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7 Characteristics of Jesus in the Quran which Make Him Superior to Muhammad

In this article I am going to list seven characteristics that the Quran attributes to Jesus which prove that Christ is superior and better than Muhammad himself. This doesn’t mean that we believe what the Islamic scripture teaches about Jesus, since it is not a revelation from God nor a historically reliable book when it comes to the life and teachings of the historical Jesus, or any of the other biblical characters that it mentions. We simply cite the Quran for the sake of the Muslims who did believe in its authority in order to force them to contend with what their own religious text has to say about Jesus being greater than their own prophet.

  1. Jesus’ maternal family has been preferred above all creatures.

Lo! Allah preferred Adam and Noah and the Family of Abraham and the Family of ‘Imran above (all His) creatures. They were descendants one of another. Allah is Hearer, Knower. (Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said: My Lord! I have vowed unto Thee that which is in my belly as a consecrated (offering). Accept it from me. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Hearer, the Knower! And when she was delivered she said: My Lord! Lo! I am delivered of a female – Allah knew best of what she was delivered – the male is not as the female; and lo! I have named her Mary, and lo! I crave Thy protection for her and for her offspring from Satan the outcast. S. 3:33-36

1b. Muhammad’s family members were pagans who worshiped idols.

  1. Jesus’ mother is the greatest woman ever created and the only woman mentioned by name in the entire Quran. Mary even has an entire chapter named in her honor, namely, the nineteenth chapter titled Surah al-Maryam(“The Chapter of Mary”).

And when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah hath chosen thee and made thee pure, and hath preferred thee above (all) the women of creation. S. 3:42

2b. Muhammad’s parents were pagans who are burning in hell.

Chapter 204: THE APOSTLE OF ALLAH SEEKING PERMISSION FROM THE LORD, THE EXALTED AND HIGH, FOR VISITING THE GRAVE OF HIS MOTHER

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: I sought permission to beg forgiveness for my mother, but He did not grant it to me. I sought permission from Him to visit her grave, and He granted it (permission) to me. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 2129 https://sunnah.com/muslim/11/134)

Abu Huraira reported: The Apostle of Allah visited the grave of his mother and he wept, and moved others around him to tears, and said: I sought permission from my Lord to beg forgiveness for her but it was not granted to me, and I sought permission to visit her grave and it was granted to me. So visit the graves, for that makes you mindful of death. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 2130 https://sunnah.com/muslim/11/135)

Chapter 86: HE WHO DIED WITH UNBELIEF WOULD BE (THROWN) INTO THE FIRE, INTERCESSION WOULD BE OF NO AVAIL TO HIM AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF HIS FAVOURITES WOULD NOT BENEFIT HIM

Anas reported: Verily, a person said: Messenger of Allah, where is my father? He said: (He) is in the Fire. When he turned away, he (the Holy Prophet) called him and said: Verily my father and your father are in the Fire. (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0398 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=001&translator=2&start=0&number=0398)

  1. Jesus and his blessed mother are absolutely pure and sinless.

“And when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah hath chosen thee and made thee pure…” S. 3:42a

He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son. S. 19:19

3b. Muhammad and his parents were sinners tainted by Satan.

“… ‘And I have named her Mary and commend her to You with her seed her children to protect them from the accursed the outcast Satan’. In a hadīth it is stated ‘EVERY new-born is touched by Satan and begins life by crying except for Mary and her son’ as reported by the two Shaykhs Bukhārī and Muslim.” (Tafsir al-Jalalayn, Q. 3:36 https://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=74&tSoraNo=3&tAyahNo=36&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2; bold emphasis ours)

(“… And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from Shaytan, the outcast.”) means, that she sought refuge with Allah from the evil of Shaytan, for her and her offspring, i.e., `Isa, peace be upon him. Allah accepted her supplication, for `Abdur-Razzaq recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said…

<<EVERY newly born baby is touched by Shaytan when it is born, and the baby starts crying because of this touch, except Maryam and her son.>> Abu Hurayrah then said, “Read if you will…

<<And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from Shaytan, the outcast>>.” The Two Sahihs recorded this Hadith. (Tafsir Ibn Kathir http://www.alim.org/library/quran/AlQuran-tafsir/TIK/3/35; bold emphasis ours

  1. Jesus is the preexistent Word of God who came down from God’s presence as a Spirit in order to take on flesh from Mary.

