The Islamic Jesus: A Gap Or Bridge Between Christians And Muslims?

A general view of the historical Umayyad mosque in old Damascus city

A general view of the historical Umayyad mosque in old Damascus city September 25, 2007, during iftar when Muslims break fast during the holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

Source: Huffington Post

By Mustafa Aykol

Visiting senior fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesly College

Throughout the whole Qur’an, there is only one woman mentioned by her name. She is exceptionally praised, as someone that God “has chosen over all other women.” There is a long chapter named after her, and even another chapter named after her family.

Guess who she is. Those unfamiliar with the Qur’an might suspect that she must be someone related to the Prophet Muhammad — maybe his mother, or his wife, or his daughter. She is, however, none other than Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Jesus himself is also venerated throughout the Qur’an. We read that he was born of a virgin, he was “the Messiah,” and he performed amazing miracles. The Qur’an even calls Jesus “the Word of God” — a very powerful term, especially for those who are familiar with the beginning of the Gospel of John.

These are just some of the many facts that can make a Christian warm up to the Qur’an. However, the same Qur’an also denounces key aspects of Christianity — such as the divinity of Jesus, and the Doctrine of Trinity.

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