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The Muslim View of Jesus

Published: 23/12/2011 06:38:00 AM GMT
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Muslims consider Jesus as a Messenger from God, as the Messiah that brought the Gospel to the Children of Israel. Muslims believe that the Gospel was a holy scripture that God revealed to Jesus. The belief in Jesus and all of the other Prophets of Islam is a fundamental part of the practice of Islam. Jesus is mentioned twenty-five times in the Qur'an, and is named explicitly more times than the prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe that Mary gave birth to Jesus while being a virgin. Some Muslims consider Mary a prophetess or a saint; all Muslims consider Muslim as the holiest of all women. Muslims believe that the virginal conception was a miracle of God, rather than the result of being physically impregnated by God's son. According to Muslims, God gave Jesus the ability to perform great deeds that helped him in his preaching to the Jews. Miracles like healing the lepers, the blind, returning the dead to life, and walking on water were all done through the intercession of God rather than through Jesus' own power or divinity. Muslims traditionally believe that Jesus physically ascended into heave and was never crucified; that he remains today and that he will return before the Day of Judgment. Muslims believe in the second coming of Jesus and that he will defeat the Antichrist.

According to Islam, Jesus was a Muslim; that is, one who willingly surrenders to God's will. Jesus preached the “straight path” to God. Muslims consider blasphemous the idea that Jesus was God's son or that he himself was a deity. Muslims also do not believe that Jesus was sacrificed for mankind's sins or that he was crucified. The Qur'an claims that none of these ideas came from Jesus himself, but are the result of the corruption of his divinely-revealed message. The Qur'an also claims that Jesus will testify that he never claimed to be divine when the Day of Judgment comes. According to the Qur'an, Jesus was a man – a mortal. The Qur'an teaches that Jesus was chosen by God to spread God's divine message.

Muslims refer to Jesus as the Messiah, or as the last of the prophets sent by God to guide the Children of Israel. The only prophet after Jesus is the prophet Muhammad, who brought a message that is both universal and incorruptible. Even though the Muslim view of Jesus is fundamentally different from the Christian view, the practice of both religions is remarkably similar. It is also important to remember that the Qur'an considers that Christians worship the one true God, and that Christians can also reach salvation if they follow the straight path that Jesus preached.

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