Imam Ibn Kathir(d.774/1352) has stated that as well as prophethood and apostleship, Jesus was honoured with many other great qualities and characteristics. The Quran says, with reference to his honour :
"Then Allah says, "O Jesus, the Son of Maryam (Mary)! Recount my favour upon you and your mother, when I strengthened you with the angel Gabriel so that you speak to people in childhood and maturity and when I taught you the book and wisdom and Torah and Injeel." 5/110.
Imam Qurtubi has narrated a view, without specifying which exegetes uphold this view, that the verse refers to a book other than the Torah and Injil, which was taught to Iísa (Jesus) u by Allah.
What this view would signify , in this case, is that it would be appropriate to confirm that I`saís knowledge was not limited to the Inj`il , neither was he illiterate, as accuse by Mirza.
Iísa (Jesus) was promised, by Allah, to be purified and elevated to a high position, as the Quran states :
"So peace is on the day I was born, the day I die and the day I shall be resurrected to life again." 19/33.
Imam Qurtubi says, that Abdullah is a servant and slave who has totally devoted himself to the servitude and worship of Allah. Jesus has declared himself to be the worshipper and Allah to be the Lord. This is the first duty of Jesus to the Creator : to worship Him and obey Him, as a slave complies to his master and obeys him.
The second quality of Jesus is such, that only those who follow him, will be able to benefit from it. This is the honour of prophethood, given to Jesus along with the responsibility of calling the people towards guidance and the straight path. He must also create the awareness of Godís existence and establish the divine rules set by God.
The third quality attributed to Jesus is, that he is Mubaraka. This is a characteristic of benefit for all the people, those who followed him, as well as those who did not.
Mubaraka literally means blessed, lucky, fortunate and he who has good in him. Jesus was a blessed personality of good nature and character. Imam Mujahid, a great exegete, says that Mubaraka, as stated in this verse, means Naffa`a , a person who is beneficial to all, as Jesus assisted the blind and the leper, by curing them of their ailments; he also aided the dead by bringing them back to life once more.
Imam Qurtubi has stated from Sufyan, a great exegete, that Mubaraka means that he will ordain good and forbid bad, guide the misled, help the oppressed and comfort the grieved.
Imam Ibn Kathir has recorded from Thawri, Mujahid and Amr-ibn-Qays that they have stated it to mean a preacher of good. Dhahhak says it means one who will fulfill the peopleís needs.
The first view, namely Mujahidís, is the most accepted, as it is more general rather than specific. It also covers all other views and the following verse (in the chapter named after Maryam) also mentions Jesus as mercy for all the people, thus supporting Mujahidís viewpoint :
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