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the only truth I know is my own experience

Jesus in the Qur’an April 22, 2011

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 8:19 pm

 It seems that not many (especially Christians) are aware of the place of Jesus in Islam. I find it interesting to see how and why Christ is respected in Islam.

In Islam Jesus (Isa in Qur’an) is considered to be one of the great prophets and his name (Isa) has been repeated, respectfully, 25 times in different Surah’s in Qur’an.

  • It states that Jesus was born to Mary (Arabic: Maryam) as the result of virginal conception, a miraculous event which occurred by the decree of God (Arabic: Allah).
  • To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles, all by the permission of God rather than of his own power.
  • According to the Qur’an, Jesus was not crucified. There are, however, differing views over the current state of Jesus though all views deny his crucifixion.
  • Jesus will return to earth near the day of judgment to restore justice and to defeat Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”, also known as the Antichrist).
  • Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus is considered to have been a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path” as commanded by God.
  • Islam rejects the Christian view that Jesus was God incarnate or the son of God, that he was ever crucified or resurrected, or that he ever atoned for the sins of mankind.
  • The Qur’an says that Jesus himself never claimed any of these things, and it furthermore indicates that Jesus will deny having ever claimed divinity at the Last Judgment, and God will vindicate him.
  • The Qur’an emphasizes that Jesus was a mortal human being who, like all other prophets, had been divinely chosen to spread God’s message. Islamic texts forbid the association of partners with God (shirk), emphasizing a strict notion of monotheism (tawhīd).

Below please find some interesting quotations.

Jesus as A Messenger

            Throughout the Qur‘aan, Jesus is identified fundamentally as a Messenger of God. In Chapter asSaff (61):6, God quotes Jesus as follows:

} وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَابِنِي إِسْرآئِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللهِ إِلَيْكُمْ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْراةِ {

“And [remember] when Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O Children of Israel, I am the messenger of Allaah sent to you, confirming the Torah [which came] before me.”

Jesus as A Man

                The Qur’aanic revelation not only affirms Jesus’ prophethood, but it also clearly denies Jesus’ divinity.  In Chapter al-Maa’idah, (5): 75, God points out that Jesus ate food, which is a human act, obviously not befitting to God.

} مَا الْمَسِيحُ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ إِلاَّ رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ وَأُمُّهُ صِدِّيقَةٌ كَانَا يَأْكُلاَنِ الطَّعَامَ انْظُرْ كَيْفَ نُبَيِّنُ لَهُمُ اْلآيَاتِ تُمَّ انْظُرْ أَنَّى يُؤْفَكُونَ {

“The Messiah, Son of Mary, was no more than a messenger and many messengers passed away before him.  His mother was exceedingly truthful, and they both ate food.  See how I have made the signs clear for them, yet see how they are deluded.”

            There are also verses in the Qur‘aan which confirm Prophet Muhammad’s humanity, in order to prevent his followers from elevating him to a divine or semi-divine status, as was done to Prophet Jesus.  For example, in Chapter al-Kahf (18):110, Allaah instructs the Prophet Muhammad (e) to inform all who hear his message:

} قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَاْ بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَىَّ أَنَّمَا إلَـهُكُمْ إِلهٌ وَاحِدٌ {

“Say: ‘Indeed, I am only a man like you to whom it has been revealed that your God is only one God.’ ”

 

16 Responses to “Jesus in the Qur’an”

  1. John Says:

    See also: http://sahaj-az.blogspot.com/2008/12/jesus-christ-in-quran.html
    and for how later Muslim writers reported the life of Jesus Christ, have a look at the book, ‘The Muslim Jesus’ by Tarif Khalidi (Harvard UP, 2001)
    http://sahaj-az.blogspot.com/2008/12/muslim-jesus.html

  2. Triveni Says:

    But is it not a fact that Jesus was an incarnation of Lord Ganesha? Moreover Mohammad was also an incarnation of Lord Datatreya. Yes they were all messengers of god too, just like all the 10 incarnations of Lord Performing human acts by all incarnations of god is common, must to to go according to Maya..

  3. […] friend Axinia at a 1000 petals published recently a nice post entitled Jesus in the Qur’an. I enjoyed reading it, and it just so happened that soon after I read it I encountered in the […]

  4. Dmitri Says:

    could you next time do a post about what juadaism say about jesus….being born to jewish father and living in israel would like to know presice informmation……..i heard that by juadaism when jesus learned juadaism he entered in to the tample to the holy of the holyiist a place where no one was alloewd except the high prist and thier he sow the full name of god and he memorised it some even said that he carved it on his arm like a tatto and thats how he got his powers…….an outstreach i should say hhhhhhhhh

  5. Jesus Says:

    Have come back into this world once again as Promised.Any doubts,anyone?THIS IS JESUS/ISA MASSIH in 1000 petals.

  6. Jesus Says:

    This is Jesus back again as Promised.Any Doubts?Anybody?

  7. sam ngolobe Says:

    well Jesus’ mother is defined but when it come to father you people confuse me because God him self was responsible for the pregnancy
    so why do you say Jesus is not his child

  8. This blog is fact and the comments as usual, people are trying to interpret and understand in their own way🙂 . Again it is God’s design.

    I feel I have a special connection with Jesus Christ ( Isaa Ruhullah ) I have seen him in my dreams. I am in the habit of reciting The Holy Quran periodically. When ever there is Good Friday or Easter or Christmas I have come across verses in The Holy Quran about Holy Prophet Jesus and Holy Virgin Mary by “sheer coincidence” as I keep reciting continuously!

    Today is PALM Sunday and I happened to read this blog you have pressed a year ago.

    It calls for greater Wisdom and courage to understand and agree that all Prophets and Saints are the highest manifestations of God but they alone not GOD. They get this status because they have realized the self and realized GOD. GOD is definitely the Biggest entity and encampuses all that is in the universe including the Prophets.It is very difficult to comprehend but can be experienced, if GOD willilng.

    Yet another great post Axinia. You are a blessed soul.

  9. Dmitri Says:

    hey Ibrahim!!!…hey Axinia!!!,,,i just wonted to ask if I may a question…can u explain to me in words please what..omnipotent, omnipresent, and the third (sorry i dont remember the name) means?

  10. Leslie Says:

    Are you ready…

  11. Mighty Bear Says:

    Jesus is human 1Jn 4:2-3; 2Jn 1:7


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