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Lord Jesus Christ is not only a Prophet of Christians but of Muslims also
Satbir Singh Bedi | 19 Apr 2014

Yesterday was Good Friday when Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and tomorrow is the Easter when he was resurrected. However, Jesus Christ was not only a Prophet of Christians but of Muslims also. While Christians consider him to be Son of God, Muslims consider him only as a Prophet and not as Son of God because, according to Muslims, it does not befit God to have a Son and the Muslims think that the Day of Resurrection is yet to come when Final Judgement would be delivered. The following verses from the Holy Quran are relevant in this regard:


 
19.16. And mention in the Book (the Qur'an, O Muhammad  , the story of) Maryam (Mary), when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east.
 
19.17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh [angel Jibrael (Gabriel)], and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
 
19.18. She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
 
19.19. (The angel) said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
 
19.20. She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?"
 
19.21. He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: 'That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).' "
 
19.22. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem).
 
19.23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
 
19.24. Then [the babe 'Iesa (Jesus) or Jibrael (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you;
 
19.25. "And shake the trunk of date-palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you."
 
19.26. "So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'"
 
19.27. Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: "O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariya (an unheard mighty thing).
 
19.28. "O sister (i.e. the like) of Harun (Aaron) [not the brother of Musa (Moses), but he was another pious man at the time of Maryam (Mary)]! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor your mother was an unchaste woman."
 
19.29. Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"
 
19.30. "He ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;"
 
19.31. "And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live."
 
19.32. "And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest.
 
19.33. "And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"
 
19.34. Such is 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (it is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute).
 
19.35. It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son [this refers to the slander of Christians against Allah, by saying that 'Iesa (Jesus) is the son of Allah]. Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, "Be!" and it is.
 
19.36. ['Iesa (Jesus) said]: "And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Allah's Religion of Islamic Monotheism which He did ordain for all of His Prophets)." [Tafsir At-Tabari]
 
19.37. Then the sects differed [i.e. the Christians about 'Iesa (Jesus)], so woe unto the disbelievers [those who gave false witness by saying that 'Iesa (Jesus) is the son of Allah] from the  meeting of a great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire).