The Last Supper

The Ma’idah is the table that has food on it. The disciples asked Jesus (Alayhis Salam – peace be upon him) to supplicate to Allah ﷻ to send a table of food down to them that they could eat from it every day so they can offer acts of worship more. And Allah granted his request.

The following verses testify that the table was sent down to the Children of Israel during the time of Jesus as a result of Allah’s accepting his supplication to Him. This is the story of the Ma’idah, the name of which Surah (chapter) Al-Ma’idah bears.

[Al-Ma’idah 5:112] – Allah said, “Remember when Al-Hawariyyun (the disciples) said, “O `Isa, son of Maryam! Can your Lord send down to us a Ma’idah from heaven?” `Isa said: “Fear Allah, if you are indeed believers.” (Jesus answered them by saying, “Have Taqwa of Allah! And do not ask for this, for it may become a trial for you, but trust in Allah for your provisions, if you are truly believers.”)

[Al-Ma’idah 5:113] – They said: “We wish to eat thereof.” (we need to eat from it) and to satisfy our hearts (to be stronger in faith) (when we witness it descending from heaven as sustenance for us), and to know that you have indeed told us the truth (of your Message and our faith in you increases and also our knowledge), and that we ourselves be its witnesses (testifying that it is a sign from Allah, as proof and evidence that you are a Prophet, and attesting to the truth of what you have brought us).

[Al-Ma’idah 5:114] – “Isa, son of Maryam, said: “O Allah, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table spread (with food) that there may be for us – for the first and the last of us – a festival.” (As-Suddi commented that the Ayah (verse) means, “We will take that day on which the table was sent down as a day of celebration, that we and those who come after us would consider sacred.” And a sign from You (proving that You are able to do all things and to accept my supplication, so that they accept what I convey to them from You); and provide us with sustenance (a delicious food from You that does not require any effort or hardship), for You are the Best of Sustainers.” So the angels brought the table down containing seven fish and seven pieces of bread and placed it before them. So the last group of people ate as the first group did.

[Al-Ma’idah 5:115] – “Allah said: “I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you after that disbelieves…” (by denying this sign and defying its implication) then I will punish him with a torment such as I have not inflicted on anyone among all the Alamin (mankind and jinn).” (Among the people of your time).

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

Spelled it out clear

After this conversation had been going for forty minutes, he asked me a few simple questions and they stuck in my head until this day; he said: “So you believe that Jesus is God?” I said, “Yes.” He said: “And you believe Jesus died on the cross?” I said, “Yes.” He said: “So you believe God died?”

When he said that, you know what? It was as if Mike Tyson smacked me in the face with his fist! I mean I was absolutely flabbergasted because I suddenly realized the irrationality and then, I have to say it, the foolishness of what I was believing and inside myself I said: “Of course I don’t believe that God died. You can’t kill God” and I realized that all these years I had been taught something, and I had been indoctrinated with something, and I always felt uncomfortable with it but you know it just took someone to spell it out for me in clear simple terms. If you believe this and you believe this, then you must believe that and I realized that “No, I didn’t believe that.”

[Excerpted from The Deen Show fb post]

Son of Mary

Jesus Christ is Eesa Ibn Maryam in Islam.

He was born in Bayt Laham (Bethlehem), and his mother was Maryam Bint Imran (Mary daughter of Imran). He was born miraculously, with the Word of God “KUN” FAYAKUN (“BE” AND IT IS) and he became a human.

He was mentioned in the holy Qur’an 25 times and still many more verses are referring to him and his mother.

The words “IBN MARYAM” (son of Mary) is mentioned most of the time to emphasize two things:

  1. That he is only a human being
  2. That he had no father. A child is always named after the father; it could have been mentioned as “Jesus son of so and so.”

Check it out!

  • AL-MASEEH EISA IBN MARYAM (The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary) (3:45)
  • EISA IBN MARYAM (Jesus, son of Mary) (4:157-171, 5:46, 5:78-112-114-116)
  • AL-MASEEH IBN MARYAM (The Messiah, son of Mary) (5:17 (2X), 5:72, 5:75)
  • IBN MARYAM (son of Mary)(19:34, 23:50, 43:57)
  • EISA (Jesus) (3:52-55-59, 3:84, 4:163, 6:85, 43:63)
  • AL-MASEEH (The Messiah) (4:172, 5:72, 9:30)

Jesus taught the same message

عيسى عليه السلام في القرآن
JESUS (on whom be peace) IN THE GLORIOUS QUR’AN

The Qur’an tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus. As a result, believers in the Qur’an love Jesus, honor him and believe in him. In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace.

