“Don’t exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated in praising (Jesus) the son of Mary…”



Umar narrated that the Prophet Muhammad – (we ask that) Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) – said:


لا تُطْرُوْنِي ، كَمَا أَطْرَتِ النَّصَارَى ابنَ مَرْيَمَ ،

فَإِنَّمَا أَنَا عَبْدُهُ ، فَقُوْلُوا : عَبْدُ اللهِ وَرَسُوْلُهُ

Don’t exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated1 in praising (Jesus) the son of Mary.  For indeed I am only His (God’s) servant, so say, ‘(The Prophet Muhammad is) the servant of God and His Messenger’”

صحيحُ البخاري

كتاب الأنبياء

from Saheeh Bukhari

Book of the Prophets

Read Shaikh Rabee al Madkhalee’s book (translated):

The Status of Jesus in Islam:


1The Christians exaggerated in praising Jesus until they considered him to be divine, whereas Jesus is only a man – a noble and righteous Prophet and Messenger of Allah (God, The Creator), who was given miracles just as all the Prophets were given, but not divine in any way.  “And mention when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection – to Jesus): ‘O Jesus, the son of Mary!  Did you tell the people, ‘Take myself and my mother as two gods (objects of worship) along with Allah?’  (Jesus) will say, ‘How Perfect and Exalted are You above all imperfections! It was not for me to say what I had not right to say.  If I had said it, You would certainly have known it. You know what is in my inner-self, but I do not know what is in Your Inner-self.  Indeed You, only You, are the All-Knower of the Unseen.’” (5:116)

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