THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS
The truth about Jesus
Â Islam is a religion of pure monotheism, or, in other words, the worship of The One and only true God-know as â€œAllahâ€ in Arabic. Islam is also a religion of many great Prophets and Messengers, one of whom is Jesus (peace be upon him), a man whose name is know in almost every household. A man highly respected and revered by two major faiths: Islam and Christianity. What does this man, Jesus, have to do with Islam ?
Jesus as a Prophet & Messenger
Â In Judaism, Jesus (peace be upon him) is denied as the Messiah. This is in stark contrast to Christianity, where he is worshipped as a deity, or the son of God. Islam takes the middle ground and actually acknowledges Jesus as an honorable Prophet and Messenger of God, as well as the Messiah. He is neither God nor is he part of a Trinity. Â â€œ[Jesus] said, â€˜Indeed, I am the slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet.â€ Quran 19:30 Â Muslims view Jesus in the same way they view Prophets of God- highly respected and loved. To disbelieve in him or any other Prophet or Messenger within Islam, such as Moses, Abraham or Muhammed (peace be upon them), takes one out of the fold of Islam. Prophets are not worshiped, because doing so is an act for God alone, since it is He who created them and all that exists. Â
Jesus as god
Â The concept of Jesus being God or the begotten son of God I s inconsistent with the old testament, the Qur'an and numerous passages within the New Testament. Â As numerous Qur'anic verses clearly indicate, Jesus was not God, nor was he the begotten son of God, as it does not befit His Majesty to have children. Claiming that God has a son would mean to attribute human qualities and limitations to the All-Mighty, and God is far removed such imperfection. â€œLord and your Lord. So worship Him alone. This is the only Straight Path.â€ Qur'an 43:63-64 Â As an honorable obedient Messenger of God, Jesus submitted willingly to God's commands. As such, he was a â€œMuslimâ€ â€“ one who submits to the will and commandments of God. Â
The Miracles of Jesus
Â Jesus performed great miracles by the will and permission of God. One of his greatest miracles was that he was conceived with no father. He also spoke as a baby in the cradle to defend his mother against the children of Israel who accused her of fornication. Â â€œHe (Jesus) will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.â€ Qur'an 3:46. Â Jesus also gave life to the dead, cured the leper and the blind-all by the will of God. Â â€œIndeed, I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay like the form of bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird with God's permission; and I heal the blind and the leper, and bring the dead to life with God's permission and I inform you what you eat and what you store in your houses; most surely there is a sign in this for you, if you are believers.â€ Qur'an 3.49 Â The fact that Jesus (peace be upon him) performed miracles does not mean that he was anything more than a humble slave of God (Allah) and His Messenger, In fact many Messengers performed miracles, including Noah, Moses and Muhammed (may peace be upon them all) and these miracles only took place by the permission of Allah, so as to prove the authenticity of the Messenger. Â
Crucifixion OR Cruci-fiction ?
Â The Islamic perspective is that Jesus was not crucified, but rather raised up to the heavens. This point is further clarified in the following verses of the Qur'an; Â â€œ[The Jew] killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely they killed him not: but Allah raised him (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto Himself. And Allah is Ever All-powerful, All-Wise.â€ Qur'an 4:157-158. Â Â Â
The return of Jesus
Â Muslims believe that Jesus will reappear before the Hour, i.e. Day of Judgment, and descend back to earth. Â God says: Â â€œAnd he (Jesus, i.e. his descent to earth) shall be a known sign for the coming of the Hour (Day of Judgment).â€ Qur'an 43:61. Â He will descent as a Muslim (one who submits to God's laws) and call others to Islam, rejecting those who took him as other than a slave and Messenger of the One True God. Jesus was born, will return and die, as a Muslim. Â
Â Muslims view Jesus in the same way they view all Prophets of God. They respect and love him dearly, however, they do not worship him, as worship is for God alone who created him and everything that exists. Jesus is not god, nor is the son of god, nor is he three entities in one. Â God tells the Muslims to come to common terms and understanding between them and the People of Scriptures (Jews and Christians). He says: Â â€œSay:'O People of the Scripture! Come to a word that is equitable between us and you: that we will not worship anything except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another and lords instead of Allah.â€ But if they turn away, then say, â€˜Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to God].â€ Â Qur'an 3:64.