A Muslim is not a Muslim until he or she fully believes in all of Allah`s Holy Books. Muslims believe that Bible and Torah were originally from Allah, but are no longer valid references. In other words the Qur’an denies any truth to Christian and Jewish Scriptures, except the parts that are in accordance with the Qur’an.
Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet like Moses and Muhammad(peace be upon them all).According to Islamic teachings, He is not God or son of God.
The Qur’an confirms that Jesus was conceived miraculously and that his mother, Mary, carried him as a virgin. Jesus lived a life full of miracles to support his massage and according to the Qur’an, he never died on the cross.
The virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus, a fact accepted by both Muslims and Christians. Mary was raised as a devout Jewess. Prior to her Pregnancy, Mary sought a quiet place far from her people.
Then the Angel came to Mary, telling her that Allah had chosen her to be the mother of the only unconceived child in the world. Naturally Mary was dismayed and could not comprehend how she would be pregnant without having been with a man.
She said; “How can I have a son when no human has touched me, neither have I been unchaste?”(19;20) The angel answered her, saying ” Allah creates what He will. If He decrees a thing, He says unto it only: Be! And it is”(3;47)
According to the Qur’an, all Allah did was to say, Be! And that was enough to create a baby boy inside Mary.
The Birth Of Jesus
Mary was pregnant, a virgin, and alone. When the time came Mary sought the shade of a palm tree to deliver the baby. So intense was her pain that she wished she`d died before living that day. She said; “Oh would that I died before this and had become a thing of naught, forgotten”(19;23)
After the birth, Mary took the baby and returned to her people. They were not pleased to see her after so long with a baby in her arms, and no husband. Apparently the people thought Mary had an illegitimate relationship with a man.
Mary didn’t utter a word in her own defense, but pointed to her son instead. Jesus had spoken in his cradle.
Qur’an narrates; “He spoke: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and has appointed me as prophet, and has made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and has enjoined upon me prayer and alms giving so long as I remain alive, and (has Made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and has not made me arrogant, undisciplined. Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!”(19;29-33)
When rivalry began to sizzle against Jesus, a plot was devised to kill him. Those who disbelieved plotted to crucify him on the cross. Just before they went to get Jesus Allah raised him up to the Heavens and as Muslims believe, replaced him with a look-alike. The look-alike was seized and crucified, while Jesus was safe in the Heavens with Allah. Jesus was not crucified because he ascended, at the age of 33, alive and healthy, to the Heavens.
The Everything Koran Book by Duaa Anwar