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 presented her with Mary, who would go on to become 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.” This has something to do with the word’s origin, which is mash, which literally means “to touch.” This had something to do with Jesus’ touching when he would heal individuals who were suffering from various ailments.
Nonetheless, most of the debate of Jesus’ eschatological purpose may be found in the Hadith literature, rather than in the Qur’an in its entirety.
Christians may be able to establish common ground with Muslims if they have a better knowledge of Jesus in Islam.
If I understand you well, you are claiming that in Islam, the “comforter” of John 14:16—who Christians believe to be the Holy Spirit—is translated as Muhammad.
What is the most effective way to recognize God’s constant presence?
In the Qur’an, the Holy Spirit is referenced numerous times in different contexts.
There is disagreement among Muslim interpreters over the meaning of the Holy Spirit.
Historically, a number of Muslim scholars believed that when the Qur’an alludes to the Holy Spirit, it was referring to the gospel.
As a result, the Qur’an and the gospel are both considered to be ” ruh Allah “, or the spirit of God.
Other interpretations have stated that it is “the pure spirit of God,” while yet others have stated that it is a sense of God’s presence in one’s surroundings.
The question is, how can interfaith discussion go once one party asserts that Jesus was not divine and the other asserts that Jesus was divine?
Disagreements should be used as opportunities for communication rather than as barriers to it.
After one of my talks on the subject of Jesus in Islam, a gentleman in the audience inquired as to what Muslims would say in response to Jesus claiming to be the Son of God.
We have an issue with what Jesus said, not with what he said, but with our perception of what Jesus said.
Islamist theologians will first search for evidence to support the argument, and then they will look for the words Jesus used in their original form or language.
Even if we are unable to resolve all of our theological disagreements in this manner, we will be able to get to know one another better and identify places where we can collaborate as well as areas where we disagree.
Was there a tie between the Prophet Muhammad and Christianity prior to his visit from the Angel Gabriel?
Despite the fact that Mecca was a commerce center at the time, we do not know whether or not there was an established Christian community there.
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 realized that the cloud was following Muhammad and asked them to bring the boy.
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 goodness 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.
Jesus in Islam
In other words, “you’re telling me you believe in Jesus in addition to Muhammad?” I recall my Christian friend’s bemused expression a few years ago when I told him about this. I had delivered a theological bombshell on him when I revealed that Muslims believed Jesus to be a prophet of God, and he had been taken aback. We believe in Jesus, but we also believe in the Virgin Birth, I said, pausing for dramatic effect. “Not only do we believe in Jesus, but we also believe in the Virgin Birth,” I said.
- Maybe it’s because they call themselves Christians and believe in Christianity that Christians have a strong desire to claim ownership of Christ.
- Many people, including my acquaintance, were completely unaware of this.
- As many as 25 separate verses of the Quran allude to him by name, and he is described as both the “Word” and the “Spirit” of God.
- In truth, Islam holds Jesus and his mother, Mary, in high regard (Joseph does not figure anywhere in the Islamic account of Christ’s conception).
- In Islam’s sacred book, she is the only woman who is specifically referenced by name, and a chapter of the Quran is dedicated to her.
- As Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, an imam in Leicester and assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, explains, Mary was “the chosen lady,” the one who was picked to give birth to Jesus when she was unaccompanied by a spouse.
- Islam rejects the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The critique is presented in the form of an interrogation of Jesus by God: And when Allah says: “O Jesus, son of Mary!” the response is immediate.
He exclaims, “Be praised!” It was not my prerogative to say something I had no right to say.
Muslims revere and honor Jesus the prophet – but I frequently question if we are merely giving lip respect to his life and legacy, or if we are truly committed to him.
Is there a reason why Muslims commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad but do not commemorate the birth of Prophet Jesus?
Right-wing newspapers in the United Kingdom have raged against purported attempts by “politically correct” local authorities to minimize or even restrict Christmas celebrations.
“It’s an absurd notion to alter the name of Christmas,” says Mogra, who is in charge of the MCB’s interfaith relations committee.
They should keep their names as they are, and we should commemorate each and every one of them.” In the midst of escalating tensions between the Christian west and the Islamic east, I think that a shared emphasis on Jesus may assist to bridge the widening gap between the world’s two major religions, Islam and Christianity.
Others are in agreement. “We don’t have to battle for Jesus, as some believe. He has a particular place in the hearts of Christians and Muslims alike “Mogra expresses himself in this way: “He is a force to be reckoned with. We’ll be able to share him.”
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.”
