1. Amazing Miracle: Jesus and Adam "Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then He said to him: "Be!" - and he was"….As is well known, Jesus Christ (pbuh) is one of the most popular and controversial personalities inhistory. To some, he is seen as God, to others he is the son of God. Muslims in particular, however,view Jesus Christ as a messenger of God, who was sent to spread God’s word and obey hiscommands, as did Moses (pbuh), Noah (pbuh), Abraham (pbuh) and those who were sent before him,as well as Muhammad (pbuh) who was sent after him. Muslims have a most honourable regard forJesus, and belief in him is a condition of Islam.While it may come as a surprise to some, the Qur’an is in fact a great source for anyone wishing tolearn about Jesus Christ! The Qur’an speaks with utmost respect and beauty of this Holy Messengerand his mother Mary.There is no doubt that there are people who are sceptical about the Qur’an and consider it the writtenword of Muhammad, and it is the duty of a Muslim to acknowledge and respect all opinions, so longas they can be logically and fairly proven.There are also people who deny the Prophets and the miracles that came with them. Among thoseare the miracles of the creation of Adam and Jesus Christ. Gods response to those rejecting suchmiracles is:(Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him fromdust, then He said to him: "Be!" - and he was.) [Al-Imran: 59].
2. In examining this verse, we notice that God Almighty tells us that Jesus Christ, like Adam (pbuh), wascreated without a father. Similarly, both were Prophets, and both presented a miracle in the way inwhich their exemplary morals and behaviour were different from those of ordinary people. This is theIslamic argument; that Jesus cannot be regarded as divine simply because he had no father, becauseif that holds true, then Adam must also be considered divine as he had neither a father nor a mother.But the question is: How can this verse really convince someone who simply rejects the Qur’an as thetrue word of God? After all, a sceptic has every right to be sceptical, but along with this scepticismcomes a right upon him to seek proof in order to erase any doubt beyond question! So is there anyphysical proof for the truth of these words? Is there something, within this verse, that can tangiblyprove the proposed similarities between Jesus and Adam? No judgment is made in the words tofollow; this is left for the reader to contemplate.What is interesting is that this connection between Jesus and Adam is not merely confined to themeaning of the verse as explained above. This connection even exists with regards to the variousmentions of both Jesus and Adam in the Qur’an.To explain further, if we look for the word ‘Jesus’ in the Qur’an, we find that it is mentioned 25 times inthe Qur’an. Similarly, if we look at the mention of ‘Adam’ in the Qur’an, we find, again, that it ismentioned exactly 25 times!It is only natural for an atheist, probably even a Muslim, to consider this a coincidence. Therefore, wemust look further, and see whether God Almighty has deposited in this verse any consistent numericalsymmetry that could destroy any possibility of coincidence.
3. Now, reflecting on the various verses where Jesus and Adam are mentioned, we find that theprevious verse – (Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allah is the likeness of Adam) - is the onlyverse in the Qur’an whereboth Jesus and Adam were mentioned collectively. In no other verse do thetwo names meet; this gives the verse a pivotal importance in our discussion.Furthermore, and amazingly enough, the number of times the word Adam was mentioned from thebeginning of the Qur’an up to this crucial verse is 7 times, and the number of times Jesus wasmentioned from the beginning of the Qur’an up to this verse is also 7 times!To better illustrate this beautiful consistency, each of the 25 verses mentioning Jesus and Adam arelisted below in their order of appearance in the Qur’an: REFERENCES TO ADAM IN THE QUR’AN Chapter Verse Verse Number Number 1 And he taught Adam all the names 31 2 He said : O Adam! Inform them of their names 33 2 3 Prostrate yourselves before Adam 34 4 O Adam! Dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden 35 5 Then Adam received Words from his Lord 37 6 Indeed! God chose Adam 33 Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allah is 3 7 59 the likeness of Adam Recite to them the truth of the story of the two 8 5 27 sons of Adam 9 Then We bade the angels bow down to Adam 11 10 O Adam! Dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden 19 - O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment 11 26 upon you 12 O Children of Adam! Let not Satan deceive you 27 O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at 7 13 31 every place of worship O Children of Adam! If there come to you 14 35 Messengers And (remember) when thy Lord brought forth from 15 172 the Children of Adam 16 Prostrate to Adam 61 17 17 Verily We have honoured the Children of Adam 70 18 Prostrate to Adam 18 50 19 of the offspring of Adam 19 58 And indeed We made a covenant 20 115 with Adambefore 21 Prostrate yourselves to Adam 20 116 O Adam! Verily, this is an enemy to you and to 22 117 your wife
4. 23 O Adam! Shall I lead you to the Tree of Eternity 120 Thus did Adam disobey his Lord, so he went24 121 astray Did I not ordain for you, O Children of Adam, that25 36 60 you should not worship Satan REFERENCES TO JESUS IN THE QUR’AN Chapter Verse Verse Number Number1 We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear Signs 87 and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that2 2 136 given to (all) prophets from their Lord3 to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs) 253 Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him,4 45 whose name is the Messiah, Jesus5 Then when Jesus came to know of their disbelief 526 O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Myself 55 3 Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allah is7 59 the likeness of Adam and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that8 84 given to (all) prophets from their Lord And because of their saying : We killed the9 157 Messiah Jesus son of Mary we sent inspiration to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac,10 4 163 Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a11 171 messenger of Allah We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the12 46 Law that had come before him by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of13 78 Mary O Jesus , son of Mary! Remember My favour14 110 unto thee and unto thy mother 5 O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down15 112 to us a table spread16 Jesus, son of Mary, said: O Allah, our Lord 114 O Jesus, son of Mary! Didst thou say unto17 116 mankind: Worship me and my mother18 And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias 6 8519 Such is Jesus, son of Mary 19 3420 and from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus 33 7 that which We commended unto Abraham and21 42 13 Moses and Jesus
5. 22 When Jesus came with Clear Signs 43 63 23 We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary 57 27 24 And remember Jesus the son of Mary 6 61 25 As said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples 14The above facts demonstrate the accurateness of the Qur’an in its depiction of Jesus andAdam, not only in terms of meaning, but also in terms of context and numerical symmetry.Both prophets are mentioned 25 times, and the sole place where they meet together is at thepoint where both happen to be mentioned for precisely the seventh time. In addition, anyonewho reads the Qur’an will note that this is not a deliberate play on words to simply preserveconsistency; meaning and context are never lost throughout the verses of this Holy Book.Finally, this is simply one out of thousands of similar examples that have been discovered in theQur’an, and the question is whether all these can come by chance? Or is it in fact God Almighty whopreserved this perfect balance? This is left to the reader’s discretion, but regardless the answer, theever-present challenge of the Qur’an to all of mankind and angels still resonates today: (Say: If thewhole of mankind and the Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Quran, they couldnot produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.) [Al-Isra’: 88].--------------------By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheelwww.kaheel7.com/eng