Do Muslims be­lieve in Je­sus?

The Manica Post - - Faith -

YES in­deed! Not only do Muslims be­lieve in Je­sus (peace be upon him) – they are re­quired to do so by virtue of their dec­la­ra­tion of the One­ness of God Almighty and their belief in the Holy Qur’aan!

Muslims re­spect and re­vere Je­sus (peace be on him), and await his Sec­ond Com­ing. They con­sider him one of the Great Mes­sen­gers of God to mankind! A Mus­lim never refers to him sim­ply as ‘Je­sus’, but al­ways adds the phrase ‘peace be on him.’ The Holy Qur’aan con­firms his vir­gin birth (in­ter­est­ingly a chap­ter of the Holy Qur’aan is en­ti­tled “Maryem” – Mary), and Mary (peace be upon her) is con­sid­ered the purest woman in all cre­ation.

The Holy Qur’aan de­scribes the An­nun­ci­a­tions as fol­lows: “Be­hold! The An­gel said, “O Mary, Al­lah has cho­sen you, and pu­ri­fied you, and cho­sen you above the women of all na­tions . . . O Mary, Al­lah 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 Al­lah.

He shall speak to the peo­ple from his 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.”.” (Ch 3 : v 42-47)

Muslims firmly be­lieve that Je­sus (peace be on him) was born mirac­u­lously through the same power which had brought Adam into be­ing with­out a fa­ther. “Truly, the like­ness of Je­sus with Al­lah is as the like­ness of Adam. He cre­ated him from dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.” (Ch 3 : v 59)

Muslims have no doubt that, dur­ing his Prophetic mis­sion, Je­sus (peace be on him) per­formed many mir­a­cles. The Holy Qur’aan tells us that he 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 Al­lah’s will. And I heal the blind, and the lep­ers, and I raise the dead by Al­lah’s will.” (Ch 3 : v 49)

Nei­ther Muham­mad, nor Je­sus (peace be on them) came to change the ba­sic doc­trine of the belief in One God, brought by ear­lier Prophets, but to con­firm and re­new it. In the Holy Qur’aan, Je­sus (peace be on him) is re­ported as say­ing to his peo­ple that he came: “To at­test the law which was be­fore me, and to make law­ful to you part of what was for­bid­den to you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Al­lah and obey me.” (Ch 3 : v 50)

Mis­un­der­stand­ing amongst Non-Muslims

Con­trary to the com­mon mis­un­der­stand­ings of many non-Muslims, Muslims ac­tu­ally be­lieve in Je­sus (Ei’sa -peace be upon him). In fact, in Is­lam, it is one of the fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ments of faith to be­lieve in all the Di­vine Mes­sen­gers of The Almighty, in­clud­ing Je­sus (peace be upon him). The Holy Qur’aan con­tains an en­tire chap­ter which is specif­i­cally named af­ter his blessed mother, the Vir­gin Mary (Maryem — peace be upon her), viz. Chap­ter 19.

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the mirac­u­lous birth of Je­sus (peace be upon him) are de­tailed in this chap­ter, whilst some men­tion is also made in sev­eral other chap­ters. Thus, Muslims be­lieve in Je­sus (peace be upon him), not as part of the God-head in any way but rather as a Mes­sen­ger of The Almighty who was born mirac­u­lously of a mother only.

The count­less mir­a­cles, be­stowed by Al­lah Almighty (The Cre­ator), upon Je­sus (peace be upon him) are high­lighted through­out the Holy Qur’aan. A few ex­am­ples are high­lighted as fol­lows; as a mere in­fant, Je­sus (peace be upon him) spoke from the cra­dle ex­plain­ing his Di­vinely Be­stowed Mis­sion; later, dur­ing his mis­sion, he cured the blind and the lep­ers; he fed many peo­ple with that which was ap­par­ently very lit­tle food; one of the chap­ters of the Holy Qur’aan con­tains the men­tion of, and is named af­ter, the ta­ble-spread, laid with food from the Heav­ens (viz Chap­ter 5); he would mould bird-like fig­ures from clay then breathe into them, re­sult­ing in them com­ing to life and fly­ing off; in fact he even brought back to life some of those who had died; etc.

Je­sus (peace be upon him) was granted many more mir­a­cles, by the Almighty and was also given a Heav­enly Book (Rev­e­la­tion) for the pur­pose of guid­ing the peo­ple to whom he was sent, in the lan­guage which he and his peo­ple spoke — which was Ara­maic. To be con­tin­ued For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Is­lam or a free copy of the Holy Qur’aan, please con­tact: Ma­jlisul Ulama Zim­babwe, Coun­cil of Is­lamic Schol­ars Pub­li­ca­tions De­part­ment P.O. Box W93, Wa­ter­falls, Harare. Tel: 04-614078 / 614004, Fax: 04-614003. e-mail: ma­jliszw@ ya­hoo.com

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