Introduction

Of all the major religions in the world, Islam is the only non-Christian faith that recognises Jesus. Within the pages of the Qur'an is a distinctly Islamic portrayal of Jesus. Three of its Surahs (chapters), Aale-Imran, Al-Maida and Mariam are so named because of their references to Jesus and his work. There are about ninety verses spread across fifteen Surahs of the Qur'an that refer to Jesus. A second source for the Islamic understanding of Jesus are the numerous Ahadith (traditions) which portray his teaching and the ultimate purpose of his first and second coming. There are also many references to Jesus in other Islamic literature.