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    Muslims - What does the Qur'an say about Isa (Jesus)?

    Over 1400 years ago,Muhammad (Mohammed) wasborn in Arabia. His fatherAbdullah was of the tribe of

    Qureyshi, and died beforeMuhammad was born.

    As a lad, Muhammad traveled toSyria with his uncle on merchantcaravans. Years later, he madethe same journey while working for a wealthy widow named Khadijah.He later married her and, even though he was 15 years younger thanshe was, they had a good marriage.

    Muhammad soon gained rank among the notables of Mecca. The

    Meccans claimed to be descendants ofAbraham (Ibrahim).

    As one who abhorred evil, Muhammad detested those who disobeyedthe Scriptures. He was familiar with the teachings of the Jewish andChristian holy book the Bible (perhaps in reading it himself, if he wasliterate, or in learning of it through oral means via storytelling). He wasvery upset with the hypocrisy among the people: the idol worship, andanything dishonoring to God was very revolting to Him. He believedthat Allah had revealed the Torah and the gospels (the Injil).

    "ALLAH is HE besides Whom there is none worthy of worship, the Living, the

    Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining. HE has sent down to thee the Bookcontaining the truth and fulfilling that which precedes it; and HE has sentdown the Torah (Law of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as aguidance to the people; and HE has sent down the Discrimination (judgementbetween right and wrong)." -- Qur'an, Surah 3:3-4

    One who was greatly respected by Muhammad was Abraham(Ibrahim), whom he called an upright and righteous man.

    "Abraham was indeed a paragon of virtue, obedient to ALLAH, ever inclinedto HIM, and he was not of those who set up equals with ALLAH; Ever grateful

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    for HIS favours: HE chose him and guided him to a straight path. And WEbestowed on him good in this world, and in the Hereafter he will surely beamong the righteous. And now WE have sent revelation to thee, enjoining,'Follow the way of Abraham who was ever inclined to ALLAH and was not ofthose who set up equals to HIM.'" -- Qur'an, Surah 16:121-124

    Abraham was also looked upon as one who fulfilled God's commands:

    "And remember when his Lord tried Abraham with certain commandmentswhich he fulfilled, HE said, 'I will make thee a leader of men.' Abraham asked,'And from among my offspring?' God said, 'MY covenant does not embracethe transgressors.'" -- Qur'an, Surah 2:125

    Muhammad also had great understanding of the scriptures and faith inthe angels who told Zechariah he would have a son (as in Luke 1:18,57-60).

    "So her Lord accepted her with gracious acceptance and caused her to growan excellent growth and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariahvisited her in the chamber, he found with her provisions. He said, 'O Marywhence hast thou this ?' She replied, 'It is from ALLAH.' Surely ALLAH givesto whomsoever HE pleases without measure.

    Then and there did Zachariah pray to his Lord, saying, 'My Lord grant mefrom Thyself pure offspring; surely thou art the Hearer of Prayer.'

    And the angels called to him as he stood praying in the chamber, 'ALLAHgives thee glad tidings of Yahya, who shall testify to the truth of a word fromALLAH - noble and chaste and a Prophet, from among the righteous.

    He said 'My Lord, how shall I have a son, when old age has overtaken mealready, and my wife is barren?' He answered, 'Such is the way of ALLAH;HE does what HE pleases,'

    He said 'My Lord, give me a commandment.' He replied, 'The commandment

    for thee is that thou shalt not speak to men for three days except by signs.

    And remember thy Lord much and glorify HIM in the evening and in the earlymorning.' And remember when the angels said, 'ALLAH has chosen thee andpurified thee and chosen thee above all women of the time.

    'O Mary, be obedient to thy Lord and prostrate thyself and worship the oneGod with those who worship HIM.'

    This is of the tidings of things unseen which WE reveal to thee. And thou wasnot with them when they cast their arrows, as to which of them should be theguardian of Mary, nor was thou with them when they disputed with oneanother.

    When the angels said, 'O Mary, ALLAH gives thee glad tidings of a sonthrough a word from HIM; his name shall be the Messiah, Jesus, son ofMary, honoured in this world and in the next, and of those who aregranted nearness to God;

    'And he shall speak to the people in the cradle, and when of middle age, andhe shall be of the righteous.

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    She said, 'My Lord, how shall I have a son, when no man has touched me?He said, 'Such is the way of ALLAH. HE creates what HE pleases. When HEdecrees a thing HE says to it 'Be,' and it is;" -- Qur'an, Surah 3:38-48

    Muhammad also speaks of the resurrection ofJesus:"Thereupon she pointed to him. They said, 'How can we talk to one who is a

    child in the cradle?' Jesus said, 'I am a servant of ALLAH. HE has given methe Book, and has made me a Prophet; 'And HE has made me blessedwheresoever I may be, and has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving solong as I live; 'And HE has made me dutiful towards my mother, and has notmade me arrogant and graceless; 'And peace was on me the day I was born,and peace will be on me the day I shall die, and the day I shall be raised upto life again.' That was Jesus, son of Mary. This is a statement of the truthconcerning which they entertain doubt." -- Qur'an, Surah 19:30-35

    In calling Jesus a messenger, Muhammad was also correct. He did notmean that Jesus was not the Messiah. Muhammad knew that onecould be a messenger and not be a Messiah... but as The Messiah,one is also a messenger.

    Jesus was both a messengerandThe Messiah that Allah hadpromised! What is a Messiah? A Messiah is always known as "aSaviour... a liberator and a deliverer." God had promised to send one(Messiah) to pay the debt ofsin for all mankind.

    The Messiah!... God's gift to sinful man... The Saviour... TheLiberator... OurRedeemer. The prophets of the Torah foretold of Hiscoming. Muhammad and his Disciples reveredHim... the Qur'an andthe Bible revealHim! The Messiah... The Saviour of the world! Neitherthe Qur'an nor the Bible speak of any other as being the Messiah!!!

    Dear friend, that is the most profound truth! And it is truth that cannotbe denied. Jesus is the one and only Messiah. He is the Saviour. He isthe Messiah of the Muslims, the Jews, and the Gentiles. Millionsthroughout the world of every nation and creed accept Him as Saviour.

    Many have followed false Messiahs and had their lives ended in death.They were sincere, but they were sincerely wrong. Had they onlyaccepted the indisputable claim that Jesus is the Messiah, they wouldhave found the peace that they were looking for, and the eternal lifethat God has promised to all who will accept Jesus as Messiah... theSaviour of the world. Yes, Isah Al Masih loves you! The Messiah thatMuhammad wrote about... to forgive you and to be your Saviour... yourLiberator... your Deliverer from sin. History tells us that He wascrucified and died on a cross. History tells us that three days later therewas an empty tomb. History, and hundreds of eye witnesses, tell usthat He rose from the dead. But sadly many also reject the love andforgiveness God has offered in Jesus.

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