The Bible says the first miracle of Jesus, occurred when he was over
thirty years old. In John 2:1-10, this miracle when Jesus turned water into
wine in a wedding. Jesus made this potent wine that the men have �well
drunk.� This was not grape juice. It was the same wine that, according
to the Bible, enabled the daughters of Lot to seduce their father, Genesis
19:32-33. It was the same wine that the Christian is advised to avoid
in Ephesians 5:18 �And be not drunk with wine.� The Quran does not
mention this alleged miracle to Jesus.
On the other hand, in Islam, Jesus� first miracle occurred when he
was a baby. He spoke as an infant. He talked to defend his mother from
any devious judgment from her people. Now ask yourself, which version
of the first miracle would you choose for Jesus? The Islamic version or
the Biblical version? The Christian could read in the Quran everything he
wanted to know about Jesus, but in the most noble, elevated and sublime
language. A Christian or a Muslim, when reading the above story in the
Quran, could not help being moved by it. I personally saw Muslim adults
crying in humility when reading or listening to this miraculous story of
the birth of Jesus.
The second section of Surah Maryam, Surah 19, Ayah 16 to 40, tells
the story of the birth of Jesus:
16. Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her
family to a place in the East.
17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her
our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.
18. She said: �I seek refuge from thee to ((Allah)) Most Gracious: (come
not near) if thou dost fear Allah.�
19. He said: �Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce)
to thee the gift of a holy son.
20. She said: �How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched
me, and I am not unchaste?�
21. He said: �So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, �that is easy for Me: and
(We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us�:
It is a matter (so) decreed.�
22. So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.
23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She
cried (in her anguish): �Ah! would that I had died before this! would
that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!�
24. But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): �Grieve not!
for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee;
25. �And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall
fresh ripe dates upon thee.
26. �So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. And if thou dost see any man,
say, �I have vowed a fast to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, and this day
will I enter into not talk with any human being��
27. At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in
her arms). They said: �O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou
28. �O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother
a woman unchaste!�
29. But she pointed to the babe. They said: �How can we talk to one who
is a child in the cradle?�
30. He said: �I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation
and made me a prophet;
31. �And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined
on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;
32. �(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or
33. �So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day
that I shall be raised up to life (again)�!
34. Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about
which they (vainly) dispute.
35. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son.
Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it,
�Be�, and it is.
36. Verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord: Him therefore serve ye: this
is a Way that is straight.
37. But the sects differ among themselves: and woe to the unbelievers
because of the (coming) Judgment of a Momentous Day!
38. How plainly will they see and hear, the Day that they will appear
before Us! but the unjust today are in error manifest!
39. But warn them of the Day of Distress, when the matter will be
determined: for (behold,) they are negligent and they do not believe!
40. It is We Who will inherit the earth, and all beings thereon: to Us will
they all be returned.
The above verses represent the personal side of the experiences of
the worshippers of Allah in relation to their families or environment.