Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog

Some of the Commands of Jesus, the Prophet

authoritatively recorded in the Injil

compiled by Dawud Jabal

Muslim friends say that they believe that Jesus was a Prophet and that He gave the Message and Commands of God. They have also said, “All that we need to know about the commands and teachings of Jesus, the Prophet, that are found in the Injil were condensed after 600 years into the Qur’an.” But, a simple comparison shows the amazing scope and purity of the commands of Jesus that are NOT found in any book other than the Injil in the Bible.

The words of Jesus, the Prophet, should be studied by Muslims and everyone else who acknowledges that Jesus was a Prophet. The world would be a much better place if each one of us followed the Commands of Jesus. Some Muslims are recognizing their obligation to pray in the way that Jesus commanded. This is shown below in sections 6:5-8 and 6:9-13.

The Commands condensed here are from English interpretations of the Injil recorded by St. Matthew, also known as Levi, son of Alphaeus, and are shown with chapter and verse numbers. Special attention is given to the Commands which are recorded in the public sermons of Jesus. These were given to the general population, not just to specific followers of Jesus.

  • Rejoice and be glad, when men revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of Me, for your reward in Heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (5:11-12)
  • Do not think that I came to abolish the Law (Tawrat) or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. (5:17)
  • Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven. (5:16)
  • Leave your offering there in front of the altar if you remember that your brother has something against you. Go your way: first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. (5:23-24)
  • Make no oath at all, either by Heaven … earth … Jerusalem … your head … let your statement be “Yes, Yes,” or “No, No,” (5:34-37)
  • Do not resist him who is evil: but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. (5:39)
  • Give to him who asks of you. (5:42)
  • Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. (5:44)
  • Be prefect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. (5:48)
  • Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them. When you give charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. (6:1-4)
  • Do not be as the hypocrites when you pray … for they love to be seen by men. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetitions … for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. (6:5-8)
  • Pray in this way, “Father of ours, who is in Heaven, Holy is Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we have also forgiven those who sinned against us. And do not lead us into testing, but deliver us from the evil.” (6:9-13)
  • Do not put on a gloomy face whenever you fast. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men. (6:16-18)
  • Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in an steal. Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven… for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (6:19-21)
  • Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (6:25)
  • Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things (food, drink, and clothing) shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow. (6:33-34)
  • Do not be judgmental, in case you may be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it shall be measured to you. (7:1-2)
  • Ask … seek … knock … If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in Heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (7:7-11)
  • Do for others whatever you want others to do for you. (7:12)
  • Enter by the narrow gate. The gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (7:13-14)
  • Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are hungry wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are figs gathered from thistles, are they? …. Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My father who is in Heaven. … Everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them may be compared to a wise man … And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man… (7:15-29)
  • Follow me [physically and spiritually] and allow the [spiritually] dead to bury their own [physically and spiritually] dead people. (8:21-22)
  • Go and learn what this means, “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice.” (9:13)
  • Beg the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into His harvest. (9:38)
  • Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest. (11:28)
  • Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy, and My load is light. (11:28-30)
  • Hear the parable of the sower of seed. When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. … And the one on whom seed was sown on the good ground, this is the person who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit. (13:18-23)
  • Allow both the wheat and the weeds to grow up together until the harvest, then I will say to the reapers to gather up the weeds and burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn. (13:24-30)
  • Forgive your brother who sins against you up to 70 times 7. (18:21-22)
  • Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. (19:14-15)
  • Pay to Caesar things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. (22:15-22)
  • See that no one misleads you. For many … false messiahs will come. (24:4-5)
  • See to it that you are not frightened when you hear of wars and rumors of wars. (24:6)
  • Do not go to look or believe those who say the Son of Man [Messiah/Jesus] has returned and is in the wilderness or in an inner room. He shall come like the lightening that flashes from the east to the west. (24:26-28)
  • Be alert for you do not know the day your Lord is coming. … You be ready too, for the Son of Man [Messiah/Jesus] is coming at an hour when you do not think. (24:42-44).

You are invited to contact Dawud Jabal for further questions.