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Perspective: Jesus is respected figure in Muslim holy book, too


In the Holy Qur’an, our holy book, Jesus is known as Isa, peace be upon him, and is mentioned several times throughout the scripture. An entire chapter is even dedicated to his mother (Surah Maryam, Chapter 19).

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By Salman Ahmad and Summer Ahmad | December 24, 2016

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, my family and I are among the few people in Columbia who do not celebrate Christmas, but we do take the opportunity to honor Jesus, peace be upon him, and teach our children about him.

Muslims believe Jesus was a human being and beloved prophet of God. Islam presents Jesus as born from a pious and righteous mother, Mary, in the summertime. Islam confirms that the laws of nature are never broken, thus the fatherless, virgin birth of Jesus was miraculous but not unnatural.

Further, Muslims do not believe the virgin birth made Jesus a divine being. Both Mary and Jesus, peace be upon them, believed in the absolute Oneness and Unity of our Almighty God.

In the Holy Qur’an, our holy book, Jesus is known as Isa, peace be upon him, and is mentioned several times throughout the scripture. An entire chapter is even dedicated to his mother (Surah Maryam, Chapter 19).

In fact, Jesus’s name is mentioned more times in the Holy Qur’an than even that of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him. Muslims believe Jesus was a follower of Moses. He did not reject the Mosaic law, rather, he came to fulfill the law and preach to the Children of Israel.

The Holy Qur’an mentions the mission of Jesus along with the miracles he performed in order to fulfill the mission of reviving the true spirit of the Torah and to bring the spiritually dead Israelites back to life.

The Qur’an also specifically forbids vicarious atonement and reminds us that no soul shall bear the burden of another except for its own on the Day of Judgment.

During his mission, Jesus faced much opposition in order to spread the truth about God’s Unity. The disbelievers wished to nail him to the cross and cause him death as a way of confirming his falseness as a Messiah.

However, our Ahmadiyya Muslim Community subscribes to the belief that God frustrated the plans of the disbelievers and allowed Jesus to escape death from the cross. With the help of devoted followers, Jesus was removed from the cross still alive and placed in a tomb so that he could recover. Furthermore, after recovering from the crucifixion, Jesus traveled east and preached to the remaining lost tribes of Israel scattered across what is modern day Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, fulfilling his mission.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes Jesus then died a natural death in India at the age of 120 years and was buried in what is known as the tomb of Prophet Yus Asaf.

His tomb still exists today in Srinagar, Kashmir, where the local inhabitants venerate it as “The Honored Tomb.”


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Salman Ahmad, M.D., is an MU trauma critical care surgeon and Summer R. Ahmad, Ph.D., is a medical physicist working for Crux Quality Solutions.


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  1. Jesus (as) was a prophet and it is also written in the Holy Quran. Although not all Muslim sects believe this Ahmadi's do.

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