MUSLIM CONCEPTION OF JESUS MAY SURPRISE YOU
I want to expand a little on what Muslims believe about Jesus; it’s one of the fundamental concepts in Islam. First, to Muslims, he is one of the greatest of all prophets in Islam. Had the scriptures he brought not been changed and altered, we would still follow those scriptures today. The same applies to the Torah.
“He (Jesus) said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live. And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!” Qur’an (19: 30-33)
Muslims believe Jesus, the son of the Virgin Mary, is only a human being. He is a human being with a high status, but like we revere the prophet Muhammad and consider him a human being, the same applies to the other prophets. Muslims do not give people higher ranks than they deserve.
Muslims believe he came with the same message that all the other prophets came with: to worship God alone and to not prescribe anything to God in worship; i.e. a son, daughter, intermediaries, etc.
Allah tells us in the Qur’an what Jesus said to his people, which is also very similar to things found in the Old Testament.
“(Jesus said): “And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path.” (Qur’an 19:36)
If one looks to a red lettered Bible, a Bible that highlights what are thought to be the words of Jesus, you will find a quote like, “Worship thy father alone.”
We do believe Jesus had a miraculous birth. Muslims believe he was created without a father just as Adam was created without a father and mother.
But Muslims do not accept the concept of the trinity. God is far above being human or having a son. To Muslims, it is not befitting that God dies, eats, sleeps or uses the bathroom. These traits show a sense of dependency or weakness – a lack of perfection.