JESUS AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF ISLAM – Book Sample
The Eminence of Mary
And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]” (Ali ‘Imran: 42-43).
And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel [i.e. Gabriel], and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient (at-Tahreem:12).
And [mention] the one who guarded her chastity [i.e. Mary], so We blew into her [garment] through Our angel [i.e. Gabriel], and We made her and her son a sign for the worlds.(Al-Anbiya’: 91).
And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign and sheltered them within a high ground having level [areas] and flowing water (Al-Mu’minun: 50).
The Birth of Jesus – Jesus and christianity in the perspective of islam
[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word1 from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary1 distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah]. He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah;
He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be, and it is. And He will teach him writing and wisdom2 and the Torah and the Gospel, And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from the clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah.
And I cure the blind [from birth] and the leper, and I give life to the dead-by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me. Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path” (Ali‘Imran:45-51).
Then We sent to her Our Angel
And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel [i.e. Gabriel], and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah.”
He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy [i.e. son].” She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.”
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” But he3 called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented.
And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.” Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented.
Child in Cradle Speaks- Jesus and christianity in the perspective of islam
O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.” So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” [Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and Zakah as long as I remain alive, And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and he has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised Alive.”
That is Jesus, the son of Mary-the word of truth about which they are in dispute. It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He!4 When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is. [Jesus said], “And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path” (Maryam: 16-36).
The Eminence of Jesus – Jesus and christianity in the perspective of islam
[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit [i.e. the angel Gabriel] and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with my permission; and you healed the blind [from birth] and the leper with My
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