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Jesus in The Qur'an
Allaah (al-Ilah, Eloh-im) stated in his last and final revelation, the Qur'an:
لَن يَسْتَنكِفَ الْمَسِيحُ أَن يَكُونَ عَبْداً لِّلّهِ وَلاَ الْمَلآئِكَةُ الْمُقَرَّبُونَ وَمَن يَسْتَنكِفْ عَنْ عِبَادَتِهِ وَيَسْتَكْبِرْ فَسَيَحْشُرُهُمْ إِلَيهِ جَمِيعًا
The Messiah will never be proud to reject to be a slave to Allaah, nor the angels who are near (to Allaah). And whosoever rejects His worship and is arrogant, then He will gather them all together unto Himself. (An-Nisa 4:172)
When a delegation of Christians from Najraan came to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), they said to him, "O Muhammad, you belittle our companion (meaning Jesus)," and they meant that you call him an "Abd Allaah", slave of Allaah, and he replied, "It is not a shortcoming for Eesaa (Jesus) to be a slave of Allaah (Abd Allaah)," and this particular verse was then revealed. Jesus (peace be upon him) did not scorn being a slave of Allah, just as the near Angels do not scorn to be in servitude to Him, and he, like all the Prophets of good, were humble servants of Allah who bowed and prostrated to Him in humility and worship. This is in contrast to the exaggeration of the Christians with respect to the person of Jesus (peace be upon him), who raised him and gave him divine qualities. Thus Jesus is mentioned in this verse, along with the near Angels, who are in humble submission to their Lord. Jesus was desirous of worshipping his Lord, and this matter is still preserved in the Gospels that remain extant in which it is mentioned that Jesus would fall on his face in worship. This means prostration and this was the worship of all the Prophets of Banee Israa'eel (Children of Israel), who would bow and prostrate in submission to their Lord.
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