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Facts about Jesus (peace be upon him) and his Mother (Mary) in the Islamic Teachings

The Qur’an does not present a detailed biography of Jesus (peace be upon him). However, it does highlight the important aspects of his birth along with his miracles, his mission and his ascension. The Qur’anic account of Jesus’ ministry confirms most of his miracles mentioned in the Bible; it even identifies some which are not mentioned in the Bible. What we know about Prophet Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) can be divided into two topics: his personality and his message. Eleven facts have been detailed below. What you should know about Jesus (peace be upon him)


1. The status of Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam Islam teaches that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is one of the most respected prophets because of his efforts in spreading the word of Allah. It displays a true spirit of love towards him and his mother, Mary. There is not a single disparaging remark against Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) or any other prophet in the entire Qur’an or other Islamic literature or Islamic history books. An evidence of praise for Jesus (peace be upon him) is the fact that his story along with that of his mother’s has been mentioned in three places in the Qur’an: chapters 3, 4 and 19.

In fact, an entire chapter of the Qur’an, (chapter 19), is named after ‘Maryam’ (Mary) in her honour.2 Another evidence of praise is that the name of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) has been mentioned 25 times in the Qur’an; this is in contrast to the mention of Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him), whose name is mentioned only four times. This proves that Islam honours all prophets for the message they have in common; it did not discard one prophet with the advent of another.

Jesus (peace be upon him) has been referred to in the Qur’an with many titles, Ibn Maryam (son of Mary), the Messiah (the anointed one), ‘Abdullâh (slave of Allah),3 and Rasool Allâh (the messenger of Allah). This praise and glorification agrees with what Jesus (peace be upon him) is reported to have said in John 16:144 describing the prophet who would succeed him: “He will glorify me.

2. The beginning of his lineage

The Qur’anic account of Jesus (peace be upon him) starts with the story of his mother, Mary. When she conceived her, Mary’s mother vowed to dedicate her unborn child to the worship of Allah and service to Jerusalem Mary grew up to be very righteous. She dedicated herself to the worship of Allah and was supplied with provision from Him. Therefore, it is no mystery as to why she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus (peace be upon him). The Qur’anic verses inform us: {[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of ‘Imrân said: My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service5 ], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing. But when she delivered her, she said: My Lord, I have delivered a female – and Allah was most knowing of what she delivered – and the male is not like the female; I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah]. So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said: O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you? She said: It is from Allah. Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.} (Qur’an 3: 35-37)

It is interesting to note that when the mother of Mary delivered her child, she was a bit disappointed to discover that she did not have a son. This was because she had always wished for her child to be dedicated to the worship of Allah. However, little did she know that this very child would be extremely righteous, and end up being the mother of Jesus himself. This was better for her than a son, hence, Allah’s words: {…and Allah was most knowing of what she delivered…}


3. The status of Mary Mary, mother of Jesus, is very highly respected in Islam. Her story is an important one that is mentioned several times in the Qur’an. Mary is mentioned by name 31 times in the Qur’an, and in fact an entire chapter of the Qur’an is named after her.

This is an honor that not even the women in Prophet Muhammad’s family were accorded. Although there are stories and anecdotes in the Qur’an about other women of strong faith, and others of importance in the history of the three Abrahamic religions, none other than Mary is actually mentioned by name. Allah has said: {And [mention] when the angels said: O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. O Mary, be devoutly obedient to you Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]. That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, [O Muhammad]…} (Qur’an 3: 42-44)

4. The news about Jesus (peace be upon him) When Mary approached adulthood, she was informed about the honour of bearing this noble son well before his birth. It was the angel Gabriel (peace be upon him), who appeared in front of her with this news. The following verses in the Qur’an describe the dialogue between Mary and the angel: {[And mention] when the angels said: O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah].

He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous. She said: My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me? [The angel] said: Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it: Be, and it is.} (Qur’an 3: 45-47)

5. The birth of Jesus (peace be upon him) Mary conceived this child miraculously (the first miracle) and retired to a distant place where she waited for the birth of her child. This amazing story has been related to us in chapter 19 of the Qur’an, titled Maryam (Mary):

{So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: O, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten. But he called her from below her: Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say: Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.} (Qur’an 19: 22-26)