The Mission of the Masih

The Quran sees the duties of Jesus, a prophet, primarily in calling the children of Israel, who had drifted away from the teachings of the prophet Musa  (Moses) and had altered many laws of the Torah. He was sent to bring them back to obedience and servitude of the Creator, Allah. Jesus was also conferred with the responsibility of confirming the Torah and lifting its strict food laws, and to deliver glad tidings of a Prophet to come after him, namely, the Prophet Muhammad e. For this reason he was given the Injeel (Gospel). Declaring his mission he spoke thus,

"And I have come confirming the Torah that was before me, and allowing you some of that which was before me".

(Quran 3:50)
He (Jesus) said, "Verily, I am a worshipper of Allah. He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. He has made me blessed wherever I may be and enjoined upon me prayer and zakat as long as I live and made me obedient to my mother and He has not made me arrogant and unblessed." 19/29-32 In the sixteenth Quranic Surah, the sixth verse has stated I`sa`s  responsibility for prophesizing the advent of one more prophet whose name will be Ahmed, "highly praised". This word is derived from the same root as "Muhammad"  . This verse is as follows : "And remember Jesus, the Son of Maryam (Mary), when he said, "O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah, sent to you, confirming the law which came before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name will be Ahmed." But when he came to them with vivid signs, they said, "This is apparent magic." The following Biblical statements stand as a testimony upon I`sa’s fulfillment of this duty : "If you love me, keep my command meals, And I will pray to the father and He shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you forever". (John 14:15-16) This comforter is the prophet Muhammad  and, ‘he may abide with you forever’, signifies that which he brought i.e. the everlasting Quran, Hadith, religious legal features (Shariah) and Law.

On another occasion the Bible once again says,

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. How be it when he, the spirit of Truth will come he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and he shall show it unto you." (John 16:12-14) "He shall not speak of himself, but that whatsoever he hears" is pertaining to the word of God, Quran, revealed to him from God, as the wife of the prophet Muhammad  Aishah says, Al-Harith Ibn Hisham asked Allah’s messenger, "O Allah’s messenger! How is the divine inspiration revealed to you?" Allah’s messenger replied, "Sometimes it is revealed like the ringing of a bell, this form of revelation is the hardest of all and then this state passes after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says." Aisha added "Verily, I saw the prophet being inspired divinely and noticed the sweat dropping from his forehead on a very cold day as the revelation was over." The Bible says on another occasion, "But when the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me and he also shall bear witness because ye have been with me from the beginning."

(John 15:26-27)

The Quran has lined the Prophet I`sa (Jesus) with other Prophets of high rank. "And Zakariya and Yahya and I`sa (Jesus) and Ilyas : All in the ranks of the Righteous." (6:85) The Quran also states that Jesus, like Adam,  was created : "She said, O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me.?" Even so, Allah created what He wills, when He has decreed a matter, He but says to it, "BE!" and it is!" (3:47)

"The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him, "BE!" and he was." (3:59)

The following verses prove that Jesus could not be the son of God : "No son did Allah beget, nor is there any God along with Him. (If there were many gods), behold each god would have taken away, that he had created and some would have lorded it over Others! Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him." (23:91)

"He begetteth not, nor is He begotten." (112:3)

The following verse highlights the fact that I`sa  confirmed the Divine messages received before him : "(I have come to you) To attest the Torah, which was before me and to make lawful to you, part of what was (before) forbidden to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me!" (3:50) The fact that Jesus was not one of three persons within a multiple deity, is confirmed by the following Quranic statements : "O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion, nor say of Allah ought but the truth. Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, was (no more than) a messenger of Allah and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit proceeding from Him, so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not, "Three," desist, it will be better for you, for Allah is One God, Glory be to Him (far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and upon the earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of Affairs." (4:171)

"They disbelieve who say, "Allah is one of three (trinity) for there is no God, except One God. If they desist not from their word (for blasphemy), verily a grievious chastisement will befall the disbelievers among them." (5:73)

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