Jesus

Jesus (or Isa as he is known in Arabic) is mentioned numerous times in the Quran. The story begins with Mary, the mother of Jesus who was visited by an Angel in her sanctuary in the temple:

“…”Behold!” the Angel said “O Mary, God sends you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be the Christ, Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God. He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity and he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.” (Quran, 3:45-51).

Muslims believe in the virgin birth and miracles of Jesus. He is regarded as one of the five major Prophets in Islam and respected as the bearer of the Gospel.

However, there are some important differences between the Muslim and Christian understandings of Jesus. Muslims do not believe in the divinity of Jesus:

“The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam: He created him from dust then said to him:“Be” and he was.” (Quran, 3:59-63).

The Quran also describes Jesus as the Son of Mary and a Servant of God, not as part of the Trinity. Muslims also believe that Jesus was raised to heaven without an earthly death and will return towards the end of time.