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 Did Mohammed Think of Jesus?
Submitted by David W. Daniels The ultimate litmus test for each religion is how it perceives Jesus. If you ask Muslims if they believe in Jesus, they will likely tell you that they do. However, a deeper examination into their sacred book, the Qur’an (Koran), reveals what they truly think about our Lord and Saviour. According to the Bible, Jesus is the Word: “the Word was with God” (John 1:1). However, according to the Qur’an, He is merely “a word” (Sura 3:45). According to the Bible, Jesus is the Creator (John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:13-16).
- According to the Bible, the Lord Jesus is greater than the prophets (Hebrews 1:1-2).
- In order to atone for our sins, the Lord Jesus was crucified and shed His precious blood on the cross (Revelation 1:5).
- In response to their claim that they had “slain the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger,” they did not really kill or crucify Jesus, but it seemed that they had done so.
- The Bible informs us that Jesus is God’s Son, and we believe this (Matthew 16:16-17; Mark 1:1; John 9:35-37; 20:31; Acts 3:26; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Hebrews 4:14; 1 John 4:15; 5:5, 20; 2 John 1:3).
(Sura 2:115; 4:171; 10:68-69; 18:4-5; 19:35, 88-93; 21:26; 39:4; 43:81) (Sura 2:115; 4:171; 10:68-69; 18:4-5; 19:35, 88-93; 21:26; 39:4; 43:81) (Sura 2:115; 4:171; 10:68-69; 18:4-5; 19:35, 88-93; 21:26; 39 “Praise be to Allah, Who has not taken upon Himself a Son,” the Prophet Muhammad said (Sura 17:111) And they are absolutely correct.
- Allah is not the same as God.
- However, Mohammed made a critical error.
- Muslims are well aware that prophets do not deceive.
- If Jesus was telling the truth, then we must pay attention to what He has to say.
- Jesus said that He is the Son of God in his teachings (John 9:35-38; 10:32-36).
- He was understood by His apostles as well: “Neither is salvation found in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
- He is the Son of God who may be trusted.
He is a man who never speaks lies. And he assured us that we would be saved if we placed our trust in Him alone (John 3:16). We now know that Mohammed was not a fan of Jesus’ teachings. However, we also know that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, does not hold a favorable opinion of Mohammed.
‘Muslims love Jesus. So why does everyone think we hate Christmas?’
The same way that Muslims have a great love and respect for Jesus, we are taught to love and respect our Christian friends who hold a different perspective on who Jesus was. Due to the actions of a small number of radical nutcases, along with an all-too-often Islamophobic media business, the general public has come to believe that all Muslims desire is to force their way into everyone’s hearts and minds, and they mean it brutally. The Quran, on the other hand, declares unequivocally that “there is no coercion in religion,” which means that you cannot compel somebody to become a Muslim.
- It is this attitude of peaceful cohabitation, even when threatened, that can still be found in communities across the world today, and it is exactly this spirit of collaboration and sharing that we need to resurrect in our communities across the country.
- Similar accounts of wisdom and wit from great prophets like Abraham, Moses, David, and Noah can be found in both religions, as well as descriptions of angels, the afterlife, and many other topics relating to the afterlife.
- This is true for Muslims and Christians alike, as well as individuals of all faiths and none.
- Seen through the eyes of the divine, his extreme compassion for the most vulnerable and neglected members of society was founded in his intimate relationship to the divine.
Christmas should be about Jesus, and how his teachings can impact and transform the world for the better, rather than criticizing Muslims for their lack of “tinsel, balloons, and Santa hats.” If anything, Christmas should be about Jesus and how his teachings can impact and transform the world for the better.
- to raise awareness.
- Every night, thousands of people will be forced to sleep on the streets in subzero conditions, a figure that has been rising year after year.
- With more than half of the population now claiming no religious affiliation, it seems inevitable that the way in which we as a nation observe religious holidays will alter in the next years and decades.
- While the majority of British Muslims are likely to be uninterested in the festivities taking place this season, we can all do our part to help rekindle a little of the true Christmas spirit.
