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Qur'an 19:33: Is Jesus peace?

1. Why Jesus is peace

The Qur’an says that Jesus used the word “peace” about himself:

“And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive." (Qur’an 19:33).

The word “peace” is written with the definite article “al-salam” that Jesus is saying about himself, whereas it is the indefinite form, salamun in other verses. This means that the “peace” of Jesus is divine peace. The Qur’an tells us that Jesus is indeed the Word of God, "cast unto Mary, and a spirit from Him."(Qur’an 4:171). Gabriel transmitted this Word to Mary just as a prophet transmits the Word of God to his society. Therefore there is something in the very substance of Jesus that is, in and of itself, a revelation, "a sign for mankind" (Qur’an 19:21) [1].

2. Peace connected with righteousness

To find out what is meant by the peace of Jesus, we can read in the Qur’an that peace is connected with righteousness:

“Being righteous and fearing Allah and making peace among people” (Qur’an 2:224).

True peace also includes righteousness. Without righteousness, there can be no peace, individually or worldwide. This implies healthy relations between people. In the Qur’an we read that Jesus is righteous:

“He will speak unto mankind in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is of the righteous” (Qur’an 3:46).

The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Therefore the message of the righteous Jesus will bring true solid peace. His righteousness produces peace.

3. Jesus the peacemaker

The Gospel is a source for more knowledge about the blessed practices of Jesus as confirmed in the Qur’an:

“O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messenger, and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.” (Qur’an 4:136).

The Gospel tells that Jesus is a man of peace and not a man of war and violence. He did not take part in any attack, or prepare violence. Jesus did not call to fight, but he forgave his enemies, washed their sins and reestablished from them a close relationship with God. He had compassion with the poor and weak people. The Qur’an says that Jesus is a mercy from Allah:

“He said, Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ’It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ " (Qur’an 19:21).

Therefore Jesus is the example and teacher for mankind to peace in combination with righteousness:

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:13-17).

There is great peace and assurance in understanding that our sins were washed away by the righteous Jesus. It is a call to forgive and establish peace. Jesus Christ is the true living and noble fellowship that was given to mankind. His message is peace, righteousness and good will. When we all follow him, there will be no violence, war or evil conditions today and we are united with God. Jesus said:

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).

The Gospel is the message of peace and righteousness to mankind. It is a call follow the glorious Jesus Christ.


[1] Reza Shah-Kazemi, Jesus in the Quran: an Akbari Perspective, Part 1, The Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi Society,

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