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Jesus in Islam

Muslims believe that Jesus is neither God, nor the son of God. We believe he was born by a miraculous birth as he was conceived without a father. Allah (God) transmitted the Injeel (the Gospel) to Jesus (Isa). The text was revealed to him. Muslims believe that this has been distorted and changed over time. It is mentioned in the Quran that he could speak as a baby in the cradle, and that he defended his mother Mary when the people asked her where the baby came from. This is a miracle of Jesus given to him by Allah.

As to the trinity, Allah says: “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah nothing but the truth. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was a Messenger of Allah and His Word (He said "Be!", and he was), which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit (Rooh) created by Him; so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: “Three!” Cease! It is better for you. For Allah is the only One God. Glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.(Quran chapter 4, verse 171)

Jesus performed miracles by bringing the dead back to life and healing the sick. Also, the Quran mentions another of his miracles: “Remember when the disciples said: “O Jesus son of Mary! Can your Lord send down to us a table spread (with food) from heaven?" Jesus said: “Fear Allah, if you are indeed believers. They said: “We wish to eat thereof and to be stronger in Faith and to know that you have indeed told us the truth and that we ourselves be its witnesses.”

Jesus, son of Mary, said: “O Allah, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table spread (with food) that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a festival and a sign from You; and provide us sustenance, for You are the best of sustainers.” Allah said: “I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you after that disbelieves, then I will punish him with a torment such as I have not inflicted on anyone among all the Creation.(Quran chapter 5, verses 112-115)

In response to some questions by pagan Arabs about Allah and whether he had children, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) recited to them the following short chapter from the Quran: "Say: He is Allah, the One. Allah As-Samad (The Self- Sufficient Master). He does not reproduce, nor was He born; and there is none equal or comparable to Him." (Quran chapter 112)

So, Muslims believe in Jesus, who has a special status. However, many of the stories related in the Bible we do not have confidence in their authenticity, so we do not comment upon them. It is reported that Muhammad (saw) said “whatever the people of the book (Jews and Christians) tell you, do not confirm it nor falsify it, but say ‘we believe in Allah and his Messenger.’”