Mary, the Mother of Jesus

1 Apr

Title: Prophet Jesus in the Quran
Authorship: AbdulRahman Bin Abdulkarim Al-Sheha
Short Link: http://IslamHouse.com/446014

Maryam, may Allah praise her.
Allah has praised Maryam, the daughter of Imran, the mother of Prophet Jesus. Allah describes Maryam as pure, chaste and pious. He, the Exalted, says:
And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient. (Qur’an 66:12)

The Qur’an clarifies that Maryam was the result of a supplication that her own mother made. Allah, the Exalted, says:
[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of ‘Imran said, “My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing.”(Qur’an 3:35)

This supplication was the indirect cause through which she and her offspring were protected by Allah from the Devil. God provided for Maryam and reared her with His blessings. Allah says:
But when she delivered her, she said, “My Lord, I have delivered a female.” And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, “And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah].” So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, “O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah. Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.”(Qur’an 3:36-7)

Maryam was very pious in her worship of God. She was the best of women in her generation. The Prophet, may Allah praise him, said:
There are four women who reached the level of Kamal (perfection).”

He mentioned Maryam, the mother of Jesus as one of them. Allah, the Exalted, says:
And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer].” (Qur’an 3:42-3)

God revealed an entire chapter in the Quran carrying her name. It is the 19th chapter in the Quran. It is the only chapter in the Quran named after a woman, and in it God praises Mary. A praise of similar nature cannot be found in any of the previous Scriptures.

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