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 Isa (AS)

Islam holds Jesus (Arabic: ????? `Isa) to have been a messenger and a prophet of God and the Messiah (The concept of prophecy in Islam is broader than Judaism and Christianity since Muslims distinguish between "messengers" and "prophets". Unlike prophets, messengers are assured of success. All messengers are prophets but not vice versa) [1] According to the Qur`an, he was one of God`s (Arabic Allah) most beloved messengers, a precursor to Muhammad, and was sent to guide the Children of Israel.

Christian comparison

In the Qur`an, Zachariah is Mary`s adopted guardian but in the Bible they are relatives. In both accounts, Jesus is born to Mary while she is a virgin. In the Bible, Mary has a fiance who plays a small role, but the Qur`an makes no mention of this. Unlike in the Bible, Jesus performs several miracles as an infant and child.

Jesus then goes on to teach, perform miracles, be rejected by the Jews and ascends to heaven. See Qur`anic narration of the Jesus story for further information.

Muslims reject the mainstream Christian belief that Jesus was the Son of God, regarding it as a blasphemous denial of tawhid, the singularity of God. The Qur`an states repeatedly that Jesus was only a human.

Muslims believe that God gave a Direct Revelation to Jesus, the Injil, which is understood to be a book comparable to the Qur`an. However, some parts of it have been misinterpreted, misrepresented, passed over, and/or textually distorted over time. Muslims believe that the New Testament no longer accurately represents the original revelation. Nevertheless, the Qur`an calls this book revealed to Jesus a light and a divine scripture and calls Jews and Christians to remain faithful to the book they do have. (5:45-49).

Etymology

The name Jesus is derived from the Latin Iesus, which in turn comes from the Greek ??s??? (Iesoûs). The Greek is a Hellenized form of the Aramaic name Yešua (????), a short form of Hebrew Yehošua (?????). Isa is also a given name for Arab Muslim men, equivalent to Jesus (a name given in many Christian cultures for male children). Yehošua (?????) is the name by which Moses called his successor as leader of the Israelites, known in English as Joshua; it means `the Lord is salvation`, or literally `Yahweh saves`. Some claim the Arabic name Isa is related to the biblical Esau, but it is also similar in the vowels to the Aramaic version of