What do Muslims think about Jesus?

Muslims respect and revere Jesus (PBUH), and await his Second Coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s Messengers to mankind. A Muslim never refers to him simply as ‘Jesus’, but always adds the phrase ‘Peace Be Upon Him’ (PBUH). The Qur’an confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Qur’an is entitled ‘Mary’), and Mary is highly respected.

The Qur’an describes the Annunciation as follows:

“Behold!’ the Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified
you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary,
God gives you good news of a word form Him, whose name
shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honoured in this
world and the Hereafter, and and of those brought near to
God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in
maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’
She said: ‘O my Lord, how shall I have a son when no man has
touched me?’ He said: ‘Even so; God creates what He wills.
When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be” and it is.”
(Qur’an 3:45-47)

Jesus was born miraculously through the same power that had brought Adam into being without a father.

“Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of
Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and
he was.” (Qur’an 3:59)

During his prophetic mission Jesus performed many miracles. The Qur’an tells us that he said.

“I have come to you with a sign from your Lord: I make for you
out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it
and it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal the blind, and
the lepers, and I raise the dead by God’s leave.” (Qur’an 3:49)

Neither Muhammad nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in One God, brought by earlier prophets, but to confirm and renew it. In the Qur’an Jesus is reported as saying that he came:

“To attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to
you part of what was forbidden you; I have come to you with
a sign front your Lord, so fear God and obey me.” (Qur’an 3:50)

The Prophet Muhammad said:

“Whoever believes there is no god but God, alone without
partner, that Muhammad is His messenger, that Jesus is the
servant and messenger of God, His word breathed into Mary
and a spirit emanating from Him, and that Paradise and Hell
are true, shall be received by God into Heaven.
(Authenticated by: Bukhari)”

Muslims believe that Jesus was a messenger of God, they do not attribute any divinity to him as he was merely a human being incomparable to the attributes of God Almighty. The Qur’an states:

“O people of the Book! commit no excesses in your religion: nor
say of Allah aught but truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was
(no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word which He
bestowed on Mary and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so
believe in Allah and His Apostles. Say not “Trinity”; desist; it
will be better for you; for Allah is One Allah: Glory be to him
(for Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all
things in the heavens and the earth. And enough is Allah as a
Disposer of affairs.” (Qur’an 4:171)