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     The stamp issued in 1982 by Iran has the legend in English, "Glorification of Christ's birth." The design features a robed figure, from the back, with what appears to be a pair of scales on the writing, and writing in Arabic scripts on the left. According to the description in the Scott catalog the stamp has "A verse of the Koran relative to Christ."
     Christ's birth is mentioned in Sura 3:42-53 and Sura 19:16-33. In these passages Christ's birth to Mary is described, and Christ himself speaks about his mission. He is a servant of God and a prophet of a messenger. In Sura 3:45 he is identified this way, "The Messiah, Jesus son of Many. He will be prominent in this life and in the Hereafter, and one of those closest to Me (Allah)".
     It must be remembered that, according to Moslem teaching, the Koran can not be translated, only paraphrased into another language, so the English translation is not authoritative.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.... And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.
                                                                                                                               John 1:1-2, 14

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