Jesus or Isa?

There is a popular notion that the Jesus of the Bible is the same person as Isa of the Quran. When there is so much hostility between Christians and Muslims, there is an understandable tendency to try and find common ground between the two religions. One example of this is in the attempted harmonization between Jesus and Isa, combining them into a single character.

So what does the Bible say about Jesus? What does the Quran say about Isa? We will compare the two characters using the Bible (all references in RED) and the Quran (all references in GREEN). Lets start with the birth of Jesus.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

-Luke 1:26-35

From this text we learn that Jesus was the Son of God. The Holy Spirit caused Mary to supernaturally become pregnant, since she was a virgin, and that the child to be born would be holy.

From the Quran, we read

And she who remained chaste, protected her cleft (farjaha), so We blew into her from Our Spirit, and We created her and her son (as) a sign to world.

Surah 21:91

And Mary Amran’s daughter who remained chaste, protected her cleft (farjaha) between her legs, so We blew in it from Our Spirit (roohina), and she confirmed the truth of her Lord’s words, and His Books , and she was of the devoutly obedient.

Surah 66:12

The references to “Our Spirit” (roohina) perhaps indicate that this was all done through the the angel Gabriel (or Jibril).

The Quran records that Isa was born in a desolate place, where Mary was alone under a palm tree. 

She said, “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, and I was never unchaste?” He said, “Thus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign for humanity, and a mercy from Us. It is a matter already decided.”

So she carried him, and secluded herself with him in a remote place. The labor-pains came upon her, by the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, “I wish I had died before this, and been completely forgotten.” Whereupon he called her from beneath her: “Do not worry; your Lord has placed a stream beneath you. And shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, and it will drop ripe dates by you.”

Surah 19:20-25

This is quite different from the Bible, which records Jesus being born in Bethlehem in a place where animals were kept. According to the Bible, Mary was not alone, but was with Joseph during the time she gave birth to Jesus. 

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a feeding trough, because there was no guest room available for them.

-Luke 2:4-7

The Bible records the first instance where Jesus is worshiped as a small child. This occurred when Magi (Kings or wise men) from the East visited him.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

-Matthew 2:11

Jesus is worshiped on multiple occasions throughout the Bible, and never rejects the worship being given to him.

Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

-Matthew 14:33

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

-Matthew 28:8-9

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

-Matthew 28:16-17

While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

-Luke 24:51-52

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

-John 9:35-38

Jesus is referred to as “The Word” in both the Quran and the Bible.

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Isa, the son of Mary, is the Messenger of Allah, and His Word that He conveyed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him.

Surah 4:171

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

-John 1:1-3,14

Here we can see that the Bible clearly expresses the deity of Jesus – “the Word was God.

Perhaps the most striking difference between Jesus and Isa is in how they died. Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection multiple times in the Bible

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly.

-Mark 8:31-32

As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

-Matthew 17:22-23

And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

-Matthew 20:17-19

And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

-Luke 9:21-22

Isa also references his own death and resurrection in the Quran

“And peace is on me (Isa) the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.”

Surah 19:33

But then, in a shocking revelation, the Quran tells us that Isa didn’t actually die on the cross, it only looked that way.

And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Isa, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them.

Surah 4:157

Allah fooled those who were present that day, witnessing the crucifixion. According to the Quran, Isa was not killed, but rather, another person who looked like Isa was crucified on that day. Today, billions of people believe that Jesus died by crucifixion. If Isa and Jesus are the same person, and Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, then this is undoubtedly the greatest deception in the history of the world. 

Further, since Jesus predicted his own death, he would have to be considered a false prophet if he didn’t actually die. Without the crucifixion, there is no resurrection. Without the resurrection, there is no Christianity. Perhaps there are other sources we can look at to determine whether or not Jesus actually died by crucifixion. Besides the Bible, what do other historical sources say when it comes to this issue? The following sources all confirm the crucifixion of Jesus:

Mara Bar Serapion (73AD)

Josephus (93AD)

Clement (95AD)

Ignatius (100AD)

Tacitus (115AD)

Polycarp (115AD)

Lucian of Samosata (165AD)

If Jesus did not die on the cross, then we would expect to see some sort of historical evidence that refutes the crucifixion of Jesus from that time period. But there is no such evidence, and it’s not until the Quran was written over 600 years later that there is any mention of an impostor in the place of Jesus on the cross.

