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Jesus and the Quran – Stewart Schnur

We need to understand what the perspective of our Savior is according to the writings of the Quran, the Islamic Holy Book. Our faith centers around Christ and their faith centers around Muhammad and the words of the Quran that others wrote down after Muhammad’s death. Only among Christians is Jesus seen as the Son of God.

We Christians know little about Muhammad and Muslims know little about the Jesus of the Bible. Jesus is given a somewhat distorted and piecemeal presence in the Quran. Seeing there are some 31 verses out of 6666 verses (called ayets in the Quran) that speak of Jesus, we can become familiar with these verses and begin here to teach them the rest of the story about Jesus. In our New Testament we find the word Jesus on every page. It is interesting to bring to their attention that Muhammad is mentioned only five times in their Quran.

I list for you the 31 verses from the Quran that speak of Jesus: 2:87, 136, 253; 3:3, 45, 52, 55, 59, 84; 4:157, 163, 171; 5:46, 78, 110, 112, 114, 116; 6:85; 19:32-35; 33:7; 42:13; 43:57, 61, 63; 57:27; 61:6, 14

When you have an opportunity to study with a Muslim I suggest you become somewhat familiar with their limited understanding of Jesus.

Jesus is spoken of as “a word from Him/Allah and his name will be Christ/Messiah Jesus the son of Mary” (3:45). For us, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1), and that Word became flesh (Jn. 1:17).

Jesus and Muhammad speak of the same prophets of God. “We believe in God, and in what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes and in (the Books) given to Moses Jesus, and the Prophets” (3:84).

Jesus did find unbelief on their part and said: “Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah? Said the Disciples: “We are Allah’s helpers: We believe in Allah, And do thou bear witness that we are Muslims” (3:55). So Muslims believe Jesus and His disciples were Muslims.

Jesus is a model of virtue. 43:57 and 43:63 says, “When Jesus came With Clear Signs, he said: ‘Now have I come To you with Wisdom, And in order to make Clear to you some Of the (points) on which Ye dispute; Therefore fear Allah AND OBEY ME.’” A question here we can ask Muslims is, “Do you know Jesus’ commands? Our Jesus does say, ‘If you love Me keep My commandments’ (Jn. 14:15). What are Jesus’s commandments?”

The Quran says Christ Jesus was not killed or crucified in (4:157). This then denies a core belief of ours that Christ in shedding His blood at the cross made full payment for sins of the faithful to the one true God. They do believe that Jesus like Elijah and Enoch ascended into heaven (3:55; 4:158). They believe Allah purposefully deceived people into thinking Christ was killed and crucified. Our question must be, “Why would Allah want such a deception?” Some Muslims conjecture Judas or Simon who carried the cross for Jesus was placed on the cross.

Furthermore, we are not filled with doubts about Christ’s death and crucifixion as we have multiple prophecies and witnesses of this event. Muslims, like the Jews, do not believe God would allow the Messiah to die the death of a criminal. These have not read Isaiah 53. Since they do not believe Jesus died they do not believe He was resurrected from the dead, which to us is the final approval of Christ and His work from the Father.

The concept of Trinity is clearly spoken against in Surah 4:171 and 5:73. Here again we must make it clear that we believe in one God who for our needs chooses to reveal Himself to us as three persons and not three Gods. In Surah 5:116 Allah will ask Jesus if he has said for people to worship him and his mother (Mary). During Muhammad’s time Mariolatry was developing and Muhammad was influenced by this erroneous thinking.

Jesus did miracles as evidence of His bond with God and Muhammad did none. In Surah 5:110 Jesus is credited with the alleged miracles of speaking in infancy and giving life to a clay bird. The Quran and the Bible in this passage acknowledge Jesus did heal those born blind and the lepers and did resurrect the dead.

It is affirmed in the Bible and Quran that Jesus was born of a virgin and this miraculous birth was to be a sign (19:21). Jesus in the cradle tells his family Allah had made him a prophet (19:29-30).

