On December 25 each year, Christmas is observed to mark the birth of Jesus, or Nabi Isa (alayhi-salam) as he is referred to in the Holy Qur’an. Christmas offers us an opportunity to reflect on the significance of Nabi Isa in Islamic traditions.
Nabi Isa is mentioned in the Qur’an-e-Sharif as one of the prophets who brought scripture and guidance to humankind, in the times before Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). The Qur’an gives him the unique title of “Messiah” (al-masih in Arabic), meaning “anointed one.” Nabi Isa’s name occurs in the Qur’an twenty-five times, often in the form “Isa ibn Maryam,” meaning “Jesus son of Mary.” In addition, Sura Maryam in the Qur’an is named after Nabi Isa’s mother, Bibi Maryam.
Read more at the source: The Significance of Jesus (Nabi Isa) in Islamic Traditions