For this reason alone, we can conclude that Jesus and Isa are not the same person.

Jesus died by crucifixion. 

Isa did not.

Jesus went beyond simply predicting his own death. Jesus predicted his own resurrection, to prove that he had power even over death. This was how Christianity started, because hundreds of people claimed to have seen Jesus alive days after he was executed. Many of those people would be persecuted, tortured, or even killed for this belief.

So who was this Jesus? 

I believe that is the most important question any of us will ever ask.

A Muslim named Nabeel Qureshi dared to ask that very question, and it took him on a journey that challenged his faith and ultimately changed his life. You can watch him tell his story here, or listen to it below

If you would like a free copy of Nabeel’s book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”, please click here and I will send this book to you by mail.

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  1. The Bible is the only word of God and it cannot be compared with other books, anything else is just a book or human imagination.

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    1. I’m a muslim and 99% of our religion don’t know jesus cause we aren’t supposed to christians don’t know sayudinah Mohamed and jesus is not the son of god if anyone believes in that cause in quran it says god has no family no son no mother no dad no brother please do not say jesus it the son of god

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      1. Your inability to use punctuation to form proper sentences does much to reinforce our perception of Muslims.

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    2. Maybe you don’t know bible was written by many different scribes who hasn’t seen jesus. Quran is a direct words of God which has been preserved. Least do some research

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      1. Let me tried to make an analogy of the holy books out there. There’s Quran, bible, torah and Psalms. It’s something like a school books.
        U learned mathematic, let’s say. At early age, u can’t just, bam, here the complete things about books maths. With equations, shits university students learned and given it to a kindergarten children.
        Same goes to holy books. Imagine Adam received all things a bout religion. He’ll go mental. That’s y god gave us prophet’s for some era to guide human.

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  2. If the bible was eye witnessed and the Quran wrote the story of Jesus after 600years why is it that other prophets are being told in the bible is it that way also eye witnessed!!!!please be kin

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  3. God cannot bring Christianity and later changed the Christianity to Islam. Christianity in the truly religion no killings,no forcing.

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    1. No killing?? Seriously? Maybe you should read your bible verses about killing women, children and even babies.. quran doesn’t order anymore to kill any innocent.

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  4. Two books which are totally different which actually brings great controversy if I have to chose i rather take christianity than İslam bcz of many reason in history is clear that JESUS died and was raised on the 3rd day Elijah mahomed died and is still buried the answer is clear which one to believe and in closing christianity is not by force but by choice

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  5. Neither was written at the time of the events described. The gospel wasn’t written until a century or more later. The quran was about 6 centuries later. But neither can be described as a current account written by actual eye witnesses.

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  6. The truth will always manifest, Jesus is the truth. Why is it that they always have controversy on Jesus despite He was identified in their Quran?

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  7. i mean am an atheist and i have a quastion am gonna be honest islam seems more reasonble to me like christins say that theu only have one god witch is jesus but like he is the son of god so that makes them 2 gods and like why tf do u worship jesus when he was actually born and hes not the one that created us but god did his
    (father) like christianity has a lot of Contradictions.

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      1. How Can U Claimed To Knw The Fada Without Knowing The 1 That Makes U To Have The Privellege To Live And Talk To Him As U Wish. Jesus Is The Only Way To The Fada, And Without Jesus Christ U’re A Living Death! Trust And Believe In The Only True Son Of God Which Is Jesus Christ The One That Died For Your Sins!

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    1. Allah (God) has created everything in the universe, that is, God also created reproduction, and his purpose is to continue the generations of mortal living things. Allah(God) is immortal so he does not need a child. Jesus is just a prophet. Also, if you read the Qur’an and the Bible, you will see that the Qur’an makes more sense.