These are some basic things we need to understand about a Muslim as we teach them more perfectly the way of the truth.

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Muhammad: Prophet of God? – Stewart Schnur

Muhammad is an influential figure in our world, having started a religion which has over 1.5 billion followers. It is appropriate for us to learn some things about this man as most of us have had little education of him in our formal schooling. Muslims believe he is the most important person who has ever lived, the best example of a human being. Muslims do not believe he wrote the Quran but he is the human vessel who received that message. His life is viewed as an example of how one should properly submit to Allah.

3 Other Views of Muhammad

  1. The past view of the Roman Catholic Church is that he is a tool of Satan. This view resulted in the un-Christian Crusades which licensed the killing of Muslims in the name of Jesus.
  2. Our view might be that he was sincere but wrong in thinking he had a special revelation and was not a prophet.
  3. The liberal might say he misunderstood the Gospel and in some sense may be a prophet who restored monotheism to a pagan culture and brought some order to the Arab world.

25 Key Points in Muhammad’s Life

  1. A.D. 570: Born in Mecca.
  2. 576: His mother and father die.
  3. 578: Grandfather cares for him until he dies, then uncle cares for him in his teen years.
  4. 595: He will marry Khadijah, an older woman who was a merchant.
  5. 610: He allegedly has first of annual, life-long revelations from Allah through the angel Gabriel in a cave.
  6. 613: He begins to teach his monotheistic message to Arabs around Mecca, receiving intense opposition from Arabs who believe in Arabian gods.
  7. 613: He receives alleged revelation that it’s okay to worship three idols; later claims it was actually a revelation from Satan.
  8. 619: Khadijah dies. He marries Sawdah, the first of his polygamous wives.
  9. 620: He claims Gabriel took him by a heavenly steed called Buruq at night to Jerusalem where he met Moses, Abraham, and Jesus and allegedly ascended a ladder through seven heavens.
  10. 622: After seven years opposition, he and his followers moved to Medina, about 250 miles north of Mecca. The Muslim calendar begins with this date.
  11. March, 623: First raid on Meccan caravan using military/political power for his spiritual domination.
  12. April, 623: He marries Aisha, who is very young (some say nine). She will ultimately become his favorite wife.
  13. Feb/Mar, 624: He commands his followers to face Mecca when praying and that a month of fasting should begin.
  14. March 15, 624: Muslims under him defeat Meccan enemies in battle of Badr, the most significant military victory of his life.
  15. March 23, 625: Muslims barely survive battle of Uhud. The victory of the Meccans affected the spiritual confidence of some of his followers.
  16. May, 626: A chief of a Jewish clan was assassinated by Muslims. Tensions increase between Jews and Muslims. Opposition to him has consequences.
  17. 627: He marries his cousin Zaynab, who had been married to his adopted son. This caused turmoil among his followers since he was breaking traditional Arab customs.
  18. March, 627: Meccans fight against Medina (a Muslim stronghold), but lose.
  19. 627: He raided the Jewish clan of Qurayzah for their help in a prior raid on Medina. All 700 Jewish men were beheaded. One woman was put to death and the rest of the women and children were sold into slavery.
  20. 628: He signed a treaty with key Meccan leaders which signaled his opposition had weakened.
  21. 629: He and 2600 followers traveled to Mecca and worshiped where Muslims believe Abraham and Ishmael built the first temple to God.
  22. January, 730: Conquered Mecca with army of 10,000. The Ka’aba was cleansed of idols and pagan shrines were destroyed.
  23. January 31, 630: He had a military victory over Arabic tribes at Hunayan. Later that year he led 30,000 men in raids on northern Arabia.
  24. 630: Had trouble of jealousy and bitterness with his wives and threatened to divorce them all.
  25. 632: Made final pilgrimage to Mecca and dies in Medina on June 8, 632.