After all, there is nothing more Christ-like than giving up a little of our pleasures and comforts in order to help our neighbours who are in need. In addition to writing and broadcasting, Dr. Bilal Hassam serves as the creative director of British Muslim TV.
What Jesus means to me as a Muslim
— The Royal National Society (RNS) In the aftermath of a recent interfaith panel discussion on Zoom in which we both participated, a pastor who is a dear friend of mine inquired, “So, what are you doing for Christmas?” he asked. “I’m putting my money aside!” I said. He answered with a chuckle, “Oh, OK, I’ll make sure to call you up again on Eid, and we’ll see how that money-saving plan is working out.” Afterwards, we had a pleasant discussion on holidays and customs, including why we Muslims don’t try to create an Eid Santa (who might have the same beard!
Muslims regard Jesus (peace be upon him) as a unique individual, and not in a just superficial or ambiguous manner.
Jesus is also mentioned in the Bible, where he is referred to as “the Word of God.” The chosen Messiah who will come to this world in its end days (though the meaning of this phrase varies between Muslims and Christians), Jesus is also differentiated in the afterlife by having a particular position in paradise, according to Muslims.
- Is there any link between Muslims and Jesus other than the fact that he is seen as a messenger of God in Islam’s basic theological conception?
- How often does the figure of Jesus appear in the life of the typical Muslim?
- It is not an exaggeration to state that I would be unable to remain a Muslim if I did not believe in Jesus as my Savior.
- If you reject any one of those articles of faith, you are essentially rejecting Islam, and if you reject any messenger of God (from Adam to Noah, Abraham to Moses, Jesus to Muhammad), you are effectively rejecting Islam.
- Do I, on the other hand, have a daily connection with Jesus?
- It is sprinkled throughout the Quran to tell the tale of Jesus, his miraculous birth, his miracles, creedal beliefs, and other aspects of his life.
- For example, the third chapter of the Quran is titled “Ale Imran,” which translates as “the Family of Imran,” and it is the family of Imran.
- Jesus is at the forefront of our thoughts in these passages, as well as in the chapter devoted to Mary, since he is the most important person in the world.
- “Did you steal?” Jesus is supposed to have questioned a guy who was stealing when he noticed him and asked him, according to the most reliable hadith collection compiled by the Persian imam and scholar Bukhari.
According to Imam Malik, one of the four great imams of Sunni Islam, a similar sentiment is conveyed in the following quote from Jesus the son of Mary: “Do not speak much without remembering God, because by doing so you harden your hearts.'” Even if you are not aware of it, a hard heart is likely to be separated from God.
- Instead, examine your own shortcomings as if you were servants.
- So show mercy to those who are afflicted and give thanks to God for their well-being.” “Jesus said, ‘You will never obtain what you desire except through patience with what you despise,'” wrote the great Imam Al Ghazali, who is well-known for his works on spirituality.
- Various Islamic works discuss how to apply Jesus’ words in order for them to have the intended impact on our daily lives, and they do so through numerous sayings like the one above.
- “I am the closest of the people to Jesus the son of Mary in this life and in the Hereafter,” the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared.
“How’s that, Oh Messenger of God?” it was asked at one point. “The Prophets are brothers from the same father, but they have different mothers,” the Prophet responded. In their religion, there is only one prophet, and there was no other prophet between us.”
Is Muhammad mentioned in the Bible
This is taken from the book ” ISLAM REVEALED ” CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE MUHAMMADIS MUHAMMAD AND HIS LIFE? Is Muhammad Mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Genesis? The arrival of Christ is predicted in the Old Testament in a number of distinct places. If, as a result, the Most High God wanted to send into the world a prophet far greater than Christ, we should be able to uncover prophecies about this future prophet in the Old Testament, as well as in the New Testament. For Muslims, it is only natural that they look for such prophesies in the Bible that pertain to the founder of their faith, Muhammad.
- Those who adhere to Muhammad’s teachings claim that the Bible contains obvious and unequivocal prophesies about him.
