The Quran is the holy book of Islam and Muslims believe it to be the word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In the Quran, there are many references to Prophet Jesus (also known as Isa), his life, and his teachings. Let’s take a closer look at what the Quran says about Jesus.
The Birth of Jesus
According to the Quran, Maryam (Mary) was a virgin who gave birth to Jesus through a miraculous conception. The Quran states that Allah breathed into Maryam’s womb and she conceived Jesus (Quran 3:47). This is also mentioned in the Christian Bible in Luke 1:34-35.
The Quran mentions several miracles performed by Jesus, including healing the sick, bringing back the dead to life, and creating birds from clay (Quran 5:110). Muslims believe that these miracles were given to Jesus by Allah as a sign of his prophethood.
In the Quran, Jesus is described as a prophet who taught monotheism and emphasized compassion and forgiveness. He encouraged people to do good deeds and follow God’s commands (Quran 19:31).
Crucifixion or Ascension?
One of the major differences between Islamic and Christian beliefs about Jesus is related to his death. Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified on the cross; rather they believe that he was raised up by Allah before he could be crucified.
This belief is based on a verse in the Quran which states “And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them” (Quran 4:157). Muslims believe that this means that someone else was made to look like Jesus and was crucified instead.
The Second Coming of Jesus
Muslims believe that Jesus will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment. He will descend from heaven and defeat the Antichrist (Dajjal) and establish peace and justice on Earth.
This belief is based on several hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), including one which states “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary [i.e. Jesus] descends amongst you as a just ruler” (Sahih Bukhari).
In conclusion, the Quran portrays Jesus as a noble prophet who was sent to guide people towards God’s path. It emphasizes his miraculous birth, his teachings, and his second coming. While there are some differences between Islamic and Christian beliefs about Jesus, both religions hold him in high regard as an important figure in human history.