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 Quran – 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 devout Muslims that Isa – Jesus – is a Messenger of God who was sent to guide the Children of Israel with the Holy Gospel. Jesus – aka “Isa” – is referenced in the Quran 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 the Quran. And I have occasionally commented on Islam (see 1/30/12; 3/26/12; 8/23/12; and 9/6/13). Islam, Christianity and Judaism would seem have more in common than they do difference.
The story of Jesus has recurring reference in the Quran. Mary – his mother – is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran. She even has her own surra (chapter). All of the Old Testament prophets play a prominent role in the Quran. Religion – to me – is a fascinating topic which is relevant today. One of the concerns – among Muslims – is that a great many cannot read. S0 they 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. Then again, I find it easier to discuss religion with Pakistani cab drivers (see post of 8/19/12) than I do politics . . . . .