Misconception #1: A Muslims' God is different and Muslims reject Jesus.
Muslims worship Allah, which is the Arabic word for God. Allah for Muslims is the greatest and most inclusive of the Names of God. It is an Arabic word of rich meanings, denoting the one and only deity, and ascribing no partners to Him. It is exactly the same word the Jews, in Hebrew, use for God (eloh), the word Jesus Christ used in Aramaic when he prayed to God. God has an identical name in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Allah is the same God worshiped by Muslims, Christians and Jews.
Muslims believe that Allah's sovereignty is to be acknowledged in worship and in the pledge to obey His teaching and commandments, conveyed through His messengers and prophets, who were sent at various times and in many places throughout history. However, it should be noted that God in Islam is One and Only, and He has no partners or associates. He, the Exalted, does not get tired, nor does He have humanlike attributes.
In the Quran, the words of God revealed to His prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it is clearly stated that Muslims should believe in the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the rest of the prophets (peace and blessings be upon all of them):
Say ye: "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: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." (Quran 2:136)
And in doing so, Muslims must believe in all God's prophets and messengers, without differentiating between any of them, and this is one of the basic tenets of Islam.
Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him) 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 "upon him be peace" (abbreviated as (pbuh) here). The Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is titled "Mary"), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation. The Quran 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 from Him whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the Hereafter, and one 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 will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, "Be!" and it is." (Quran 3:42-47)
Jesus (u) was born miraculously through the same power, which had brought Adam (pbuh) 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." (Quran 3:59) During his prophetic mission Jesus (pbuh) performed many miracles. The Quran 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 breath 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." (Quran 3:49) Neither Muhammad (pbuh) nor Jesus (pbuh) came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in One God brought by earlier prophets, but to confirm and renew it.
In the Quran, Jesus (pbuh) 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 to you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God and obey me." (Quran 3:50) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Whoever believes there is no god but God, alone without partner, that Muhammad (pbuh) 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."
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