The title of this article is bold, but it is not meant as an insult. It is simply true, as I will illustrate.
According to the Qur’an, Jesus was brought into the world miraculously by Allah just like Adam.
Qur’an 3:51 (Sahih International) Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. (emphasis added)
Jesus was unique. Although he was born of a woman, He did not have an earthly father. That is why He is always referred to as Jesus, the son of Mary. According to the Qur’an, Allah caused Mary to conceive.
Qur’an 19:16-22 (Sahih International) 16 And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary… 17 …We sent to her Our Angel… 18 She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah .” 19 He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.” 20 She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” 21 He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ ” 22 So she conceived… (emphasis added)
As an outsider, it’s hard to understand why Jesus’ miraculous conception would not make Him Allah’s son, but the Qur’an clearly states He is not.
The Qur’an also depicts a miraculous end to Jesus’ life. Jesus didn’t die naturally and has no burial site. According to the Qur’an, Allah took Him supernaturally.
Qur’an 3:55 (Sahih International) [Mention] when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ. (emphasis added)
Now, compare Jesus’ miraculous entrance and exit to that of Muhammad. Was there anything miraculous about Muhammad’s birth? According to tradition, Muhammad was born in 571 A.D. to the Quraysh tribes of Mecca, Hejaz, Arabia. His father was `Abdullah bin `Abdu’l-Muţţalib, who died before Muhammad was born. His mother was Āminah bint Wahb. Muhammad was born naturally. Nothing miraculous there.
Was there anything miraculous about Muhammad’s death? Not according to tradition. Muhammad died of a natural illness in 632 AD and is buried under the Green Dome in Medina, Saudi Arabia today.
According to the Qur’an, the same comparison may be made regarding the life of Jesus and the life of Muhammad. Yes, Muhammad received the revelations from Jibril that formed the Qur’an, and he did experience a dream that took him to Jerusalem (Isra) and Heaven (Mi’raj), but other than that, the Qur’an is clear that Muhammad’s life was not accompanied by signs.
Qur’an 2:118 (Sahih International) Those who do not know say, “Why does Allah not speak to us or there come to us a sign?” Thus spoke those before them like their words. Their hearts resemble each other. We have shown clearly the signs to a people who are certain [in faith]. (emphasis added)
Qur’an 6:37 (Sahih International) And they say, “Why has a sign not been sent down to him from his Lord?” Say, “Indeed, Allah is Able to send down a sign, but most of them do not know.” (emphasis added)
Qur’an 10:20 (Sahih International) And they say, “Why is a sign not sent down to him from his Lord?” So say, “The unseen is only for Allah [to administer], so wait; indeed, I am with you among those who wait.” (emphasis added)
Qur’an 13:7 (Sahih International) And those who disbelieved say, “Why has a sign not been sent down to him from his Lord?” You are only a warner, and for every people is a guide. (emphasis added)
Sure, tradition attributes many miracles to Muhammad, but the Qur’an clearly indicates otherwise. Which should we believe, the Qur’an or tradition? Which is more sacred?
In contrast, Jesus’ reputation for miracles, along with His crucifixion and resurrection, was so widespread through tradition and written testimony, Muhammad was forced to address it in the Qur’an. In doing so, he validated Jesus’ miraculous life and ministry.
Qur’an 2:87, 253 (Sahih International) 87 And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs [miracles] and supported him with the Pure Spirit [Holy Spirit]… 253 Those messengers – some of them We caused to exceed others. Among them were those to whom Allah spoke, and He raised some of them in degree. And We gave Jesus, the Son of Mary, clear proofs [miracles], and We supported him with the Pure Spirit [Holy Spirit]. (emphasis and brackets added)
Please Note: My insertion of [miracles] and [Holy Spirit] is not my own. It is taken from the Easy English Translation of the Qur’an by Talal Itani.
Notice how the Qur’an clearly states that some messengers were elevated, or raised in degree, above other messengers. Jesus was certainly elevated above the rest, as proven by His miraculous birth, His miracles, and His miraculous ascent.
Muhammad couldn’t ignore Jesus’ miracles or the testimony of His crucifixion and resurrection, so he excused them another way.
Qur’an 4:157-159 (Sahih International) 157 And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. 158 Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. 159 And there is none from the People of the Scripture but that he will surely believe in Jesus before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection he will be against them a witness. (emphasis added)
Just as Muhammad claimed Jesus’ followers were in doubt concerning His death and resurrection, I have had people try to use the Bible to prove the same thing by taking the scripture out of context.
Matthew 28:16-17 (ESV) 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. (emphasis added)
John 20:24-25 (ESV) 24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (emphasis added)
Using those two passages, it would seem that Jesus’ disciples did doubt, but that is not the whole story. In the very next verse from the story of Thomas in John 20, the rest of the story unfolds. The reality is there was no doubt once Jesus revealed Himself.
John 20:26-29 (ESV) 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (emphasis added)
Notice what happened when Jesus revealed Himself to Thomas. The doubt disappeared and Thomas immediately acknowledged Jesus as Lord and God. Jesus didn’t rebuke Thomas for saying He was God. Instead, He responded, “Have you believed because you have seen me?” What did Thomas believe? Thomas believed Jesus is God! That is the reason Muhammad couldn’t ignore the supremacy of Jesus and His legacy of miracles.
That same Jesus would like to offer all the promises of the Bible to you, but first, you must believe He is the only means of reconciliation with God. Jesus is the Son of God who became God in the flesh to willingly die in order to build a bridge of reconciliation between God and man by receiving the punishment for sin we all deserve and paying the debt in full once and for all time.
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