Radio Show: Jesus in Islam


Our latest Inside Islam Radio Show will air live today at 3 PM (GM+6), as Jean will speak with Professor Suleiman Mourad and Todd Lawson about the commonalities and differences of Jesus in Islam and Christianity.

In the Qur’an, Jesus is mentioned 25 times, and more often by name than the Prophet Muhammad. For Muslims, Jesus is usually referred to as the Prophet Jesus, or Musa Isa in Arabic. In total, Islam says there are 124,000 prophets, but the Qur’an highlights Jesus as one of the most important. Although Christianity and Islam both revere Jesus of Nazareth and largely agree upon the foundational principles that he spoke of and practiced, the two faith traditions differ greatly in their opinions of who he was.

Most Christians believe Jesus to be the Son of God or God Himself in human form, while Muslims view him as a prophet and believe the worship of him as anything more to be heretical. In Islam, Jesus is considered to be a Muslim, or one who submits to the will of God. Conversely, most Christians do not recognize the Prophet Muhammad as religiously significant so the idea of a Muslim version of Jesus is usually ignored. However, because of the tensions between the two faiths, and the centrality of Jesus in both, when the topic does come up, it can invoke strong emotional reactions.

We’ve decided to explore the issue head-on, and hope that you get a chance to tune in and share your thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “Radio Show: Jesus in Islam

  1. The Jesus connection will not have much influence. Atheists will make highly complimentary remarks about Jesus, but Christians must hear the words “Son of God,” and other associations unique to the Bible, and have no room to consider another messenger could come along later, just like Mormons are not accepted in their recognition of Jesus. Furthermore, they will ask how much time is spent in the Bible versus Koran, and what if there was a conflict, what is The Source? I have never heard in my life a Christian taking comfort in the recognition by Muslims of Jesus. Yet Christians are ok with the Jews not recognizing Jesus!

    Inside Islam is a great source for those who are open to diversity, feel at one with the human race, are curious, want to understand how religion works, etc. This excludes most people who need to pronounce themselves to the world as Christian. It is a badge of honor that leaves no room for movement. If we would use the word Believer, then we could talk about what that belief is, but when you say Muslim or Christian, there is little room for dialogue. Human nature to one to believe you have the One Truth.

  2. Thank you Jean and Professor Mourad for this program.
    After reading two different copies of the Qur’an and several books authored by Muslims and others about the Qur’an, it becomes clear that Islam is truly a religion of peace. It was interesting to me that there is a book (chapter) in the Qur’an about Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth.I have never found a book in the Holy Bible dedicated to Mary.We might consider this as a little ironic. Thanks to Mohammed, and his good works, I am quite sure I am much closer to Jesus Christ and to God. But that is just me.
    My sincere thanks to Jean for all her good work and the pleasure and provocation it has given me. Good luck to Jean in her next chapter of life next spring.

  3. I’m puzzled how someone — eg Dave, above — can read the Koran and conclude that Islam is a “Religion of Peace”. I read it some years ago, and have since re-read it and the Hadith, the Surah, etc, and concluded precisely the opposite: that it is a religion of supremacism. Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” says that anyone who thinks Islam is a “Religion of Peace”, is deluded.
    Back to the issue at hand, Jesus in Islam: have a look at this post