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I found this interesting comparison of Jesus in the 3 major religions on this website.  Jesus is mentioned many times in their religious texts.

Islamic Jesus

Prophet Eesa was born about 600 years before Prophet Muhammad  in the area of the Bethlehem Valley which is about 5 miles from Jerusalem. He was most likely born under a palm tree in this valley as the Quran states:

“And the pangs of childbirth drove her under a palm tree.” Chapter 19 Verse 23.

After Maryam gave birth to Eesa , she returned to her family. They were naturally shocked to see her with a baby since she came from a respectable family and they knew she was not yet married.

Maryam did not know what to tell her family so she simply pointed at her son. Her family responded in surprise, asking how can a baby explain what happened?

Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said, “Oh Mary! You have brought a surprising thing. Oh Sister of Aaron! Your father was not a wicked man nor was your mother unchaste. Then she pointed to him. They said, “How can we talk to one who is in the cradle, a young boy?”

Chapter 19 Verses 27-29

Before continuing, I would like to address the phrase “Sister of Aaron.” Many of the enemies of Islam have tried to use this phrase as proof that Prophet Muhammad made the Quran up and got several facts incorrect. They say this because in the Old Testament, Prophet Musa had a brother named Aaron and a sister named Miriam. They say that Prophet Muhammad got this wrong as Moses, Aaron, and Miriam lived several centuries before Eesa and his mother Maryam (Allah’s peace be upon them all).

However, this phrase “Sisters of Aaron” does not mean that Prophet Muhammad thought Maryam was Moses’ and Aaron’s biological sister. It is most likely that righteous women at the time were called “Sisters of Aaron,” as Prophet Aaron (Haroon in Arabic,) was the high priest for the Children of Israel.

This custom is still carried on today amongst the Catholics and Orthodox Christians who sometimes refer to orders of nuns as “Sisters of Saint Joseph,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Sisters of Mary,” and so on.

More proof of this is the fact that  no where else in the Quran does it mention that Prophet Musa and Prophet Aaron were related to Maryam . This despite the fact that Musa is mentioned more times in the Quran than any other prophet, including Muhammad. The Quran mentions Moses’ birth, his travels, his brother, his mother, his time with the Pharoah and his wife.

Yet, there is no part that mentions him being related to Maryam. This is clear proof that Prophet Muhammad knew they were not directly related and did not make a mistake in the verse above.

After pointing to her son, Isa replied:

“I am the slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and has made me a Prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I may be and has not made me arrogant, or unblessed. Peace on me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I shall be raised back to life.” Chapter 19 Verses 30-33.

Jesus the Son of Mary was a prophet of Allah. By the Grace of Allah, he performed many miracles. He is also the Messiah, or the anointed one (Christ), who will return near the End Times.

The return of Isa  is one of the major signs of the last day. As the Messiah, he will destroy the Dajjal, or the False Messiah (Anti-Christ).

Jesus In Christianity

Christians have a much different view of Jesus though this view has changed over time.

Today, Christians universally believe that Isa is the son of Allah. There are different interpretations of this belief, but they are essentially all the same.

Some Christians believe that Jesus is the actual son of Allah. Some believe that he is actually Allah in the flesh. Some believe that he is the Word or Spirit of Allah.

Whatever the iteration of belief, they all violate the concept of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism). These beliefs all point to worshiping a creation of Allah (Jesus) rather than Allah Himself.

Another major departure from the Islamic beliefs of Jesus that Christians have is his death. It is an important aspect of Christian faith that one must believe that Jesus is the Savior of mankind. They believe he was killed (crucified) for man’s sins. According to Christians, all who accept this belief will be saved from God’s punishment.

This belief however was not always the same. The earliest Christians did not consider themselves as a separate faith from Judaism. They thought of themselves as Jews who followed the teachings of Christ. While it is not certain if they believed in his crucifixion, they certainly did not believe he was God in the flesh.

This belief did not come about until Paul of Tarsis began to spread his version of Christian belief.

Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified at all. Instead, he was saved by Allah from his persecutors and raised him up to the heavens where he will remain until it is time to slay the Anti-Christ.

Jesus In Judaism

Both Muslims and Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah. But Christians take their love for Jesus too far and worship him as a god. Jews go too far in the other direction and do not believe he is the Messiah or a prophet.

Different Jewish beliefs go to varying lengths of their belief toward Isa. Some beliefs are very extreme and declare that Maryam committed fornication and hid it by saying his birth was a miracle.

But most Jews today simply believe that Eesa was the son of Maryam’s husband Joseph and was just another Jewish preacher though not the Messiah.

I personally leaning towarad the idea for the Islamic Jesus. Makes more sense.

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