What does the Qur’an say about Jesus?

Jesus was among the prominent messengers who were mentioned in detail in the Qur’an. In fact, there is a chapter in the Qur’an named Maryam (Mary) that speaks about Mary and her son Jesus. Jesus is also mentioned in various other places throughout the Qur’an. Here are some of the Qur’anic quotations regarding Mary and Jesus:

And relate in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east. She took in seclusion from them a screen. Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said, ‘Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful [God] from you, if you should fear Him.’ He said, ‘I am only the messenger of your Lord, to [announce to] you the gift of a pure son.” She said: “How can I have a son when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?’ He said: ‘Thus [it will be]. Your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.'” So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She cried, ‘Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten!’ Then [Jesus] called her from beneath her, ‘Grieve not, for your Lord has provided a stream beneath you. And shake towards you the trunk of the palm tree: it will let fresh ripe dates fall upon you. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see any man, say, “I have vowed abstention to the Most Merciful, so this day I will not speak to any human being.’ At length she brought him (Jesus) to her people, carrying him. They said, ‘O Mary, you have done a thing unprecedented. O sister [i.e., descendant] of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil nor was your mother unchaste’. So she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we talk to a child who is [yet] in the cradle?’ [Jesus] said: ‘I am indeed a servant of Allah; He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and enjoined on me prayer and Zakah (charity) as long as I live. And [made me] kind to my mother and not a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I am raised alive.’ That is Jesus the son of Mary, the word of truth about which they dispute. It is not befitting for Allah to take a son. Exalted is He! When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be’, and it is. Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path. (Quran 19:16-36)

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