magically communicates with the adults to whom he is given by speaking from his cradle. 2Jesus is a prophet, not the Son of God, as some believe. The Koran bestows a slew of titles on Jesus, including the title of’messiah,’ among others.
However, in Surah 4:171-172, the Koran expressly contradicts the doctrines of the Trinity and the divinity of Christ.
Interestingly, Surah 4:157 of the Koran does not explicitly deny that Jesus was slain via crucifixion, but rather claims that it was simply “made to look” that way.
JESUS ASCENDED AND WILL RETURN
“JESUS CHRIST IN THE LIGHT OF ISLAM,” according to ISLAM, is a quote from the book “ISLAM REVEALED.” ASCENSED AND WILL RETURN JESUS CHRIST In the third chapter of urat al-Imran (The Family of Imran), verse 55, it states,
- (And keep in mind when Allah said: “O Jesus!” Lo! I am bringing thee together and leading thee to rise towards Me, and I am purifying thee of those who do not believe in Me, and I am elevating those who follow thee above those who do not believe in Me
When Allah said: “O Jesus!” keep it in mind. Lo! I am bringing thee together and causing thee to rise towards Me, and I am purifying thee of those who do not believe in Me, and I am elevating those who follow thee above those who do not believe in Me; and
- The interpretation of Allah’s command to cause thee to rise unto me is that He was raising Him to a location where no one could judge Him, for on earth, men pass many sorts of judgment on one another, but in Heaven, there is only one genuine omniscient Judge, and that is Allah.
The words of Jesus stated in John 20:17, “. I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God,” lead me to assume that this Quranic allusion is a paraphrase of those words. As far as Christians are concerned, one of the most renowned lines in the whole Quran comes from Surat Maryam (Mary), verses 33-34 of Surat Maryam (Mary).
- Peace be upon me on the day I was born, on the day I die, and on the day I am resurrected from the dead! Such was Jesus, the son of Mary, and (this is) a declaration of the truth about which they are in disagreement
Almost all Muslim scholars believe that Jesus will return and fight the anti-Christ, after which he will die and be resurrected from the dead. Whatever the interpretation, it is important to remember that this text indicates that Jesus Christ will return. This remark is mentioned in Surat Zukhruf (Ornaments of God) 43:61, where it says, “And lo! truly there is knowledge of the Hour.”. When Jesus said in John 5:25, “Most surely, I say to you, the hour has come and is now,” he was referring to the arrival of the Son of God’s voice, which will be heard by the dead, causing those who hear it to come to life.
Also identified as the one who knows “the Hour,” Jesus will be present at the last judgment because he knows when it will occur.
Multiple scholars are referenced in Mishkat Al Masabih as indicating that Muhammad declared that there will be ten indications before the “final hour.” Interestingly enough, Muhammad revealed that the coming of the Anti-Christ, “Dajjal,” is one, and the return of Jesus the Christ is another, both of which will occur simultaneously.
- He is referred to as the Spirit of God seven times in the Bible.
- Noah, God’s Preacher, is a biblical figure.
- Islam identifies Muhammad as God’s Apostle.
- In fact, the Quranic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth is only second to the Bible in terms of accuracy.
- As a result, it was derived from Jewish folklore, as well as from several local heretical Christian groups.
Nonetheless, one is struck by how similar the Quran’s depiction of the actual Christ of the Gospels, our Savior and Lord, is to the Christ of the Gospels. He is far more than a prophet in every sense of the word! Return to the TABLE OF CONTENTS
Jesus in the Quran
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Then God will exclaim, “O Jesus, son of Mary, come quickly!” Keep in mind my blessings upon thee, and upon thy mother, when I strengthened thee with the Holy Spirit, so that you mightest speak to people from the cradle to the grave; and when I taught thee the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel;” and how thou wouldst create out of clay the shape of a bird, by My Leave; and how though wouldst breathe into it, and it would become a bird, by My Leave; and how though The apostles responded affirmatively when I inspired them to believe in Me and in My messenger by proclaiming, “We believe.
“Be a witness that we are submitters,” said the group.
“Does thy Lord have the ability to send down from Heaven a table covered with food?” questioned the speaker, “Reverence God, if you are believers.” ‘We wish to consume it so that our hearts may be at ease, and so that we may be certain in the fact that you have told us the truth and so that we may be among the witnesses to this fact,’ they explained.
- Let the table of Heaven be laid with food, so that we may feast on it — for the beginning among us as well as for the last of us.
- When did you tell people, “Take me and my mother as gods separate from God?” they responded with, “Glory be to Thee!
- If I had stated it, you would have known exactly what I was talking about.
- Truly, it is Thou Who has the finest understanding of the things that are unseen.
- And I served as a witness over them for as long as I was there among them.
If Thou punishest them, they are unquestionably Thy servants; nevertheless, if Thou forgivest them, then Thou art unquestionably the Mighty, the Wise.” (5:116-118) The Quran has several verses that may be examined in order to have a better understanding of Jesus’ importance in the Prophet’s and early Islamic worldviews.