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 idea is communicated in the following quote from Jesus the son of Mary: “Do not talk much without remembering God, for by doing so you harden your hearts.'” Even if you are not conscious of it, a hard heart is likely to be separated from God.
- Instead, examine your own shortcomings as if you were servants.
- So offer kindness to those who are afflicted and give thanks to God for their well-being.” “Jesus stated, ‘You will never acquire what you desire except through patience with what you loathe,'” said the renowned Imam Al Ghazali, who is well-known for his works on spirituality.
- Various Islamic writings explore how to implement Jesus’ words in order for them to have the intended influence on our everyday lives, and they do so through several 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 separate mothers,” the Prophet said. In their faith, there is just one prophet, and there was no other prophet between us.”
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). Photograph courtesy of Flickrcc viaFree Pictures 4K
Who was Jesus (pbuh)?
Yahiya Emerick is a young woman from the United States. Greetings, in the name of God, the Most Generous, the Most Merciful People of various faiths have a wide range of opinions regarding Jesus and his teachings. Many people believe he is God or the son of God, and they are right. His detractors argue that he was merely an extremely intelligent individual. Others do not acknowledge Jesus at all, whether he is religious or historical in nature. It is the Quran, God’s last revelation preserved in its original form, that informs Muslims about their viewpoint on Jesus.
- According to the Quran, Jesus declared, “‘I am a servant of God, and He has provided me the Scripture and elevated me to the status of a prophet.'” (19:30).
- Muslims believe that Jesus was a human person who was chosen by God to be His message and who died on the cross.
- At its core, God selected Jesus to transmit the same unified message that previous prophets had delivered to humanity: that people should worship the One God and live a morally upright life in order to be saved and enter the everlasting life that awaits them after death.
- By the order of the Almighty, Jesus was miraculously placed in the womb of a young woman named Mary, resulting in his conception as a miracle.
- In truth, he was the last in a long series of messengers who had been sent to the Jewish people on their behalf.
Mary, The Blessed
Her mother had pledged her to God’s service even before she was born, and Mary was a devout lady who lived her life in God’s service. She had an outstanding childhood, characterized by good health and religious devotion. She was brought up by the wise Zachariah, who instilled in her a magnificent sense of trust in God from a young age. As a young lady, Mary wished to cleanse herself even more in preparation for her Lord. She separated from her people and went to a sanctuary in the east, where she could contemplate in solitude and isolation.
- Mary prayed for protection since she was afraid of the stranger.
- Mary was taken aback and wondered how this was possible given that she had never been touched by a guy before.
- (Quran, verse 3:47) When Mary became aware of the presence of the baby within her, she abandoned her refuge, fearful of what others might do or say if they learned of her pregnancy.
- She built her home beneath a date palm in the sweltering heat of late summer, and it was there that she gave birth to a kid unlike any other in human history.
- When her family members saw the infant in her arms, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
In their accusations, they indicated that she was unchaste and that she had tarnished her family’s name and reputation. Gabriel had previously told her that she was not to engage in conversation with anybody (19:26). As a result, Mary merely directed her finger towards the youngster.
Jesus’ Miracles and Message
God bestowed several miracles on Jesus, the first of which occurred immediately after his happy birth. According to the Quran, Jesus spoke as a child in defense of his mother and the truth, stating, “‘I am a servant of God,'” according to the Quran. He has given me the Scriptures and elevated me to the status of prophet. And He has blessed me no matter where I am or what I am doing. For as long as I live, he has told me to pray and offer alms.” (19:30-31). The naysayers were brought to a halt by this amazing speech.
- He astonished the educated and was much respected by his companions for his abilities and intellect.
- When he reached the age of majority, Jesus began traveling and preaching across the country of Israel.
- Love and kindness, according to Jesus, triumph over hatred and fury.
- God bestowed upon him the capacity to perform miracles in order to further his message.
- All of these miracles took place with God’s permission, and Jesus never claimed credit for them on his own behalf.
- I am come to confirm the truth of the Torah that came before me, as well as to make those things legal for you that were previously prohibited by the Torah.
- Keep God in mind and follow my instructions: God is my Lord and your Lord, therefore serve Him– that is the true road.” (3:49-51) Following a humble and devout life, Christ attracted the attention of a small group of dedicated followers who listened to his teachings with zeal and humility.
- (Learn more about Jesus, a Servant of God: Jesus, a Servant of God)
A Test of Wills
During the time when Jesus’ teaching was becoming more widely accepted, a tiny number of hypocritical and self-serving individuals began conspiring to have him killed. This group of priests and leaders represented a segment of the Israelite population whose social standing and financial well-being depended on their position as the exclusive translators of religion to the general public. They chased him and his disciples, and they devised a plan to have him crucified on a Roman cross. They were certain they had slain him, but God shielded Jesus, kept him safe from their plots, and brought him up to Himself in victory.
