The Messiah: Jesus, Son of Mary

By Imam Shabir Ally

“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 . . .” (Quran 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 Quran seeks to discourage exaggeration in religion. Further in the same passage, Allah says:

“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.” (Quran 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 Quran confirms that Jesus was born of a virgin woman. 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.” (Quran 3: 45, 47)

In another chapter, after relating the incidents surrounding the birth of the Messiah, the Quran 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.” (Quran 19:35)

The Quran 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 God. 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 He created Eve from 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.

God says: “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 realize that Jesus, on whom be peace, never taught that he is the Son of God. God says in the Quran that those who call Jesus “Son of God” are following the saying of other people (see 9:30). Jesus taught only what he was commanded (5:117). He himself was quite pleased with being a servant of God (4:172). As a messenger of God, Jesus knew that none in the heavens or the earth can approach God 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 knowledge (10:68).

In the next part, God willing, we will see from a careful study of the Bible that Jesus never called himself God”s son.

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8 Comments

  1. winedot says:

    Angel of God said: “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

    SON of God – ohh those angels !!

  2. Respectfully. 1 John 4:15: "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God". Not to mention John 3:16 and dozens of others. This essay ends with the statement "In the next part, God willing, we will see from a careful study of the Bible that Jesus never called himself God”s son"…and yet there is no such section. Why? Because this is simply not true. It cannot be done. Bless you all.

  3. IIn 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 Quran seeks to discourage exaggeration in religion. , I think there is a blindness in Muslims like there is in the Jews generally. In the Koran it states what Jesus is a Messiah messenger of Allah and a spirit from Allah and it seeks not to exaggerate. I don't need to show you the bible to show you Jesus is your savior the koran shows it but then it goes on to deny his works on the cross and that he is not the son of God. You know the truth focus on it – it is in the written word don't doubt who Jesus is.

    • So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
      Isaiiah 55:11 John 1. saysin In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      2 The same was in the beginning with God.

      3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

      4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

      5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

      6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

      7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

      8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

      9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

      10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

      11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

      12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

      13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

      14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

      15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

      16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

      17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

      18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

      19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

      20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

      21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

      22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

      23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

      24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

      25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

      26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

      27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

      28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

      29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

      May Jesus give sight to the people that read this

  4. i wonder if we will ever see a day when we focus on the things we have in common rather than being fixated on pointing out our differences? we were all created by the same being and should treat each other as such.

  5. Stephanie Lim says:

    But Jesus did call God, My Father, in the bible!

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