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Islam is one of the world’s largest religions yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. For various reasons – be they political, economic, biased media or fear of the “other” – mistruths and misconceptions have been spread about Islam. The key to understanding Islam and Muslims is to resist stereotypes and examine each situation according to Islamic teachings and authentic sources.

Are you interested to know more about Islam and Muslims? Please take a look at the questions and answers given below related to the misconceptions about Islam. If you want to know more, then you can ask a Muslim about Islam via email or telephone.

Muslims respect and revere Jesus, 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’. The Qur’an confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Qur’an is entitled ‘Mary’), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation. The Qur’an 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. (Qur’an, 3:42-47)

Jesus was born miraculously through the same power which had brought Adam into being without a father:

Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam. (Qur’an, 3:59)

During his prophetic mission Jesus performed many miracles. The Qur’an 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 breathe into it and

it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal the blind, and the

lepers (Qur’an, 3:49)

Neither Muhammad nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in One God, brought by earlier prophets, but to confirm and renew it. In the Qur’an Jesus 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 you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God and obey me (Qur’an, 3:50)

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