The Messiah, Jesus Son of Mary
The Glorious Qur’an speaks highly of Jesus, on whom
be peace, and reports nothing negative about him. Take, for instance the
following quotation from the Glorious Qur’an where Allah says:
“O People of
the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say anything
concerning Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was
only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a
spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers . . . “
(Qur’an 4:171; see also 66:12).
In the above passage Jesus in called by four noble titles.
He is the Messiah, the Messenger of Allah, a Word from Allah, and a Spirit
from Allah. In the same passage, it is clear that the Qur’an seeks to
discourage exaggeration in religion. Further in the same passage, Allah
“Allah is only One God. Far
is it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. His
is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is
sufficient as Defender” (Qur’an 4:171).
Refusing to call Jesus son of God is not done with a view
to belittle Jesus. No! On the contrary, it is done to Glorify God,
to magnify His name, and to proclaim His transcendent majesty.
The Qur’an confirms that Jesus was born of a virgin.
When the angel announced to Mary, on whom be peace, that she will bear a
child, she said:
“My Lord! How can I have a child
when no mortal has touched me?
She received the following reply:
“So (it will be). Allah
creates what He will. If He decrees a thing, He says unto it only: Be! and
it is. (Qur’an 3: 45, 47).
In another surah, after relating the incidents
surrounding the birth of the Messiah, the Qur’an concludes as follows:
“It befits not (the majesty of)
Allah that He should take unto Himself a son. Glory be to Him! When
he decrees a thing, He says unto it only: Be! and it is. (Qur’an 19:35).
The Qur’an seeks to correct a common misconception in
the minds of people. Many assume that since Jesus had no father then God
must be his father.
Glory be to Allah. He does not father children.
He created everyone we know from a man and a woman. But He created
Adam from neither a man nor a woman. And a man, but not from a woman.
Then, as if to complete the picture, God created Jesus from a woman but
not from a man. God has demonstrated His power to create in every way.
“Lo! the likeness of Jesus
with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then he
said unto him: Be! and he is” (3:59).
It is important to realise that Jesus, on whom be peace,
never taught that he is the Son of God. Allah says that those who call
Jesus ‘Son of God’ are following the saying of other people (see surah
9:30). Jesus taught only what he was commanded (5:117). He himself
was quite pleased with being a servant of Allah (4:172). As a messenger of
Allah, Jesus knew that none in the heavens or the earth can approach Allah
except as a slave (19:93).
Finally, those who say that God has a son should know
that they have no warrant for this, but they are saying something without
In the next part, God willing, we will see from a
careful study of the Bible that Jesus never called himself God’s son.