It may come as a surprise to the Muslim friend of a Christian to find out that both are offended by the same idea: that Jesus would be considered to be the physical son of God.
Since the time of Muhammad, Muslims have misunderstood this term Son of God to mean that Jesus was God’s Son through physical sonship, as a result of a physical relationship between God and Mary.
Although such an idea is as repugnant and blasphemous to Christians as it is to Muslims, nevertheless it has persisted in the minds of Muslims throughout the centuries.
It appears that this deep misunderstanding occurred throughout the confusion of two different terms for the word son. In Arabic, the word walad means “a physical boy born as a result of the marriage of a man and a woman.”
Of course, if this term is wrongly applied to the conception and birth of Jesus, it gives a totally false impression of physical sonship. However, it should be obvious that the sovereign God would have no physical relationship with a human being.
The Arabic word ibin, however, is the word used for son throughout the Arabic translation of the Bible in reference to Jesus‘ relationship with God. Ibin-Allah (Son of God) indicates a strong spiritual relationship between Jesus and God, a spiritual sonship in which Jesus was submissive and obedient to God as His Heavenly Father.
It is important to understand that through this careful definition of sonship that Christians agree with the statements in the Qu’ran that God has no partners (a physical wife or physical son). Rather, Jesus was the Son of God in the sense that the Qur’an refers to Him as the Word of God (Kalamat Ullah) and the Spirit of God – (The Holy Spirit, al-Ruh al-Quds).
— in the sense of a spiritual relationship. Son of God (Ibin-Allah) is a title reflecting this relationship.
In Arabic Jesus is called, “Kalamat Ullah,” the Word of God. He came out from God and came into the world as a human being. God in His sovereignty chose to reveal Himself to us through His Word – His Word, who became one of us and lived among us. In comparing Jesus Christ with the Adam, the Bible tells us,
“The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:47)
“Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesa (Jesus) before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust…” (Qur’an 3:59)
The term “Son of God” does not mean that God had intercourse with Mary, or created sons for Himself, but that Jesus, as God, is the image of God, made manifest to men.
Let’s take a look at the Quran verses regarding Jesus the son of God :
Wonderful Originator of the heavens and the earth; how can He have a son when He has no consort (Wife)? He created all things, and He hath full knowledge of all things. — Qur’an 6:101
He (exalted be the glory of our Lord!) has taken no wife, nor has He begotten any children. The Blaspheming One among us has uttered a wanton falsehood against God, although we had supposed no man or jinee could tell of Him what is untrue.
— Qur’an 72:3
The famous Surah “IKLAS“, read in all prayer as a testimony to the oneness of God :
 Say: Allah, the One and Only;
 Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
 He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
 And there is none comparable unto Him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”— John 3:16
[Jesus Christ] was … the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.
The Bible do not interpret this word in the way the Qur’an suggests Christians do. Christian followers would be shocked and dismayed to know that the Quran mis-represents their faith as it does. I certainly was when I first read the Qur’an.
As Muhammad failed to understand what “Son of God” signified, so today, many Muslims continue to misunderstand. As Muslims believe that the Quran is eternal, uncreated, and is the Word of God found in physical book form, they should be able to understand that Jesus is eternal, uncreated, and is the Living Word of God in physical living form.
In reference to the virgin Mary, the Qur’an states, “And she who was chaste, therefore We breathed into her of Our Spirit and made her and her son a sign for all peoples” (Quran : 91:21, Surah 21, Al-Anbiya, The Prophets: 91).
At the same time, the Qur’an acknowledges that Jesus was born through the power of the Holy Spirit of God, not through any human agency:
“And Mary, daughter of ‘Imran, whose body was chaste, therefore We breathed there in something of Our Spirit and made her and her son a sign for all peoples”
(Quran : 91:21, Surah 21, Al-Anbiya, The Prophets: 91), (Quran : 66:12, Surah 66, Al-Tahrim, Banning: 12).
Thus, in a spiritual sense, one who is born with God’s Spirit should be called God’s Son (Ibin-Allah).
