Muslim Jesus Reflection

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The Muslim Jesus is a British documentary from the year 2007. Historically, Christians and Muslims have clashed due to their beliefs, and what is so crucial about this documentary is that it challenges the fact that Christians and Muslims are more alike than different; in this case, due to both Christians and Muslims viewing Jesus as an important prophet. The film revolves around how Islam regards Jesus and compares the Islamic view with the Christian view. The film also incorporates Ninian Smart’s Six Dimensions of Religion as it compares and contrasts the sister religions of Christianity and Islam. Smart states that religion follows six dimensions: doctrines, myths, ethics, ritual, experiment, and social. A key part of his assertion is how …show more content…
In the case of The Muslim Jesus, the documentary touches upon both the doctrine in the Quran (the Islamic holy book) and in the New Testament of the Bible (the Christian holy book). The doctrine mentioned in the documentary pertains to the life and myth (another one of Smart’s dimensions) of Jesus Christ. In the bible, Jesus is mentioned as the Son of God as well as the holy prophet. He is the result of a miraculous conception by the Virgin Mary and he died on the cross in order to save humanity from sin. In the Quran, Jesus is not stated as such but is instead referred to as “Issah”. Jesus, is too, seen as a holy prophet, but he is not the son of God. Muslims have also Jesus as a miracle child from the Virgin Mary. However, what draws the most controversy between Muslims and Christians is the Muslim belief that Jesus is not the son of God and he did not die on the cross. Instead, Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet of the lord, Allah, and his death was an illusion and Jesus was rescued by angels and he ascended into the …show more content…
Because Mary was a virgin until marriage, many Muslims consider this a vital virtue for women to uphold. In numerous Christian households, a woman is also expected to wait until marriage before partaking in intercourse. Mary grew to raise the prophet Jesus, who too, presented society with a series of ethics and morals. Jesus preached about the importance of doing good unto others as well as preached “love thy neighbor”. A great deal of Muslims follow Jesus’ belief of selflessness and often tell the famous story of Jesus’ three possessions. A historian in the documentary recalled the myth that Jesus would walk around with only three possessions: a comb, a robe to wear, and a bowl for water and milk. When Jesus came across a beggar in dire need of these objects, he selflessly gave it to the beggar and stated “what do I need this for?” This myth is often passed down in Muslim culture, and it ties back to the ethics of the Islamic

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