See also some of the books he mentions, such as Quranic Christians (1981), written by Jane McAuliffe, a former Dean at Georgetown University who is now President of Bryn Mawr College, and Mahmoud Ayoub’s 1995 essay, “Jesus the Son of God: A Study of the Terms Ibnand Waladin the Qur’an and Tafsir Tradition,” written in 1995.
Another option is to look through the thorough index of the Study Quran, which has more than 50 allusions to Jesus, as well as several more references in the commentary.
It is true that the plethora of such passages is part of the point: when confronted with the mysteries of God and ourselves, guided by our traditions and Scriptures, there is still much room for study, close and complex reading; there is still much room for learning, especially in light of the monumental ignorance that currently afflicts us.
My previous postings, as well as this one, have all been about making a little but meaningful contribution to this monumental undertaking of learning.
As a result, I am encouraged by the numerous comments left on my blogs, particularly from people who pay great attention to what I write.
Due to the fact that my writings are already much too long, I had to chose only one text regarding Jesus to write about, and the passage quoted above from Sura 5 (The Table Spread) appears to be both useful and informative in this regard (even if I still recommend Sura 19, for which I also gave youaudio linksin my past post).
- The paragraph is divided into three sections.
- So even the people’s rejection to receive Christ, as well as the heavenly protection of Christ that is kept out from their grasp, are all in God’s hands.
- In verses 112-115, God sends down a heavenly banquet, probably after a Ramadan fast, to demonstrate to Jesus’ indifferent disciples his successful intercessory power.
- For example, in verses 110-111, we learn about the Islamic tradition’s teaching on the Holy Spirit, which is either the Archangel Gabriel or the Spirit that arises from God’s command, known as the “Spirit of the Holy,” depending on the translation.
- ); his disciples are “submitters,” true “muslims” (see also 2:129, 3:3-4, 48ff.
- Jesus is the only one who has the ability to bring this heavenly food down to earth; Jesus is the only one to whom God will listen, and whose pleas God will respect.
- Finally, in regards to the most challenging situation, 116-117: According to the comments, the use of the word “disbelief” in the preceding part may have encouraged the inclusion of this section.
It’s possible that the Prophet got the impression, from Christians he observed, that Mary was also worshipped, and so piety is also restrained here: “Jesus indicates that he bears no responsibility for such exaggerations of his or his mother’s status, but rather than directly deny that he commanded his disciples to treat him and his mother as gods apart from God, he demonstrates an attitude of proper comportment before god by offering a response of perfect humility, saying he God knows Jesus, yet even Jesus does not know his own God to the extent that God does.
In leaving judgment in God’s hands—punishment and forgiveness serve as markers of His justice and mercy, respectively—Jesus, according to the commentary, leaves the door open to God’s patience with those who mistakenly believe that Jesus is God, a state of confusion that, in the Quranic way of thinking, is not the grave sin of idolatry.
I apologize for the brevity with which I addressed these concerns.
It is not a substitute for the necessary personal study—study that, I believe, must come before a return to doctrinal disputes and that, through learning, will leave no space for border-closing bigotry and interreligious violence that emphasizes only differences, replacing divine Mercy with human ze Although the Jesus we discover in Sura 5:110-118 is not the Jesus of the New Testament or the Christian faith, we are not as far away from it as we might have imagined given the text’s strong sense of God, God’s providence, God’s special relationship with Jesus, and Jesus’ own complete fidelity and obedience to the Word of God he came into the world to witness.
- We come across the piety of Jesus, a Jesus who is revered in the Quran, along with his mother, who lives outside of the Christian communities of the historical period.
- Muslim scholars who follow in the footsteps of Christians and open their hearts to the Gospels will benefit from their efforts, and ignorance will be defeated once more.
- Do check out The Study Quran, either from your local library or by asking for it as a gift for Christmas.
- For even more interreligious reading, try the Jewish Study Bible or the New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, to name a couple of examples.
- My previous posts on the Quran are as follows: one, two, three, and four.
(I believe the words that appear in the image accompanying this post are taken from Sura 5.) I’m open to suggestions and corrections!) Merry Christmas to everyone; may God’s peace be upon all of God’s people; and may the gates of God’s Mercy stay open forever.
Who is Jesus for Muslims?
The truth, in the eyes of the Muslims, is always spoken by Jesus. “The question is, how do we interpret it?” Zeki Saritoprak is a Turkish actor. The subject provided the photo. Islamic Jesus, a book written by Zeki Saritoprak, investigates the role of Jesus in the Qur’an as well as in Islamic theology. Numerous Islamic theologians, mystics, and intellectuals have been profiled in his writings, among them the 13th-century poet and Sufi mystic Rumi, and Bediüzzaman Said Nursî, a Turkish Muslim scholar from the early twentieth century.
- Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America, which he teaches at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.
- In Islam, who exactly is Jesus?
- As well as being a historical figure, Jesus lived in Roman Judea throughout the first century of the Common Era.
- Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, just as he was in both Islam and Christianity, and he had no biological father.
- In Islam, Jesus came to his people with a message, just as all other prophets of God do.
