INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT

December 18, 2011

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS IN ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY

Filed under: Uncategorized — sharafs @ 8:03 am

The similarities over the birth of Hazrat Issa for Muslims and Jesus Christ for Christians are strikingly similar as seen in light of these two Holy Texts.

THE HOLY QURAN CHAPTER 19:16-23

TRANSLATION OF SURAH MARYAM (MARY)

16. And mention in the Book (the Quran, O Muhammad SAW , the story of) Maryam (Mary), when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east.

17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh (angel Jibrael (Gabriel)), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.

18. She said: “Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.”

19. (The angel) said: “I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.”

20. She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?”

21. He said: “So (it will be), your Lord said: That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah). ”

22. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem).

23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!”

THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE 1:26-38

26. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27. To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

29. But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.

30. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

32. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

33. and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34. And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”

35. And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. (Islam refers to this by titles of Issa Rooh Allah, Rooh Minh, Kalimat Allah and Maseeh meaning Mamsooh Al Khilqa)

 

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