- The fact that the Bible is being used in this case suggests that it is (1) divinely inspired and (2) uncorrupted by human hands.
- Assuming that our Muslim colleagues acknowledge these two arguments, an investigation into the claimed biblical predictions involving Muhammad may prove to be both entertaining and informative.
- Of course, many intelligent Muslims—all, in fact, who have done extensive research on the subject—admit these two truths without reservation.
- Until Shiloh arrives, the scepter will not be removed from Judah, nor will a lawgiver be removed from between hisfeet
- And to Him will be the obedience of all the people.
It is argued that this text is a reference to Muhammad since the name “Judah” is derived from a Hebrew verb that means “to acclaim,” which is the same meaning as the name Muhammad in Arabic. The context of Genesis, on the other hand, indicates that Shiloh was to be born among the descendants of Judah. Muhammad, on the other hand, was descended from the Arabian tribe of the Quraish. He was not a member of the Jewish faith. Furthermore, the scepter had been removed from Judah more than 550 years before to Muhammad’s conception.
- The Lord your God will bring up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people, from among your brothers and sisters. According to what you will hear, I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their own brethren, and I will place My words in his mouth, and he will tell them all that I direct him to say.
Muslims believe that Muhammad is the prophet foretold by the book of Deuteronomy. Because the phrase “from your midst” does not exist in either the ancient Greek Old Testament (the Septuagint) or the Samaritan Pentateuch, the original text must have said that the prophet would come from the descendants of Ishmael, who were the Arabs. In contrast, there is older ancient Hebrew manuscript evidence that supports the traditional interpretation. Furthermore, “brethren” is a term that is naturally and widely used to refer to one’s closest relative (e.g., the Israelite tribes).
Muhammad and Moses were both brought up in their enemies’ homes, appeared among idolaters, were initially rejected by their own people but later accepted by them, each gave a law, fled from their enemies (Moses to Midian, Muhammad to Medina, which has a similar meaning), marched into battle against their enemies, wrought miracles, and provided the means for their followers to capture Palestine.
God Himself has said in the Gospels that this prophecy pertained to Christ, not Muhammad, as the fulfillment of the law.
He was descended from the tribe of Judah (Matthew 1:16; Luke 3:23-38; Hebrews 7:14), was born in Israel, and spent practically the entirety of His life in the company of the Jewish people. This prophesy is quoted in Acts 3:25-26 as alluding to the coming of Christ Jesus. Psalm 45:3-5 (KJV)
- Draw Your Sword and gird it about your thigh, O Mighty One, in the splendor and grandeur of Your power. Because of honesty, humility, and righteousness, you will thrive in Your grandeur. Your right hand will also teach you amazing things. Your arrows strike fear into the hearts of the King’s adversaries
- The peoples submit to You
Muhammad is referred to as “the Prophet with the Sword” in Islamic tradition. A detailed examination of the context of these verses, on the other hand, quickly disproves the assumption that they are referring to Muhammad. “Your throne, O God, shall be established forever and ever,” says verse six. Muslims never assert that Muhammad was God in any way. Furthermore, Hebrews 1:8-9 declares unequivocally that verse six is an address to the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 21:7 (KJV)
- And he saw a chariot drawn by a pair of horsemen, as well as a chariot drawn by donkeys and a chariot drawn by camels.
Muslims believe that the words “a chariot of donkeys” in this passage link to the arrival of Christ, who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and that the words “a chariot (or troop) of camels” refer to Muhammad, who rode on a camel throughout his life. In reality, the context clearly demonstrates that this chapter is not a reference to either Christ or Muhammad. As we can see from verse 9, it is a prophesy of the fall of Babylon, and it describes how travelers convey word of the city’s capture and destruction of its gods, which took place under Darius in 519 B.C.
- How many times in the New Testament does Muhammad make an appearance?
- In contrast to this, the phrase “the kingdom of heaven,” or as it is often referred to, “the kingdom of God,” does not relate to the Islamic kingdom since the heaven and God of Islam do not correspond to the heaven and God of the Bible, respectively.
