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    Was Jesus a Muslim?

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    Was Jesus a Muslim? Muslim is someone who Submits his/her Will to God. Is this What Jesus did and taught? The foundation of Jesus' message was submission to the will of God, because that is the foundation of the religion which God prescribed for man since the begining of time. God says in the Chapter Aal Imraan (the family of Imraan), the third chapter of the Qur'an verse 19: {إنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الإسْلامُ} [آل عمران: 19] " Truly, the religion in the sight of Allah (God) is Islam (Submission). " In Arabic Submission to God's will is expressed by the word 'Islam'. In the Gospel according to Matthew 7:22, Jesus is qouted as saying: " No everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does THE WILL OF MY FATHER in heaven." In this statement, Jesus places emphasis on " the will of my father", submission of the human will to the will of God. In John 5:30, it is narrated that Jesus also said " I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will but THE WILL OF HIM WHO SENT ME." Representing the Muslim perspective was Shabir Ally: Shabir Ally has earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis. He is now in his third year of Ph.D studies in Quranic Exegesis at the University of Toronto. Shabir is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam. Representing the Christian side was Dr. Peter Saunders: Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is General Secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship in UK. The Topic of Debate: Was Jesus a Muslim? Shabir Ally (www.Shabirally.com) vs. Dr. Peter Saunders (www.cmf.org.uk) (Glasgow University, May 2000)