Islam is the only religion outside of Christianity that makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus is mentioned twenty five times in the Quran and has an honored rank along with other great Messengers of God. His immaculate conception, miracles, teachings, and ascension as well as return are integral aspects of the Islamic faith. There is an entire chapter devoted to the story of his mother Mary. The Quran states, “Relate in the Book the story of Mary and how she withdrew from her family to a place in the east. God sent to her the Angel Gabriel who said, ‘I am a messenger from your Lord to announce the birth of a holy son to you.’ She said, ‘How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ Gabriel replied, ‘For your Lord says it will happen. We appoint him as a sign onto man and a mercy from Us. It is a thing ordained.’”
Islam is the last of the great Abrahamic faiths following Judaism and Christianity prior to its advent in 7th century Arabia. Abraham’s first son was Ishmael and his other son was Isaac. The progeny of Isaac became Jews and Christians while the descendants of Ishmael became Muslims. As such, Jews, Christians and Muslims have a common ancestor in Abraham and their teachings overlap significantly.