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The Negus: What do you say about 'Isa, son of Maryam?
Ja‘far bin Abu Talib: We say about him what our Prophet (pbuh) told us: that he is the Servant of Allah, His Messenger, His soul (created by Him) and His Word (“Be!” – and he was), which He bestowed on Maryam, the virgin, the chaste.
The Negus struck the ground with his hand, picked from it a straw and said:
The Negus: 'Isa, son of Maryam, does not exceed what you have said about this straw.( narrated by Umm Salamah).
Welcome to you and to the one from whom you came. I testify that he is the Messenger of Allah. He is the one (whose description) we find in the Gospel, and the Messenger whose coming was heralded by ‘Isa, son of Maryam. Stay wherever you please. By Allah, were it not for holding sovereignty, I would have gone to him to be the one who carries his shoes and serves his ablution.( Abu Dawud).
My punishment – I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy embraces all things. I will decree it for those who fear (Me) and give Zakah (obligatory charity) and those who believe in Our Ayat.13 Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. They, who have believed in him, honored him, supported him, and followed the light that has been sent down with him – it is they who will be successful. Say (O Muhammad), “O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, (from Him) to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except Him; He gives life and causes death.” So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, who believes in Allah and His Words, and follow him that you may be guided
(Al-A‘raf 7: 156-158)