The holiday season is upon us! And whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t deny that the sense of excitement and celebration is infectious. And since we know that Christians celebrate Christmas day as the day that Jesus was born, we wanted to explore a bit more about Jesus, and what he means to us as Muslims.
In Islam, Jesus was a prophet of God, much like Adam, Ibrahim, Moses and Mohammed (Peace be upon them). Much like the Jesus in the Bible, our Jesus was also born to a virgin mother who received word from God through the angel Gabriel.
The Quran says:
“She (Mary) said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.’ He (God) said: ‘So (it will be) for God creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: ‘Be!’- and it is” (3:47).
As well as a miraculous birth, we also believe that one of the first miracles of Jesus was that he spoke in the cradle.
“Then she (Mary) pointed to him. They said: ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’ He (Jesus) said: ‘Verily! I am a slave of God, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; ” (19:29-30).
With the permission of God and through his will, Jesus performed many miracles in his lifetime. Some of these miracles include: curing the sick and the blind, bringing back the dead and breathing life into a clay pigeon.
“I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission. I heal the blind from birth and the leper. And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission. And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses….” (3:49)
For Muslims, Jesus brought the message of God to all humanity and preached peace, love and humility. This is why we can understand why Jesus’ birth is celebrated all over the world by so many people at this time of year. Because despite the differences in what we believe about his life, we all believe in the lessons we can learn through his example.