Similar Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus

 
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 Similar Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus

 - Muhammad Believed He was the Last Prophet of Allah
 - Our Free-Will, Following the Will of God
 - Why are Jesus and Mary Praised in the Qur'an?
 - History of the Holy Bible
 

 
Similar Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
 
When you begin to study the
Qur’an (documented between 609-652 AD) and the Gospel (documented between 30-80 AD) you learn that Muhammad and Jesus taught about many of the same virtues and values. One of the strongest similarities between what Muhammad and Jesus taught was how we are to love God above all other things:


Muhammad taught:  “And they have been commanded no more than this:
To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practice regular charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight.” (The Qur’an, Surah 98:5. The Clear Proof, Evidence)

Muhammad taught:  “The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah - the which We have sent by inspiration to thee - and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).” (The Qur’an, Surah 42:13 Councel, Consultation)

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? [29] And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: [30] And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. [31] And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (The Gospel, Mark 12:28-31)
 

Other similarities between the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus are the virtues and values associated with living our lives according to God’s Authority. The values of honesty; charity, kindness, forgiveness, mercy, humility and sacrifice are found throughout the Qur’an and the Gospel. This makes sense since these are the same virtues brought forth by the prophets before them. Prophets that both Muhammad and Jesus showed reverence to in their teachings:
 

Muhammad taught:  “Say ye: We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." 137. So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:136, The Cow)

Muhammad taught:  “It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong).
(The Qur’an, Surah 3:3, The Family Of 'Imran, The House Of 'Imran)

Muhammad taught:  “We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms.” (The Qur’an, Surah 4:163, Women)

Jesus taught:  “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. [19] Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
(The Gospel, Matthew 5:17-19)
 

However, some of the teachings Muhammad revealed did not reflect the same virtues and values that Jesus taught. In fact, some of Muhammad’s teachings were a direct contradiction to what Jesus taught. (Please see, "Different Teachings")

  
Muhammad Believed He was the Last Prophet of Allah (God)
 
570 years before the time of Muhammad, Jesus was teaching the Gospel to his followers. In the centuries that followed, disputes about Jesus' teachings continued throughout some Jewish and Christian societies. Some followers refused to believe everything in the Gospel, while others believed in Jesus, but then went astray following their own form of "Christianity". As a result, there were many people who rejected Jesus and the Gospel. Immorality and sinfulness continued to plague some societies. This included Muhammad’s own people.

Muhammad was saddened by the immorality and unbelievers he saw all around him. In the year 609 AD, at the age of 40 while meditating in the cave of Hira, outside of Mecca, Muhammad had a vision. When Muhammad returned to his family he told them the Angel Gabriel came to him and gave him "Revelations" from Allah. Muhammad felt he had been chosen by Allah to restore morals and values back into his people: 
 

Muhammad taught:  “Those apostles We endowed with gifts, some above others: To one of them Allah spoke; others He raised to degrees (of honour); to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit. If Allah had so willed, succeeding generations would not have fought among each other, after clear (Signs) had come to them, but they (chose) to wrangle, some believing and others rejecting. If Allah had so willed, they would not have fought each other; but Allah Fulfilleth His plan.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:253, The Cow)
 

Muhammad even instructed Muslims not to associate with Christians because he felt some of them had strayed away from God because of their Christian beliefs:
 

Muhammad taught:  “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.” (The Qur’an, Surah 5:51, The Table, The Table Spread)
 

It is important to point out that Jesus predicted the Gospel would bring division among people because it contained teachings that many would not understand, nor believe:
 

Jesus taught:  “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. [33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. [34] Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. [37] He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [38] And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. [39] He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. [40] He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. [41] He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.” (The Gospel, Matthew 10:32-41)
 

Jesus also predicted there would be those who would preach the Gospel in his name but did not truly believe, or understand God’s Teachings. He said that many would be led astray and to be on guard against those who did not truly keep the Word of God. This may help to explain why there was some confusion and division among Christian societies:
 

Jesus taught:  “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows. [9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. [10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. [11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. [12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. [13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. [14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (The Gospel, Matthew 24:4-14)
 

It is important to keep in mind that even though some people stayed from following the Gospel, this did not change the teachings of the Gospel. Jesus taught us the Word of God. However, it was the people who refused to live by the Word of God who became corrupt, not the Gospel.
 
The Gospel is the Word of God. It still contains all the knowledge, spirituality and wisdom to inner-peace and eternal life today, as it did back then.
 
 
  
Our Free Will, Following the Will of God
 
We were all given “free will” by God to choose who and what we wish to love in this world. God is hoping we choose to love Him over all other things. God loves us deeply and wants us to feel the immense love He has for us. God created all of us with the intention of us being part His Spiritual Family.

However, if we choose not to believe in God, or choose not to live according to His Authority, we slowly separate ourselves from feeling the love God has for us. God still loves us and wants us to be part of His Kingdom, but it is we who choose to distance ourselves from God, not the other way around.

If someone cannot feel the love of God dwelling within them, they have to ask themselves if they are truly living their lives according to God’s Authority:
 
 

Jesus taught:  “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (The Gospel, John 14:21)
 
Jesus taught:  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. [6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. [8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. [9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. [10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." (John 15:5-10)
 
Jesus taught:  "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. [24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. [26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: [27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (The Gospel, Matthew 7:21-27)
 

Muhammad taught something similar to what Jesus taught. However, in Muhammad’s teachings, God does not love us if we are not living according to His Authority:
 

Muhammad taught:  Say: "If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." 32. Say: "Obey Allah and His Messenger": But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith. (Surah 3:31-32, The Family of 'Imran, The House of 'Imran)

Muhammad taught:  "As to those who believe and work righteousness, Allah will pay them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong." (Surah 3:57, The Family Of 'Imran, The House Of 'Imran)

Muhammad taught:  Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.
(Surah 2:276, The Cow)

Muhammad taught:  Contend not on behalf of such as betray their own souls; for Allah loveth not one given to perfidy and crime: 108. They may hide (Their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (Them) from Allah, seeing that He is in their midst when they plot by night, in words that He cannot approve: And Allah Doth compass round all that they do.
(Surah, 4:107-108, Women)
 

Remember, according to Jesus, God always loves us and wants us to be part of His Kingdom, but it is we who choose to reject God when we do not live by His Authority, not the other way around.

If we choose to follow God’s Teachings, we will feel the full power of God's Love because we want to grow in His Love and Fellowship. God will always forgive us for our sins and shortcomings just as a parent always forgives their child when they have done wrong, but know they are trying their best to be a good person.

Feeling the Love of God is the most powerful Love we can ever know. It is the same type of love that makes a parent gladly lay down their life for their child. This is what God did for us when He gave us His only
Begotten Son so He could lay down His life to show us the path to eternal life: 
 

Jesus taught:  ”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. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (The Gospel, John 3:16-21)
 

It is very tragic when a child chooses to turn away from the love of their parent, but it does happen because we are all given free will to choose who, and what, we wish to love in this world. We invite you to learn about the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus so you can decide for yourself which path you wish to follow.

Please also see, "
Different Teachings" and "Teachings of Jesus". 

           

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