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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Answering Christian (Question 4)

The Quran talked about our Lord Jesus Christ for almost 15% of its entire content. It talks about His Devine miracles, the virgin birth, and also His creation by the Lord God. We can clearly see that in surah Ali Imran verse 45, it states :

(( When the angels said : O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and in Hereafter, and one of those brought near to Allah ))

It states "A Word", and indeed Jesus is the Word of God, and as a word a cannot be separated from its body, Jesus is God, from the Quran itself. Jesus had done so many miraculous thing, including giving life back to his dead friend. Who else can do that besides God?


Indeed we Muslims believe in the creation of Jesus without normal human interaction of male's sperm and female's ovum. We also believe all miraculous thing that he had done, when he talked while he was still in the cradle, he formed a bird from mud and it became real flying bird, he cured the blind and he even give life to dead person, but all of those miracles happened by the permission of Allah.

But, if those miraculous things are to accounted that he is God, or the Son of God, or a part of the Devine Trinity, then they are tons of other Messengers that had performed their own miracles, for example :
1) Noah had flooded the world with his flood.
2) The mountains had glorified Allah along with Daud.

3) Waters came flowing from the marks of Ismael's kick, and still the water is flowing today in Mecca.

4) The sea parted into two from the strike of Moses's stick.

5) How Allah preserved Muhammad (pbuh) miracle that is the Quran, from any sorts of alteration, while millions of Muslim all over the world memorized it without a single mistake!

Those are the miracles that Allah had given upon His messengers; in order to prove they are the Messengers of Allah. If they are to be proofs that Jesus is God by looking to his miracle, then all of the Messengers are God.
Secondly, who said that a word cannot be parted from its body? Of course they can! If we are reading book, for example, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, does that mean that we are reading and looking at him as well? Of course not! The book was indeed written by him, his words, but not him in essence or anything similar.

Same goes, we Muslims believe that the Holy Quran is the Word of God, but that doesn't mean that Quran is God. We also gave the nickname "Kalimullah" to Moses, for he can talk directly to Allah, a miracle that even Jesus had not given with, but that does not mean that he is apart from the Trinity, or he is the Son of God.

Thirdly, the verse quoted above does not means that Jesus is the son of God, indeed if we look at the context of the verse :-

45 (( When the angels said : O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and in Hereafter, and one of those brought near to Allah ))

46 (( He will speak unto mankind in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is among the righteous ))

47 She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no man hath touch me? He said: So (it will be). Allah creates what He will. If He decrees a thing, He said unto it: Be! And it is ))

From the context, we can see :-

1) How Mary said " How can I have a child? ", which means her child, a human, a mortal being, not the Essence of Allah. She was the one that Allah chose to show His Greatness, in creating anything He wants to. Surely she was the one who understood this task at most. Why, then, she didn't cry out, " How can you, O Allah can have a child? " ?

2) Clearly Allah s.w.t. said "Allah creates what He will". Creates, not beget. Creates something, anything, in this case, Jesus, which means that Jesus was created, and that means that he was a creation of Allah, not God .

They are also many verses elsewhere one can find in the Quran, which Allah said that Jesus the son of Mary was a messenger of God. If Allah (he is exalted from having a child) ever had a son, His only son, wouldn't it be easy for God to spell the word "Jesus the son of Allah" ?

n addition, the Quran talked about Jesus so many times, 25 times to be exact . This is because Quran is explaining the matter of the Christ very well to solve the confusion that was created by the Christians. As the matter of fact, the People of The Book (Jews and Christians) are the primary group for Muslims to convey the Message of Islam, as their faith and creed are the closest to Islam, since they originated from the same source, that is Allah s.w.t.

We also would like to bring here the words from Jesus himself regarding the Oneness of Allah. In Matthew chapter 23 verse 9, Jesus said :

9 And do not call for yourself any father on the earth, because your Father is one Who is in Heaven.

10 And do not call any teacher because your teacher is the Messiah.

For that, he meant "Allah is One and I'm your only teacher" .

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