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Mary Mother of Jesus (peace be upon him and her) Story P1

Prophet Isa (Jesus)

 
 
Allah Declares He Has No Son
 
In  many  verses  of  the  Glorious  Qur’an  Allah  the  Exalted  denied  the  claim  of  the  Christians
that He has a son.
 
A delegation from Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father, the Son, and the  Holy  Spirit,  with  some  disagreement  among  their  sects.  That  is  why  Allah  affirmed  in  many verses  of  the  Qur’an  that  Jesus  is  a  slave  of  Allah,  whom  He  moulded  in  the  womb  of  his mother  like  any  other  of  His  creatures,  and  that  He  created  him  without  a  father,  as  He created  Adam  without  a  father  or  a  mother.  Almighty  Allah  had  chosen  Isa  to  be  one  of  his messengers to humanity.
 
The Birth of Mary – Quranic
 
Allah the Almighty said:
 
Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran  above the Alamin
(mankind  and  jinns)(of  their  times).  Offspring,  one  of  the  other,  and  Allah  is  All-Hearer,  All-Knower.
 
Remember  when  the  wife  of  Imran  said:  “O  my  Lord!  I  have  vowed  to  You  what  (the  child that)  is  in  my  womb  to  be  dedicated  for  Your services  (free  from  all  worldly  work;  to  serve Your  Place  of  worship),  so  accept  this,  from  me.  Verily,  You  are  the  All-Hearer,  the  All Knowing.”
 
Then  when  she  delivered  her  (child  Mary),  she  said:  “O  my  Lord! I  have  delivered  a  female child,” and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “and the male is not like the female, and I have  named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for  her  and for her  offspring from Satan, the outcast.
 
Mary’s Sustenance – Quranic
 
So  her  Lord  (Allah)  accepted  her  with  goodly  acceptance.  He  made  her  grow  in  a  good manner and put her under the care of Zechariah. Every time he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room), he found her supplied with sustenance.
 
As Allah recounted in the Glorious Quran:
 
She said: “From Allah. Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.” (Ch 3:37 Quran)

Mary’s Family History

 
Allah declared that He had elected Adam (pbuh) and the elite of his offspring who obey Allah. Then He specified the family of Abraham (pbuh), which includes the sons of Ishmael (pbuh), and the family of Imran, the father of Mary.
 
Muhammad  Ibn  Ishaaq  stated  that  he  was  Imran  Ibn  Bashim,  Ibn  Amun,  Ibn  Misha,  Ibn Hosqia,  Ibn  Ahriq,  Ibn  Mutham,  Ibn  Azazia,  Ibn  Amisa,  Ibn  Yamish,  Ibn  Ahrihu,  Ibn  Yazem, Ibn Yahfashat, Ibn Eisha, Ibn Iyam, Ibn Rahbaam, Ibn David (Dawud).
 
Mary’s Birth – Longer Version
 
Prophet Zakariyah’s (pbuh) wife’s sister had a daughter named Hannah. She was married to Imran,  a  leader  of  the  Israelites.  For  many  years, the  couple  remained  childless. Whenever Hannah  saw  another  woman  with  a  child,  her  longing for  a  baby  increased.  Although  years had  passed,  she  never  lost  hope.  She  believed  that one  day  Allah  would  bless  her  with  a
child, on whom she would shower all her motherly love.
 
She turned to the  Lord  of the heavens  and  the earth  and  pleaded  with Him for a child. She would offer the child in the service of Allah’s house, in the temple of Jerusalem. Allah granted her  request. When  she  learned  that  she  was  pregnant,  she  was  the  happiest  woman  alive, and thanked Allah for His gift. Her overjoyed husband Imran also thanked Allah for His mercy.
 
However,  while  she  was  pregnant  her  husband  passed away.  Hannah  wept  bitterly.  Alas, Imran did not live to see their child for whom they had so longed. She gave birth to a girl, and again turned to Allah in prayer:
 
O my Lord, I have delivered a female child,” and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” (Ch 3:36 Quran)
 
Zechariah Becomes Mary’s Guardian
 
Hannah  had  a  big  problem  in  reference  to  her  promise  to  Allah,  for  females  were  not accepted  into  the  temple,  and  she  was  very  worried.  Her  sister’s  husband  Zakariyah, comforted her, saying that Allah knew best what she had delivered and appreciated fully what she had  offered in His service. She  wrapped the  baby in a shawl  and  handed it over to  the temple elders. As the baby was a girl, the question of her guardianship posed a problem for the elders. This was a child of their late and beloved leader, and everyone was eager to take care  of  her.  Zakariyah  said  to  the  elders:  “I  am  the  husband  of  her  maternal  aunt  and  her nearest relation in the temple; therefore, I will be more mindful of her than all of you.”
 