- Although it appeared to them that they had killed and crucified him, they had not done so; those who disagreed with him are full of uncertainty, with no information to follow, just supposition: they most surely did not murder him – God had lifted him up to Himself.
- In the meantime, God has elevated him to the sky, to a location near Him, and will bring him back to our planet at a later date.
- However, throughout the course of the following several centuries, some of the early Christians came to have differing viewpoints about Jesus’ divinity.
- On the other hand, others believe Jesus was neither the actual son of God or even the divine being Himself, but rather a message sent by the One God.
(See also: Who was Jesus, according to the Gospel of John?) It would not be proper for God to have a kid, and this is a declaration of the Truth about which they are in doubt.” His decrees are vastly superior than ours: He only states, ‘Be,’ and the decree becomes reality. (Quran, verses 34-35) ”
Restoring Jesus’ Legacy
Muslims believe that God has sent a messenger to every country on the face of the earth. While Jesus’ message continued to be heard in its original purity for a length of time, the scripture he received was gradually twisted, and his initial appeal to total monotheism became perverted, just as it had been for the prophets before him. God dispatched His final prophet, Muhammad, and revealed His final revelation, known as the Quran, six centuries after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus’ miraculous birth, as well as the miracles done by him, were all verified by Prophet Muhammadpwho was sent to all of mankind in order to affirm the core truth of the message that God decided to disclose via Jesus, as well as the miracles performed by him.
God safeguards His direction for the whole human race via this ultimate revelation, which contains the same basic message that was conveyed to all prophets and messengers of the One God, including Jesus, Moses, Abraham, and Noah, all of whom are blessed with the blessings of God.
Since You seized my soul, You have been the only one who has kept watch over them: You are the only one who has witnessed everything.” (5:117).
Islam literally translates as’submission to God,’ and it is the same way of life that has been followed by all of God’s prophets.
Reading Material Suggestions: Muhammad written by Yahiya Emerick The Crucifixion By Jerald Dirks, author of The Crescent Note: Prophet Muhammad is represented by the subscriptpnext to his name, which reflects the supplication Muslims utter when they mention his name: “May God’s peace and blessings be upon him.” In Islam, Jesus is regarded as a Messenger of Allah (God) and the Messiah, who was sent to shepherd the Children of Israel through a new text, known as the Gospel, to the promised land.
It is a necessity of Islam to believe in Jesus (and all other messengers of God), as well as a condition of being a practicing Muslim.
It demonstrates that Jesus was born miraculously to Mary.
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Who is the Messiah in Islam?
Perhaps you’ve heard or read anything along the lines of “Jesus is venerated in Islam since it speaks of his virgin birth, miracles, and the fact that He is referred to as the Messiah.” Despite the fact that this remark contains a semblance of truth, it is worthwhile to consider the question, “What do Muslims think of when they hear the word ‘Messiah’?” If you want to know the solution to that question, we will look at several Islamic texts.
- In the Qur’an, the Messiah is referred to as “Masih” appears 11 times in the Qur’an, and it is frequently associated with the name “Isa” (or “the Muslim Jesus,” as he is known in certain circles), the son of Maryam, and the remark “he was merely a messenger.” For example, “.
- his name isal-Mas,s, and he is the son of Maryam.” (Question 3:45) Al-Masih, son of Maryam, was nothing more than a messenger for Allah.
- 4:171.) As a result, while reading the renditions of Muhammad Asad, an Austrian Jew who converted to Islam, and Yusuf Ali, an Indian Muslim who was born in India, one can get the impression that they are even more similar to a Christian interpretation of passages such as 3:45 of the Quran.
- In addition, the phrases “word of God” and “spirit of God” have been addressed in this manner, although they will be dealt with at a later time.
- As an answer to the query, “Why is Isa, the son of Maryam, known as al-Masih?” issued by Ibn Bz, the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia in 2001, the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a religious ruling, known as a fatwa.
- “Isa, the son of Maryam, is known as al-Masih because he did not come into contact with any sick or crippled person except those who were cured with Allah’s permission,” he explained.
- According to these two sayings, al-Masih, which literally translates as Maasih (one who touches).
- However, there is no relationship between this and any thought or behavior, and the value of knowing it is negligible in any event.