- For a long time before Islamic authority rose to prominence, Christ heralded the coming of the kingdom by stating, “But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then clearly the kingdom of God has arrived upon you” (Matthew 12:28).
- They were able to view Muhammad and the “Kingdom of Islam.” Without a doubt, no.
- It is said, “After me comes One who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not fit to kneel down and release.”
The Muslim Injil (gospel) of Jesus is not the same as the New Testament or the Gospels, as is the case with the Christian Gospels. Muslims believe that the gospel of Jesus is a record of God’s Word as it was communicated to them via Jesus. They claim that the New Testament Gospels are the words of man—the recollections of Matthew, Mark, and those collated by Luke and John—and that they are not inspired by God. Only on rare occasions do we come upon Jesus’ gospel buried beneath the weight of human speech and thought.
This is one of the few remaining passages from Jesus’ narrative that has survived.
The context plainly demonstrates that this is correct (see also Matthew 3:11-14; Luke 3:16-17; and John 1:26-34).
In fact, Christ did not begin preaching until after John had been sent into jail and executed (see Mark 1:14; also see Matthew 4:12, 17), so putting a stop to the forerunner’s mission. 4:21 (John 4:21)
- He then told her that the hour was coming when she would no longer worship the Father on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, and that she should prepare for this.
Some Muslims believe that this is a proclamation that Jerusalem would no longer be the Holy City and the “Qiblah” (point of emphasis for prayers), and that its position will be replaced by another city, which they believe must be Mecca, as the center of worship. Though Christ Himself defined the meaning of His own words in verses 23-24, He stated that pure and appropriate worship is not dependent on the location where it is performed, but rather on the state of a worshipper’s heart. As a result, He eliminates the prospect that there would ever be a need for any “Qiblah” on earth in the future.
- “And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him
- But you know Him because He dwells with you and will be in you
- And you will know Him because He dwells with you and will be in you. In contrast, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will instruct you in all things and bring to your attention everything that I have said to you throughout your life “in addition to this, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]
Muslims say that Muhammad is the Greek paracleton (assistant) described by Christ, and that Muhammad’s name is a translation of the phrase. The Muslims believe that Muhammad was the fulfillment of the prophecy in this passage because he received the Quran from the angel Gabriel (whom Muslims believe to be the Holy Spirit) and bore witness to Christ (John 14:26), acknowledging Him as a prophet (John 16:14), as a worker of miracles, as having ascended to Heaven without dying but not as God’s Son (having never claimed to be such), and as having had the Gospel brought to Him.
- However, for the following reasons, the Paracleton could not reasonably relate to Muhammad: First and foremost, the word paracleton does not have the same connotation as the word Muhammad.
- The first of these titles is manifestly inappropriate for Muhammad, the “Prophet with a Sword,” and the Quran itself explicitly forbids anybody other than God himself from holding the title of Advocate.
- The Paracleton of whom Christ speaks is not a human being, but rather the intangible presence of the Spirit of Truth, who was then present with Christ’s followers and will soon be in their hearts (John 14:17; 16:14).
- Fourth, the Paracleton’s mission was not to assemble armies and win triumphs with worldly weapons, but rather to convince mankind of sin, with disbelief in Christ being the very core of that evil (John 16:9).
- It is very evident that not a single one of them is a forecast about him.
The Quran, on the other hand, contains the teachings of Christ Jesus. It also positions Ham well above the originator of Islam, according to what it says about Him. Return to the TABLE OF CONTENTS
Jesus in Islam
In other terms, Islam is a monotheistic religion, in which the worship of The One and Only True God – known in Arabic as “Allah” – is the central focus of devotion. Muslim faith is also a religion of many great Prophets and Messengers, one of which is the Lord Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), a man whose name is familiar to practically everyone in the world. a guy who is highly regarded and adored by two main religious traditions: Islam and Christianity. What is it about this man, Jesus, that has anything to do with Islam?
