Letter 9: How unique is Jesus?

Dear Abdallah


I knew you would raise objections to my last letter – and so you did. You quoted Surah 4:171 from the Qur’an: “Jesus was no more than a prophet.” It is understandable that you want to stay on familiar ground, for it seems secure. May I take you up on that by asking you to read the context of your quote and perhaps a few other passages from the Qur’an – and then reconsider what you wrote? We read about Jesus that:


  • He was the Messiah (Sura 4:171) (see Bible: John 1:41, 4:25, 26).

Note: The Qur’an does not define the term ‘Messiah’. According to Jewish and Christian understanding the expected Messiah would be sent by God to liberate people from the bondage of sin.

  • He was a Spirit from God (Sura 4:171).
  • He was the Word of God (Sura 4:171) (Bible: John 1: 1 – 14).

We note that the Word of God is the Thought of God and with that, part of God!

  • He created life and healed the sick (Sura 3:49), (Bible: Matthew 11: 1 – 6).
  • He is a sign to mankind (Sura 19:21) (Bible: Luke 2:25 – 32).
  • He is illustrious in the world and the hereafter (Sura 3:45) (Bible: Hebrews 1 – 3; Colossians 1: 16, 2:9).
  • He was taken to heaven by God (Sura 4:158) (Bible: Acts 1:9 – 11).
  • He will come back to earth for judgement (Sura 43:61, Mishkat IV. pp. 78 – 80) (Bible: John 14:1 – 6; John 5:22, 25 – 27).
  • He was holy (Pickthall) or faultless (Yusuf Ali) (Sura 19:19) (Bible: Hebrews 7:26).