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    2. Please don’t let us use our notion and imagination to say what we don’t know. God is God, If we want to know whether the Bible good or no, or Quran good or no let seek from God I know He will let us know the truth. Although we have not seen Him before but through His words and how He create things,it made us know Him more, He’s light so whatever hidden in the dark when we seek, He will let us know. For me both Quran and Bible are good for me because it contains God’s words and all the that said by God is good let seek and He will grant us. Thanks

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  8. Which of the Bibles is word of God? Is it the one containing 73books or the one with 66, books or the Johovah witness version?

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  9. Two gods? What if they have different ideas? Then if jesus is god what about 40 days tempting by satan? How can god tempted?

    At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”matthew

    Jesus(peace be upon him ) said you should only worship one god.

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    1. I reckon: “peace be upon him” were the words muslim says to their so-called DEAD prophets like mohammed.
      I think they shouldn’t use that to OUR LORD GOD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!! Because JESUS HAS RISEN ON THE 3RD DAY!!!! HE IS ALIVE!!!! He ascended up to heaven ALIVE!!!! See and read in Acts 1:1-11.

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  10. Actually the stories are irrelevant they are both the sin of god Jesus is the light divine that resurrects you in your soul conscious connecting you to god in Christianity and in Islam in revelation I’m lion force. Messenger of god I’m dripping in light and I guide ppl of all faiths and have done so in the great awakening running up to end day which isn’t the end of the world just the end of the world as we know it. End of illusion Non believers will be made ill and in darkness and the true believers get restored that’s called the divine revelation as your spirituality is restored.

    All in light the light is Jesus.

    The stories are irrelevant.

    Weather he died on a cross of not has no baring on the fact Jesus is the Savior the light that saves you that son of god or Mary that’s the main point. If you get distracted on the non relevant stuff then you clearly have little direct connection to the divine light Jesus to connect to allah. To be able to understand you are not meant to rely on your own understanding you are meant to have light to help you understand. The very core of your faith will tell you how to get that.

    But if one is to focuses on worldly words in a book above the direct connection to the one from the soul at the vote of your faith and all faiths are built around then you may not comprehend.

    I’ve just saved 1000s of Muslim ppl in the great awakening that happens in revelation as the day is near. Been warning ppl since Jan.

    I’m a messenger and now the-war declared in Israel. As so many ppl sleeping need the big physical signs those that are connected. To god via Jesus don’t. I have a while lion force some Muslim sone Sikh me Christian. To me run some. We have been prepared.

    Get ready repent and wait for god

    It’s almost time 🙏♥️
    And

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  11. I reckon: “peace be upon him” were the words muslim says to their so-called DEAD prophets like mohammed.

    I think they shouldn’t use that to OUR LORD GOD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!! Because JESUS HAS RISEN ON THE 3RD DAY!!!! HE IS ALIVE!!!! He ascended up to heaven ALIVE!!!! See and read in Acts 1:1-11.

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  12. Jesus is the living God and till now do wonders , He was resurrected and alive , there are so many witnesses to his resurrection as well as books return outside bible about his crucifixion, what else proof one needs ? Who can forgive sins and give life , God alone ,whoever have sin him have seen the father .

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  13. Jesus is lord soon he is coming to take us home believe and get saved we should give him all our burdens in him their is life amen

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  14. Ok, so if Quran says jesus wasn’t crucified it makes him a different jesus? Maybe you’re not sure about your own faith. You saying there are no records of someone got crucified, but the reality is totally opposite. As Quran states, those who was there was filled confusion that nobody knows who actually got killed as there are tons of contradicted reports in the bible about the crucifixion. Even jesus the name itself is wrong in the bible. His real name is esua in hebrew and Quran got it right. After deep research everything that Quran stated happens to be correct…

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  15. Jesus himself says in the Nag Hammedi Gospel that it was “ one in his like “ who was crucified , but that he himself was scourged by Pilate . He says it was his twin brother – Judas Thomas the Twin who suffered . But was taken down from the cross after a bribe to the Roman’s Jesus said to Judas “ One day your star will shine brighter than mine . This Gospel is from the time of Jesus – not 200 years later .

