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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

7) The Followers of Christ

Muhammad watched the Christians around him carefully. He discovered that they appeared with different characteristics at various stages of their maturity. He concluded that Christ was able to change and purify them, step-by-step, as the Son of Mary reforms his disciples into his own example. These fundamental changes in the character of his followers are the greatest miracles of Christ. The Qur'an states:

"… I will place those who followed you above the unbelievers until the day of resurrection ..." (Sura Al 'Imran 3:55).

ا ... وَجَاعِلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوكَ فَوْقَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ... (سُورَة آل عِمْرَان ٣ : ٥٥)

"… and you will find that those who have the greatest sympathy with the believers are those who say, 'We are Christians'; because some of them are priests and monks, and they do not become proud" (Sura al-Ma'ida 5:82).

ا ... وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُمْ مَوَدَّةً لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَى ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَاناً وَأَنَّهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ. (سُورَة الْمَائِدَة ٥ : ٨٢)

"… and we sent, afterwards, 'Isa, Son of Mary, and we caused the Gospel to come to him. And we put into the hearts of those who followed him tenderness and mercy …" (Sura al-Hadid 57:27).

ا ... وَقَفَّيْنَا بِعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ وَآتَيْنَاهُ الإِنْجِيلَ وَجَعَلْنَا فِي قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ رَأْفَةً وَرَحْمَةً ... (سُورَة الْحَدِيد ٥٧ : ٢٧)

He who meditates over these Qur'anic verses finds, as Muhammad had observed, that Christ granted his followers an admirable character:

-- They had real sympathy for the Muslims. They honored and respected them.
-- They tried to live humbly, for they had priests and monks among them who taught them the Gospel, so they followed the humility of Christ.
-- They showed loving-kindness and mercy, even to their enemies, for Allah granted them a special gift from the Gospel. They confirmed, with their lives, what the apostle Paul had written: "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5).

Allah raised the Christians above others in rank, not because they were better in their nature, but because they confessed their sins before Allah, accepted the atonement of Christ and were changed into the image of the Son of Mary. The power of his love surpasses what is known by those who are far away from Christ.

The Son of Mary makes:

The proudhumble
The stingygenerous
The lazyhard working
The hopelessfull of hope
The impureholy
The selfishmerciful

The faithful followers of Christ are his outstanding miracle. He justifies them from their guilt and calls them to follow him so that his love can renew their hearts. This privilege is granted only to those who accept him (see Matthew 11:28-30).

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