This church in Bethlehem, one of the oldest in the world has been built over the place where tradition holds that Isa (upon him be peace) [Jesus] was born. A marble floor (inset) denotes the exact spot. A stone block marks the spot where a palm tree once stood which Maryam (upon him be peace) [Mary] shook during the pains of labour.
- Isa (upon him be peace) is mentioned very often in the Quran. He is mentioned by name 25 times, by the title Al-Masih 11 times, and by the name Ibn Maryam (the son of Mary) 23 times.
- The Quran states that Isa (upon him be peace) was the result of a virgin birth. The most detailed account of the annunciation and birth of Isa (upon him be peace) is provided in Surahs 3 and 19 wherein it is written that Allah sent an angel to announce that she could shortly expect to bear a son, despite being a virgin:“(Remember) When the angels said O Mary! Allah gives thee good news of a son through a Word from Him! His name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the next, and of those who are granted nearness to Allah! And he shall speak to the people in the cradle, and when of middle age, and he shall be of the Righteous She said My Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me? He said, That is as it shall be. Allah creates what He pleases. When He decrees a thing He says to it “Be” and it is!” [3:45-47]
- Muslims do not accept the virgin birth of Jesus as evidence of Jesus being God. The Quran further states:“The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: ‘Be.’ And he was.” [3:59]
- An anti-war protest was held in front of the church on 30th March 2003 in which Father Pancratius, the residing parish priest banned George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Tony Blair and Jack Straw forever from entering the church for their role in the Iraq war. He described them as child-killers, who would tarnish the church if they entered it.
References: Wikipedia, Atlas of the Quran –Dr. Shauqi Abu Khalili