*This is a very short post about Jesus (AS) that does not do him justice. I suggest you do research about him some more elsewhere, this is a basic rundown of his role in Islam.
1. Muslims Believe in Jesus?!
- Why yes, Islam honors all the prophets who were sent to mankind. In Arabic, he is known as Isa or Eesa. 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 Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is entitled “Mary”), and Mary is considered to have been one of the purest women in all creation.
2. So what does the Qur’an say about Jesus?
- The Quran 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 Quran 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]
3. Does that mean Muslims believe in the Bible?
- Apart of being a Muslim, we are to acknowledge all the religious scriptures given to previous prophets. This includes, the Torah (revealed to Moses), the Bible (revealed to Jesus), Psalms (revealed to David) and we consider the Qur’an, which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad as the last and final book of God’s words. However, it does not mean we believe the content of the previous books today. Muslims believe that they have been changed over time and no longer hold the original message of God. If one was to look back at the original books and compare them with the Qur’an, you will notice many similarities between the books.
4. Do Muslims accept his crucifixion?
- When the Romans came to arrest and crucify Jesus, we believe that God saved him and raised him to the heavens. God then replaced him with someone with Jesus’ likeness and he was crucified instead.
And [We cursed them] for their disbelief and their saying against Mary a great slander, And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of God .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. (4:156-4:159)
5. Do Muslims believe in his second coming?
- As Christians do, Muslims also believe in the return of Jesus the Messiah to earth, although his role and reason for his return does differ from what the Christians propose. He will return to earth first and foremost to prove his mortality and refute the false beliefs people held about him. He will live a normal life, marry, and also die as any other human. At that point, the matter will be clear concerning him, and all people will have believed that he was truly mortal.
Jesus will also fight the Anti-Christ, who will call people to the belief that he is God, and who will appear just before he returns. Jesus will defeat the Antichrist, and all people will accept the true religion of God. The world will see a type of peace and serenity unfelt in history, all worshipping the same God, subservient to Him alone, and at peace with one another.
Muslims believe that he was not God, nor was he the ‘Son of God’, but was the Messiah, an illustrious prophet of God. Jesus did not invite people to worship himself; rather, he called them to worship God, Whom he himself worshipped. Muhammad and Jesus, as well as the other prophets, were sent to confirm the belief in one God. This is referred to in the Quran 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. [Bukhari]
OP notes: May God forgive me if I have written anything false without my knowledge, please feel free to respectfully correct anything I’ve mistakenly written or have said. Also, please feel free to add any sources or points I have missed as well. I did not write most of this article, it’s a compilation of various online sources.