What Islam teaches Muslims about Jesus and Christmas
On December 25, over 2.3 billion of Christians across the world commemorate the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, days ahead of the New Year on January 1, which marks the start of the Georgian calendar.
Islam requires all Muslims to believe in Prophet Jesus – who is called Isa in Arabic. Followers of the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are obliged to pay due respect to Jesus and accept his message and what he stood for.
In the Holy Qur’an, stories about the life and teachings of Jesus are abundant, with verses about his miraculous birth, the miracles he performed by God’s permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God.
A common principle of Islam is that all the messengers of God, including Jesus, were human beings.
Nonetheless, Jesus was miraculously born without a father and only from his mother, the Virgin Maryam. The 19th chapter in the Quran is named after her.
Maryam is described in Islam’s holy Book as a pure woman, a figure trusted by God to the point that she gave birth to Jesus. Her presence serves as a connection between the Christian tradition and the Islamic tradition, by her embodiment of faith – of relying on God and putting all her trust in God.
Muslims believe that Jesus came confirming the Torah, not denying it, and his prophet-hood was accompanied by the means of many miracles.
Islamic view on Jesus' crucifixion and death
The Biblical account of the crucifixion and death of Jesus recorded in the Christian New Testament is rejected by most Muslims.
Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was bodily raised up to heaven by God and will return with the 12th Imam, The Mahdi, at the end of times to rid the world of evil and injustice.
Today, it is important for people to understand the role that Jesus (PBUH) played in spreading the truth from the one-and-only God, in that he stood against persecution and attacks from even amongst his own people.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei, said of Jesus (PBUH), “To obey Jesus Christ, one needs to support truth and abhor the powers that are against truth.”