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honoring Jesus as a Muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Merry Christmas!

In honor of the Prophet Issa AS, on this day where my Christian cousins in faith celebrate the life and Message of the Lord, I will share this excerpt from a new piece by my friend Haroon Mogul in the Boston Review. Haroon points out that Christmas is a uniquely MuslimoChristian holiday rather than a JudeoChristian one:

The serious divisions among the three great religions begin with Jesus. Jews, of course, do not recognize Jesus as divine or as a godly messenger. For Christians, Jesus is the son of God who died on the cross to save us from sin—the original sin of Adam and Eve. Muslims take a middle view: Jesus is one in a long line of prophets beginning with Adam and culminating in Muhammad. All prophets—including Abraham and the prophets sent to the Children of Israel—are human beings and all preach the same religion: monotheism.

Muslims do not resent, as some have suggested, the West’s “Judeo-Christian” heritage. Jews and Muslims share monotheism and the prophetic tradition, and have no idea what to make of Christianity’s Trinity. At the same time, Christians and Muslims share deep affinities, most importantly with regard to Jesus. Islam accepts Jesus as the messiah and word and spirit of God, and Muslims believe in the virgin birth. The big difference between Muslims and Christians is not over whether Jesus is a man of God, but whether that is all he is. In Islam God creates space and time, but is apart from it and does not take human (or any other) form. Whereas Christians know Jesus as the son of God, Muslims know him simply as the son of Mary.

It is important that on Christmas Day, Muslims embrace the love that Christians express for the Prophet Issa AS and join in that expression of love. Doing so does not mean we should forget that we have differences in belief about Jesus; but neither should we use those differences as an excuse for standing apart.

On this day, Christians express their love for our Prophet. Any response other than love is an insult to our Prophets, on our part.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Adnan

    I agree with you. I love Jesus(peace be upon him) as much as the Christians do. But the problem is 25th of Dec is not the actual birthday of Jesus(peace be upon him). It was invented by the Roman pagans.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment kabir suleiman

    The contradiction about Jesus is caused as a result of high rate of knowledge gap.most religious leaders know little or nothing about Jesus and that is how they continue to pass the half knowledge or the ignorancy to thier followers, that is the reason why a very high polulation of people knows nothing about thier religion. The only solution is seeking for knowledge.

  • http://islam44.blogspot.com/ Ahsan Raza

    Muslims follows Jesus more than Christians.

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