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How Does Islam View Jesus and Mary?

An extensive chapter of the Qurân,Maryam, is named after Mary and another chapter, Ali Imran, is named after Mary’s ancestors. Mary is referred to as having been purified by Allâh and chosen as the most exalted of all women. These two chapters of the Qurân provide vivid accounts of the virgin birth of Jesus, the miracles that he performed, and his preaching. The Jews accused Mary of being an adulteress for having had a child before marriage. Not knowing what to do, she stared helplessly at the newborn child. Then, to her amazement, the newborn child started to speak proclaiming that he was the prophet of God. Thus the first miracle performed by Jesus (Peace be upon him), according to the Qurân, is that he protected the honor of hismother by speaking from his cradle. There is reference in the Qurân to the fact that Jesus performed other miracles of healing and bringing the dead back to life. A significant point about the Muslim beliefs about Jesus (Peace be upon him) is the total rejection of the story of crucifixion.The Qurân does not explain what actually happened except that Allâh employed a strategy that deceived the Jews and raisedthe Prophet to the sky. A popular explanation of this great event is that Jesus (Peace be upon him) was taken away toheaven by four angels just before the arrest, and that Judas was made to look like Jesus so that he was arrested and crucified instead of Jesus (Peace be upon him). This leads on to the belief that Jesus (Peace be upon him) will return to earth to complete his life, to establish Islam as the world religion, to destroy Christianity, and to signal the nearness of the end of the world. He will then die and be buried, some say in Medina, next to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him).

"The angels said: “O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God. “He shall speak tothe people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.” [The Qurân, Ch: 3 Ali Imran, V: 45-46]

Biblical Antisemitism

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This will serve as a rebuttal against Conservative Evangelical Christians that believe supporting Israel and the Jewish people is a religious obligation. The references used in this note are only a scratch on the surface of the antisemitism in the Bible and I encourage everyone to do their own research on this issue. I am in no way promoting violence towards any particular person, group of people, nationality, religion, etc. I am merely "preaching" what the Bible has to say on this issue, so, uh, religious freedom and freedom of speech ;)

Origins of the Jews

The Jews were originally known as Bani Israel in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). They were chosen by YHVH* to be his nation of people; a sort of blatant religious racism that only the Jews could have come up with. It all started with the promise made by YHVH to Abraham, "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and between thy seed after thee in their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee." [Genesis 17:7] This promise was repeated to Bani Israel with the words "Because thou art a holy people to YHVH thy God: and he chose thee to be his peculiar people of all nations that are upon the earth." [Deuteronomy 14:2] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, this promise was not unconditional; it came with some conditions, the biggest one being the requirement that they hear the voice of YHVH and keep his commandments. In the eloquent words of the Bible, "If therefore you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be my peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is mine." [Exodus 19:5] One of the ways that this would manifest itself is when Bani Israel would be a holy and priestly nation. "And you shall be to me a priestly kingdom, and an holy nation. Those are the words thou shalt speak to the children of Israel." [Exodus 19:6] Unfortunately for Bani Israel, there was the threat that if they did not keep the covenant, their status as chosen people would pass from them.

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