Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

(Jacob Rumans) #1

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’’

(Sura 2:253).

[ 26 ]See Suras 2:87, 2:253, 3:49, 3:53,

4:157, 4:171, 5:75, 5:111, 57:27, and


[ 27 ]Here we can see a remarkable

similarity to the words of Elizabeth in

Luke 1:42,45: ‘‘Most blessed are you

among women, and blessed is the fruit

of your womb....Blessed are you who

believed that what was spoken to you

by the Lord would be fulfilled.’’ This is

most likely yet another Christian

influence that seeped into Muhammad’s


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