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Jesus in the Qur’an

Translation by Abdullah Yusufali

The Cow

2:87 We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of apostles. We gave Jesus the son of Mary clear signs and strengthened him with the holy spirit. Whenever there comes to you an apostle with what you don't desire, you aren't you puffed up with pride? Some you called impostors, and others you slay!


2:136 Say you: "We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to God in Islam (submission)."


2:253 Those apostles We endowed with gifts, some above others: to one of them God spoke; others He raised to degrees of honour; to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear signs, and strengthened him with the holy spirit. If God had so willed, succeeding generations would not have fought among each other, after clear signs had come to them, but they chose to wrangle, some believing and others rejecting. If God had so willed, they would not have fought each other; but God fulfills His plan.


The Family of Imran

3:3 It is He who sent down to you step by step, in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion of judgment between right and wrong.


3.35 A woman of 'Imran said: "O my Lord I dedicate to you what is in my womb for Your special service: So accept this of me: For You hear and know all things." When she was delivered, she said: "My Lord! I am delivered of a female child!"- and God knew best what she brought forth - "And no wise is the male Like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the Evil One, the Rejected."


3:45 The angels said: "Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of the company of those nearest to God; "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be of the company of the righteous." She said: "my Lord, How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?" He said: "Even so: God creates what He wills: When He has decreed a plan, He but says to it, 'Be,' and it is! and God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel, and appoint him an apostle to the Children of Israel, with this message: "'I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God's leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by God's leave; and I declare to you what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if you did believe; "'I have come to you, to attest the Law 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 God, and obey me."'It is God Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.'" When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: "Who will be My helpers to the work of God?" Said the disciples: "We are God's helpers: We believe in God, and do you bear witness that we are Muslims.


3:55 God said: "Jesus, I will take you and make you ascend to Myself and clear you of the falsehoods of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow you superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall you all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein you dispute.


3:59 The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.


3:84 Say: "We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in the Books given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to God do we bow our will in Islam (submission)."


The Women

4:157 They said in boast, "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God";- but they didn't kill him, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they didn't kill him:-


4:163 We have sent you inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms.


4:171 People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God anything but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was no more than an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for God is one God: Glory be to Him: far exalted is He above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs.


The Dinner Table

5.19 In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Christ the son of Mary is God. Say: "Who then has the least power against God, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all everyone that is on the earth?


5:49 And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.


5.75 They blaspheme who say: "Christ the son of Mary is God." But said Christ: "Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with God, God will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. Why don't they turn to God, and seek His forgiveness? For God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their daily food. See how God does make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth.


5:81 Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.


5:113 Then will God say: "Jesus the son of Mary, recount My favour to you and to thy mother. I strengthened you with the holy spirit, so that you spoke to the people in childhood and in maturity. I taught you the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and you make out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and you breath into it and it becomes a bird by My leave, and you heal those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And you bring forth the dead by My leave. And I restrained the Children of Israel from violence to you when you showed them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'


5:115 The disciples, said: "Jesus the son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table set with food from heaven?" Said Jesus: "Fear God, if you have faith."


5:117 Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O God our Lord, Send us from heaven a table set with food, that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from you; and provide for our sustenance, for you are the best Sustainer of our needs."


5:119-120 God will say: "Jesus the son of Mary, Did you say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God'?" He will say: "Glory to You, never could I say what I had no right to say. Had I said such a thing, you would indeed have known it. You know what is in my heart, I know not what is in Yours. For You know in full all that is hidden. "Never said I to them anything except what You didst command me to say, to wit, 'worship God, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them; when You took me up You were the Watcher over them, and You are a witness to all things.



19.16-34 Relate in the Book the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen to screen herself from them; then We sent her our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.
She said: "I seek refuge from you to God Most Gracious: don't come near if You fear God."
He said: "No, I am only a messenger from your Lord, to announce to you the gift of a holy son.
She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"
He said: "It will be so: Your Lord says, 'that is easy for Me: and We wish to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us':It is decreed."
So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place. So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried in her anguish: "Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!" But a voice cried to her from beneath the palm-tree: "Grieve not! for your Lord has provided a rivulet beneath You; shake towards yourself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon You. "So eat and drink and cool Your eye. If You see any man, say, 'I have vowed a fast to God Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being'"
At length she brought the babe to her people, carrying him in her arms. They said: "Mary, truly an amazing thing have You brought! "sister of Aaron Your father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste!"
But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"
He said: "I am indeed a servant of God: He has given me revelation and made me a prophet; He has made me blessed where ever I am, and has enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; He has made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life again" Such was Jesus the son of Mary: it is a statement of truth, about which they vainly dispute.


The Clans

33:7 And remember We took from the prophets their covenant: As We did from you: from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary: We took from them a solemn covenant:


The Counsel

42:13 The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah - the which We have sent by inspiration to you - and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that you should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than God, hard is the way to which you call them. God chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn to Him.


Ornaments of Gold

43:57 When Jesus the son of Mary is held up as an example, look, thy people raise a clamour thereat in ridicule!


43:61 And Jesus shall be a Sign for the coming of the Hour of Judgment: therefore have no doubt about the hour, but follow you Me: this is a Straight Way.


43:63 When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: "Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which you dispute: therefore fear God and obey me.


The Iron

57:27 Then, in their wake, We followed them up with others of Our apostles: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy. But the Monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them: We commanded only the seeking for the Good Pleasure of God; but that they did not foster as they should have done. Yet We bestowed, on those among them who believed, their due reward, but many of them are rebellious transgressors.


The Ranks

61:6 And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "Children of Israel! I am the apostle of God sent to you, confirming the Law which came before me, and giving Glad Tidings of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!"


61:14 O you who believe! Be you helpers of God: As said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, "Who will be my helpers to the work of God?" Said the disciples, "We are God's helpers!" then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved: But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that prevailed.


The Prohibition

66.12 And Mary the daughter of Imran , who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into her body of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout servants.




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