Both Christians and Muslims believe Jesus (peace be upon him) performed many miracles during his life. The Qur’an has several references to the life of Prophet Jesus (AS) and his mother Maryam (AS).
With the Christmas season around the corner, it is only natural for children to be drawn to the decorations and glamour of Christmas trees and gifts. This is the perfect time to teach your children about Jesus (AS) and the immense importance he holds in our lives.
Here are seven things to teach your child about Jesus (AS):
Jesus (AS) is our prophet:
Muslims believe that Jesus (called “Isa” in Arabic) was a prophet of God and was born to the virgin Mary or Maryam (AS). Just like all the prophets before him, Jesus (AS) was also sent with the same message – to worship Allah alone. He was given the book Injeel for the followers of his time to read, just like how Mulsims were given the Quran to adhere to. However, the people of his time refused to believe in him.
Jesus (AS) had a miraculous birth:
Jesus (AS was born without a father! This was, and still is, unheard of till today. Allah wanted his birth to be a miracle which is why he (AS) was given the ability to speak as an infant in the cradle and declare himself to be a prophet of God.
Jesus (AS)’s mother Maryam is highly honoured in Islam:
Mary or Maryam (AS) has an entire chapter in the Qur’an named after her. This is the only chapter in the Qur’an named after a female figure. In fact, Maryam (AS) is the only woman to be mentioned by name in the entire Qur’an. All other female figures are identified by their relation to others, such as the wife of Adam and the mother of Moses, or by their title, such as the Queen of Sheba. Maryam (AS) is mentioned more times in the Qur’an than in the entire New Testament of the Bible.
Jesus (AS) performed many miracles:
Allah allowed Jesus (as) to perform many miracles, such as:
– Healing sick people
– Making blind people able to see.
– Making a clay bird and breathing life into it.
– Raising a man from the dead.
– Curing leprosy
– Multiplying a small amount of food to feed thousands.
Jesus (AS) was not crucified:
Unlike Christians who believe that Jesus (AS) was crucified, Muslims believe that Jesus (AS) was raised up to the heavens when his enemies plotted to kill him. Allah saved him from being killed and also defeated the plots of his enemies.
Jesus (AS) will return to Earth
When Jesus/Esa (as) returns, he will come down in Damascus.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,“Jesus (as), will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus, wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it”. [Muslim]
Jesus (AS) will fight the Dajjal:
Jesus (AS) will return to Earth before the Day of Judgement to restore justice and defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal, or “the false messiah” — also known as the Antichrist.
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