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The Truth About Jesus Page 4

by Dr. Maneh Hammad AI-Johani

World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Evidences For The Qur'anic Account

This implicit assumption is one of the causes of hesitation and unwillingness of many people to accept the Qur'anic view of Jesus. This is in spite of the fact that this point of view is supported by:

  1. The early history of Christianity which continued for three decades after Jesus' disappearance as a sect within Judaism.

  2. The practice of many Christian sects and scholars throughout the history of Christianity.

  3. The findings of many Biblical scholars and scientific research which was applied to the Bible.

  4. The instinct of many people who believe in the One God, but can't accept Jesus as God or The Son of God.

It is worth noting that the main differences between the Qur'anic account and what modern research and scholars have found is that the Qur'an said what it says now about Jesus and his mission fourteen centuries ago and never changed its stand.



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Islam: The Natural Call

Despite these factors, and some others which I did not mention, there have been many people who have submitted to truth. The Islamic point of view about Jesus and other major issues strikes those who get introduced to it as something which makes a lot of sense and something which they hold implicitly without knowing it. This, and other characteristics made Islam the fastest growing religion in the world throughout history. It appeals even to faithful Christians because they discover that:

  1. Islam does not abolish Jesus, it rather puts him in the right position in the long line of men who brought real salvation to humanity. In reality they are adding a new dimension to their understanding of God, prophethood, and revelation.

  2. When Christianity and Judaism (or for that matter any religion) are looked at from the Islamic perspective they fit in neatly in the universal framework of the oneness of God and His plans or mankind. Moreover, one will understand clearly why there are some gaps or discrepancies in the Biblical account. about certain issues

  3. Islam does consider itself the final link in the long chain of revelation. It promises the followers of previous faiths great rewards if they add belief in Islam to their belief in their previous faith. The Prophet Muhammed said, "He who has believed in his religion then believed in what is revealed to me will be rewarded twice (by God)." That is once for believing in his faith and the other for recognising truth and believing in Islam.

To sum up, Islam considers Jesus as one of God's great prophets. His mission was to preach the Oneness of God and to lead man to his Lord. He never claimed to be other than a servant and a Messenger of God. The Qur'anic account of his life and mission is supported by overwhelming evidence. The Muslims do believe in and are awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus. He will come back not as God to judge the non-Christians, but as Jesus, God's servant. His coming is to correct the misconception which people have developed about his personality and his mission. According to a saying of the Prophet Muhammed, he will stay for forty years which is going to be the happiest years of life on this earth. At that time everybody will believe in him as the messenger, not the Son of God. However, what about those who will not be able to live till his second coming? They better do it now!



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Further Readings On Islam And Christianity

M. M. Pickhall, The Meaning of the Glorious Qur'an
T. B. Irving, et al., The Qur'an: Basic Teachings
Hamuda Abdulati, Islam in Focus
M. Qutb, Islam: The Misunderstood Religion
B. A. Bawany, Islam: The First and Final Religion
Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Qur'an and Science"
Maurice Bucaille, The Origin of Man
Lordsale and Laura Ragg, The Gospel of Barnabas
Muhammed Ata-ur-Rahman, Jesus: A Prophet of Islam
Rudolf Augustein, Jesus Son of Man
John Hick (ed), The Myth of God Incarnate
S. S. Mufassir, Jesus in the Qur'an.


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End Notes

*Back   Muslims use the phrase "peace be upon him" or the abbreviation (pbuh) whenever any prophet's name is mentioned; this is an expression of respect and reverence for him.   

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The Truth
About Jesus

by Dr. Maneh Hammad AI-Johani
World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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