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Juz’ 3 – The Virgin Birth

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Baqara [2]:253 to Al-‘Imran [3]:92.
The themes discussed in these ayat include: (1) the Holy Spirit’s (Rūhul-Qudus) presence in Jesus; (2) religious liberty; (3) God’s encounters with Abraham; (4) charity; (5) prohibitions against usury; (6) the Qur’an’s relationship with the Bible; (7) the judgment; (8) the Virgin Birth of Jesus; (9) the miracles of Jesus; (10) the ascension of Jesus; (11) and the primacy of Abraham’s faith.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

My ayat for today are Al-‘Imran [3]: 45-47. These verses affirm Jesus’ virgin birth and honors him as “Messiah” and a “Word” from God.

“The angels said, ‘Mary, God gives you news of a Word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, who will be held in honor in this world and the next, who will be one of those brought near to God. He will speak to people in his infancy and in his adulthood. He will be one of the righteous.’ She said, ‘My Lord, how can I have a son when no man has touched me?’ [The angel] said, ‘This is how God creates what He will: when he ordains something, He only says “Be”, and it is’. “

The Quranic affirmation of Jesus’ virgin birth is a powerful reminder of the common spiritual heritage between Christians and Muslims. These verses parallel the account of Jesus’ birth that is recorded in Luke’s gospel.

 

Listen:

“The angel said to Mary, ‘Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus….’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit (Rūhul Qudus) will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you….'” (Luke 1:30-35)

Prayer:

In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate, I thank you for the life and ministry of Jesus (pbuh) and ask that I too may be numbered among the righteous. In Your Holy Name I pray, amen.