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The Proper Understanding of Jesus’ Life- Part 2

26 December, 2016
Q As-salamu Alaykum. Allah caused me to be born into a Muslim family that followed the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Therefore, I have always learned that most things in the Quran are "symbolic," including the virgin conception and birth of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). Worse, I was further taught that his birth was the result of a very human out-of-wedlock event. As an adult, this is now bothering me because it seems that what I learned may constitute a grievous calumny, even if it is many centuries after the life of Mary. How should I regard this? And what is the proper understanding of the life of Christ in the Quran? Jazakum Allahu khayr.

Answer

Asalamu Alaikum Muhammad,

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.

Please find part two of the answer to your question below. Find the first part at the link here.

Jesus and His Miracles

Jesus (PBUH) was sent to the Children of Israel in order to confirm the teachings of his predecessor, the Prophet Moses (PBUH). Jesus’s birth was a miracle, and, like all prophets of God, he was granted several miracles.

He approached his people, telling them —

{Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah’s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce unto you what you eat and what you store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if you are to be believers.

And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me.

Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.} (Aal `Imran 3:49-51)

In another incident, after which an entire surah (chapter) of the Quran is named (Al-Mai’dah or The Table Spread) , the disciples of Jesus asked him for another miracle.

{Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can your Lord send down to us a table set (with food) from heaven?” Jesus said: “Fear Allah, if you have faith.”

They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that you have indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”

Jesus the son of Mary said: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with food), that there may be for us — for the first and the last of us — a solemn festival and a sign from You; and provide for our sustenance, for You are the best Sustainer (of our needs).”} (Al-Ma’idah 5:112-114)

God sent them the table they had asked for, but not without a warning.

{Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resists faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.”} (Al-Ma’idah 5:115)

The End of the Story?

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The story of Jesus (PBUH) never really ends in the Quran, as we are told that Jesus was not killed, but rather that God raised His beloved prophet up to Him.

{Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear you (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow you superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall you all return unto Me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein you dispute.} (Aal `Imran 3:53)

The Quran also points out that Jesus (PBUH) was neither killed nor crucified. Speaking of the Children of Israel, Allah faults their accusations against Mary (PBUH) as well as their claim that they killed Jesus.

{That they rejected Faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge;

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger — they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! Those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.

Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.} (An-Nisaa’ 4:156-158)

The Quran confirms that Jesus (PBUH) was raised up by God, and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reassured us that Jesus will be sent down to earth once again before the Day of Judgment in order to re-establish justice and the proper worship of the one Creator.

In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

By the One in Whose hand is my soul, definitely the son of Maryam will soon descend among you as a just judge, and he will break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the jizyah (tribute), and wealth will be so abundant that no one will accept it [as charity], until a single prostration will be better than the world and everything in it. (Al-Bukhari)

I hope this answer helps you, and again, I encourage you to take up the Quran and read it for yourself. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to write back.

Walaikum Asalam.

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

6 Miracle of Jesus in The Quran

The True Story of Jesus

The Birth of Jesus (Isa) – Inspiring Story

Do Muslims Follow Jesus?

Jesus in Islam