Jesus as God
The notion of Jesus being God or the born son of God is incompatible with the teachings of the Old Testament, the Qur’an, and various passages within the New Testament, among other sources. Since several Quranic scriptures plainly demonstrate, Jesus was neither God nor the born son of God, as it is unfit for His Majesty to have children, as it is unfit for His Majesty to have children. God does not have a son, for to say so would be to impute human characteristics and limitations to the All-Mighty, because God is far detached from such imperfection.
- ‘O Children of Israel!’ the Messiah said, addressing them.
- ” ‘Be’ is all he has to say to a relationship when He decides it to exist.” Qur’an 19:35 (Arabic) Does the image of a god who was once a helpless infant, one who could not survive without food, water, or sleep, represent the same Omnipotent, All-Mighty God depicted in the Old Testament?
- Certainly not!
- Indeed, there is only one God, Allah.
- Whatever is in the skies and whatever is on the ground are both in His possession.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
A whole chapter in the Qur’an is devoted to Mary, the noble virgin, who maintains a high position in Islam and is commemorated by her name. “And remember when the Angels said to Mary, ‘Oh Mary, Indeed Allah has chosen you, cleansed you, and picked you from amongst all the women,'” Allah declares. 3:42 (Qur’an) Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also acknowledges her exalted position in his statement: “Mary (during her lifetime) was the finest of all the world’s women.”
The Return of Jesus
According to Muslim belief, Jesus will come before the Hour, i.e., on the Day of Judgment, and will then descend to earth. ‘And he (Jesus, referring to his descend to earth) shall be a known sign for the approach of the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment),’ declares the Almighty. Qur’an 43:61 (Arabic) Those who mistook him for anything other than a slave and the Messenger of the One True God will be rejected, and he will descend in the form of a Muslim (one who submits to God’s rules) and invite others to Islam.
As a Muslim, Jesus was born, will return, and will die on the cross.
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 during 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 spoke from his cradle.
“Mary, you have done something truly terrible,” they said.
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 of my mother and never to be arrogant or disobedient.” Muslim believers, in addition to believing that Jesus is one of God’s five elite messengers, believe that Jesus will return to bring justice to the entire world.
This eschatological return of Jesus is unique among the prophets of God.
Some say that Jesus will literally and physically descend from the sky and lead a great battle againstad-Dajjalor the Antichrist.
Some of the most interesting and productive interpretations relate Jesus’ coming down to the strengthening of spirituality.
But there is a lot of complexity in this area of Islamic theology.
Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, and chapter 19 is named after her.
According to the Qur’an, her mother was a constant worshiper and asked God to give her a son so that she could dedicate him to the temple.
Instead, he gave her Mary, who would be the mother of Jesus.
Some Qur’anic verses tell us that God revealed his message to Mary but told her that when her people asked her about her baby she would remain silent.
The Prophet of Islam describes her as the highest woman in paradise, literally the master of the women of paradise.
Interestingly, out of all prophets and messengers of God, Jesus is the only messenger who received the title ofal-Masih, or Messiah, in the Qur’an.
The root of the word has something to do with touching:mashmeans to touch.
Al-Masihalso refers to the eschatological purpose of Jesus, his coming at the end of time.
Why is it important for Christians to understand who Jesus is in Islam?
The similarities of Jesus in Islam and in Christianity—for instance, Jesus’ miracles and his birth to the Virgin Mary—may be of more importance than what divides Christians and Muslims.
Is there a place for the Holy Spirit in Islam?
“Muslims believe that Jesus will return to bring justice to the world.” The Holy Spirit is mentioned several times in the Qur’an.
Muslim commentators are split on the meaning of Holy Spirit.
A group of early Muslim scholars thought that when the Qur’an refers to the Holy Spirit, it means the gospel.
Thus the Qur’an and the gospel are “ ruh Allah ” or the spirit of God.
Other interpretations have said it is “the pure spirit of God,” while still others have said that it is a feeling of the presence of God.
How does interfaith dialogue continue after one party says, “Jesus was not divine” and the other says, “Jesus was divine”?
Differences should be occasions for, not obstacles to, dialogue.
Once after I gave a talk on the subject of Jesus in Islam a gentleman in the audience asked what Muslims’ response would be to Jesus saying that he is the Son of God.
