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THE DESCRIPTIVE TITLES OF JESUS IN THE QURAN (PART 2 OF 2): “THE MESSIAH” AND “A MIRACLE”

 (3)     “Word” from God

Jesus is referred to as a “Word” from God in three passages in the Quran.  No other prophet has been described with such a title.

“…O Mary!  Behold, God gives you good news of a word from Him, who shall become known as the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary…” (Quran 3:45)

“…The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of God, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary…” (Quran 4:171)

“…God gives you good news of (a son whose name is) John, (who comes) to confirm a word from God…” (Quran 3:39)

Christians believe that in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus is identified as “the Word” (logos in Greek) incarnated, or made flesh.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” Read more of this post

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THE DESCRIPTIVE TITLES OF JESUS IN THE QURAN (PART 1 OF 2): “THE MESSIAH” AND “A MIRACLE”

Islam, besides Christianity, is the only major world religion that recognizes Jesus.  A Muslim’s belief is incomplete without Jesus.  Prophet Muhammad said:

“If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, and that Jesus is God’s servant and His Messenger and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit from Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, God will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he has done even if those deeds were few.”[1]

In other words, without sound belief in Jesus, one can never earn God’s Paradise.  As with other prophets of God, Muslims add to his name, alai his-salam, which means, ‘Peace be upon him.’[2] Even though Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,”[3]  in the Gospel, Christians rarely use any honorific term but ‘Christ’, and this as part of his name.  Though this may be due to the idea that the Christian does not pray for him, but to him, it shows that Muslims have a great deal of respect for him despite not sharing such a viewpoint. Read more of this post