The unique birth of Jesus Christ, prophesied hundreds of years before, is one of the greatest supernatural events recorded in the Bible. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold this miracle in Isaiah 7:14. This was 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
Immanuel literally means “God is with us.” This is significant because Jesus is God in flesh:
Isaiah also declared, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” (Bible : Isaiah 9:6).
The Bible makes it very clear that these titles are reserved for the Son of God (Ibin-Allah).
The Bible states that this conception took place through the power of God Himself, not through any human or physical agency.
As it was explained to Mary by the angel, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Bible : Luke 1:35).
Representative of those many passages is His response to some of the religious critics of His day:
“Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God‘? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me,
and I in the Father” (John 10:36-38).
Throughout the Qur’an, Jesus is given the title Son of Mary, indicating His human connection, while in the gospels of the New Testament the term Son of man is used for this purpose.
The prophet Muhammad plainly indicates that Jesus was much more than an ordinary prophet, giving Him a unique position wherever He is mentioned throughout the Qur’an. Not only does the Qur’an indicate that His conception and birth were miraculous, but it also states that He performed many miracles:
“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 speakest 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 shape of 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 did 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] these when thou camest unto them with clear proofs, and those of them who disbelieved exclaimed” (Quran : 5:110), Surah 5, Al-Ma’idah, The Table Spread: 110).
According to the Qur’an only God can order living things to come into existence; “mere man can’t even produce a fly, Yet here is credited to him the creation of a bird.
The Bible further tells us that all things came into being through him (John 1:3).
The Qur’an also states that only God can bring the dead to life :
Lo! We it is Who bring the dead to life. We record that which they send before (them, and their footprints. And all things We have kept in a clear Register.
(Quran : 36:12), Surah 36 Ya-Sin: 12).
Above it states that Jesus had the power to do this, and the Bible records specifically that Jesus called Lazarus from the grave when he had been dead four days (John 11:43,44).
Jesus demonstrated on earth the eternal attributes and characteristics which God Himself displays. He exercised divine authority, knew the future as well as the inner thoughts of men’s hearts, lived a sinless life, remained changeless in His love, justice and righteousness, and performed miracles by the power of His own will. As He revealed the very nature of God through His life, Jesus explained,
“I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me . . .
He who has seen Me has seen the Father . . .
no one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:11, 9,6).
Allah has given you a free will. YOU must make a choice. You cannot be neutral.
To all Muslim’s, Open your minds and read the Bible as Muslim’s about judge and say “Bible is fabricated and corrupted” without even reading the Bible. These are the Mosques in Britain & America continue to spread false corrupted beliefs without fully understanding the relationship between God – Allah with Jesus Christ.
(“Son of God” does not mean that God had physical relations with Mary, but rather that God willed it supernaturally that Mary would become the earthly mother of Jesus even as a virgin. See Quran Surah 3:47-48)
She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.
Jesus is shown to have qualities and titles that no one else has such as being the only person called God’s Word and honored in this world and the hereafter.
Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God. (Quran 3:45-51).
Many religions will spread in the world, and there will be many sects. Then two nations will emerge, Britain & America, whose religion will be Christianity, and they will attain supremacy in every field. So when you see that the Christian faith and Christian governments have spread throughout the world, know that the time of the promise is near.
I found your article quite interesting in distinguishing between walad and Ibn-Allah. I’ll have to look into that further. The one part that disturbs me a bit is the sentence that says “Allah has given you a free will.” That free will was lost in the fall in the Garden. Thus, the New Testament says we are “slaves of sin.” This means the human will after the fall is bound in sin, and cannot choose God freely. However, the Spirit of God works through the Word of God to create faith in the human heart–our salvation is purely a gift. As the hymn-writer put it, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling.”
Thank you. That is absolutely correct. This article was written at the time of my Muslim conversion to Christianity.
It is the spirit of God that resides within us that allows us to grow in faith.
The Holy Spirit came to enable us to know Christ through a new birth and to give you the power to live and share the abundant life which Jesus promised to all who trust and obey Him.
as you have accepted to know the truth may GOD set you free in the name of JESUS CHRIST AMEN