The Quran contains far more teachings about Jesus than any other prophet. Why is this so and what does the Quran teach about Jesus?
I understand that there are many common characters in the Quran and Bible.
Yes, in both the Quran and Bible, we have stories of Moses, David, Solomon, Abraham and even Jesus.
I was surprised to find out that Jesus was the most mentioned person in the Quran. I believe he was mentioned 187 times.
While Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God, in islam Jesus is one of the most exalted prophets. The Quran says that Jesus is exalted in this world in the world to come. However, he is known by the name Isa al-masih in the Quran.
What does Isa al-masih mean?
Isa is the name and al-masih is a title that means the Messiah.
The Quran also acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah like the Bible?
Yes, the Quran also says that Jesus is a sign for humanity.
How is Jesus a sign for humanity? Was there anything unique about Jesus?
One of the most unique things about Jesus is that he was born of a virgin. The Quran also says that Jesus is a mercy from God.
That’s interesting. In the Bible, Jesus was also called the Word of God.
That’s what the Quran calls Jesus as well – the Word from Allah. He was also called a spirit from Allah.
The Bible also teaches that Jesus, though originally in spirit form, took on flesh at some point in time. Did the Quran also teach that Jesus was sinless like what was taught in the Bible?
Yes, while muslims believe that all prophets are free from major sins, they are not sinless. There are mentions of prophets praying to God for forgiveness but interestingly, Jesus was portrayed as sinless in the Quran.
I understand that Jesus was also able to perform many miracles.
That’s right. Jesus healed people of many illnesses and was even able to raise the dead.
Christians believe that Jesus is coming back to earth again. Do muslims also believe this?
Yes, Muslims also believe that Jesus will one day come back to earth and when he comes he will destroy the ultimate evil, what Muslims call the “dajjal”.
Wow, with so many similarities about Jesus and the Quran and Bible, we could surely discuss more about them.
Yes, I look forward to discussing more the next time we meet.