Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jesus in Islam
All Muslims have been commanded in the Noble Quran to believe in Jesus (Essa), son of Virgin Maryam, as one of Allah's greatest messengers sent to humanity. As a Muslim, it's incumbent upon us to love and respect Jesus (peace be upon him), failing which a Muslim will be acting in defiance to the commands of the Noble Quran.
There is a Surah (Chapter) in the Noble Quran in the name of virgin Mary titled Maryam (Mary). This is the 19th Chapter of the Quran.
The Quran confirms the virgin birth of Jesus with a detailed narration in Surah (Chapter) 3 titled Al-Imran. Quoting the narration as follows:
"(And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah). He will speak unto mankind in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is of the righteous. She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me ? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is." (3:45-47).
Jesus, son of virgin Maryam, was born miraculously by the Supreme Command of Allah Almighty. The Noble Quran compares the birth of Jesus with the birth of Adam. Allah Almighty created Jesus with the same Command, "Be! and it is" as He created Adam who had neither a father nor a mother.
"Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is." (3:59) Most Noble Quran.
Jesus, son of virgin Mary, was bestowed with several extraordinary powers by Allah Almighty on the basis of which he was able to perform certain miracles during the period of his prophethood.
"And He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel, And will make him a messenger unto the Children of Israel, (saying): Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave. .." (3:48-49) Most Noble Quran.
It's very important to keep in mind that whatever powers Jesus had for performing miracles, were only by the will and permission of Allah Almighty and none else. If ever Allah wanted, He could have withdrawn those powers from Jesus, any time.
Jesus, son of virgin Maryam, strictly told his community to worship Allah only. The Quran quotes Jesus in the following Verses:
"Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path." (3:51) Most Noble Quran.
As Muslims it's also necessary for us to believe that Allah Almighty revealed a Divine Scripture to Jesus called Injeel (Bible or New Testament). But it's just as important to know that unfortunately no original teachings of the Divine Power that were formerly contained in the Injeel remain any longer. The Injeel has been almost fully altered with many versions, many additions and omissions. Particularly since the mid 2nd millennium, "updates" and changes to suit the political and social environment have been taking place within the various versions of the Bibles steadily and systematically, every few years. As Muslims, we have no obligations to follow the altered, man-written contents of the Old and New Testaments. Old Testament is the Jewish Scripture, Torah, which is also nearly completely altered.
The Noble Quran confirms that Jesus, son of virgin Maryam, was not crufcified. Allah Almighty would not allow one of his most important messengers to be tortured at the hands of his enemies. The Quran quotes Jesus, saying: "But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he cried: Who will be my helpers in the cause of Allah ?" Like all other messengers sent by Allah Almighty, Jesus too had many enemies who opposed him vehemently and decided to crucify him. But Allah Almighty saved Jesus from suffering the pain and humiliation on the cross, and instead, made him ascend to the Heaven unto His safe custody. And then, by the Command and Might of Allah, an image or apparition with outward resemblance of Jesus replaced him. It was this image that was put on the cross and crucified, and thus, the enemies of Jesus were deceived into thinking that they killed him. The Quran has some very special, beautiful and overwhelming narrations on this fact.
"And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger - they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise." (4:157-158) Most Noble Quran.
The mission of Prophets Muhammad and Jesus (peace be on them both) was to re-confirm the prime and indispensable ideology of Monotheism (belief in One God only) as preached by earlier Prophets. Re-confirmation and renewal of this vital Message was absolutely necessary during the eras of Prophets Jesus and Muhammad. During the period of Jesus (pbuh), the people had almost forgotten the Monotheistic teachings delivered by his predecessors, Prophet Moses (pbuh) and all those prophets who came between Moses and Jesus. Similarly, during the period of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the people of the Arabian peninsula had deviated with the passage of time from the Monotheistic teachings of Prophets Abraham and his son Ishmael (peace be on them both). Therefore, Allah Almighty chose Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Final Messenger, and bestowed on him the Noble Quran, renewing the Message of Monotheism and the complete code of life in conformity with the ideology of Monotheism. Hence, the Noble Quran being the Final Message delivered to the Final Messenger, remains original and intact and will remain so until the Final Day. It will be a witness against humankind, preventing them from making excuses that they had no information of the Divine Guidance.
Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.
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