Do Muslims Believe in Jesus?
Name of Questioner: John
Date: 24-5-2015 11:09:34 AM
Consultant: Ask About Islam Editorial Staff
Is it true that Muslims dont believe in Jesus? What does Islam say about him?
Salam dear questioner,
Thank you for your question.
One cannot be a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus as well as all other prophets sent by God (Allah).
The Quran names twenty-five prophets and messengers and suggests that there were many more, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, Moses and Muhammad (peace be upon them all). Muslims have the highest regard for Jesus and await his second coming.
The Islamic view of Jesus is one between two extremes. The Jews rejected his prophethood and called him an impostor, while many Christians regard him as the son of God and worship him as such. Islam considers Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, as one of the great prophets of God, worthy of respect and honor but not worship. He was sent to confirm and renew the basic doctrine of belief in God alone and obedience to Him.
According to the Quran, he was born miraculously without a father. [Refer to Quran, 19:16-35] And he was not crucified but raised up to God. [Refer to Quran, 3:55 and 4:157-158]
The Quran attributes to him miracles that are not even mentioned in the Bible. However, Islam sees the deification of Jesus as a reversion to paganism, and the divinity of Jesus is categorically rejected within the Quran's text [Refer to 5:72].
Such doctrines as the "trinity," "divine sonship" and "atonement" are not accepted by Muslims simply because they did not originate from Prophet Jesus himself.
It is known that most of the Gospels were written by men long after the time of Jesus and that much of the New Testament was compiled from the writings of Paul and his students. Unmistakable contradictions have appeared in the various "modern," "revised" and "amplified" versions of the Bible.
The once purely divine message conveyed by Jesus has obviously been corrupted by human input and altered through numerous translations; the original texts no longer exist.
The Gospels were written several decades after Jesus' departure, and none of their authors had actually seen Jesus or heard him speak. Moreover, they were written in Greek while Jesus spoke Aramaic.
Those Gospels presently in circulation were not selected from among the others and authorized by the Church until the decisions of the ecumenical Council of Nicea in the year 325 CE.
Nevertheless, belief in the divine scripture, not in its present form but as it was originally revealed to Prophet Jesus, is an article of Islamic faith. The final revelation from God is the only criterion by which information in previous scriptures can be evaluated.
Therefore, whatever the Bible says about Jesus that agrees with the Quran is accepted by Muslims, and what is contrary to it is rejected as a product of human intervention.
Source: Taken with modification from Clear your doubts about Islam by Sahih International.