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was an Apostle of Allah, and His Word which He cast down unto Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender. S. 4:171

4b. Muhammad was nothing more than an ordinary, fallible, imperfect man who was filled with doubts and fears, and whose god would often threaten to punish and/or kill him.

And seek forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. And plead not on behalf of (people) who deceive themselves. Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful. S. 4:106-107

Allah forgive thee (O Muhammad)! Wherefor didst thou grant them leave ere those who told the truth were manifest to thee and thou didst know the liars? S. 9:43

And if thou (Muhammad) art in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto thee, then question those who read the Scripture (that was) before thee. Verily the Truth from thy Lord hath come unto thee. So be not thou of the waverers. S. 10:94

And they indeed strove hard to beguile thee (Muhammad) away from that wherewith We have inspired thee, that thou shouldst invent other than it against Us; and then would they have accepted thee as a friend. And if We had not made thee wholly firm thou mightest almost have inclined unto them a little. Then had we made thee taste a double (punishment) of living and a double (punishment) of dying, then hadst thou found no helper against Us. S. 17:73-75

Or thou have a house of gold; or thou ascend up into heaven, and even then we will put no faith in thine ascension till thou bring down for us a book that we can read. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord be Glorified! Am I aught save a mortal messenger? S. 17:93

Say: I am only a mortal like you. My Lord inspireth in me that your God is only One God. And whoever hopeth for the meeting with his Lord, let him do righteous work, and make none sharer of the worship due unto his Lord. S. 18:110

O Prophet! Keep thy duty to Allah and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Lo! Allah is Knower, Wise. S. 33:1

And verily it hath been revealed unto thee as unto those before thee (saying): If thou ascribe a partner to Allah thy work will fail and thou indeed wilt be among the losers. S. 39:65

Then have patience (O Muhammad). Lo! the promise of Allah is true. And ask forgiveness of thy sin, and hymn the praise of thy Lord at fall of night and in the early hours. S. 40:55

Say (unto them O Muhammad): I am only a mortal like you. It is inspired in me that your God is One God, therefor take the straight path unto Him and seek forgiveness of Him. And woe unto the idolaters, S. 41:6

Say: I am no new thing among the messengers (of Allah), nor know I what will be done with me or with you. I do but follow that which is inspired in me, and I am but a plain warner. S. 46:9

So know (O Muhammad) that there is no God save Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy sin and for believing men and believing women. Allah knoweth (both) your place of turmoil and your place of rest. S. 47:19

Lo! We have given thee (O Muhammad) a signal victory, That Allah may forgive thee of thy sin that which is past and that which is to come, and may perfect His favour unto thee, and may guide thee on a right path, S. 48:1-2

And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us, We assuredly had taken him by the right hand And then severed his life-artery, And not one of you could have held Us off from him. S. 69:44-47

He frowned and turned away Because the blind man came unto him. What could inform thee but that he might grow (in grace) Or take heed and so the reminder might avail him? As for him who thinketh himself independent, Unto him thou payest regard. Yet it is not thy concern if he grow not (in grace). But as for him who cometh unto thee with earnest purpose And hath fear, From him thou art distracted. S. 80:1-10

Then hymn the praises of thy Lord, and seek forgiveness of Him. Lo! He is ever ready to show mercy. S. 110:3

  1. Jesus was conceived of and born from a virgin maiden who had never been sexually touched by any man.

She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is. S. 3:47

She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath touched me, neither have I been unchaste? He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained. S. 19:20-21

5b. Muhammad was born in the ordinary manner of sexual intercourse.

  1. Jesus is the Creator and life-Giver who raised the dead and breathed life into inanimate clay objects, in the same way that God does.

