All prophets are intensely respectful towards one another in order to
set an example for their followers to hold the other prophets in great
esteem, and exhort their associates to admire, revere and venerate other
prophets. It is not in any manner tolerable or admissible for a prophet
or a truthful believer to be disrespectful towards any prophet or offend
the honour and dignity of an apostle. One such respectful bond is referred
The prophet Muhammed’s relationship to I`sa
Imam Bukhari(d.256/834)and Imam Muslim(d.261/839)have narrated that the prophet said,
"I am akin to the son of Mary among the whole of mankind and the prophets are of different mothers, but of one religion, and no prophet was raised between me and him."
These Hadith informs us that all the prophets of God are sent to perform one sacred mission, and therefore, they all form one fraternity and brotherhood in faith. The difference, if any, is not in the fundamentals of faith, but in the offshoots which in religious terminology is called Shari`ah.
Hazrat Anas t has stated that the prophet Muhammad has said:
"All the prophets of Allah are like sons of the same father whose
mothers are different. I am nearest unto Jesus Christ. There is no prophet
between me and him. Remember, he will certainly descend and you should
recognize him as soon as you see him for he will be of a medium stature,
his color will be red and white. The hair of his head will be straight
and it will appear as if water is about to flow therefrom although there
will be no moisture in it."
The similarities between Muhammad and I`sa
There are some striking similarities between the prophets Muhammad and
I`sa, son of Mary. Some of these similarities are also found in the Quran.
Some of which are listed below:
"How can this Ummah perish when I am at the beginning and Jesus
son of Mary at the end?"
"He said : I am indeed a servant of Allah. He has given me the book and made me the prophet." (19:30)
About Muhammad the same thing has been said :
"Praise be to Allah, who revealed the book to His servant and
allowed not there any crookedness."(18:1)
"And We vouched unto Jesus, the son of Mary, all evidence of the truth, and strengthened him with Ruh-ul-Qudus" (2.87).
So was the case with the holy prophet Muhammad (salalahu alayhi wasalaam), as the Quran says :
"So Allah sent down His tranquillity upon him and strengthened him with hosts which you saw not." (9:40)
"Say: Ruh-ul-Qudus has revealed it from thy Lord with truth, that
it may establish those who believe, and as a guidance and good news for
those who submit." (16:102)
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