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The True Story of Jesus

14 December, 2016
Q Assalamu Alaikom dear consultants. Can you please give us a brief account on the real story about Prophet Isa (Jesus) (as); his birth, his death, and also about his returning back to earth before the Day of Judgment. Thank you.

Answer

Walaikum Asalam brother Mahmoud. 

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According to Islam, Jesus was a prophet of God. He belonged to a long line of prophets, calling people throughout history to the worship of One God.

These prophets include Abraham, Moses, David, and Solomon (peace be upon them all) and, like them, Jesus is revered and honored by all Muslims. Whenever they mention the name of Jesus, Muslims will always say, “Peace be upon him.” 

Like the accounts in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the Quran shows that Jesus’ birth was miraculous, but this does not make him a god. 

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Not only did Jesus have a miraculous birth, the Quran also tells us that he spoke in the cradle, that he performed miracles, and that he did not die on the cross, nor was he raised back to life after three days. 

The Quran is quite clear that Jesus was a great prophet, but he was no more than that. So, Jesus (peace be upon him) was a man. He was a truly great man, a prophet, but he was no more than a man. Jesus was not a god. He had a human mother, Mary, and they both ate food in order to live.

Jesus did not die on the cross, nor was he raised to life after three days, but he was a man. One of the greatest men, yes. A man with very special gifts, yes. A man whom they revere as a great prophet, yes, but not a god. There is no God but Allah.

In summary of all this, the Quran tells us what God will say to Jesus in the Last Day, when He Almighty calls all people to Himself:  

{And behold! God will say [on the Day of Judgment]: “Oh Jesus, the son of Mary! Did you say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would indeed have known it. You know what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Yours. For You know in full all that is hidden. Never did I say to them anything except what You commanded me to say: ‘Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them while I lived among them. When You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a witness to all things.”} (Al-Ma’idah 5:116-117)

I hope that this helps answer your question.

Salam and please keep in touch.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus in the Quran

5 Muslims’ Beliefs about Jesus’ Second Coming

The Christmas Message of Jesus

Jesus: What Non-Muslims Might Not Know

Loving Jesus or Muhammad: Can I Have Both?