Who is Jesus?
- :Mohamed Qasem
Adopted from the book: "A Closer Look at Christianity" by: "Mohamed Qasem"
If Jesus is not God, not the son of God, and not one of three (trinity), then who is Jesus? I have briefly discussed this in Chapter Three "Is Jesus the Son of God?" This time I would like to expand on Jesus' life (peace be upon him). I want to talk about Jesus from birth, starting with his mother (peace be upon them both) till the day he was taken up to God.
Who was his mother?
His mother was The Virgin Mariam (Mary) the daughter of Imran (father) and Hinnah (mother). When Hinnah carried Mariam in her womb she vowed to offer Mariam to God by letting her serve Him in one of His houses of worship. When Mariam was born her mother wrapped her in a piece of cloth, and took her to Al-Aqsa Mosque where she was handed over to the priests.
When the priests looked at her, and found out that she was the daughter of their lord and leader Imran they all wanted to take care of her. Although Zachariah the prophet (P.B.U.H.) was the person in charge of sacrificial offerings he was not allowed to take charge of Mariam's matter this time. After a long quarrel over her, they all decided that the person who wins the lottery is the one that takes her in.
Zachariah won, and sponsored Mariam. He gave her a place to live, assigned her a female caretaker and personally watched over her until she was old enough to take care of herself and didn't need the caretaker anymore.
When Zachariah came to Mariam in her place of worship he used to find fruits that would normally grow in other seasons. When he asked her where she acquired these fruits from, she would say that it was from God Almighty. The following verse relates the story of Mariam after she was born and offered by her mother to God:
"So her Lord accepted her with gracious acceptance and caused her to grow an excellent growth and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariah visited her in the chamber, he found with her provisions. He said, O Mary whence hast thou this?' She replied, It is from ALLAH.' Surely ALLAH gives to whomsoever HE pleases without measure." (CH 3: Vr 37)
Angels used to always come to Mariam and tell her of her purity, and chastity. They also used tell her that God has chosen her above the women of the world, and that He has protected her from all types of corruption. She was constantly inspired to work harder and apply herself more in worship, supplication, and prostration for God. The Quran says, "And remember when the angels said, ALLAH has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above all women of the time. O Mary, be obedient to thy Lord and prostrate thyself and worship the one God with those who worship HIM.'" (Ch 3: Vr 42-43)
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