Jesus In Islam
Jesus is a figure who is loved and revered by billions of people the world over. Yet there is so much confusion surrounding the status of this colossal personality. Muslims and Christians both hold Jesus in high regard but view him in very different ways.
The questions raised in this article aim to get to the heart of the issues surrounding Jesus: Was Jesus God? Or was he sent by God? Who was the real historical Jesus?
Some ambiguous verses of the Bible can be applied erroneously to show that Jesus is in some way divine. But if we look at the clear, direct verses of the Bible, we see again and again that Jesus is being referred to as an extraordinary human being and nothing more. What emerges, when we consider the historical and logical facts about Jesus’ life, is conclusive proof not only that Jesus cannot be God, but that he never claimed to be either.
What follows are five lines of reasoning which clarify this subject for us through the Bible itself and thereby allow us to discover the real Jesus.
The Story of Jesus and Mary in the Holy Qur'an
The Birth of Mary
“Indeed God chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran over the worlds. An offspring, like one another (in righteousness). And God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (And mention) when the wife of Imran said, ‘O my Lord, I
have vowed to You what is in my womb, to be dedicated (to Your service), so accept this from me. Indeed, You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing.’ Then when she delivered her (Mary), she said, ‘O my Lord, I have delivered a female,’ and God knew best what she delivered, ‘And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You for her and for her children from Satan, the expelled (from the mercy of God).’” (Qur’an 3:33-36)
The Childhood of Mary
“So her Lord fully accepted her, and gave her a good upbringing, and put her under the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer room, he found her supplied with food. He said, ‘O Mary, where do you get this from?’ She said, ‘This is from God. Indeed, God provides for whom He wills, without limit.’”(Qur’an 3:37)
Many Christians mistakenly believe that leaving Christianity for Islaam means leaving the love they have for Jesus (may peace and blessings be upon him). This is a huge thing to consider for many, such is the attachment. Muslims often mistake this love as a challenge rather than an advantage point when giving Da’wah. Allaah addresses us in the Qur’aan:
“O People of the Book! Come to common terms between us. That we worship none but Allaah, that we associate no partners with Him and we do not take any other as Lords instead of Him” (Qur’aan 3:64)
Jesus in Islaam
What this actually means is that the very first thing we should do when engaging in Da’wah with Christians is address the common love that we both share for Jesus (may peace and blessings be upon him). It is a Divine command after all. And what better way is there than reciting or at least relaying the verses from Surah Maryam which detail both his miraculous virgin birth and the first miracle he performed from his cradle, defending the honour of his virgin mother Maryam (Mary) (may peace and blessings be upon her). This is exactly what the close cousin and companion of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), Jaffar ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him did) did when he addressed the Christian King, Negus of ancient Abyssinia. On hearing the verses from Surah Maryam, the King was moved to tears.
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