Messiah in Christian
theology refers to a person who is to come and save this world. In other words
it means ‘saviour’.
As far as Muslims are concerned,
it is their belief that each prophet is a saviour of his people in the sense
that if they profess faith in their respective prophet and practice righteous
deeds, these people would be saved in the Hereafter. However, after the
termination of the institution of Prophethood with Muhammad (sws), the last
Prophet, people living in his or later times will only be saved if they profess
faith in him. Of course, if due to some reason Muhammad’s message reached a
person in a distorted form or if someone misinterpreted it even though he was
sincere in his quest for truth, then of course such people will be held
accountable on the basis of the basic truths revealed in their intuition.