What do Muslims think About Jesus?

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    [img=left]http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41599000/jpg/_41599524_templemountap203.jpg[/img]Muslims respect and revere Jesus, and await his Second Coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God's messengers to mankind. A Muslim never refers to him simply as 'Jesus', but always adds the phrase 'upon him be peace'. The Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is entitled 'Mary'), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation. The Quran describes the Annunciation as follows:

    'Behold!' the Angel said, 'Allah has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, Allah gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to Allah. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.'

    She said: 'O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?' He said: 'Even so; Allah creates what He will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, "Be!" and it is.' (Quran, 3:42-7)

    Jesus was born miraculously through the same power which had brought Adam into being without a father:

    Truly, the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, 'Be!' and he was. (Quran, 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 Allah's leave. And I heal the blind, and the lepers and I raise the dead by Allah's leave. (Quran, 3:49)

    Neither Muhammad( SW) nor Jesus (AS) came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in One God, brought by earlier prophets, but to confirm and renew it. In the Quran 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 Allah and obey Me. (Quran, 3:50)
    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
    Whoever believes there is no God but Allah, alone without partner, that Muhammad is His messenger, that Jesus is the servant and messenger of Allah, 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. (Hadith from Bukhari)

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