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Friday, 22 April 2011

What do Muslims believe about Jesus (pbuh)?

This post is a brief overview of what Muslims believe about Jesus (nabi Eesa AS), it is primarily for non-Muslims as it is a very simple explanation. The next post will be a more in depth description about Easter, what it means and what actually happened inshaAllah.

Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him).  They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind.  The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).  The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

 (Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God).  He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be).  God creates what He wills.  If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.”  (Quran, 3:45-47)

Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother.  God has said:

 The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam.  He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being.  (Quran, 3:59)

During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles.  God tells us that Jesus said:
 “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord.  I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission.  I heal the blind from birth and the leper.  And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission.  And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses....”  (Quran, 3:49)

Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified.  It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him.  And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man.  Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus.  God has said:

 ...They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)...  (Quran, 4:157)

Neither Muhammad  nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.



  1. Salam,

    Do you know of any info about the man was who actually got crucified??

  2. Wsalaam, no I don't and I don't think anything is written about him.

    In the Quran the point being made is that Jesus pbuh was raised into heaven and another man that looked like him was crucified instead, the Quran is very 'to the point' when it comes to stories of the past and commandments, irrelevant info like who the other man was isn't included.

    Even with the prophet Muhammad pbuh the Quran speaks about things like prayer in general it doesn't go into detail about how to pray etc we learn all that from the hadeeths (written accounts of the prophets sayings and actions). During Jesus' (pbuh) time there were no written accounts of his life and actions (if there were, there would be no such thing as Christians because the fact that Jesus was a prophet would have been very clearly stated by Jesus himself (pbuh)) Even the gospels of MAthew, Mark, Luke and John and the others that wrote the bible, did so somewhat 200 years after his death (things were passed down from one person to another, and you know what chinese whispers is like? which is why you will find in the Bible there are contradictions, because these men wrote different variations of the same story and events)

    The only holy book, perfect from any faults and mistakes is the Quran.

    Hope that made sense, will try and do some research into it though and let you know inshaAllah.

  3. It is remarkable Muslims do not understand and respect the law's of the Holy Qur'an.The amazing thing, is that they keep making statements that they have no proof or evidence?.

  4. According 3;49 .If Jesus can make birds out of clay then He is a creator of live"then He is worthy of worship",therefore Islam is false and christianity is right!!!!!?.

  5. Well no actually because he himself did not give life to the bird that was the work of God, Jesus performed many miracles by the will of God not through his own powers.

    Why would you worship a man when even the man you worship, worshipped God Almighty himself?

    God is the greatest, it's very disrespectful to say he was a human like us, he does not need to eat to survive or go to the toilet like us mere mortals.

    God created Jesus, so worship the Creator not the creation.