Prophet Jesus (AS), the last prophet from the Children of Israel, is one of the most famous men in the world. Billions revere his name. His ethics inspire imitation. His teachings continue to challenge. And the stories about him have always been blockbusters. So who was this man? This article is about the story of Prophet Jesus (AS) in the Quran. Now get ready to discover who we think Prophet Jesus (AS) is and what the Quran says he was.
Why the Story of Prophet Jesus (AS)?
Jesus is one of the great prophets of Islam. Through him, Allah has revealed the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This rule states the central principle of how people should treat others.
The story of Prophet Jesus (AS) is vital for our kids because we celebrate him as a prophet who is superior to all other prophets except Muhammad (PBUH). His story also serves as a model for the struggle between good and evil. He is one of the greatest prophets in the Quranic tradition and the best-known person in human history. Allah also honors him as the “Spirit of God.”
Many have followed and died for Prophet Jesus (AS). But people still have a lot of questions about him. For example, the Christian belief that Jesus is the Son of God (and therefore is both God and man) differs from that of Jews and Muslims who believe that God could never become human. Jesus was a prophet but not the son of God. In fact, any claim that Allah would have a son is improper. In the Quran, Allah says:
How Prophet Jesus (AS) was Born?
The story of Prophet Jesus (AS) is incomplete without his mother, the blessed Mary (or Maryam). The Quran holds Hazrat Maryam (AS) and her son Jesus (AS) in great esteem. The honor of his mother is so great that whenever the Quran mentions Jesus (AS), it describes Jesus as the “son of Mary.” In other words, the Quran honors Jesus (AS), with his prophetic greatness, through Hazrat Maryam (AS).
One day, Hazrat Maryam (AS) was worshipping and praising God in a temple. There she saw a man:
Surprised and fearful, Hazrat Maryam (AS) said:
Gabriel (AS) said:
This news was shocking for Hazrat Maryam (AS). She said:
That visit of Hazrat Gabriel (AS) caused Hazrat Maryam (AS) great worry and anxiety. Her wonder increased with time. How could she face the people and answer their questions? Hazrat Gabriel (AS) replied:
Hazrat Maryam (AS) then left the temple and went to Nazareth, her birthplace. She settled in a simple farmhouse where no one would see her.
After a few months, Hazrat Maryam (AS) decided to leave Nazareth too. She was unsure where to go. She had not moved too far when the pains of childbirth started. Hazrat Maryam (AS) could not walk any further, and she sat down and leaned against a dry palm tree:
All alone she gave birth to her son. As she gazed down at her son, Hazrat Maryam (AS) heard:
The Quran then narrates:
But her arrival with a newborn disturbed some people in the city, as expected by Hazrat Maryam (AS) as well. People started scolding her. She put her finger on her lips and pointed to the child. They said, “How can we talk to him who is (yet) an infant in the cradle” (Maryam, 19: 29). The child spoke out:
Did Prophet Jesus (AS) Die?
No, he did not. We believe in the second coming of Jesus. Quran also states that he did not die but instead was taken from the world by God:
Jesus will return at the End of Time to bring about the triumph of Islam and then die like every human, thus concluding his prophetic mission.
So What Do We Have Learned from the Story?
The story and life of Prophet Jesus (AS) is a model for all of us to imitate, especially his celibacy, unconcern for wealth, and struggle against Satan. Quran has highlighted his miracles like he “cures the leper and brings life back to the dead.” These miracles are meant as signs of God to convince the Children of Israel as to the prophecy of Jesus (AS).
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