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Jesus' (pbuh) Characteristics According to the Qur'an

The Qur'an contains a great deal of information about Jesus (pbuh). For example, he was born without a father, following the good tidings that an angel revealed to Mary, and performed miracles, by God's will, such as speaking with people while still an infant. Throughout his life, he was an exemplary servant of God and called people to become genuine servants of God. The following are some of Jesus' (pbuh) features:

Jesus (pbuh) is the word and Messenger of God:

O People of the Book! Do not go to excess in your religion. Say nothing but the truth about God. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God and His Word, which He cast into Mary, and a Spirit from Him. (Qur'an, 4:171) He was given the name Jesus (pbuh) the Messiah:

When the angels said: "Mary, your Lord gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, of high esteem in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near." (Qur'an, 3:45) He is a sign for humanity:

… and she [Mary], who protected her chastity. We breathed into her some of Our Spirit and made her and her son a Sign for all the worlds. (Qur'an, 21:91)

His mother Mary was chosen and preferred by God above all other women:

And when the angels said: "Mary, God has chosen you and purified you. He has chosen you over all other women." (Qur'an, 3:42) He spoke with people while still in the cradle:

[The angels said:] "He will speak to people in the cradle and also when fully grown, and will be one of the righteous." (Qur'an, 3:46) He performed many miracles by God's will:

As a Messenger to the tribe of Israel, saying: "I have brought you a Sign from your Lord. I will create the shape of a bird out of clay for you and then breathe into it, and it will be a bird, by God's permission. I will heal the blind and the leper, and bring the dead to life, by God's permission. I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a Sign for you in that, if you are believers." (Qur'an, 3:49)

Remember when God said: ''Jesus, son of Mary, remember My blessing to you and to your mother, when I reinforced you with the Purest Spirit so that you could speak to people in the cradle and when you were fully grown; and when I taught you the Book and Wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you created a bird-shape out of clay by My permission and then breathed into it and it became a bird by My permission; and healed the blind and the leper by My permission; and when you brought forth the dead by My permission; and when I held back the tribe of Israel from you, when you brought them the Clear Signs, and those of them who did not believe said: 'This is nothing but downright magic.' "(Qur'an, 5:110)

He preached the Bible sent as guidance and confirmation of the Torah (errors, myths, and legends entered the Bible at a later date):

And We sent Jesus, son of Mary, following in their footsteps, confirming the Torah that came before him. We gave him the Gospel containing guidance and light, confirming the Torah that came before it, and as guidance and admonition for those who guard against evil. (Qur'an, 5:46)

Then We sent Our Messengers following in their footsteps and sent Jesus, son of Mary, after them, giving him the Gospel. We put compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him. They invented monasticism - We did not prescribe it for them - purely out of desire to gain the pleasure of God, but even so they did not observe it as it should have been observed. To those of them who believed We gave their reward, but many of them are deviators. (Qur'an, 57:27)

He was supported with Purest Spirit:

We gave Moses the Book and sent a succession of Messengers after him. We gave Jesus, son of Mary, the Clear Signs and reinforced him with the Purest Spirit. Why, then, whenever a Messenger came to you with something your lower selves did not desire, did you grow arrogant, and deny some of them and murder others? (Qur'an, 2:87)

These Messengers: We favored some of them over others. God spoke directly to some of them and raised up some of them in rank. We gave Clear Signs to Jesus, son of Mary, and reinforced him with the Purest Spirit. If God had willed, those who came after them would not have fought each other after the Clear Signs came to them, but they differed. Among them are those who believe and among them are those who do not believe. If God had willed, they would not have fought each other. But God does whatever He wills. (Qur'an, 2:253)

His Disciples assisted him:

O you who believe! Be helpers of God as Jesus, son of Mary, said to the Disciples: "Who will be my helpers to God?" The Disciples said: "We will be the helpers of God." One faction of the tribe of Israel believed, and the other disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became victorious. (Qur'an, 61:14)

He was a role model for the Israelites:

He [Jesus, son of Mary] is only a servant on whom We bestowed Our blessing and whom We made an example for the tribe of Israel. (Qur'an, 43:59) The unbelievers conspired to assassinate him, but God foiled their plots and raised him up to His presence:

They planned, and God planned. But God is the best of planners. When God said: ''Jesus, I will take you back, raise you up to Me, and purify you of those who do not believe. And I will place the people who follow you above those who do not believe until the Day of Resurrection. Then you will all return to Me, and I will judge between you regarding the things about which you differed." (Qur'an, 3:54-55)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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