The problem is not about what Jesus said, but about our understanding of what Jesus said.
Muslim theologians will first look for verification of the statement and then at the words Jesus used in their original form or language.
Even if we cannot solve all of our theological differences in this way, we can get to know each other better and find ways we can cooperate and areas where we do agree.
What was the Prophet Muhammad’s relationship to Christianity before his visit from the angel?
Although Mecca was a trading center, we do not know if there was an established Christian community there at the time.
Some sources say that when he traveled to Syria as a child, he met a monk named Bahira.
Bahira wanted to offer the travelers a meal.
Bahira realized that the cloud stayed with the caravan.
He asked them to bring the boy, and he realized that the cloud was following Muhammad.
Has your experience in interfaith dialogue changed you?
In my college years, I majored in Islamic theology and law.
My understanding of this concept was mostly theoretical.
In school, we often talked about how Muslims should side with America instead of the USSR, because Americans are People of the Book.
In the United States I began to work with Jews and Christians who shared many of the same qualities of goodness that I understood from Islam.
There is a saying of the Prophet: God does not look at your appearance, but instead looks at your heart.
For me, the idea of the People of the Book is critical because I think that we all share many good qualities that can bring us closer together as individuals and as a community.
The Qur’an is the primary source of Islam.
Scholars of Islam, with various skills and purposes, have interpreted these sources, and Islamic law, theology, spirituality, and so on have developed as a result.
If I had to choose which of these scholars have been most influential to me, I would have to choose al-Ghazali from the classical era and Said Nursî from the modern era.
A version of this article appears in the June 7 print edition under the title “Who is Jesus for Muslims?” It was edited on May 30 to correct the identification of Waraqa ibn Nawfal, who was the cousin of the Prophet’s wife Khadija, not her nephew.
What do Muslims think of Jesus?
The truth, in the eyes of the Muslims, is always said by Jesus. How we interpret it is the key question. Mr. Zeki Saritoprak is a well-known Turkish actor. The subject provided the photograph. Islam’s Jesus, written by Zeki Saritoprak, examines the role of Jesus in the Qur’an as well as in Islamic theology and philosophy. Numerous Islamic theologians, mystics, and scholars have been profiled in his writings, including the Sufi mystic and poet Rumi from the 13th century, and Bediüzzaman Said Nursî, a Turkish Muslim scholar from the early twentieth century.
Aziz is a professor of Islamic studies at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and has participated in a number of interfaith dialogues, including the Catholic-Muslim dialogues sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
- In Islam, who is Jesus?
- Even though Muslims and Christians have a lot in common, there are some significant differences in their interpretations of Jesus’ life story.
- But Jesus is neither God nor God’s Son, in the eyes of the Muslim community.
- “The Injil,” or the gospel, refers to Jesus’ message.
- He restored sight to the blind and resurrected the dead, among many other things.
- Taking the example of Jesus, who talks from his cradle and then creates a bird out of clay and breathes into it, the bird becomes a real bird.
- It is for a precise reason that each of these miracles occurs.
Mary, you have done something very dreadful, they declared.
Jesus began speaking after the crowds inquired about how they might communicate with a newborn.
For the rest of my life, he has blessed me wherever I may go and has counseled me to pray and give to the needy.
According to Muslim scholars, this is referred to as “Jesus’ descend” to the earth.
What role does Jesus’ return play in the Islamic eschatological narrative?
Others see this as an allegory, which is the approach I favor and which I believe is more in line with the spirit of the Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet of Islam than the literal interpretation.
The fact that Muslims and Jews have come together is also a show of unity in my opinion.
What is it about Mary, the mother of Jesus, that is so significant to the Qur’an?
Her father and mother are said to as “virtuous” individuals.
However, God acknowledged her request but did not provide her what she desired.
The birth of Jesus is regarded miraculous in Islam, and it is the sole instance of this kind in human history.
Some Muslim scholars regard her to be a prophet of God as a result of this heavenly revelation she received.