- “Because he goes from one nation to another,” says Ibn Abbas, “the Messiah denotes a king.” “The Messiah denotes a king,” says Ibn Abbas. Al-Tabari means “one who has been cleaned,” which means that God has cleansed him of his sins. Nisaburi means “one who has been touched by God.” In the words of Ibn-Kathir, “a person who wanders from place to place without having a fixed place of habitation and who goes continuously,”.”a person who is flat footed.” He was cured by God’s permission every time he put his hands over someone who had an illness.”
- Qurturbi—”one who has been anointed with the same ointment of blessing as prophets were anointed.” “It has a pleasant scent.” Also, he claims that this nameal-masih is diametrically opposed to the Islamic antichrist (al-Dajjal), whose name is al-masikh and whose name literally translates as deformed, disfigured, and transformed from a human shape into a subhuman one. The Muslim Messiah, according to Qurturbi, who cites a number of hadiths, will descend from heaven near Damascus and kill the anti-Christ
- Al-Razi—he lists approximately ten possibilities, including being anointed and being covered by the wings of the angel Gabriel at birth to protect him from Satan, as well as actively walking about, touching orphan children, and healing others
- Qurturbi, who cites several hadiths, claims that
These interpreters also drew inspiration for some of their points of view from Islamic legends and sayings ascribed to Jesus that spread across the Middle East and elsewhere. Ibn ‘Asakir was a notable collector of these sayings, and here is what he had to say about them: Jesus, the son of Mary, ate barley and walked rather than riding a donkey to get around. He did not reside in a house, and he did not rely on lamps to provide light. The fact that he did not dress in cotton, do not touch ladies, and do not apply perfume.
- The impoverished, the sick, and the weak were among the people with whom he used to hang around.
- Summary: According to Muslim sources, there are a few things we may learn about the Messiah in Islam.
- 3:45, further examination of their translations of the Qur’an reveals that he is anything but the long-awaited Saviour of the world.
- The anointing and kingdom of this Messiah are alluded to by the commentators, but he is not King Jesus, who was anointed with authority by the Holy Spirit to demolish the works of the devil in the first century (see I John 3:8).
- All of these Muslim commentators choose to ignore the fact that this Messiah is the Son of God and instead portray him as the son of the Virgin Mary.
- (Matthew 14:61) Ibn ‘Asakir and others’ descriptions of the Messiah place a heavy emphasis on his physical appearance as well as his actions, with little emphasis placed on his personality.
As he points out, “it is possible that, because Muhammad’s physical appearance and daily habits were well known and meticulously recorded, the Muslim transmitters felt compelled to do the same for earlier prophets, in order for Muhammad’s portrait to be seen as being in line with those of his predecessors.” Why is it vital for Christians to be aware of this?
- The Muslim figure of the Messiah is not the same as the Biblical figure of the Messiah, despite the fact that they share a few characteristics in common. As one author has noted, attempting to introduce the Biblical Messiah to a Muslim through the Islamic portrait appears to be an exercise in “building a house on shaky ground.” The Muslim Messiah figure may have been used to try to convince both Jews and Christians in the time of Muhammad that the Qur’an was significantly more aligned with their beliefs than it actually is. In this regard, Muhammad’s decision to have them adopt his religion and prophetic position was likely a deliberate move on his side
- The Muslim Messiah figure, as Khalidi has pointed out, helps to place Muhammad in a long line of distinguished ‘ancestors’ for the sake of Muhammad. In consequence, he is enhancing the prestige of his family lineage, and he is now seen as having fulfilled all of the expectations and desires of Jews, Christians, and Muslims for a messianic deliverer of the Messiah. The only difficulty is that Muhammad, in his capacity as the ‘new messiah,’ embraced the role of an earthly king, who used physical force to dominate his enslaved peoples and attempted to ‘destroy the works’ of his infidel adversaries in order to achieve his goals. It seems unlikely that the actual Messiah, King Jesus, would consider himself to be one of Muhammad’s distinguished forebears
- The minor word ‘with the permission of Allah’ further indicates that the Muslim Messiah is nothing more than a super-human who has been gifted certain miracle-working skills by Allah. He is not the Biblical prophet, priest, and king who was anointed for the service of His Father and the fulfillment of the plan of redemption. He is not a divine being. He is not deserving of worship
- The Muslim Messiah has a role in Islamic conceptions of the end of the world
- If one looks into his position in further detail, however, he is described as a red-haired person who marries, slaughters all of the pigs, demolishes all of the crosses, abolishes the Islamic tax on non-believers, and then dies. Certainly, this is not in keeping with the biblical vision of the Messiah in his full majesty as King of Kings and LORD of Lords, the rider on the white horse to whom millions of people offer their adoration (Revelations 7, 19), and who sits on the celestial throne with His Father (Matthew 6:10). (Rev. 22:3). He is deserving of our adoration.
