The Story of Mary's (Jesus' Mother) Birth According to Islamic Teachings

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This article reviews the history related to Maryam's (Mary's) birth based on the teachings of Islam. The Quran has covered the birth of Maryam in Surah Al Imran's verse number 35 and 36. In Quranic interpretation "Tafsir ibn Kathir", Ismail ibn Kathir has elaborated on these two verses and provided information about Maryam's parents. According to him, the name of Maryam's father was 'Imran'. He was an imam (prayer leader) in Bayt Al-Maqdis (Al-Aqsa site in Jerusalem that Jews refer to as the Temple Mount.

pantai padang) Bayt Al-Maqdis at that time was under the care of the descendents of Prophet Harun (Aron), the brother of Prophet Moosa (Moses). Imran was a very pious man and well respected by those who took care of religious affairs in Bayt Al-Maqdis. The name of Imran's wife was Hannah bint Faqudh (Hannah daughter of Faqudh) (Kathir I. , Tafsir Ibn Kathir, p. 771). According to Ibn Kathir, Hannah didn't have any children before Maryam. One day, she saw a bird feeding its chick. Seeing that, her longing for a child grew intense and thus she made a sincere prayer to Allah (God) to grant her an offspring.

In that prayer she made a promise to Allah that if He gave her an offspring, she would dedicate her child to His worship and in taking care of the holy places in Bayt Al-Maqdis. Hannah's prayers were accepted, and soon she became pregnant. The Quran narrates her response in the following verse: 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.

Padang Verily, you are the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing (Quran 3:35). And after giving birth Hannah said (as narrated in the Quran): Then when she gave birth to her [child Maryam (Mary)], she said: "O my Lord! I have given birth to a female child," - and Allah knew better what she brought forth, - "And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam (Mary), and I seek refuge with you (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast" (Quran 3:36). After the birth of Maryam, Hannah decided that she would fulfill her promise and give the newly born child to the service of Bayt-Al Maqdis.

The Quran recorded this event in the following verse: This is a part of the news of the Ghaib (unseen, i.e. the news of the past nations of which you have no knowledge) which We reveal to you (O Muhammad) You were not with them, when they cast lots with their pens as to which of them should be charged with the care of Maryam (Mary); nor were you with them when they disputed (Quran 3:44). Ibn Kathir explains the above mentioned verse by stating that "Maryam's mother left with Maryam, carrying her in her infant cloth, and took her to the rabbis from the offspring of Aaron, the brother of Prophet Moses.

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