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Posted on Sun, Jun 04, 2006 14:46

Salamu Alaikum brothers and sisters. 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. [Bukhari]


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Posted on Sun, Jun 25, 2006 21:03

salaam alaikum... did they remove your posts about the shahada?? i wanted to read them. i had only read the first of them yesterday and was going to post a response but ended up being carried away with dinner. i actually had written a blog, but it was either not approved, or simply didn't go through. i was having some issues logging on to the site for a couple days.... now that i can't re-read that first blog of yours about the meaning of the shahada, i'm forgetting a lot of the points i wanted to add about it.. but i do agree with all that u said. i'm a revert to islam, and i remember early into studying islam i was shocked by how many people would say all u have to do is say the shahada and it's your free ticket to paradise, as to suggest u can be a horrible person and it makes no difference as long as u say those words. it's incredibly hypocritical and a horrible principle for people to be spreading about. it's a shame really.... anyway... i feel i have a lot of reading to catch up with. u've posted so much, mashallah... if that first blog was any indication, i'm sure there's a lot for me to learn from your blogs, insha'allah, and i do look forward to it. :) wasalaam


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