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Jesus & Mary (pbut)

A Muslim must believe in Jesus (peace be upon him) to be considered a Muslim. He is regarded in Islam as one of the greatest Messengers of God. Muslims believe in his miraculous birth, his speaking as a child, curing the blind, raising the dead and in many of his other miracles. However, it is their conviction that like all other prophets and messengers, Jesus (peace be Upon Him) was a servant of God, not God in any way or the ‘Begotten Son’ of God and also that he himself did not claim these things.

Muslims believe Jesus himself worshipped God and taught his followers to do the same. This, they feel, is understood from his own sayings in the Bible. The message of salvation Jesus (peace be upon him) taught his followers is the same that was taught by all the prophets,

In much of the Quran, God addresses ‘the people of the Book’ (The Jews and Christians) specifically, calling them back to the path of worshipping Him alone.

 

O People of the Book! Now hath come unto you, making (things) clear unto you, Our Messenger, after the break in (the series of) our messengers, lest ye should say: “There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner (from evil)”: But now hath come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a warner (from evil). And Allah hath power over all things…
(Quran 5:19)

It can be seen from the Bible that Jesus (peace be upon him) prophesied that people will worship him wrongly and leave the teachings of God for the teachings made by man.

 

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9)

In the Quran the following is also mentioned:

Say (O Muhammad): “O people of the Book, Exceed not the limits in your religion (by believing in something) other than the truth, and do not follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by, and who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the Right Path.”’
(Quran 5:77)

Mary (peace be upon her) is also spoken of in the Quran and an entire chapter of the Quran is named after her. The birth of Jesus (peace be upon him) is described in this chapter and differs from the conventional Christian version. In the Quran God establishes her status as the very best of all women from his creation.

 

And when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah hath chosen thee and made thee pure, and hath preferred thee above (all) the women of creation.” (Quran 3:42)

(And mention]) when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near (to Allah).” (Quran 3:46)

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