Jesus in Islam
” Take a look! “O Mary!” said the angels. In this world and the next, Allah offers you joyful news of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary; he will be honored both here and there; he will be among those closest to Allah.” Credibility of prophets (may Allah’s Peace be upon each and every one of them) Islam emphasizes the universality of the institution of prophethood as a means of achieving salvation. “There is not a people among them except a warner has gone among them,” says the Qur’an, referring to the fact that no country on the face of the earth has gone through history without having a prophet appear to them.
According to the Qur’an, there have been around 25 Biblical Prophets identified by name, and we are also informed that there have been prophets other than those listed in the Qur’an: “And We sent messengers to thee before, and messengers We have not mentioned to thee.” According to Islamic doctrine, all Prophets were examples of perfection who were commissioned by God to lead people.
- “The aim of Prophets was to promote justice for all,” and “Prophets were the personification of Righteousness,” with Zachariah, John, Jesus, and Elijah being among the most Righteous.
- Maryam’s/current Mary’s situation Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a revered person in Islam, and she is the only woman to be addressed by name in the Qur’an, which was revealed in 632 CE.
- The Qur’an has more mentions to Mary, as well as more biographical material about her, than the whole New Testament, which is a remarkable feat.
- The birth of Jesus Christ is portrayed in both chapters 3 and 19.
It is recorded in the Qur’an that Mary’s mother was pregnant, that Mary was born, and that she was annunciated as the mother of Jesus: “Remember how she retained her virginity, into whom We breathed life from Us, and made her and her son a sign for humankind.” Because she entirely surrendered herself to God’s will, the Qur’an says, Mary is to be honored.
- In Allah’s perspective, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon them) is granted the utmost esteem and is regarded as one of the most noble of all human beings.
- Jesus/’Isa is referred to as ‘Isa nine times in the Qur’an, while he is referred to as ‘Isa ibn Maryam sixteen times (Jesus son of Mary) Mary is seen as chaste, virtuous, a recipient of God’s spirit, a witness to the truthfulness of God’s word, and a model of piously obedient behavior.
- Mary is defined as a virgin who has been selected by God and who is held in high esteem by her people.
- “She said, “O my Lord!
- In any case, Allah produces what He wills: When He has decided a plan, He simply speaks to it, “Be,” and the plan becomes reality.
- The birth is seen as a sign (ayah) of Allah’s might as well as a miraculous occurrence in Islamic tradition.
- Although the Qur’an depicts Jesus as the son of Mary rather than as the Son of God, this is an important distinction that should be highlighted.
- Messiah -It is certain that Jesus is held in the highest regard in Islamic culture.
The prophet / nabi is also known as the messenger of God / rasul, the messenger of the Righteous / min-as-salihin, the word of Allah / kalimatu-Llah), the spirit from God / ruhun mina’ Llah, the son of Mary / ibne Maryam, the eminent in this world and the next / wajihan fid-dunya the Messiah / masih.
- The Qur’an expressly recounts two miracles which the Bible does not have; 1.
- In Surah19:27-34, Jesus talks from the cradle to proclaim his purpose.
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- This last miracle is not recorded in the canonical New Testament but does appear in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas.
- Jesus’ miracles too are considered basically in the line of his being a prophet and in God’s enabling and permitting him to do so.
- No Easter Commemoration Millions of Christians commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus (pbuh), and this begs the question that if Jesus is important to Muslims, why do Muslims then not commemorate Easter.
- Among these concepts are.
This is in keeping with the command, “and Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandment is, Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is One LORD.”.
-Crucifixion Christ, according to Muslim belief, did NOT die on a crossbut was rather elevated by Allah and saved from being killed.
-Inherited Sinfulness Babies are born pure and no one is born bearing the sin of any one and no one bears the burden of another.
Muslims further believe that each person will be held accountable before God for his/her own actions and thus responsible for their own salvation.
Sins are those acts we deliberately incur by our choice of actions, we are responsible and hence personally accountable.
Each one is accountable for himself/herselfand for each person according to his/her personal striving.
Jesus denied by some as a fictional character, accused of being an illegitimate child by some, misconceived as divine by many; considered as a Prophet and Messiah in Islam.
Allah bears testimony to the truthfulness of Jesus; his mission, character, status and his very being.
All sincere ones would do well to reflect on the verse in the Quran reaffirming Islam’s eternal message of spiritual unity: “Say: ‘We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and message given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all Prophets from their Lord.
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