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What Islam teaches about Jesus Christ

Just as Christians stray from their faith –and in certain countries more so than others’– obviously the same could be said of people of all faiths, including Muslims. But do those Christians or Muslims who stray represent the vast majority of those of their worldwide faith? For that matter, do those who stray from the teachings of the founder of their religion negate what the founder wrote and taught, be it Christianity or Islam?

In that context, following are excerpts of an interesting article written by Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations:

“Behold! The angels said: ‘O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.’”

Before searching for this quote in the New Testament, you might first ask your Muslim friend or neighbor for a copy of the Qur’an. [alt. spelling “Koran”, Islam’s holy book]. The quote is from verse 45 of chapter 3 of the Qur’an.

What is not well understood is that Muslims love and revere Jesus as one of God’s greatest messengers to mankind. Disrespect toward Jesus, as we have seen all too often in our society, is very offensive to Muslims.

Other verses in the Qur’an, regarded by Muslims as the direct word of God, state that Jesus was strengthened with the “Holy Spirit” (Qur’an 2:87) and is a “sign for the whole world”(Qur’an 21:91). His virgin birth was confirmed when Mary is quoted as asking: “How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?” (Qur’an 3:47)

Muslims also believe Jesus will return to earth in the last days before the final judgment.

Yes, Muslims and Christians do have some differing perspectives on Jesus’ life and teachings. But his spiritual legacy offers an alternative opportunity for people of faith to recognize their shared religious heritage.

As forces of hate try to pull Muslims and Christians apart, we are in desperate need of a unifying force that can bridge the widening gap of interfaith misunderstanding and mistrust. That force could be the message of love, peace and forgiveness taught by Jesus and accepted by followers of both faiths.

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