As  it  was  their  custom  to  draw  lots  to  solve  disagreements,  they  followed  this  course.  Each one was given a reed to throw into the river. They had agreed that whoever’s reed remained afloat  would  be  granted  guardianship  of  the  girl.  All  the  reeds  sank  to  the  bottom  exceptZakariyah’s.  With  this  sign,  they  all  surrendered  to  the  will  of  Allah  and  made  him  the guardian.

Mary’s High Status
 
To  ensure  that  no  one  had  access  to  Mary,  Zakariyah  built  a  separate  room  for  her  in  the temple. As she grew up, she spent her time in devotion to Allah. Zakariyah visited her daily to see to her needs, and so it continued for many years. One day, he was surprised to find fresh fruit,  which  was  out  of  season  in  her  room.  As  he  was  the  only  person  who  could  enter  her
room, he asked her how the fruit got there. She replied that these provisions were from Allah, as  He  gives  to  whom  He  wills.  Zakariyah  understood by  this  that  Allah  had  raised  Mary’s status above that of other women.
 
Thereafter, Zakariyah spent more time with her, teaching and guiding her. Mary grew to be a devotee of Allah, glorifying Him day and night.
 
Mary’s High Status – Prophet Muhammad
 
Ali Ibn Abi Talib narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The  best of the  world’s women is Mary (in her lifetime), and the best of the world’s women is Khadija (in her lifetime).
(Sahih Al-Bukhari)
 
Abu  Musa  Al-Ashari  also  narrated  that  the  Prophet  Muhammad  (pbuh)  said:  “Many  among men  attained  perfection  but  among  women  none  attained  perfection  except  Mary  the daughter  of  Imran,  and  Asiya  the  wife  of  Pharaoh,  and  the  superiority  of  Aisha  to  other women is like the superiority of Tharid (an Arabic dish) to other meals.”
 
Mary Receives News of Jesus
 
While  Mary  was  praying  in  her  temple,  an  angel  in  the  form  of  a  man  appeared  before  her. Filled with terror, she tried to flee, praying:
 
Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.”
 
The  angel  said:  “I  am  only  a  Messenger  from  your  Lord,  (to  announce)  to  you  the  gift  of  a righteous son.
 
She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?
 
He said: “So (it will be), your Lord said: “That is easy for me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'” (Ch 19:18-21 Quran)

The Birth of Jesus
 
The  angel’s  visit  caused  Mary  great  anxiety,  which increased  as  the  months  went  by.  How could  she  face  giving  birth  to  a  child  without  having  a  husband?  Later,  she  felt  life  kicking inside her. With a heavy heart, she left the temple and went to Nazareth, the city in which she had been born where she settled in a simple farm house to avoid the public.
 
But fear and anxiety did not leave her. She was from a noble and pious family. Her father had not been an evil man nor was her mother an impure woman. How could she prevent tongues from wagging about her honor?
 
After some months, she could not bear the mental strain any longer. Burdened with a heavy womb,  she  left  Nazareth,  not  knowing  where  to  go  to  be  away  from  this  depressing atmosphere. She  had  not  gone far,  when she  was  overtaken  by the pains  of childbirth. She saw down against a dry palm tree, and here she gave birth to a son. Looking at her beautiful baby, she was hurt that she had brought him into the world without a father. She exclaimed: “I wish I had died before this happened and had vanished into nothingness!”
 
Suddenly, she heard a voice nearby: “Grieve not, your Lord has placed a rivulet below, and shake  the  trunk  of  this  tree,  from  which  ripe  dates  will  fall.  So  eat  and  drink  and  regain  the strength  you  have  lost;  and  be  of  goodcheer,  for  what  you  see  is  the  power  of  Allah, Who made  the  dry  palm  tree regain  life,  in  order  to  provide  food  for  you.”  For  a  while  she  was
comforted by Allah’s miracle, for it was a sure sign of her innocence and purity.
 