The Qur’an says that Jesus was born of a virgin that he spoke while he was still only a baby, that he healed the blind and the leper by God’s leave and that he raised the dead by God’s leave.

What then is the significance of these miracles? First, the virgin birth. God demonstrates His power to create in every way. God created everyone we know from a man and a woman. But how about Adam, on whom be peace, God created him from neither man nor a woman. And Eve from only a man, but not a woman.  And finally, to complete the picture, God created Jesus from a woman but not a man.

What about the other miracles? These were to show that Jesus was not acting on his own behalf, but that he was backed by God. The Qur’an specifies that these miracles were performed by God’s leave. This may be compared to the Book of Acts in the Bible, chapter 2, verse 22, where it says that the miracles were done by God to show that he approved of Jesus. Also, note that Jesus himself is recorded in the Gospel of John to have said: ‘I can do nothing of my own authority’ (5:30). The miracles therefore were done not by his own authority, but by God’s authority.

What did Jesus teach? The Qur’an tells us that Jesus came to teach the same basic message which was taught by previous prophets from God – that we must shun every false god and worship only the One True God. Jesus taught that he is the servant and messenger of the One True God of Abraham. These Qur’anic teachings can be compared with the Bible (Mark 10:1; Matthew 26:39; John 14:28, 17:3, and 20:17) where Jesus teaches that the one he worshipped is the only true God. See also Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, and 4:27 where we find that his disciples knew him as ‘Servant of God’.

The Qur’an tells us that some of the Israelites rejected Jesus, and conspired to kill him, but God rescued Jesus and raised him to Himself. God will cause Jesus to descend again, at which times Jesus will confirm his true teachings and everyone will believe him as he is and as the Qur’an teaches about him.

Jesus is the Messiah. He is a word from God, and a spirit from him. He is honored is this world and in the hereafter, and he is one of those brought nearest to God. Jesus was a man who spoke the truth which he heard from God. This can be compared with the Gospel According John where Jesus says to the Israelites: ‘You are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.’ (John 8:40)

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Why Jesus is not god?

The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament categorically say that God is one and ONE ONLY. You may retort: “No, He is one in three; God is three persons in one God, and Jesus is one of the three persons in One God.”

But really, was Jesus God? The answer may come as a shock to many Christians. Jesus never said he was God. Actually, he said over and over again, and in many ways, that he was not God.

Jesus was a practicing Jew, and the very idea of God taking a human form is antithetical to the Torah or the Law of Moses.

The following quote proves that Jesus was a devout and learned Jew, a Rabbi:

“Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and his reputation spread throughout the region. He was teaching in their synagogues, and all were loud in his praise. He came to Nazareth where he had been reared, and entering the synagogue on the Sabbath as he was in the habit of doing, he stood up to do the reading.” (Luke 4:14-16)

As a rabbi, what did Jesus teach? Throughout the New Testament, Jesus exhorted the people to worship God alone and keep the Mosaic commandments. The first and the best known commandment in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, asks for total and absolute devotion to God alone:

“The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you shall adore the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29-30) Jesus most particularly stressed this First Commandment:

The scribe said to him: “Excellent, Teacher! You are right in saying, `He is the One, there is no other than He.’ “Yes, ‘to love him with all our heart, with all our thoughts and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves’ is worth more than any burnt offering or sacrifice.”

Jesus approved the insight of his answer and told him, “You are not far from the reign of God.” (Mark 12:32-34)

Again, Jesus’ straightforward injunction to follow the First Commandment in particular, is so obvious. Significantly, he described the First Commandment as “The Great Commandment” (Mark 12:29)

For Jesus, this commandment meant more than just an injunction against worshipping idols. Jesus taught the absolute devotion to God alone: On one occasion a lawyer stood up to pose him this problem: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said: “You have answered correctly. Do this and you shall live.” (Luke 10:25-28)

