Jesus the Muslim

Few Christians know how important a role Jesus plays in Islam, where he stands out as one of the most revered prophets. Yet the narrative about him in the Quran is very different from the gospel accounts – starting with the story of his birth under a palm tree, with the baby speaking up miraculously to defend his mother Maryam’s honour.

Christian theologian Vicky Beeching hears these and other stories about Jesus the Muslim from Cambridge scholar Tim Winter, also known as Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad, who was once named by an institute in Jordan as one of the world’s most influential Muslims. We also hear about the role Jesus played in his own decision to convert to Islam – and what he thinks Christians and Muslims can learn from each other’s attitudes to Jesus.


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  • I appreciate very much what Tim Winter have said about the Baby Jesuus, but the Quran never told that what Jesus said was in Arabic.

  • Fascinating and very informative interview! I was especially surprised and pleased to hear about the Islamic miracle stories of the infant Jesus preaching from Mary’s (Miriam’s) arms. Thank you for this wonderful piece!
    David, This miracle of the baby Jesus is also to be found in some of the Apocrypha but was one of the many other pieces of information that was excluded from the Bible by early scholars who chose those pieces that agreed with their ideas and left out anything which contradicted them!

  • In reply to Tim,

    There’s no doubt politics worldwide has an effect, but a few things can’t be ignored.
    No matter what the Woolwich killers said re foreign policy, they also gave another reason.
    On that note, even if Afghanistan etc is finished, does it mean Britain can never again have conflict (for whatever reason) with a muslim majority country? Or help Shias against Sunnis, or vice versa? It’ll mean home-grown strife, and it’ll all be our fault.
    And forgetting the UK etc, you cannot open a newspaper lately without seeing some sort of Islamist group killing and wishing to impose on others. I don’t need to list them. And of course the inter-muslim strife between all sects.
    To ignore all of this is to bury the head in the sand, and to focus on UK foreign policy is to suggest what I have said above.
    And what brings me back to this site today? A muslim commentator on Twitter posting this link on Christmas Day, telling people to ‘think’. The way I see that, is to do such a thing on a day like this, is disigenuous, as Christians who follow him believe Jesus was the son of god, and muslims don’t. God, even Dawkins has given it a bit of a rest today.

  • Mark. Your statement : “We obviously, more and more, live in incredibly difficult times, being brought about by militant Islam (not foreign policy), in my opinion, yet it is so clear to me that the problem lies at the core of the religion.”

    I doubt very much that we can accord our difficult times to Islaam or maligned interpretations of the same. However, we can suggest that globalisation and politics have caused hate and division, millions of deaths and poverty on a huge scale. Hence we could conclude that our “oh so not very great foreign policy” should be blamed. The killers of Lee Rigby clearly cited their reason for their evil deed!

  • I enjoyed very much this story of Jesus. Very well narrated and exposed.

  • Holy Quran tells us that all the Prophets were Muslims so do not confuse yourself only with Jesus Christ.

  • A detailed Hadith relating to Isra’ or Mi’raj; narrated by Anas ibn Sa’sa’a:

    …Then we ascended to the second heaven . . . It was said, ‘He is welcomed. What a wonderful visit his is!” Then I met Isa (Jesus) and Yahya (John the Baptist) who said, ‘You are welcomed, O brother and a Prophet.’ …

    —Sahih al-Bukhari, volume 4,Book 54, Hadith number 429[6]

    and Prophet also informed us that in the end Jesus son of Mary (Syeddina Īsā al-Masīḥ) will descend from the sky,
    - as mentioned in As-Sahih Muslim, کتاب الایمان, باب نزول عیسٰی ابن مریم علیھما السلام حاکما بشرعیۃ نبینا محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ، رقم:156، 137:1
    and also in many other hadiths it is discussed in detail…

  • May Allah bless you I truly enjoyed the interview , it made my day.

  • correction…jesus was always a muslim. he didn’t convert nor revert.

  • Fascinating and very informative interview! I was especially surprised and pleased to hear about the Islamic miracle stories of the infant Jesus preaching from Mary’s (Miriam’s) arms. Thank you for this wonderful piece!

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