A Comprehensive Listing of References to Jesus ('Isa) in the Qur'an
Among the major world religions, Islam is the only non-Christian faith
that recognizes the person of Jesus. Qur'an talks a great amount about Jesus.
However, Jesus Christ is the most controversial personality in Islam. In the
Qur'an, Jesus is referred to in over ninety verses in fifteen surahs. Islam
corroborates that Jesus was born to a virgin, was sinless, performed miracles,
and was superior to other prophets. Yet, Islam teaches that Jesus was no more
than a prophet. It denies the central message of Christianity by denying Jesus'
divinity, crucifixion, and resurrection.
2:87 We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and
strengthened him with the holy spirit.
2:136 We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to
us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to
Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no
difference between one and another of them . . .
2:253 . . . To Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear
(Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit.
3:45 O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word
from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in
this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to
3:46 "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in
maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous."
3:48 And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the
Law and the Gospel.
3:49 And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of
Israel, (with this message): "I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord,
in that 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 Allah's leave: And I heal those born
blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah's leave; and I declare
to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign
for you if ye did believe."
3:50 (I have come to you), to attest the Law which was
before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to
you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey
3:52 When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said:
"Who will be My helpers to (the work of) Allah?"
3:55 Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take thee
and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who
blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject
faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will
judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute."
3:59 The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that
of Adam . . .
3:84 . . . and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus,
and the prophets, from their Lord.
4:157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ
Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";-but they killed him not, nor
crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ
therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to
follow, for of a surety they killed him not.
4:163 We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to
Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma'il,
Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to
David We gave the Psalms.
4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your
religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the 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 messengers.
Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah:
Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all
things in the heavens and on earth.
4:172 Christ disdaineth nor to serve and worship Allah
. . .
5:17 In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah
is Christ the son of Mary.
5:46 And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of
Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel:
therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come
before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.
5:72 They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the
son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord
and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the
garden, and the Fire will be his abode.
5:75 Christ the son of Mary was no more than a
messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was
a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food.
5:78 Curses were pronounced on those among the
Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the
son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.
5:110 O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to
thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, so
that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I
taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold! thou makest
out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest
into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind,
and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My
leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to)
thee when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them
said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'
5:112 Behold! the disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of
Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?" Said
Jesus: "Fear Allah, if ye have faith."
5:114 Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O Allah our Lord!
Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us-for the
first and the last of us-a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide
for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)."
5:116 Allah will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst
thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah'?"
He will say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say).
Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what
is in my heart . . ."
6:85 And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all
in the ranks of the righteous.
9:30 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the
Christians call Christ the son of Allah.
9:31 They take their priests and their anchorites to
be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the
son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah: there is no god
but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they
associate (with Him).
19:19 He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy
Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son."
19:20 She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that
no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"
19:21 He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that
is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy
from Us': It is a matter (so) decreed."
19:22 So she conceived him, and she retired with him
to a remote place.
19:27 At length she brought the (babe) to her people,
carrying him (in her arms). They said: "O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast
19:30 He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He
hath given me revelation and made me a prophet."
19:31 "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be,
and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live."
19:32 "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not
overbearing or miserable."
19:33 "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day
that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!"
19:34 Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a
statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.
19:88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a
19:91 That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most
19:92 For it is not consonant with the majesty of
(Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.
21:91 And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We
breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all
23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a
Sign: We gave them both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and
furnished with springs.
33:7 And remember We took from the prophets their
covenant: As (We did) from thee: from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son
of Mary: We took from them a solemn covenant.
42:13 The same religion has He established for you as
that which He enjoined on Noah-the which We have sent by inspiration to
thee-and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye
should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those
who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest
them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself
those who turn (to Him).
43:57 When (Jesus) the son of Mary is held up as an
example, behold, thy people raise a clamour thereat (in ridicule)!
43:61 And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of)
the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye
Me: this is a Straight Way.
43:63 When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: "Now
have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the
(points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me."
57:27 We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and
bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed
him Compassion and Mercy . . .
61:6 And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O
Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the
Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come
after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear
Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!"
61:14 O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah: As
said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, "Who will be my helpers to (the
work of) Allah?" Said the disciples, "We are Allah's helpers!" then a portion
of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved: But We gave
power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones
N. S. R. K. Ravi