Jesus In The Qur’an - Bridges To Common Ground

Jesus In The Qur'an

This reference guide was originally published as an appendix for Mark Siljander's book A Deadly Misunderstanding. These references have been updated to reflect in-depth studies of scripture and in addition, research of the Semitic languages (Arabic, Aramaic & Hebrew). 

*Compiled From Over 100 References To Jesus In The Quran*


Jesus is:

Attributes of Jesus:




We Are Ordered To:

Jesus' Disciples Are:

Misc. References:


Study Disclaimer

NOTE: Transliteration, spelling & interpretations of Semitic scriptures is an imperfect science. This is our “expert” interpretation based on extensive research and consultation with scholars (Muslim, Christian & Jewish). We searched traditional exegesis and the traditional understandings of specific scriptures, reviewed meanings in Arabic dictionaries while applying context & root origins of words themselves in the Semitic scriptures. We also examined and compared the scriptures in light of modern understandings of doctrinal concepts. Some translations may conflict with traditional and/or modern institutional Islamic and Christian tenets.

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[1] Words in the parentheses are the Anglicized Arabic from the Qur’an.

[2] Possibly 19:17 is also a reference to Jesus and the Spirit.

[3] Verse 9:31 has been mistranslated for years. The correct rendition is:
They take their priests and their monks to be their lords in derogation of [both] Allah, and Christ the son of Mary;

[4] This exclusive attribute given only to Jesus and Moses, who interestingly, were the two covenant enactors.

[5] An exclusive right of God to grant and assumed to referring to Jesus in the context of the verses, also according to Sufi interpretations.

[6] “The article “al” (the) in front of the word is rare and usually reserved as one of the 99 names of Allah (God).

[7] ibid

[8] The Arabic word maqdahi “ordained” or “decreed” is used only for Jesus and interestingly hellfire in 9:71.

[9] Only Jesus & holy books were “sent down” from heaven.

[10] 5:114-115 refers to a “meal being sent down from heaven”. This is a metaphor for Jesus in Sufi tradition consistent with John 6:32-35 “…it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…I am the bread of life.”

[11] The specific application is unclear, but the verse is in context of Mary and Jesus and refers to “casting lots”.

[12] Jesus “spoken into being” Arabic “kun fya kun”.

[13] All Arabic words used in these verses refer to “death”, or “caused to die”: and are as follows: 3:55 mutawafeka, 4:159 mawtihi, 5:117 tawaffaytanee, 19:15 yamootu;, & 19:33 amootu.

[14] This verse suggests that many messengers slain when their message was rejected by the “children of Israel”. Jesus message was rejected by much of the Jewish leadership who conspired to have him executed by Rome.

[15] A special place of honor as “at the right hand of God” & the only one clearly given this position in the Qur’an.

[16] The Semitic word bashir is a cognate for “good news” used in the Hebrew Old and Aramaic New Testaments and also means “flesh” as a possible association to a context of sacrifice and the Messiah coming in the “flesh”. (See 1John 4:2 & 2 John 1:7).

*Updated Appendix, Originally Sourced From: A Deadly Misunderstanding – Mark Siljander