Islam by topic: Son of God

In response to the Christian doctrine that Jesus is the Son of God, Muhammad proclaimed that Allah could not have a son because he has no wife. He did not understand the Christian doctrine that the term "Son of God."  It does not mean that God had a wife, but that Jesus is equal to God (John 5:18). If the Quran is supposed to be the inspired and inerrant word of Allah, then why does it misrepresent the Christian doctrine of Christ being the Son of God?

  1. Allah does not beget
    1. Surah 23:91, “No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him!”
    2. Surah 19:35, “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.”
    3. Surah 19:88-93, “They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! 90 At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, 91 That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. 92 For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son. 93 Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to (Allah) Most Gracious as a servant.”
  2. Allah could have chosen to have a son
    1. Surah 39:4, “Had Allah wished to take to Himself a son, He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He doth create: but Glory be to Him! (He is above such things.) He is Allah, the One, the Irresistible.”
  3. Allah cannot have a son without a consort
    1. Surah 6:100-101, “Yet they make the Jinns equals with Allah, though Allah did create the Jinns; and they falsely, having no knowledge, attribute to Him sons and daughters. Praise and glory be to Him! (for He is) above what they attribute to Him! 101. To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: How can He have a son when He hath no consort? He created all things, and He hath full knowledge of all things.”
  4. Allah does not beget
    1. Surah 112:3, “He begetteth not, nor is He begotten.”
  5. Allah has no consort
    1. "They would say: We worshipped Jesus, son of Allah. It would be said to them: You tell a lie; Allah did not take for Himself either a spouse or a son." (Sahih Muslim, (Book #001, Hadith #0352)
    2. Then it will be said to the Christians, 'What did you use to worship?' They will reply, 'We used to worship Messiah, the son of Allah.' It will be said, 'You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. (Sahih Bukhari, Book #93, Hadith #532s)
  6. Curse on those who say God has a son
    1. Surah 9:30, "The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!"

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.