Does the Qur’an Speak about Jesus’ Marriage?

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As-salamu `alykum. I read the news that a previously unknown scrap of ancient papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic includes the words "Jesus said to them, my wife,"- has recently discovered, which likely to renew a fierce debate in the Christian world over whether Jesus was married. Does the Qur’an speak about Jesus’ marriage?
Wael Shihab

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Brother, thank you for your question and apparent interest to know more about Islam and its teachings.

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In fact, Prophet `Isa, or Jesus, is one of Allah’s Prophets that a Muslim should believe in. Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) is mentioned many times in the Qur’an. However, the Qur’an does not specifically speak about Jesus’ marriage.

Responding to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the Shari`ah Dept. of Onislam.net website, stated,

Thank you for your question.

For Muslims, Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) is a Prophet of Allah and belief in his prophethood is an essential condition of sound faith. Allah Almighty says:

{Say you: we believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: we make no difference between one and another of them: and we bow to Allah (in Islam).} (Al-Baqarah 2: 136)

{The Messenger [of Allah] believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the Believers: each one of them believes in Allah, His angels, His Books and His Messengers. [They say:] 'We make no distinction between one and another of His Messengers.' And they say: 'We hear and obey [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You Is the end of all Journeys.'} (Al-Baqarah 2: 285)

We, Muslims, believe in Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) as a Prophet of Allah. He, like all Prophets, called for belief in the One God, good morals, and submission to the will of Allah. Muslims, moreover, believe that Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) was one of the great Prophets of God. In the Qur’an, he is called ‘Isa. He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary). He has many other beautiful names and titles in the Qur’an.

The Qur’an generally refers to some Prophets’ marriages in the verse: {And certainly We sent messengers before you and gave them wives and children.} (Ar-Ra`d 13: 38} However, this verse doesn’t constitute a specific proof of Jesus’ marriage. So, the Qur’an is silent regarding the issue of Jesus’ marriage. The Sunnah, likewise, does not speak about Jesus’ marriage before he was lifted up to heaven (An-Nisaa’ 4: 157-158).

May Allah accept your and our good deeds.

Allah Almighty knows best.