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  16. Ignorant people trying to fool themselves by trying to prove their own religion as the only true religion. What a shame, the true religion never teach to criticize others or defame others, find fault and mistakes with others.
    Sorry, but if you don’t know the meaning of religion, you are a fool, doesn’t matter whom you follow (Jesus or Allah).

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    1. I believe you that you Want to believe.. what you can do is ask God., “I’ts hard for me to believe, God.. so can you please help my unbelief?”.. This is what I did back in 1981.. and because my prayer was sincere, He opened my heart and mind to climb that next rung in the Ladder toward more distinct faith in Him. It’s only through His grace that we can even believe whatsoever.. If we seek Him in spite of ourselives, He can’t resist meeting us more than half way ♥

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  17. Before I’m coming and believe in Jesus, I had Muslim and I’m trying to write a book about the real wrong of names in the Quran, cuz most Muslim didn’t know about story of meaning of names or real meaning of names, cuz I’m sure if Muslim know the real meaning of these names he will trying thinking again and reading with focus that will make him change his greed imaditly

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  18. My argument is quite simple. There is a book called the Bible and another book called the Quran. Both are widely available.
    Read and ‘understand’ each book and follow the one that your heart desires.
    Meanwhile respect others beliefs and don’t pass on judgments (it’s really not your job). Be good towards your fellow humans and help others unconditionally.
    I suppose that (eventually) we will all learn whether or not we’ve been worshiping the right God – and of course have to withstand whatever consequences for our choice.

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  19. Allah is only one, jesus is His messenger and created him by His word ( ‘kun’exist)subsquently he come into existance(jesus)A.S. We believe in quran and bible as well, we read that Allah promised to protect the quran from any defect of increasing or decresing onlike bible no such promise, so your padas and pastos are the one who edit your scripture negatively for their selfish. oh christians you have to believe in quran and islam bcos by the coming of muhammad pbuh your religion is outdated, if not you will abide in hellfare forever. may Allah guide us to the straigth path. ameen

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  20. Allâh (God) loves those who repent and Allâh (God) loves those who are engaged in Purifying themselves.
    Some of the Scholars said that this Purification is physical Purification, it’s referring to “wudu” and “Tahara” It’s referring to the way we clean ourselves up for prayer.
    There are other Scholars that said that this one has Actually has a Spiritual implication. How Allâh (God) love “Tahara”
    In the physical sense “Al-Mutatahareen” Those who are Engaged In Purifying themselves just as Allâh (God) loves those who are engaged in REPENTANCE, not necessarily those who REPENTED in the past tense and they NO longer are committing sin, Because We’re always committing sin and always repenting and always trying to get back closer to Him.
    But those who are seeking to Purify themselves those who are engaged in a state of Purification, the power of that, Is that Allâh (God) does not expect you to reach some peak Purification before you you can be worthy of supplicating Him, Allâh (God) Allâh Loves you for just trying, Allâh Loves you just for the effort, and if you think about how beautiful and profound that is then it actually helps you repent and helps you make DUA. There is a very beautiful expression a very beautiful explanation for this verse from the Spiritual perspective and it comes from the way of IMAM HASAN AL BASRI (R) aswel as the great Mufassir of the Qur’an Mujahid (R) They said that Allàh (God) love those who repent I.E those who do not insist upon sins over and over again Because that would show a disregard of Allâh (God) ,That would show you weren’t taking your tawbah seriously, your repentance seriously And that would show you haven’t learned lessons, Allâh (God) loves you for being in the state of Purification and Allâh (God) loves you for repenting. Where was it we actually fell short , some of us will repent sincerely for a sin and insist that we will not return to that sin yet still return to it. That does not disqualify us from the love of Allâh (God) nor does it open up all the previous times we committed that sin or nullify the repentance from those precious sins.
    I ask Allâh (S.W.T) to allow us always to be engaged in the effort of Purification to allow us to reach better states and to always allow us to be in His state of Love even as we fall short at times, just for being in the state of repentance and for being in the state of the effort of Purification. Allahumma Ameen
    La Hawla Wa Laa Quwatta Illa Billaah Ameen Allâh.

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