A fascinating fact about the Qur’an is that, out of all the prophets and messengers sent by God, only Jesus is referred to as “al-Masih,” or “the Messiah,” in the Qur’an.
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 thought that he adhered to the remains of Abrahamic faith 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 came to the realization that the cloud had remained 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 grasp of this topic 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.
While living in the United States, I began to collaborate with Jews and Christians who shared many of the same characteristics of kindness that I had come to appreciate in Islam.
God, according to a Prophetic saying, does not look at your outward appearance, but rather at your heart and intentions.
For me, the concept of the People of the Book is essential because I believe that we all have many positive characteristics that may help us to become more cohesive as people and as a community when we work together.
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.
Difference Between Jesus and Mohammed
Separated into the categories of Islam and Religion|Differences Between Jesus and Mohammed Jesus and Mohammed are two of the most famous religious rivalries in history. Jesus and Mohammed lived throughout two distinct historical times. Mohammed is believed to have lived around 600 years after Jesus. Jesus and Mohammed held opposing viewpoints and advocated for opposing philosophical perspectives. First and foremost, let us consider the deaths of the two great people in question. The Romans crucified Jesus on the third day of His life, and it is known that He rose from the dead on the third day of His life.
- The moment Jesus heard God speak to Him, He courageously ventured into the desert to be tested by the devil.
- Jesus has identified himself as the Son of God, while Mohammed has identified himself as the Messenger of the Almighty Creator.
- In contrast, Mohammed had 11 wives, although Jesus had never married.
- It is not known whether Mohammed accomplished any miracles during his lifetime.
- Muhammad preached that redemption was achievable if one followed the Five Pillars of Islam, which are as follows: He stated that one’s own efforts were required for salvation.
- The Prophet Mohammed is supposed to have received permission from Allah to wage war in the name of safeguarding the faith and unifying the people, whereas Jesus was preaching love, grace, forgiveness, and tolerance to the people.
- Mohammed, on the other hand, is said to have perished as a result of the actions of one of his wives.
- The historical record indicates that Jesus performed several miracles, but Mohammed is not known to have performed any miracles during his lifetime.
- The fifth difference between Jesus and Mohammed is that Jesus was never married, but Mohammed had more than 20 wives.
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Jesus in Islam
Islam recognizes and honors all of the prophets that have been sent to mankind. The prophets in general are revered by Muslims, but Jesus in particular is honored since he was one of the prophets who prophesied the arrival of Muhammad on the scene. Muslims, like Christians, are looking forward to Jesus’ second coming. The Muslims regard him to be one of Allah’s greatest prophets to the human race. A Muslim does not refer to him simply as “Jesus,” but rather adds the phrase “peace be upon him” as a display of reverence as a symbol of respect.
As a result of his virgin birth (a chapter of the Qur’an is titled “Mary”), the Qur’an verifies his divinity, and Mary is believed to be one of the most pure women in all of creation.
Mary, God has given you excellent news about a message from Himself, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, who will be revered in this world and in the Hereafter, and who will be one of those who will be brought closer to God in the future.
She expressed herself as follows: “Oh, my God!
When He decrees something, He just speaks to it, ‘Be!’ and it becomes reality.” The Muslims believe that Jesus was born immaculately, and that he did so by the same force that brought Eve and Adam into existence without the presence of a father or a mother.” True to its name, the resemblance of Jesus with God is likened to that of Adam.
According to the Qur’an, he said the following: “We are here with a sign from your Lord: I create for you out of clay, as it were, a figure of a bird and breathe into it, and it miraculously transforms itself back into a bird by God’s permission.
A reference to this may be found in the Qur’an, where Jesus is claimed to have stated that he came “to testify 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, therefore fear your Lord and follow me.” When it comes to Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad emphasized the significance of the man by saying: “Whoever believes there is no god but Allah, who alone exists without a partner, who believes Muhammad is His messenger, who believes Jesus is God’s servant and messenger, who believes His word breathed into Mary and a spirit emanating from Him, and who believes Paradise and Hell are true, will be received by God into Heaven.”