The month of December marks an important date for the Christians around the world as they celebrate the birth of the Prophet Isa(a) (Jesus). For Muslims, Jesus is a very important Prophet of God. In fact in the Qur’an he and his mother Lady Mariam(sa) (Mary) are held in high esteem. Like previous prophets who were given the gift of performing miracles by God, Jesus also performed many miracles to prove he was a messenger of God. In fact Jesus himself was miraculously born of Lady Mariam without a father. The Qur’an tells us of Jesus and his mother in this words:
“…and We made her (Mary) and her son (Jesus) a sign for the worlds.” (Qur’an 21:91)
The Qur’an also tells us of specific miracles performed by the Prophet Isa(a), confirming that God gave him this ability:
“We gave Jesus; the son of Mary, clear evidences [miracles], and confirmed him” (Qur’an 2:87)
The followings are some of the miracles performed by Jesus as mentioned in the Qur’an.
While still in the cradle
“He will speak to people in the cradle and in adulthood, and will be one of the righteous.” (Qur’an 3:46)
One of the miracles of Jesus is that while still in the cradle, he spoke out to protect his mother Mary from accusations of having a child without a father. When she was asked about this strange event Mary just pointed to Jesus, and he miraculously spoke. Jesus said to the people:
“… ‘Indeed I am a servant of God! He has given me the Book and made me a prophet. He has made me blessed, wherever I may be, …and to be good to my mother, … Peace is to me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised alive.’” (Qur’an 19:30-33)
Healing the Blind
The Qur’an also mentions that Jesus gave back sight to the blind: “…And I also heal the blind ….” (Qur’an 3:49)
Despite some good knowledge of medicine people of that time would never have been able to cure blindness. For this reason this kind of power was given by God to Jesus, so people could understand that he was no ordinary person.
Return of Prophet Jesus(a)
Both Islam and Christianity expect the return of Jesus towards the end of time. Muslims believe that when the Roman soldiers came to arrest Jesus, God miraculously hid him and raised him up to Heaven. He will return together with the Mahdi(atfs), at an appointed time by God:
“… they said, “We killed the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Prophet of God”, though they did not kill him…, but it was made to look like that to them… certainly they did not kill him.” “God raised him up toward Himself, and God is all-wise. (Qur’an, 4:157–158)