In the Quran (3:45), the Messiah, the son of Mary (al-masih, ibn Maryam) is described as the name of the Messiah. The arabic phrase is I-S-M, it is also used in 61:6. Thus, the phrase ISM in 3:45 proves that in Islam, there is only one Messiah, Esa (as) the son of Mary. In fact, the famous islamic greeting is “bISM-illah, ir rahman, nir raheem” proves the meaning of ISM. Allah names Mary in 3:36, Allah named Yahya (as) in 19:7. In 22:78, Allah has named us as Muslims.

ISM appears in the Quran roughly 45 times. See 2:31 (3 times), 2:33 (twice), 2:114, 3:45, 3:36, 5:4, 6:118, 6:119, 6:121, 6:138, 7:71, 11:41, 12:40 (twice), 12:66, 13:33, 17:110 (twice), 19:7, 20:8, 22:28, 22:34, 22:36, 22:40, 22:78, 24:36, 27:30, 53:23, 53:27 (twice), 55:78, 56:74, 59:24, 61:6, 69:52, 73:8, 76:18, 76:25, 87:1, 87:15, 94:4, and 96:1.

MGA seems to have quoted 3:45 (3:46 in the Qadiani Quran) in 1902, however, he didnt address the issue of ISM (see page 2). This seems to be the only time MGA ever commented on this verse.
3:45 from


[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].
Ibn Kathir on 3:45

Delivering the Good News to Maryam of `Isa’s Birth

This Ayah contains the glad tidings the angels brought to Maryam that she would give birth to a mighty son who will have a great future. Allah said,

﴿ إِذۡ قَالَتِ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةُ يَـٰمَرۡيَمُ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍ۬ مِّنۡهُ ﴾

((Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him,) a son who will come into existence with a word from Allah, `Be’, and he was. This is the meaning of Allah’s statement (about Yahya)

﴿ مُصَدِّقَۢا بِكَلِمَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ ﴾

(Believing in the Word from Allah.) (3:39), according to the majority of the scholars.

﴿ ٱسۡمُهُ ٱلۡمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ٱبۡنُ مَرۡيَمَ ﴾

(His name will be Al-Masih, `Isa, the son of Maryam) and he will be known by this name in this life, especially by the believers. `Isa was called “Al-Masih” (the Messiah) because when he touched (Mash) those afflicted with an illness, they would be healed by Allah’s leave. Allah’s statement,

﴿ عِيسَى ٱبۡنُ مَرۡيَمَ ﴾

(`Isa, the son of Maryam) relates `Isa to his mother, because he did not have a father.

﴿ وَجِيهً۬ا فِى ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَٱلۡأَخِرَةِ وَمِنَ ٱلۡمُقَرَّبِينَ ﴾

(Held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allah.) meaning, he will be a leader and honored by Allah in this life, because of the Law that Allah will reveal to him, sending down the Scripture to him, along with the other bounties that Allah will grant him with. `Isa will be honored in the Hereafter and will intercede with Allah, by His leave, on behalf of some people, just as is the case with his brethren the mighty Messengers of Allah, peace be upon them all.

Suyuti on 3:45

“””Mention when the angels namely Gabriel said ‘O Mary God gives you good tidings of a Word from Him that is a boy whose name is the Messiah Jesus son of Mary He addresses her attributing him to her in order to point out that she will give birth to him without a father for the custom is to attribute the child to its father honoured shall he be in this world through prophethood and the Hereafter through his intercession and the high stations al-darajāt al-‘ulā cf. Q. 2075 and of those brought close to God.”””


Links and Related Essay’s

Professor Raig Meets The Promised Messiah

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Account of Professor Clement Lindley Wragge

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B.A. Rafiq, “Truth About Ahmadiyya, online version,, Retrieved on 6-7-19).

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