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The First Miracle of Jesus in the Quran

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Just imagine, Mary, mother of Jesus, in a very conservative and religious community. She is from a well known family- a daughter of a priest , and has spent most of her life in the Temple.

This virtuous, saintly, unmarried woman arrives carrying her child, in front of people who new her and her family very well. It must have been an AWFUL experience for her.

How can she prove her innocence? Would anyone believe her? What on earth is she going to do?She needed a miracle.

You can not find the answer to these questions in the canonical Gospels. You will not find the answer even in the non-canonical Gospel of Infancy of Jesus, which has Jesus speaking in the cradle but only to his mother and Joseph, who is described as her spouse. But if she was married, there would be no cause for concern!

You will, however, find the answers in the Quran.

Only a miracle could vindicate Mary in front of the people. She needed a miracle, and that is precise;y what she got. A great miracle:

It was baby Jesus, still in the cradle, who spoke to the crowd, defending his mother, and vindicating her for ever, and dispelling any doubt about her purity.

This is how the whole scene is beautifully described in the Quran:

The Quran, Chaper 19: MARY
[19:16] And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East,
[19:17] And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man.
[19:18] She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art Allah-fearing.
[19:19] He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son.
[19:20] She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath touched me, neither have I been unchaste?
[19:21] He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.
[19:22] And she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place.
[19:23] And the pangs of childbirth drove her unto the trunk of the palm-tree. She said: Oh, would that I had died ere this and had become a thing of naught, forgotten!
[Pickthal 19:24] Then (one) cried unto her from below her, saying: Grieve not! Thy Lord hath placed a rivulet beneath thee,
[19:25] And shake the trunk of the palm-tree toward thee, thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee.
[19:26] So eat and drink and be consoled. And if thou meetest any mortal, say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto the Beneficent, and may not speak this day to any mortal.
[19:27] Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O Mary! Thou hast come with an amazing thing.
[19:28] O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man nor was thy mother a harlot.
[19:29] Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to one who is in the cradle, a young boy?
[19:30] He spake: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet,
[19:31] And hath made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and hath enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I remain alive,
[19:32] And (hath made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and hath not made me arrogant, unblest.
[19:33] Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!
[19:34] Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt.
[19:35] It befitteth not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should take unto Himself a son. Glory be to Him! When He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is

Written by Rasheed Gadir

December 12, 2007 at 1:07 pm

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  1. Rasheed,
    Is this Jesus speaking when the passage says:

    [19:33] Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!?

    This would seem to contradict the belief that Jesus was not slain on the cross.

    Andrew

    http://seekingtheface.wordpress.com

    Andrew

    December 13, 2007 at 1:10 am

  2. Andrew,

    There is no contradiction here. Yes we believe that Jesus did not die on the cross, but he WILL die before the day of Judgement. There are many verses in the Quran that confirm that every thing in heavens and earth will perish before the resurrection for judgement. for example:

    [Quran 21:34] We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee. What! if thou diest, can they be immortal!
    [21:35] Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.

    and:

    [Quran 55:26] Everyone that is thereon will pass away;
    [55:27] There remaineth but the Countenance of thy Lord of Might and Glory.

    Rasheed

    Rasheed

    December 13, 2007 at 1:42 am

  3. Rasheed,

    So will Christ return? Will he do so specifically to die? How does this work?

    This passage would seem to further support the Christian belief that Christ died and is risen again.

    In 21:34-35 who does “we” refer to?

    Andrew

    http://seekingtheface.wordpress.com

    Andrew

    December 14, 2007 at 12:40 am

  4. Andrew
    Answers to your questions:

    1- Yes, Jesus will return. That is what prophet Muhammad pbuh said, and there are references to that in the Quran too.

    2- No, not specifically to die, he will amongst other things fight the Dajjal (The Liar), break the cross and also die.

    3-Why do you say the verse suggests that he died? Jesus is quoted saying: “When I die” which does not necessarily mean he died already. I do not know whether you are aware of the Muslim position on the crucifixion of Jesus, may be we (you and me) will discuss it in the future.

    4- We refers to God, referring to Himself in the “Majestic We”, which is a common Arabic use of the word ‘we’ for a speaker who is King, Powerful and Majestic.

    Rasheed

    Rasheed

    December 14, 2007 at 2:57 am

  5. Rasheed,

    Thanks for answering. I was not aware of the Muslim belief of Christ returning. I have heard the Muslim position on the crucifixion… that it was a man who appeared to be Jesus. I think it’s quite a stretch given that his mother was there. Does not a mother know her child? I find this to be one of the most perplexing teachings of Islam. Especially considering the fact that history tells us the disciples died for preaching that Jesus died and was resurrected. Why would they do that if it wasn’t him who died? Any thoughts on this?

    The context of the verse suggested to me that he had died already because it followed, to me, a logical sequence: born, die, resurrection. There is no separation between birth and death to suggest they would be thousands of years apart. Does the Arabic somehow separate this?

    The Bible uses something similar to the “we” form. In Genesis 1:26 when God creates man He says “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” This is understood within Christianity to be a function of the Trinity. God refers to “us” as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    Interesting…

    Andrew

    http://seekingtheface.wordpress.com

    Andrew

    December 14, 2007 at 3:34 am

  6. This is a very interesting discussion. I promise to give you my thoughts on it very very soon. (Here it is)

    Just a quick remark, Jesus spoke about his birth, death and resurrection, in the same Chapter of the Quran, and referring to John the Baptist, Allah says:

    [Quran 19:15] Peace on him the day he was born, and the day he dieth and the day he shall be raised alive!

