Christmas, as everyone knows, commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is a major religious celebration for Christians around the world. But what many people do not know is that Jesus Christ is an important figure in Islam, too, even though most Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas. In honor of the holiday, here are some things you may not know about the role of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary in Islam: Jesus, Mary, and the angel Gabriel are all in the Quran (as are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and a bunch of other Bible characters).
Muslims believe that Jesus (called ‘Isa’ in Arabic) was a prophet of God, was born to a virgin (Mary), and will return to the earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”), also known as Antichrist, all of which may sound pretty familiar to many Christians.
Mary (called “Maryam” in Arabic) has an entire chapter in the Quran named for her, the only chapter in the Quran named for a female figure. In fact, Mary is the only woman to be mentioned by name in the entire Quran. Muslims too believe that Jesus Christ performed miracles. The Quran discusses several of Jesus’s miracles, including giving sight to the blind, healing lepers, raising the dead to life, and breathing life into clay birds. The story of Jesus’s birth as told in the Quran is also the story of his first miracle, when He spoke as an infant in the cradle and declared himself to be a prophet of God.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)