In the Christian version an angel told Mary she was pregnant and she went with Joseph to Bethlehem where she gave birth. This was ‘god’ in human form-born and growing as a human. Mary was revered and the birth celebrated.
*K 3.59 Lo! the likeness of Isa/Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is.
Is Jesus/Isa like Adam, a totally new and unique creation? Adam may have been created from dust (possibly as an adult-who would have cared for him?) and told to ‘be’ but text tells us the creation of the next unique individual, Jesus/Isa was different again...
Maryam was supposedly the daughter of Imran (k3.35-36) and sister to Moses and Aaron (k19.28) –who lived at least 1200 years earlier according to the Biblical chronology. Islamic text confuses genealogies, people, places, events and timelines...
While a virgin, she became pregnant via allah/Gabriel as allah’s ruh (‘spirit’)—
First Mary withdrew in seclusion from her family (K 19.16 ) and ...
*K 19.17........“We sent to her our Ruh (Gabriel?) and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.”
*K 19.18 She said: “Verily I seek refuge with the most gracious from you, if you do fear allah.”
Clearly this ‘man’ (allah/allah’s ruh or soul-Gabriel?) frightened Maryam who possibly feared rape! She was told she would have a son.
*K 19.20 –She said : “ How shall I have a son when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?”K 19.22 says Maryam conceived and withdrew to a far place, alone. Also K 3.47 and although allah could simply say ‘be’ we get detail of how allah created Isa.
*K 21.91 And she who guarded her chastity [Virgin Maryam (Mary)], We breathed into (the sleeves of) her (shirt or garment) [through Our Rûh ¬ Jibrael (Gabriel)], and We made her and her son ['Isa (Jesus)] a sign for Al-'Alamin (the mankind and jinns).
(NOTE: everything in brackets is added by the translator in the free to the west Saudi version–Gabriel? Sleeves? ) See another translation-
*K 21.91 And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples. (USC version)
As Mumin Salih (How can He have a son when He has no wife? Tuesday, 27 November 2007 this site) and my Arabic teacher pointed out, both are mistranslations of the Arabic particularly with regard to the words ‘chastity’ and ‘breathed into’ and should be written “Maryam guarded her sexual organ (Vulva, vagina) until we blew into her!! ..
Why did anything need to be ‘blown’ into Mary? Why did a ‘man’ need to be sent? Did Mary consent or was she forced? What is this ruh—allah, allah’s soul? Supposedly the angel Gabriel is allah’s soul/ruh??(K 2.87)...
*K 19:23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
Hardly the words of a woman happy to be chosen by allah!
Regardless of the detail we know that Isa was not created as others were—Adam from clay, Mohammad (and ALL the other ‘prophets’ and people) from normal sexual reproduction. Nor is this the mere ‘breath’ of life given to all. Clearly Isa/Jesus is the offspring of god. I don’t believe the Christian god and the Muslim one are the same but I do think the koran writers copied the tale of Jesus and didn’t realise its significance till later. This necessitated all sorts of weak attempts to hide what Islamic text really implies - Jesus is the son of god. His conception is utterly unique even in the Islamic text (mum +allah). Either allah himself pretending to be a man, or his soul/ruh or the angel Gabriel(?) bearing allah’s seed or ruh or WHATEVER impregnated Maryam!
K.6: 101. He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything.
The same logic could be used about Mary, a mere human – how could she have a son when she had no husband? But such logic is missed.
The koran states allah does not beget a son walad: *K18:4; 19.35; 2:116; 17:111; 23:91; 9:30; 4:171 (‘have’); ‘son’ ibn *K 9:30. However, it attributes the birth of Jesus directly to divine action, implying that Allah did, in fact, bring a son into the world!!
2) Jesus/Isa’s DEATH AND RESURRECTION-he is with god/allah, Mohammad is not.
Jesus/Isa foretold his own death and resurrection:
*K 19.33 Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!
*K 3.55 And when Allah said: O Isa, I am going to make you sleep and raise you to Myself and purify you of those who disbelieve and make those who follow you above those who disbelieve to the day of resurrection; then to Me shall be your return, so l will decide between you concerning that in which you differed.
And two translations of k 5.117:
*K 5.117 PICKTHAL: .....I was a witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when Thou tookest me Thou wast the Watcher over them. Thou art Witness over all things.
SHAKIR: .....I was a witness of them so long as I was among them, but when Thou didst cause me to die, Thou wert the watcher over them, and Thou art witness of all things. (source)
The text in *K3.55 is more accurately, literally translated as “Behold! Allah said: O Jesus! I will cause thee to die and raise thee to Myself and clear thee..”
In *K5.117 it becomes ‘you caused me to die.’ The translation ‘you took me up’ is a patent attempt at ignoring the real meaning of the Arabic terminology.
The normal Arabic word ‘he died’ is twaffa. It is used 25 times in the Qur’an: 2:234, 240; 3:193; 4:15,97; 6:60, 61; 7:37, 126; 8:50; 10:46, 104; 12:101; 13:40; 16:28, 32, 70; 22:5; 32:15; 39:39-42; 40:67, 77; 47:27 and translated as …died/die. In the case of Jesus/Isa, it is said to mean “make you sleep”or “take or gather thee” or “terminate the period of your stay” in various translations of 3.55 or “take you to myself” in 5:117.
*K 4.157 -158 And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the messenger of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.... Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.
Others, including Mohammad must wait till judgement day to be resurrected but the koran and hadith imply that Jesus is already in paradise waiting to return to earth!
Some reading this will say that Islam does revere Jesus but this is wrong. Isa is a Muslim, a slave of allah who preached ‘worship allah’ and that those who die fighting for allah will reach paradise, and he will bear witness against Christians and return to kill all Christians- eg
* ***Bukhari Volume 3, Book 34, Number 425: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary (Jesus) will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill the pig and abolish the Jizya (a tax taken from the non-Muslims, who are in the protection, of the Muslim government). Then there will be abundance of money and no-body will accept charitable gifts.
Obviously the true Jesus was not allah’s slave as Islam did not exist. The Christian Jesus called god his father, not his master as appropriate for a slave. There is no mention of Islam or Muslims who follow allah until many hundreds of years later! The ethics and behaviour of Christianity’s Jesus is in stark contrast to that of Mohammad and allah. The koran cannot quote Jesus as it didn’t exist till well after the 7th century (no 7th century korans) so anything attributed to Isa and being passed off as Jesus is either plagiarised or lies!! Jesus’s name in Arabic by Christians is given as Yasuu’ and does NOT translate to Isa.
But, Muslims have transferred into their own text, evident when read in the Arabic, support for the fundamental, central claims of Christianity, claims that Islam tries to deny. If Muslims critically read their text in Arabic, thought and questioned, then the truth would leap out—Jesus was the son of god and he died and was resurrected! Such a death and resurrection have meaning in Christianity but no meaning in Islam.
Whether due to the ‘copying’ of those who composed the koran or due to divine intervention to reveal some truth is hard to say - but the FACT is that an impartial reading of the koran reveals these central Christian claims. It is a fact that a non-religious person like myself finds astonishing.
It also became apparent that, while the koran distorts Jesus, it also contains astonishing statements that clearly show that Jesus/Isa is superior to Mohammad. So one can only wonder why Muslims revere Mohammad so much!
ALIMCDRom – quran, hadiths, etc
The noble Koran: English translations of the meanings and commentary. Endowment for allah’s sake from the custodian of the two holy mosques king Abdullah ibn’abd al-aziz al Saud (ie Saudi freebie)