And will make him a messenger unto the Children of Israel, (saying): Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I create for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah’s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if ye are to be believers. S. 3:49

When Allah saith: O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My favour unto thee and unto thy mother; how I strengthened thee with the holy Spirit, so that thou spakest unto mankind in the cradle as in maturity; and how I taught thee the Scripture and Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and how thou didst create from clay as it were the likeness of a bird by My permission, and didst blow upon it and it was a bird by My permission, and thou didst heal him who was born blind and the leper by My permission; and how thou didst raise the dead by My permission; and how I restrained the Children of Israel from (harming) thee when thou camest unto them with clear proofs, and those of them who disbelieved exclaimed: This is naught else than mere magic; S. 5:110

Compare:

And when thy Lord said to the angels, ‘See, I am creating a mortal (innee khaliqun basharan) of a clay of mud moulded. When I have shaped him, and breathed My spirit in him, fall you down, bowing before him!’ S. 15:28-29 Arberry

When thy Lord said to the angels, ‘See, I am creating a mortal of a clay (innee khaliqun basharan min teenin). When I have shaped him, and breathed My spirit in him, fall you down, bowing before him!’ S. 38:71-72 Arberry

6b. Muhammad performed no miracles.

They also say, ‘Why has no sign been sent down upon him from his Lord?‘ Say: ‘Surely God is able to send down a sign (ayatan), but most of them know not.’ S. 6:37

They have sworn by God the most earnest oaths if a sign comes to them they will believe in it. Say: ‘Signs are only with God.’ What will make you realize that, when it comes, they will not believe? S. 6:109

The unbelievers say, ‘Why has a sign not been sent down upon him from his Lord?’ Thou art ONLY a warner, and a guide to every people. S. 13:7

Naught prevented Us from sending the signs but that the ancients cried lies to them; and We brought Thamood the She-camel visible, but they did her wrong. And We do not send the signs, except to frighten. S. 17:59

This last passage is one of the clearest proofs that Muhammad did absolutely no miracles whatsoever. The text says that Allah refrained from providing miracles, which would make no sense at all if Muhammad did indeed perform signs and wonders. Regarding this verse, the late Sunni scholar Muhammad Asad candidly admitted:

This highly elliptic sentence has a fundamental bearing on the purport of the Qur’an as a whole. In many places the Qur’an stresses the fact that the Prophet Muhammad, despite his being the last and greatest of God’s apostles, WAS NOT EMPOWERED TO PERFORM MIRACLES similar to those with which the earlier prophets are said to have reinforced their verbal messages. His ONLY miracle was and is the Qur’an itself – a message perfect in its lucidity and ethical comprehensiveness, destined for all times and all stages of human development, addressed not merely to the feelings but also to the minds of men, open to everyone, whatever his race or social environment, and bound to remain unchanged forever… (Asad, The Message of the Qur’an [Dar Al-Andalus Limitd 3 Library Ramp, Gibraltar rpt. 1993], p. 427, fn. 71; online edition; capital and underline emphasis ours)

  1. Jesus returned to God himself, since that is where he originally came from.

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. S. 3:55

But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise. S. 4:158

7b. Muhammad died and was buried.

Muhammad is but a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) have passed away before him. Will it be that, when he dieth or is slain, ye will turn back on your heels? He who turneth back on his heels doth no hurt to Allah, and Allah will reward the thankful. S. 3:144

Lo! thou wilt die, and lo! they will die; S. 39:30

Further Reading

The Quran Agrees: Jesus is the most Exalted of all (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/jesus_most_exalted_q.htm)

The Quran Also Agrees: Jesus Is the Most High! (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/jesus_most_high_q.htm)

Jesus Christ: Islam’s Greatest Prophet and Messenger (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/jesus_knows_unseen_q.htm)

Mary in the Islamic Perspective: Additional Proof for Jesus’ Superiority over the Prophet of Islam (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/mary_amina.htm)

Muhammad and Miracles (https://answeringislam.net/Responses/Azmy/mhd_miracles.htm)

Evidence that Muhammad was a Sinful Transgressor (https://answeringislam.net/authors/shamoun/mhd_transgressor.html)

Muhammad the compromiser and doubter (https://answeringislam.net/Shamoun/compromise_doubt.htm

Sura 10:94 and Muhammad’s doubts (https://answeringislam.net/Responses/Osama/zawadi_s10_94.htm)

Muhammad: Man of Faith or One Filled With Doubts? (https://answeringislam.net/Responses/Osama/zawadi_q10_94.htm)

Muhammad the Doubter Still (https://answeringislam.net/Responses/Osama/zawadi_mhd_doubter.htm)

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