Jesus even scolded those who called him Lord: “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes, many will plead with me, `Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? Have we not exorcised demons by its power? Did we not do many miracles in your name as well?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Out of my sight, you evil doers!’ ” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Surely, when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he demonstrated that he was neither omnipotent nor omniscient: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Jesus made it clear in many, many ways that he was not God, that God is greater. Nowhere is this more definitely stated than when he spoke to his disciples about his imminent departure: “If you truly loved me you would rejoice to have me go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

We see that throughout the Gospels, Jesus prayed to God. This certainly argues against his being God. God would not pray to Himself. There were times when Jesus felt the need to pray with special urgency. Luke reports that, on one occasion, Jesus prayed very hard: “In his anguish, Jesus prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44)

One of the most compelling pieces of evidence that Jesus was not God is in the way that he taught the disciples to pray. One day he was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us. Subject us not to the trial but deliver us from the evil one.'” (Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:9-13)

Note that Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, our Creator, not to himself. In fact, he did not mention himself in any way, nor did he indicate that we should pray in his name. His instructions were very specific; we are to pray to God alone. This would not be the case if Jesus himself were God.

Jesus followed the Mosaic law and did not claim divinity. According to the Bible, He was not omniscient nor omnipotent. Given the fact that nowhere in the Bible do we see a direct identification of Jesus as God, and that Jesus strongly upheld all the commandments and emphasized the First Commandment, we can only conclude that the doctrine of Jesus’ divinity has no foundation in the scripture nor in the life and teachings of Jesus. This concept is an innovation in Christian doctrine.

May the good God guide us to know the truth and make us free from all corruption. You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.

Shahul Hameed (

Is Jesus divine?

A question from a non-Muslim: Does not your Qur’an mention that Jesus is Kalimatullah as well as Ruhullah indicating his Divinity?


“(Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word [“Be!” – And he was! i.e. ‘Īsā (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Īsā (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allâh.”  [Al-Qur’an, Surah Ali Ímran 3:45] Jesus (peace be upon him) is referred as “a Word from Allah” and not as “the word of Allah.” “A Word of Allah” means a message of Allah . If a person is referred to as “a Word from Allah,” it means that he is a Messenger or a Prophet of Allah.


Different titles are given to different Prophets (peace be upon them). Whenever a title is given to a Prophet (peace be upon him), it does not necessarily mean that the other Prophets do not have the same characteristic or quality. For example, Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) is referred to in the Qur’an as Khalilullah (a friend of Allah). This does not indicate that all the other Prophets (peace be upon them) were not the friends of Allah. Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) is referred to in the Qur’an as Kalimullah, indicating that God spoke to him. This does not mean that God did not speak to others. Similarly when Jesus (peace be upon him) is referred to in the Qur’an as Kalimatullah (a Word from Allah), it does not mean that the other Prophets (peace be upon them) were not “the Words of Allah.”


“At that time Zakariyâ (Zachariya) invoked his Lord, saying: “O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation. Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in Al-Mihrâb (a praying place or a private room), (saying): “Allâh gives you glad tidings of Yahya (John), confirming (believing in) the Word from Allâh [i.e. the creation of ‘Īsā (Jesus), the Word from Allâh (“Be!” – and he was!)], noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous.” [Al-Qurán, Surah Ali Ímran 3:38-39]


Jesus (peace be upon him) also never referred to as “a spirit of Allah” but as a spirit from Allah. “O people of the Scripture! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allâh aught but the truth. The Messiah Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allâh and His Word, (“Be!” – and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Rûh) created by Him; so believe in Allâh and His Messengers. Say not: “Three (trinity)!” Cease! (It is) better for you. For Allâh is (the only) One Ilâh (God), glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allâh is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs.” [Al-Qur’an, Surah An-Nisa 4:171]


A spirit from Allah does not indicate that Jesus (peace be upon him) is god. The Qur’an mentions in several places that Allah breathed into the human beings “His Spirit.”

“So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him (Adam) the soul which I created for him, then fall (you) down prostrating yourselves unto him.” [Al-Qur’an, Surah Al-Hijr 15:29]

“Then He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him the soul (created by Allâh for that person), and He gave you hearing (ears), sight (eyes) and hearts. Little is the thanks you give!”  [Al-Qur’an, Surah As-Sajdah 32:9]

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Jesus did not claim deity for himself. The title “Son of God” need not of itself be of high significance, for in Jewish circles, it might mean no more than the Messiah or indeed the whole Israeli nation, and in popular Hellenism, there were many “sons of god”, meaning inspired by holy men.” – Archbishop Michael Ramsey, (Jesus and the Living Past, p.39)

The meaning of “Son of God”

The meaning of the term “Son of God” in the Old and New Testament.

