Why Do You Hate Jesus?

This is one of the most amusing questions I get – always from nonMuslims.

I have been shopping in the grocery store, casually minding my business, paroozing the Cheez-Its, and people come to me and say “Jesus loves you!” as if they are telling me some revelation that I’ve never heard before! Like I’m going to say “Jesus?! WHO IS THAT? Tell me more!”

Guess what, 92-year-old, sweet, cute as a button, old lady buying melons right next to me at Kroger!? I LOVE HIM TOO!

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As a matter of fact, when I went to church and lived in a Christian family, I did not feel ANY connection with Jesus, and now that I’m Muslim I have developed a strong love for him.  

It’s not that I love Jesus AND I’m Muslim, it’s that I love Jesus BECAUSE I’m Muslim.

I used to sit in church and ask myself “Why is this Jesus guy supposed to be God, but the other Prophets, like Moses and Noah are just Prophets? and if Jesus is God, then why is he praying to God?”
(**sidenote: i’ll explain more about my family’s religious teachings in another post, but I have been to church – like 20 times in my life).

It didn’t feel natural to me – it didn’t make sense to me, and it made me REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE with Jesus!

Now that I’m Muslim, although I don’t believe Jesus is God nor do I think he is the son of God, I do believe Jesus is one of the most beautiful examples of a man – and a Prophet – that has ever walked this earth! I love him more now than I ever did.

“He [Jesus] said: ‘I am indeed a servant of God. He has given me revelation and made me a prophet; He has made me blessed wheresoever I be; and He has enjoined on me prayer and charity as long as I live. He has made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable. So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!” (Quran 19:30-35).

Some fun facts I think that nonMuslims should know about how Islam views Jesus:

  • Jesus is mentioned more in the Quran than any other Prophet – even Prophet Muhammad (saws) – 11 times vs. Muhammad’s 4.

  • Jesus’ mother, Mary, is one of four women who have been granted an extremely high place in heaven – She even has her own CHAPTER in the Quran. She is the only woman mentioned by name in Quran.

  • Muslims believe in a lot of events that are mentioned in the Bible regarding Jesus’ life – including his virgin birth.  We also believe that Jesus spoke as an infant and defended his mother.  Look at Islam one-upping the Jesus miracles and takin’ it to the next level! woo woo!

  • After we mention Jesus’ name, “Isa” in Arabic, we say “alayhi salaam” meaning “upon him be peace.” When is the last time you prayed for Jesus to be in peace?

  • Allah said in the Quran, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ. [Quran 3:55] Such a beautiful verse!

  • He did not look like you picture him.  He was Arab.  He doesn’t have the a light complexion, long brown hair and beautiful green eyes (but I do! 😉 ).  He looked much more like the guy down the street that owns the carryout, Khalil, than your college roommate who participated in No-Shave November, Kevin.

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So, to answer your question:

Now that I’m Muslim, I love Jesus more than ever.  I appreciate his example.  I hope to learn from him more and more – just as I hope to learn from the examples of the other amazing Prophets.

Now, we could sit here all day and argue that “MY RELIGION IS THE RIGHT RELIGION. THE END.” – but I would prefer to show respect instead, as Jesus has taught me. I would prefer to find the similarities and teach each other what we each believe.  There’s no reason to argue, but to know how we feel about Jesus, someone who is so important to another religion, means a lot to me.

As the Quran says,

“لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ”

To you, your religion, and to me, mine.

So, may peace be upon Jesus, the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he will be risen to life again!

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7 thoughts on “Why Do You Hate Jesus?

  1. Hannah, i truly admire your heart and sincerity for your faith. I read through your post, well written. As a Christian your title caught my attention. I know that Muslims regard and respect Jesus as a prophet and a messenger of Allah.

    Jesus once asked His disciples the question “Who do men say that I am?” Matt 16:13-20. Their initial response was “some say you are one of the prophets”. Then He made it personal “Who do you say that I am”? I believe this question is still being asked and people have different responses. One of Jesus’ earliest disciples responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”, to which Jesus answered “Blessed are you, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood but my Father in heaven”. In other words, your understanding came directly from heaven and not man. In essence He was saying that only revelation from God can illuminate our understanding in truth. I believe that Jesus was a prophet but more than a prophet. I believe Jesus being the Word of God came in the likeness of man to restore what man (Adam) had lost initially in Eden which was our relationship with God as the children of God (sonship) when God breathed the Spirit into us John 1:1-14. He did this by sacrificing His life for our sins, dying and being raised up so we who are dead in our sins would live again.

    I have had questions about who Jesus was in the past and prayed till I’ve received understanding. I pray that God continue to lead you in all truth and myself as well. Bless you friend!

  2. I grew up Catholic. Or rather supposed to be Catholic with a lot more saint worshiping and idoltry than actually worshipping God. I grew up going to church ”whenever we would actually wake up on time” -_-” I went to catechism classes since before I can remember until I was 12 when I did my first communion so I ‘had to’ go to church and all I remember was them telling us that we ”had to” give money so they can pay their bills to keep the place operating. They never did bake/cookie sales or anything for the poor/homeless. I never ever understood that. They pretty much preached one thing and did another and hoped no one would notice. I noticed which I why I stopped going to church at 13. I was told explicitly after my communion that I HAD TO go to church because if I didnt God would be ”FURIOUS” and I’d ”GO STRAIGHT TO HELL”. -_-”. I just looked at them and thought ”And using God’s name for your own personal gain and lying is totally okay right?” -_-”

    Wow this is long.

    My point is, I never understood: If Jesus was the son of God why should we pray to HIM? He’s not God, he’s his son. And as sad as his treatment and death were, as as grateful as I’d be as a Catholic…I don’t have to pray and worship his son. Pray to God for sending us his son. That’s how I’ve always seen it. So he died than resurrected than went back to Heaven and became the new God? That’s why we should pray to and worship him? That seems so un realistic it’s ridiculous! Ugh maybe it’s just me.

    Thank you for this Hannah. The Qu’ran’s Jesus makes much more sense to me than Christianity’s Jesus.

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