Christmas in the Qur’an and the Injeel
Beloved brothers and sisters,
Assalamu Aleikkum wa Rahmatullah hi Barakathu !!!
Greetings in the Name of the God the Most Merciful and Beneficent.
It is truly a great honor to share with you the joy of the birth of Isa al Masih (Jesus Christ) during this season. The Qur’an explicitly narrates the birth of Isa al Masih, a privilege that no other prophet of Islam has been attributed with. Only the birth of Isa al Masih has been told in detail. Many Muslims believe that “Christmas” is a Christian festival. It is as important to Muslims as it is to Christians because it is the birth of Isa al Masih. Muslims all over the world revere Isa al Masih highly and even the Qur’an gives a lot of importance to Isa al Masih, much more than even prophet Muhammad.
“Isa al Masih is mentioned in 97 times in 15 Suras (Chapters) and in 90 ayats (verses)”
Question: Why is Isa al Masih given such importance in the Qur’an? Does it not mean that we should try to understand the birth of Isa al Masih more than that of any other prophet?
The Birth account of Isa al Masih is mentioned in the following Sura’s in the Qur’an
Surat al Imran (3) : 33 -55
Surat al Maryam (19): 1 – 33
The Birth of Isa al Masih can be found in the following chapters in the Injeel:
Isa al Masih is also given various Special titles in the Qurán. They are :
Kalimatuhu: God’s Word (Ali Imran 3:45)
Ruhunminhu: Spirit proceeding from Him (Al Nesa 4:171)
Al-Masih: The Messiah (Al -Nesa 4.157, 171 )
Rahma: Mercy from God to mankind (Maryam 19:21)
Zakiyyan: Gift of a holy or sinless son (Maryam 19:19)
Salam: Peace on him (Maryam 19:33)
Mina al-Saliheen: Upright or righteous shall he be
Ibn Maryam : son of Mary , Jesus son of Mary (Ali-Imran 3:45)
Min al-muqareeab: Those who are close to God ( Ali Imran 3:45 )
Wadjih: worthy of esteem in this world and the next (Ali Imran 3:45)
Mubarak: Blessed ,a source of benefit for others ( Maryam 19:31)
Qawl al-haqq: Sure word ( Maryam 19:34)
Abd Allah: Servant of God (Maryam 19.30)
Aya: A sign unto mankind (Maryam 19:21 ;3:50 ;43:61)
Shahid: A witness on Judgement day ( Al-Nesa 4:159)
Mathal: A Parable or example (Al-Zukhruf 43:57)
IIm: Knowledge of the hour (Al-Zukhruf 43:61)
Hikmah: Bearer of wisdom ( Al-Zukhruf 43:63)
Question: Why would the Quran give such special titles to Isa al Masih? What is the reason behind it? What can we learn about Isa al Masih from this ?
To save people from Sin and Shame
Matthew 1: 20,21 says , “20 … an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
Luke 2: 10, 11 says, “10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
The reason Isa al Masih came into this world is to save people from their sins – from all the effect that Sin brought into this world, namely, Guilt, Shame and Fear. Isa delivers us from the shame of not being able to go boldly into the presence of God.
To Read more about how Isa al Masih came into this world to remove our Shame and Restore honor to all Creation, please read, “Good news to our Muslim brothers and Sisters”
To help us understand that God is with us
Matthew 1: 22, 23 says, “22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).”
Isa came to show us that God is approachable and tangible. We can approach God boldly through the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. We can be blameless and shameless before God, because Isa has ransomed us with His own blood, He offered Himself as “the Great Sacrifice” mentioned in Surat as Saffat.
To defeat the works of Shaitan, the Evil one and Deceiver
I John 3:8 says, “8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
Isa al Masih came into this world to deliver us from the works of the evil one, The Devil, who has been sinning from the beginning of the world and has been leading people astray. When we put our trust in Isa al Masih, we are able to defeat the works of Shaitan in our lives. For more info read Jinn Problems ?
The true meaning of Christmas is this : Isa al Masih came into this world for you, because of His great love for you. He stands at the door of your heart and knocks (Revelation 3:20). If you follow Him, He will cleanse you of all Sin, remove all Shame and deliver us from the evil one and bring us into the very presence of God Himself.
Pray this small prayer: “Dear Isa al Masih, I now know that you came into this world for me. You loved me so much that you have given your life as a ransoming sacrifice to remove all sin and shame from my life and also to give me victory over the works of the Devil. I acknowledge that you are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for loving me. Amen”