Muslims love Jesus, too: 6 things you didn’t know about Jesus in Islam

Source: Vox

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Christmas, as everyone knows, commemorates the birth of Jesus and is a major religious celebration for Christians around the world.

But what many people don’t know is that Jesus is an important figure in Islam, too, even though most Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas (though some, especially some American Muslims, do).

In honor of the holiday, here are six things you may not know about the role of Jesus — and his mother, Mary — in Islam:

    1. Jesus, Mary, and the angel Gabriel are all in the Quran (as are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and a bunch of other Bible characters).
    2. Muslims believe that Jesus (called “Isa” in Arabic) was a prophet of God, was born to a virgin (Mary), and will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”), also known as the Antichrist. All of which may sound pretty familiar to many Christians.
    3. Mary (called “Maryam” in Arabic) has an entire chapter in the Quran named for her — the only chapter in the Quran named for a female figure. In fact, Mary is the only woman to be mentioned by name in the entire Quran: As noted in the Study Quran, “other female figures are identified only by their relation to others, such as the wife of Adam and the mother of Moses, or by their title, such as the Queen of Sheba.” Mary is mentioned more times in the Quran than in the entire New Testament.
    4. Just as with all the other prophets, including Mohammed, Muslims recite, “Peace be upon him” every time they refer to Jesus.

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3 replies

  1. Only true practising Christian believers should celebrate Christmas. For others the date should be the celebration of the Winter Solstice or Yuletide, which was a big event in Northern Europe until the Romans hijacked the date for celebrating the birth of Jesus. Hence Christmas, which is now celebrated world-wide, but not necessarily as a religious event. When I asked a Japanese girl if she knew what is was about, she didn’t know, and Christmas is big in Japan. And even in the Western world many don’t know. It has become more a commercialised event than religious.

  2. Although Ahmadi Muslims consider Jesus as a prophet of God, we do not celebrate Christmas. We believe that Jesus was not born on December 25. “According to the Holy Quran the birth of Jesus took place at a time when fresh dates are found on palm-trees in Judea. After delivering Jesus under a palm-tree an angel spoke to Mary saying:
    And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree; it will drop upon thee fresh ripe dates (19:26).” This means that he was born during the months of August and September because that’s when the dates were ripe.
    Not only that, but “The Bible mentions that shepherds were watching their sheep at the time of Jesus’ birth which would have been most unlikely in December when the climate in Judea is extremely cold” (alislam.org). The bible further proves that he was not born during December,

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