- He is a miracle worker and a healer, much as he is in the Christian faith.
- Additional miracles attributed to Jesus are mentioned in the Qur’an.
The meaning of these new miracles is yet unclear.
To illustrate, consider the case of Jesus, who spake from his crib.
“Mary, you have done something quite dreadful,” they remarked.
The people inquired as to how they could communicate with a baby; Jesus then began speaking.
He has given me the Book and elevated me to the status of prophet.
“He raised me to be respectful to my mother and never to be haughty or rebellious.” Muslim believers, in addition to thinking that Jesus is one of God’s five greatest messengers, believe that Jesus will return to deliver justice to the entire globe.
In the history of God’s prophets, only Jesus’ eschatological return has been predicted.
A number of scholars believe that the Lord Jesus will truly and physically descend from the heavens and conduct a tremendous war against the Antichrist, Ad-Dajjalor.
Some of the more fascinating and fruitful interpretations link Jesus’ descent to the earth to the development of spirituality.
However, there is a great deal of ambiguity in this branch of Islamic theology.
Mary is the only woman addressed by name in the Qur’an, and the chapter named for her is Chapter 19 of the Qur’an.
According to the Qur’an, her mother was a steadfast worshiper who prayed to God for a son so that she may dedicate him to the temple when she became pregnant.
Instead, he gave her Mary, who would be the mother of Jesus.
Some Qur’anic passages inform us that God revealed his word to Mary, but he also instructed her to stay silent when her people inquired about her child.
As described by the Prophet of Islam, she is the most powerful lady in paradise, literally the “queen of all the ladies of heaven.” What is the significance of the term Messiahin Islam?
A literal translation of the word is “the Anointed One.” The origin of the term has something to do with touching:mashmeans to touch.
Jesus’ eschatological purpose, or his return at the end of time, is sometimes referred to as al-Masih in Arabic.
In what ways is it critical for Christians to grasp who Jesus is in Islamic culture?
The parallels between Jesus in Islam and Christianity—for example, Jesus’ miracles and his birth to the Virgin Mary—could be more significant than the differences between Christians and Muslims in terms of religious belief.
Are there any provisions for the Holy Spirit in Islamic law?
According to Islam, Jesus will return in order to restore justice across the globe.
The Qur’an, for example, states that God helped Jesus with the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of the book.
Several people have speculated that it is a reference to the archangel Gabriel.
In this passage, God demonstrates his support for Jesus via the power of the gospel.
The most heavenly name, according to another set of early thinkers, was the one with which Jesus was able to raise the dead.
The fact that people have differing views on the subject demonstrates how important it is as one of the most potent principles in the Qur’an.
When Christians assert that Jesus’ death is important to their understanding of the faith and Muslims assert that Jesus did not die, which is more likely?
All faiths have different interpretations of the same events and figures, and this is true across the board.
When it comes to theology, according to Islam, Jesus always speaks the absolute truth.
Do we have a true understanding of Jesus?
The concept that Jesus always speaks the truth is a point of agreement between Muslims and Christians.
In the end, we discover that we are not quite as disparate as we had previously believed.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was born in the city of Mecca, in what is now Saudi Arabia, on the day of his birth.
The majority of people were polytheists, with the exception of a few who had converted to Christianity, such as Waraqa ibn Nawfal, the Prophet’s wife’s cousin, with whom the Prophet shared his first experience of revelation, when the angel Gabriel came to him and gave him the order “Read.” The Prophet, in contrast to many of the people of Mecca, never worshipped idols, and it is believed that he adhered to the remnants of Abrahamic religion before receiving the revelation.
Some traditions claim that while he was a boy, he journeyed to Syria and met a monk by the name of Bahira.
Bahira desired to provide a supper for the tourists.
Bahira realized that the cloud stayed with the caravan.
It was then that he noticed that the cloud was following Muhammad and requested them to fetch the kid.
Has your participation in interfaith discourse influenced your beliefs?
During my undergraduate studies, I focused on Islamic theology and law.
The majority of my understanding of this concept was theoretical.
During our time in school, we frequently discussed how Muslims should support the United States rather than the Soviet Union because Americans are People of the Book.
In the United States I began to engage with Jews and Christians who shared many of the same principles of goodness that I learnt from Islam.
God, according to a Prophetic saying, does not look at your outward appearance, but rather at your heart and intentions.
For me, the notion of the People of the Book is vital because I think that we all have many wonderful traits that may bring us closer together as people and as a society.
The Qur’an is considered to be the most important source of Islam.
Scholars of Islam, with a variety of talents and objectives, have interpreted these sources, and as a consequence, Islamic law, theology, spirituality, and other aspects of Islam have emerged.
If I had to select one of these thinkers who has had the greatest impact on my life, I would choose al-Ghazali from the classical period and Said Nursî from the modern period.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of the June 7th issue of the magazine under the headline “Who is Jesus for Muslims?” It was revised on May 30 to reflect the fact that Waraqa ibn Nawfal was the Prophet’s wife Khadija’s cousin rather than her nephew, and thus he was not the Prophet’s nephew.