The Noble Quran, the final testament which God the Almighty revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) as guidance for all mankind, speaks highly of not only Mary but also of her son, Jesus Christ. According to the Quran, Jesus (P.B.U.H) is a Prophet as are Noah, David, Abraham and Moses (Peace Be Upon Them All). The Holy Quran has hailed Mary as a model for the women of the entire world and mentions both Mary and Jesus Christ in several chapters of the Quran.
DO MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN JESUS?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Muslims respect and revere Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him), and await his Second Coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. A Muslim never refers to him as simply ‘Jesus’, but always adds the phrase (Peace Be Upon Him) (abbreviated as P.B.U.H) out of the respect and love Muslims have towards their beloved messenger.
In the Noble Quran, both Mary and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Them Both) are mentioned in the Quran several times. When Mary was born, her mother prayed that her daughter should be given the protection of God, so she would lead a good life. God Almighty heard her plea and accepted Mary into His protection, under the care of Zackariah, the father of John “the Baptist.” as Allah the Almighty says in the Holy Quran:
“(Remember) when the wife of Imran said ‘O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services, so accept this from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing’. Then when she gave birth to her [child Mary], she said: “ O my Lord! I have given birth to a female child”, and Allah knew better what she brought forth, “And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” (Quran, 3:35-36).
Muslims believe that God has bestowed upon Mary the best of all positions and status as the Noble Quran hails Mary as a model for the entire world where Allah states:
“Behold! The angels said ‘ O Mary! Verily Allah has chosen you, purified you and chosen you above the women of all nations’. O Mary! Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord and prostrate yourself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down”. (Quran, 3:37).
The Noble Quran also gives an account of the birth of Jesus by Mary. Just prior to Jesus’ birth, Mary retired to a secluded place where she began to pray. It was in this state that the angel Gabriel appeared to her in the shape of a man. The Holy Quran confirms the virgin birth of Jesus describing the miraculous event as follows:
“Behold!” the angel said, ‘God has chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honoured in this world and the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from the cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’ She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said: “Even so; God creates what He wills. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be!” and it is.” (Quran, 3:42-47).
In a chapter in the Quran entitled “Maryam” (Mary), the Holy Quran informs us how Mary gave birth to her son, and how the Jews accused her of adultery when she brought the child home:
“Then she brought the child to her folk, carrying him, and they said, ‘Mary, you have surely committed a monstrous thing. Sister of Aaron, your father was not a wicked man, nor your mother unchaste.’ Mary pointed to the child; but they said, ‘How shall we speak to one who is still in the cradle, a little child.’ And he said, Lo, I am God’s servant. God has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. He has enjoined upon me the prayer and almsgiving so long as I live, and likewise to cherish my mother. He has not made me arrogant and unblest. Peace be upon me, the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised up alive.” (Quran, 19:29-33).
Jesus (P.B.U.H) was born miraculously through the same power which had brought Adam (P.B.U.H) into being without a father:
“Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.” (Quran, 3:59).
During his prophetic mission, Jesus (P.B.U.H) performed numerous miracles. The Quran informs us that Jesus said:
“I have come to you with a sign from your Lord: I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it and it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal the blind, and the lepers, and I raise the dead by God’s leave.” (Quran, 3:49).
Neither Muhammad (P.B.U.H) nor Jesus (P.B.U.H) came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God brought by early prophets, but to confirm and renew it. In the Noble Quran, Jesus (P.B.U.H) is reported as saying that he came:
“To attest the Torah which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden unto you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God and obey me.” (Quran, 3:50).
Muslims believe that there is no other God worthy of worship except Allah and do not associate any partners with God Himself and thus dismiss the concept of trinity and do not evaluate Jesus nor any other individual to a God-like status, as God says in the Quran:
“Say: He is God the One. The Eternal, The Absolute. He begets not, nor was He begotten. And there is none comparable to Him.” (Quran, 112:1-4).
The dismissal of the trinity concept and of the very idea of God having a son is mentioned on numerous occasions in the Holy Quran where Allah states:
And they say: The All-Merciful has taken unto Himself a son. You have indeed advanced something hideous. At it the skies are about to burst, the earth to split asunder and the mountains to fall down in utter ruins: That they have attributed to the All-Merciful should take a son. None there are in the heavens and the earth but comes to the All-Merciful as a servant.” (Quran, 19: 88-93).
Lebanese Moslem Association