Jesus Christ – The Noble Prophet Of Islam
HISTORICALLY, it was the Jews who rejected Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) and accused him as the impostor messiah, that until now they still believe that the messiah prophesied in their scripture has still yet to come.
On the other hand, modern-day Christians (where the majority are Pauline Christians) consider him to be the “begotten son” of God and worship him as if he is one of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
But the Islamic view of Jesus (peace be upon him) is based on what God has revealed to mankind when He said, “Verily, the likeness of Jesus in Allah’s sight is in the likeness of Adam, He created him from dust, then (He) said to him, “Be!” and he was. This is the truth from your Lord, so be not of those who doubt.” (Qur’an 3: 59-60)
So in Almighty Allah’s view, the creation of Jesus is no different from the creation of Adam (peace be upon them). When Allah wants to create something, He only says “Be!” and it is. He can create anything and anyway He pleases.
A good example we can consider is the size and the perfection of the universe which is difficult for the human mind to comprehend and yet Allah has revealed and differentiated it to us the nature of His two creations when He said: “Are you more difficult to create or is the heaven that He constructed? On high has He raised its canopy, and He hath given it order and perfection.” (79:27-28)
Allah further said: “The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind; yet most mankind know not.” (40:57)
Is having a “begotten son” befitting of God? The rejection of the very idea of God having a son is stated clearly with strong words from Allah Himself when He said: “And they say: The Most Gracious has betaken a son! Indeed you have put forth a terrible thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins. That they ascribe a son to the Most Gracious (Allah). But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Gracious that He should beget a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but must come to the Most Gracious (Allah) as a slave.” (19: 88-93)
Allah has further said, “Such is Jesus, son of Mary, it is a statement of truth, about which they doubt or dispute. It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glorified (and Exalted is He above all they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it “Be!” and it is.” (19:34-35)
ALLAH has stated clearly who Jesus (peace be upon him) is when He said, “O people of the scripture! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say about Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word (“Be!” – and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam and a spirit (created at a command) from Him so believe in Allah and His Prophets. And do not say: “Three” trinity.” Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) Ilah (God), glory to be Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.” (4:171)
On the Day of Judgment, all the prophets and their respective followers of their times will be gathered before Allah and He will ask the prophets how they were received by their respective people and what they said to them. Among those who will be questioned by Allah is Jesus (peace be upon him), when Allah will ask him, “O Jesus, son of Mary did you say to the people, ‘take me and my mother as deities besides Allah?’ Jesus will answer before Allah, ‘Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah, my Lord and who is also their Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are over all things – Witness. If You should punish them, indeed they are Your slaves; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (5:116-118)
The real mission of Jesus (peace be upon him) was that he was especially prepared by Allah to be sent to the Jews who had deviated from the teachings of earlier prophets. However, the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus’ ministry.
It is an unfortunate fact and event of history that not many are following the straight path “to which people were called to by Jesus Christ, the Noble Prophet of Islam.”