Mary Returns to the City with Jesus
 
Mary decided to return to the city. However, her fears also returned. What was she going to tell the people? As if sharing his mother’s worry, the baby began to speak: “If you meet any person  say:  ‘I  have  vowed  to  fast  for  The Beneficent  and  may  not  speak  to  any  human today.'” With this miracle, Mary felt at ease.
 
As  she  had  expected,  her  arrival  in  the  city  with  a  newborn  baby  in  her  arms  aroused  the curiosity of the people. They scolded her: “This is a terrible sin that you have committed.” She put  her  finger  to  her  lips  and  pointed  to  the  child.  They  asked:  “How  can  we  speak  to  a newborn  baby?”  To  their  total  amazement,  the  child began  to  speak  clearly:  “I  am  Allah’s servant.  Allah  has  given  me  the  Book,  and  has  made me  a  prophet,  and  has blessed  me wherever I may be, and has enjoined on me prayers and alms-giving as long as I live. Allah has  made  me  dutiful  towards  she  who  had  borne  me.  He  has  not  made  me  arrogant  nor un blessed.  Peace  unto  me  the  day  I  was  born,  the  day  I  die,  and  the  day  I  shall  be  raised alive.”
 
Most of the people realized that the baby was unique, for it Allah wills something, He merely says “Be” and it happens. Of course, there were some who regarded the baby’s speech as a strange trick, but at least Mary could now stay in Nazareth without being harassed.

Mary Receives News of Jesus – Quranic
 
Allah the Exalted revealed:
 
And mention in the Book (the Qur’an, O Muhammad, the story of) Mary, when she withdrew in  seclusion  from  her  family  to  a  place  facing  east.  She placed  a  screen  (to  screen  herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh (angel Gabriel), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
 
She  said:  “Verily!  I  seek  refuge  with  the  Most  Beneficent  (Allah)  from  you,  if  you  do  fear Allah.
 
The  angel  said:  “I  am  only  a  Messenger  from  your  Lord,  (to  announce)  to  you  the  gift  of  a righteous son.”
 
She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?
 
He said: “So (it will be), your Lord said: “That is easy for Me (Allah): and (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed,  (by Allah).‘” (Ch. 19: 16-21)
 
The Birth of Jesus – Quranic
 
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem). And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!”
 
Then (the babe “Jesus” or Gabriel) cried unto her from below her, saying: “Grieve not! Your Lord has provided you a water stream under you; and shake the trunk of palm tree towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: ‘Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'” (Ch. 19: 22-26)
 
Mary and Jesus Return to the City – Quranic
 
Then  she  brought  him  (the  baby)  to  her  people,  carrying  him.  They  said:  “O  Mary!  Indeed you have brought a thing Fariyya (an unheard mighty thing). O sister (the like) of Aaron (not the brother of Moses, but he was another pious man at the time of Mary)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor was your mother an unchaste woman.”
 
Then she pointed to him. They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?
 
He (Jesus) said: “Verily! I am a slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; and He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined me prayer, and Zakat,  as  long  as  I  live,  and  dutiful  to  my  mother,  and  made  me  not  arrogant,  unblest.  And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!” (Ch. 19:27 – 33)
 
Allah’s Message About Jesus – Quranic
 
Such is Jesus, son of Mary. (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute). It befits  not  (the  Majesty  of)  Allah  that  He  should  beget  a  son  (this  refers  to  the  slander  of Christians against Allah, by saying that Jesus is the son  of Allah).  Glorified (and Exalted  be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, “Be!” – and it is.
 
Jesus said: “And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight  Path.  (Allah’s  Religion  of  Islamic  Monotheism  which  He  did  ordain  for  all  of  His Prophets).”
 
Then the sects differed (the Christians about Jesus), so woe unto the disbelievers (those who gave false witness saying that Jesus is the son of Allah) from the meeting of a great Day (the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire).
 
How clearly will they (polytheists and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) see and hear, the Day  when  they  will  appear  before  Us!  But  the  Zalimun  (polytheists  and  wrong-doers)  today are in plain  error. And warn them  (O Muhammad)  of the Day  of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, while now they are in a state of carelessness and they believe not.
(Ch 19:34-39 Quran)

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