    There are -undoubtedly- thousands of years between the death and the raising alive on the day of judgement of John the Baptist.

    Similarly, the raising of Jesus will take place on the day of Judgement and after his death.

    Rasheed

    December 14, 2007 at 4:05 am

  7. Thanks Rasheed. That passage about John the Baptist clarifies things. I guess I was reading into the passage a little due to my beliefs.

    I understand it is probably the middle of the night there. I will eagerly await your follow up.

    Andrew

    http://seekingtheface.wordpress.com

    Andrew

    December 14, 2007 at 5:08 am

  8. Beautiful Discussion MashaAllah!

    Indeed the correct way of understanding the real Islam is to refer to the Holy Quran as the basis for all knowledge and then understanding the Sunnah and Hadith in its light. Anything that cannot be linked back to the Quran cannot be declared an integral part of Islam. We must be very careful when we assume that something is or is not part of Islam. Allah has protected the Holy Book for this very purpose that no matter how much time passes the word of Allah remains pure and provides guidance to those who truly want to submit to his will and stay on course to becoming true Muslims.
    The values, injunctions, and the principles enshrined in the Book form the corner stone of the Islamic polity and the limits laid down by it provide the framework within which the laws of the Islamic State may be formulated. These principles, or limits, or framework, are immutable, but the statutes made by the State within these four corners are open to modification and change according to the needs of the times.

    The Qur’an is the last of the Divine Books, because Messenger-hood ended with Muhammad. No subsequent human opinion or pronouncement in matters of deen, therefore, can be recognized as authoritative; nor can any man-made law repugnant to the Qur’an be regarded as binding upon the Muslims. The Qur’an is a book of guidance for all mankind and transcends the barriers of time and space. The Islamic State is an instrument for the enforcement of the Laws and Injunctions embodied in the Qur’an.
    May Allah guide us and have mercy on us. Ameen.
    Abdul Momin
    http://www.quransunnat.com

    abdulmomin

    December 25, 2007 at 11:01 pm

  9. Thank you Abdul Momin for your comment.

    I have looked at your blog and I congratulate you on a great job, May Allah accept our efforts.

    Rasheed

    Rasheed

    December 27, 2007 at 5:11 am

  10. I love all people and respect Islam but I’m sorry to let you know that Yeshua or Jesus did die on the cross and the proof of that is overwhelming. What evidence can Islam provide to prove he never died on the cross?none.it sounds like somebody wanted to make Jesus inferior or equal to mohhamed.sorry there’s too much historical proof.much love to all nations.

    Crusader4Truth

    July 25, 2009 at 4:47 am

    • Crusader4Truth

      You may want to read the evidence in the Qur’an (4:157-158).
      It is also interesting to read the writings of Dr.Barbara Thiering (Sydney Theologian),derived from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Articles on Jesus’ tombs found in Palestine and the Shroud of Turin are also worth considering.

      Cikini420

      August 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

  11. Crusader4Truth

    what evidence is there that Jesus never died on the cross? The evidence is given by the most reliable and trustworthy sourse imaginable: God Himself, whose uncorrupted speach is to be found in His final revelation: the Qur’an

    Paul Williams

    August 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  12. to Crusader4Truth and Paul Williams: You better read this article

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4596856.ece

    Dipa Nugraha

    October 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

  13. My problem here is that i dislike people wasting time to misinterprete the bible wen the christians have no time for arguement. Jesus died, i believe, the real christians believes, even non-christians today witnessing or having an encounter with Jesus believes. He had appeared to many, taking many to see the Hell and Heaven and sending them back to come and proclaim to people that does not have the sense. My brother, Jesus died on the cross, buried on the second day and raised by God on the third day. And He was here below for more than 39 days before He went back to Heaven. Pls donot be angry i have to say these. Don’t lead people astray. Know that a blind cannot lead a blind for both wil fall into a pit. Let’s live it all for the JUDGEMENT DAY.

    Ubybest

    September 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    • You’re beating around the bush but still haven’t give us the proper answer of infant Jesus who said ‘The day I was born, the day I died and the day I RAISED ALIVE.! ” it’s a simple statements , a declaration from God Himself but you just didn’t want to accept it from your own Quran because it contradicts what you believed. You will not be able to find the answer unless you believed what it saids.Period.

      Missy QQ

      June 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      • Dear Missy QQ,
        I am sorry to disappoint you, but the Quran says “The Day I am raised alive ” .. So obviously Jeasus is not raising himself, but he will be raised by the One and only God.. It can also be inferred from the text that Jesus could not have been god because he is subject to same fate as all humans- namely life – death -and being raised by God in the Last Day.

        Rasheed Gadir

        July 5, 2015 at 12:59 am

  14. Thus Jesus (pbuh) defended his mother from the grave slander and innuendoes of her enemies.
    This was the very first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Holy Quran. And I am sure you can see the importance of this miracle for if it was not for that miracle Mary would have been stoned to death (.As the law of Moses (A S) in the tawrat say that the price for adultery is stoning to death). But Allah is Great Allah always comes to the rescue of his servants.

    Polo

    May 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm


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