“Prophet Je­sus (ISA)” in the Qu­ran

The Miracle - - Front Page - BY: SYED ABUL ALA MAUDUDI

J esus or Isa in Ara­bic (peace be upon him) is of great sig­nif­i­cance in both Is­lam and Chris­tian­ity. How­ever, there are dif­fer­ences in terms of be­liefs about the na­ture and life oc­cur­rences of Je­sus . There are about 71 verses in the Qu­ran that re­fer to Prophet Je­sus. Fol­low­ing is a trans­la­tion and ex­pla­na­tion of Chap­ter 3 verses 44 thru 48 by Sayyid Abul Ala Maw­dudi,. English ren­der­ing by Muham­mad Ak­bar. O Muham­mad, these are the “un­seen” things, We are re­veal­ing to you: you were not present there when the priests of the Tem­ple were cast­ing lots by throw­ing their quills to de­cide which of them should be the guardian of Mary: 43 nor were you with them when they were ar­gu­ing about it. Qu­ran 3:44 Note 43: As Mary was a girl who had been ded­i­cated by her mother to the Tem­ple in the way of God, the ques­tion of her guardian­ship had be­come a prob­lem for the keep­ers be­cause of her sex. They were there­fore cast­ing lots to de­cide the del­i­cate prob­lem. And re­mem­ber when the an­gels said, “O Mary, God sends you the good news of a Com­mand of His: his name shall be Mes­siah, Je­sus son of Mary. He will be highly hon­ored in this world and in the Next World and he will be among those fa­vored by God. He will speak to the peo­ple alike when in the cra­dle and when grown up, and he will be among the right­eous.” Hear­ing this, Mary said, “How, O Lord, shall I have a son, when no man has ever touched me?” “Thus shall it be,”44 was the an­swer. God cre­ates what­ever He wills. When He de­crees a thing, He only says, “Be” and it is. (Con­tin­u­ing their mes­sage, the an­gels added,) “And God will teach him the Book and wis­dom, and give him the knowl­edge of the To­rah and the Gospel, and ap­point him as His Mes­sen­ger to the chil­dren of Is­rael.” Qu­ran 3:45-49 Note 45 That is, “These Signs are clear enough to con­vince you that I have been sent by that God Who is the Cre­ator and Ab­so­lute Ruler of this uni­verse, pro­vided that you are not ob­du­rate but are will­ing to ac­cept the Truth.” Note 46 That is, “This is yet an­other proof of the fact that I have been sent by God. If I had been a false prophet I would have in­vented my own re­li­gion and by virtue of these mir­a­cles striven to di­vert you from your pre­vi­ous Faith to the New creed. But I pro­fess the same orig­i­nal re­li­gion to be true and con­firm the same teach­ings which were brought by the Prophets be­fore me.” The fact that Je­sus taught the same re­li­gion that had been pre­sented by Moses and the other Prophets is sup­ported even by the ex­ist­ing Gospels.

For ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Gospel of Matthew, Je­sus de­clared in the Ser­mon on the Mount: “Think not that I am come to de­stroy the law, or the Prophets: I am not come to de­stroy, but to ful­fill.” (5: 17). One of the Pharisees, who was a lawyer, asked Je­sus, “Which is the great com­mand­ment in the law?” He replied: Note 48 This shows that like all other Prophets, Je­sus also based his teach­ings on the fol­low­ing three fun­da­men­tals: The Supreme Au­thor­ity to which mankind should sub­mit and sur­ren­der ex­clu­sively be­longs to God and all the so­cial and moral sys­tems should be built en­tirely on it. Be­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the same Para­mount Power, a prophet must be obeyed un­con­di­tion­ally. God alone is en­ti­tled to pre­scribe laws and reg­u­la­tions for mak­ing things law­ful or un­law­ful, pure and im­pure; con­se­quently all laws im­posed by oth­ers must be abol­ished. Thus it is clear that Je­sus, Moses, Muham­mad and all other Prophets (God’s peace be upon them all) had one and the same mis­sion. Those peo­ple who say that dif­fer­ent Prophets were sent with dif­fer­ent mis­sions and to ful­fill dif­fer­ent aims, are gravely mis­taken. Any­one, who is del­e­gated by the Ab­so­lute Master of the Uni­verse to His sub­jects, can­not have any other mis­sion than to pre­vent the peo­ple, from be­com­ing dis­obe­di­ent to and in­de­pen­dent of Him, and to for­bid them to set oth­ers to rank with God as part­ners in His Au­thor­ity in any way. For, they are sent to in­vite the peo­ple to sur­ren­der and sub­mit and be loyal to the Almighty God and wor­ship Him alone.........See more de­tails at

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