Most Christians do not believe that Jesus was a practitioner of the same religion practiced by Muslims.
Most Christians do not believe that Jesus’ teachings and message was the same as Prophet Muhammad.
“(Jesus) spoke out: “I am indeed a servant of God. He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. Wherever I go, His blessings follow me.”
99 out of 100 Christians would tell you that Jesus was not a Muslim.
The problem is that most of those 99% would have a hard time describing, even in the vaguest terms, what a Muslim actually believes…
Is it as simple, as to say that Christians follow the teaching’s of Jesus (as) and Muslims follow the teaching’s of Muhammad (saw) and that’s where we differ?
What exactly did Jesus teach? And how does that differ to the teachings of Muhammad? As Muslims, we follow the teachings of all the Prophet’s and we worship no one – except God.
There is not one Gospel/Bible passage that says Jesus is God, or we should worship him.
Islam teaches that Jesus (as) was a Prophet of God. But what does the Gospel teach?
‘And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.’
This passage is from the Gospel – not the Qur’an. If Jesus was God, why would he say something like this?
‘But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.’
When we look at the words of Christ (as) they paint a picture of a human prophet (not a God), a picture that is startlingly similar to the picture offered in the Qur’an.
‘God is the One Who created you, then provided for you, then will cause you to die, and then will give you life (on the Day of Resurrection). Is there any of your (so-called) partners (gods you have taken along with or instead of Allah) that do anything of
that? Exalted be He and high above what they associate with Him.’
These are the teachings of both Prophets – both proclaiming the same message – worship One God.
“The light of the body is the eye, therefore when thine eye is single, the whole body is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body is also full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.“
Jesus uses the word single it could mean one. Singular. One God. Jesus could be talking about the soul – that voice in our self that tells us what is right and what is wrong.
If you feed the soul with good it will ultimately be ‘flooded’ with good and vice versa.
“For I say unto you , that unto everyone which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”
Our choices in life magnify themselves. When we listen to our own soul and strive to please God, we are granted more of His favour. When we strive in the opposite direction, we dig ourselves into a bigger hole. We get lost.
“There is no compulsion in (the acceptance of) religion. Truth stands clear of falsehood. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut (false gods) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.“
Both passages are telling us to believe in One God. Both Prophet’s came with the same message. Are Christians following this path? Are they following the teaching’s of Jesus?
These teachings are similar to our own Book:
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ “
Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
These words are similar to our Prophet Muhammad’s teachings:
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak good or keep silent.”
“God will bring all things (to view), whether they are as small a mustard seed or (high) in the Heavens or (buried deep) in the Earth. God is well aware of all things, to their tiniest detail.”
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
The Straight Path – where does that sound familiar? “The few”
Five times a day a Muslim prays to God, “Guide us to the Straight Path”…
Islam considers each individual fateful to the consequences of the choice we make as we travel the road of life. It is these choices that will determine our salvation. No one can do it for us. Not even Jesus…