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The Truth About Jesus

by Dr. Maneh Hammad AI-Johani

World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



Quotations from the Qur'an

Say: 'O People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but God (Alone); that we associate no partners with Him; and that none of us shall take others as Lords, besides God. Then, if they turn away, say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims'.

(Qur'an 3:64)


They (Jews, Christians and Pagans) say: 'God has taken to Him a son.' Glory be to Him. He is all-sufficient; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; you have no authority for this. Do you say against God what you do not know?

(Qur'an 10:68)


People of the Book!
"O people of the Scripture! (Jews and Christians): Why do you disbelieve in God's signs, while you (yourselves) bear witness (to their truth)

(Qur'an 3:70)


People of the Book!
"O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Why do you mix the truth with falsehood and conceal the truth knowingly?

(Qur'an 3:71)


Quotations from Hadith:

Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger (PBUH# ) as saying

I am the nearest of kin to Jesus, son of Mary, in this world and the next. The prophets are brothers, sons of one father by co-wives. Their mothers are different but their religion is one. There has been no prophet between us.

.(Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger (PBUH) as saying,

By Him in whose hand my soul is, surely (Jesus), the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you (Muslims) and will judge mankind justly by the law of the Qur'an (as a just ruler). He will break crosses, kill pigs and abolish the Jizyah (a tax payable by a community which accepts the protection of a Muslim ruler but whose members do not embrace Islam), and wealth will pour forth to such an extent that no one will accept it, and one sajda (the position in Muslim's prayer where the forehead is placed on the ground), will be better than the whole world and what it contains.

(Bukhari and Muslim)



The controversy about the personality of Jesus Christ is the major difference between Islam and Christianity1. This difference keeps the followers of the two religions apart. Muslims look at Jesus Christ as a great Prophet of God and love and respect him as much as they love and respect Abraham, Moses and Muhammed. Christians, [The Christian Church covers a wide range of denominations and the views ascribed broadly to Christians in this article do not necessarily apply, in whole or in part, to all Christians. - Webmaster] on the other hand, consider Jesus as God or son of God, a concept that Muslims cannot accept. Islam teaches that Jesus never made such a claim for himself. As a matter of fact all the cardinal doctrines of Christianity that are rejected by Islam center around the personality of Jesus. Specifically these are:

  1. The Trinity

  2. The Divinity of Jesus

  3. The Divine Sonship of Christ

  4. Original Sin, and

  5. Atonement.

It is clear that all these dogmas are the result of over-exalting Jesus Christ above what God wants him to be. These differences focusing on the personality of Jesus have overshadowed the many similarities between Christianity and Islam. Some examples are the moral system and the emphasis on humane principles. They have even over-shadowed the beliefs that Muslims associate with Jesus Christ such as the Virgin Birth of Jesus, being able to speak in the cradle, performing miracles, and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The following two articles aim at presenting a true picture of Jesus in Islam and explaining why the Christians deviated from his original teachings. The first article also indicates that many scholars and thinkers, who are still within the fold of Christianity, are gradually coming to agree with the Islamic points of view about Jesus, in many cases without realising it. This corresponds to my conviction that the more scientific and biblical studies advance, the more they will agree with Islam. In other words, the Islamic truth is more evident with the passage of time. God in the Holy Qur'an hints to this in the following verse:

We shall show them our signs in the horizons and in themselves, till it is clear to them that it is the truth.

(Qur'an 41 :53)



The Islamic view of Jesus lies between two extremes. The Jews, who rejected Jesus as a Prophet of God, called him an impostor. The Christians1 on the other hand, consider him to be the Son of God and worship him as such. Islam considers Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and respects him as much as Abraham, Moses and Muhammed. This is in conformity with the Islamic point of view of the oneness of God, the oneness of Divine guidance, and the complimentary role of the subsequent messages of God's messengers. The essence of Islam, which is the willing submission to the will of God, was revealed to Adam who passed it on to his children. All following revelations to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and finally Muhammed were in conformity with that message in addition to some elaboration to define the relation between Man and God, man and man, man and his environment, and to live according to God's instructions. Thus, any contradiction among revealed religions is viewed by Islam as a man-made element introduced into these religions. The position of Jesus in the three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, should not be an exception.

Although the Qur'an does not present a detailed life-account of Jesus, it highlights the important aspects of his birth, his mission, and his ascension to heaven and passes judgements on the Christian beliefs concerning him.



The Qura'nic account of Jesus starts with the conception of his mother, Mary. The wife of Imran, Mary's mother, vowed to dedicate her child to the service of God in the temple. Zacharia, who took charge of Mary, used to find food with Mary. When he asked her how she got it she answered that it was from God.

The Qur'anic verses reads:

When the wife of Imran said, 'Lord; I have vowed to you, in dedication, what is within my womb. Please accept it from me, you are the Hearer and knower'. And when she gave birth to her she said, 'Lord, I have given birth to her, a female... And I have named her Mary and commend her to you with her seed, to protect them from the accursed Satan'. Her Lord received the child with gracious favour, and by His goodness she grew up comely, Zakariyya (Zachariya) taking charge of her. Whenever Zakariyya went to her in the Sanctuary, he found her provisioned. 'Mary" he said, 'how comes this to you?' 'From God" she answered. Truly God provisions for whomsoever He will without reckoning.

(Qur'an 3:35- 7)


Glad Tidings And Jesus' Birth

When Mary became a woman, the Holy Spirit (the Archangel Gabriel) appeared to her as a man bringing her the news of a son. We read the following dialogue in the Qur'an between Mary and the angels:

(Remember) When the angels said, 'O Mary, God gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah Jesus, son of Mary; high honoured shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God. He shall speak to people in the cradle, and in manhood, and righteous he shall be. She said "O Lord!, 'how shall I have a son when no men has touched me. ' He said: "So (it will be) for God creates what He wills.' When He decrees a thing, He says to it only: "Be!'" and it is'.

(Qur'an 3:45- 7)

Mary conceived the child miraculously and retired to a distant place where she awaited her delivery. The Qur'an in a chapter entitled 'Mary' tells us how Mary felt and what the Jews told her when she brought the child home:

She conceived him and withdrew with him to a distant place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem). And the birth pangs surprised her by the trunk of the palm-tree. She said, "would I had died before this, and become a thing forgotten." The one from below her called to her, "Do not grieve; see, your Lord has set below you a rivulet. Shake also toward you the palm trunk, and there shall come tumbling upon you dates fresh and ripe. Eat therefore, and drink, and be comforted; and if you should see any mortal say, I have vowed to the All-Merciful a fast, and today I will not speak to any human being."

Then she brought the child to her folk carrying him; and they said, "Mary, you have surely committed a monstrous thing. Sister of Aaron, your father was not a wicked man, nor was your mother a woman unchaste." Mary pointed to the child; but they said, "How shall we speak to one who is still in the cradle, a little child?" He (Jesus) said, "Lo, I am God's servant; God has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. Blessed he has made me, wherever I may be; and he has enjoined me to pray, and to give the alms, so long as I live, and likewise to cherish my mother; he has not made me arrogant or wicked. Peace be upon me, the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised up alive.

(Qur'an 19:22-33)

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End Notes

*Back   Muslims use the phrase "peace be upon him" or the abbreviation (pbuh) whenever any prophet's name is mentioned; this is an expression of respect and reverence for him.   

1Back   The Christian Church covers a wide range of denominations and the views ascribed broadly to Christians in this article do not necessarily apply, in whole or in part, to all Christians. Webmaster


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