Islam honors all the prophets who were sent to mankind.
Muslims respect all prophets in general, but Jesus in particular, because he was one of the prophets who foretold the coming
of Muhammad. Muslims, too, await the second coming of Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of Allah's prophets to
mankind. A Muslim does not refer to him simply as "Jesus," but normally adds the phrase "peace be upon him" as a sign of respect.
No other religion in the world
respects and dignifies Jesus as Islam does. The Qur'an confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Qur'an is entitled "Mary"),
and Mary is considered to have been one of the purest women in all creation. The Qur'an describes Jesus' birth as follows:
"Behold!' the Angel said, God
has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. Mary, God gives you good news of a word from
Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those brought
near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and he shall be of the righteous. She said: "My
Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?' He said: "Even so; God creates what He will. When He decrees a thing,
He says to it, 'Be!' and it is." [3:42-47]
Muslims believe that Jesus was
born immaculately, and through the same power which had brought Eve to life and Adam into being without a father or a mother.
"Truly, the likeness of Jesus
with God is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, 'Be!' and he was." [3:59]
During his prophetic mission, Jesus
performed many miracles. The Qur'an tells us that he said:
"I have come to you with a sign
from your Lord: I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it and it becomes a bird by
God's leave. And I heal the blind, and the lepers, and I raise the dead by God's leave." [3:49]
Muhammad and Jesus, as well as
the other prophets, were sent to confirm the belief in one God. This is referred to in the Qur'an where Jesus is reported
as saying that he came:
"To attest the law which was
before me, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear
God and obey me." [3:50]
Prophet Muhammad emphasized the
importance of Jesus by saying:
"Whoever believes there is no
god but Allah, alone without partner, that Muhammad is His messenger, that Jesus is a servant and messenger of God, His word
breathed into Mary and a spirit emanating from Him, and that Paradise and Hell are true, shall be received by God into Heaven.