When the angel said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him whose name is the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near to Allah. The Koran – Surra 3:45
His name is Isa Ibn Marium. He was born of a virgin – Marium – who gave birth to Isa by the miraculous will of God. It is believed by many Muslims that Isa – Jesus – is a Messenger of God who was sent to guide the Children of Israel with the Holy Gospel. Jesus is referenced in the Koran as being al-Masih (“The Messiah”). Most Muslims accept that Jesus will return on the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat the Antichrist (al-Masih ad-Dajjal).
I have written about religion in earlier posts. I’ve discussed my journey through the Old and New Testaments. And I have not been shy about discussing Islam (see 1/30/12; 3/26/12; 8/23/12; and 9/6/13). Frankly, Islam, Christianity and Judaism have more in common than they do difference. But try telling that to the extremists. Many it seems – especially Muslims at this juncture in history – seem to believe that they alone have the ear of God. And among Muslims, the 72 (or 73) different sects vilify one other. And they vilify Christians and Jews despite our Abrahamic origins – and being Ahl al-Kitab. But I digress.
The story of Jesus has recurring reference in the Koran. Mary – his mother – is the only woman mentioned in the Koran. I’m a good Episcopalian but I read the Koran and other religious texts given that the topic is so fascinating (and historically relevant). Frankly, religion is a topic more people ought study. And understand. Yet among Muslims, regrettably a majority cannot read. S0 many get their information from imams, madrassahs and politicians. Who often have a political agenda. And you know what happens then. . . . Witness the fires that burn across the Middle East. Nevertheless, I find it easier to discuss religion with Pakistani cab drivers (see post of 8/19/12) than I do politics with those who are misguided on the subject.