John the Baptist: A prophet of Islam

St John ba Harim, Ein Karem, Israel. John's birthplace.

Amongst the 25 Prophets mentioned by God in the Quran, one name is Prophet John (peace be upon him). In Arabic, his name is Yahya. He is also a Prophet who figures prominently in Christianity, where he is known as John the Baptist. His story in the Christian tradition is described in Bible Luke 1:5-22.

In Islam, belief in all of Allah's Prophets is a fundamental article of faith. A person who denies belief in any of the Prophets, be it Jesus (peace be upon him) Moses (peace be upon him), or any of the others leaves the fold of Islam.

His miraculous birth

Prophet Jesus was not the only Prophet who was born miraculously. By miraculous, we mean outside of the normal process of human reproduction Allah has ordained which requires a man and a woman to conceive a child. In the case of Jesus, this meant being born of a mother but no father.

But Prophet Adam (peace be upon him)'s birth was even more miraculous in this sense since he was created with no mother or father. Similarly, Hawwa or Eve (may Allah be pleased with her) was created from a man, her husband, and no parents.

The birth of Prophet John is miraculous because he is the offspring of a barren mother and an elderly father. His father, it should be noted, was also a Prophet named Zecheriah.

"'Zecheriah, We bring you the good news of the birth of a son whose name shall be John, one whose namesake We never created before.' He said: ‘My Lord! How can I have a boy when my wife is barren and I have reached an extremely old age?' He answered: ‘So shall it be.' Your Lord says: ‘It is easy for Me', and then added: ‘For beyond doubt, I created you earlier when you were nothing' (Quran 19:7-9).

"Zecheriah exclaimed: ‘My Lord! How shall I have a son when old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren?' He said: ‘Thus shall it be; Allah does what He wills'"(Quran 3:40).

With the birth of John, Allah granted Zecheriah his desire for an heir.

"And We bestowed favor upon Zecheriah, when he cried to his Lord: ‘Lord! Leave me not solitary [without any issue]. You are the best Inheritor.' So We accepted his prayer and bestowed upon him John, and We made his wife fit (to bear a child). Verily they hastened in doing good works and called upon Us with longing and fear, and humbled themselves to Us" (Quran 21:89-90).

The beautiful qualities of John

Allah did not just miraculously grant Zecheriah a son. He made this child a blessing for his parents and beautiful in character. Prophet John is described in the Quran as chaste and righteous.

"Then Zecheriah prayed to his Lord: ‘O Lord! Grant me from Yourself out of Your grace the gift of a goodly offspring, for indeed You alone heed all Prayers. As he stood praying in the sanctuary, the angels called out to him: ‘Allah gives you good tidings of John, who shall confirm a command of Allah, shall be outstanding among men, utterly chaste, and a Prophet from among the righteous" (Quran 3:38-39).

"'O John! Hold fast the Book with all your strength. We had bestowed wisdom upon him while he was still a child; and We also endowed him with tenderness and purity; and he was exceedingly pious and cherishing to his parents. Never was he insolent or rebellious. Peace be upon him, the day he was born, and the day he will die, and the day he will be raised up alive. (Quran 19: 12-15).

Part of a line of honored Prophets

Finally, as mentioned above, Prophet John is one of the Prophets Muslims must believe in. He is one of the 25 mentioned in the Quran.

"And We bestowed upon Abraham (offspring) Isaac and Jacob and each of them did We guide to the right way as We had earlier guided Noah to the right way; and (of his descendants We guided) David and Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward those who do good. (And of his descendants We guided) Zecheriah, John, Jesus and Elias: each one of them was of the righteous." (Quran 6:84-85).

 

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Hello ref the Rosicrutians and Jesuits
It seems there is another religion which is trying to undermine christian and islamic beliefs. They are son god worshippers and have John the Baptist as the messiah, they would like to unite islam and christianity in a one world utopia, they are involved with the jesuits, who are involved with many evil acts worldwide. The new pope is a Jesuit, has anyone got an opinion. Can islam and christianity forgive 1000 years of killing and murder and have the new pope as a new religous world leader based in jerusalem. I read one article that islam views jesus as the messiah, is this correct for all branches of islam.
Would the new pope be classed as the antichrist in revelations. who would be his successor.

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Africa

I have a question . Muslim believes that Jesus is a prophet n he will come back at the end of time's.They also says all prophet's are created equal by God.then why God choose only Jesus to return at the end of times? ???

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india

Because prophet Jesus ( peace upon him) had prayed to Allah that he want to take birth as follower(ummati) of prophet Muhammad( peace be upon him) and his prayer was accepted.

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India

He will return back because he is not dead allah took him to himself when they xanted to kill him, the other prophets are already dead, when jesus will be back people will understand that what quran says is really real not fake

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Agadir

Because jesus (pbuh) was the ONLY prophet who people as a whole miss took him as a GOD/ BEGOTTEN SON. So in his second coming he will testify that he is not also he wont come as a prophet but as a ummah (follower of prophet mohmmed. For more detail watch dr zakir naik videos QA on this subject.

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london

Allah chose Jesus to come back at the end of time so that he can prove to people that Allah isn't his father and that he is a slave of God

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Spain

Allah has promised in Quran that every soul shall taste death. To fulfill His promise Allah will send Jesus(pbuh) to earth again because he did not die. He was raised alive up to the heaven before crucifixion. He will return towards the day of judgment and will die a natural death.

Allah has chosen Jesus (may peace be on him) to come back for a reason. Jesus must come back and prove the cross wrong. And tell people that there is only one God and to stop worshipping him. He is chosen for other reasons that only Allah knows. But I think that is an important one

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Australia

Jesus (peace be upon him) is the only messenger will come back to tell the world the lies that were told about him. That's why he will return.

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Stafford

You have asked a very important question jesus christ (Issa) a.s was lifted to the heaven and was not crucified
And is still alive and he shall return before the of Resurrection and shall destroy all of the crosses and shall kill dajjal (false messiah) and his actul time of death is only known by Almighty ALLAH

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