Son of God, son of David, or son of Man? Jesus is identified as “son of David” 14 times in the New Testament, starting with the very first verse (Matthew 1:1). The Gospel of Luke documents 41 generations between Jesus and David, while Matthew lists 26. Jesus, a distant descendant, can only wear the “son of David” title metaphorically. But how then should we understand the title, “son of God?”

The “Trilemma,” a common proposal of Christian missionaries, states that “Jesus was either a lunatic, a liar, or the Son of God, as he claimed to be.” For the sake of argument, let’s agree that Jesus was neither a lunatic nor a liar. Let’s also agree he was precisely what he claimed to be. But what, exactly, was that? Jesus called himself “Son of Man” frequently, consistently, perhaps even emphatically, but where did he call himself “Son of God?”

Let’s back up. What does “Son of God” mean in the first place? No legitimate Christian sect suggests that God took a wife and had a child, and most certainly none conceive that God fathered a child through a human mother outside of marriage. Furthermore, to suggest that God physically mated with an element of His creation is so far beyond the limits of religious tolerance as to plummet down the sheer cliff of blasphemy, chasing the mythology of the Greeks.

With no rational explanation available within the tenets of Christian doctrine, the only avenue for closure is to claim yet one more doctrinal mystery. Here is where the Muslim recalls the question posed in the Qur’an: “… How can He have a son when He has no consort?…” [Al-Anám 6:101] … while others shout, “But God can do anything!” The Islamic position, however, is that God doesn’t do inappropriate things, only Godly things. In the Islamic viewpoint, God’s character is integral with His being and consistent with His majesty.

So again, what does “Son of God” mean? And if Jesus Christ has exclusive rights to the term, why does the Bible record, “… for I (God) am a father to Israel, and Ephraim (i.e. Israel) is my firstborn.” (Jeremiah 31:9) and, “… Israel is My son, even my firstborn.” (Exodus 4:22)? Taken in the context of Romans 8:14, which reads, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God,” many scholars conclude that “Son of God” is metaphorical and, as with Christos, doesn’t imply exclusivity. After all, The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion confirms that in Jewish idiom “Son of God” is clearly metaphorical. To quote, “Son of God,” term occasionally found in Jewish literature, biblical and post-biblical, but nowhere implying physical descent from the Godhead.”

Hasting’s Bible Dictionary comments: In Semitic usage “sonship” is a conception somewhat loosely employed to denote moral rather than physical or metaphysical relationship. Thus “sons of Belial” (Jg 19:22 etc.) are wicked men, not descendants of Belial; and in the NT the “children of the bride chamber” are wedding guests. So a “son of God” is a man, or even a people, who reflect the character of God. There is little evidence that the title was used in Jewish circles of the Messiah, and a sonship which implied more than a moral relationship would be contrary to Jewish monotheism. And in any case, the list of candidates for “son of God” begins with Adam, as per Luke 3:38: “… Adam, which was the son of God.”

Those who rebut by quoting Matthew 3:17 (“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased’”) have overlooked the point that the Bible describes many people, Israel and Adam included, as “sons of God.” Both II Samuel 7:13-14 and I Chronicles 22:10 read, “He (Solomon) shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.”

Entire nations are referred to as sons, or children of God. Examples include:

  1. “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men…” (Genesis 6:2)
  2. “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men…” (Genesis 6:4)
  3. “Ye are the children of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 14:1)
  4. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD…” (Job 1:6)
  5. “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD…” (Job 2:1)
  6. “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7)
  7. “That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation…” (Philippians 2:15)
  8. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! … Beloved, now we are children of God…” (1 John 3:1-2)
  9. In Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Later in Matthew 5:45, Jesus prescribed to his followers the attainment of noble attributes, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Not exclusively his Father, but their Father …

[Source: Jesus Christ – Son of God: “Son” or “Slave”? Description: An examination of the concept that Jesus is the son of God from Christian sources. Part two: A look at the original Greek and Hebrew words translated to “son.” Read more By Laurence B. Brown, MD]