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Jesus in Islam

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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Saying that 'Eesa is the son of God is a monstrous saying and a great evil.

"And they say: 'The Most Gracious (Allaah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children) (as the Jews say: 'Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allaah, and the Christians say that He has begotten a son ('Eesa (Jesus)), and the pagan Arabs say that He has begotten daughters (angels and others)).’"

"Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing."

"Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins,"

"That they ascribe a son (or offspring or children) to the Most Gracious (Allaah)."

"But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Gracious (Allaah) that He should beget a son (or offspring or children)."

"There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious (Allaah) as a slave." [Maryam 19:88-93]

'Eesa ibn Maryam is a human being, a slave of Allaah and His Messenger. Whoever believes that the Messiah son of Maryam is God is a disbeliever (kaafir).

"Surely, they have disbelieved who say: Allaah is the Messiah ('Eesa (Jesus)), son of Maryam (Mary).’" [al-Maa’idah 5:72]

Whoever says that the Messiah is the son of God or the third of three is also a disbeliever:

"Surely, disbelievers are those who said: 'Allaah is the third of the three (in a Trinity).' But there is no Ilaah (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One Ilaah (God —Allaah). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall on the disbelievers among them." [al-Maa’idah 5:73]

The Messiah son of Maryam was a human being. He was born from a mother; he ate and drank, got up and went to sleep, suffered pain and wept… and God (Allaah) is far above all of that, so how could he be God? Rather he is the slave of Allaah and His Messenger:

"The Messiah ('Eesa (Jesus)), son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother (Maryam (Mary)) was a Siddeeqah (i.e. she believed in the Words of Allaah and His Books). They both used to eat food (as any other human being, while Allaah does not eat). Look how We make the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to them; yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth)." [al-Maa’idah 5:75]

The Jews, Christians, crusaders and their followers distorted the religion of the Messiah, and deviated and changed it. They said (may Allaah curse them) that Allaah sent forth his son the Messiah to be killed and crucified as a sacrifice for mankind – so it doesn’t matter if anyone does whatever he wants, because Jesus will carry all his sins for him… And they spread that belief among all the Christian groups until it became a part of their beliefs. All of this is falsehood and is lies against Allaah, and speaking about Him without knowledge. Rather "every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds". Man’s life cannot be sound or correct unless they have a path to follow and limits at which to stop.

Look at how they fabricate lies against Allaah, and speak about Allaah with no guidance:

"Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, 'This is from Allaah,’ to purchase with it a little price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for that they earn thereby." [al-Baqarah 2:79]

Allaah has taken from the Christians the pledge that they will follow 'Eesa and follow that which he brought, but they changed and distorted that; they differed then they turned away. So Allaah will punish them with enmity and hatred in this world, and with torment in the Hereafter, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"And from those who call themselves Christians, We took their covenant, but they have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them. So We planted amongst them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection (when they discarded Allaah’s Book, disobeyed Allaah’s Messengers and His Orders and transgressed beyond bounds in Allaah’s disobedience); and Allaah will inform them of what they used to do." [al-Maa’idah 5:14]

On the Day of Resurrection, 'Eesa will stand before the Lord of the Worlds, Who will ask him before the witnesses what he said to the Children of Israel, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"And (remember) when Allaah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): 'O 'Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: "Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allaah?"’ He will say: 'Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner-self though I do not know what is in Yours; truly, You, only You, are the All-Knower of all that is hidden (and unseen)."

"Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allaah) did command me to say: "Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord."’ And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them; and You are a Witness to all things. (This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole world)."

"If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily, You, only You, are the All Mighty, the All Wise."[al-Maa’idah 5:116-118]

Allaah has created kindness and mercy among the followers of 'Eesa and the believers. They are closer in friendship to the followers of Muhammad than anyone else, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"Verily, you will find the strongest among men in enmity to the believers (Muslims) the Jews and those who are Al-Mushrikoon, and you will find the nearest in love to the believers (Muslims) those who say: 'We are Christians.’ That is because amongst them are priests and monks, and they are not proud." [al-Maa’idah 5:82]

'Eesa ibn Maryam was the last of the Prophets sent to the Children of Israel. Then after him Allaah sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), from among the descendents of Ismaa’eel, to all of mankind. And he is the last of the Prophets and Messengers.

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